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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

He's not that smart

Well, the Jeopardy guy finally lost, after 75 shows. It was bound to happen eventually.

But I can't believe the Final Jeopardy question that he blew in the end:

Category: Business and Industry

Clue: Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year

Duh! Come on, Ken!

Across the country, you could hear the tax lawyers telling their spouses: "I should go on that show." (Via AboutItAll.)

Comments (8)

I demand a recount, Jennings was robbed!

Seriously (well not quite), you think he decided enough was enough and walked away? How could he have missed that question? I am no tax lawyer and it took me about a half a second to come up with the correct answer to the question.


The guy is so smart, you kind of new it would be an easy question that he would miss. Also, he was obviously off his game, as he missed both of the Double Jeopardy questions in the second round.

Still, my hat is off to him. One of the smartest and toughest competitors ever. Only Trebek is glad he's leaving.

I really think that too, he was not really playing like he had in the past. The funny thing is, now he really misses it.

from this article.

He wasn't prepared for how much he'd miss the daily competition, though.

"It didn't really hit me that was going to be the hard part," he said. "I thought the hard part would be the loss."

It reminds me of the line about the statue erected in memory of the world's champion player of Russian roulette, whose lifetime record was 74 and 1.

Just to clear things up- He didn't compete every day. Jeopardy tapes a weeks worth of shows all on one day; so he would fly in, play a few games and then fly home and go to work. Everybody has off days, and maybe his happened to come on his Jeopardy taping day.

I smell a fix. The Final Jeopardy question he missed may have been understandable, but earlier he missed a Double Jeopardy question about the name of the town Patton rescued in the Battle of the Bulge. He answered "Verdun." (Wrong war!)

How can a 74-time Jeopardy champion miss that one? Even my 10-year-old son was yelling, "Bastogne! Bastogne!"

I'm not certain, but I believe that H&R Block's local operations are mostly franchises with their own employees. If true, technically the parent corporation does not have anywhere near the number of seasonal employees Jeopardy's "answer" referenced (and I guessed it too, instantly). But Jennings answer of FedX was way off too - not white collar. As they say in Turkey, DUR! Must have been the lulling effect of $2.5 million . . .

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