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TAR Question

Pardon the ignorance, but this is my first season watching. That Fast Forward... how's that work? I mean, can any team try for it? It is randomly in some team's envelope? It seems that there is only one team ever goes for it. Last week, no one went for it. So.... what's up?

EDIT: Question answered gracefully, even if the question was too vague. Thanks to all three of y'all who pounced on this for me. =)


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Jul. 10th, 2003 09:12 pm (UTC)
Everyone gets the clue about that leg's Fast Forward at some point during the leg. Sometimes it's in the envelop that has their first clue, sometimes later. If you win it, you can go directly to the next Pit Stop, bypassing the Detour or Roadblock (or both or neither, depending on when it's offered and where the location of it is.)

Anyone can try for it, but you only get to claim it once during the entire race. Occassionally, but not often, two teams will go for it, and one team will find that someone else has already claimed it and wasted their time.

If no one goes after it, they never even bother to mention it, of course.

The Fast Forward has rarely proven to be a big huge bonus to any team. It's usually gone after by a team that's lagging behind and even if they come out ahead by getting it, their lead is usually gone by halfway thorough the following leg, usually due to time-dependent things like planes or operating hours of various locations.
Jul. 10th, 2003 09:14 pm (UTC)
There is one on every leg of the race, except for the very last leg. Any team can use it on any leg, but once they use it, that's it. Each team gets one Fast Forward use per race.

There is one Fast Forward clue in every envelope (except for the beginning of the show, when the teams first leave the pit stop, the producers have no way of knowing who's going to pull which clue out of the box, so everyone gets one, even the teams who've already used theirs).

Millie and Chuck are the only team remaining who have used theirs. All of the others are free to go for it whenever they decide it's most advantageous to do so.

If two teams go for it on the same leg, then who wins it depends on the type of Fast Forward. Some are first come, first served, in which case the first team to get there would get it, obviously. (For example, Steve and Dave [Air Traffic Controllers] going through the street play in Venice, Millie and Chuck riding the windmill in Amsterdam.) Others are activities which more than one team can do at a time, and whoever finishes the activity first gets the Fast Forward. (For example, Monica and Sheree hiking the snow hill in Italy, Steve and Josh [father/son] carrying champagne glasses through the waltzing couples. Though nobody else attempted to get those aside from the one team, if another team had shown up, then whoever hiked to the top of the snow hill first would get it, or whoever successfully carried the glasses across the room first would get it, etc.)

Does that help? Or did I just completely confuse you?
Jul. 10th, 2003 09:16 pm (UTC)
I wrote:

There is one Fast Forward clue in every envelope

Not every envelope, clearly. But it's given out at one particular time during the leg (not always the same time - sometimes they get it right away when leaving the pit stop, sometimes later in the leg), and at that time, it's in all of those envelopes.

I need to go to bed, clearly.
Jul. 10th, 2003 09:17 pm (UTC)
To rest up for tomorrow, dear.

(and with that, so am I off to bed.)
Jul. 11th, 2003 09:24 am (UTC)
My first time, too, though DeDe's done it before. It's just . . . fun to do. Really. I can't believe we didn't try it together before. (Watching "Amazing Race," that is. That's what I'm talking about.)

I won't raz you and bring up the fact that there's a couple that's been dating 12 years or something like that on there. Makes our 9-year relationship seem so short. See? :-)

I would probably do pretty well on the show, since my transit-geekiness gives me an inherent edge on navigation in strange places. DeDe and I both agree, though, that we would do poorly as a team. If I were to go on, it would be with somebody else, not her.

Jul. 11th, 2003 11:10 am (UTC)
Well, now that you mention it... *ahem*

I tend to think that I would be the designated navigator for my imagined team as well, but also don't thikn I'd get past a leg or two of the race.
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