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February 9, 2015

2015 Teachers Tournament, SF #1

Monday’s video comes from the beautiful environs just outside the Greyhound terminal in Albany, New York.
The Final Wager – February 9, 2015

You know who’s smithing his way to victory? Adam Elkana-Hale. He’s got this one locked up.

Adam

Elkana-Hale

Lydia

Cuffman

Erin

McLaughlin

19,800 7,000 9,200

Even though it’s moot, we’ll get to see the final clue anyway. That category:

19th CENTURY WRITERS

Since I have some space tonight, a quick word about having awareness of the situation.

Before that last $2,000 clue, Adam had more than twice either of his opponents’ scores, but both Lydia and Erin could get back into contention with a correct response. (In fact, had either gotten it right without a miss, they both would have been in contention.)

Lydia, I think, recognized this, and took a stab. Erin sat on her buzzer and let time expire – along with any chance of advancing.

I know it’s tough to give an incorrect response on national television, and perhaps Erin wasn’t aware she needed a correct question to make the math work. But you have to guess there. If you’re wrong, you can do no worse than you would have otherwise.

The scoreboard

The contestants can see their scores on a display to the left of the game board.

Jeopardy set scoreboard

Sometimes you’ll see them stealing glances in that direction (to the right on your screen) after picking a clue.

I recommend contestants look at the scores only at the following times, lest it become a distraction from the actual game:

  • at a Daily Double
  • at a commercial break
  • in the last 10-15 clues of Double Jeopardy!

What actually happened

The Final Jeopardy! clue

19th CENTURY WRITERS
AFTER HIS DEATH, HE WAS GIVEN FULL MILITARY HONORS IN GREECE BEFORE HIS BODY WAS RETUNRED HOME FOR BURIAL AT HIS BARONIAL SEAT
Correct response: Show

 

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