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Smart, well rounded and has a very quick trigger finger. His smile makes him look smug though. I hate his guts.

 

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Saw that last night.  Wow. 

 

Watch out Ken Jennings!

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46 minutes ago, Willin' said:

Smart, well rounded and has a very quick trigger finger. His smile makes him look smug though. I hate his guts.

 

He does have an odd smile.......veneers, caps or worse on the teeth....doesn't help.

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3 minutes ago, Rum Runner said:

He is a high roller. Big bets on daily doubles every time. One smart SOB.

Yep all in almost every time. Of course you gotta have enough shit in your seabag to back that up with right answers. He goes straight across the biggest dollar questions to start each time as well. Once again....he gets them right.

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I tried out for Jeopardy back in the early 90s at the studio in Culver City. There were about 200 of us sitting in an auditorium. The hostess made fun of us at first, laughing about how we think we're pretty good shouting answers across the dinner table at the TV, but it's a little more distracting under the lights, in front of the audience and with all the crew constantly moving around off camera. Plus stage fright, which I suffer badly from.

The test was 40 $2000 (I think, the max might have been $1000 questions back then) questions and  you had to write your answers down. They didn't give you much time, so the urgency factor was cranked up. You had to score 90%, which meant 4 wrong max. After the test we self scored our exams and those that passed stayed while the rest of us went on home with our tails between our legs.

I always thought I was pretty good. I'm not.

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People tell me I'd be good at Jeopardy.

 I tell them that, no, I wouldn't.

 I have this problem of considering my answer before I respond, which would make me slow on the trigger/button.

 No doubt, I'm a couch Jeopardy whiz, but in real life, I'd never make the cut.

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5 hours ago, Willin' said:

I tried out for Jeopardy back in the early 90s at the studio in Culver City. There were about 200 of us sitting in an auditorium. The hostess made fun of us at first, laughing about how we think we're pretty good shouting answers across the dinner table at the TV, but it's a little more distracting under the lights, in front of the audience and with all the crew constantly moving around off camera. Plus stage fright, which I suffer badly from.

The test was 40 $2000 (I think, the max might have been $1000 questions back then) questions and  you had to write your answers down. They didn't give you much time, so the urgency factor was cranked up. You had to score 90%, which meant 4 wrong max. After the test we self scored our exams and those that passed stayed while the rest of us went on home with our tails between our legs.

I always thought I was pretty good. I'm not.

I think a lot depends on the categories you wind up with........some days I'm awesome....some days not so much.......then there's guys like this latest fella who is great every day and every category. Then you see some folks be great just one day and tank the next.....then other folks you know must have passed the screening that just sit there and rack up a massive $1000 overall........yet you know they were good enough to get on the show. I think the categories make a huge difference for most contestants.

BTW - interesting story on the try out. I always wondered how that went..................me.........like Left8 - I'm a Jeopardy couch whiz............

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You can try out online  periodically now, which I tried again a few years back. Even more difficult if you aren't a fast typist. 

Incidentally, the next online test is in 15 hours. How about it SAers. Any genii out there?  

https://www.jeopardy.com/be-on-j

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I never played on Jeopardy I slept in a Holiday Inn once. 

Sorry couldn't resist. 

 

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The guy pulled it off again tonight..... Not such an impressive show, and he got final wrong, but he did what he needed to make it a runaway, and so it goes.....

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Just did 106000...had 66,000 in the bank and wagered 40000 on final jeopardy.  566000 in 9 days:o

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Today he ran out of people to say happy birthday to.  He's toast tomorrow.

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13 hours ago, Willin' said:

Today he ran out of people to say happy birthday to.  He's toast tomorrow.

I say he is good for another 6 shows. Or once they start asking some serious questions.

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4 hours ago, nacradriver said:

I say he is good for another 6 shows. Or once they start asking some serious questions.

True, the last few weeks have seemed extraordinarily easy to me, but that's just me shouting back at the TV, not me on stage in front of the world.

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I dunno..... A lot of the double category seemed easy to me, and the final was a "Duh!", But he already had it in the bag by then.

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Over a million in 14 shows.  Essential that’s $142,000 per hour

sheesh. I’d be happy to make 142 bucks per hour before taxes.  

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Grudging respect. I admit he's fast on the trigger and has a lot of answers, but there's something about his method that makes me think there's a betting algorithm involved and I wish we could see him being swept for ear buds or other external inputs before the show.

I still hate his smug guts, but, dayyum, he good!

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6 hours ago, Willin' said:

Grudging respect. I admit he's fast on the trigger and has a lot of answers, but there's something about his method that makes me think there's a betting algorithm involved and I wish we could see him being swept for ear buds or other external inputs before the show.

I still hate his smug guts, but, dayyum, he good!

I had no idea that show was still  going 30+ years ago

Anyone who thinks any tv gameshow doesnt have writers likely Loves  Pro Wrestling 

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3 hours ago, DA-WOODY said:

I had no idea that show was still  going 30+ years ago

Anyone who thinks any tv gameshow doesnt have writers likely Loves  Pro Wrestling 

I've got Bruno Samartino's autogragh! :P

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12 hours ago, Willin' said:

Grudging respect. I admit he's fast on the trigger and has a lot of answers, but there's something about his method that makes me think there's a betting algorithm involved and I wish we could see him being swept for ear buds or other external inputs before the show.

I still hate his smug guts, but, dayyum, he good!

My son was answering many of the question even before the question was completed..

Yes he is good and very cool under pressure..

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5 minutes ago, nacradriver said:

My son was answering many of the question even before the question was completed..

Yes he is good and very cool under pressure..

I'm sure the kid is smart but I know the game is different when you are in a studio with 2 others on the buzzers as well. Maybe your son can do the online try out and see if he can make it into the real game. 

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5 hours ago, Rum Runner said:

I'm sure the kid is smart but I know the game is different when you are in a studio with 2 others on the buzzers as well. Maybe your son can do the online try out and see if he can make it into the real game. 

in the game  you can't buzz in until alex is done reading the question.  and if you buzz in too early,  you get blocked for buzzing for a 1/4 of a second.    so even if you know the answer,  you gotta be quick on the buzzer....but not too quick...

https://www.jeopardy.com/jbuzz/behind-scenes/how-does-jeopardy-buzzer-work

 

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i read a piece on how this dude is killing the budget.  the show budgets something like 20-25k per show....dude is blowing that up like a nuke

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3 hours ago, chester said:

i read a piece on how this dude is killing the budget.  the show budgets something like 20-25k per show....dude is blowing that up like a nuke

Makes me wonder if they'll try to stack the categories against him if they can figure out his vulnerable subjects. So far I can't............

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He has a broad, but basically "popular" answer base.... I wonder if every category was based on 19th century women writers, if he's do as well....

 But, I'd flat out bomb that myself.....

And to be honest, the movie category kills me now. The last 2 movies I saw in a theater were "Pulp Fiction" and "The Big Lewbowski"...... And I was a projectionist back in the day.

 

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13 minutes ago, Point Break said:

Makes me wonder if they'll try to stack the categories against him if they can figure out his vulnerable subjects. So far I can't............

Mrs Chester thinks so!

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4 minutes ago, Mrleft8 said:

He has a broad, but basically "popular" answer base.... I wonder if every category was based on 19th century women writers, if he's do as well....

 But, I'd flat out bomb that myself.....

And to be honest, the movie category kills me now. The last 2 movies I saw in a theater were "Pulp Fiction" and "The Big Lewbowski"...... And I was a projectionist back in the day.

 

So if my last movie was Bridge on the River Kwai does that date me as well...............:lol:

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5 minutes ago, Point Break said:

So if my last movie was Bridge on the River Kwai does that date me as well...............:lol:

In a theater?

 You're about half past dead, son.....

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8 minutes ago, Point Break said:

So if my last movie was Bridge on the River Kwai does that date me as well...............:lol:

That wase welle beforre youre navey stinte........                 :)

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I was projectionist on first run movies from about 1977 until 1981..... From 79 on I was a fill in on breaks from college, and no one else wanted to run 3 back to back "Kramer VS. Kramer" shows..... That was brutal.

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4 minutes ago, Mrleft8 said:

no one else wanted to run 3 back to back "Kramer VS. Kramer" shows..... That was brutal.

Adgreeded!

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9 minutes ago, Snaggletooth said:

That wase welle beforre youre navey stinte........                 :)

:lol:

More like the Sand Pebbles era.............

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13 minutes ago, Mrleft8 said:

In a theater?

 You're about half past dead, son.....

Actually, I did see it in the theater first. My pop took me to see it when I was just wee lad............

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On 4/30/2019 at 5:26 PM, Point Break said:

Makes me wonder if they'll try to stack the categories against him if they can figure out his vulnerable subjects. So far I can't............

Sports jeopardy? 

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he's exceptional for sure.  But some of his competition.. I don't know where they find them. They would make Mr. Clean or BJ Porker  look intelligent.

 

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2 minutes ago, MakePHRFGreatAgain said:

he's exceptional for sure.  But some of his competition.. I don't know where they find them. They would make Mr. Clean or BJ Porker  look intelligent.

 

What are you saying? :)

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On 5/21/2019 at 4:47 AM, MakePHRFGreatAgain said:

he's exceptional for sure.  But some of his competition.. I don't know where they find them. They would make Mr. Clean or BJ Porker  look intelligent.

 

Why don't you tell us your online score?

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On 5/20/2019 at 7:47 PM, MakePHRFGreatAgain said:

he's exceptional for sure.  But some of his competition.. I don't know where they find them. They would make Mr. Clean or BJ Porker  look intelligent.

They recruit them at Trump rallies.

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tight match.  but still hanging on... adnthe fact he was down by nearly 13K at one point...  nailbiter

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Looks like Alex is the real badass, he appears to be kicking ass on the cancer. Doctors say he is almost in remission, with some tumors shrinking more than 50%. Go Alex!

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The amount of crap he knows is incredible.  But there is something to his buzzer technique.  The second guy last night was also  good, but you 

could see he had the answers but  was frustrated and too slow on the buzzer ( or signaling device as Alex calls them). Apparently Holzhauer researched and practiced the buzzer on some sort of video game.  

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28 minutes ago, MakePHRFGreatAgain said:

The amount of crap he knows is incredible.  But there is something to his buzzer technique.  The second guy last night was also  good, but you 

could see he had the answers but  was frustrated and too slow on the buzzer ( or signaling device as Alex calls them). Apparently Holzhauer researched and practiced the buzzer on some sort of video game.  

He's had a lot of practice over the past many weeks using the same device whereas the others are new to it each night.  The guy is impressive; I  just wish he was more likable.  

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1 minute ago, Cal20sailor said:

He's had a lot of practice over the past many weeks using the same device whereas the others are new to it each night.  The guy is impressive; I  just wish he was more likable.  

 

He has weird looking smile, that is obviously practiced and fake.. I heard somewhere that his friends told him to smile more often...

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Just now, billy backstay said:

 

He has weird looking smile, that is obviously practiced and fake.. I heard somewhere that his friends told him to smile more often...

He is very intense as most good Jeopardy players are. That may seem like he is humorless but I doubt he is total a___hole.

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Just now, Rum Runner said:

He is very intense as most good Jeopardy players are. That may seem like he is humorless but I doubt he is total a___hole.

 

Well, he's a professional gambler, so a poker face would be his stock in trade..

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6 minutes ago, Cal20sailor said:

He's had a lot of practice over the past many weeks using the same device whereas the others are new to it each night.  The guy is impressive; I  just wish he was more likable.  

He probably is when he doesn't have his game face on. 

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the question is whether this guy is going to break the game!  bankrupt it.  not only is winning huge sums but huge average daily sums...the money's not coming from a miracle.  as of his 28th win, he owned the top 10 daily prize winnings

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Just now, chester said:

the question is whether this guy is going to break the game!  bankrupt it.  not only is winning huge sums but huge average daily sums...the money's not coming from a miracle.  as of his 28th win, he owned the top 10 daily prize winnings

 

 I would bet their ad revenue is booming, from so many eyeballs.  Thank God for the DVR, and fast forward, no more commercials.

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The prize money is pretty insignificant and some game shows will carry insurance for it. You can subtract out what they would have been awarding someone else 
(Maybe one third to one half?).  I'm sure they love the extra exposure and viewers and increased ad revenue.. Its cheap. Alex Trebek makes $10m/year .
Its only going to give a bean counter a headache because his prize money budget line is going to be out of whack  this year.  The show (successful game shows) is a cash cow with relatively low  expense ratio for TV.    2nd and 3rd place get a bag of peanuts.

Its funny, for instance America's Got Talent  $1.0 million dollar prize is paid out equal installments  over 20 years.

 

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1 hour ago, Point Break said:

He's a dork...........but he's a rich smart dork...............

 

How can you have a valid opinion based on his TV appearances on Jeopardy?  I have met a lot of people who seem like dorks at first blush, that turn out to be interesting people who just don't have the social skills of gregarious outgoing types....

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Just now, billy backstay said:

 

How can you have a valid opinion based on his TV appearances on Jeopardy?  I have met a lot of people who seem like dorks at first blush, that turn out to be interesting people who just don't have the social skills of gregarious outgoing types....

Just because we haven't spent the day together doesn't mean my opinion isn't valid. He could certainly wind up changing that, but its my current assessment. I don't dispute your observation that people can be deeper and different than the first impression, nor do I hold the notion one cannot be friends with someone who is a dork. I have several pretty dorky friends......well really one and several who are acquaintances whose company I enjoy. Also...I never said I didn't or couldn't enjoy his company. Don't read too much into that observation.....it doesn't mean he should be shunned. I said he is a dork.....a social misfit. I think I'm likely correct.

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4 hours ago, billy backstay said:

 I have met a lot of people who seem like dorks at first blush, that turn out to be interesting people who just don't have the social skills of gregarious outgoing types....

Yeah - that's what a dork is.

You doofus.

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Leave it to fux news to strap on the spoiler dildo.....

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I don’t think there is any question he threw the game.  The kids get well card to Alex, all of a sudden he didn’t know how to ring in, the smallest bet he’s made in two months.   Smells like rotten fish. I guess he got tired of it. 

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Well, I guess I don't have to watch it tonight. Wonder if any "Andy of Mayberry" or "The Rifleman" reruns are on? I wish they'd start showing "Sea Hunt" again....or even better some "Emergency" reruns...........:lol:

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5 hours ago, Mrleft8 said:

Leave it to fux news to strap on the spoiler dildo.....

Really, blame fox? Maybe the producers leaked it because people were tiring of him and views dropped. So leak his demise and viewership jumps to see him lose.

But believe what you want.

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I'm with PHRFGA, it'll be interesting to watch for the scandal in the next few weeks. The guy could obviously have kept beating everyone to the buzzer forever, and yet tonight, could barely ring in.

My theory, he's bored, he could beat Ken's total, but then his name will be coming up regularly until long after Alex is under the turf. 

He's got recognition and game, what's left to prove? I bet there's a line on him in some casino, OTB or backwoods gambling den and the odds against him beating Ken's total were astronomical! He had a ghost front a huge bet against him winning, thereby raking in bigger winnings than any one night on Jeopardy. 

He's off TV, out of the limelight, rich as Trump and can get back to some fun sports betting.

Anyone remember the movie Gameshow? There's a scandal coming, I just knows it!!

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So you guys dont think a woman could beat him? He must have thrown it? 

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4 minutes ago, bmiller said:

So you guys dont think a woman could beat him? He must have thrown it? 

No.... I think he just got bored with it. It's too bad that the leak happened, but knowing what I thought I knew (Due to the leak) the "get well card" to Trebek, from Holzhauer's daughter seemed to be a sign.... Then his very weak final bid, when pretty much everyone who's ever read Shakespeare would know..... I just think he was done with the game.

 

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His so called weak final bid was simple math. No matter what he bet he could not beat the leader. He bet enough to beat the third place guy and hope the leader was wrong.

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13 minutes ago, MakePHRFGreatAgain said:

Not true. Nobody knew how much the leader would bet. (Her gender was never a thought except for by you).   The 3rd place guy was out of it.  You think he wanted to protect a $2,000 second place finish? 

It's just logic.  He, as I would have, assumed she would bet enough to beat him.  

Different Scenarios with his small bet:

1.  They all get it right...she wins.

2.  They all get it wrong...he wins. 

3.  He gets it, she doesn't...he wins.

4.  She gets it, he doesn't...she wins.

5.  Only the middle guy gets it...he wins.  

With a big bet, he potentially loses Scenarios 2 and 5 so he would be 1 for 5.  Small bet, 3 for 5.  He refers to the champ, the middle guy never wins with a small bet.  

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The mighty James Holzhauer struck out Thursday ― on a relatively easy “Jeopardy!” clue.

The reigning champ is a professional sports gambler with a love of baseball. So it came as a surprise when he stumbled on this $600 clue under the Babe Ruth-themed category, “Childish Bambino”:

Babe had this player leadership position for only 6 days before being stripped of it for going after a fan in the stands.

As seen in the clip above at the 3:31 mark, Holzhauer buzzed in first and answered, “What is manager?”

Wrong.

“He was captain,” host Alex Trebek corrected.

It would be Holzhauer’s only incorrect response of the night in securing his 31st straight victory,

 

 

who didn’t know that? 

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51 minutes ago, Snaggletooth said:

What is viewemastere?                                                :)

It was /is I guesss) a little plastic set of goggles that had a disc of pictures.... Sort of stereo pictures, and when you pushed down on the button on the top right hand side, the disc would rotate, and you'd see a new picture. Usually of tropical islands, or the Parthenon, or Mount Fuji....

 Apparently Betty Page had a disc or two as well...... I never saw those.

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I had to look that up... apparently there were some Betty Page view master images, but they sure aren't turning up on the internet.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/84549/chakka-chhh-hidden-history-view-master

 

I did find this though. I've always been a sucker for a girl with bangs!

rl_dup_al2.jpg

We had a pretty good time going through a whole box of old View Master discs when we got together for Dad's funeral a few years back. Then we just tossed them. Turns out stereo pictures of Old Faithfull aren't that interesting anymore.

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9 minutes ago, Snaggletooth said:

What is glitche?

I may impress my wife with this information when Jeopardy is aired later tonight.

Pre-empted due to some basketball game.

 

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