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September 14, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

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We’re baaaaaaack! Welcome to Season Three of The Final Wager, wherein my liquor cabinet is ready for action.

Great, great start to Jeopardy!’s thirty-second season: a gunfight to remember. Our one-time defending champ, Tara, has the advantage heading into Final.

Tara

Anderson

Rook

Thomas Hine

Ed

Kim

22,000 13,200 17,200

But with the Final Jeopardy! category of:

AMERICAN POEMS

…how will our players handle this knotty situation?

To see my calculations for each position, check the video.

What actually happened

I heard certain suggestions from the peanut gallery…

…but I didn’t mind these wagers at all. What would you have done?

Tara Rook Ed
22,000 13,200 17,200
12,500 13,200 0
9,500 0 17,200
min max min max min max
12,401 3,599 17,200
4,401 4,799 13,200 4,801 7,599
2,801         399

Of note: we have had six straight one-day champs, dating back to Scott Lord’s loss.

Speaking of which, Scott was kind enough to pick this week’s theme color. Thanks, Scott!

Scott Lord The Final Wager

The Final Jeopardy! clue

AMERICAN POEMS
THE TITLE OF THIS POEM THAT BEGINS THE 1916 BOOK “MOUNTAIN INTERVAL” WAS INSPIRED BY LONG COUNTRY WALKS
Correct response: Show
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3 Comments
  1. jdgalt permalink

    I know I’m horrible at that topic, so I’d have wagered zero in any of the three positions. Betting on yourself isn’t always correct.

    • Aaron Fisher permalink

      I completely agree, jdgalt. The average rate on FJ answers is significantly less than 50%. For most of us who aren’t 5-time champs, zero wagers are going to be correct in a lot of situations.

      • I’d have been happy with a zero from either of the trailers, but zero is a bad wager for Tara – 4,401—4,799 is her best “small” bet because it covers a double-up by Rook while still forcing both of her opponents to get it right.

What do you think?