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December 10, 2013

Daily analysis, December 10

The players haven’t been giving me much to work with in Final over the past few games. Will that change tonight?

Craig was very impressive in his first two games, amassing large totals and locking out all of his opponents. Today, however, he’s met his match on the buzzer is his two challengers; a $5,000 Daily Double miss didn’t help, either.

He scrambled to answer the final two clues correctly, grabbing $3,200 to prevent Meredith from putting him in a lock from the other perspective.

Craig Cornish Jr.: 11,400
Phil Lowe: 8,400
Meredith Larson: 21,900

Meredith is in the driver’s seat, but an unlucky occurrence could doom her victory lap. She’ll need to wager at least 900 to keep Craig at bay, and can wager no more than 5,100 so as not to fall below a doubled total for Phil if she’s wrong.

Craig will need to wager at least 9,600 to get into contention on a Meredith miss, but at that point he might as well go for broke to maximize his winnings should he come out on top. (With proper wagering, Phil will take second on a Craig miss.)

Phil is out of contention, because his score (8,400) is less than the difference between Meredith and Craig (10,500). He should wager no more than 6,599 to ensure he’ll be in second place if Craig misses.

All three players did just fine today, although it wasn’t a tricky situation.

Final Jeopardy wagers December 10, 2013

The Final Jeopardy! clue for December 10, 2013:

STATE CAPITALS
IT’S THE SOUTHERN CITY IN WHICH THE BUILDING SEEN HERE IS LOCATED; COUNTING THE PANELS MAY HELP

Final Jeopardy December 10 2013 far awayFinal Jeopardy December 10 2013 close-up image

Correct response: What is Austin, Texas? (The panels show the “six flags” that have flown over Texas.)

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