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December 7, 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015

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I’m a little hoarse for the first match of the new week.

And apparently not all that right in the head, either, as I made a simple math error on the video. Oh well, it was for an inconsequential number anyway.

Our situation is going to be quite fun…

Jon

Rossiter

Liz

Fritz

Greg

Johnson

8,200 12,000 4,400

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category is:

U.S. LEGISLATION

You might notice that we’re in an evenly-spaced scores situation: the difference between first and second is the same as the difference between second and third.

First-order calculations

Jon’s magic number is 600: to cover Greg’s double-up and to stay above Liz on a double-stumper. That forces Greg to wager everything, and puts both Jon and Liz in a tricky position.

Jon
Liz
Greg
8,200 12,000 4,400
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
600 600 4,400 4,400 !

Here’s a video I made about this very situation:

What actually happened

Jon Liz Greg
8,200 12,000 4,400
3,900 4,401 3,900
4,300 16,401 8,300
min max
601 ! 4,401 ! 4,400 !
600 ! 4,400 !
8,200 ! 3,198

Both of the trailers needed to go for broke and not a dollar less (unless Jon wanted to aim for the 600-601 range). I do always like when the only good wager-er wins the game, however.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

U.S. LEGISLATION
THE WEBSITE FOR THIS ’60S ACT SAYS, “FIRST LOOK TO SEE IF THE INFORMATION YOU ARE INTERESTED IN IS ALREADY PUBLICLY AVAILABLE”

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – December 7, 2015
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