Wish me luck...

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by hrodbert696, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

    ... I'm taking the Jeopardy online test in an hour.

    You feel like a pretty smart guy and then the questions start...
  2. cracked_machine


    Jan 8, 2010
  3. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Answer with a question?
  4. EBodious


    Aug 2, 2006

    i think a lot of the challenge is being able to think when the cameras are rolling.

    oh and i heard in an interview with the guy who is their winningest contestant that the real skill is knowing how to work the buzzer to your advantage.

    i am sure with all the discussions here in TBOT, you should have plenty of amassed, arcane knowledge!
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  6. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Jeopardy had a casting call in my town about 5-6 years ago. I have an off the chart IQ (Mensa member) and an uncanny ability to retain most of what I see, hear or read. Their quiz brought me to my knees.

    Truly. I felt like a neophyte.
  7. Tat2dHeart

    Tat2dHeart Only two strings away from an attitude problem.

    How did you do? I took it in January - fifth year in a row.
  8. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

    Thanks, y'all!

    As it happened, my wife got off work and called me from the road home when I was about 3/4 through. When I didn't answer my cell phone, she tried the house phone... when I didn't answer that (even with her voice ringing out over the answering machine) she tried my cell phone again. I finally threw the thing across the room, I think it landed on the bathroom floor somewhere.

    There were some questions I would have missed anyway, so I'm not sure what the impact of all the ringing phones were. I think I got 85 or 90%, but not certain. Now to cross fingers and wait for Trebek to call...

    or not.
  9. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member


    I got an audition, in Boston, yesterday. Had to cancel classes to attend, but I think it was worth it. I was dreading that it would just be humiliating, but actually it turned out to be a lot of fun.

    We went in batches of about 25 people (they were apparently doing this Thursday through Saturday) in 3-hour blocks. Line up in the hallway to fill out paperwork and have your polaroid taken. Then we all go into a hotel conference room, and get more information about being on the show. After that, a second quiz, answering on paper this time, 50 clues, not really any harder than the online quiz. Then we took a break. After that, they put us in groups of three with buzzers and all to play through a mock game. No real scoring, no daily doubles or anything - it's really an audition process to see if we look like we're having fun, if we move quickly and keep the game moving, if we speak up rather than mumbling. At the end of the mock game, a little interview, asking us about our jobs, hobbies, what we do for fun, what we would do if we won a big pile of money (go GAS-crazy, of course...), that kind of thing.

    I have a good feeling about it. It's long odds - apparently 100,000 take the online test, 2000-3000 score well enough to get to the audition phase, but only 400-500 actually get a slot on the show. So I figure I've got about 20% odds of getting on at this stage. But hopefully talking about playing bass and wearing chainmail made me stand out a little more than all the people who talked about their cats and how they like reading books and how they'd use the money to pay off loans and travel. There's an 18-month window within which they might call, so it may be a long time before I know...

    Suddenly the almanac seems like a much more interesting read...

    Thanks for all the good thoughts out there! I'll keep you posted if I ever actually get on!
  10. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Isn't coming here first before taking a test like that basically the same as drinking a fifth before a driving test?
  11. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

    Maybe.... worked for me!
  12. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    They called me once, but I was busy.

  13. Godfather


    Feb 4, 2001
    I hope you haven't sustained too much damage to your shoulders while patting yourself on the back....