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Am I the only one who blurted out "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" on that one clue, deliberately omitting the superfluous "What is?'?
That's something I've always wondered, and might ask at my next audition (or in the Green Room if I forget), what is the rule if the response is also a question? It comes up not that infrequently, and they seem to be inconsistent on what the rule is (for example, in the SPANISH INQUISITION category in this game
(with the famous "Who pays for the wall?" response), both responses not preceded by "what is", and responses that are (after an off-screen non-verbal stare-down
prompting from Alex when the plain version is given) are accepted. Does anyone know if there is a rule about responses that are questions in their own right?
The rule is no more than "responses must be phrased in the form of a question." That means if you give a title that's already a question in itself (or could be construed as a question by its phrasing, like Who Framed Roger Rabbit
), you're good and they can't neg you if it's the correct title.
In the game that aired 11/3/17 a category called for question-within-the-question responses, and players had to remember the extra "What is. . .?" Keep in mind that there are actual correct answers to questions such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" No spoilers here, but a particular character's name would have to be the given clue in order for the title of the book/play/movie to function as a correct response. It seems too diabolical for the writers to go down this path, but it could happen. If something comes up like this, whether it's "Where's the beef?" or "Quo vadis, Domine?" I'd definitely add that "What is. . .?" Now, what about forgetting to put a question mark on FJ?
For the 11/4/16 show (I assume that's the one you were referring to), 4 of the 5 were accepted without the extra "what is". For example, $600:
Clue: "¿Cuantos años tienes?"
Rachel: "How old are you?"
Clue: "¿Hablas aleman?"
Rachel: What is, "Do you speak French?"
Alex: "No. Donna."
Donna: "Do you speak German? What is 'do you speak German?'"
Alex: Thank you.
The "thank you" tells me that he was waiting for the proper phrasing. However, for the famous $1000 clue:
Clue: "¿Quien paga por el muro?"
Donna: "Who pays for the ... wall?"
Donna: [Laughs] "Really?"
Donna: "What is, 'who pays for the wall?'"
She was ruled right well before she rephrased it properly. And, as I pointed out, the first three weren't done in the quirky Jeopardy! phrasing but were accepted because they were properly formed questions.
Caveat 1: This was the J! round. However, aside from maybe something off-camera on $800, there was no prompting to phrase Jeopardy-style
Caveat 2: Exact wordings are done from a combination of j-archive and my memory of watching it last week on Daytime J!