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April 24, 2014

Daily analysis, Thursday, April 24

I’m not particularly happy about a specific response tonight – which I had rejected over ten years ago, at almost great cost.The Final Wager - April 24, 2014

Back in the first game of my two-day final match in the 2003 College Championship, my Final Jeopardy! response of “Peter” was deemed insufficient (they were going for St. Peter, as opposed to Peter the Great).

Had it been accepted, I would have had a lock in the second game – like Julia does here.

Julia Collins: 20,800
James Behrens: 10,000
Grace Riley: 9,400

The Final Jeopardy! category: DIARIES & JOURNALS

Julia sealed it up on the final clue in Double Jeopardy!, one so easy I think many kindergarteners could have nailed it. I’m sure she’s not complaining.

Basic strategy

Julia can risk up to 800.

James should wager 8,800 to lock out Grace.

Grace should wager no more than 8,199 to stay above James on a double-miss.

Mind games

James and Grace can ping-pong back and forth, depending on how many levels deep each thinks the other will go. Were I Grace, I’d anticipate at least two levels out of James, and wager accordingly.

Grace had the only improper wager – but also┬áthe only correct response. Just goes to show the importance of locking up the game!



The Final Jeopardy! clue for April 24, 2014 (DIARIES & JOURNALS):

THIS ARCHAEOLOGIST’S DIARY FOR NOVEMBER 26, 1922 MENTIONS 2 “EBONY-BLACK EFFIGIES OF A KING, GOLD SANDALLED”

Correct response: Who was Howard Carter?

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