In Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, when Indiana Jones steps on the letters to spell out the God's name and he accidentally steps on J, which was the wrong letter, he falls and grabs onto other letters to not to fall. However, the letters he grabs are L and Y, which are also wrong letters. According to the clue, these letters should also have been collapsed but these do not? why?

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    I never came across a good explanation for this. It seems it's simply a goof. – Walt Apr 3 '16 at 17:21
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    Only thing I can think of here is that those steps were somehow were Feet sensitive. Responding only to steps of a man and not touch. – user30432 Apr 4 '16 at 11:20
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    Presumably, the centers of the stepping stones were weaker than the edges. Maybe he could have just walked on the cracks all the way across. His mother was already dead, so there would be no concern about breaking her back. :-) – John Sensebe Apr 4 '16 at 14:05
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    It's hard to believe that the steps are foot sensitive. I mean, this is reading a lot into the scene. Like @Walt says, this seems a pretty clear goof. – Andrew Martin Apr 4 '16 at 17:30
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    Yeah, I guess it depends on how you look at it. If you consider it a mystical contraption that somehow senses footsteps, that's one thing. But if you consider it a real-world contraption, it shouldn't support Indy's body weight, whether he steps on it or hangs on to it. Otherwise someone could've just walked on their hands and trigger nothing. ;) – Walt Apr 4 '16 at 17:37

Well, I think the answer of this question is in the second clue, which is:

Only in the footsteps of God will he proceed

This clue means that he has to step on the letters that spell out the God's name. When he puts his first step on the wrong letters and falls, he grabs the wrong letters with his hand (not by foot). That is why these letters L and Y do not break.

Besides, when he reaches the letter O, he also accidentally steps (about one-fourth part of his foot) on letter P which was just before the letter O. Since it is wrong, it falls down. These are some assumptions we can take from the second clue, and I do not think that is a goof.

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    LOL Indie could handstand and pass all without correct combination of letters :D – user30432 Apr 4 '16 at 17:32
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    he would have if he was a gymnast not an archaeologist. However, these are just assumptions. – A J Apr 4 '16 at 17:33
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    ▲ for being not lazy and giving out that answer. – user30432 Apr 4 '16 at 17:37

Previous answers assume that only those letters which were on the path across had supports underneath them. Nonsense. For a floor that large to stay up, lots of letters had to have supports under them. All that is necessary is that those supports which aren't on the true path eventually lead to dead ends, where the next support isn't reachable by stepping. When Indy fell through, he was simply able to grab the top of a letter on one of these off-path supports.

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  • Although what your said is most definitely logical, we can clearly see a few pillars when they shoot from below as he's falling, and the letters he slammed into when he fell had nothing below them. It looked like a chain reaction should have happened, considering how thin the ground looked. – Clockwork Aug 25 '18 at 20:15

I found this interesting site where your question is listed as one of the goofs of the movie. Top 10 mistakes and all the mistakes.

And another interesting fact from the site is this mistake:

Jehovah is spelled Iehovah in Latin. However medieval languages (Latin or vernacular) had neither official rules nor the letter 'J'. It was not until the sixteenth century that the French humanist Pierre de la Ramée proposed to use the 'J' as a separate letter distinct from the 'I'. The 'J' could therefore not have been a trap at the time the test was constructed.

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    Well, maybe and maybe not. There was a guardian who stood watch for centuries, and, I'd assume, others have tried and failed. At some point, the guardian probably had to do some reconstruction and maintenance, otherwise the "trap" portion of the trap would be gone and only the winning path would remain. In restoring the trap, he very well could have adapted it to meet the evolution of the alphabet. :D – PoloHoleSet Aug 18 '16 at 18:42

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