I Told You My TV Watching Habits Extend Past Law And Order…

Ok, something you should know about my family…they *love* Jeopardy! No seriously, my parents have basically watched it every day for…well, ever. And they’re pretty good at it- I think the fact that my dad has read the entire 1988 World Book Encyclopedia (which they got me as a gift, sigh) at least once…and in order, not “I feel like looking up penguins today.” I’m ok at it I guess, but I doubt I could do well enough on the online test to actually make it on the show. In contrast, some of you may have met Jarret- he helped me with research stuff and at conferences for a while:

Anyway, he won money whereas I sat at home yelling “how can you not know what a spinnaker is” at the television.

Given this background, it’s not particularly surprising to get the following from mom:

She’s right in that yep, there was an economics category a few days ago (and yes there is a comprehensive online archive you’re welcome), though looking at the questions I’m not sure how much I specifically had to do with my parents’ success. (I swear I don’t just lecture them about economics at family dinners. Well, not always.) I was curious to see how the players did, however, since there’s a great video that seems to no longer be available where, after the first clue in an economics category, the players just stared at the board and didn’t answer correctly for the rest of the category. (I think it was this game, but the visual was so much better.) This episode was also pretty good:

(I don’t understand how people who are perfectly fine with memorizing almanacs are scared of a silly little econ category.) I’ll let you just look through the clues, but let me just say that it started pretty much the way I expected, given the other instance I was familiar with. It’s actually pretty interesting to see the clues for a field that you know well, since it gives good insight into how the clues are constructed and chosen. In related news, I’m curious how many economics-related clues ended up in here:

I assume this is also what my advisor did with paper proposals he didn’t find interesting.

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