The Pen Is Mightier

Nick

Solution:

CONNERY

INDEX WRONG ANSWERS BY NUM HUNDREDS: Keep Going

GC Notes:

GC to update day-of-game.

Presentation:

5 teams participate in this puzzle at a time. They begin by choosing one representative to play in a game of Jeopardy. Those representatives come up to a series of Jeopardy podiums that have a stack of questions on them, 18 per podium. Across the 5 sets of 18, there are three complete sets of the 30 questions involved in the game, so no individual player has all of the questions, but all of the questions are present across the five players.

The game of Jeopardy is played normally, except that if time expires without a player getting the right question, the game continues without the host revealing the proper question.

Once the game is finished, teams are sent off with the home version of the game they just played. It contains a board and a series of question tiles.

Walkthrough:

The board and question tiles that they receive match the game they've already played live - the only difference is that the question tiles are numbered and there is a bold letter in each of the tiles.

The first step is to notice the bold letters, pull them out, and then order them by the numbers on each tile. This spells out the message "INDEX WRONG ANSWERS BY NUM HUNDREDS".

Next, teams need to match up the questions with the associated answers. If teams have taken notes about correct questions during the game, this gives them a head start on this process, but it's not strictly required. The intention is that teams will leave the live game with most, but not all of these already done, so the process should be mostly straightforward. See below for the correct matches.

Based on the previous message, teams should now notice that some of the answers are not actually precisely correct answers to the questions posed. In practice, most teams will have already noticed and been annoyed by this. Here is the full list of the matched clues, with the wrong ones in bold.

\$20029 What you might call a kinship between Kevin, Rick, and Lebron, among others.16 What you might find on a label attached to Donald Trump.28 The sound you might hear if a Cirque du Soleil show exploded at the MGM Grand.2 A Churchill quote about China declared this to be a container for a riddle, wrapped in a mystery.3 What you might call a particularly bad case of gingivitis.15 This would be an appropriate nickname for a famous monument builder from St. Louis.
\$4006 This is the most intelligent that a particular water source can get.21 The name of a shop run by a vowel snob.27 How one might name a woman's undergarment made of copper.17 This is the Russian lord of the oceans.5 Spectacles formerly owned by Rachael the celebrity executive chef.18 This is the rear end of a beer aficionado.
\$60020 What one might call a conglomeration of the utility providers in the most populous city in Texas.7 What you might call a lunar Japanese garden maintenance person.1 What you might be doin' if you've lost control of your drug habit.13 A county gathering of bards and Broadway artists.22 A photographic device that must get reaaaaally close to function.9 The security agency responsible for popular programs such as airport screening.
\$80014 Someone who takes your dog out for exercise, if you named your dog after the Duchess of York.19 What you might tell an underachieving cat.8 This slang could describe the version of Android that came after Lollipop and before Nougat.25 Can cause dental hygiene issues for those traveling east.23 What you might tell your cell in the morning if you use it as your alarm.30 "Oh Snap", for example.
\$1,00011 She is after the spy of the century.26 An appropriate award for the ophthalmologist of the year.4 A club for members who can hold their liquor (or any other liquid).10 What barnyard swine use for writing notes to each other in class.12 It usefully slices through ground troops from the easternmost alpine country.24 What one might do to a particular cut of beef.
\$20029 Who is James Bond?16 What is From Russia With Love?28 What is KABOOM?2 What is Enigma?3 What is Exploding Gum?15 What is Archer?
\$4006 Who is Maxwell Smart?21 What is For Your Eyes Only?27 What is COBRA?17 What is Caesar?5 What are X-Ray Glasses?18 What is Alias?
\$60020 Who is Austin Powers?7 What is Moonraker?1 What is ODIN?13 What is Playfair?22 What is a Contact Lens Camera?9 What is Homeland?
\$80014 Who is Sarah Walker?19 What is You Only Live Twice?8 What is KAOS?25 What are the Pioneer Plaques?23 What is a Shoe Phone?30 What is Burn Notice?
\$1,00011 Who is Agent 99?26 What is GoldenEye?4 What is VILE?10 What is Pigpen?12 What is a Swiss Army Knife?24 What is Chuck?

Hinting:

Common places where teams struggle / suggestions for hinting them through it.

Data:

Here is a list of why the various answers are wrong, and what the correct answers are.

2 What is Enigma? A Churchill quote about ChinaRussia declared this to be a container for a riddle, wrapped in a mystery. (Wrong country.)
27 What is COBRA? How one might name a woman's undergarment made of coppercobalt. (Wrong element.)
20 Who is Austin Powers? What one might call a conglomeration of the utility providers in the most populous city incapital of Texas. (Austin is the capital, but not the most populous.)
8 What is KAOS? This slang could describe the version of Android that came after LollipopJellybean and before NougatLollipop. (The "K" OS is Kitkat and comes between J and L. The one between Lollipop and Nougat would be Marshmallow.)
25 What are the Pioneer Plaques? Can cause dental hygiene issues for those traveling eastwest. (Wrong direction.)
11 Who is Agent 99? She is afterbefore the spy of the century. (Numerical ordering.)
12 What is a Swiss Army Knife? It usefully slices through ground troops from the easternmostan alpine country. (Switzerland is not as far east as Austria.)