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How the Jeopardy! set has changed over time

A. Adriana, my close high school friend.

A. Adriana, my close high school friend. Q. Who do I know who was on Jeopardy!?

Q. Who do I know who was on Jeopardy!?

A. Three days during Thanksgiving week, 1998.

Q. When was she on?

A. Over $10,000.

Q. How much did she win?

A. She is smart and also an actor, which helped her keep her composure.

Q. What made her so good?

A. She sent me a VHS tape of the show that Christmas.

Q. How did you know about this?

A. Dallas.

Q. Where does she live now?

A. She does voiceover work and is married to a theater director.

Q. What is she up to?

/RetroFlash, 100 words

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  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    I love the way you set up the format as a Jeopardy A&Q, giving us the pertinent info, Marian. And how cool that good friend had a successful run on my favorite game show. It’s not easy. Kudos to her, and you for this fun RetroFlash.

  2. Laurie Levy says:

    Pretty clever, Marian. Especially the fact the you had to read it from the bottom up.

  3. Khati Hendry says:

    A: Loved this. Q: What was your reaction to this clever post?

  4. John Shutkin says:

    Very clever, Marian! You told the story perfectly and in only 100 words. And I am pretty sure all of us “Jeopardizers” (or whatever such groupies are called) were able to crack your code. And also loved Khati’s similarly patterned comment above.

    • Marian says:

      Thanks, John, this turned out to be such a fun prompt, especially the old shows with so many personalities. Before the pandemic I would go to the gym and often caught the end of Jeopardy while I was on the cardio machines. Kept my brain engaged while I burned calories.

  5. Suzy says:

    As others before me have said, this was very clever! You and Khati need to have a championship round for Queen of Cleverness (for a day, anyway). I’m intrigued by your mention of having started with a longer story though – I bet there is more to tell on this saga. Maybe you should get Adriana to write it!

  6. A. Who’s Marian?
    Q. Smart science writer with a sense of humor.

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