Ken calls it

Julia Collins

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.

A player in Jeopardy!?

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.

The return of… Larissa!

Larissa Kelly update on the Jeopardy! web site.
Larissa Kelly update on the Jeopardy! web site.

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.