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February 18, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Seuss? Vermont? “S” to “T”? That first round was about as perfect a board as I could ask for.The Final Wager – February 18, 2015

In actual game news, it happens quite frequently, it seems, that a player will go wild on her first day, really get my hopes up for a long run, then completely collapse on first defense. Stephanie fell victim to this tonight.

Stephanie

Engel

Christina

McTighe

Ravi

Subramanian

6,000 10,800 19,000

Ravi will try to finish Christina off with this category:

NO. 1 SONGS

Similar situation to last night. I’ll continue with the visual calculations.

First-order calculations

Second doubles up

If Christina doubles her score, she’ll have 21,600.

To cover this all-in wager, Ravi will need to wager 2,600.

Stephanie Christina Ravi
6,000 10,800 19,000
10,800 2,600
21,600 21,600

An incorrect response with that wager will leave Ravi with 16,400.

To get above his total, Christina must wager at least 5,600.

Stephanie Christina Ravi
6,000 10,800 19,000
5,600 2,600
16,400 16,400

Were I Stephanie, I’d cap my wager at 799.

Stephanie Christina Ravi
6,000 10,800 19,000
800 5,600
5,200 5,200

What actually happened

This was a great Final clue – one of the best this season. It doesn’t tell you exactly what’s important, but if you think about why the name and (to a lesser extent) the years are relevant, the correct response should jump out at you.

Congrats to Christina on becoming the first player to respond correctly to a Final this week. We’ll see if she can do it again tomorrow.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

NO. 1 SONGS
A U.S. NO. 1 IN 1977, IT WAS PERFORMED THE NIGHT BEFORE CARL XVI GUSTAF’S 1976 WEDDING TO SILVIA SOMMERLATH
Correct response: Show

 

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