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December 26, 2013

Daily analysis, Thursday, December 26

Happy Boxing Day! Whatever that means to us in the States.

The Final Wager December 26, 2013

No video today because the wagers should be self-explanatory. We have only two players in Final, and challenger Jerry has more than twice Anthony’s score.

Anthony Niblett: 8,800
Jerry Slowik: 20,400
Geneviève LeClerc: -200

I want to spend a minute discussing that final clue. It was a $2,000 clue, and it doesn’t really matter what the clue was and whether Anthony knew the answer to it: he should have taken a stab.

If he gets it right, he has 10,800 to Jerry’s 20,400, and he’s got a greater-than-zero chance of winning.

If he gets it wrong, he has 6,800 – still out of contention against Jerry. Even if Geneviève picks up the rebound, she’ll only have 1,800, guaranteeing Anthony second place.

This is one of those strange situations where it actually does make sense to buzz in if you haven’t the faintest idea. The same goes for Geneviève – it makes no difference whether you’ve got -200 or -2,200, you’re still taking a seat before Final. (I guess there is an embarrassment factor potentially at play there, but still.)

When you’re playing the game, you can see the scores to the left of the game board. My strategy is to look at them sparingly: only when someone hits a Daily Double, or in the last 10-15 clues of Double Jeopardy!. Doing so in between, I felt, would take me out of my groove. There are important strategic factors toward the end of the second round – like this circumstance – in which you need to know your position to make the right play.

Final Jeopardy wagers December 26, 2013

The Final Jeopardy! clue for December 26, 2013:

The Final Jeopardy! category: TECH TERMS
IN A JULY 1990 POST YISRAEL RADAI CALLED THIS 7-LETTER TERM “A WORD I JUST COINED FOR TROJANS, VIRUSES, WORMS ETC.”

Correct response: What is malware?

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