Jeopardy!It is difficult to win. Semantics and rules mean even the brightest contestants can still lose because they can’t spell a word correctly. One contestant lost the victory and thousands of dollars due to poor handwriting. Let’s learn what happened.
Stickler for the Rules
Both children and adults often trip over when they play. Jeopardy!These are the main rules. For one thing, all responses must be in the form of a question, or else the responses won’t count. Matt Amodio was the Super Champion and caused a stir for his constant use of the phrase “what’s”Instead of deliberating about who, he chose to say what. His strategy not only won him some enemies on twitter but also netted him $1,518,601.
Aside from the fun nature of the program pronunciation is crucial. Famously, a contestant was penalized in 2013 for incorrectly pronouncing his name. “Elaine Benes.”The wrong syllable was the focus. It’s a tough break, but it was only an $800 dollar mistake. It was far more costly than what happened earlier in the month.
Megan Wachspress: The Reign of Megan
2022 produced more super champions that any other period. Jeopardy!Megan Wachspress is a legend in history. The six-day winning streak by the Berkeley-based attorney saw her win just $60,603. Eric Ahasic was the previous champion and won $160 601 over the same number of games. Wachspress won multiple matches while trailing in Final Jeopardy.
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Sadie Goldberger, a Columbia, Maryland interpreter, won her cosmic luck. It was a close game heading into Final Jeopardy, with Goldberger leading with $9800 to Wachspress’s $9200.
It was 19th Century Contemporaries. The clue was “Congratulating her on the 1869 release of her biography, Frederick Douglass wrote, “I have wrought in the day–you in the night.”Wachspress correctly answered Harriet Tubman.
Goldberger answered the same… except her answer didn’t look quite right. Her handwriting made it appear that she answered. “Harriett Tubma,”Mayim Bialik told her that she couldn’t be rewarded for a correct answer.
Do Your Thing on Twitter
Nearly immediately, the Jeopardy!Many people took to Twitter to vent frustration. Goldberger was clear in his response. While they were there, one viewer made fun of Bialik.
Another user shared the exact same sentiment. Bialik is evil, Goldberger was robbed.
The whole thing fed conspiracy theories. Jeopardy!Is determined to make as many super champions possible.
This situation is meant to remind everyone that Final Jeopardy requires clarity. It could be the difference between winning a consolation prize or a championship.