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Question on "be more specific"

Post by Wheatley » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:31 am

Suppose there was a question where they asked for a president (for example "This president was inaugurated in 1929") and the contestant answered "who is Roosevelt," but neither Roosevelt was the right answer. Would they ask him to "be more specific" to mislead the others, or just neg him?
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Re: Question on "be more specific"

Post by zerobandwidth » Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:12 am

IIRC you only get "be more specific" if there is more than one possibility and your response gives only part of the correct one which leaves room for you to still be wrong.

For example, for a clue which talked about a "20th century musician" but didn't reveal gender through pronouns, a response of "Who is Joplin?" might elicit a BMS if either Scott or Janis could be the correct response. However, last night's clue also spoke of "his" works, so the response given, "Who is Joplin?", could only be Scott, as they wouldn't use "his" in a clue that refers to Janet.
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Re: Question on "be more specific"

Post by Robert K S » Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:22 am

Instant neg if you give wrong information. But sometimes there are inappropriate BMSs. Example, there was that one time where Alex gave a BMS on "Kennedy" for a clue in a name-the-president category...
"Who is Kennedy?"
"Which one?"
"Uh, the one who was President, Alex?"

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Re: Question on "be more specific"

Post by Bamaman » Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:23 pm

zerobandwidth wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:12 am
IIRC you only get "be more specific" if there is more than one possibility and your response gives only part of the correct one which leaves room for you to still be wrong.

For example, for a clue which talked about a "20th century musician" but didn't reveal gender through pronouns, a response of "Who is Joplin?" might elicit a BMS if either Scott or Janis could be the correct response. However, last night's clue also spoke of "his" works, so the response given, "Who is Joplin?", could only be Scott, as they wouldn't use "his" in a clue that refers to Janet.
I think even without a pronoun, asking for a first name would be a little pedantic as her style of music wasn't ragtime. I suppose there might be some people out there who believe Janis was a ragtime musician, but I'm willing to sacrifice 100% accuracy for the sake of time in this case. And anyone who might confuse the two isn't likely to get on Jeopardy.

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