December 2nd, 2009

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The games that people play can only bore you

And now for the monthly The Price Is Right report. I'm pretty sure this covers from the 3rd of November through the 27th. The show was preempted for Thanksgiving, or the Macy's parade at least. The official web site claims there was an episode scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving, but that one hasn't been posted, though Monday the 30th's was. Let's Make A Deal lists the show as preempted for a football game that Friday; I imagine it's possible that Price wasn't aired or put out a rerun on Friday and the airdate listing went awry. So for the moment let me assume there wasn't a new episode on Thanksgiving or the day after Thanksgiving.

Over November, the first spinner won the Showcase Showdown six times; the second won 14 times, and the third won 16 times. This does much to restore my modified hypothesis that the third spinner is the favored position, after its disastrous early weeks. For the season so far my tally makes it 30 wins for the first spinner, 41 for the second, and 35 for the third. This actually supports my original hypothesis of the second spinner having a privileged position but I don't think the difference statistically significant. There were no abnormally low winning spins; the lowest I've observed remains 50 cents (won both on a three-way tie and in a direct win).

My hypothesis about Showcase reveal order remains bleeding and mauled, with the first-revealed winning 14 times over November, and the second only 4 times. For the season, that's 42 times the first-revealed won, and 11 times the second. Discounting cases of an overbid or a one-dollar bid forcing the reveal order, that's 11 first-revealed wins and 4 second-revealed wins for the month, and 4 second-revealed wins. Over the season the totals are 29 unforced first-revealed wins and 11 unforced second-revealed wins. Remarkably, there've been no Double Overbids, but there've also been no Double Showcase Winners.

Also I think they're purging or discouraging the comment threads at the base of episodes, as the incompetent trolling has been gone the last few weeks. I suppose that's good for controlling the worldwide reserves of Stupid, but I kind of miss the breathless repetition of what games were played and what the contestants should have done instead, followed by complaints about the spoilers that are several screen heights below the episode's video. Too bad.

Trivia: Rowland H Macy's New York City dry goods store opened its first `department' in 1874 when the Straus family rented space to sell china glassware, and crockery. Source: Service and Style: How The American Department Store Fashioned The Middle Class, Jan Whitaker.

Currently Reading: The Victorian Eye: A Political History of Light and Vision In Britain, 1800 - 1910, Chris Otter.