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February 17, 2014

Daily analysis, Monday, February 17 – 2014 College Championship, SF #1

2014 College Championship
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Win or go home! Semifinal #1 pits U Chicago, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma.The Final Wager - February 17, 2014

What an exciting game! I was hoping we might have a tie heading into Final, which would have occurred had Laurie pulled that 1,600 penultimate clue.

Laurie Beckoff (U Chicago): 10,400
Tucker Pope (Texas A&M): 12,000
Whitney Thompson (Oklahoma): 10,600

The Final Jeopardy! category: 19th CENTURY NAMES

Straightforward wagering, but we can throw in a twist.

Tucker should wager 9,201 to guarantee himself the win.

Whitney needs to risk 10,201 to cover Laurie. She’ll need to get it right to have a shot, so she might as well go all in.

Laurie should wager between 3,200 (Rule #3) an 7,600 (to stay above Tucker if he’s wrong).

Now, for the mind games. Does Whitney think Laurie is a rational wagerer? If so, Whitney should consider wagering 7,401, to cover Laurie’s maximum “good” wager of 7,600.

In response, Laurie will cap her appropriate wager at 7,200, since Whitney will have 3,199 if she does that and is wrong.

It would have been an incorrect read here, though – Laurie made a suboptimal wager that would have cost her the game had Tucker also missed. Our bow-tied friend from Texas A&M is our first finalist.

 

Also: high five!

High5

The Final Jeopardy! clue for February 17, 2014 (19th CENTURY NAMES):

IN PREPARATION FOR A WORK HE PUBLISHED IN 1828 THAT WAS OVER 20 YEARS IN THE MAKING, HE LEARNED 26 LANGUAGES

Correct response: Who was [Noah] Webster? (Note: Both Laurie and Tucker omitted the first name, which I think should be required here.)

4 Comments
  1. Rob permalink

    How does Jeopardy seed the semis? Is it all random? Is it partially random (i.e., any combination that’s not three winners or three wild cards)?

    • No one knows. The only rule, it seems, is that players who met in the QFs cannot meet in the semis. Tuesday’s game is all QF winners, for example.

  2. Aaron Fisher permalink

    Since you mentioned it, I’ll ask. What was the questionable question accepted in your match?

    • In the first game of my College Championship final, the category was PEOPLE ON THE MAP

      Clue: A European city founded in 1703 has at different times been named for these 2 people born 1,800 years apart

      I wrote down “Who are Lenin & Peter?” not wanting to be too specific on either. Unfortunately, one of my opponents wrote down “Peter I” (as in Peter the Great) and after, my response was deemed insufficient. My wager was $8,000.

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