austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

And every time I try to escape, the little dwarf appears and fades

Let's try out the monthly Price Is Right report, this time making use of tables as requested by lexomatic. For the month running from 1 March to 2 April --- which had two episodes skipped due to March Madness --- the Showcase winners broke down this way:

Period 1st Spinner 2nd Spinner 3rd Spinner
Month 16 14 16
Season 82 96 90

The month was almost as relentlessly uniform as possible: up to the 26th of March, each spinner had won twelve times. It was kind of a shame not to call the month closed at that point.

The lowest winning spin came on 4 March, with 30 cents going on to the Showcase, although that was after the first two contestants spun $1.20 each. 40 cents won beating out a single over-spin (and a 35 cents on two spins). The lowest this month against two good spins was 70 cents. And, what the heck: there were 13 $1.00 spins, after which two contestants spun 15 cents, and nobody spun 5 or $1.00 on the bonus.

The month toyed with my strangled hypothesis about the showcase-winner-revelation order, giving it some vague resemblance of new life:

All cases:
Period 1st Revealed 2nd Revealed Double Overbid
Month 10 9 3
Season 90 35 8
Unforced cases:
Period 1st Revealed 2nd Revealed -
Month 5 9 -
Season 56 32 -

It was a vicious month for Double Overbids, with almost as many as the whole season had. There was one Double Showcase Winner, although three more contestants came with $500, and another two were within $700 of the actual retail price. And in novelties, for the 1st of April the two showcases were identical, until --- at the behest of Executive Producer Mimi, a second car was added to the second showcase. And the 30th March had a showcase which began with a trip to Cedar Point, billed as ``The Fun And Only''. Just noting.

Trivia: In 1880 the National League recorded each runner's Bases Touched, with the record set by Abner Dalrymple of the Chicagos, at 501. As the category was retired after this year he still holds the record. Source: The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination With Statistics, Alan Schwarz.

Currently Reading: The Lie Detectors: The History Of An American Obsession, Ken Alder.


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