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September 22nd, 2021 at 12:37:25 PM permalink
Is anyone else enjoying Matt Amodio's current run on Jeopardy!?

I've been watching him for a few weeks. He's now won 25 games in a row.

In doing so, he's now currently #3 on the all-time consecutive GAMES WON list and also #3 on the HIGHEST TOTAL WINNINGS list. (He's behind Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer in each category.)

He plays his 26th consecutive game tonight. He's a very, very strong player. I really don't see him losing any time soon.

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September 22nd, 2021 at 2:23:32 PM permalink
I watch Jeopardy every day, Matt or not. Matt is an extremely strong player. I can't fault him one bit for his gameplay. His wagering on Daily Doubles is spot on, where most players are much too conservative.

He is also good about being as general as possible in his answers and only elaborating if it looks like the host is going to rule him wrong.
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September 22nd, 2021 at 7:19:12 PM permalink
Yesterdayís game his 25th win was the first time in quite awhile that Matt didnít have a runaway.
Matt could have lost if the other contestant knew the answer. He definitely has a shot to pass James for 2nd most wins.
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September 22nd, 2021 at 7:39:28 PM permalink
Quote: Hunterhill

...He definitely has a shot to pass James for 2nd most wins

Yes. Most definitely. I think he will do it. Holzhauer won a total of 32 games so Matt is already very close. However, James was winning an average of $76,944 per game, prior to his final game. Matt's average win total per game is less than half of that, so at that rate, it will be a long, long time before Matt will pass James in total winnings.

Matt IS exciting to watch. I saw him risk it all... and again lose... in the Single Jeopardy round tonight. Fun stuff.
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September 22nd, 2021 at 7:57:58 PM permalink
Anyone else notice the question on the name of the award for advancement in computer science? Recall that Matt Amodio is a PhD student in computer science. Not knowing cost him $30,000. To be honest, I didn't know it either.
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September 22nd, 2021 at 8:17:37 PM permalink
I'm familiar with Alan Turing and have read a lot about him... but I wasn't able to remember the name in time.

A couple of nights ago, in the category MOVIE SERIES SEQUELS, I couldn't believe all three contestants failed to answer the clue "Rogue Nation."

Then again, I often am able to answer the clues that NO ONE else knows... and fail to answer most of the others. :)
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September 22nd, 2021 at 8:49:53 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Anyone else notice the question on the name of the award for advancement in computer science? Recall that Matt Amodio is a PhD student in computer science. Not knowing cost him $30,000. To be honest, I didn't know it either.

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    I saw that and was surprised he didnít know it. I knew that Iím not sure how .
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    September 22nd, 2021 at 9:45:12 PM permalink
    Quote: Wizard



    He is also good about being as general as possible in his answers and only elaborating if it looks like the host is going to rule him wrong.



    This is one of the things his detractors don't like about him. When he says "What's" before every response, including people, it feels like he's not following the rules, or at least flaunting them.

    I'm not sure what strategic advantage is gained my never varying the preamble, so I find his use of "What's" to be petulent rather than strategic, but it's not enough for me to not respect his skill and root for him.

    I did get a kick out of the first show this week. Mayim corrected Matt's phrasing from "What's" to "Who is", and Matt gave her a look as if to say "They must not have told you about me."
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    September 23rd, 2021 at 4:52:17 AM permalink
    Quote: Deucekies

    This is one of the things his detractors don't like about him. When he says "What's" before every response, including people, it feels like he's not following the rules, or at least flaunting them.

    I'm not sure what strategic advantage is gained my never varying the preamble, so I find his use of "What's" to be petulent rather than strategic, but it's not enough for me to not respect his skill and root for him.

    I did get a kick out of the first show this week. Mayim corrected Matt's phrasing from "What's" to "Who is", and Matt gave her a look as if to say "They must not have told you about me."

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    The "What's" instead of "Who is" bugs me as well.

    I have often wondered about the actual rule of "response in the form of a question." Ostensibly, the response should be a question which is sensibly answered by the clue, but that is often not the case. Does it always have to take the form of "Who is X" or "What is X?" Would it be acceptable to say, "Could it be X?" How about, "Would it surprise you to know the answer is X?" What if the correct response to a clue is the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Do you even need to add the "What is?"
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    September 23rd, 2021 at 6:29:21 AM permalink
    Quote: Joeman

    Quote: Deucekies

    This is one of the things his detractors don't like about him. When he says "What's" before every response, including people, it feels like he's not following the rules, or at least flaunting them.

    I'm not sure what strategic advantage is gained my never varying the preamble, so I find his use of "What's" to be petulent rather than strategic, but it's not enough for me to not respect his skill and root for him.

    I did get a kick out of the first show this week. Mayim corrected Matt's phrasing from "What's" to "Who is", and Matt gave her a look as if to say "They must not have told you about me."

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    The "What's" instead of "Who is" bugs me as well.

    I have often wondered about the actual rule of "response in the form of a question." Ostensibly, the response should be a question which is sensibly answered by the clue, but that is often not the case. Does it always have to take the form of "Who is X" or "What is X?" Would it be acceptable to say, "Could it be X?" How about, "Would it surprise you to know the answer is X?" What if the correct response to a clue is the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Do you even need to add the "What is?"
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    Matt stated that he checked into the rules to make sure the way he answers was acceptable.
    He said by always saying ďwhatísĒ itís one less thing that he has to think about and he can focus more on the answer.
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