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June 9, 2015

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We had a fun situation last night. How will tonight’s compare?The Final Wager – June 9, 2015

This is one of the tighter games in recent memory, with Phil leapfrogging Chris into second on the penultimate clue.

Chris

Wonderly

Phil

Arevalo

Holly

Cooper

10,800 11,800 11,900

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category is:

HUMANITIES & HISTORY

Strange one, eh?

The scores are so close that the wagering calculations are very easy.

First-order calculations

Second doubles up

If Phil doubles his score, he’ll have 23,600.

To cover this all-in wager, Holly will need to wager 11,700.

Chris
Phil
Holly
10,800 11,800 11,900
11,800 11,700
23,600 23,600
min max min max min max
11,700

An incorrect response with that wager will leave Holly with 200.

To stay above her total, Phil can wager up to 11,600.

Chris can wager up to 10,600.

Chris
Phil
Holly
10,800 11,800 11,900
10,600 11,600 11,700
200 200 200
min max min max min max
10,600 11,600 11,700

Third doubles up

A successful doubling will put Chris at 21,600.

To cover this, Phil should wager at least 9,800.

Holly would need to wager at least 9,700, but this would put her at risk against Phil.

Chris
Phil
Holly
10,800 11,800 11,900
10,800 9,800 9,700
21,600 21,600 21,600
min max min max min max
10,600 9,800 11,600 11,700
9,700

If Phil is incorrect with that wager, Chris can wager up to 8,800 to stay above his total. We can further cap Chris at 8,600 just in case Holly aims to cover him.

Chris
Phil
Holly
10,800 11,800 11,900
8,800 9,800 9,700
2,200 2,000 2,200
min max min max min max
8,600 9,800 11,600 11,700
10,600
9,700

Here’s where things stand after the first order:

Chris
Phil
Holly
10,800 11,800 11,900
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
8,600 9,800 11,600 11,700
10,600
9,700

Because everyone’s so bunched up, there is very little room for mind games.

Zero wagers

Score differences:
Holly and Phil: 100
Holly and Chris: 1,100
Phil and Chris: 1,000

Chris
Phil
Holly
10,800 11,800 11,900
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
2,200 8,600 9,800 11,600 11,700
9,700
10,600 200 1,000 100

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

What actually happened

Chris Phil Holly
10,800 11,800 11,900
10,000 11,800 6,000
20,800 23,600 5,900
min max min max min max
2,201 8,599 9,801 11,599 11,701
9,701
10,599 201 999 99

Well, color me confused by these wagers. The gentlemen’s wagers fall to the minimum proper bet of the next player up. And 6,000? There’s no wagering website that will agree with that.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

HUMANITIES & HISTORY
ECHOING THE MORSE CODE FOR V, IN WWII THE BBC’S “V FOR VICTORY” CAMPAIGN USED THIS CLASSICAL WORK AS A THEME

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