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July 21, 2015

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I’m wondering if the lack of alcohol in my system is causing my math abilities to misfire this evening.The Final Wager – July 21, 2015

Let’s start by giving you the scores. Scott made it a game at the end by nearly running the final category.

Scott

Lord

Eliza

Thompson

Jake

Smith

13,200 6,200 22,800

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category is:

HISTORIC NAMES

Scott can only win if he gets it right and Jake misses, so I’ll skip right to the overall calculations:

Scott
Eliza
Jake
13,200 6,200 22,800
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
9,600* 3,600 9,600
10,400

If I’m Eliza, I just throw down a goose egg and hope Scott misses.

And how did our players fare?

What actually happened

Scott Eliza Jake
13,200 6,200 22,800
13,200 6,200 3,500
26,400 0 19,300
min max
13,200 3,601 9,599
10,399

Whoops! I stand corrected: Jake would have lost by $100 had he gotten it right.

You see, people: this is why you always wager everything if you have to get it right to win.

Had Scott gone for the normal “Hey, let’s win by a dollar if Jake bets nothing!” wager of $9,601, he (1) won’t win on the double get and (2) will leave $3,599 on the table in the event he does win the game.

But he played it right, so Scott now has a two-day total of $55,401.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

HISTORIC NAMES
IN 1909 THIS OXFORD STUDENT SURVEYED CRUSADER CASTLES IN THE MIDEAST; A FEW YEARS LATER HE RETURNED FOR LESS PEACEFUL ACTIVITIES
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2 Comments
  1. Kelly permalink

    I think Jake, like Julia Collins in her “Clavin” game, took the hundred the wrong way by mistake (in this game’s case he subtracted when he should’ve added, and vice versa in Julia’s example). In the famous Brian Weikle case you cited it was a number penmanship error that led to his very costly mistake.

  2. Gregory Gauthier permalink

    I’m curious why you gave Jake’s wager a gray rather than a red. It was an irrational and risky wager, but it was not a wager where Jake “doesn’t even give himself a chance to win.”

What do you think?