Jeopardy! Spelling Error Causes Fan Uproar
Aug 01 2013 06:43 pm CET

Jeopardy! fans were in a tizzy Thursday following a controversial (though inconsequential) judges' ruling on Wednesday's Kids Week episode.

Here's the Final Jeopardy clue: "Abraham Lincoln called this document, which took effect in 1863, 'a fit and necessary war measure.'" The correct response was What is the Emancipation Proclamation.

Thomas Hurley, an eighth-grader from Connecticut who was in a distant second place, wrote "What is the Emanciptation Proclamation?" Unfortunately, that extra t caused the judges to rule the response incorrect.

Here's the deal: in Final Jeopardy misspellings are okay so long as the response is correct when spoken. If he spelled it "emancepation" or "emansipation," Thomas probably would have been ruled correct. The bonus t changes how the word would be pronounced, and there's no way around that.

It didn't matter anyway. Skyler Hornback had a $27,000 lead and he's a Civil War buff. He responded correctly, wagered $30,000, and left with $66,600. He is the biggest winner ever in the Kids Week event and has the third-largest one-game total. Oddly, had Skyler responded incorrectly, he and Tyler would have tied.

Here's the video of how the final went down by way of Huffington Post:

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