So Much for Jeopardy! … For Now

I went to the audition in SF last Thursday. I needed to answer 35 or 50 questions correct; I got 32. At least I'm pretty sure of that as they don't tell you the answers nor do they give you your score.

The night after the testing, I decided to write down what I had missed and what I had gotten right. Oddly enough, I had no problem remembering every question I had no clue of, and little issues remembering those I had to think long and hard about whether right or wrong. After an hour of contemplation, I was also able to compile a partial list of questions that I am pretty sure I got right.  Well...VERY sure as a subsequesnt web search indicates.

What's weird is that I can't remember a thing about the 10 or so questions that I had written the answer down (with 99% surety) before they finished asking the question.

I'm not sure what I can divulge and what I can't.  My worst nightmares about being hit with literature, Shakespeare, and classical composer questions - which I'm very bad at - came true. These types comprised about 1/2 of the ones I missed. I have to admit there were 3 I normally would have gotten but I was flustered by the fast pacing. 

Anyhow, I'll keep trying.  I will get on the show! 

To the many folks who emailed encouragement and tips - thank you VERY much.


Comments (6)

  1. Andy Kramek says:

    Tough John. Marcia and I participate in a Nationwide Trivia competition from time to time and we get killed on Movies (we never go to the movies) and "Couch Potato" TV (we don’t watch that sort of TV and not much of it made it to the UK anyway, thankfully! <g>)

  2. Carl says:

    Next time, stay at a Holiday Inn the night before. <duck>

    Sorry for the bad luck. Fast paced, huh?

    Get ’em next time.

    Don’t let the bastards grind you down.

  3. vsdata says:

    Thanks guys!

    Andy, next time we three get together we’ll have to have a trivia face-off. <g>

  4. Dave Aring says:


    As the saying goes, "It is MUCH easier answering those questions while sitting on the couch at home". You will do much better next time because you have gone through the drill of "taking the test". I am glad to see you took my advice of not answering ALL of the questions correctly. Perhaps, you might want to throttle that back a bit next time. 😉


    Dave Aring

  5. vsdata says:

    Oh yeah, Dave, I DEFINITELY took your advice of not answering all of them correctly <g>.

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