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September 16, 2014

Daily analysis, Tuesday, September 16

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Oh, hey there! It took two only nights to see one of my favorite situations.The Final Wager – September 16, 2014

It’s The Penultimate Wager! And it doesn’t mean all that much – Bill has the game locked up. Elizabeth has the ball in her court.

Elizabeth Williams: 2,400 [DD]
Bill Cossen: 15,000
Tessa Fleming: 2,800

Penultimate Wager strategy

Priority #1 should be taking the lead. Elizabeth should wager at least 401* to do so.

If she gets it wrong, she’ll want to have more than half of Tessa’s total. Therefore, I’d cap her wager at 999. (Remember, a tie for second goes to the player who led going into Final.)

Elizabeth might feel good about this clue, however. In this case, she’d want to get at or above the 2/3 break point. If she has 4,200, she can wager 1,400 to cover Tessa; if she’s wrong, she’ll have 2,800, Tessa’s total, and win if Tessa either misses Final or wagers zero.

I wonder if Elizabeth had forgotten about the tiebreaker rules? This would have been a fine wager had she been gunning for first.

The Penultimate Wager September 16, 2014

*OK, I know some smarty is going to ask what happens if two players are tied heading into Final and end up tied for second. I believe whoever last had the lead then takes the second-place prize, so wagering 400 would place Elizabeth at a disadvantage.

Now for the main event.

Elizabeth: 1,400
Bill: 15,000
Tessa: 2,800

The Final Jeopardy! category: EUROPEAN CAPITALS

Wager zero, Tessa!

Hooray!

The Final Jeopardy! clue

EUROPEAN CAPITALS

AT 200 MILES, THIS CAPITAL OF JUST OVER A MILLION PEOPLE IS THE CONTINENTAL CAPITAL CLOSEST TO LONDON

Correct response: Show

 

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2 Comments
  1. London is not 200 miles from Brussels. More like 60, unless you’re going by road or rail distance.

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