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May 8, 2015

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For those of you who found Louis Virtel’s appearance annoying, I have just one response for you:


(h/t Josh Woo)

Now that’s what you call some good television.The Final Wager – May 8, 2015

After dethroning three-time champ Scott Ylinen yesterday from second, Andrew Haringer is hoping to do the same with Louis.

Andrew

Haringer

Mary

Green

Louis

Virtel

15,400 10,000 16,000

We’ll deal with this Final Jeopardy! category:

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First-order calculations

Second doubles up

If Andrew doubles his score, he’ll have 30,800.

To cover this all-in wager, Louis will need to wager 14,800.

Andrew
Mary
Louis
15,400 10,000 16,000
15,400 14,800
30,800 30,800
min max min max min max
14,800

An incorrect response with that wager will leave Louis with 1,200.

To stay above his total, Andrew can wager up to 14,200.

Mary can wager up to 8,800.

Andrew
Mary
Louis
15,400 10,000 16,000
14,200 8,800 14,800
1,200 1,200 1,200
min max min max min max
14,200 8,800 14,800

Third doubles up

A successful doubling will put Mary at 20,000.

To cover this, Andrew should wager at least 4,600.

Louis would need to wager at least 4,000.

Andrew
Mary
Louis
15,400 10,000 16,000
4,600 10,000 4,000
20,000 20,000 20,000
min max min max min max
4,600 14,200 8,800 14,800
4,000

Mary would need to wager at least 800 to get above Andrew…

Andrew
Mary
Louis
15,400 10,000 16,000
4,600 2,000 4,000
10,800 12,000 12,000
min max min max min max
4,600 14,200 2,000 8,800 14,800
800
4,000

…and 2,000 to get above Louis.

Here’s where things stand after the first order:

Andrew
Mary
Louis
15,400 10,000 16,000
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
4,600 14,200 2,000 8,800 14,800
800
4,000

Second-order calculations

Louis and Andrew are too close for any mind games to make sense there. And Mary needs to be right against a rational Andrew wager to have a shot, so nothing doing with her, either. Unusual!

Zero wagers

Score differences:
Louis and Andrew: 600
Louis and Mary: 6,000
Andrew and Mary: 5,400

Andrew
Mary
Louis
15,400 10,000 16,000
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
4,600 5,400 6,000 8,800 14,800
10,800 2,000 4,800 6,000

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

What actually happened

Andrew Mary Louis
15,400 10,000 16,000
15,400 9,500 14,801
30,800 500 1,199
min max min max min max
4,601 5,399 6,001 8,799 14,801
10,799 2,001 4,801 5,999

Had Andrew missed, Louis would have won with $1,199. No reason for either of the two trailers’ wagers.

In any event, Andrew has now won 2 games and $39,599. He’ll go for three on Monday.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

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ON AUGUST 15, 1941 CONVICTED NAZI SPY JOSEF JAKOBS BECAME THE LAST PERSON TO BE PUT TO DEATH HERE
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3 Comments
  1. Matt permalink

    I also believe you mean to say that Andrew will defend two weeks from Monday, as we break for the College Championship a week from Monday, as we break for the Celebrity games. You caught yourself in the video, but not the writeup.

    I think you should give the celebrities the same scrutiny as the regular players. The care passionately about these charities, so they should be playing to win. And come on – if TFW were around in 1996, you wouldn’t have given Buzz Aldrin a pass, right?

What do you think?