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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:54 PM
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Thank you all for your support.
And thank you for watching my appearances on Jeopardy! I had the best time with these fellow (moderate) left-wingers who were my competition, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

I am absolutely ecstatic at having taken second place. Of course, if I'd won, I'd be 2.5 times as ecstatic, but a hundred grand, minus taxes, is much better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick any day. And remember, since we were all more or less lefties, you know the big prize didn't fall into Freeper hands.
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lost-in-nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:56 PM
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1. WHOOO HOOOO
oh man

congrats..... I am in awe...

:hug: :hug:

lost
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:13 PM
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14. Thanks, lost.
I am now something very dangerous... a socialist with money and free time for political work.
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:56 PM
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2. Congratulations!!!
You did extremely well.
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:15 PM
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16. Many thanks indeed!
I did what I had to do, so as not to embarrass my country. There was that added (self-imposed) pressure as well, as I was the only Canuck, so I'm glad I didn't crash and burn.
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Bennyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:57 PM
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3. Great job.....
The damn jazz question cost ya though..... But hey, really was awesome....
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:07 PM
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9. Thanks, Bennyboy
Naw, I think it was that damn $2,000 clue where the answer was "bots", but I said "worm". Had I got that right, I'd have had a lock game. Had I not buzzed in for it, I probably would have lost by $201, which would have made me feel somewhat worse than losing by $401. Or we might even have had another tiebreaker like that on Tuesday, but in the final game, and wouldn't THAT have been something!
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Bennyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:19 PM
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50. yeah that was a tough one too....
BOTS? WTF is that? (which explains why i will never be on the show...)
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:57 PM
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4. Congratulations on the win!
Glad to see someone out there making good on knowing your facts, figures and culture. :toast:

I SO wish I could go on Jeapordy, but after reading Jenning's book, it seems like the odds of even getting ON the show are about the same as winning $5000 on a scratch-off lottery ticket.
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:03 PM
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7. If you think you have the stuff...
...get yourself on Jeopardy's email list, and you can find out when they're having their next online test. That's how I got on. They should be having one soon, I think, maybe in January. Go to jeopardy.com and sign up for their newsletter, and you'll get updates for that: http://www.jeopardy.com/communicate_newsletter.php
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Omphaloskepsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:01 PM
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5. I hosted one of the edisodes you were on...
Can I have back the 7.00$ it cost me to host. I'm just kidding, I don't want the money but I did pay seven bucks to host a episode you were on. Maybe give the 7$ to the next person you see that looks needy.. And congrats, great job.
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:09 PM
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11. Alex? Is that... is that YOU?! n/m
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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:02 PM
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6. 'grats!
:woooo:

:hi:
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:49 PM
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31. Woooo back, and thanks, Lefty. n/m
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:06 PM
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8. You were wonderful, my friend.
Congratulations on your success. Next time you're in Chicago, you're buying the beers!

:hug:
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:09 PM
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12. Thanks, buddy.
It's a deal. Drinks on me.
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:16 PM
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17. Oh.... You misunderstood me.
I didn't mean that you had to buy the beers. I just figured that we'd drink them out of your belly-button. I suppose that you could buy them too if you want.
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:18 PM
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21. Well, I guess you could do that.
Just no tongue, OK? I'm ticklish.
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:48 PM
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65. Locking.
Congratulations! I love Jeopardy, but missed the whole deal and am very unhappy that I did. Nice to know my neighbor to the north and a fellow lefty did so well. Did you win in loonies or those worthless American dollars? :-)
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:19 PM
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68. Yup, I'm getting paid in pesos, uh, I mean, greenbacks.
In fact, I picked up the cheque from the FedEx depot on Lakeshore Avenue today, along with a new picture of me and Alex, and a snazzy group pic, the same one at the J! website (jeopardy.com).

The loonie is trending downward (more of a correction, really). It was at $1.10 US at one point a week or so ago, but since then it's gone down to about $1.02. Keeping in mind that every penny it goes up or down makes a difference of $1,000, I shall be waiting for the loonie to go down even farther before I cash the cheque -- maybe at about $0.95.
And I will insist that my bank convert it to Canadian dollars without charging a 4 per cent conversion fee, or else I'll just take the cheque to another more compliant bank.
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-19-07 09:19 AM
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76. I can see why you are a Jeopardy champion!
Smart!
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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:25 PM
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25. Sorry, replied in wrong spot
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 08:26 PM by WakeMeUp
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:08 PM
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10. Way to go! Awesome!
And I had no doubt that a freeper would win. They are just too dumb! You are one intelligent guy!
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:22 PM
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22. You are too kind! Thanks very much!
Freepers aren't dumb, exactly. I'm sure there are lots of them who can fix a car, which is something I don't have the aptitude for. The problem is that they're intellectually uncurious and not open to new stimuli and ways of thinking, so their knowledge never seems to advance beyond the safe.
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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:10 PM
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13. Are you a Republican now?
Congratulations!
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:17 PM
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18. Heh, I'm practically marxist in a lot of ways, so, no, not really.
Thanks for the congrats, gmoney.
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Joe Fields Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:13 PM
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15. You are my hero...


I was proud to see you do so well.

I have, over the years taken the Jeopardy test three times and passed each time. I did well during the mock games, and was told each time that I would be on call for a year. But alas, not once did I ever get a call.

You my friend have lived a dream. You must be on cloud nine.
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:32 PM
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28. That's exactly the cloud I'm on, you got that right!
I didn't get called back the first time I tried out either, 12 years ago. And there was never another contestant search in Toronto after that, so I was really happy when the first online test was announced. You bet I jumped on that one. Opportunity does come knockin', but you have to leave a light on so it can find your door.

Keep trying is all I can suggest. Go to http://www.jeopardy.com/communicate_newsletter.php and get notification of when the next test is, if you haven't done so already. And next time you audition, get a good night's sleep beforehand and remember to be bright and cheerful and lose any shyness -- they're not looking for shy people. Get noticed (without being obnoxious of course). Be "on". Also important: when Maggie or Tony or Robert or whoever says to talk louder, be the first person to do so, because they're also looking for someone who can take direction.

As you probably suspected, Jeopardy! is probably one of the nicest experiences in the world. The staff treat you with kid gloves (unless you have to go out for a smoke, then they laugh). I hope to see you on my TV one day. And if you ever try out for Millionaire, I'd be pleased to be one of your phone-a-friends. ;)
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Beausoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:17 PM
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19. You were so great! The comeback in the semi-final was truly a thing of beauty.
In the blink on an eye....you came back and won.

Truly amazing.

Enjoy your success! Most of us could only dream of such grace under fire.

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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:45 PM
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29. I'll admit I was pretty damn proud of the comeback when I saw it,...
...but you know, I didn't even remember that I'd been in the hole in that game -- does that sound odd? You could have asked me five minutes after, what had happened in the game and I wouldn't have been able to tell you -- the game is gone, forgotten, in the past. It's like Jeckyll & Hyde. Most of the time, I'm Dr Jeckyll, but when I get in front of a camera and behind the Jeopardy! lectern, as soon as the game starts I turn into Mr Hyde. When the game's over, Dr Jeckyll can't remember all the stuff Mr Hyde did.

But I did time how long it took me to go from a thousand in the hole to $9,000 when I watched the tape. One minute and 40 seconds, during which time no one but Alex and I did any talking. I more or less saw what I had to do, and I did that thing.

As to grace under fire, thanks, but nah, it's not really, because I love being in front of a camera, and I feed off the studio audience reaction. But not everyone is the exhibitionist I am.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:18 PM
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20. I had a great time watching you.
Thanks! and Congrats! :bounce: :toast: :hi:
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:48 PM
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30. Well, thanks!
Funnily enough, so did I. I used to hate how my voice sounded, but now I'm used to it.

Jeopardy! is something that anyone with any aptitude for it should do, even just to say they tried out and took the test. They're ALWAYS looking for new blood on the show, and they've actually asked us to encourage people we know to audition.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:58 PM
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40. My sister took the test
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 08:59 PM by bigwillq
For the College Tournament down in Philly. See didn't get a call back. :(

Her and I watched you in the finals and she said a few things:

1. That you were very smart.
2. That you were funny.
3. That you seemed like a nice guy.

I said, yup he is! :hi: :hug:
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:24 PM
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54. It's probably easier for her to get onto the regular show than the college tournament.
In any given 230-game season, about 30 games are taken up by tournaments of various sorts, each tournament being made up of a pool of 15, for which, in the case of the college championship, many thousands of students try out. The odds of getting into a regular season game are much better, since there are 200 X 3 = 600 spots they have to fill. Andrew Rostan, whom I played in my QF game, is the right age for the college tourney, but he chose to forego that and try his luck with the grown-ups. He retired after five wins and about $125K. Compare that with the $100K that the college champ gets. Sis should try out for the regular season.

Please thank your sister for the nice compliments on my behalf.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:34 PM
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59. My sis and I play every chance we get
We did poorly in your final game.

She led 15-9 going into final jeopardy. Yes, she only got 15 right and I only got 9, how sad is that?!?!? :)

We both got the final wrong. I bet it all. She bet 7 so she ended up winning 8-0.

She always used to kick my ass back in the day but in the last several years it's been a toss-up. Either I am getting smarter or she is slipping! :)
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JohnnyLib2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:23 PM
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23. We were cheering at this house.
Enjoyed it all the way. Congratulations!
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:51 PM
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33. That means quite a bit to me, you know.
Thanks for the cheers. I could practically hear them all the way over here in Toronto.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:24 PM
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24. .
:thumbsup: :applause:
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:52 PM
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34. Merci, Peake! n/m
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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:26 PM
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26. Absolutely fantastic!
:applause: :applause: :applause:


Congrats!


:woohoo: :woohoo: :toast: :bounce: :toast: :woohoo: :woohoo:
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:52 PM
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35. Happy not to disappoint! Thank you! n/m
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:26 PM
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27. If it's any consolation
I thought "burgher" was the answer too. D'oh!
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:54 PM
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37. Well, now I feel less like a dork for having guessed it.
Thanks for the reinforcement, you Gormy Cuss, you. It helps.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:49 PM
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32. Congrats
:woohoo:
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:55 PM
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38. Thanks. It would have been a little emptier without people to cheer me on and share my joy. n/m
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