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December 28, 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

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It was a lazy day at my parents’ house, as this photo of three dogs will attest. Let’s hope our Jeopardy! matchup isn’t similarly sluggish this evening.

The Final Wager – December 28, 2015

It wasn’t – I was particularly impressed by Patricia’s ability to dig herself out of the hole. Nice work with that True Daily Double, as well.

Dee

Daigle

Patricia

Franco

Stephen

Byrd

8,200 10,000 10,600

In tonight’s video, I shovel my parents’ driveway:

Close game heading into Final, with this category:

TOP 40 SONGS

We might have some mind games here, although for the most part this is straightforward.

I plan to do a video tomorrow when the sun is up – here’s hoping there will be a fresh dusting of snow!

First-order calculations

Patricia can safely cover Dee and stay above Stephen should they both miss… but if Dee makes it a triple stumper, she can win with a good wager.

Dee
Patricia
Stephen
8,200 10,000 10,600
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
4,600 6,400 8,800 9,400
7,000
3,400 5,800

Second-order calculations

Patricia should consider capping her wager at 7,600 in case Stephen plays mind games (which I do not advise here).

Dee
Patricia
Stephen
8,200 10,000 10,600
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
4,600 6,400 7,600 9,400
1,000 2,800 8,200
5,800 8,800

Zero wagers

Score differences:
Stephen and Patricia: 600
Stephen and Dee: 2,400
Patricia and Dee: 1,800

Dee
Patricia
Stephen
8,200 10,000 10,600
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
3,600 4,600 6,400 7,600 9,400
2,400 1,200 1,800 8,200
1,000 2,800 3,600 600

Then we add a dollar to the minimum wagers, and subtract a dollar from the maximum wagers.

What actually happened

Dee Patricia Stephen
8,200 10,000 10,600
2,401 6,401 9,401
5,799 16,401 1,199
min max min max min max
3,601 4,599 6,401 7,599 9,401
2,401 1,201 1,799 8,201
999 2,801 3,599 599

This was a tricky Final clue – if you got stuck on the wrong track (unintended reference to a possible third candidate), even if you realized the years were way off, it would be tough to recover.

I didn’t do the math ahead of time, but I was very pleased with tonight’s wagers as they came up! Dee would have been slightly better off with 3,601 (in case Patricia goes for 1,799, to force Dee to get it right) but all told, this was a good night.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

TOP 40 SONGS
THE FIRST 2 TOP 40 HITS FOR THIS LATE SINGER—ONE IN 1971, THE OTHER IN 1973—ENDED UP BECOMING OFFICIAL STATE SONGS
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