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February 27, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

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It took 30 minutes on the Times archive, but I finally found the holy grail: our champion as a first-grader. (Which one is he?)The Final Wager – February 27, 2015

A journalist by day, I spend a lot of time on the archives – historical parallels are great for rounding off pieces, or for serving as their bulk, as was the case with a piece on a neighborhood in Queens earlier this week. Finding this one required some solid sleuthing.

As for the game…

Jose, Jose, Jose… why did you pick that $1,600 clue with so little time to go? Should have gone for the $400 clue, which would have preserved your lock.







19,800 11,000 2,000

A big lead will give him plenty of wiggle room tonight with this Final Jeopardy! category:


An unfortunate misstep by Richmond, leaving out the “n” in Appenines with the Daily Double. (Should have gone all-in, though.)

First-order calculations

Second doubles up

If Natalie doubles her score, she’ll have 22,000.

To cover this all-in wager, Jose will need to wager 2,200.

Jose Natalie Richmond
19,800 11,000 2,000
2,200 11,000
22,000 22,000

An incorrect response with that wager will leave Jose with 17,600.

To get above his total, Natalie must wager at least 6,600.

Jose Natalie Richmond
19,800 11,000 2,000
2,200 6,600
17,600 17,600

Of course, I prefer that Natalie go for broke.

What actually happened

Natalie gets a pink grade in her preservation of second place. Always force your opponent to get it right – a miscalculation could happen at any time!

8,801 – 9,000 would have been much better with the same result.

Jose’s New York Times appearance

Finally the printer punched out “Merry Christmas,” pictures of sleighs and reindeers and portraits of Mad magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman. …

The children received a gift from the 1401—portraits of Al­fred E. Neuman.

Here’s the photo from the original article – I flipped it to better align with my title card.

Jose Garriga NYT

Well, that was fun. Oh, and don’t forget to check out my Fact Primer on the lunar new year – it’ll help you memorize the Chinese Zodiac.

Have a great weekend!

The Final Jeopardy! clue

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  1. jdgalt permalink

    After two weeks of mostly impossible FJ clues, this is one a baby should get right. I wonder why such a big variation in difficulty?

  2. Pat Russell permalink

    I actually wrote code for an IBM 7094 computer (see the NYT story accompanying the picture) while I was in college in the late ’60s. It was part of the last generation from IBM before the System 360 family of computers came out. The System 360 was announced in April of ’64, the year the article came out, but deliveries did not start until 1965.

    As to the degree of difficulty of the clue, it depends on whether you know the names (and even better year of release) of all the Moore films. The degree of difficulty was much lower than some of the other recent FJ clues but “baby” is a bit harsh. And I note that two out of three FJ contestants got it wrong so it couldn’t have been that easy.

What do you think?