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July 17, 2014

Daily analysis, Thursday, July 17

Two days left. Will we have a multi-game champ this week?The Final Wager – July 17, 2014

Video will be up around 11:30 p.m. EDT.

Jerome’s in good shape heading into Final.

Jerome Azbell: 9,200
Katie Wroblewski: 6,400
Megan Gardner: 4,200

The Final Jeopardy! category: 16th CENTURY SCIENTISTS

Basic strategy – first vs. second

Jerome should wager 3,600.

Katie should cap her wager at 800 so as not to fall below him.

Megan should wager everything, since she needs to get it right to have a shot.

Basic strategy – second vs. third

Katie needs to wager at least 2,000 to cover Megan; if she misses with that wager, she’ll lose to Jerome, so she should go for everything if she decides to take this route.

Mind games

What happens if, for some reason, Katie decides to wager “small”? In that case, Jerome might cap his wager at 800, which will keep him above both of his opponents.

In any event, that wager would keep Megan locked out.

What actually happened

Katie’s bet gets the pink because she doesn’t cover that unlikely (but justified) 800 wager out of Jerome. And lo and behold, she leaves $3,599 on the table, all so she might have a better shot at the $1,000 second-place premium over third.

A shame.

The Final Jeopardy! clue for July 17, 2014 (16th CENTURY SCIENTISTS):


Correct response: Show


  1. Not saying I endorse it, but if you google ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘torrents,’ you may have some luck finding the episode. That combination of words usually seems to work 😉

  2. There was a penultimate wager. Jerome had 9200, Katie had 7800, and Megan had 4200. There was one clue still remaining on the board, but there was an one minute to go warning that had passed a while ago, so there was a good chance that this would be the last clue. IMO, Katie should have wagered 3200 to put herself in the lead if right and in a lock-tie situation if wrong.

    What actually happened was that Katie bet 1400 to tie with Jerome but got the question wrong and then the end of the round signal sounded.

What do you think?