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January 12, 2015

The Final Wager – Mon 12 Jan 2015

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John Schultz returns, looking to become the third straight player to win 3 straight games.

And I return, itching to share one of my favorite medieval stories.The Final Wager – January 12, 2015

Speaking of streaks, I hope you got a chance to check out my post from earlier today – a visualization of the winners of the last 1,830 regular episodes of the show.

John Schultz Ricardo Pineres Lauren Gambier
24,400 6,800 16,000

Great game, with all three players doing what they had to do on Daily Doubles. They’ll duke it out on this category:

20th CENTURY BRITS

Those of you with a head for math will notice that Lauren does not have 2/3 of John’s score, so the only way she can win is if she gets it right and he misses. (This is called a crush.)

First-order calculations

If Lauren doubles her score, she’ll have 32,000. To cover this all-in wager, John will need to wager 7,600.

An incorrect response with that wager will leave John with 16,800. To get above his total, Lauren must wager at least 800, but might as well go for everything.

Ricardo is eliminated from contention, and should wager to leave some in the bank.

Zero wagers

John and Lauren are separated by 8,400, so John should cap his range at 8,399.

Some high scores but some easy math.

What actually happened

If John, Elliot Yates, and Vaughn Winchell all make the next Tournament of Champions, it’ll be at least the second time back-to-back-to-back champs have done so: in Season 28, Dan McShane (4x) defeated Dave Leach (6x), who had previously defeated Jason Keller (9x).

All three made the semifinals, but never crossed paths in the TOC.

In the video, I talk about the 1120 sinking of the White Ship, which caused a period in history known as The Anarchy (amazing name).

The Final Jeopardy! clue

20th CENTURY BRITS

DR. HUGH CAIRNS, WHO TRIED BUT COULDN’T SAVE THE LIFE OF THIS MAN IN MAY 1935, BECAME A PIONEER IN THE USE OF MOTORCYCLE HELMETS

Correct response: Show

 

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2 Comments
  1. Pat Russell permalink

    In the last 10 games (counting tonight) in which we had three players in Final Jeopardy we have the following result: In 2 cases all three got it right = easy. 2 cases of 1 right + 5 cases of 2 right = 7 ok and 1 case of 0 right = hard. So that’s a “final jeopardy degree of difficulty = just right” score of 70% but the “average degree of difficulty” score (higher is easier) dropped to 1.80.

    The “no triple stumper on FJ” streak now stands at 0 days since we had one today. Keith thought it was a tough clue. I thought it was an easy one. My methodology says Keith is right.

  2. Blake permalink

    Keith, I have a correction. John wagered 8,000 and not 8,400.

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