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February 5, 2014

Daily analysis, Wednesday, February 5 – Battle of the Decades game 3

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It’s the middle match of our opening week. Will things shake out the way I predicted?The Final Wager - February 5, 2014

In short, yes. Someone else will run the stats I’m sure, but I have a feeling there were more incorrect answers given than correct ones. Richard had 5,400 heading into Double Jeopardy!, yet at one point in that latter round found himself in the red; he more than quadrupled his score on the gimme penultimate clue, pulling himself back into contention.

Richard Cordray: 2,600
Tom Nosek: 6,000
Leslie Shannon: 3,600

The Final Jeopardy! category: THE PERIODIC TABLE

The wagers are straightforward, like they were yesterday.

Tom should wager 1,201 to lock out Leslie if she doubles up. He’ll have 4,799 if he’s incorrect.

Both Leslie and Richard, therefore, need a correct response to have a chance, so they should wager everything.

And, hey – things worked out nicely today!

The Final Jeopardy! clue for February 5, 2014 (THE PERIODIC TABLE):

OF THE ELEMENT SYMBOLS THAT DON’T MATCH THE ELEMENT’S ENGLISH NAME, THIS ELEMENT’S SYMBOL IS ALPHABETICALLY 1st

Correct response: What is silver (Ag)?

4 Comments
  1. Adam permalink

    It’s interesting to me (though probably fairest) that they gave this one to Tom. It seems like Jeopardy demands precise answers during the regular game, but in this case where the question implies that you should respond with the English name, they give it to Tom when he responds with the symbol. Again, he clearly knew it, so this seems fair, but I feel as though I have seen similar slip-ups in the regular game not given to contestants.

    • Jeopardy! has always accepted chemical symbols for the name of the element. The clue is poorly worded, yes, but it would be strange for them go to back on that.

  2. Adam permalink

    Ah, okay. Thanks for the clarification.

  3. Cerulean permalink

    Stats: It may seem like that, but actually there were 40 correct responses to 19! incorrect ones. Yes, that is a lot, though.

What do you think?