Are the “Jeopardy!” writers making this a particularly difficult week for the contestants?
Some fans of the long-standing trivia show have noticed that the questions have been far more difficult than they normally are. Specifically, there has been a lot of contestants to finish with negative earnings or extremely low earnings.
Are ‘Jeopardy!’ Questions Getting Harder
One Reddit user wrote about the situation on Wednesday of this week.
“Is it just me or have the clues felt harder in the last week or so? I haven’t watched today’s (Wednesday’s) game yet, but the last three games in a row had one contestant in the red who sat out FJ. I can’t recall ever seeing that many negative scores so close together. Has the difficulty ramped up for you or have I had an off week?”
Immediately, fellow “Jeopardy!” fanatics also agreed with the sentiment. One person said, “Now that you mention it, yes.”
It’s possible that the mixture of questions writers have come up with recently is a little more difficult for certain groups of people. “Absolutely. The Jeopardy round has felt like Double Jeopardy round for a few days now. I’m usually about 60/40 on final jeopardy but not this past week or so,” someone else wrote.
Another fan brought up a really excellent point related to the number of all-star contestants we’ve seen this season. For example, Matt Amodio started off this season with his 38-game streak. Andrew He is another contestant to have a good streak and to qualify for the Tournament of Champions. Right now, Amy Schneider is currently on a seven-game streak.
One person thought that the fact that there are more contestants having long streaks on “Jeopardy!” could be related to harder clues. “Easier clues tend to work to the advantage of the challengers, turning the game more into a signaling device contest and increasing the luck factor. Harder clues favor the player with the superior knowledge, and we’ve been seeing the best players come out clearly on top nearly every time,” they wrote.
Current Streak on ‘Jeopardy!’
On Thanksgiving yesterday Amy Schneider won her seventh game in a row. She has successfully earned herself a spot in the Tournament of Champions. Schneider’s total earnings are $257,800 as she heads into her potential eighth victory in a row.
She also shared with Ken Jennings that she also has family bragging rights now. She had a previous brother-in-law that won three games on the show, which she now has surpassed.
During one episode of her reign of success, Schneider went up against one of the lowest-scoring contestants in “Jeopardy!” history. Matt King finished his appearance on the show with only -$6,400.
The worst contestant to appear on the show was Patrick Pearce who ended his time on the show with $7,400.