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Old 07-17-2009, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Default Kids week on JEOPARDY

Yes, the questions are sometimes painfully simple. But I noticed something: Kids play this game with more strategy than adults.

Adults for some reason always start at the top. "I'll take such-and-such for $200." The person gets it, then gets the $400. The next person gets the next question for $600, and the game is tied in one answer.

Kids are smarter. They start at the bottom with the $1200 questions, so their competitors have to answer more questions to make up the balance.

I've always wondered why adults don't do this.
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Reno, Nevada
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My 9 yr old wants to do this..
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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We usually watch the show over dinner. I couldn't watch it with kids this week. Totally not interested. My DW watched it though.

I guess I am turning into that "Get off my lawn" guy that I always reference!
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Denver area
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Originally Posted by Mark S. View Post
Yes, the questions are sometimes painfully simple. But I noticed something: Kids play this game with more strategy than adults.

Adults for some reason always start at the top. "I'll take such-and-such for $200." The person gets it, then gets the $400. The next person gets the next question for $600, and the game is tied in one answer.

Kids are smarter. They start at the bottom with the $1200 questions, so their competitors have to answer more questions to make up the balance.

I've always wondered why adults don't do this.
Probably because the questions/answers tend to be asked in a certain way and it's not always what you think, so by starting at the lower end, you see how the answers are given and what they are looking for - if you've misinterpreted, you at least have a shot to make up for a wrong answer. It's pretty hard to dig yourself out of a huge loss at the beginning because you THOUGHT you knew what they were looking for.....
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