Also, how much did you apologize to Mark during the FJ break for possibly spoiling his chance at reaching 50% of Roger's total on the last clue?
i realized i was doing it as it happened, but honestly, i think i was ethically obligated to play my best at that point rather than trying to favor one opponent over the other. i love mark, but roger is great too, and it would have made no sense to try less than my hardest just to screw him over. now, if it had been a situation where letting mark in would have increased my own chances of winning, that's a different story than just wantonly playing kingmaker. i didn't have time to do the math in my head while still concentrating on the clues, but i'm pretty sure that if i hadn't picked up those last couple of clues, my own score wouldn't have been within striking range of roger even if he had to bet to cover mark doubling up. anyway, without time to work it out, my default had to be to just play my normal game, although i think you could kind of tell from my mien that i was already defeated.
boson wrote:I did laugh at "Apple Pie", but it was close enough that I started wondering if you were trying to get it or not.
yeah, my wife pointed out that the fact that i was so close to inadvertently being right kind of lessened the humor value of the joke. certainly not my intention! oh well. mark's was funnier anyway.
okay, so ... poppy seeds. i hope you won't mind if i copy & paste from what i wrote on my facebook page. (hmm, i keep plugging facebook. can't help it.) here's how i understand it based on my own memory, after-the-fact conversations with roger and mark, and some educated guessing on my part. basically, 3 technical glitches occurred at the same time:
1) after mark got the $400 clue in food science, he jumped past the $800 clue (the $1200 was already gone) to $1600. but it was the first time he'd gone out of order, so he caught alex off guard. alex began to read the $800 clue; meanwhile the technician manning the monitor had flashed the correct ($1600) poppy seed clue. somebody (john lauderdale? harry friedman?) yelled at alex and he switched over to reading the poppy seed clue. normally this is not a big deal; they have a 6th clue on hand as a potential replacement in each category to deal with this kind of glitch.
2) when the snafu happened, the sound tech lowered all the levels in the studio to zero because he thought we were going to break taping and resume with the right clue—but taping went on rolling, alex switched to the correct clue, and we were offered a chance to buzz in on the poppy seed clue. when roger won the buzzer race but hesitated, his red lights had counted down to zero but the "beep beep beep" sound that normally signals time did not sound. so alex just kept waiting until finally roger said poppy seeds, after something like 7 seconds.
3) alex, of course, didn't notice that the lights had got down to zero and so he said, "correct, select again." at that point the producers jumped on stage and stopped the taping, because he had noticed that roger had taken too long and should have been negged. at this point there was a 20-minute delay while they tried to ascertain what had happened and what they should do about it. initially they had us turn around, but it took so long that maggie came and led us off-stage and we sat and chilled for a while.
now, what could they do? they can't offer me & mark a chance at the rebound on poppy seeds because alex has already announced the right answer. (we both knew it anyway, but that's not the point.) they can't use a replacement clue—they only had one (the pectin clue), and they already had to burn it to replace the $800 clue that alex had mistakenly begun to read. so they said they would just kill the rebound, retape with the correct sounds and alex negging roger, and we would play on. it didn't bother me at the time and i don't think it would have affected the outcome of the game. you never know, of course. but i think they did the best they could under the circumstances.