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October 15, 2014

The Final Wager – Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Another player looks to inch his way up the TOC standings. Can he do it?The Final Wager – October 15, 2014

It’s going to be tough with these scores, and a nondescript category.

Shane Curtis: 12,200
John Campbell: 20,400
Regina Cabrera: 4,800

The Final Jeopardy! category: WORDPLAY

Once again, a quick look at the optimal wagers.

Basic strategy – first vs. second

John should wager 4,000 to cover Shane.

Shane needs to get it right, so he might as well wager everything.

Regina is out of contention for the victory.

Basic strategy – second vs. third

If Shane wagers the bare minimum – 4,200 – he’ll be left with 8,000. To beat that outright, therefore, Regina should wager 3,201.

What actually happened

What a dumb, dumb clue. To paraphrase the catchphrase from 21 Jump Street, we’re too smart for this shift.

Now, let the “wager to tie” debate begin once again.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

WORDPLAY

SUBTRACT A LETTER FROM THE NAME OF A KEYSTROKE FOUND IN COMPUTER COMMANDS & YOU GET THIS VIOLENT REACTION TO SOCIAL CHANGE

Correct response: Show

 

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One Comment
  1. Pat Russell permalink

    Your remarks on how terrible the Final Jeopardy clue is are, if anything, an underestimate. The backslash is not used in computer commands for either Unix or DOS/Windows. Where it IS found is in directory paths. But wait, there’s more awful news. The backslash is only used in DOS/Windows directory paths. Both Unix (and its children like Linux) and Internet URLs (i.e. “http://thefinalwager.com”) use a forward slash, or just a just plain slash. And people who don’t know what they are talking about but want to pretend they have tech cred will frequently incorrectly call the separator character in URLs a backslash. It isn’t. A forward slash is what you find in the “%” character. The top is on the right and the bottom is on the left. The slash shares the key you use with the “?” or question mark.. With the backslash it is the opposite, namely the top is on the left and the bottom is on the right. It shares the key you use with the “|” or vertical bar. This clue is just so wrong on so many levels.

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