Some good news and some bad news this week. The bad news first: I will be cutting back my posting schedule for Deeper into Jeopardy! starting this week, from a clue every weekday to a clue every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Basically, this is because I’m quite busy with my full-time job and various other things, and while I still love writing this series, I have a lot less time to devote to it and to my other projects than I did when I started it. I much prefer to post a little less in order to take a more relaxed approach to the series and be able to put more effort into each, than to try to maintain the hectic schedule as it is now and possibly let the quality suffer.
But now, the good news! Because I’ll be writing six posts every two weeks instead of five posts every week, I will be adding a (quasi-)random Final Jeopardy! clue to my posting routine, on the Friday of every other week. I’m very excited for this – Final Jeopardy! clues tend to be more detailed and offer a more obtuse (and hopefully, therefore, more interesting) path to the correct answer. Discussing FJ!s should bring a new angle to this series, and maybe reveal some more insight into the ways the writers construct their clues.
So, all that means that the writing schedule for Deeper into Jeopardy! will run on two-week cycles – the first three clues of the category in question will get looked at Mon-Wed-Fri of the first week, the last two on Mon-Wed of the second week, and an FJ! on the second Friday of each cycle.
I thank my readers sincerely for their understanding, and certainly hope you will keep coming round here. Without further delay, let’s start the first category of a bright new dawn for this blog, with a category I just couldn’t resist: TO THE EXOPLANETS!. By the way, last Friday saw Julia Collins win her fifteenth game, making her the third person in Jeopardy! history to win that many, and putting her three ahead of the season’s earlier bête noire Arthur Chu.
Jeopardy! category: TO THE EXOPLANETS! (21-05-2014)
$400 clue: NASA has found an Earthlike planet within a “habitable zone”–the area in a star system where this could exist in liquid form
The clue: Recent news – this exciting bit of science news just came out last month. Continue reading