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  • Ken Again (US/Non-Track)

    I understand that the first show of the new season of Jeopardy! airs tonight.

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    Re: Ken Again (US/Non-Track)

    I'm sure that I'm not the only one who, during the summer hiatus, spent a few spare minutes wondering how his streak will end.

    I'm thinking that he'll retire rather than lose. Since he toyed with the single day record (by tying it at 52,000 2 or 3 times) until finally destroying it with a $75,000 day, I think he's just gonna get bored and give up the title.

    It's not just the knowledge--apparently his buzzer timing is impeccable.

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    • #3
      Re: Ken Again (US/Non-Track)

      >It's not just the knowledge--apparently his buzzer timing is impeccable.<

      I think that he tends to buzz in almost every time he knows the general subject matter, and then he takes a second and retrieves the answer quickly out of that amazing memory of his. Occasionally, he's buzzed in and not been able to come up with the answer. My guess is that this will someday be his undoing. But probably not tonight.

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      • #4
        Fifteen years after Ken Jennings rewrote the Jeopardy! game show record books, now comes James Holzhauer, whose aggressive play has increased the single-game record four times. That record is now 70% higher than the #2 performer all-time. In his win on Wednesday’s episode he was perfect (41 for 41).

        https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/18/entertainment/james-holzhauer-jeopardy-record/index.html

        For details on his strategy and buzzer technique:
        https://www.theringer.com/tv/2019/4/...k-ken-jennings

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        • #5
          I have been watching this unfold for the last 10 shows. He is breaking every record on the way towards Jeopardy! history. Watching him methodically bulldoze the board with one expression (mostly) is mind-blowing. I'm pretty good at this, but there are 'answers' that he provides the question to that I've never even heard of, much less could come up with in less than a second. He must be a savant with a 1 in a billion recall capacity. There might be 7 others like him on the planet. You'd not only have to have an eidetic memory, but you'd have to have exposed yourself to a mind-blowing amount of material, esp. in the popular culture domain. It's one thing to know everything in the dictionary, encyclopedia, almanac and world atlas; it's another to know characters from a wide range of TV shows, movies and books! He must spend enormous amounts of time pursuing every conceivable area of knowledge.

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          • #6
            Apparently he reads children's books on topics he isn't familiar with....which makes sense...

            There's a great movie with Ronald Colman as a game show genius from 1950 Champagne for Caesar....

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc15...&persist_app=1
            Last edited by Conor Dary; 04-19-2019, 04:27 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Atticus View Post
              I have been watching this unfold for the last 10 shows. He is breaking every record on the way towards Jeopardy! history. Watching him methodically bulldoze the board with one expression (mostly) is mind-blowing. I'm pretty good at this, but there are 'answers' that he provides the question to that I've never even heard of, much less could come up with in less than a second. He must be a savant with a 1 in a billion recall capacity. There might be 7 others like him on the planet. You'd not only have to have an eidetic memory, but you'd have to have exposed yourself to a mind-blowing amount of material, esp. in the popular culture domain. It's one thing to know everything in the dictionary, encyclopedia, almanac and world atlas; it's another to know characters from a wide range of TV shows, movies and books! He must spend enormous amounts of time pursuing every conceivable area of knowledge.
              In addition to all that, he describes himself as a professional gambler (he lives in Las Vegas). He obviously has thought a lot about how much to bet on what and when.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tandfman View Post
                In addition to all that, he describes himself as a professional gambler (he lives in Las Vegas). He obviously has thought a lot about how much to bet on what and when.
                He also mentioned that he is sure to be persona non grata back in Vegas with the bookies when he returns.
                Obviously they're gonna have to rub him out 'cuz he knows too much'!

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                • #9
                  Is he causing budget strain at Jeopardy?

                  https://www.theatlantic.com/entertai...e-show/587668/

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tandfman View Post
                    Is he causing budget strain at Jeopardy?
                    https://www.theatlantic.com/entertai...e-show/587668/
                    Doubt it. Their ratings are through the roof while he's winning, which, though I'm sure the ad rates were set a year ago, will allow them to jack them up for next season.

                    The real travesty is that Alex Trebek 'only' gets $10,000,000 a year, while Judge Judy gets $147,000,000 (!!!!).

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tandfman View Post
                      Is he causing budget strain at Jeopardy?

                      https://www.theatlantic.com/entertai...e-show/587668/
                      Watching the video - the question about the Empire ruled by Darius 1 and his son Xerxes 1 had the answer 'Persia.' What? I thought Jeopardy was more strict than that. I have never heard it called 'The Persia Empire' - 'First Persian Empire' yes, but that is a Greek non-technical usage but technically it is the 'The Achaemenid Empire.' Ok I guess it is getting more relaxed.

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                      • #12
                        Bill Murray was pretty good in his day, however.

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lXmvunn7XI

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                        • #13
                          This cat has had his fifteen minutes and it's time for him to go. However we have a savant gambler in the drivers seat and I don't see how he loses unless he gets bored and decides to gamble it all at the wrong time. Don't see that happening.

                          He's completely personable less as well and thus a hard guy to root for and it's useless to drum up any emotion to hope he loses because he turns the game into a farce. I watch the show nightly but this may end that if this chap continues much longer.

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                          • #14
                            What time and network is Jeopardy on daily?.. gotta see this guy.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by lonewolf View Post
                              What time and network is Jeopardy on daily?.. gotta see this guy.
                              It's syndicated so it could appear at different times on different stations in your local area than it might for me in mine. I get it at 7:30pm on the local CBS affiliate.

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