Jeopardy! Schools a Contestant: A "Gangster" Is Not a "Gangsta"

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A Jeopardy! contestant misplaced $three,200 after he stated “gangster” as an alternative of “gangsta.”

Throughout Monday’s episode, contestant Nick Spicher selected a $1,600 clue within the Music and Literature: Earlier than and After class, which required contestants to attach two titles that shared a standard phrase.

“A track by Coolio from ‘Harmful Minds’ goes again in time to develop into a 1667 John Milton basic,” host Alex Trebek stated, studying the clue aloud. 

“What’s Gangster’s Paradise Misplaced?” Spicher stated, linking the rapper’s 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” with the poet’s poem “Paradise Misplaced.” 

Trebek deemed the reply right and awarded the entire. 

Shortly after, nevertheless, the host retracted his remarks.

“Our judges have re-evaluated one among your responses a number of moments in the past, Nick. You stated ‘ganster’s’ as an alternative of ‘gangsta’s’ on that music by Coolio. So, we take $three,200 away from you. So, you at the moment are in second place,” Trebek stated, deducting the awarded complete and taking away one other $1,600 for the wrong reply. This brought about Spicher’s complete to drop from $12,000 to $eight,800.

Jeopardy! clarified the rating deduction on its web site.

“Though Nick’s response of ‘Gangster’s Paradise Misplaced’ was initially accepted, the exhausting R sound caught the ear of 1 member of the onstage group, who instantly adopted up with a fast examine,” a spotlight article on learn. “It seems that ‘gangsta’ and ‘gangster’ are each listed individually within the Oxford English Dictionary, every with its personal distinctive definition. Nick modified not solely the track’s title, but in addition its which means –making his response unacceptable.”

On the prime of the article, the writer additionally defined that “each contestant response is reviewed on the Judges’ Desk throughout stay gameplay to make sure that it’s full and correct” and that producers, writers and third-social gathering observers will pause the sport if a rating change is in query.

“At the moment’s Double Jeopardy! spherical was no exception: The judges finally dominated towards Nick’s response of ‘Gangster’s Paradise Misplaced,’ and all of it got here down to at least one syllable,” the article learn.

The TV second went viral and generated a variety of Web memes. A video of the clip tweeted by Roy Wooden Jr. from The Day by day Present has already been seen about 2.2 million occasions.

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