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March 17, 2014

Daily analysis, Monday, March 17

For the first time in ages, we’re kicking off a week with a one-time champ. Will he build a streak, or will our carousel continue to spin?The Final Wager - March 17, 2014

This was one of the strangest boards I’ve ever seen. Half of the categories in the first round required absolutely no knowledge whatsoever. Some of that might be reflected in our higher-than-usual scores tonight.

Thad McCollum: 12,400
Jen Cosgrove: 15,200
Gordon Graham: 14,400

The Final Jeopardy! category: BODIES OF WATER

I was hoping that final clue would go unanswered so that we’d have a tie for second. Alas.

Jen should wager 13,600 to take her destiny into her own hands.

Gordon can wager between 10,400 to lock out Thad and 12,800 so as not to fall below Jen.

Thad can wager no more than 8,400 to win if everyone gets it wrong and wagers for the lockout. He’ll also want to wager at least 5,600 to cover unsafe wagers by first and second.

Now on to the mind games

If Gordon thinks Thad will go for this smaller range, he could wager 6,400 to “lock out” a correct response from Thad.

In response, Thad should wager no more than 4,400 to stay above an incorrect response at that level.

Ay yi yi. What’s in the water at the Sony Pictures Studios?

I don’t understand this wager from Jen. Sure, she locks out Thad, but if she gets it wrong she’s not going to better her result with proper wagering from the other players. You play to win, not to “not lose” – and Gordon certainly knows how to do that, judging from his True Daily Double in Double Jeopardy!.

The Final Jeopardy! clue for March 17, 2014 (BODIES OF WATER):

MORE THAN 1/5 OF ALL THE WORLD’S PEOPLE LIVE IN COUNTRIES BORDERING THIS, THE WORLD’S BIGGEST BAY

Correct response: What is the Bay of Bengal?

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