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April 17, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

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For an overall analysis of Alex’s strategies, check out this post.

We’ve got what appears to be a clash of the titans on tonight’s episode. How will things pan out?The Final Wager – April 17, 2015

Our rightmost competitor tonight is a beast over at LearnedLeague; unfortunately, Jeopardy! is an entirely different animal. He’s out of contention, but Nikhil’s still in it.

Alex

Jacob

Nikhil

Neelakantan

Scott

Blish

17,400 10,200 3,600

Do you know what happened on this date in 1397? It could be part of this Final Jeopardy! clue!

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This has been a really easy week for me, I gotta say.

First-order calculations

Second doubles up

If Nikhil doubles his score, he’ll have 20,400.

To cover this all-in wager, Alex will need to wager 3,000.

Alex
Nikhil
Scott
17,400 10,200 3,600
3,000 10,200
20,400 20,400
min max min max min max
3,000

An incorrect response with that wager will leave Alex with 14,400.

To get above his total, Nikhil must wager at least 4,200.

Alex
Nikhil
Scott
17,400 10,200 3,600
3,000 4,200
14,400 14,400
min max min max min max
3,000 4,200

A successful doubling will put Scott at 7,200.

Alex could wager at most 10,200. I’d probably cap it at 7,200 so as not to fall below Nikhil on the off chance he wagers zero.

Alex
Nikhil
Scott
17,400 10,200 3,600
10,200 3,000 3,600
7,200 7,200 7,200
min max min max min max
3,000 7,200 4,200
10,200

And we are done.

What actually happened

Alex Nikhil Scott
17,400 10,200 3,600
3,001 7,201 3,600
20,401 2,999 7,200
min max
3,001 7,199 10,200
10,199

Quite an underwhelming game – Alex didn’t get a single Daily Double, and the only one either Nikhil or Scott answered correctly was worth a whole $5. (I agreed with that wager, though.)

We’ll see Mr. Jacob again on Monday as he goes for number seven. Have a great weekend!

The Final Jeopardy! clue

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A 2008 REVIEW OF THIS NOVEL, LATER FILMED, COMPARED IT TO “BATTLE ROYALE” & SAID IT’S
“A FUTURE WE CAN FEAR”
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2 Comments
  1. Michael Falk permalink

    Re: two consecutive weeks with 6-game champs: it was long ago, but 8-game winner Tom Kavanaugh was defeated by 6-game winner Kevin Marshall in early 2006. (The day after Kevin beat Tom was actually the day I got The Call.)

    • Amazing fact! The day you got the call was actually also the day my son was born. Long time ago, when Jeopardy! had a “Ken Jennings” set. 8 YEARS AGO! Congrats to Kerry and Alex for breaking what has to be a record!

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