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January 4, 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

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We started off 2016 with a nice slate of wagers. Will we continue that streak into the first full week of the year?

Ashley, our 2x defending champion, cost herself the lead on that last clue, so that could change the complexion of the wagers.

Ashley

Wilson

Terry

McElhennon

Charlene

Lee

7,400 8,400 4,400

By the way, I published a new Fact Primer today called Biblical Groups of Twelve. Check it out if you want to learn more about the Bible.

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category is:

MILESTONES IN
U.S. HISTORY

Plenty of really bad categories tonight; the writers aren’t starting the year off on a great foot.

I admit I knew that STATE CAPITALS Daily Double because of my research for that Fact Primer, but I didn’t include it because it was ‘hard’ knowledge (as opposed to ‘how long is this word?’)

First-order calculations

Ashley is in a good spot here if Terry misses.

Ashley
Terry
Charlene
7,400 8,400 4,400
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
1,400 5,400 6,400 1,600 2,400
400

Second-order calculations

There are mind games available, but Terry should just stick with the lockout wager or something small.

Ashley
Terry
Charlene
7,400 8,400 4,400
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
1,400 3,400 6,400 1,600 2,400
5,400 4,400 3,600*
400 1,600

Zero wagers

Score differences:
Terry and Ashley: 1,000
Terry and Charlene: 4,000
Ashley and Charlene: 3,000

Ashley
Terry
Charlene
7,400 8,400 4,400
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
2,000 3,000 6,400 1,600 2,400
5,400 4,400 4,000*
400 1,000

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

What actually happened

Ashley Terry Charlene
7,400 8,400 4,400
7,400 6,401 4,300
0 14,801 8,700
min max min max min max
2,001 2,999 6,401 1,601 2,399
5,399 401 999 4,400
4,401

Given Ashley’s wager from second in her first-first game, this one comes as no surprise. At least here it wouldn’t have made a difference.

We’ve got a new champ! And since it’s been a long time since a 4- or even a 3-time champ, maybe it’s time to put back up Streaks of Futility.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

MILESTONES IN U.S. HISTORY
THIS PRESIDENT BEGAN A STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS BY CONGRATULATING THE HISTORIC 100th CONGRESS

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – January 4, 2016
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