ACW wrote:What happens if you don't give a DD wager in a certain amount of time?
I actually asked a somewhat related question from the studio audience when I attended a taping a few years (maybe 4?) ago. And I asked because I'm perfectly competent at pencil-and-paper, quiet-room, no-time-pressure kind of math, but not necessarily so good at in-my-head, lights-camera-action, Alex-Trebek-staring-at-you kind of math. So thought it would be good to know. You know, just in case.
First, though - when Alex Trebek called on me to take my question, he said, "Young lady in the front" - Oh, bless his failing eyesight and that dim studio lighting
Anyway he said that there wasn't a time limit on making a DD wager (by which, I believe, he meant there was no "official" time limit, although he did not use that word). But he added that on a practical basis, if you seem to be taking too long, he's certainly going to apply a little hurry-up pressure.
So, from this I concluded that FJ!-type calculations would not be possible -- for me anyway -- in a DD situation. I'd have to just wing it and hope for the best.
But I don't know what would happen if you ignored their hurry-up pressure and just took as much time as you wanted - I mean, at some point I assume they'd have to cut you off, but I don't know what they would do about the DD then. Interesting thought experiment, but I don't think anyone's come close to this scenario (as I assume a contestant would come up with a wager fairly quickly if they told him he had one more minute or he forfeits the DD!).
In other news, at that same taping, there was some kind of student group (middle school field trip?). There was one teenager about 3/4 of the way back who had his hand raised. Alex kept pointing to him and trying to call on him by saying "Young lady with the glasses" - and the kid kept looking behind him and keeping his hand up. He must have tried to call on the "young lady with the glasses" 4 or 5 times before the kid finally said, "I'M A GUY!". It was pretty funny. And Alex, to his credit, took it in stride, and made some self-effacing comment about his eyesight (which, yes, I had already noticed
). (And hey, kid - if you don't want Alex Trebek to think you're a girl, don't walk around with shoulder-length, gorgeously curly hair! Jus' sayin')