Skip to comments.Conn. Boy: I Was Cheated Over "Jeopardy!" Spelling
Posted on 08/04/2013 3:25:36 PM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
The Newtown Middle School student won $2,000 as the runner-up.
A Connecticut eighth-grader who misspelled the correct answer to a "Jeopardy!" question and lost money over it says he was cheated.
Thomas Hurley III correctly answered the Final Jeopardy question about the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln. But Thomas spelled it "emanciptation" and was ruled out by host Alex Trebek.
He bet $3,000 of his $9,600 in winnings and finished well behind a rival who amassed $66,600.
"I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final 'Jeopardy!' question," he told The News-Times of Danbury. "It was just a spelling error."
Don’t worry, schools will soon stop teaching spelling, and you will wonder what the big fuss was about after a while.
The everyone is a winner propaganda produces sore losers like this kid.
I agree with him. I saw that show and when they ruled against him, I remembered many times they allowed for minor spelling errors.
It immediately struck me that he should complain.
Boy, welcome to that harsh thing called, life. Stop being so butthurt over it.
Judging from a few of the threads I am guessing Alex posts here along with the rest of the grammar police.
So he needs work on his spelling and try again next time.
Spelling counts. He lost.
he just wants to be emanciptated from having to learn how to spellk, what’s wrong with dat?
:Weird Al singing: “I lost on Jeopardy... baby...”
If they knew in the rules that words must be spelled correctly in Final Jeopardy, than tough toenails.
Sounds like he had no shot at winning anyway unless his opponent was going to bet $64,000 on the last question.
If he finished 2nd anyway, he would still just get $2,000 so he didn't lose any money in the decision.
I’m going from memory here but I think I’ve seen misspelled answers accepted on Jeopardy.
Unless it has been changed recently that is not the rule. They always allowed minor spelling errors as long as you could clearly tell what they were saying.
I don’t think it would have made any difference in that particular game unless it meant he finished 3rd instead of 2nd.
Not on Jeopardy. They usually accept misspelled answers so long as they can tell what the contestant means.
Was his answer obvious to anyone with a brain? Yes. Should he have been awarded the money that he earned for a correct answer? Also yes. I’m on the kid’s side here.
Yes, I thought spelling didn’t count in final jeopardy.
I believe the rule is that if the misspelling changes the pronunciation it doesn’t county.
Is this another one of thoe kids that have been told since their birth that they are “special” and above all others, will never make a mistake and should be/are given everything?
Perhaps the parents left out humility.
Im on the kids side here.
Me too. Jeopardy has a history of favoring women and minorities. I watched one show during the Kid’s Tournament where they gave a black kid a second chance at answering a question. Of course, he won.
I meant to write, “I believe the rule is that if the misspelling changes the pronunciation it doesnt count.”
It was a typo.
Youze beweaves tuh wool iz thut iffin zee mistypelling chage da pronouncetiation its donna count’?
Well that be retarted, sir
The scores going in to Final Jeopardy were: $36,600, $9,600 and $6,400. The first place player's largest safe bet was $17,399, but he bet $30,000. If the first place player would have gotten it wrong they would have tied for first with $6,600. A very risky bet when he had a guaranteed win going in.
Uh, you spell it wrong, you lose.
I think that’s spelled “loose”, at least here on Free Republic (ducks)!
The kid who won deserved it. He bet $30,000 of his $36,600 on the final question AND he spelled it right to boot.
What this 2nd place kid is whining about I don’t know???
That is correct! As in "Your a looser to." ;-)
Actually he did have a shot of winning had he spelled correctly and if his rival had the wrong answer. His rival had bet $30,000 of his $36,600 total.
The potatoe head
If all the other ‘answers’ on Jeopardy are verbalized and not written down, then the final answer as verbalized should be good enough.
The sad irony is that if he just SHUT UP just being on Jeopardy as a child and doing pretty well would be an honor that stayed with him the rest of his life. Now he looks like a fool that wants his own way.
If I were the parents, I would've kept quiet and finagled for a return in a few year to teen Jeopardy. JMHO
It is explained to contestants that mispronunciations and spelling errors would be held against them, so the kid new.
He’s got $2,000 more than I do, so he should shut it.
They must not have liked him. There have been many times when the answers were scrawled and barely legible and accepted as correct.
Its clear that your wrong, boy!
Clearly meant to join one of the many FReepers who think spelling and grammar are mere frippery.
Once thing fer shore, the boy is not dreaming to join the Grammar Police when he grows up!
He could argue that it’s the Rachel Jeantel spelling....
I haven’t watched Jeopardy in years, so I’m not sure how they handle spelling errors. If the ruling was consistent with how the show generally handles things, then the kid should just count his blessings and work on his spelling. If this kid was the exception, however, and many similar mistakes were allowed in past episodes, then maybe he’s got a right to gripe a little.
I still remember the time a contestant couldn’t pronounce “aluminum” so after several tries she said “al-you-mineeum”, i.e. the British (I think) pronunciation. She got the money, only to find after the commercial break (well, we got to find out) that the judges disallowed it. The question was in reference to an American company, and therefore a British pronunciation of the word was unacceptable. Seemed awfully Barney Fife-ish to me, expecially given the contestant tried to pronounce it the “proper” way several times first.
The CT News Station haven’t reported this yet in their Newton coverage. I think the poor kid was only on the show was because he was from NEWTOWN!
It immediately struck me that he should complain.
He doesn't have enough skin pigmentation to let the spelling slide and he had better get used to that fact.
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