After a recent episode of Danger!, the game show spelling rule in Final Jeopardy! is under fire.
Screenshots of two separate episodes have been circulating online as fans called out the show’s judges for what they believe was an inconsistent application of Final Jeopardy! rule that implies that spelling does not matter.
On Monday Night’s episode hosted by Ken Jenningscompetitor Erica Weiner-Amachi, submitted an answer during the Final Jeopardy! trick that intrigued viewers after being accepted.
The fourth-grade teacher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania wrote what would be the answer in a very scribbled fashion, which reminded fans of the June 22 episode hosted by Maim Bialik where the competitor Sadie Goldberg lost his bet after the producers disqualified his answer after claiming it was unreadable.
One fan shared two pretty equally sloppy replies side by side that yielded wildly different results with the caption: “#jeopardy that didn’t count but so this one did??”
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Twitter also called out the producers for variability in their judgment in response to another user’s reaction to the July 18 tiebreaker. One fan wrote: “Apparently according to the producers of #Jeopardy one of the theses says ‘Waiting for Godot’ while the other does NOT say ‘Harriet Tubman’. #MakeItMakeSense.”
The rule in question does not require that the answers in this round be spelled 100% correctly, but it does have to be close enough that when the answer is read aloud it sounds like the answer.
“Written responses to the Final Jeopardy! clue do not need to be spelled correctly, but they must be phonetically correct and not add or subtract superfluous sounds or syllables,” as stated on the official Danger! website.
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Other fans have argued that if the problem boils down to handwriting decryption, the game should get a tech upgrade for 2022 and feature keyboards for Final Jeopardy! rounds and tiebreakers.
Then, “Jeopardy!” Fans are calling the episode “Absolute Chaos” as the contestant wins with a confusing final bet.