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Possibly something to do with the fact that they film 5 episodes a day during the filming period and the presenter having to make themselves look completely fresh for each and every one. It's a punishing schedule and for such a high-profile show, it needs to look perfect every single time. The Official Jeopardy Website has an article detailing Trebek's ...


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According to this interview with Alex Trebek promoting The Jeopardy! Book: The Answers, the Questions, the Facts, and the Stories of the Greatest Game Show in History: "We save all unused material, although sometimes an answer that isn't used one day will turn up later under a different category." Billy Wisse, the head writer for Jeopardy!, says the ...


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Injecting personality, a few seconds at a time Jeopardy is a rather fast-paced game, usually squeezing about 60 questions plus some banter into a 23-minute program. The host has to walk a fine line between adding color commentary and keeping the game moving. If the host simply reads questions and answers robotically, they won't project any kind of ...


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To answer your questions, I'm going to use this site, Jeopardy-FAQs.com, which is an unaffiliated Jeopardy! site that seems to have some specific knowledge of how the show is taped... perhaps someone who worked on the show. They shoot an entire week of show in one day, so five episodes per day, and they apparently shoot two weeks-worth of episodes in each ...


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In fact, they don't even require the standard "Who is", "What is", "Where is" construction. As long as the answer is in the form of a question, it is considered acceptable. You see this most often when the answer is a question by default, like "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" or "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" If a contestant just gives the title without ...


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They're not judging the players' answers, there are judges for that. Both Cooper and Whitaker are veteran journalists, they have plenty of experience interviewing people, so chatting with the contestants should be easy for them. The other answers address your assumption that the host isn't judging answers, but IMHO there's a big flaw in the logic that ...


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After watching just a few episodes, I've noticed that the correct interrogative form is not required for the answer to be considered correct. For example, I would be shocked (along with most viewers) if Alex Trebeck replied to that answer with, "No, I'm sorry, that is incorrect." And another player gave the answer "Who is Christopher Columbus?", and Alex ...


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