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Was this Jeopardy answer wrong? (Read 273 times)

mab411


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    Just read this article, wondering what you guys think.

     

    Short synopsis...it's "Kids' Week" on Jeopardy, and a contestant misspelled the Final Jeopardy answer, "Emanciptation Proclamation."  Judges ruled against him.  It put him in second place with a prize of $2000, which is exactly what he would have placed/won if he'd spelled it correctly.

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      Yeah, I saw that reported yesterday.  Seems to me it's a knowledge contest, not a spelling bee.  I don't know what their official rules say, but they have accepted trivial errors in oral and, I think, written answers in the past.

       

      MTA:  Just read the article you cited: "Jeopardy is not a spelling bee game"

      Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.

        that depends on what the official rules say. If they say written answers must be spelled correctly then yes he was wrong (sort of like the pickiness of Wheel of Fortune answers).  Otherwise, the officials at Jeopardy need to lighten up...


        &*^%$#@$#

          That is a tough way to loose. Those judges should be ashamed of there show for being so fussy.


          &*^%$#@$#

            What other words are they going to confuse "Emanciptation Proclamation" with anyway? Unless it is a spelling bee, I do feel sympathetic to the contestant.

              Jeopardy does not penalize for misspellings, unless it changes the pronunciation of the word.  Imansipasion is ok, but emanciptation is not because its pronunciation is completely different from the intended word. In this case, the intent is obvious, but other misspelled words might not be so.  As long as they enforce the rules, the game remains fair to everyone.


              Needs more cowbell!

                Badly misspelled...?

                 

                Suck it, Trebek!

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                  They did the same thing again last night to a woman.  She wrote "Waitin for Godot?"  (missing the 'g') and it wasn't accepted.  So at least they are being consistent.  I wonder if that rule changed suddenly to cover their asses though.  I seem to remember misspellings in the past that were accepted.

                   

                  I agree that Jeopardy is not about spelling.  Both players should have received credit for their misspelled answers.

                  How can we know our limits if we don't test them?

                    That is a tough way to loose. Those judges should be ashamed of there show for being so fussy.

                     

                    Technically, he only lost money.  He wouldn't have won between the 3 contestants.  The 1st place guy had some $66k of winnings (one smart dude) while he had some $6k or so before the right answer spelled incorrectly

                     

                    MTA... now finally noticing the loose and there

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                    Needs more cowbell!

                      They did the same thing again last night to a woman.  She wrote "Waitin for Godot?"  (missing the 'g') and it wasn't accepted.  So at least they are being consistent.  I wonder if that rule changed suddenly to cover their asses though.  I seem to remember misspellings in the past that were accepted.

                       

                      I agree that Jeopardy is not about spelling.  Both players should have received credit for their misspelled answers.

                       

                      Yeah...the show's judgement strikes me as cruelly pedantic.  It's clear the contestants knew the correct answer.

                      I shoot pretty things! ~

                      '14 Goals:

                      • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

                      • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

                         

                        Yeah...the show's judgement strikes me as cruelly pedantic.  It's clear the contestants knew the correct answer.

                         

                        We are talking about Jeopardy, aren't we? Not Family Feud, or The Price is Right...

                         

                        How many wheel of fortune contestants got "screwed" out of winning for forgetting to pronounce something exactly accurate?  Many...

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                            rough, just the way your mother likes it Trebek.

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                            I've got a fever...

                              Trebek, what's the difference between you and a mallard with a cold? One's a sick duck and I can't remember how it ends, but your mother's a whore!

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                              I've got a fever...

                                Well, the game is afoot. I'll take anal bum cover for 7,000. 

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