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10 minutes ago, Katy M said:

I just don't understand how betting it all is "going for it" when there is literally nothing to win or lose.  

Because why not??  There is nothing to lose your are correct, but you could throw caution to the wind for once in your life and not face any consequences.  I just think it would be fun.  Just a matter of opinion.

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13 hours ago, ABay said:

I was a few letters off on FJ. I knew Take the L Train didn't sound right but couldn't figure out the correct letter on time.

I said L Train too, and I also knew it was wrong.

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I could not get Sundance out of my head for FJ, though I was pretty sure it wasn't right. But it was closer than the Vegas Strip! LOL So glad James changed that answer. I really enjoyed seeing him go over $2,000,000, and I'm looking forward to him surpassing Ken's total.

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1 hour ago, Katy M said:

The guy did a true daily double and lost and then did a $2,000 when he was in the red and I think got that one wrong, too.  He did what you wanted.  Where did that get him?

Essentially the same place it would have gotten him had he bet less and gotten it right - losing. (And yes, he could have potentially ended up in second, but it’s ultimately the same thing: not winning.)

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I did not know the answers to either of Sam's DDs. Poor guy. I'm always a little miffed when the DDs are very easy. James certainly is knowledgeable, but I think most of his DDs were quite easy, which makes it easy to build your bank when you bet it all. But, like I said, poor Sam.

The only TS I got was Civic, which happened to be my first, second, and third cars. 

I couldn't come up with FJ and figured once it was revealed I'd have a big DOH moment. Yup. DOH!

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I really need to learn to stop looking at newspaper home pages for the three hours before Jeopardy airs on the West Coast.  I know to stay away from social media, but late this afternoon, the New York Times had a headline of "$2 Million:  James Holzhauer", so I knew how this would go.  

Has James ever had both other contestants in the red at the same time, which happened tonight?  I wondered if they still would do FJ if James were the only contestant left.  I'm guessing yes, but he just would be betting for/against himself.  

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Congrats to James! 

I found today's games more difficult than usual. I didn't get either of Steve's DDs & I think the only category I ran was Queen Victoria (Happy 200th Birthday!). It took me a sec to get Sundance out of my head for FJ, even knowing full well it's in UT, but Sun Valley came to me in time. 

25 minutes ago, peeayebee said:

I did not know the answers to either of Sam's DDs. Poor guy. I'm always a little miffed when the DDs are very easy. James certainly is knowledgeable, but I think most of his DDs were quite easy, which makes it easy to build your bank when you bet it all. But, like I said, poor Sam.

I agree on all counts. 

5 minutes ago, freddi said:

I wondered if they still would do FJ if James were the only contestant left.  I'm guessing yes, but he just would be betting for/against himself.  

There would still be FJ with James up there by his lonesome, & it wouldn't surprise me one bit if it eventually happens before James leaves. 

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8 minutes ago, freddi said:

  I wondered if they still would do FJ if James were the only contestant left.  I'm guessing yes, but he just would be betting for/against himself.  

One contestant FJ happened a few years ago

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1 hour ago, SpiritSong said:

I could not get Sundance out of my head for FJ, though I was pretty sure it wasn't right. But it was closer than the Vegas Strip! LOL So glad James changed that answer.

I actually don't think he changed his answer. I think he added the Vegas reference later, maybe since he cannot do shout outs anymore. Anyone else think this? Wasn't the Las Vegas strip under the correct answer with no real room to have added Sun Valley over it?(Oh, I got this one right away because of the Idaho part of the question) another reason that I don't think James answered wrong...he knows Las Vegas is not in Idaho! And the Las Vegas part was "scribbled" like it was written swiftly while the rest of the question was in James' usual neat handwriting!

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2 minutes ago, suebee12 said:

I actually don't think he changed his answer. I think he added the Vegas reference later, maybe since he cannot do shout outs anymore. Anyone else think this? Wasn't the Las Vegas strip under the correct answer with no real room to have added Sun Valley over it?(Oh, I got this one right away because of the Idaho part of the question) another reason that I don't think James answered wrong...he knows Las Vegas is not in Idaho! And the Las Vegas part was "scribbled" like it was written swiftly while the rest of the question was in James' usual neat handwriting!

You know, that is probably what happened. He is way too smart not to know his states. But he might be playing with fire with little games like that, though I guess they do let you cross out answers and write in another one. It seems a little dishonest though, if he's doing it just to give a shout out.

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13 minutes ago, suebee12 said:

I actually don't think he changed his answer. I think he added the Vegas reference later, maybe since he cannot do shout outs anymore. Anyone else think this? Wasn't the Las Vegas strip under the correct answer with no real room to have added Sun Valley over it?(Oh, I got this one right away because of the Idaho part of the question) another reason that I don't think James answered wrong...he knows Las Vegas is not in Idaho! And the Las Vegas part was "scribbled" like it was written swiftly while the rest of the question was in James' usual neat handwriting!

Agree one million percent. He lives in Vegas and this was a sneaky way of giving a shout out to Vegas, which he obviously knows is in Nevada. Nobody in America, nor probably half the world, would think Vegas is in Idaho.  It was so blatant that I can't believe Alex chuckled and the show did not attempt to edit it out somehow. Another reason I dislike James. He does think the game is beneath him and he can flout the rules in such an obvious way. 

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No doubt Las Vegas strip was a sneaky shoutout, but I don't think James did it to flout the rules. I think he was happy to be going over the $2M mark & was having a bit of cheeky fun. Otherwise we'd be seeing Happy Birthday Mom/Dad/Grandma/Uncle Bob below his 'real' answer on a regular basis. 

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1 minute ago, Toothbrush said:

No doubt Las Vegas strip was a sneaky shoutout, but I don't think James did it to flout the rules. I think he was happy to be going over the $2M mark & was having a bit of cheeky fun.

I think that also! I like James and I was happy for him today and I think he was happy, too. The scribble looked hurried and an after thought...nothing malicious on his part.

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6 minutes ago, Toothbrush said:

Otherwise we'd be seeing Happy Birthday Mom/Dad/Grandma/Uncle Bob below his 'real' answer on a regular basis. 

Yeah, they told him to knock that off (well, told everyone, but it was obviously in response to his litany of FJ shout-outs), which is why that Happy Birthday Everyone I've Ever Known routine stopped.  So it sounds like (I wasn't home, so didn't see his response and am just going off postings here) this was his way of getting in yet another Vegas shout-out without breaking the seriously, we mean it emphasis on the standard "no superfluous writing" admonition.

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I totally thought the Las Vegas answer was an attempt to toy with the rules.  And I suspect they will clamp down on that, unless he really has a mistake to cross out.  What word is Las Vegas is “bright”, like the final answer required?  It’s not just the state that was wrong!  

7 minutes ago, Bastet said:

Yeah, they told him to knock that off, which is why that routine has stopped.  So it sounds like (I wasn't home, so didn't see his response and am just going off postings here) this was his way of getting in a shout-out without breaking the "seriously, we mean it" emphasis on the standard "no superfluous writing" admonition.

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36 minutes ago, freddi said:

What word is Las Vegas is “bright”, like the final answer required?  It’s not just the state that was wrong!  

I think he was banking on the notion that he drew a complete blank on the actual answer and jokingly wrote the strip because the strip is definitely bright, because it'd be wrong either way so why not be wrong in a funny/shoutout way, but then "remembered" the right answer and wrote it above.

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No, it was not a bright location, it was “resort area with a bright name”.   Like “Sun”.  I doubt they will let him do that again.  He was clearly trying to do what they had prohibited. 

1 hour ago, theatremouse said:

I think he was banking on the notion that he drew a complete blank on the actual answer and jokingly wrote the strip because the strip is definitely bright, because it'd be wrong either way so why not be wrong in a funny/shoutout way, but then "remembered" the right answer and wrote it above.

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6 hours ago, theatremouse said:

I think he was banking on the notion that he drew a complete blank on the actual answer and jokingly wrote the strip because the strip is definitely bright, because it'd be wrong either way so why not be wrong in a funny/shoutout way, but then "remembered" the right answer and wrote it above.

That's what I think also.  We have seen James get questions wrong, including  FJ.  It's quite possible he blanked, decided to write a joke answer and as he was writing remembered.  

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8 hours ago, freddi said:

I wondered if they still would do FJ if James were the only contestant left.  I'm guessing yes, but he just would be betting for/against himself.  

Isn't that what he's already doing for the most part? (Nate & Adam notwithstanding...)

I, too, think he was trying to be cute with his Las Vegas shout-out.

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I felt bad for the middle guy but he sure had a good attitude. When Alex announced he was in the red by $2,000+, he kind of laughingly said, “Cool...” 

Add me to those who think James’ FJ answer was a shoutout. I mean, the correct answer was written huge and on top and the “wrong answer” was squeezed in at the bottom. 

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11 hours ago, SpiritSong said:

I could not get Sundance out of my head for FJ, though I was pretty sure it wasn't right. But it was closer than the Vegas Strip! LOL So glad James changed that answer. I really enjoyed seeing him go over $2,000,000, and I'm looking forward to him surpassing Ken's total.

I was completely blank, and my husband was trying to guide me by saying "my band had the big gig there...." - which just goes to show I didn't pay attention to where his biggest gig was, except that it was in Idaho - so I said Cour DeLaine (sp?) because I have no idea what the name means. Now, if I'd gone with him, I would have gotten it. I had more fun at home though.
 

10 hours ago, suebee12 said:

I actually don't think he changed his answer. I think he added the Vegas reference later, maybe since he cannot do shout outs anymore. Anyone else think this? Wasn't the Las Vegas strip under the correct answer with no real room to have added Sun Valley over it?(Oh, I got this one right away because of the Idaho part of the question) another reason that I don't think James answered wrong...he knows Las Vegas is not in Idaho! And the Las Vegas part was "scribbled" like it was written swiftly while the rest of the question was in James' usual neat handwriting!

I agree.

As for him being told to knock it off or else - how would they enforce it? It's not like they're going to throw their biggest ratings grabber off the show or deny him money he won. Just curious as to what the actual consequences might be.

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12 minutes ago, Clanstarling said:

I was completely blank, and my husband was trying to guide me by saying "my band had the big gig there...." - which just goes to show I didn't pay attention to where his biggest gig was, except that it was in Idaho - so I said Cour DeLaine (sp?) because I have no idea what the name means.

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho was named after tribe of Native Americans.  I know Coeur is French for heart, but I had to google to get the full meaning, heart of an awl.  It refers to the sharp trading skills when dealing with outsiders mainly.

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I found today's games more difficult than usual.

Same here. It was a really bad group of categories for me, with the exception of the hip hop one. Bring on Snoop and Dr. Dre all day long!

I got Sundance in my head right away and couldn't get it out - didn't even think of Sun Valley. 

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As I was trying to remember the name of the "bright" resort city, I briefly considered Edison. Just a wild stab in the dark, so to speak. But Edison didn't sound like a resort name, and I knew that was wrong. I knew I'd slap my forehead when I heard the answer.

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2 hours ago, Clanstarling said:

As for him being told to knock it off or else - how would they enforce it? It's not like they're going to throw their biggest ratings grabber off the show or deny him money he won. Just curious as to what the actual consequences might be.

You rule the response incorrect, and he loses the money he wagered.  He still wins the game, wins a bucket of bucks, just not as much, and you hope he learns his lesson.  If he doesn't, you repeat the process until he does.

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37 minutes ago, Moose135 said:

You rule the response incorrect, and he loses the money he wagered.  He still wins the game, wins a bucket of bucks, just not as much, and you hope he learns his lesson.  If he doesn't, you repeat the process until he does.

I see...of course, it would be a tricky balancing act - do it too often (or even once might even be enough for some of the viewing audience) and Jeopardy looks like assholes, which puts them more at risk than a contestant who's brought them a ton of positive publicity.

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30 minutes ago, Prevailing Wind said:

The other unusual thing James did was tell AT he finally realized being a Jeopardy! contestant was a viable career. I did, indeed, laugh out loud at that. Alex's expression in response was perfect.

That was funny, though he actually said "palatable" career. I feel pretty sure he meant viable though. 

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I also noted James' cheeky call-back to a previous interview segment a few weeks ago: "Who is Dr. Dree?" I can't think of the entire anecdote but it refered to his father, who had Dr. Dre in his reading vocabulary but not his speaking vocabulary. That was a slight risk; what if they called it wrong on pronunciation; "Oooh, sorry it's Dray, not Dree..."?

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56 minutes ago, Gimmick Genius said:

I also noted James' cheeky call-back to a previous interview segment a few weeks ago: "Who is Dr. Dree?" I can't think of the entire anecdote but it refered to his father, who had Dr. Dre in his reading vocabulary but not his speaking vocabulary. That was a slight risk; what if they called it wrong on pronunciation; "Oooh, sorry it's Dray, not Dree..."?

I noticed that, as well, and had the same thought. We have all heard Alex (or the judges) rule someone incorrect for mispronunciation, which is more of the reason that I believe James is getting too much of the kid glove treatment.

It is a longtime Jeopardy rule that there should be nothing written in Final Jeopardy other than the response. James wasn't the first to sneak something in, but since he's lasted so long, they eventually had to shut him down with that.  Therefore, when he did his little fakeout with Vegas, everyone knew that he had just flippantly decided to do it anyway (under the guise of an obviously false wrong answer). It's the same subversive streak that enabled him to not only skip much of school, but to broadcast that on national TV. 

I understand very well that James is the Jeopardy Wunderkind and a total bonanza for the show, and that his unorthodox style of play is totally legit and a very crafty plan. That does NOT mean that he should be allowed to flout the rules of a show that's been on since before James was born.

What's next? He won't answer in the form of a question, and Alex will chuckle? 

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14 minutes ago, Arkay said:

I noticed that, as well, and had the same thought. We have all heard Alex (or the judges) rule someone incorrect for mispronunciation, which is more of the reason that I believe James is getting too much of the kid glove treatment.

You are only ruled wrong for mispronunciation (I never realized how hard of a word that is to type) if you change letters.  If you pronounce it the way it looks, you won't be ruled incorrectly.  

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3 hours ago, Abstract said:

That was funny, though he actually said "palatable" career. I feel pretty sure he meant viable though. 

I'm pretty sure he meant palatable - given that he's gone out of his way to avoid traditional careers.

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1 hour ago, Clanstarling said:

I'm pretty sure he meant palatable - given that he's gone out of his way to avoid traditional careers.

Palatable in that he could stand it (or "stomach" it) over time. There are plenty of "viable," even lucrative careers that wouldn't be as "tasty" to an unconventional guy like James. 

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2 hours ago, Arkay said:

That does NOT mean that he should be allowed to flout the rules of a show that's been on since before James was born.

 What's next? He won't answer in the form of a question, and Alex will chuckle? 

Likely he’ll say, “hey champ, well give you a few extra seconds, please rephrase that in the form of a question”

I jest.  James will never do that.  

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6 minutes ago, Rbonnie said:

Likely he’ll say, “hey champ, well give you a few extra seconds, please rephrase that in the form of a question”

I jest.  James will never do that.  

Well, they don't penalize you in the first round, they do in the second.

I don't think James is getting special treatment in whether or not his answers are ruled correctly or incorrectly.

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What was the last FJ James missed?

So over 2 million, Ken Jennings regular game earnings is up next.  I think it beats that. 

After that a race to the all time earnings record, what is that like 4.5 million or so?  I give him 50/50 odds to do it, but would have to be next season I think.

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10 hours ago, hendersonrocks said:

Same here. It was a really bad group of categories for me, with the exception of the hip hop one. Bring on Snoop and Dr. Dre all day long!

I got Sundance in my head right away and couldn't get it out - didn't even think of Sun Valley. 

Me too I love music but hate opera and hip-hop. I knew Final Jeopardy quickly.

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1 hour ago, DrSpaceman said:

What was the last FJ James missed?

So over 2 million, Ken Jennings regular game earnings is up next.  I think it beats that. 

After that a race to the all time earnings record, what is that like 4.5 million or so?  I give him 50/50 odds to do it, but would have to be next season I think.

I don't think he's missed one since Jane Fonda.

And the big number is $4,888,440 (All-Star tournament winnings bumped it up a bit). According to internet number crunchers, if James continues at his current pace, he would reach this number by the second episode of Season 36.

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