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We haven’t really figured out who will be inaugurated as U. S. President next year and yet that hasn’t stopped some people from talking about who should run in 2024. A tad premature. But the truly important question is who will take over from the late, great Alex Trebek hosting the game show, Jeopardy. And […]

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The Long-Overdue ‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament Report


The last time we met, I was contractually obligated to not divulge the results of shows I’d witnessed under pain and threat of retaliation from Quadra Productions… but now the world knows: I can officially say that I have both won and lost on “Jeopardy!”

When I think about it in retrospect, the whole experience was akin to an amusement park ride; the successful culmination of a 25-year long wait for an opportunity to demonstrate a peculiar sort of intellectual fortitude on one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious venues, made all the more incredible by the speed and ruthlessness with which this particular ride both begins and subsequently ends.

Let’s briefly review how it is that I came to be in this particular situation: Online Jeopardy test (passed) –> Invitation to Jeopardy Audition with test and mock game (passed… finally) –> fly to Los Angeles for taping on March 11, 2020 (arrived!) –> Show up with 11 other potentials for a full day of “Jeopardy!” Taping (witnessed, participated). More fleshed out details are available in my archive via the link above. So, what was all of this like? In a word: Intimidating.

A Day in the Life of a Jeopardy! Contestant


The wait is finally over: this week, yours truly appears on that most revered of game shows, Jeopardy! Fun time kicks off on Thursday! You can read my FAQ here, or about the audition process here, but what I want to talk about right now is what it was actually like to go on the show and let you in on my day as a Jeopardy! Contestant. So, here we go.

I awoke early on Tuesday, March 11 at the Sheraton Four Points, Culver City. It was sometime before 5, and mainly because I couldn’t sleep anymore. The nerves were killing me, you see. After getting cleaned and straightened for the day, I headed down to the hotel lobby with a cup of oatmeal and protein bar in hand in search of coffee. While eating, several other people began hanging around and chatting. They too were conspicuously dressed; too well for normal work but just right for television. It was them. The other contestants had arrived.

Now, there’s no danger of me being picked as the most social guy in any given room, so I approached cautiously, not wanting to exude an air of gamesmanship or intimidation. A brief round of introductions revealed the identities of the various attendees – Ben, (a television producer) Nathan, (a restauranteur) and Morgan (an MD) were all there to compete as well.  Soon, a series of black SUVs pulled up and we were whisked off to Sony Pictures Studios in the middle of a driving rainstorm.  Yes, it was raining heavily. In Los Angeles.

Majestyk’s Giant ‘Jeopardy!’ FAQ


Everybody already knows that I was going to appear on the biggest, best, longest-running game show in the history of whenever – “Jeopardy!,” of course! – but now I have a conundrum on my hands: How do I handle all of the questions and fan mail?

Never fear, gentle reader: I am here to answer your burning questions about all things J!

Obviously, the need to travel to California meant that I was going to be missing some work, and when you make a pronouncement like this to your boss… well, let’s just say that news travels fast. As it turned out, I also had to send another engineer on a site visit to Iceland in my stead so, even in this felicitous situation, tradeoffs were involved. Then, over the course of the next week, I was pelted with a long and repetitive series of questions from everybody in the organization and people on Facebook.

Majestyk, in Double Jeopardy!


A couple of years back, I let everybody here know that I had been invited to an audition for the game show Jeopardy! – mostly so I could be like Troy Senik – but alas, I never received the call to go to Los Angeles.  That was all the way back in 2015.  For those who don’t want to go to the trouble of reading my archive, (I’m flattered if you do) I’ll try to summarize briefly.

The process goes like this: You take the Jeopardy! online test and pass it (required rates of passage are not published; it is rumored to be 70-80%.) Upon successfully passing the online test, you may receive an invitation to attend a live audition with the contestant search crew.  You will be administered a second test to demonstrate that you were not using your friend as a railbird or ringer for the online test; then you are invited to play a mock game of Jeopardy! with your fellow contestants to determine your photogeneity. You will be asked questions, as if you were going on the show and interviewed by Alex… And then you go home and wait.

It’s a no-filter Friday on the Three Martini Lunch.  Jim and Greg start by reacting to the Roger Stone convictions before even starting their martinis.  Then they shake their heads as President Trump goes on a Twitter rant against former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovonovitch while she’s testifying on Capitol Hill and Adam Schiff immediately overplays his hand by calling it witness intimidation.  Then Jim details the disturbing backgrounds of new Democratic presidential candidates Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick, including Bloomberg’s mistreatment of women and Patrick abusing his office to help a relative avoid registering as a sex offender.  And they get some satisfaction knowing that even the finalists in the “Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions” have already forgotten who Michael Avenatti is.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the American Medical Association rejecting call for single-payer healthcare system. They’re also disgusted as prolific “Jeopardy!” winner James Holzhauer faces a massive tax hit courtesy of the state of California. And Jim and Greg discuss how Democratic voters in Virginia are returning a scandal-tarred candidate to the state legislature and how Democratic politicians are cozying up to Gov. Ralph Northam and his campaign money again.

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Take it from a one-time Jeopardy! champion (read: … and one-time Jeopardy! loser): it’s not easy being up under those lights, especially if you’re possessed of the type of ­– ahem – disposition that tends to characterize most of the show’s contestants. If you’ve made it onto the Jeopardy! stage, you’ve probably got a bit of an ego about your smarts, which adds a huge liability to the game: no one will ever remember any of your correct answers, because they’re expected of you. But if you go all facepalm on national television – no matter how brilliant you may otherwise be – it will live with you for the rest of your life.

I experienced a little bit of this when I lost on the show by whiffing on a Final Jeopardy question that involved the GM bankruptcy, a process that I witnessed the genesis of from within the Bush White House. It was not my finest hour. That’s why I envy Becky Sullivan, who also came up short on Final Jeopardy last week, but did so in the most awesome fashion imaginable:

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My husband and I have become Jeopardy! watchers with our new satellite TV access.  I’m noticing some surprising patterns:  1.) I stink at Jeopardy. I thought I would do okay–answer a handful of questions, get the Final Jeopardy question when none of the contestants do, clean up in one category, feel good about myself. And […]

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Mr. Lowenthal was once very high ranking in the intelligence community.  He is now a professor, of course.  The academic and publishing credentials are very impressive.  And, like  any good leftist, he is incredibly ignorant of anything that belies the chosen beliefs in his little world. On a recent Jeopardy tournament, when Alex Trebek spoke […]

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