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November 27, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

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Happy Friday! I’ve had the last few evenings off, so it’s only fitting that I get some extra work tonight.


Bianca, our challenger, has a late Daily Double and a big lead. It seems unlikely we’ll see the final clue, so this is a straight math problem.

ABOUT THAT FAR for $1,600

Rob

Russell

Darin

Brown

Bianca

Benincasa

11,400 7,800 15,000
 one clue remaining: $2,000

In the video, I explain the three wagers I’d consider here: 7,801, 4,201, and 2,101. Bianca went for 1,000 and responded correctly, which means all three players are in contention.

Rob

Darin

Bianca

11,400 7,800 16,000

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category is:

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First-order calculations

Rob is in Stratton’s Dilemma, so since Darin is forced to wager everything, he is as well.

Rob
Darin
Bianca
11,400 7,800 16,000
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
4,200* 1,400* 6,800
2,200
400

Bianca could wager up to $8,199 to force Darin to respond correctly.

What actually happened

Rob Darin Bianca
11,400 7,800 16,000
11,400 7,800 7,000
22,800 0 9,000
min max min max
11,400 7,800 6,801 8,199
2,199
399

A tough loss for Bianca; she apparently misread the Final clue. On the upside, the only way she would have avoided the come-from-behind loss was to have made a huge wager on that last Daily Double.

Rob has now won 2 games and $43,600; he and his charming accent return Monday for a shot at the leaderboard!

The Final Jeopardy! clue

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IN 1990 HE SAID, “I WOULD LIKE TO DO WHAT FAULKNER DID; CARVE OUT A LITTLE PIECE OF MISSISSIPPI TERRITORY & CLAIM IT FOR MY OWN”

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – November 27, 2015
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