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June 8, 2015

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You guys, I’m sick of [not quite] seeing a particular spoiler.The Final Wager – June 8, 2015

More in tonight’s video. (Please – don’t spoil me. I’m almost there!)

And then there was this:

Anyway, we had a simple situation heading into Final – but then Craig got $800 back during the break, throwing everything into the Twilight Zone.

Chris

Wonderly

Sally

Wright

Craig

Moysey

14,200 9,700 9,000

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category is:

LITERARY CHARACTERS

First-order calculations

Second doubles up

If Sally doubles her score, she’ll have 19,400.

To cover this all-in wager, Chris will need to wager 5,200.

Chris
Sally
Craig
14,200 9,700 9,000
5,200 9,700
19,400 19,400
min max min max min max
5,200

An incorrect response with that wager will leave Chris with 9,000.

To stay above his total, Sally can wager up to 700.

But, more importantly, 9,000 is Craig’s score – which puts us into the same scenario as the first semifinal of 2014 TOC.

Chris
Sally
Craig
14,200 9,700 9,000
5,200 700 0
9,000 9,000 9,000
min max min max min max
5,200 ! 700 0

Third doubles up

A successful doubling will put Craig at 18,000.

To cover this, Sally should wager at least 8,300. In this case, though, she will lose on an incorrect response, so she might as well wager everything – in fact, she should, just in case Chris goes for the tie.

Chris could wager 3,800. If Craig is scared of that, he could wager everything.

Chris
Sally
Craig
14,200 9,700 9,000
3,800 8,300 9,000
18,000 18,000 18,000
min max min max min max
5,200 ! 700 0
3,800 9,700 !  9,000

That’s about it. Here’s a video I made for this exact situation:

What actually happened

Chris Sally Craig
14,200 9,700 9,000
5,500 9,600 0
19,700 19,300 9,000
min max
5,200 ! 699 ! 0 !
5,201 8,999 9,700 ! 9,000 !
3,801

Given Sally’s poor Daily Double wager in the first round, I would have gone for the tie. It would have worked out for me, although she was aggressive here.

Either way, Chris has now won 2 games and $36,600 – and he breaks the one-week cycle of single-day champs.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

LITERARY CHARACTERS
THIS NAME MADE FAMOUS IN A 17TH CENTURY NOVEL IS DERIVED FROM THE SPANISH FOR “SWEET”
Correct response: Show
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4 Comments
  1. Cerulean permalink

    Chris should wager 3,800 exactly: if Sally wagers 700, she will have 10400, and to stay above that Chris will have to wager no more than 3,800. Thus, Sally should wager 700 exactly. This makes Craig’s zero even more viable.
    I feel like Chris should have gotten orange. Also, whatever happened to pink wagers?

    • I’ve just been in a sour mood lately – hence, no pink, just red. :)

      • bill kay permalink

        Keith, if someone wins six games, are they automatically in the
        Tournament of Champions? Alex tells them he’ll be seeing them
        next time there.

      • The general assumption is 5 games guarantees you a TOC berth (assuming good behavior), but there’s nothing that spells that out.

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