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March 25, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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We’ve got a Harvard Business School professor at the champ’s podium tonight. Will he have a trick or two up his sleeve?

Well, the Daily Double hunting certainly worked out for him – if only he had wagered more, he’d be in a much more comfortable position.

Gautam

Mukunda

Jacqueline

Hawkins

Tim

Hague

11,600 17,000 10,000

Hey, speaking of Daily Doubles, how about the one in the first round? I did a Fact Primer on the moon missions – if you missed that clue, or want to know more about the Apollo landings, check it out.

I have not done a Fact Primer on tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category:

ACTRESSES

Gautam’s going to have a decision to make.

First-order calculations

Second doubles up

If Gautam doubles his score, he’ll have 23,200.

To cover him, Jacqueline will need to wager 6,200.

Gautam
Jacqueline
Tim
11,600 17,000 10,000
11,600 6,200
23,200 23,200
min max min max min max
6,200

An incorrect response with that wager will leave Jacqueline with 10,800.

To stay above her total, Gautam can wager up to 800.

Tim must respond correctly to have a shot, so all-in is the way to go.

Gautam
Jacqueline
Tim
11,600 17,000 10,000
800 6,200 800
10,800 10,800 10,800
min max min max min max
800 6,200 800*

Third doubles up

A successful doubling will put Tim at 20,000.

To cover this, Gautam should wager at least 8,400. At that rate, he might as well go for broke.

Jacqueline would need to wager at least 3,000. We’ll keep that around for now.

Gautam
Jacqueline
Tim
11,600 17,000 10,000
8,400 3,000 10,000
20,000 20,000 20,000
min max min max min max
800 6,200 800*
8,400* 3,000

Here’s where things stand after the first order:

Gautam
Jacqueline
Tim
11,600 17,000 10,000
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
800 6,200 800*
8,400* 3,000

Second-order calculations

Second’s max vs. first

If Gautam makes the rational maximum wager of 800, Jacqueline will need to wager 4,600 to stay above him.

Gautam
Jacqueline
Tim
11,600 17,000 10,000
800 4,600
12,400 12,400
min max min max min max
800 6,200 800*
8,400* 3,000 4,600

Normally, I would encourage second to go big here. With this possibility in play, I’m particularly adamant about it.

I’ll throw in Jacqueline’s maximum wager so as to force Tim to get it right. Here are my recommendations:

Gautam
Jacqueline
Tim
11,600 17,000 10,000
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
800 6,200 7,000 800*
8,400* 3,000 4,600

What actually happened

Gautam Jacqueline Tim
11,600 17,000 10,000
5,401 6,300 9,999
17,001 23,300 19,999
min max min max
11,600 6,201 6,999 10,000
799 3,001 4,599

Gautam took the worst of both worlds here. He doesn’t cover Tim, and he fails to stay above Jacqueline.

If he does win courtesy of a solo get, he also leaves $6,199 in Sony’s pocket.

Jacqueline led in a solid game, and takes the W on the triple green. We’ll see her tomorrow!

P.S. There’s a video treat in the spoiler box below.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

ACTRESSES
FOR PLAYING A LEGAL ASSISTANT IN A 2000 FILM, SHE BECAME THE FIRST ACTRESS TO CRASH THE $20 MILLION SALARY BARRIER
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One Comment
  1. Joe Taglic permalink

    As soon as I read that FJ, I heard Jack Sparrow play back in my head several times. Only problem is that was (no longer is) the only time I’d heard of the movie so I had no idea on the actress. 😛

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