History YMMV / Jeopardy

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: ** 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: ** [[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: ** 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: ** 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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What is blatant misuse?
* 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.Has its own page]].
18th May '15 6:30:16 PM dmcreif
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** Since the 1997-98 season, any clue or ''whole categories'' of clues read by a celebrity. Almost all of them tend to involve very long clues read '''very''' slowly which gets worse when a Daily Double is hidden there. Many contestants [[GenreSavvy have caught onto these]] which is why they almost always get picked last. Since the board usually does not get cleared whenever these categories or clues are done, they make one wish the show's staff would tell them to speed it up. That way the producers could compensate for any time that could have been used for the remaining clues that got eaten up by the celebrity reader talking so slowly.
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** Since the 1997-98 season, any clue or ''whole categories'' of clues read by a celebrity. Almost all of them tend to involve very long clues read '''very''' slowly which gets worse when a Daily Double is hidden there. Many contestants [[GenreSavvy have caught onto these]] which is why they almost always get picked last. Since the board usually does not get cleared whenever these categories or clues are done, they make one wish the show's staff would tell them to speed it up.up the footage to a point where the speaker's words are still coherent, but not so fast that they are unintelligible. That way the producers could compensate for any time that could have been used for the remaining clues that got eaten up by the celebrity reader talking so slowly.

*** Prior to this season, the Tournament of Champions was always held in November and the Teen Tournament was always held in February[[note]]During season 12, the Teen and College Tournament (held in May) got switched around to accommodate the International Tournament in July.[[/note]]. During this season, the Teen Tournament and Tournament of Champions got switched around, which had the strange effect of having ''two'' Teen Tournament winners in that [=ToC=]. Since this time, the tournaments scheduling has been irregular (e.g. the 2000-01 season not having a [=ToC=] at all).
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*** Prior to this season, the Tournament of Champions was always held in November and the Teen Tournament was always held in February[[note]]During season 12, the Teen and College Tournament (held in May) got switched around to accommodate the International Tournament in July.[[/note]]. During this season, the Teen Tournament and Tournament of Champions got switched around, which had the strange effect of having ''two'' Teen Tournament winners in that [=ToC=]. Since this time, the tournaments scheduling has been irregular (e.g. the 2000-01 season not having a [=ToC=] at all).all), although the month of February is still usually occupied entirely by tournament weeks due to Sweeps.

* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: The 1984 version was a major leap from Art Fleming's three versions, which used a much simpler set and pull-cards for the clues instead of the large, electronic set and wall of monitors.
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* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: The 1984 current version was a major leap from Art Fleming's three versions, which used a much simpler set and pull-cards for the clues instead of the large, electronic set and wall of monitors.
9th May '15 10:47:55 PM Gimere
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*** Prior to this season, the Tournament of Champions was always held in November and the Teen Tournament was always held in February[[note]]During season 12, the Teen and College Tournament (held in May) got switched around to accommodate the International Tournament in July.[[/note]]. During this season, the Teen Tournament and Tournament of Champions got switched around, which had the strange effect of having ''two'' Teen Tournament winners in that ToC. Since this time, the tournaments scheduling has been irregular (e.g. the 2000-01 season not having a ToC at all).
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*** Prior to this season, the Tournament of Champions was always held in November and the Teen Tournament was always held in February[[note]]During season 12, the Teen and College Tournament (held in May) got switched around to accommodate the International Tournament in July.[[/note]]. During this season, the Teen Tournament and Tournament of Champions got switched around, which had the strange effect of having ''two'' Teen Tournament winners in that ToC.[=ToC=]. Since this time, the tournaments scheduling has been irregular (e.g. the 2000-01 season not having a ToC [=ToC=] at all).
25th Apr '15 6:39:35 AM SWFMax
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* CreatorsPet: Since his winning streak in 2004, Ken Jennings became one. In the 2005 "Ultimate Tournament of Champions", he had a bye into the ''final'' round, whereas most players had to win their way into subsequent rounds.
3rd Apr '15 4:26:05 PM VengeanceKarl
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** April 3rd, 2015. One clue asked for the Catholic sacrament that allows a person to take Communion. They were looking for the response "What is Confirmation?". Actually Confirmation has nothing to do with Communion, and often takes place ''after'' a person starts taking Communion. Communion is a sacrament in and of itself, and the initiation of it is just called "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin First Communion]]". At the end of the show, Alex took a moment to acknowledge the mistake and promise they would be more careful in the future.
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