#JeopardyLivePanel – Season 4, Episode 4 (October 9, 2017)

Andy Saunders moderates a live panel discussion of last week’s Jeopardy! episodes with past contestants and other diehard fans.

On this panel: Harvey Silikovitz, Rebekah Smith

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2 Comments on "#JeopardyLivePanel – Season 4, Episode 4 (October 9, 2017)"

  1. I would like to amend something I said on the panel. When we were prognosticating about the TOC, I said that the other 14 players would at least see Austin’s playing style in his quarterfinal match, and that therefore those who met him in the semifinals (if he advances to semis) would have the opportunity to make adjustments to take Austin’s style into account. When I said that, I forgot that in a J! tournament, contestants are sequestered during quarterfinal matches that precede their own. So if Austin ends up playing in, say, the first or second QF match, most of his potential semifinal opponents will NOT have seen him play, and his approach could still take them by surprise. I do stand by my point that in a TOC, players are more likely to naturally be hunting for DD’s regardless of who their opponents are, and thus without even knowing they’re doing it, Austin’s opponents could neutralize one of his greatest strengths.

    Also, another “X” factor that we didn’t discuss is how well the players will be able to handle the tougher material that appears on TOC boards. For Austin, we don’t have much to go on in that regard, as for example he’s not in Learned League which provides breakdowns of players’ performances in various categories in that league (in which the questions tend to be even more difficult than J! TOC clues). The long periods of time that players like Jason and Buzzy have had to study after their appearances may have helped prepare them for the jump in difficulty, to the extent they took advantage of that opportunity. Additionally, even in regular play, Austin has had a couple of games that were quite close going into FJ, where he could have lost if he missed FJ and one of his opponents nailed it. But he’s 9 of 10 in FJ’s so far. Things could play out differently in a TOC match, where solving FJ’s may not be so automatic for Austin.

    Overall, though, there’s a lot that’s unknowable in advance and (assuming Austin loses no later than 11/3), it will be fascinating to see how the dynamic of this stealth ultra-champion showing up at the TOC plays out. I am very much looking forward to this TOC! It really has a very deep field.

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