I’ve now finished my first (and last) week of keeping track of my score using the “Coryat” method. I am undeniably frustrated today: I had my best score of the week at 23000, but I may have done better if I’d have been able to wager on Daily Doubles. For example, one-day champ Alison Stone Roberg picked up 4000 on this Daily Double in Get the L Out, where it could only count for 2000 for me because that was the value of the clue: “Get the L out of a word meaning to quench a thirst to get a Japanese potent potable.”* (They’re looking for two words in the correct response.)
I also don’t like how my fate is sealed at the end of Double Jeopardy, whereas the real contestants still have a chance to augment their scores. It doesn’t seem fair! It’s almost like you can’t win. Trying this method was a worthwhile experience, but I feel like it doesn’t reflect whether I won or lost a game as well as the Jeopardy Challenger method does. I know that the Coryat method measures a person’s knowledge of the content, but I already know what my weak subjects are. What I need to know is how to wager effectively on Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy. Yes, you can still practice wagering using the Coryat method, but with the Jeopardy Challenger, it counts, just like it does on the show.
Here are my scores from Wednesday and Thursday, keeping in mind what I said above:
Tom Alexander Sarah Minson John Krizel Me
0 16801 26401 19400
Alison Stone Roberg Dan Highlands John Krizel Me
26801 6400 8100 18800
Alison was off to a fast start today. By the first break, she had 5500, thanks in part to a 2500 wager and a correct response on this Daily Double in Letter and Word: “The most common human blood type (make sure to say whether it’s positive or negative).”* Rich Baker had 200 at the first break, and Joe Gallagher had 3000. At the end of the round, Alison had 9300, Joe had 4200, and Rich continued to struggle with 1400. My Coryat score was 9400. Here’s my Jeopardy round from today:
“Ted Koppel anchored this late night show for 25 years.”* I’m a little surprised that Alison and Joe still missed this one after Rich guessed Dateline.
“Back in 1993, this SNL vet’s foray into late night on Fox lasted only 29 episodes.”*
What about this one in the Double Jeopardy round, in They’re Looking Out for Us: “The NCIRD (the I is for immunization) is part of this 3-letter Atlanta-based organization.”* Again, Alison and Joe missed this one even after Rich gave them the answer when he said “Centers for Disease Control.” By then, he looked as frustrated as I was!