Category Archives: Jeopardy!

Slouching toward “Jeopardy!”: a footnote. Also, first poetry readings of the fall!

The Teachers Tournament is in reruns right now–last week was the quarterfinals, and this week we have three days of semifinals and then the two-day final.  So I’ll wait to finish this account until the reruns are over. Two events … Continue reading

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Slouching toward Jeopardy!, part 18: Semifinals

As of this writing, the Teachers’ Tournament has been over for about six weeks, a few dozen more contestants have come down the pike, and we’re heading into the last month or so of Season 33.  It’s also summer, so … Continue reading

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Slouching toward Jeopardy!, part 17: Fast forward

Here we go!

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Slouching toward Jeopardy!, part 16: As you watch…

Are you noticing that the 2017 Teachers Tournament group is not visibly diverse?  Because I did.  And am. I’m glad I got to be in it–so glad!  And I’m grateful to have met these delightful people, whom I now consider … Continue reading

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Slouching toward Jeopardy!, part 15: the eye of the storm

It’s great to have the airing of the quarterfinal game behind me!  I was kind of anxious and keyed up last week.  I felt weird and exposed and everything was heightened and I had trouble with naming the feelings I was having.  (I actually … Continue reading

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Slouching toward Jeopardy!, part 14: Tape Day at Last

Have you signed up for the online test yet?  Here’s Chris, one of last year’s semifinalists and a teacher from Pennsylvania, urging you to take the 13-minute test that could change your life: Well, tomorrow is the big day!  I … Continue reading

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Slouching toward Jeopardy!, part 13: Teachers Tournament 2017

And we’re off!  Gail won Monday’s game, but both George and Graham have a shot at a wild card berth.  That was a tough Final Jeopardy! question in the category A YEAR OF FIRSTS: Year in which the Dept. of Energy … Continue reading

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Slouching toward Jeopardy!, part 12: The Trivia Awakening

Jeopardy! wasn’t the only part of the trivia subculture I experienced in 2016.  In June, Chris, Len and Lisa took me along to the local sitting of the World Quizzing Championships, a two-hour pen-and-paper test that was humbling in the breadth of its … Continue reading

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Slouching toward Jeopardy!, part 11: Teachers Tournament 2016

Being an alternate for the Teachers Tournament in February, 2016, had some cool perks.  Like the 15 tournament contestants, I would stay in a hotel at the show’s expense (unlike regular contestants, who travel to and stay in LA on … Continue reading

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Slouching toward Jeopardy!, part 10: The Call

Looking back at my emails, I realize that nothing Jeopardy!-related happened in the rest of 2015, except that I began preparing for the show in earnest.  The next time I saw my trivia teammates Chris and Lisa, each handed me … Continue reading

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