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July 3, 2015

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The nice thing about the weekend: two straight days of no terrible wagers!The Final Wager – July 3, 2015

As an added bonus, my hoped-for reference in the FRENCH PRESIDENTS category actually appeared! (More on that in the video.)

I know it’s scary, but Jon really needed to take a stab on that Penultimate Clue – even if François Mitterand (who died of cancer while still in office, btw) is a foreign name (pun not intended, but we’ll keep it).

Jon

Lubin

Hilary

Carney

Erik

Siwak

1,200 18,400 20,800

Hilary and Erik will tussle on this category:

NORTH AMERICAN RIVERS

Pretty straightforward.

First-order calculations

Second doubles up

If Hilary doubles her score, she’ll have 36,800.

To cover this all-in wager, Erik will need to wager 16,000.

Jon
Hilary
Erik
1,200 18,400 20,800
18,400 16,000
36,800 36,800
min max min max min max
16,000

An incorrect response with that wager will leave Erik with 4,800.

To stay above his total, Hilary can wager up to 13,600.

Jon
Hilary
Erik
1,200 18,400 20,800
13,600 16,000
4,800 4,800
min max min max min max
13,600 16,000

We can plug in the rest fairly easily:

Jon
Hilary
Erik
1,200 18,400 20,800
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
13,600 16,000 18,400
4,800 8,800 11,200

What actually happened

Jon Hilary Erik
1,200 18,400 20,800
0 12,000 16,100
1,200 6,400 4,700
min max min max
4,801 8,799 16,001 18,399
13,599 11,201

I don’t have a huge problem with Hilary’s wager, but it’s not the very safest.

Have a great weekend!

The Final Jeopardy! clue

NORTH AMERICAN RIVERS
AT ABOUT 100 MILES IT’S NOT ONE OF CANADA’S 100 LONGEST RIVERS, BUT IN THE 1890s IT BECAME PERHAPS THE MOST FAMOUS
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