Tuesday, March 3, 2009

If I was on Jeopardy! the other day...

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

I've talked about Jeopardy! before, but the other night at the gym I watched a great episode while I was running. It first caught my eye because the three contestants were of interest to me. There was Dan, a PhD student in theatre at Northwestern, who is writing his dissertation on French Closet Dramas. Bing (I loved his name) was a lawyer, and Diane was a bank teller-turned-librarian.

I came in when they were introducing the contestants, so I missed a few answers. BUT, thanks for handy-dandy Jeopardy! Archiver, I caught them at home. If I was playing along, and buzzed in first each time, I would have made $.

Round 1 ($6000, would've been in third place):
1909: got clue 1.
Seinfeld: got clues 1, 3, and 5. missed clue 2
Government Acronyms: got clues 1 and 3. no idea clue 5 existed.
Americana: got clues 1, 2, 3, and 4.
"CU": got clues 1 and 2. missed 3 (stupid mistake) and 4.
Later: got clues 1 and 3

Round 2 ($10,800) (plus $6, 000 from Round 1 = $16,800, would have tied with second-place)
International Playwrights (which, by the way, is a strange category to have when one of the players is getting a doctorate in the subject): got clues 1 and 4 (should have gotten 2 and 5)
TCM (pre-Oscar week movies): got none.
Games in Other Words: got all 5 clues.
I Probably couldn't Paint that: got 1 and 2, should have gotten 3
Let's Visit Cyprus: got none.
Contronyms (words that have meanings that are the opposite of each other): got clues 1, 2, 3. should have gotten 5.

I would have missed the Final Jeopardy! Question, so it's hard to say what I would have ended with, since my "placings" didn't take into consideration that if I took that many correct answers, the other players would not have the same scores. I just left their scores the same, which would not have been accurate. Nice time overall. :)
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