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Conn. Boy: I Was Cheated Over "Jeopardy!" Spelling
NBC-DFW ^ | Sunday, Aug 4, 2013 | AP

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."


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What a wrong ATTITUDE. He must be telling the media what his parents are saying. He needs to be sent to military camp, I think.
1 posted on 08/04/2013 3:25:37 PM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Don’t worry, schools will soon stop teaching spelling, and you will wonder what the big fuss was about after a while.


2 posted on 08/04/2013 3:28:19 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: LurkedLongEnough

The everyone is a winner propaganda produces sore losers like this kid.


3 posted on 08/04/2013 3:28:24 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

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.


4 posted on 08/04/2013 3:28:29 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Boy, welcome to that harsh thing called, life. Stop being so butthurt over it.


5 posted on 08/04/2013 3:28:50 PM PDT by redreno (Americans don't go Gault. Americans go Postal.)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Judging from a few of the threads I am guessing Alex posts here along with the rest of the grammar police.


6 posted on 08/04/2013 3:31:03 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.")
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Even if he had been given the $3,000 or even $10,000 for that last answer, he would still not be walking home with more than $2,000.

So he needs work on his spelling and try again next time.

7 posted on 08/04/2013 3:31:35 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Spelling counts. He lost.


8 posted on 08/04/2013 3:32:14 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: LurkedLongEnough

he just wants to be emanciptated from having to learn how to spellk, what’s wrong with dat?


9 posted on 08/04/2013 3:32:14 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (E)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

:Weird Al singing: “I lost on Jeopardy... baby...”


10 posted on 08/04/2013 3:33:06 PM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: yarddog

If they knew in the rules that words must be spelled correctly in Final Jeopardy, than tough toenails.


11 posted on 08/04/2013 3:33:53 PM PDT by Hildy (Falling down is how you grow. Staying down is how you die.Oman go who so obviously killed her little)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
He bet $3,000 of his $9,600 in winnings and finished well behind a rival who amassed $66,600

Sounds like he had no shot at winning anyway unless his opponent was going to bet $64,000 on the last question.

12 posted on 08/04/2013 3:34:42 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: LurkedLongEnough
He bet $3,000 of his $9,600 in winnings and finished well behind a rival who amassed $66,600.

If he finished 2nd anyway, he would still just get $2,000 so he didn't lose any money in the decision.

13 posted on 08/04/2013 3:36:22 PM PDT by DrewsDad (Environmental Extremism Eventually Endangers Everyone)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

I’m going from memory here but I think I’ve seen misspelled answers accepted on Jeopardy.


14 posted on 08/04/2013 3:36:28 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Hildy

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.


15 posted on 08/04/2013 3:37:10 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Jemian

Not on Jeopardy. They usually accept misspelled answers so long as they can tell what the contestant means.


16 posted on 08/04/2013 3:37:13 PM PDT by RPTMS
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To: GeronL

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.


17 posted on 08/04/2013 3:37:18 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: yarddog

Yes, I thought spelling didn’t count in final jeopardy.


18 posted on 08/04/2013 3:39:09 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: muir_redwoods

I believe the rule is that if the misspelling changes the pronunciation it doesn’t county.


19 posted on 08/04/2013 3:41:54 PM PDT by GrootheWanderer
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To: jocon307

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.


20 posted on 08/04/2013 3:42:04 PM PDT by DaveA37
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To: LurkedLongEnough

E-m-a-n-c-i-p-a-t-i-o-n-e-i-e-i-o


21 posted on 08/04/2013 3:42:24 PM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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To: dagnabit

dagnabit!


22 posted on 08/04/2013 3:42:56 PM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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To: JCBreckenridge

I’m on the kid’s 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.


23 posted on 08/04/2013 3:43:07 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: jocon307

I meant to write, “I believe the rule is that if the misspelling changes the pronunciation it doesn’t count.”


24 posted on 08/04/2013 3:43:24 PM PDT by GrootheWanderer
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To: Uncle Chip

It was a typo.


25 posted on 08/04/2013 3:44:51 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: GrootheWanderer

Youze beweaves tuh wool iz thut iffin zee mistypelling chage da pronouncetiation its donna count’?

Well that be retarted, sir

.....

RJ

...
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26 posted on 08/04/2013 3:46:46 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL
Sounds like he had no shot at winning anyway unless his opponent was going to bet $64,000 on the last question.

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.

27 posted on 08/04/2013 3:47:38 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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I Guess Trebek, the producers and judges didn't read this article:

professor-says-kids-no-longer-need-to-learn-spelling-and-grammar

28 posted on 08/04/2013 3:47:57 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: LurkedLongEnough; All

Uh, you spell it wrong, you lose.


29 posted on 08/04/2013 3:48:01 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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30 posted on 08/04/2013 3:48:46 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: rwfromkansas

I think that’s spelled “loose”, at least here on Free Republic (ducks)!


31 posted on 08/04/2013 3:53:46 PM PDT by skepsel (creative spelling and punctuation and run on sentences a specialty)
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To: GeronL

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???


32 posted on 08/04/2013 3:54:55 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: skepsel
I think that’s spelled “loose”, at least here on Free Republic (ducks)!

That is correct! As in "Your a looser to." ;-)

33 posted on 08/04/2013 3:55:24 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: GeronL
Sounds like he had no shot at winning anyway unless his opponent was going to bet $64,000 on the last question.

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.

34 posted on 08/04/2013 3:56:19 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000
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To: Uncle Chip

bump


35 posted on 08/04/2013 3:58:15 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: LurkedLongEnough

The potatoe head


36 posted on 08/04/2013 3:59:15 PM PDT by woofie
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To: LurkedLongEnough

If all the other ‘answers’ on Jeopardy are verbalized and not written down, then the final answer as verbalized should be good enough.


37 posted on 08/04/2013 3:59:45 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: null and void
Kid loses Jeopardy after misspelling CORRECT answer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUwEYuZ0aLI
38 posted on 08/04/2013 3:59:45 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000
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To: yarddog
I thought it was a close call. It's a tournament, and children who enter tournaments have to accept the high standards and the ruling of judges. It wasn't just a one-letter error; it was an extra syllable.

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

39 posted on 08/04/2013 4:02:49 PM PDT by grania
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To: LurkedLongEnough

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.


40 posted on 08/04/2013 4:06:27 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: yarddog

They must not have liked him. There have been many times when the answers were scrawled and barely legible and accepted as correct.


41 posted on 08/04/2013 4:07:08 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: muir_redwoods

Judge’s discretion.


42 posted on 08/04/2013 4:07:41 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Its clear that your wrong, boy!


43 posted on 08/04/2013 4:10:24 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

Clearly meant to join one of the many FReepers who think spelling and grammar are mere frippery.


44 posted on 08/04/2013 4:11:21 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo

Once thing fer shore, the boy is not dreaming to join the Grammar Police when he grows up!


45 posted on 08/04/2013 4:13:21 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
The kid was probably a junior Freeper and hadn't had his second cup of coffee yet.

Leni

46 posted on 08/04/2013 4:13:24 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: LurkedLongEnough

He could argue that it’s the Rachel Jeantel spelling....


47 posted on 08/04/2013 4:13:48 PM PDT by mikrofon (That Canuck Trebek's got a lot of nerve ;)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

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.


48 posted on 08/04/2013 4:27:37 PM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

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!


49 posted on 08/04/2013 4:37:19 PM PDT by Lowell978
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To: yarddog
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.

He doesn't have enough skin pigmentation to let the spelling slide and he had better get used to that fact.

50 posted on 08/04/2013 4:43:48 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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