Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:43:45 AM
Jeopardy is vigilant - and as always, they come through with what is justified. His answer was accepted - but seriously, a minor dialectical diversion (which I would have recognized in informal discourse immediately) emphasizing the soft-e vs the hard E? They're on the spot, but seriously, there isn`t really another proper name that reflects anything materially similar to "Elaine" no matter how you pronounce it, so that guy who lost $1,000 from answering secondarily should have been refunded his money if the original ruling was incorrect, and honestly: when Alex Trebek is going to such lengths to pronounce the contestant`s name correctly (as in, it being foreign and all) there should be some margin for variation accounted for preemptively. In other words, I`ve heard WORSE iterations of Jeopardy questions what weren`t second-guessed in the first place. Alex is a slave to the judges, so there you have it.
Friday, October 4, 2013 9:35:38 PM
Watched this episode, he accidentally added a soft H to the front of the name. This would change the spelling to "Helaine" which is definitively incorrect. There are no hijinks, it's a simple mispronunciation which cost him the cash.