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January 20, 2015

The Final Wager – Tue 20 Jan 2015

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No fewer than three people texted me to tell me they thought Tuesday’s show was “weird”.The Final Wager – January 20, 2015

I’ll have some reflections on the game later, but for now, the scores:

Nicholas Bérubé Daniel Grigg Rebeca Avila
12,000 6,000 8,600

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category is:

LAST WORDS

It’s a situation very similar to last night.

First-order calculations

Second doubles up

If Rebeca doubles her score, she’ll have 17,200. Nicholas will need to wager 5,200.

An incorrect response with that wager will leave Nicholas with 6,800.

To stay above his total, Rebeca can wager up to 1,800. Daniel must respond correctly to have a shot, so all-in is the way to go.

Third doubles up

Once again, Stratton’s Dilemma: If Rebeca wagers to cover Daniel and misses, she’ll be out against Nicholas, so it’s either the small-ish wager above or everything.

Nicholas has a potential “zero to tie” if he wants it, but it’s rather unappealing.

Subsequent calculations

If Rebeca makes the rational maximum wager of 1,800, Nicholas will need to wager 1,600 to stay above her.

What actually happened

Although Rebeca left a potential $5,100 on the table, she at least picked a side.

Nicholas was 0/3 on Final – hard to put a string together like that.

Seeing the year in this clue should result in a Pavlovian response: the correct answer.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

LAST WORDS

IN 1170 HE SAID, “I AM READY TO DIE FOR MY LORD, THAT IN MY BLOOD THE CHURCH MAY OBTAIN LIBERTY AND PEACE”

Correct response: Show

 

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One Comment
  1. Pat Russell permalink

    I haven’t seen the show as it was dropped due to “State of the Union” coverage by my local station (KOMO in Seattle). But, since the result was the same as the show that aged out:

    In the last 10 regular games (counting tonight) in which we had three players in Final Jeopardy we have the following result: In 1 case all three got it right = easy. 3 cases of 1 right + 3 cases of 2 right = 7 ok and 3 cases of 0 right = hard. So that’s a “final jeopardy degree of difficulty = just right” score of 60%. The “average degree of difficulty” score (higher is harder) stays at 1.80.

    No triple stumper today so the “no triple stumper on FJ” streak now stands at 1 day.

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