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March 25, 2014

Daily analysis, Tuesday, March 25

Here’s the thing about Jeopardy!: no matter how sloppy the game is, unless there’s a triple-zero, someone’s going to win.The Final Wager - March 25, 2014

I can’t recall a regular game that had such low scores, but we play Final Jeopardy! all the same. Our defending champ, Nancy, has the lead, and has a good chance of stopping the carousel.

Nancy Akerman: 7,600
Matt Prasse: 1,400
Nathan Chadwick: 5,600

The Final Jeopardy! category: MEDICAL ETYMOLOGY

Nancy should wager 3,600 to lock out Nathan.

Nathan should wager at most 1,200 to stay above Nancy; he can’t, however, cover a zero wager by her, so we enter the realm of mind games (see below).

Matt can’t catch Nancy; we know this because his score (1,400) is less than the difference between first and second (2,000).

Now for the mind games:

Does Nancy think Nathan will wager small? If so, she should put up at most 400.

Does Nathan think Nancy will wager small? If so, he should wager everything (but at the very least 2,400).

I’ll give Nathan the benefit of the doubt and assume he miscalculated, but I’ll remind everyone yet again: take as much time as you need.

The Final Jeopardy! clue for March 25, 2014 (MEDICAL ETYMOLOGY):

BECAUSE OF WHERE IN THE BODY IT’S PRODUCED, THIS HORMONE’S NAME COMES FROM THE LATIN FOR “ISLAND”

Correct response: What is insulin?

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