History Series / JEOPARDY

2nd Nov '17 2:31:43 PM Twentington
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* BadassMustache:
** Alex Trebek had one of these until 2001. [[WordOfGod He later said]] that he shaved it off on a whim, and decided to leave it off because nobody noticed. But possibly because it's so iconic and recognizable, most modern depictions in media (such as a ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' arc in late 2010, where one of the crocs plays ''Jeopardy!'') still show him with the 'stache. On yet another whim, he [[http://mashable.com/2014/09/10/alex-trebek-mustache/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link grew back the 'stache]] for season 31, to a mixed reception. Many fans welcomed it back wholeheartedly, but others commented that his 'stache made Trebek look a ''lot'' older than he should've. He kept it for 20 episodes (among them, 2015 TOC semifinalist Catherine Hardee's 4 day reign) before shaving it again.
** And [[RuleOfFunny as a joke]], one of the categories on the episode he first appeared shaven in 2001 was a visual clue category with pictures of his iconic mustache in places that the contestants had to guess.
** 1990 5-time champion [[http://www.j-archive.com/showplayer.php?player_id=262 Frank Spangenberg]], who was the show's top regular-games winner, and at one point, the biggest 1-day winner, in the pre-doubled era (1984-2001).[[note]]Even adjusted into present values, his score still stands among 5-time champions.[[/note]]
** 1992 5-time champion Jerome Vered, who was the second-biggest regular games winner after Spangenberg in the pre-doubled era, shattering the aforementioned 1-day record set by Frank, as well as finishing 3rd in both the 1992 Tournament of Champions and the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions.
** 1987 4-time champion Roger Storm, who later made the semifinals of that year's Tournament of Champions and 1990's Super Jeopardy! event. He sported a handlebar mustache as he portrayed Orville Wright of The Wright Brothers for educational events, and said mustache actually helped contestant coordinators pick him to be on the show.
* BadassNormal:
** Ken Jennings. To some, he's a shy, nerdy Mormon who just happened to know ''every''thing (including quite a bit about alcohol). Well, everything except [[spoiler:H&R Block]].
** 2015-16 ''Sports Jeopardy!'' 15-day champion Vinny Varadarajan has proven to be this for sports knowledge (particularly when it came to baseball.)
2nd Nov '17 12:48:56 PM Twentington
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** Super Jeopardy!: Not to be confused with the 1990 tournament, this was used for the 1978-79 version. It was basically J! Bingo; five categories, must make a line across/up and down/diagonally before getting three wrong. $100/pop, a win earns a ProgressiveJackpot.[[note]]Similar bonus games would later be used on ''Series/CatchPhrase'' and on ''Series/TrumpCard'', an adaptation of the UK game show ''Series/BobsFullHouse'' (a revival of that format in the UK, ''Lucky Numbers'', would reuse that bonus round)[[/note]]

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** Super Jeopardy!: Not to be confused with the 1990 tournament, this was used for the 1978-79 version. It was basically J! Bingo; five categories, must make a line across/up and down/diagonally before getting three wrong. $100/pop, a win earns a ProgressiveJackpot.[[note]]Similar bonus games would later be used on ''Series/CatchPhrase'' and on ''Series/TrumpCard'', ''Trump Card'', an adaptation of the UK game show ''Series/BobsFullHouse'' (a revival of that format in the UK, ''Lucky Numbers'', would reuse that bonus round)[[/note]]
21st Oct '17 7:32:28 PM Gimere
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After two pilots, ''Jeopardy!'' came back in 1984 with host Creator/AlexTrebek, announcer Johnny Gilbert (both LongRunners on the show) and much higher cash awards. This version has far outlasted the original, starting its 33rd season in September 2016. Other than a few cosmetic changes, the doubling of dollar amounts, and the five-day championship limit becoming a "sky's the limit" policy, the format is almost entirely unchanged.

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After two pilots, ''Jeopardy!'' came back in 1984 with host Creator/AlexTrebek, announcer Johnny Gilbert (both LongRunners on the show) and much higher cash awards. This version has far outlasted the original, starting its 33rd 34th season in September 2016.2017. Other than a few cosmetic changes, the doubling of dollar amounts, and the five-day championship limit becoming a "sky's the limit" policy, the format is almost entirely unchanged.









** In the inaugural season of the current version, all three players ended Final Jeopady! with scores of $0 in ''two'' different games after giving an incorrect answer and wagering everything. The first time was on the Trebek version's ''second episode'', with all three giving the same incorrect day the 20th Century began all three responded with "January 1, 1900"... but the correct response was January 1, 190''1''. It happened again in January 1985 when all three contestants missed a ''Final'' response on the date that college football bowl games took place.

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** In the inaugural season of the current version, all three players ended Final Jeopady! with scores of $0 in ''two'' different games after giving an incorrect answer and wagering everything. The first time was on the Trebek version's ''second episode'', with all three giving the same incorrect day the 20th Century began all three responded with "January 1, 1900"... 1900", but the correct response was January 1, 190''1''. It happened again in January 1985 when all three contestants missed a ''Final'' response on the date that college football bowl games took place.



** The original 1985 Tournament of Champions quarterfinals saw contestants grouped together in games in chronological order by when their original run on the show was (resulting in one game featuring two contestants named Paul.) Starting the next year, ''Jeopardy!'' ignored chronological order when selecting quarterfinal matchups.

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** The original 1985 Tournament of Champions quarterfinals saw contestants grouped together in games in chronological order by when their original run on the show was (resulting in one game featuring two contestants named Paul.) Paul). Starting the next year, ''Jeopardy!'' ignored chronological order when selecting quarterfinal matchups.



* ReadTheFreakingManual: 1988 Seniors Tournament competitor D.J. Smith was abruptly disqualified from the event prior to the semifinals, after ''Jeopardy!'' producers discovered that he'd competed on ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' a few months prior, a violation of the show's eligibility requirements. Though D.J. had mentioned his ''Wheel'' appearance in his application forms, it somehow got by the show's staff until he'd already played in the quarterfinals, forcing producers to withhold his guaranteed $5,000 semifinal purse and replace him with the next-highest earning quarterfinal loser. Had he known about the rules regarding prior game show appearances, who knows how he'd have done as a contestant later on.

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* ReadTheFreakingManual: ReadTheFreakingManual:
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1988 Seniors Tournament competitor D.J. Smith was abruptly disqualified from the event prior to the semifinals, after ''Jeopardy!'' producers discovered that he'd competed on ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' a few months prior, a violation of the show's eligibility requirements. Though D.J. had mentioned his ''Wheel'' appearance in his application forms, it somehow got by the show's staff until he'd already played in the quarterfinals, forcing producers to withhold his guaranteed $5,000 semifinal purse and replace him with the next-highest earning quarterfinal loser. Had he known about the rules regarding prior game show appearances, who knows how he'd have done as a contestant later on.



* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: Though Brad Rutter defeated Ken Jennings in both of the final rounds of their million dollar reunion tournaments, Ken is still far more recognizable from both his ''Jeopardy!'' run (74 wins > 5 wins) and from his post-show career, with Brad's acting and producing credits not as recognizable as Ken's work as a best-selling author.

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* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: TheRunnerUpTakesItAll:
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Though Brad Rutter defeated Ken Jennings in both of the final rounds of their million dollar reunion tournaments, Ken is still far more recognizable from both his ''Jeopardy!'' run (74 wins > 5 wins) and from his post-show career, with Brad's acting and producing credits not as recognizable as Ken's work as a best-selling author.
24th Sep '17 6:40:48 PM tyrekecorrea
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* TruckDriversGearChange: The "Think!" music used in Final Jeopardy! has always gone up a minor third in the second verse. Also, every variation of the current version's theme tune has used several key changes; the 1984 version was all over the place in particular.

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* TruckDriversGearChange: The "Think!" music used in Final Jeopardy! has always gone up a minor third in the second verse. Also, every variation of the current version's theme tune has used several key changes; the 1984 version in particular was all over the place in particular.place.
24th Sep '17 6:26:29 PM tyrekecorrea
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* BowChickaWowWow: This was used to set the mood for "The Sexiest Potpourri Category Ever".

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* BowChickaWowWow: This was used to set the mood for "The Sexiest Potpourri Category Ever". Ever."
22nd Sep '17 4:32:46 PM Twentington
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* RougeAnglesOfSatin: On [[http://www.j-archive.com/showgame.php?game_id=3842 March 14, 2012]], the category "They Go by Their First Initial" had "Their" misspelled as "Thier".

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* RougeAnglesOfSatin: RougeAnglesOfSatin:
** Sometimes shows up in Final Jeopardy!: so long as the misspelling does not alter the pronunciation, it will be accepted. This was invoked in the notorious "What is the Emanciptation [''sic''] Proclamation?" during a Kids' Week.
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On [[http://www.j-archive.com/showgame.php?game_id=3842 March 14, 2012]], the category "They Go by Their First Initial" had "Their" misspelled as "Thier"."Thier".
** The opening graphics for Season 34, which show a bunch of handwritten responses and appropriate graphics, had "What is the Declaration of Independ'''a'''nce?" for the first week. This was quickly corrected.



* RougeAnglesOfSatin:
** Sometimes shows up in Final Jeopardy!, as contestants are given some leeway. So long as the misspelling does not alter the pronunciation. This was invoked in the notorious "What is the Emanciptation [''sic''] Proclamation?" during a Kids' Week.
** The opening graphics for Season 34, which show a bunch of handwritten responses and appropriate graphics, had "What is the Declaration of Independ'''a'''nce?" for the first week. This was quickly corrected.
22nd Sep '17 4:07:26 PM Twentington
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* RougeAnglesOfSatin:
** Sometimes shows up in Final Jeopardy!, as contestants are given some leeway. So long as the misspelling does not alter the pronunciation. This was invoked in the notorious "What is the Emanciptation [''sic''] Proclamation?" during a Kids' Week.
** The opening graphics for Season 34, which show a bunch of handwritten responses and appropriate graphics, had "What is the Declaration of Independ'''a'''nce?" for the first week. This was quickly corrected.



** "Potent Potables", a category dedicated to alcohol, until the aforementioned ''SNL'' skits turned it into their own running gag. On the original series, Fleming regularly said it was announcer Don Pardo's favorite category.

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** "Potent Potables", a category dedicated to alcohol, until the aforementioned ''SNL'' skits turned it into their own running gag. alcohol. On the original series, Art Fleming regularly said it was announcer Don Pardo's favorite category.
21st Sep '17 10:56:28 AM fruitstripegum
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* CrosswordPuzzle: A recurring category is "Crossword Clues [letter]", where the clues are phrased as crossword puzzle clues (e.g. Object that you might find hanging around TV Tropes (9).[[labelnote:Response]]What is a lampshade?[[/labelnote]]).

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* CrosswordPuzzle: A recurring category is "Crossword Clues [letter]", where the clues are phrased as crossword puzzle clues (e.g. Object that you might find hanging around TV Tropes around (9).[[labelnote:Response]]What is a lampshade?[[/labelnote]]).



* DownToTheLastPlay: Unless there's a runaway leader that can't be caught, Final Jeopardy! is this by design.


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* DownToTheLastPlay: Unless there's a runaway leader that can't be caught, Final Jeopardy! is this by design.
19th Aug '17 2:45:25 PM mlsmithca
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** At least twice during Ken's run, a contestant wrote some variation on "What is Whatever Ken Wrote Down?", which also occurred during ''Sports Jeopardy!'' champion Vinny Varadarajan's ninth win. A couple others have written variants of "What is I have no idea?"
*** Double subverted on Ken's 64th game. The middle contestant wrote "See next podium" with an arrow, only to point to the one on the right from the audience's point of view. It turned out that the contestant on the right gave a correct response while Ken did not, although Ken won anyway in a runaway.

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** At least twice during Ken's run, a contestant wrote some variation on "What is Whatever Ken Wrote Down?", which also occurred during ''Sports Jeopardy!'' champion Vinny Varadarajan's ninth win. A couple others have written variants of "What is I have no idea?"
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idea?" Double subverted on Ken's 64th game. The middle contestant wrote "See next podium" with an arrow, only to point to the one on the right from the audience's point of view. It turned out that the contestant on the right gave a correct response while Ken did not, although Ken won anyway in a runaway.



** 2015 ''Sports Jeopardy!'' 15-day champion Vinny Varadarajan made a habit of this on his ''Final'' responses during may of his runaway wins, especially as he was playing for points and had already sewn up the $5,000 winners prize in these games. Among the highlights:
*** "What is Kcirtap Nad?" (trying to send host Dan Patrick to another dimension, though he too didn't get the reference), "Who are two people who have never been in my kitchen?" (referencing Cliff Clavin's ''Final'' response on ''Cheers''), "Who is the freeway I got stuck on today I really hate!" (he used ''Final'' as a platform to vent over being stuck on California's Interstate 405 that day, fittingly wagering $405), "What is IDK my BFF Jill?" (referencing a popular 2007 Cingular Wireless commercial), and "What is I award you this # of points, & may Dan have mercy on my soul" (referencing a line from the principal during the game show climax of ''BillyMadison''.)

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** 2015 ''Sports Jeopardy!'' 15-day champion Vinny Varadarajan made a habit of this on his ''Final'' responses during may of his runaway wins, especially as he was playing for points and had already sewn up the $5,000 winners prize in these games. Among the highlights:
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highlights: "What is Kcirtap Nad?" (trying to send host Dan Patrick to another dimension, though he too didn't get the reference), "Who are two people who have never been in my kitchen?" (referencing Cliff Clavin's ''Final'' response on ''Cheers''), "Who is the freeway I got stuck on today I really hate!" (he used ''Final'' as a platform to vent over being stuck on California's Interstate 405 that day, fittingly wagering $405), "What is IDK my BFF Jill?" (referencing a popular 2007 Cingular Wireless commercial), and "What is I award you this # of points, & may Dan have mercy on my soul" (referencing a line from the principal during the game show climax of ''BillyMadison''.''Film/BillyMadison''.)



** The "[[JustForFun/XMeetsY Wheel of Jeopardy!]]" category. They show a partially-solved ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' puzzle and give a clue about the answer on the board.
*** And in April 2013, the category "I'd like to solve the puzzle... fast!" had more detailed clues but very few letters revealed in each more difficult puzzle (such as Q[[spoiler:UET]]Z[[spoiler:ALCOATL]]).

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** The "[[JustForFun/XMeetsY Wheel of Jeopardy!]]" category. They show a partially-solved ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' puzzle and give a clue about the answer on the board.
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board. And in April 2013, the category "I'd like to solve the puzzle... fast!" had more detailed clues but very few letters revealed in each more difficult puzzle (such as Q[[spoiler:UET]]Z[[spoiler:ALCOATL]]).



** One contestant is obviously a ''Family Guy'' fan, as he wrote down "Who is Kebert Xela?" for his Final ''Jeopardy!'' response. (Also an example of OffTheRails, since he went into Final Jeopardy! with only $1 thanks to a Daily Double gone wrong.)
*** One category during the 2015 Teacher's Tournament was "Two D's and an F".

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** One contestant is obviously a ''Family Guy'' fan, as he wrote down "Who is Kebert Xela?" for his Final ''Jeopardy!'' response. (Also an example of OffTheRails, since he went into Final Jeopardy! with only $1 thanks to a Daily Double gone wrong.)
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) One category during the 2015 Teacher's Tournament was "Two D's and an F".
19th Aug '17 1:04:34 AM Twentington
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** November 23, 1995: In game one of the Tournament of Champions finals, Los Angeles paralegal David Siegel forgot to phrase a correct Daily Double response worth $800 in the form of a question. This mistake would later prove costly, because Siegel lost to tournament champion Ryan Holznagel by $1301, less than the $1600 turnaround that would have occurred had Siegel not made that mistake.
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