Jeopardy! is the unique quiz game in which the players are given the ANSWERS and must ask the correct QUESTIONS to win. Since you can win or lose money with every question, your money is always in "Jeopardy!"


Components

  • 180 cards
  • 6 card stands
  • Jeopardy money
  • Game Die
  • Game Board
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

Ask the correct questions and accumulate the most money after three rounds of play: "Jeopardy!", "Double Jeopardy!", and "FINAL Jeopardy!".



Setup

Turn the see- through plastic game board over so that the back is facing up. Now hold the backboard piece so that the two indented "handle parts" are at the top hollow side out.

Press this piece into the back of the gameboard so that you now have formed a sort of envelope where you can place the answer sheets. Slide the Display Board legs onto the bottom of the Display Board.

Carefully separate the 25 dollar-value cards and place them, blue side up, in the slots on the Display Board as shown in Diagram #2. The values should range from $200 across the top windows to $1000 across the bottom windows.

Choose a player to be the emcee, or "host", of the game. The emcee will also act as banker.

The emcee inserts an answer sheet separated from the pad, and slides the sheet into the Display Board from the top. Be sure to use the side marked Jeopardy! so it is facing toward the Display Board windows for the first round of play, and the side marked Double Jeopardy! for the second round.

The emcee then hides the blue DAILY Double card underneath any one of the value cards so that none of the players knows its location.

The emcee then gives each player $1,000, a contestant clicker, and pencil and paper (not included) to use in FINAL Jeopardy! Round.




Game Play

  1. Each player rolls the die. The player with the highest number goes first.

  2. The first player selects one of the five categories displayed on the upper row of the board, and any one of the dollar values.

    For example, if the player chooses "Animals" for $200, the answer revealed would be about animals and the amount of money that could be won or lost would be $200. Generally, the higher the dollar value, the greater the degree of difficulty.

  3. The emcee removes the value card (which allows the answer to be seen by all players) and then reads the answer aloud.

  4. The first player to click the clicker asks the question. If two or more players click at the same time, players roll the die; the player with the highest number asks the question.

  5. The emcee then refers to the page in the Question Booklet that corresponses to the game number shown on the answer sheet (such as Jeopardy! 1), and looks under the category and dollar amount that corresponds to the answer.

    He or she then says whether it is correct or not. The player's question does not have to match the question in the booklet exactly, but should have the same general meaning.

    For example, if the answer is "Shoat", and the question in the booklet reads, "What is the name of a baby pig?", the player would also be correct if he said, "What do you call a baby hog?".

    Note: If the player's response is not in the form of a question, the emcee should instruct the player to word the response as a question; this prompting will notbe allowed in Double Jeopardy! Round.

  6. If the player's response is correct, the player receives from the bank the amount of money indicated on the dollar-value card. If the player's response is not correct, the player forfeits that amount of money.

    Note: If a player asks an incorrect question worth more money than he has, the player gives the bank all of his money, but is still in the game. Players cannot have "negative dollar amounts" and cannot borrow money from another player or the bank.

  7. If the emcee says that the response to an answer is incorrect, then the first of the other players to click after the ruling has the opportunity to ask the question. The player responds and either wins or loses the same dollar amount.

    Play then proceeds as above. Note:If a player's response is declared incorrect, that player does not get a second chance to ask a question for that particular answer.

  8. The player who asks the correct question chooses the next category and dollar amount. If no player asks the correct question, the emcee reads the correct question aloud. The player who selected the previous category and dollar amount then makes the next selection.

    Remember: one player selects the category and dollar amount, but all players have the opportunity of responding to every answer (except Daily Doubles).


    Note:After the correct question has been announced, the emcee should turn the dollar value card to the red (Double Jeopardy!) side.

    In that way, once the Jeopardy! round has been completed, the game board will already be set up for Double Jeopardy!.



Daily Double

There is one Daily Double in the Jeopardy! Round. When a dollar-value card is removed revealing the Daily

Double card under it, here is what to do:

  1. The emcee asks the player who made that selection how much money that player wants to put into Jeopardy!. The player may put any amount into Jeopardy!, up to the total amount he has.

    If the player has less than $1,000, the player can declare any amount of money up to $1,000to be placed in Jeopardy!. This is a good opportunity for players with little money to increase their winnings with less risk (remember, players will never have less than zero dollars).

  2. The Daily Double card is then removed and the answer is read aloud by the emcee. Only the one player who selected the clue can respond, and that player will either win or lose the amount he placed in Jeopardy! (except that a player cannot end up with less than zero dollars).

    Even if this player goes down to zero, he/she is still in the game.





Double Jeopardy

After all 25 answers have been exposed, the Jeopardy! Round is over, and the emcee prepares the game for Double Jeopardy!.

  1. The value cards should now be in the windows of the Game Board so that the red side is face up. The dollar values now range from $400 across the top row to $2,000 along the bottom row.

  2. Replace any one of the value cards (we suggest one of the $2,000 cards since these answers are normally the most difficult) with the Final Jeopardy! card so that all players can see its location. This card will be the last one chosen and will reveal the answer for FINAL Jeopardy!.

  3. There are two Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy!. Hide the two red Daily Double cards under any of the dollar-value cards so the players don't know where they are.

    Note: in Double Jeopardy!, if a player who has less than $2,000gets a Daily Double, that player can declare any amount of money up to $2,000to be placed in Jeopardy!.

    As in Jeopardy!, a player can either win or lose the amount of money placed in Jeopardy! (except that a player cannot end up with less than zero dollars).

  4. Remove the answer sheet from the Game Board, turn it over, and slide it back into the Game Board so that the Double Jeopardy! side is face. Up.

  5. To start Double Jeopardy!, the player with the least amount of money chooses the first category and dollar amount. (If two or more players tie for the least amount of money, they roll the die and the player with the lowest number chooses).

  6. Follow the rules as before until all 24 value cards have been removed, leaving only the Final Jeopardy! card. Double Jeopardy! is now over, and the final round, FINAL Jeopardy!, begins.


Final Jeopardy

Only those players who have money can compete in FINAL Jeopardy!. This is the last chance for players to increase their winnings.

  1. Players decide how much money they want to place into Jeopardy!, from $0 to a maximum equal to the amount of money they have won so far.

    Players will either increase or decrease their winnings by the amount of money they have in Jeopardy!.

    Players write their amount on a piece of paper and place the paper, face down, in front of them. Players do not have to reveal how much money they have accumulated so far.

  2. The emcee removes the Final Jeopardy! card, revealing the answer underneath, and reads it aloud.

  3. On another piece of paper, players write the question they think is correct.

  4. When all the players are finished writing, the emcee reads each player's question, and then reads the correct question. Note:in FINAL Jeopardy!, the players' written responses must be in the form of a question.

  5. The players then reveal how much money they have placed in Jeopardy!. Players with the correct question receive the amount of money they placed in Jeopardy!; players who do not have the correct question forfeit the amount of money in Jeopardy!.


End of the Game

The Game: Players count their money, and the player with the most money wins the game.


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