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July 11, 2014

Daily analysis, Friday, July 11

We’ve had several chances to tie this week, but it’s yet to happen. Will Friday pull the trick?The Final Wager – July 11, 2014

Unlikely, with Andrew crushing Jen and Sandy out of contention.

Jen Fiero: 9,200
Andrew Harris: 16,700
Sandy Carroll: 4,400

The Final Jeopardy! category: AMERICAN LITERATURE

Pretty simple here.

Basic strategy – first vs. second

Andrew should wager 1,700 to cover Jen.

Jen needs to get it right and wager at least 5,800, but should wager everything.

Sandy has less than the difference between Andrew and Jen, so she’s out of contention.

Basic strategy – second vs. third

If Jen is wrong, she’ll have at most 3,400 – so Sandy should cap her wager at 999. In any event, she shouldn’t wager everything.

What actually happened

UGH! We missed it, yet again. Have the tables turned on wagering theory?

The Final Jeopardy! clue for July 11, 2014 (AMERICAN LITERATURE):

PUBLISHED IN 1925, IT STILL SELLS 500,000 COPIES A YEAR & WAS ON THE BESTSELLER LISTS IN 2013

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