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March 12, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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I’m pleased with tonight’s Final Wager.The Final Wager – March 12, 2015

I don’t mean the video – although there, I do offer some thoughts on how we got to this situation, with particular focus on the things that can throw you off your game during the course of a taping day.

(One I forgot: eating right. This game was taped right after lunch.)

Kristin

Sausville

Brad

King

Stephanie

Hull

8,400 -200 -6,800

Sad, but sometimes that’s the way things shake out. Tonight’s game shouldn’t be a reflection on either Brad or Stephanie.

It takes a lot of mental grit to dig yourself out of a hole – and to stay out of that hole. Even when you’re not in front of 10 million people.

This is at least the seventh single-player Final Jeopardy! in history [updated with information from comments – thanks, everyone!]:

  1. sometime in season 1 (John Hnat‘s second game)
  2. sometime in season 1 (Michael Day‘s second game)
  3. February 27, 1986
  4. July 1, 1987 (Doug Molitor‘s fourth game)
  5. February 23, 2005 (UTOC Round 1)
  6. March 16, 2011

I recall seeing a video of an early one but I can’t find it now. (Alex stopped the Think Music early, once it looked like the player had finished.) [ETA: It was Doug Molitor’s game, but the video has been removed.]

Here’s the Final Jeopardy! clue on which Kristin risked, and lost, $1,600 of her winnings:

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
ON AUG. 15, 1994, 59 YEARS & 1 DAY AFTER FDR SIGNED THE ORIGINAL ACT, BILL CLINTON MADE THIS AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY
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12 Comments
  1. Shane permalink

    I think some other single player Final Jeopardy’s include Michael Day and Doug Molitor, as far as I know

  2. In 1985, 5-timer Michael Day played a single-player Final Jeopardy! in his 4th game.

  3. Great stuff, Shane and William – thanks so much!

  4. In the Tournament of Champions Yearbook, 1985 ToCer John Hnat claimed to have played FJ by himself in his second game.

  5. David permalink

    Your thoughts on the “prevailing wisdom” that the only bets in a single player FJ are $0 or $all-1? Aside from “don’t bet it all”, is there any betting advice in a single player FJ? This seems like the best place to ask …

  6. Thanks, Stefan and aaaa!

  7. Steve G permalink

    Is the $-6800 the new all-time record for low score?

  8. Leena permalink

    That lowest score thinking is only in the doubled values era. Someone tied it before in the 80’s and in the same decade, someone got $-10,800, with of course a negative $-5,400 recorded in that game.

What do you think?