You watch an old ‘Jeopardy!’ and the categories alone are very plain. ‘Poetry’ or ‘Movies’ or ‘Physics.’ If you watch it now though there’ll be a theme board where the categories are all Hitchcock movies. Lots more jokes lots more high-concept categories and questions.
When you see people who are really good at game shows the one common attribute is a cool head under pressure: an ability to perform as well in the studio surrounded by lights and noise as you do on your couch.
The Final Jeopardy! questions seem to be by design things you can’t know. And so it’s not about who knows them but who can figure them out in thirty seconds.
If I start outsourcing all my navigation to a little talking box in my car I’m sort of screwed. I’m going to lose my car in the parking lot every single time.