It’s a shame this book is out of print because there are thousands of devoted Jeopardy! watchers who would really enjoy this book. Not only does it trace the origins of the game (Merv Griffin’s inspiration) and its history, it gives tons of tips that would be of use to a potential player. The biggest difference between the old game (with Art Fleming) and the new game is that in the old days, you could ring in anytime, so fast readers were rewarded. Now, you must wait until Alex finishes the question before you can ring in. That changed the game’s dynamics quite a bit. There are virtually thousands of interesting tidbits within these pages: why it’s impossible to cram, why men tend to be better at it than women, why it’s so hard to get on the show even if you do well on the test, why contestants in second or third place no longer get to keep their money, etc… The book even includes sample Jeopardy! boards from popular categories. Even if you can’t buy a copy of this book, I know it’s available in many public libraries since it was published about 10 years ago. I highly recommend it to Jeopardy! fans. It definitely gives you an appreciation for even the losing players since it is much harder than you might think to play and play well.
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Not a bad jeopardy book. Since it is 15 years old, the questions can be a bit dated sometimes.