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November 6, 2014

The Final Wager – Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Just gotta make it through two more games before the TOC.The Final Wager – November 6, 2014

I’m thankful Charles gave us a game to write home about! He’s got a pile of cash sitting in front of him.

Hillary Huttenhower: 8,800
Charles Brower: 25,400
Che Smith: 7,200

The Final Jeopardy! category: HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS

It’s a fight for second.

Basic strategy – first vs. second

Charles has it locked up, and can wager up to 7,800.

Basic strategy – second vs. third

Hillary should wager 5,600 to cover Che.

Che should wager at most 4,000 (make that 3,999).

Mind games – second vs. third

If Che gets it right with a 4,000 wager, she will have 11,200, so Hillary might consider wagering 2,400 to cover that possibility.

In response, Che could wager up to 800 (really, 799).

Rule #3

If she chooses that higher range, Che should wager at least 3,201 to cover an “unsafe” Hillary wager.

What actually happened

Che would have taken second on a double-get, but instead her large wager costs her on the double-miss.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS

THE HIRAM BINGHAM HIGHWAY, OPENED IN 1948, IS THE LAST LEG LINKING MACHU PICCHU WITH THIS WORLD HERITAGE SITE, A CITY ABOUT 50 MILES OFF

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