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February 11, 2015

2015 Teachers Tournament, SF #3

2015 Teachers Tournament
By the Numbers: The difficulty of predicting wild cards
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 1 2

The first two semifinals didn’t give me much to work with, but I’m standing at the whiteboard tonight.

The Final Wager – February 11, 2015

Not much of an improvement, but I do get to give out colors!

Cathy was very aggressive with her two Daily Double wagers, putting up 4,000 and 5,000. The miss on the latter might be coming back to bite her.

Colin

O’Grady

Mary

Bayer

Cathy

Farrell

6,400 8,600 16,800

Colin was our highest-scoring quarterfinalist; Mary and Cathy were wild cards #3 and #4. Strange how things flipped around tonight.

I haven’t advertised it yet, but I put up this week’s Fact Primer early: how to memorize the countries of Asia. Go check it out and see if it works for you.

The Final Jeopardy! category is:

REFERENCE BOOK MAKERS

Not much to calculate here: Mary should wager everything, and Cathy should put up 401.

What actually happened

So now the Finals are set. Adam Elkana-Hale, our lone remaining beard, will take the first podium; Cathy will be in the middle, and Jennifer Giles will be closest to the audience.

2015 Jeopardy Teachers Tournament finalists

In an alternate universe…

Colin must have known I was itching for some math! He issued the following challenge on Twitter:

OK, I’ll bite!

Final Jeopardy wagering February 11, 2015 alternative universe

Would Colin have gone small here and taken the match? He’ll have to get back to us. :)

The Final Jeopardy! clue

REFERENCE BOOK MAKERS
IN 1863 HE USED THE EPIGRAPH “I HAVE GATHERED… OTHER MEN’S FLOWERS, & NOTHING BUT THE THREAD THAT BINDS THEM IS MY OWN”
Correct response: Show

 

2015 Teachers Tournament
By the Numbers: The difficulty of predicting wild cards
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 1 2
One Comment
  1. Colin O'Grady (@WestPoShakes) permalink

    You’re exactly right: I figured that we have given you nothing to work with for eight days, so a hypothetical was better than nothing!

    I did the math sometime in the middle of the Sculpture category–where I was utterly out of my depth–and figured that if I could get a couple more clues, both Mary and I would be within touching distance of Cathy, forcing her to bet biggish to cover a potential double bet. I also knew that Final had been trending towards misses all tournament long (I was in the first QF and had the advantage of seeing every single game), so the odds of a Triple Stumper were reasonable. My plan was to get close enough, zero bet, and hope to be the last one standing.

    By the time we got to the last clue, I knew that the status quo was not good enough, so I buzzed in and guessed.

    Really, this is my way of saying thank you; I was able to make these split-second in-game decisions about strategy because of all of the time I spent studying TFW. I’m clearly not a math person, but I was able to make sense of all of this and go in knowing how to make adjustments. It didn’t quite pan out, but I was one clue away from wagering myself into the final (which I had no place being in) on the back of your assistance.

    Keep up the great work!

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