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‘Jeopardy’ Takes Prize From 12-Year Old For Misspelling the “Correct” Answer

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If you’re a contestant on the show Jeopardy! should it matter if you misspelled the answer that was essentially correct?  That’s what happened to a poor kid who found out that you can’t answer a question, get the spelling wrong, and still expect to receive full credit.  Apparently, the Emancipation Proclamation can be tough to spell, even for a genius who is on national television because of how smart he is. 

The boy lost $3,000 because of the mishap, and Alex Trebek, the host of the show, has gotten a ton of heat for penalizing the boy.  But he’s sticking to his guns, despite all the Facebook trolls who feel that he was being mean to a kid.  Read more: 

The debate is still raging over whether Thomas Hurley, 12-year-old Connecticut boy, should have been penalized when he misspelled the correct answer in a final round of the television show, “Jeopardy!”

The clue in the Civil War category was: “Abraham Lincoln called this document, which took effect in 1863, ‘A fit and necessary war measure.’”

Thomas Hurley, an eighth-grader at Newtown Middle School, correctly replied the document was the Emancipation Proclamation, but show host Alex Trebek said the answer was “badly misspelled,” costing Thomas his wager of $3,000, reducing his total winnings to $6,600.

The show occasionally schedules challenge matches for children and college students, showcasing exceptionally bright people who have studied hard to get the answers right and to compete for major prize money.

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