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And the Answer Is…

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For years, Derek and I have had a “friendly” competition each night. No matter how busy we are, we always take time out to watch Jeopardy together.

I’ll admit, he answers correctly more often than I do, but that’s okay.

This year, we’ve had a few surprises while watching.

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On January 16, 2016, during the final Jeopardy round, each contestant lost all of their money, leaving the show with no champion. Apparently this had only happened three times in the shows history.

That was a first for us, but what we saw a few months later, left us scratching our heads.

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Was this a technical issue?

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What the heck was going on? Why were things upside down and backward?

Another shot, which I failed to capture showed the host, Alex Trebek standing at the podium with a 1980’s perm.

We waited for an explanation, but none was given. That night, we turned off the TV wondering if there was some sort of technical glitch. Neither one of us made the connection that it was April 1st…April Fool’s Day.

Duh.

Will either one of us become the next Jeopardy champion? It’s highly unlikely.

What’s made you scratch your head recently?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

114 thoughts on “And the Answer Is…

  1. Good one on Jeopardy! I scratch my head about a lot of things. But my poor guy had a big one last night. We both went to bed exhausted – been a long day. He fell asleep immediately (how does he do that? I always scratch my head on that one) while I read for 15 more minutes. I turned the light off and coughed once (getting over a cold). My guy jumped out of bed, groaning out loud – ‘alreadyyyyy?’ I wondered if he was having a dream/nightmare. But then he peered at the florescent green of the alarm clock and read: 10:20. “THANK GOODNESS!” he shouted. “I thought it was time to get up!” His relief made me laugh for a long time after…. 🙂

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  2. Oh, the producers “got” you two, didn’t they??!

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  3. Oh yes…hubby and I watch this also. That particular episode I saw Alex walk out to greet his new guests in his suit coat and BOXERS! In the blink of an eye, he was dressed in more ‘Jeopardy-ish’ attire.
    😀

    And as for what’s making me scratch my head right now…without getting too deep: this year’s presidential candidates ‘race to the white house’. I confess, though it’s causing me to do more than ‘scratch my head’. 😦

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    • LOL! Somehow we missed the boxers, but I spoke with my father today and he saw it too.
      You aren’t alone with doing more than scratching your head when it comes to the presidential candidates, Laura…it’s crazy. Let’s unplug from that for now and enjoy the weekend. 🙂

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  4. That was a good one! Commercials make me shake my head. Some I don’t even understand.

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  5. Big Jeopardy fans here. I scratch my head when the “smart one” doesn’t but someone who was trailing but hit the jackpot with the final question does. They don’t last another day though. Other things that make me scratch my head — this year’s crazy election (aka reality show style), spring’s crazy weather and I just heard they are going to kill off the star in one of favorite shows. Ack!

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    • Ah yes…we call them the “One Hit Wonder,” Kate. Here today, gone tomorrow. The worst is when they knock off a long time winner and lose the next. Oh no, I’m sorry to hear about your favorite show…that stinks. I hope you have some nice spring time weather this weekend!

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  6. That is funny about the April 1st show! I scratch my head over stuff all the time, always befuddled about something.. 😀

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  7. Oh my goodness! I wouldn’t have made that connection either, Jill! And I didn’t when a friend of mine, on the day before April 1, told me that Leonardo DiCaprio was moving to our area. She had me totally convinced. Obviously, I won’t appear on Jeopardy anytime soon either.

    Hope you have a great weekend with clear skies and a lack of confusion. 🙂

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  8. I’ve never seen TV shows do ‘April Fool’ – pretty nifty! Oh, don’t stop watching it though…I watched the Swedish equivalent with my grandparents every summer and they were the same, rushing to answer the questions first. If I got one right I’d do a little dance of joy! What has me scratching me head…hmm…how to convince a teenager that revision is fun and half an hour is really NOT enough! Any answers to this one??

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    • I’ve never seen it either, Annika. But next year, I’ll be prepared! What a great memory of watching the game show with your grandparents. As for your teenager…I think it’s hard to convince them of anything. Good luck and enjoy your weekend!

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  9. Ha,ha! I watch that show also but missed that one. I love Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Family Feud as well. I believe I’ve developed a bald spot on my head from scratching it so much during this election!! LOL. xoxo

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  10. Oh how fun, Jill. I loved Jeopardy but since becoming a write have not watched in four years. I wished I had been able to see the April 1st show. I would have scratched all my hair off and then a call to Time Warner in the Philippines (You know how that works out) Thanks for the laugh today.

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  11. We got a kick out of the April Fool’s Day show . . . Alex in boxer shorts below and tailored suit above; scrambled $$$’s, upside down clue cards, etc.

    What makes me scratch my head?

    Other people.
    More than once a day.

    Yesterday during Water Aerobics, someone asked the substitute instructor to make everyone STOP doing 4-count jumping jacks and start again . . . so we could be synchronized.

    WTF?!
    It’s not synchronized swimming being taped for ESPN . . . or SNL
    It’s jumping jacks.
    Why STOP the action so we can do the same thing at the same time in the same way?

    Quelle idiotte!

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  12. Ha, wish I would have been watching. My 19-year-old is really good at Jeopardy. We play the video game version, and he gives me major competition. I’m always so relieved when a medicine or science category comes up. I can run those. On the other hand, he has a freakishly good knowledge of history, religion, philosophy, math, sports … oh, okay, all the other categories. And he’s so dang fast with that buzzer!

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  13. Good joke, but unexpected from serious old Alex. As for what has made me scratch my head lately… someone named Jilly Bean is following me on Twitter. At first I thought it was you, under your nickname. I mean, how odd is it that you talk about being Jilly Bean one week and then I realize a different Jilly Bean is following me? Trippy. 0.o

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  14. I love tv quiz shows – especially general knowledge ones but I’ve never seen Jeopardy. Isn’t that the show that featured in the film Rain Man? We’re quite competitive in our household – Mastermind is favourite but any of us are pleased if we get more than a few questions correct on University Challenge…that’s a whole other level!

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    • Hi Jenny! I think you’d enjoy Jeopardy. And yes, it was featured in the movie Rain Man. What a great movie that was. After reading your comment, Derek looked up University Challenge on YouTube. He said it appeared quite challenging. When we lived in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., there was a local show called “It’s Academic.” It was similar to the University Challenge, but it was for local high schools only. Have a great weekend!

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  15. I didn’t know Alex Trebek had that much of a sense of humour.

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  16. LOL! They would have got me too Jilly Bean 😀 That’s a great April Fool’s prank! I used to love watching Jeopardy when we lived in CA, but we don’t get it in the UK…at least, if we do, I haven’t found it. I used to be so happy if I got one question right…not too often from what I remember, haha! There are too many things to mention here as to what gets me scratching my head, so I’ll leave it at that..but I will wish you and DFD a wonderful weekend and I’ll be in touch soon! 🙂 ❤ xoxo

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  17. Oh, dear Jill, I was laughing and “talking” to you via the computer screen about all the things you mentioned. Jim and I watch Jeopardy every evening, and our little puppy Scout is starting to watch, too. She startles and barks when one of us gets a right answer and cheers, but then she wags her tail and hops up on the couch between us. As English teachers, Jim and I try to overlooks the misplaced commas and quotation marks in the questions, and at the beginning we place bets (who will do the dishes) about which one will win. The first night when no one won, we laughed and did them together.
    When I post my blog tonight you’ll see what has me still scratching my head over what I found in my mother’s closet during my recent trip. 😉 ❤

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    • Oh, I love that Scout is getting in on the Jeopardy action, Marylin. I thought you were a fan. Did you catch the April Fool’s gag? Let’s hope there’s another night where no one wins, so you and your husband can share KP duty. I’ll definitely be looking forward to your post! Have a great weekend. ❤

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  18. Looks like their trick worked on you, Jill. Heh. 😉 I can’t even speak out loud what has me scratching my head, because it’s politically incorrect to say I’m confused at what’s going on in our world (society) these days.

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  19. Well caught! 😀 How funny ! I scratch my head so often I’m afraid there’s a bald spot coming 🙂

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  20. 🙂 I was very indignant when our weather presenter said that scientists said there would be only 3 seasons from now on because our winters were so much warmer – she got me 🙂

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  21. When you two get on the show, please let us know the air date. I wouldn’t want to miss it.

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  22. I have just been entertained with your blog post today + all the comments, probably the best/easiest part of blogging, don’t you think? What has made me scratch my head? My mother’s devotion to Jeopardy. She watched it religiously after Wheel of Fortune. Never missed an episode in her last 20 years. She had only an 8th grade education and couldn’t boast an inquiring mind, but she loved that show. The suspense? The dollar signs? The expertise of the contestants?

    I’ll never know. She has been gone for almost 2 years now and I never asked her. My remarks are not disparaging. You know I devote many blog posts to her memory. Yet, her loving such a nerdy show mystifies me.

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    • Oh yes, Marian, I always look forward to reading everyone’s comments. Many times I’m laughing out loud. I love that your mother enjoyed Jeopardy for 20 years, and I know your words aren’t meant in a disparaging way. Perhaps she was expanding her knowledge…or maybe she was impressed by the contestants. Maybe she had a crush on Alex. 🙂 No matter the reason, the show gave her pleasure. Going forward, as I watch Jeopardy, I’ll think of your sweet mother. Happy Weekend!

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  23. What a great April Fools joke! I love it when serious people do something a little off-beat once and a while. I didn’t see the episode, but no doubt I’ll catch it one day 😀

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    • It really was, Dianne. I’m sorry I missed Alex in his boxers. 🙂 Most likely, the episode can be found on the internet…perhaps on YouTube. I hope you’re doing well, my friend. I’ll look forward to more of your beautiful photos. Have a great weekend!

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  24. I’m not a big Jeopardy fan, although sometimes I watch Wheel of Fortunes.

    Today as I was walking near the waterfront, I saw a train coming along the tracks between the street and the water. I knew there had been a big increase in the number of coal and oil trains on that track, but this was the first time I’d seen one. It was an oil train (oil from North Dakota). I scratched my head as I looked down the tracks. It was so long I couldn’t see the end of it.

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    • We watch Wheel of Fortune too, but not each night like Jeopardy. Seeing a train along your beautiful waterfront would leave me scratching my head too, Nicki. There are some train tracks during my morning commute and sometimes the train seems miles long and it’s moving so slow. Enjoy your weekend!

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  25. You would think that after all these years we would be ready for April Fool’s jokes … but I am still surprised! Like you I think I would have thought it was a technical issue to begin with.
    I don’t watch Jeopardy here, but I do like to binge on quiz shows when I am on vacation in Scotland. Between 4pm and 5.30pm most days there are a selection of shows similar to Jeopardy.

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  26. That’s funny. I usually ignore April Fool’s Day but this year, appreciated the humor others found in it. I’m going to try harder next year.

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  27. Not being an April fools prankster, I wouldn’t have figured it out either. I watch so little television and rarely watch that one. My son likes it though so I may pass by and answer a question or two. I’d never make it on the show. Not a wealth of information stored here. :((

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    • Good point, Marlene. Perhaps if Derek and I were bigger pranksters, we would have caught on. A lot of the information I have stored are odd bits that probably wouldn’t make for good Jeopardy questions. Have a great weekend!

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  28. I always fall for pranks and jokes and never see them coming, so I would have been just as confused as you and your husband. I was also amused to read Roughwighting saying that her husband falls asleep quickly but she needs to read for at least 15 minutes because Richard and I are the same! He can fall asleep anywhere and at anytime!
    I am currently wondering where this year has gone. It is the last day of April and I seem to have lived the last four months in a dream! The cold weather hasn’t helped as I keep thinking it’s still winter and that spring hasn’t arrived yet. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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    • I’m so jealous that you’re able to fall asleep so quickly, Clare. What’s your secret?
      I know, it’s hard to believe we are in May…soon we’ll be preparing for the holidays. Hopefully you’ll have some nice spring weather soon. We had a taste, but then the temperatures started to head into more summer like. Have a great upcoming week!

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      • Oh no Jill – I don’t fall asleep quickly but Richard does! I wasn’t very clear in my comment – I apologise! We are meant to have a better week this coming week, thank goodness. I am tired of wearing winter clothes!

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      • No apology necessary, Clare. I re-read your comment and I see what you meant. So, the three of us can start a little club. It must have something to do with women’s hormones. 😦
        I hope you’re able to shed the winter clothing soon. Have a great week!

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  29. I like it when a good “bluff” is played in cards and a light-hearted “trick” is played on Halloween. This one would have baffled me, too! Hope this doesn’t happen every year, there maybe some complaints from confused people. I like that you and Derek have this daily intellectual activity, Jill. ❤

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    • I’m happy to know that we’re not the only ones who didn’t or wouldn’t catch on to the tricks played by the show, Robin. Yes, we enjoy our time watching Jeopardy, I only wish I could be better competition for him. 🙂 Have a wonderful upcoming week! ❤

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  30. Strangely I was suckered into an article written on April 2st, luckily they did point out the date at the end of it so I could save face. People make me scratch my head and the weather (thunder and snow combo) and probably most significantly this new shampoo I have. Ba dum, chee!

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    • That was nice of the writer to point out the date, Ste J. Oh yes, people certainly can make us scratch our heads, can’t they? I’ve only experience thunder snow once, during a blizzard. It was crazy. Good luck with that new shampoo. 🙂 Have a great week!

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      • Sorry I mistyped, I meant the 1st, but you already made that leap of logic. Apparently the snow/thunder combo is rare so I may put some money on the lottery now as you never know.

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      • What’s the saying, “You can’t win if you don’t play.” Seeing snow and hearing thunder at the same time is mother nature at her finest.

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  31. Jeopardy! is a late-afternoon ritual for Carolyn and me, too. As with all of our “shows” it’s recorded so we can speed past the commercials and other mindless banter. I knew something was “up” when Alex walked out without pants on! It didn’t take me long to remember that it was April 1st. It was fun looking for all of the other quirky things that appeared on that day’s show. 🙂

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    • I seem to recall you mentioning that you and Carolyn watch Jeopardy too, Mark. Darn! If we hadn’t missed Alex sans pants, we wouldn’t have been so perplexed. Next year, we’ll be ready! Have a great week. 🙂

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  32. No-one played an April Fool’s trick on me this year. I do remember when I first started working at an office in Johannesburg, that the boss sent me out to buy rainbow paint. I guess he saw me coming with my blonde hair. 🙂

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  33. Hahaha! That was a great April Fool’s prank and so funny that you took the upside down t.v. pic and Trebek’s perm seriously. 🙂 Love it.

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  34. That’s a good one! I wouldn’t have expected that on Jeopardy. It seems to me April Fool’s was a bigger deal than usual this year. I arrived at exercise class that morning to find the room setup and equipment all kitty-wampus. Later, I spotted some other jokes on TV too but can’t remember the specifics any more. Maybe April Fool’s will become this country’s new favorite holiday?

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  35. You made me laugh, Jill. I wouldn’t have realized either!

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  36. LOL. hahaha, I am always so slow about April 1. This year I made a note to stay cognizant throughout the day, and it worked, but I spoiled the fun of some people . . . . Everything makes me scratch my head. Like . . . everything.

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  37. Love it Jill, my kids make sure I know when its April fools. Kids love setting me up and my son does the joke over if he gets a big laugh. I try to explain to him its not as funny the second time, but he says it is to him. Guess thats all that matters.

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  38. That’s a good one, Jill. I watch Jeopardy once in a while. I always enjoy it whenever I do. I’ve been scratching my head a lot of recent – no immediate answers. I hope they’ll come. Have a great day and a wonderful balance of the week.

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  39. I’m with the others and want to see you and Derek become champions, giving Alex a run for his money. Great show that is watched a lot in this house.

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  40. I’m usually caught out by April Fool but rarely able to get anyone back. How fair is that Jill? X

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  41. LOL. Sometimes Mom and I like to catch Wheel of Fortune together and try to solve the puzzles. It’s fun. That would have thrown me too even if it was April 1. 🙂

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  42. That was a good April Fools joke. I haven’t watched that show in ages.

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  43. My parents always watched this show. My dad, who was pretty intelligent and kept up with current events, always did well with answering the questions from his sofa. He tried out for the show but wasn’t picked. I guess it’s a lot harder than it seems when you are in front of the camera with glaring lights shining on you!

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