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March 9, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

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I’m back in Vermont – and my car now has a snow-hawk.

Seasn20 snow hawk

It’s a better look than being almost completely covered, as it was a month ago. Instead, I’m driving my dad’s car around.

Tonight’s scores feel like those of last Monday.

Rachael

Sims

Mike

Ewing

Jen

Jabaily Blackburn

9,800 14,400 11,200

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category is:

LITERARY CHARACTERS

I’ll have a video up after I’m done playing my mom in Scrabble… you know how it is.

First-order calculations

Second doubles up

If Jen doubles her score, she’ll have 22,400.

To cover this all-in wager, Mike will need to wager 8,000.

Rachael Mike Jen
9,800 14,400 11,200
8,000 11,200
22,400 22,400

An incorrect response with that wager will leave Mike with 6,400.

To stay above his total, Jen can wager up to 4,800.

Rachael can wager up to 3,400.

Rachael Mike Jen
9,800 14,400 11,200
3,400 8,000 4,800
6,400 6,400 6,400

Third doubles up

A successful doubling will put Rachael at 19,600.

To cover this, Jen should wager at least 8,400.

(Mike would need to wager at least 5,200, but this is somewhat questionable.)

Rachael Mike Jen
9,800 14,400 11,200
9,800 5,200 8,400
19,600 19,600 19,600

Jen, like so many others lately, is in Stratton’s Dilemma: does she cover Rachael, or stay above Mike?

Here’s where things stand after the first order:

Second-order calculations

Third’s max vs. first

Rachael Mike Jen
9,800 14,400 11,200
3,400 2,000
13,200 13,200

And if Jen misses on that second-order wager:

Rachael Mike Jen
9,800 14,400 11,200
600 2,000
9,200 9,200

Now let’s see where we stand:

Zero wagers

Then we add a dollar to the minimum wagers, and subtract a dollar from the maximum wagers.

What actually happened

Ay, yi, yi. A quick reminder:

Final Jeopardy wagering March 9, 2015 reminder

The Final Jeopardy! clue

LITERARY CHARACTERS
THE FIRST STORY IN WHICH HE APPEARED BEGAN, “THE SCENT AND SMOKE AND SWEAT OF A CASINO ARE NAUSEATING AT 3 IN THE MORNING”
Correct response: Show
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