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Re: Final Jeopardy! Clues

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Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:23 am
19TH CENTURY ARTISTS

In 1839, he wrote to a friend, "I have seized the light, I have arrested its flight."
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Who is Louis Daguerre?
Hmmm....
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While defensible, the category title seems misleading. Without more context in the clue, I think this might be unfair to our hypothetical contestants.

And of course there's the obvious problem of negbait:
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Thomas Kinkade :lol:

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Re: Final Jeopardy! Clues

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opusthepenguin wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:55 am
mas3cf wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:23 am
19TH CENTURY ARTISTS

In 1839, he wrote to a friend, "I have seized the light, I have arrested its flight."
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Who is Louis Daguerre?
Hmmm....
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While defensible, the category title seems misleading. Without more context in the clue, I think this might be unfair to our hypothetical contestants.

And of course there's the obvious problem of negbait:
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Thomas Kinkade :lol:
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I did have trouble deciding between "artists" and "inventors" in the category name. Daguerre was primarily an artist, who latched onto and perfected a new technology for creating art, which is why I went in that direction. I also considered "19th century Frenchmen".

I thought about Kinkade as negbait, but there is the minor detail that he wasn't born until well after the end of the 19th century... :lol:

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Re: Final Jeopardy! Clues

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U.S. STATE CAPITALS

The only state capital named after a head of government of a country where English is not the most widely spoken language.
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What is Bismarck?
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mas3cf wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:45 pm
U.S. STATE CAPITALS

The only state capital named after a head of state of a country where English is not the most widely spoken language.
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What is Bismarck?
I'm pretty sure you have to change that to "head of government" to make it correct. That spoils SOME of the fun, but I still think it's a good clue.
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The head of state would have been the monarch. For Bismarck that's Wilhelm I, Friedrich III, or Wilhelm II. A similar situation exists in the UK where Elizabeth II is head of state but Boris Badunov is head of government.

So a related clue might be, "[number] states have capitals named after a foreign head of state, only this one is named after a foreign head of government. (Bismarck [ACC: North Dakota due to ambiguity in the wording that I don't feel like tightening up.])

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opusthepenguin wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:15 pm
mas3cf wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:45 pm
U.S. STATE CAPITALS

The only state capital named after a head of state of a country where English is not the most widely spoken language.
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What is Bismarck?
I'm pretty sure you have to change that to "head of government" to make it correct. That spoils SOME of the fun, but I still think it's a good clue.
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The head of state would have been the monarch. For Bismarck that's Wilhelm I, Friedrich III, or Wilhelm II. A similar situation exists in the UK where Elizabeth II is head of state but Boris Badunov is head of government.

So a related clue might be, "[number] states have capitals named after a foreign head of state, only this one is named after a foreign head of government. (Bismarck [ACC: North Dakota due to ambiguity in the wording that I don't feel like tightening up.])
Good call, I did feel a bit dicey about the wording.

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Re: Final Jeopardy! Clues

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THE WEST COAST

Approximately 750 feet separate the brass and terrazzo monuments to these two US presidents.
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Who are Reagan and Trump? (Hollywood Walk of Fame)

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mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:59 am
THE WEST COAST

Approximately 750 feet separate the brass and terrazzo monuments to these two US presidents.
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Who are Reagan and Trump? (Hollywood Walk of Fame)
I don't think I'd be off-base complaining about the choice of the word "monument" here.

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seaborgium wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:14 am
mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:59 am
THE WEST COAST

Approximately 750 feet separate the brass and terrazzo monuments to these two US presidents.
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Who are Reagan and Trump? (Hollywood Walk of Fame)
I don't think I'd be off-base complaining about the choice of the word "monument" here.
FWIW (granted, it's from Wikipedia)...
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As of 2020, the Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 stars, which are spaced at 6-foot (1.8 m) intervals. The monuments are coral-pink terrazzo five-point stars rimmed with brass (not bronze, an oft-repeated inaccuracy)

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seaborgium wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:14 am
mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:59 am
THE WEST COAST

Approximately 750 feet separate the brass and terrazzo monuments to these two US presidents.
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Who are Reagan and Trump? (Hollywood Walk of Fame)
I don't think I'd be off-base complaining about the choice of the word "monument" here.
It struck me as odd too. But what word would you suggest?

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opusthepenguin wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:49 pm
seaborgium wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:14 am
mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:59 am
THE WEST COAST

Approximately 750 feet separate the brass and terrazzo monuments to these two US presidents.
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Who are Reagan and Trump? (Hollywood Walk of Fame)
I don't think I'd be off-base complaining about the choice of the word "monument" here.
It struck me as odd too. But what word would you suggest?
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”stars” would be super helpful :lol: :lol:
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DISASTERS

It is the only disaster in US history to have caused over $50 billion in damage but less than 20 fatalities.
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What is the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

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mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:01 pm
DISASTERS

It is the only disaster in US history to have caused over $50 billion in damage but less than 20 fatalities.
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What is the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?
"fewer" ...

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opusthepenguin wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:49 pm
seaborgium wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:14 am
mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:59 am
THE WEST COAST

Approximately 750 feet separate the brass and terrazzo monuments to these two US presidents.
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Who are Reagan and Trump? (Hollywood Walk of Fame)
I don't think I'd be off-base complaining about the choice of the word "monument" here.
It struck me as odd too. But what word would you suggest?
tiles

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THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH

This state has produced six Vice Presidents, but only one President.
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What is Indiana?

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Cat Hammarskjold wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:23 am
opusthepenguin wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:49 pm
seaborgium wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:14 am
mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:59 am
THE WEST COAST

Approximately 750 feet separate the brass and terrazzo monuments to these two US presidents.
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Who are Reagan and Trump? (Hollywood Walk of Fame)
I don't think I'd be off-base complaining about the choice of the word "monument" here.
It struck me as odd too. But what word would you suggest?
tiles
markers?

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davey wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:55 pm
Cat Hammarskjold wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:23 am
opusthepenguin wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:49 pm
seaborgium wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:14 am
mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:59 am
THE WEST COAST

Approximately 750 feet separate the brass and terrazzo monuments to these two US presidents.
Spoiler
Who are Reagan and Trump? (Hollywood Walk of Fame)
I don't think I'd be off-base complaining about the choice of the word "monument" here.
It struck me as odd too. But what word would you suggest?
tiles
markers?
Plaques?

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THE SOLAR SYSTEM

On average, it's the closest planet to the Earth.
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What is Mercury? (While Venus is closer at its closest point, it's farther at its farther point. The farther distances carry more weight in the averages. For the same reason, Mercury is even the closest planet on average to Neptune!)

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When I saw this one in yesterdays NYT Sunday crossword, I thought it could make a good FJ:

U.S. GEOGRAPHY

It's the only state capital that shares no letters with the name of its state.
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Pierre, South Dakota
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AFRET CMS wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:26 pm
When I saw this one in yesterdays NYT Sunday crossword, I thought it could make a good FJ:

U.S. GEOGRAPHY

It's the only state capital that shares no letters with the name of its state.
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Pierre, South Dakota
Ooh, nice...but needs narrowing down somehow; it's not a 30 sec clue.

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Volante wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:01 pm
AFRET CMS wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:26 pm
When I saw this one in yesterdays NYT Sunday crossword, I thought it could make a good FJ:

U.S. GEOGRAPHY

It's the only state capital that shares no letters with the name of its state.
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Pierre, South Dakota
Ooh, nice...but needs narrowing down somehow; it's not a 30 sec clue.
It did get narrowed down.

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