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Discussion: Jeopardy audition

in: BorisGr; BorisGr > 2018-03-25

Mar 27, 2018 8:25 AM # 
Are you going to be on Jeopardy?
Mar 27, 2018 1:25 PM # 
Unclear. Everyone who auditions is placed into the "contestant pool" for 18 months. During those 18 months, they can call you and tell you that you made it, or they can not call you at all, and when 18 months pass, you know that they didn't want you. They told us not to expect any calls before June...
Mar 27, 2018 3:19 PM # 
Wow, you're the first person I know who's done this, how was it?
Mar 27, 2018 3:23 PM # 
It was very fun, and also nerve-wracking. There was a written test (presumably to weed out people who cheated on the online test or something), and then a series of mock games with three contestants playing at a time, and then talking about themselves. Obviously, I talked about orienteering.
Mar 27, 2018 3:32 PM # 
I should do the online quiz, although I'm not at the same level as a few of my Reach for the Top teammates.
Mar 27, 2018 4:11 PM # 
Hope you get the call! (based on contestants I've seen on the show, having an uncommon hobby is probably a BIG plus)

First person I've known to have gotten past the online text (and I don't remember if anyone else took it). Some Qs...

Any idea how well you did online (as in a score -- absolute or relative)?

Were the mock games full games?
Mar 27, 2018 5:01 PM # 
I think I got 40-42 right on the online test. The mock games were about 10-12 questions or so.
Oddly, a colleague in my office auditioned the same weekend
Mar 27, 2018 6:45 PM # 
I swear, every time I happen to watch Jeopardy, I end up saying, "I bet Boris, would crash this topic!"
Mar 27, 2018 7:11 PM # 
Hopefully you're better at talking about orienteering in a telegenic way than I was - I never heard back from them the one time I auditioned.

I don't remember there being an online test when I did it - a sign of how long ago that was, I guess. I'm tempted to go look at the test just to see whether a superficial knowledge of the periodic table is still as important as I remember it being.
Mar 27, 2018 10:59 PM # 
What would the ideal set of Boris categories Cliff Clavin style?
Mar 28, 2018 12:52 AM # 
Orienteering - All about Thierry - The Russians - Baboons - Mental arithmetic - Swedish cities beginning with 'U'
Mar 28, 2018 4:24 AM # 
Mar 28, 2018 5:26 AM # 
"B" eagles
Mar 28, 2018 9:12 PM # 
Mar 28, 2018 10:10 PM # 
Way to go, Boris!! Hope they call you back for a show! Isn't the Audition Manager a fun guy? I was happy to get that far (and thnk my older son would do well if he ever tried out).

I took the online test a few years ago, and drove to Boston for my audition, but didn't hear anything within the 18 months. I have a friend (librarian in Minnesota) who made it onto the show last year. Fun to watch her, but she didn't go beyond the one day. You do get $1000 for 3rd place and $2000 for 2nd so it kind of covers your travel expenses if you're called to a taping.
Mar 29, 2018 12:50 AM # 
Mar 29, 2018 5:37 AM # 
another category: Bison or Buffalo


Good luck. Hope you get on the show.
Mar 29, 2018 3:23 PM # 
Umea is the hometown of this nordic skier who dominated early 2000s WCs before retiring to be a heavy metal guitarist.
Mar 29, 2018 4:27 PM # 
Who is Per Elofsson?
Mar 29, 2018 4:34 PM # 
Correct, and in the form of a question.
Mar 30, 2018 10:52 PM # 
This is the highest mtn in Canada’s coastal mtn range.
Mar 30, 2018 10:59 PM # 
What is Mt. Hammer?
Mar 31, 2018 9:01 PM # 
"Czechoslovakian Presidents and their dogs"

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