‘Jeopardy!’ viewers heated over unpredictability in show’s penmanship rulings

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The "Jeopardy!" faithful were none too pleased after a ruling on a contestant’s penmanship during an episode earlier this week. According to Entertainment Weekly, host Ken Jennings posited the clue, “Asked to design a new set for a re-staging of his 1952 play, Alberto Giacometti came up with one scraggly plaster tree.”

Next, contestant Erica Weiner-Amachi wrote down the correct answer, “What is ‘Waiting for Godot’?” Fans took to social media to claim her penmanship could be deemed illegible.

The most vocal online compared Weiner-Amachi’s correct written answer with one from contestant Sadie Goldberger during a June 22 episode, when her answer (“Who is Harriet Tubman?”) was cited as incorrect by the show’s producers because the handwriting was illegible.

“Jeopardy!” fans were passionately tweeting at the show with posts like “this didn’t count, but then this one did??” The Heidt of Media account was really not having it, writing, “I’m sorry but it has to be said… how is the top answer considered complete and good for a tie breaker, when the one for Sadie (on the bottom) would have had her in the lead… I think that Harriett Tubman is FAR more legible than whatever Erica has written!”

The “Jeopardy!” rules state written responses during Final Jeopardy do not have to be spelled correctly but “they must be phonetically correct and not add or subtract from any extraneous sounds or syllables.”

Many online have called for the show to replace the handwritten final responses with a keyboard to type them instead. “It’s 2022” one fan tweeted about updating the format.

This isn’t even the most recent instance of ‘Jeopardy!” fans getting excited online about what’s happening in the show. Earlier in July fans were having a day over contestants consistently getting the age of famed singer Diana Ross wrong.

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