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11:59 pm - Vocab game: away we go!
The great Chris-o-vocab-o-predict-o-game for September is about to get started. Here are the runners, riders and profile.


Anonymous Azerbaijan: Finland
ieyasu: loquacious
lambertman: avuncular
missingdonut: excel
bateleur: mindsport
amuzulo: chuck
owen: rough
quiz_master_man: including
hmtriplecrown: metallurgy

So we are nine for the money. (Actually, eight: "including" contravenes rule two and so doesn't start. Sorry, Myron.) The Middlesbrough line has "rough" as a 2-5 favourite, with "Finland" 4-1, "excel" 5-1 and the rest in the double digits - "12-1 bar", as they say on the racing coverage.

All these odds are "for entertainment purposes only", as they say in Vegas when talking about the Oscars. Mind you, if anyone would actually like to place a bet, then you never know, I might possibly be willing to take it... ;-)

We shall see. I shall try not to let any of the eight words listed affect my LJ entries, but I have got a feeling that my brain is going to be subject to Owen's whims this time next month!

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 1st, 2002 12:11 pm (UTC)

Without confirming my thoughts against the list of verboten words...

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...I am now (too late, as always!) struck by the point that myself, probably hmtriplecrown and possibly bateleur as well have needlessly weakened our chances for want of a few seconds extra consideration. "metal", "minds" and "inland" would have covered a decent amount of extra ground for our respective monies. Tsk.

"Rough" is an excellent suggestion to have sneaked through, showing the kind of thorough research into the locality of Middlesbrough and surrounding boroughs which breaks through any kind of verbal drought. Is that 2-5 still available?

In retrospect, "sting" may have given it a run for its money. "Finland", sadly, won't.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:September 1st, 2002 04:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Without confirming my thoughts against the list of verboten words...

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Finland can still win. I can think of a few ways in which Finland could win:

1) Someone convinces the British team to supply lots of excellent live reports from the venue of the World Puzzle Championships which will appear "live and exclusive on ITV" (er, in this LiveJournal). That would be quite a seing.

2) I somehow accumulate a lot of friends from Finland over the coming weeks. They pay for me to visit them and make LJ entries from there. That would do the trick.

3) Finland might make the global news - hopefully for good reasons, rather than bad ones.

If you want to bet on "rough" at 2-5, be my guest. Of course I won't let your bets affect the compete impartiality of vocabulary choice for my LJ entries at all, oh indeedy no. That would not be an excellent thing to do at all - indeed, it would be an action that would excel in the height of poor form... ;-)
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From:quiz_master_man
Date:September 3rd, 2002 05:21 pm (UTC)

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But...

But...

Aw hell.

Not my game anyway.

Jeopardy! Now there's a man's game!

-Myron
September 5, 2002. It's 2. Days. Away.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:September 3rd, 2002 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Y'know, Myron, it's very tempting to conclude from this that you go on to kick butt and take names on the big J!. I hope that this prejudice proves correct and look forward to finding out very soon.

I shall be very upset if you end up winning five games and end up playing against Ben Tritle in the TOC. Win five games and avoid Tritle in the TOC, no upset at all, super, excellent, bonus. Having two atgs readers to shout for in one game? Very upsetting indeed. (I should most likely shout for the one who makes the best attempt at winning the Malcolm Jackpot.)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:September 5th, 2002 04:38 pm (UTC)

Warning - Jeopardy! spoilers in this message. But, hey, it's my LJ, so I'm allowed to post them!

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Fifty thououououououousand dollars? That's the sort of money which deserves a gesture involving a pinky finger and the corner of a mouth. Many congratulations. I doff my cap.

Have you had the Prof. Steev contacting you about it yet? I would be surprised if he hadn't got in touch for a six-part Inside The Games special with you yet concerning your record (presumably?) with at least four of those parts discussing what colour the asterisk appended to "double stakes era" winners' totals should be. But, hell, there are fifty thousand reasons why asterisks don't matter.

I wasn't kidding in my last message on this subject. If I end up having to shout for both you and Lt. Tritle in the same episode of the TOC then there will be harsh words. (Oh, what's the point? The two of you would be able to zoom away from any harsh words I might care to issue in your BRAND NEW JAGUARS!)

This is, of course, assuming that you go on to win the next four episodes. But given that you've only gone and taken J! for fifty grand in one day, while it isn't guaranteed, then it might not be so unlikely.

We shall see...
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From:quiz_master_man
Date:September 5th, 2002 07:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Warning - Jeopardy! spoilers in this message. But, hey, it's my LJ, so I'm allowed to post them!

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Perhaps the Perfesser tried to contact Myron MOYER. You know, for a guy who is so obsessive about last names on Game Shows, he could strive to get them right. :) Also, the returning champ on my first show was ALBA Caraceni, not Anna.

"First Show." I can finally say it. I have had to keep tight lips about this since June 10. Well, chose to, actually. But really, wasn't it more fun as a surprise?

More to come, of course.

-Myron M. Meyer
Jeopardy! one day record holder ($50,000)

PS: How do you get these episodes in the UK, Chris?
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:September 5th, 2002 07:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Warning - Jeopardy! spoilers in this message. But, hey, it's my LJ, so I'm allowed to post them!

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I don't get them in the UK, except by trading. Someone posts something to alt.tv.game-shows and I jump all over it.

Damn, "$50,000" looks good. The fact that it looks so even is just plain stylish.

For the record, though, given that you were leading by $39K to $2K, you could have wagered - say - an even $30,000 to go up to $69K, which would have been more than twice the "old scoring" record and which would have ironed all the confusion out. Oh, maybe that's what you do tomorrow... :-)

More to come, of course.

Well, I should certainly hope so! How about next trying to get into six digits in a one-day total to bust the vane scoreboard? I am quite sure that you're trying your hardest towards this aim...

PS It's very hard to reconcile the picture of you on the Steev site with the image of someone who hosted an early NMG game and themed it around Beavis and Butthead. 1995 must have been a very wacky year.

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