Updated: Aug 20
Season 101 turned out to be on the easy side with an average difficulty of 51. In fact the season was so easy that seven quizzers had 13 points on day 13. However, an exceedingly difficult question on the final day of the season (only five quizzers turned in a correct answer) meant that of the seven quizzers who were competing for the trophy only two, Dan and Dorian, managed to get a perfect season.
So the tie-break was activated. The topic this time was female Grand Slam tennis winners of the 80s and 90s. And it should turn out to be a thrilling match. Dorian very quickly named 13 players, but one of them, Jennifer Capriati, did not belong on the list as her 3 grand slam victories came right after the period in question. That meant that Dorian was at eleven points.
Dan was a bit slower out the gate. First he named 6 players. Then he took a walk or a bath or maybe a beer (what do I know) and he came back with two more answer. All of them correct. He then contemplated a bit because he was unsure if he should name the players he was unsure about (there was a lot of uncertainty at that time of day), but he finally decided to go all in and he named an additional four players… and all were correct. So that meant that he was at twelve points.
However, in the meantime, Dorian had also submitted one more answer… also correct. Which meant that he, just like Dan, had twelve points. So, the quizmaster had to consult the rulebook and it clearly says that
“If two or more players finish with the same number of tie-break points, the player who has given the most correct answers (but also more incorrect answers) is the winner.“
Therefore, with the narrowest of margins, the championship is Dorian’s. I think both Dan and Dorian deserves a big round of applause for their perfect seasons and a hard fought tie-break - very well done! And a congratulations to Dorian, of course, for winning his second championship. Please applaud him once more… or extend your clapping a bit, if you prefer that instead...