There Was Nothing Wrong With The March 27, 2018 Final Jeopardy

Here’s looking at you, Decider.

Many Jeopardy! fans last night were appalled at last night’s Final Jeopardy!, which read:

Complaints about heavy workloads inspired the titles of 2 songs by this group, No. 1 hits 7 months apart

Obviously, the correct response is “Who are The Beatles?”.

Many fans claim that “Eight Days A Week” is a love song and thus has nothing to do with being overworked.

However, those fans are incorrect when it comes to this Final Jeopardy.

These fans have failed to actually read the clue. Note that the clue said “inspired the TITLES”, not “inspired the songs”. In the case of “Eight Days A Week”, as per Beatles Anthology (2000), page 159, Paul McCartney himself said that it was his chauffeur that made the “Eight Days a Week” comment to complain about how much he had been working at that point.

Thus, the clue was absolutely fine and any viewers who are upset have their own improper reading of the clue to blame.

What’s worse? Apparently Decider decided that this improper outrage was worthy of an actual article.

And to that I have to say: Jade Budowski at Decider, who hurt you?


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9 Comments on "There Was Nothing Wrong With The March 27, 2018 Final Jeopardy"

  1. As I stated on Twitter, I had no problem connecting “Eight Days a Week” with the clue. However, the other song I had in mind was “Help!” instead of “Hard Day’s Night.” Still, the Beatles are the only group that even comes close to being correct.

  2. Scott William | March 28, 2018 at 10:29 am | Reply

    Anecdotally, I have heard that Jeopardy fans can be, at times, a bit to overeager in their effort to write in with corrections to the show.

    Andy, it sounds like that you advise that fans be absolutely SURE an episode has an actual flaw, before deciding to write in and be “The Viewer Who Cried Gotcha!”. Is that a fair assessment of this situation?

  3. Jennifer Lynch | March 28, 2018 at 10:46 am | Reply

    “Thus, the clue was absolutely find and any viewers who are upset have their own improper reading of the clue to blame.”

    Well, I agree with much of your column here but not this line. I don’t think the misunderstanding resulted from viewers not properly reading the clue. I think it came from viewers not knowing the history of the title Eights Days a Week. It’s a fun anecdote about a chauffeur complaining about working so much it seemed like “eight days a week” and for some reason the Beatles decided to make this the title of a love song. Viewers reading the clue well and even closely I think naturally assumed both songs had to do with work. It’s a fair assumption, I think. So I can understand how a lot of them thought the show had erred.

    • A fair comment, Jennifer.

      However, Jeopardy!’s writers are generally very careful and precise with their wording, because they know their viewers are eagle-eyed. So, when they say “title”, they mean “title”, and any deviation from that in interpretation falls on the viewer and not the writers.

      • This specific line of argumentation seems less compelling in light of a blatant mistake appearing in today’s episode regarding the Tampa Bay Rays (though I agree there was absolutely nothing wrong with the Beatles clue).

  4. The “Seven months apart” portion of the clue was an important hint pointing toward The Beatles, as they famously had all 5 of the top 5 songs in 1964 (neither of the songs in question, though). No one has had as many #1s as the Beatles, as evidenced by their #1 best-selling compilation album of #1 hits called “1.” For my part, I didn’t think of “Eight Days a Week,” but “Hard Day’s Night” was enough for me. I didn’t have to know the back stories.

  5. All you had to come up with was the group. Not too many 60s groups had two No.1 hits seven months apart.. in fact there was only the Beatles who achieved that. The rest of the clue was a little misleading as not too many people know the backstory of 8 days a week. Just as an interesting fact I was listening to Beatles channel on Sirius XM last night (those guys know EVERYTHING about the Beatles) and even they couldn’t come up with the names of the songs!

  6. I, for one, am glad that they did not go with the originally written clue that asked for both songs. I might have pulled it if they spotted me the Beatles, by going down the tracklist of “1”, but there’s no way I would have if I first had to come up with the band.

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