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June 10, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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I’m thinking of opening a store for The Final Wager, with the goal of raising awareness of a malady that still plagues Jeopardy! contestants: Terrible Strategy Syndrome.

I model one potential item in tonight’s video. Please buy generously. For the children.The Final Wager – June 10, 2015

Both our returning champion and our rightmost challenger seem to be suffering from acute cases of TSS. Here we go heading into Final Jeopardy!:

Phil

Arevalo

Martha

Holland

Dark Lord

Harris-Fain

10,800 3,200 21,900

Dark Lord, birth name Darren, has it locked up – but let’s rewind two clues to his Antepenultimate Wager.

The Antepenultimate Wager

Phil

Martha

Dark Lord

10,800 3,200 19,200

$800 clue in WESTERN HEMISPHERE RIVERS

Remaining: $400, same category

Dark Lord should assume Phil is going to nab that last $400 clue. That’ll put him at 11,200. So Dark Lord should wager to get up to 22,401: $3,201.

For unknowable reasons, he wagered $2,700 which put him in a lock position for the moment. The remaining clue asked for a Central American country, and a correct response would have given Phil a shot in Final.

NO ONE BUZZED IN.

I’m tempted to give Phil a ‘gray’ wager just for the hell of it because it’s clear he didn’t come to play. There was no reason for him not to be doing that math during the Daily Double.

The Final Wager

All of that wouldn’t have mattered, because Phil missed Final (and Dark Lord got it). But here at The Final Wager, it’s always means over ends.

Phil still takes home an extra $1,000, though, because he didn’t have to wager anything against Martha.

Phil Martha Dark Lord
10,800 3,200 21,900
0 0 100
10,800 3,200 22,000
min max min max
4,400 299

Sigh.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

HISTORIC QUOTES
DURING THE 1976 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, RONALD REAGAN SAID OF THIS, “WE BUILT IT, WE PAID FOR IT, IT’S OURS AND WE ARE GOING TO KEEP IT”
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2 Comments
  1. Cathy permalink

    At the beginning of the game, Phil was picking the categories. No one got any answers right for several clues, then Alex switched to asking Darren where to go. Any idea why?

    • Alex just got confused. The contestant coordinators mention this possibility in the pre-game pep talk, and tell contestants to keep going if it does happen.

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