Congratulations to Julia Collins, the new winning-est woman in Jeopardy! The greatest of all game shows has had its best start of the year ever, between Arthur Chu and Julia, with Brad Rutter’s impressive, and highly lucrative, win in the Battle of the Decades. But Ken Jennings was right when he said that he didn’t think we’d see another string of more than twenty consecutive wins.
Addendum: J! fan SamJay reports that Julia lost on the 10th anniversary of Ken Jennings’ first win.
While Larissa Kelly’s fans await her return to “Jeopardy!” during the week of March 31 – April 4, the show is receiving attention because of Arthur Chu, a player who has won four games by betting more on strategy than breadth of knowledge. Chu was on today’s “Here and Now” radio program on WBUR in Boston. Whether or not Chu’s success continues won’t be known until after this week’s 1980’s Battle of the Decades.
Collectively, a few things on this site attract most of the attention, including my Prue Bury posts, Jonathan Ross’ “In Search of Steve Ditko” (especially when it could be viewed nowhere else), and the MP3 copies of the Merry Marvel Marching Society records. But in terms of sustained popularity, nothing compares to the posts with Larissa Kelly on “Jeopardy!”
Like sort of a blogging equivalent to the Voyager spacecraft, requests for transmission of the Larissa videos continue month after month, right up to today. Larissa says hi, and if you are wondering if her return to the “Jeopardy!” studio has already happened, the answer is yes.
The 2000s Battle of the Decades shows taped a few weeks ago. I can’t discuss any of the games, but it was very nice to have the chance to meet the other contestants and spend a few days in Los Angeles.
Today’s Final Jeopardy answer was, “The creator of this comic strip did not like its 1950 change in title, believing it suggested insignificance.” All three contestants got the correct question, and Stephanie Jass has tied the women’s record of seven consecutive wins. So far she has won $147,570.
The somewhat bitter memory of the IBM Watson computer match on Jeopardy! has been wiped out by a five-game winning streak by Tom Kunzen. He’s cannily won by one point — twice — and in another game he was the last player standing for Final Jeopardy! Very impressive.