RSS
The Week contest: Watson - February 25, 2011
In "Jeopardy!'s" standard answer-first format, provide both an answer and a question that would definitely stump Watson, IBM's supercomputer
 
With Jeopardy! as its venue, a computer schooled human kind.
With Jeopardy! as its venue, a computer schooled human kind.
YouTube

Welcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.

Click here for results of last week's contest: Game

Results: We asked you to come up with a Jeopardy question that would stump IBM’s Watson, and you scored with:

THE WINNER: Answer: While knowing the answers to many clues, it remains clueless.
Question: What is Watson?
Ivy Kaplan, St. Louis Park, MN

SECOND PLACE: Answer: A priest, a minister, and a rabbi.
Question: Who walked into a bar?
Jere Smith, Bryan, TX
 
THIRD PLACE: Answer: Elementary, my dear Watson.
Question: What was the first school attended by Sherlock Holmes?
Mick Addison-Lamb, Springville, TN
 
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Answer: I Don't Know.
Question: What is the name of the player at third base?
Michael E. Olesak, Perth Amboy, NJ

Answer: Snooki is famous for this contribution to modern civilization.
Question: What is... (well, this one has everyone else stumped, too)
Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA

Answer: Eggs, bacon and whole wheat toast.
Question: What did I have for breakfast?
Judy Rogers Basehore, Philo, CA

Answer: "Wow, you remind me of my mother!"
Question: What is a really bad pickup line?
Joel V. Harvey, Lawrenceburg, TN

Answer: Me!
Question: What is a dubious use of IBM shareholder money?
Mary Delli Santi, Budd Lake, NJ

Answer: No, you look amazingly skinny!
Question: Does this dress make me look fat?
Mike Boettcher, Scottsdale, AZ

Answer: They are the three little words a man most wants to hear from a woman.
Question: What are, "I brought beer"?
Mike Paul, Carrboro, NC

Answer: Two wives.
Question: What is the penalty for bigamy?
Alan Parven, Commerce Township, MI

Answer: Apple & Microsoft
Question: What two computer companies are better than IBM?
Michael Steinberg, State College, PA

Answer: Blue
Question: What color is Alex Trebek's tie?
Paul Bourdius, Bernardsville, NJ

Answer: I don't know, Dave.
Question: What did I do with the astronauts?
Mark O'Connell, Irvine, CA

Answer: Money
Question: What does the winner of Jeopardy not know how to handle?
Carol Kaplan, St Louis Park, MN

Answer: I'd shut do—
Question: What would happen if you pulled the plug?
Richard Ardito, Saddle Brook, NJ

 

THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER

Subscribe to the Week