History YMMV / Jeopardy

2nd May '16 7:06:47 PM RobFRules
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** Ken Jennings (2003-04). Some see him as TheAce or a BadassNormal, who knows a lot about many things (even drinks, despite being a teetotaler). Others see him as a BoringInvincibleHero, who proved what a bad idea it was to have unlimited wins.
** Colby Burnett, winner of the 2013 Tournament of Champions. On one hand, he was quite good at the game and quite GenreSavvy with his wagering in early games. On the other hand, he got increasingly cocky with each win. By the finals of the [=ToC=], he was about on par with Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''[='s=] Celebrity Jeopardy! skits.

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** Ken Jennings (2003-04).(2004). Some see him as TheAce or a BadassNormal, who knows a lot about many things (even drinks, despite being a teetotaler). Others see him as a BoringInvincibleHero, who proved what a bad idea it was to have unlimited wins.
** Colby Burnett, winner of the November 2012 Teachers Tournament and 2013 Tournament of Champions. On one hand, he was quite good at the game and quite GenreSavvy with his wagering in early games. On the other hand, he got increasingly cocky with each win. By the finals of the [=ToC=], he was about on par with Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''[='s=] Celebrity Jeopardy! skits.



** J! Archive was not the first fansite to archive the clues. Before them, a prior ''Jeopardy!'' archive existed on an AOL site. Known as the Jeoparchive, this site archived clues for ''Jeopardy!'' in the early 2000s. It was taken down in 2004 when its lone archivist grew [[CreatorBacklash disillusioned]] with the show once [[BaseBreaker Ken Jennings]] started winning game after game.

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** J! Archive was not the first fansite to archive the clues. Before them, a prior ''Jeopardy!'' archive existed on an AOL site. Known site known as the Jeoparchive, this Jeoparchive. This site archived clues for ''Jeopardy!'' in the early 2000s. It for season 20, but it was taken down in 2004 when its lone archivist founder Ronnie O'Rourke (a former ''Jeopardy!'' champion) grew [[CreatorBacklash disillusioned]] with the show once [[BaseBreaker Ken Jennings]] started winning game after game.game. However, a mirror of the site has since been revived, and most of it's games are in J! Archive now anyway.



* {{Scrub}}: Many fans complain that Arthur Chu's strategy of fishing for Daily Doubles to deny them from his opponents is cheating, when in fact, though widely not utilized, there's no rule against it and show staff make it clear to contestants that such a strategy is perfectly legal. Hell, Chu isn't even the first contestant to do so. It's been done by several players in the Tournament of Champions and even Watson did this during the IBM challenge. The main reason why it isn't common is because it's high risk to choose the lower row questions early , the wordplay in the clues sometimes build top to bottom (which makes the lower row questions easier in context), and because most players would much rather use the Daily Double than waste it.

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** The Teachers Tournament has been seen as this. It has supporters who like tournament play and the respect and praise shown to teachers with the event, but others see it as redundant (as elementary and high school teachers have never been excluded from regular games, and many have had successful runs there.) Some see the Teachers games as being weaker in general than regular games, and thereby taking away a Tournament of Champions spot away from regular contestants, especially as only Colby Burnett has ever made the semifinals (or beyond) among Teachers champions.
*** Similar opinions followed the former Seniors Tournament to some viewers, as contestants over 50 years of age have never been barred from regular play, and of the 10 winners of that event, ''none'' ever won a TOC quarterfinal game (though two dud advance to the finals.) It's 1995 demotion from July to ''December'' (outside of a sweeps period) seems to have been a move to ultimately kill it off.
* {{Scrub}}: Many fans complain that Arthur Chu's strategy of fishing for Daily Doubles to deny them from his opponents is cheating, when in fact, though widely not utilized, there's no rule against it and show staff make it clear to contestants that such a strategy is perfectly legal. Hell, Chu isn't even the first contestant to do so. It's been done by several players in regular play and the Tournament of Champions Champions, and even Watson did this during the IBM challenge. The main reason why it isn't common is because it's high risk to choose the lower row questions early , early, the wordplay in the clues sometimes build top to bottom (which makes the lower row questions easier in context), and because most players would much rather use the Daily Double than waste it.



** Starting in the 2000-01 season, players no longer walked onstage in their introductions, and the Teen Tournament winner was no longer invited to the Tournament of Champions.

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** Starting in the 2000-01 season, players no longer walked onstage in their introductions, introductions (partly due to blind 5-day champion Eddie Timanus' run), and the Teen Tournament winner was no longer invited to the Tournament of Champions.



** The 2014-15 season removed the co-champion rule, where players tied for first place could each return the next day to play. All ties are now decided by tie-breaker questions.

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** The 2014-15 season removed the co-champion rule, where players tied for first place could each return the next day to play. All ties are now decided by tie-breaker questions.questions, though none have occurred yet.
25th Mar '16 5:58:55 PM KoopaKid17
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* MilestoneCelebration: ''Jeopardy!'' celebrated their 10th anniversary with the 10th Anniversary Tournament in December 1993 (featuring notable contestants from the first 9 seasons.) For their 20th season, the 5-day winning limit was abolished (much to Ken Jennings' benefit), while season 25 was celebrated with a rare Tournament of Champions held on the road (in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show). Most recently, season 30 saw ''Jeopardy!'' host the Battle of the Decades tournament featuring 15 contestants from each decade that the show had aired to that point.
** ''Jeopardy!'' has also celebrated milestones for the number of episodes. The 3,000th episode was celebrated during a normal game in September 1997 (with archival clips featured during it, while the 4,000th episode was marked with the Million Dollar Masters tournament in May 2002, immediately followed by a 4,000th episode clip show to mark the milestone (though that was actually episode #4,088)
23rd Feb '16 9:19:19 AM RobFRules
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* MilestoneCelebration: ''Jeopardy!'' celebrated their 10th anniversary with the 10th Anniversary Tournament in December 1993 (featuring notable contestants from the first 9 seasons.) For their 20th season, the 5-day winning limit was abolished (much to Ken Jennings' benefit), while season 25 was celebrated with a rare Tournament of Champions held on the road (in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show). Most recently, season 30 saw 'Jeopardy!'' hosted the Battle of the Decades tournament featuring 15 contestants from each decade that the show had aired to that point.

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* MilestoneCelebration: ''Jeopardy!'' celebrated their 10th anniversary with the 10th Anniversary Tournament in December 1993 (featuring notable contestants from the first 9 seasons.) For their 20th season, the 5-day winning limit was abolished (much to Ken Jennings' benefit), while season 25 was celebrated with a rare Tournament of Champions held on the road (in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show). Most recently, season 30 saw 'Jeopardy!'' hosted ''Jeopardy!'' host the Battle of the Decades tournament featuring 15 contestants from each decade that the show had aired to that point.
23rd Feb '16 9:18:47 AM RobFRules
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* MilestoneCelebration: ''Jeopardy!'' celebrated their 10th anniversary with the 10th Anniversary Tournament in December 1993 (featuring notable contestants from the first 9 seasons.) For their 20th season, the 5-day winning limit was abolished (much to Ken Jennings' benefit), while season 25 was celebrated with a rare Tournament of Champions held on the road (in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show). Most recently, season 30 saw 'Jeopardy!'' hosted the Battle of the Decades tournament featuring 15 contestants from each decade that the show had aired to that point.
** ''Jeopardy!'' has also celebrated milestones for the number of episodes. The 3,000th episode was celebrated during a normal game in September 1997 (with archival clips featured during it, while the 4,000th episode was marked with the Million Dollar Masters tournament in May 2002, immediately followed by a 4,000th episode clip show to mark the milestone (though that was actually episode #4,088)
6th Feb '16 8:35:09 PM nombretomado
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** In the ''{{Cheers}}'' episode "What Is... Cliff Clavin?", Cliff appears on the show and, despite getting a runaway lead, wagers everything and gets Final Jeopardy! wrong. This episode has been referenced regularly on ''Jeopardy!'' at least two contestants have copied his Final Jeopardy! response of "Who are three people that have never been in my kitchen?", and Trebek sometimes warns contestants with runaway leads not to "[[PersonAsVerb pull a Cliff Clavin]]" (i.e., wager everything--or even enough to let a player who's behind to catch up--and then get it wrong).

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** In the ''{{Cheers}}'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' episode "What Is... Cliff Clavin?", Cliff appears on the show and, despite getting a runaway lead, wagers everything and gets Final Jeopardy! wrong. This episode has been referenced regularly on ''Jeopardy!'' at least two contestants have copied his Final Jeopardy! response of "Who are three people that have never been in my kitchen?", and Trebek sometimes warns contestants with runaway leads not to "[[PersonAsVerb pull a Cliff Clavin]]" (i.e., wager everything--or even enough to let a player who's behind to catch up--and then get it wrong).
30th Jan '16 11:46:58 AM HarryLovesHermione
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* {{Scrub}}: Many fans complain that Arthur Chu's strategy of fishing for Daily Doubles to deny them from his opponents is cheating, when in fact, though widely not utilized, there's no rule against it and show staff make it clear to contestants that such a strategy is perfectly legal. Hell, Chu isn't even the first contestant to do so. It's been done by several players in the Tournament of Champions and even Watson did this during the IBM challenge. The main reason why it isn't common is because it's high risk to choose the lower row questions early and because most players would much rather use the Daily Double than waste it.

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* {{Scrub}}: Many fans complain that Arthur Chu's strategy of fishing for Daily Doubles to deny them from his opponents is cheating, when in fact, though widely not utilized, there's no rule against it and show staff make it clear to contestants that such a strategy is perfectly legal. Hell, Chu isn't even the first contestant to do so. It's been done by several players in the Tournament of Champions and even Watson did this during the IBM challenge. The main reason why it isn't common is because it's high risk to choose the lower row questions early , the wordplay in the clues sometimes build top to bottom (which makes the lower row questions easier in context), and because most players would much rather use the Daily Double than waste it.
18th Jan '16 2:06:59 AM Gimere
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* CriticalResearchFailure: June 11, 2012. Final Jeopardy! asked "[[Literature/TheBible Acts 1:13]] says this event occurred in 'an upper room'." They were looking for [[spoiler:The Last Supper]], and initially ruled the champion's response of [[spoiler:Pentecost]] wrong, but Alex later acknowledged the latter as right in a dubbed-in clip and mentioned that, starting with the next game, his score would be adjusted accordingly. The truth is, there ''is'' no right answer Acts 1:13 makes no mention of any "act" besides the disciples meeting there, and Pentecost doesn't show up until Acts 2. Furthermore, the exact location of the Last Supper is unknown; it is believed to have happened in an upper room simply because that was tradition. Fortunately, this did not affect the outcome, since only two players were present at Final Jeopardy! and the contestant who answered "Pentecost" had a "lock" game.

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* CriticalResearchFailure: CriticalResearchFailure:
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June 11, 2012. Final Jeopardy! asked "[[Literature/TheBible Acts 1:13]] says this event occurred in 'an upper room'." They were looking for [[spoiler:The Last Supper]], and initially ruled the champion's response of [[spoiler:Pentecost]] wrong, but Alex later acknowledged the latter as right in a dubbed-in clip and mentioned that, starting with the next game, his score would be adjusted accordingly. The truth is, there ''is'' no right answer Acts 1:13 makes no mention of any "act" besides the disciples meeting there, and Pentecost doesn't show up until Acts 2. Furthermore, the exact location of the Last Supper is unknown; it is believed to have happened in an upper room simply because that was tradition. Fortunately, this did not affect the outcome, since only two players were present at Final Jeopardy! and the contestant who answered "Pentecost" had a "lock" game.



* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5yU78avR6w The current]] ThemeTune, which debuted on the first show of Trebek's 25th season in September 2008.

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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
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[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5yU78avR6w The current]] ThemeTune, which debuted on the first show of Trebek's 25th season in September 2008.



* MostWonderfulSound: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csf9xOXPngA board fill]] sound at the beginning of the round (retired in July 2008 and, after a season wherein the board did not make a noise, replaced with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M62nqysgdgw relaxing six-tone chime]] that Trebek has said that he likes). Also, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5LTzcDevrk Daily Double]] trill and the simple one-note chime when the Final Jeopardy! category is revealed.

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* MostWonderfulSound: MostWonderfulSound:
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The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csf9xOXPngA board fill]] sound at the beginning of the round (retired in July 2008 and, after a season wherein the board did not make a noise, replaced with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M62nqysgdgw relaxing six-tone chime]] that Trebek has said that he likes). Also, the likes).
** The
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5LTzcDevrk Daily Double]] trill and the trill.
** The
simple one-note chime when the Final Jeopardy! category is revealed.



* ThatOneLevel: Opera, ballet, or spelling categories, which are almost always saved for last.

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* ThatOneLevel: ThatOneLevel:
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Opera, ballet, or spelling categories, which are almost always saved for last.
11th Jan '16 6:51:56 PM Twentington
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** The July 23, 2009 Final Jeopardy! was notorious for its obscure response of Liederkranz cheese, which has gained MemeticMutation in the fandom as a benchmark for clue obscurity (partially because a prominent member of the fandom happened to have a CurbStompBattle going on that day). It turns out that [[http://www.j-archive.com/showgame.php?game_id=5151 at least one prior episode]] had a nearly-verbatim clue about the cheese, which also stumped all three players even then.
30th Jul '15 8:24:34 AM Blatch0
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** In the July 29, 2015 show, A question in the category of "Teams That Haven't Won a World Series", mentioned Troy Tulowitzki, a player for the Colorado Rockies, trying to lead his team to a championship. While true at the time of taping, by the time the episode aired on TV, Tulowitzki had been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays [[note]](and, for the record, they have won two World Series titles)[[/note]].
8th Jun '15 3:27:55 AM bwburke94
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* HarsherInHindsight: Writer Jerry Slowik's 5-game run on Jeopardy in early 2014 netted him an impressive $121,800. Only months later, he was arrested for an apparent sexual act with a 15 year old, which also got him barred from the 2014 Tournament of Champions (4-Time champ Mark Japinga, who would otherwise have not made the tournament, replaced him as the sole 4-time champ of 2013-2014).



* WhatAnIdiot: See [[WhatAnIdiot/{{Jeopardy}} this page]].
* [[WhatTheHellCastingAgency Who Made This Tournament Bracket?]]: The Battle of the Decades Semifinals pit three Quarterfinal winners against each other in one match instead of two Quarterfinal winners and one wildcard.

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* WhatAnIdiot: See [[WhatAnIdiot/{{Jeopardy}} this page]].
* [[WhatTheHellCastingAgency Who Made This Tournament Bracket?]]: The Battle of the Decades Semifinals pit three Quarterfinal winners against each other in one match instead of two Quarterfinal winners and one wildcard.
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