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May 11, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015 – Celebrity Jeopardy! #1

Celebrity Jeopardy!

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We start off Celebrity Jeopardy! with what I think might be the best match-up: the creator of Breaking Bad, the star of Will & Grace, and the janitor from Scrubs. Who will take home $50,000 for charity?The Final Wager – May 11, 2015

Indeed, all three players made the right moves, and all three are alive.

Thanks to everyone who voted in today’s poll: I will be ruthless, yes, I will. (You can still vote, if you like.)

How should Keith handle this week's shows?

    Skip the entire week! (12%, 15 Votes)

    Be ruthless! They could lose money for their charity! (61%, 75 Votes)

    Be nice! They're playing for charity! (26%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 122

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Vince

Gilligan

Debra

Messing

Neil

Flynn

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond PSI/Youth AIDS Children’s Miracle Hospital Networks
23,200 11,800 14,800

We’ll deal with this category:

THE OSCARS

Fairly straightforward here.

First-order calculations

Second doubles up

If Neil doubles his score, he’ll have 29,600.

To cover this all-in wager, Vince will need to wager 6,400.

Vince
Debra
Neil
23,200 11,800 14,800
6,400 14,800
29,600 29,600
min max min max min max
6,400

An incorrect response with that wager will leave Vince with 16,800.

To get above his total, both Neil and Debra must respond correctly to have a shot, so all-in is the way to go.

Vince
Debra
Neil
23,200 11,800 14,800
6,400 5,000 2,000
16,800 16,800 16,800
min max min max min max
6,400 5,000* 2,000*

Well, that was easy:

Vince
Debra
Neil
23,200 11,800 14,800
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
6,400 11,800 14,800

What actually happened

$14,900 $21,800 $50,000
Vince Debra Neil
23,200 11,800 14,800
8,300 10,000 14,800
14,900 21,800 29,600
min max
6,401 11,800 14,800

Since the winner’s total gets bumped up to $50,000, there was no reason for Vince to put the extra cash on the line. In fact, that $1,899 difference (as well as the $1,800 Debra left on the table) will stay in Sony’s pocket.

Tomorrow we’ve got a sports star, an investing guru, and a space traveler. Here’s a preview.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

THE OSCARS
LAST NAME OF THE ONLY FAMILY TO HAVE A FATHER & DAUGHTER RECEIVE ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS FOR BEST DIRECTOR
Correct response: Show
Celebrity Jeopardy!

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