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Headscratchers: Jeopardy!
  • It seems wrong how they rank post-doubled winners (2001-present), especially those with unlimited tenure (2003-present), alongside pre-doubled, tenured winners (pre-2001), as if there never was a difference between the two groups. The $100,000+ Frank Spangenberg earned back in 1990 is not the same $100,000 on the show today. It's like ranking Trebek-era champions alongside Fleming-era champions. There has to be consistency!
    • That's why they played the Ultimate Tournament of Champions.
    • It's ranking the regular winnings of all the post-doubled/untenured winners alongside those of the pre-doubled/tenured winners. Those two groups won under completely different rules, and more notably, under two completely different scoring systems.
  • What does the main page mean "Aired in a 7-8 block"? Where this troper lives, at least, "Jeopardy!" Airs at noon every weekday, and it's just on episode, immediately followed by The Bold And The Beautiful.
    • Different affiliates run the eps at different times. This Troper spent almost eighteen years in an area where the show did indeed air in the 7-8 block, only to move out to college and find that the local network affiliate there ran the shows at 4:00.
      • Generally speaking, it runs in a 7-8 block (usually following ''Wheel of Fortune''). Some local affiliates run it at different times for their own reasons. But the majority have been running it along with "The Wheel" in that 7-8 block for the last 30+ years.
  • If they can bother to edit the show to ensure that all 60 clues are played in tournaments, why can't they do the same in every other game? Leaving clues on the board looks unprofessional. And unless the contestants are total sloths (granted, a couple have been), it's not like it's going to take that long to get that one last clue played.
    • Because it's especially important that the players get as many clues as possible to have a better chance of going further in the tournament. This is doubly true in the quarter-finals, as the highest-earning non-winners get a "wildcard" pass to the semis.
      • I know why they do it in tournaments. But why don't they do it in regular games too?
      • This bothers me. I understand it if they happen to have a lot of particularly difficult clues, but often they've come to within one clue of completing the board, so why can't they add enough time to make sure that clue is shown? I myself think that boards would be cleared if they cut down on unnecessary chit-chat (I know they're trying not to have dead time by chatting with the contestants, but when those go a little long, the first round gets shortened for time) and reduced the hesitation period, especially if a number of clues that stump contestants come up in quick succession.
      • This is actually very easy to answer (with an opinion of course). One word: Advertising. They sell that advertising time and the more they can sell the more the network can make. During a Tournament they can afford a loss of advertising seconds because theoretically more people are watching, but during normal episodes, every second counts. You may not think so (and I agree that it would be nice if they completed the board), but I would bet that they have oodles of data that shows those precious seconds gain them a lot of money they might lose otherwise.
      • It could simply be that packing the 61 questions in for tournaments sometimes requires numerous tiny editing cuts to fit everything in that just isn't worth it in regular games. In a tournament, they do this for fairness, but in regular games, they run out of time instead - it's not strictly unprofessional, just the rules of the game which are changed for tournaments. The most bothersome thing is that those questions go to waste unless they can be shoehorned into a future category.
  • Why does every contestant in the lead for Final Jeopardy purposely settle for a one-dollar margin of victory when they could get more money by wagering more while still staying ahead of the 3rd-place player if he got it wrong? For example: going into Final Jeopardy, Player 1 has $3,000, Player 2 has $7,000, and Player 3 has $12,000. Player 3 will most likely wager $2,001. But what he doesn't know is that he can get more money for a win if he bets against Player 1 rather than against Player 2. If Player 3 wagers $5,999 instead, he'll get more money for a right answer ($17,999 instead of $14,001) yet still get the same 2nd-place consolation prize for a wrong answer since he'll still beat player 1 no matter what ($6,001 - $6,000 if Player 1 got it right and went all-in). Why don't more contestants realize this?
    • Some people do. Under the J! Archive, the two strategies are referred to as Venusian and Martian wagering strategies, respectively.

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