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July 23, 2014

Daily analysis, Wednesday, July 23 – Teen Tournament QF #3

2014 Teen Tournament
Overview Teens in the TOC Joe Taglic interview
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
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Sad, but true: after tonight, two players will be eliminated.The Final Wager – July 23, 2014

Video will be up around midnight EDT.

Eileen’s in tough shape heading into Final, but anything can happen.

Nikki Airi: 11,000
Eileen Bunch: 1,400
William Golden: 15,200

The Final Jeopardy! category: LITERARY HEROINES

Basic strategy – first vs. second

William could guarantee a win with a 6,801 wager.

To stay above him if he’s wrong with that wager, Nikki should cap hers at 2,600. Eileen can’t catch William.

Basic strategy – second vs. third

Nikki can wager up to 8,200. (Remember, a tie for a wild card is broken by whoever led going into Final.)

Basic strategy – Rule #3

Nikki could wager at least 4,201 to cover a zero by William.

Mind games – first vs. second

If Nikki wagers 2,600

William could stay above her with a wager of 1,599.

If he’s right with that wager, he’ll have 16,799, so perhaps Nikki should wager at least 5,800.

If Nikki wagers 8,200

William could cover this with a wager of 4,001 – probably better than putting the additional 2,800 on the line, since 19,201 will probably be good for a wild card.

To account for that possibility, Nikki should wager at least 200.

What actually happened

William moves on; Nikki just barely holds on to that last wild card spot. Eileen and Josiah are out.

The Final Jeopardy! clue for July 23, 2014 (LITERARY HEROINES):

FITTINGLY, THIS CHARACTER IS NAMED FOR A PLANT ALSO KNOWN AS ARROWHEAD THAT BELONGS TO THE GENUS SAGITARRIA

Correct response: Show

 

3 Comments
  1. That’s incredibly obscure for a Jeopardy question — so much so that they ought to name the book and/or the author.

    • I don’t think it’s that obscure given the Hunger Games series’ popularity, especially among young people, especially now that the movies are coming out. ‘Arrowhead’ + ‘archer zodiac sign’ + ‘heroine with a plant name’ seemed pretty easy, par for the course for a Teen Tournament final jeopardy…to me at least, as a young person myself.

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