He is in the studio the whole time, hiding in his little curtained-off box (like in the Wizard of Oz!) He comes and talks to the audience inbetween shows.
Then why does all other sound cut off once he talks (such as his response to Pat right before the Jackpot plug)?
And why is he in a curtained-off box?
(EDIT: No, I'm not questioning your honesty, Sanam; I'm questioning why Jim sounds like post-production when he was clearly there.)
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The wild card is no longer on the $900. It is now next to the top dollar value. It's $500. The wild card does not cover one of the $700 spaces. Merged consecutive posts. Ethan -- stop doing this or you'll be banhammr'd.
Post by BrainBoggler on Sept 18, 2012 15:53:35 GMT -5
Sorry, guys, but I actually haven't watched the premiere episode yet. I do have it DVR'd, so I'd like to watch it tonight. Hopefully, I'll have some worthwhile perspective to offer aside from the comments already made.
Sure! From what I understand, my friend Mary Beth (who you will see on Wednesday's game) was studying letter frequencies and helped Matt learn them as well before they started taping. Apparently W is the 4th most common letter to start a word... Which is why he chose it. He thanked her after the show!
What it sounds like to me is that Mary Beth studied all words in general, which is OK I guess, but it's not studying for Wheel of Fortune, especially on its BRs when we *know* they go out of their way when they want to defend against some basic word tendencies.
Here's the efficiency chart for W in the BR last season:
The top of the fraction is how many times it was called when it was a dud, single etc., bottom covers all times called and not called. So no one wasted W as a pick last season.
But in general it was only a good call 59/195 times, or just over 30%. To be a double like it was last night (and we can roughly say any double W in the BR greatly helps the chances of winning), well, 7 is less than 5% of BRs! It seems like a very risky call to me, where those 3 times it was called were probably fairly easy BRs where you could be fairly confident it would show up (which could apply to last night too, but it sounds like he actually was a usual CDMAH guy who after talking it up with a person who had studied pre-show decided to make one change).
I don't want to definitively conclude anything, but clearly Pat thought he knew it right away. Maybe the idea of W in his head did help him achieve that. But I'm going to say it was all a good deal of luck instead.
Post by incorrectanswer on Jan 3, 2014 4:29:48 GMT -5
Well, I have to type this again since I made a mistake with hitting the post button... my apologies in advance for this tedious mistake.
Round 4 - SHOW BIZ (full $1,500 speed-up)
_ N C _ R _ P _ R _ _ R M A N C _
Lisa won't be having an ENCORE PERFORMANCE of that solve, but she wins her first and only $6K.
EDIT ALERT: SIX wrong letters were cut out of this round, including the very start.
AIRED DUDS: H (Lisa), D (Matt)
I saw the Saturday rerun and noticed that the letters were in fact revealed little by little. But in this recap, it's not listed that way. Can anyone explain to me what "null cycle" and "full $--- speed up" mean? Here's the video that I recorded:
Post by tenpoundhammer on Jan 3, 2014 4:36:38 GMT -5
^ "Null cycle" means that they edited out three consecutive wrong letters, which is often masked by a jump cut to Pat. Notice how they jump cut to him right after the Final Spin stops, and again right before Matt calls the A — those are where the "null cycle"s were.
"Full X Speed-Up" was Andy's way of denoting that the round began as a Speed-Up, with X as the value of the Final Spin.
Post by tenpoundhammer on Jan 3, 2014 18:06:33 GMT -5
^ Final Spin edits always take the form of the wide shot showing one part of the Wheel but the closeup showing another. And in this case, both the wide and close-up shots match.
Also, this was a Round 4 that began as a Speed-Up, meaning that Pat's Final Spin is usually in the neighborhood of $5,000 or a couple wedges to the right (since the Wheel is preset before Round 4 so that the yellow arrow is on $5,000).
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