Thursday, February 07, 2013

Wow. A wildcard!

Final Jeopardy, Teen Tournament semi-final. Category: Capital Cities. Clue: It's criss-crossed by dozens of "peace walls" that separate its Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods.

All three of them guessed Dublin (instead of Belfast). All three bet everything they had.

Result: three way tie with $0 - so the tournament finals will have a wild card from yesterday or tomorrow...



At 9:00 PM, February 07, 2013 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

1. Why, oh why, in the name of sanity did Kelton "pull a Cliffie"* -- by risking everything in Final Jeopardy -- when a bet of $1 more than enough to tie his nearest opponent would've sufficed?

* "Cheers" episode where know-it-all letter carrier Cliff Claven goes far ahead of both opponents during the first two rounds of "Jeopardy!" but then bets it all in Final Jeopardy, then misses the question, so winds up losing.

2. What if two or more of tomorrow's semi-finalists also wind up with $0? Would the first runner-up semifinalist from Wednesday's match then be in the finals? What if all three of tomorrow's contestants wind up with $0? Yes, I realize I'm over-thinking this ;-)

At 10:43 AM, February 08, 2013 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Yes, it was bad betting strategy - it's not like he was going to get the money. Somebody should have coached them a bit better on that.

What Alex said was that the highest second place contestant would move on, so I suppose that if tonight they all three end up with $0, all three from the first round will move on.

But now I'm curious: what if they tie with a positive amount of cash? Is there a play-off? Sudden death, one question, winner take all?

At 6:11 PM, February 08, 2013 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

I seem to recall a sudden death single question to break a tie during either a Teen or College Tournament a year or two ago. Do you as well?


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