Skip to content
January 13, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

previous week same week following week
4 5 6 7 8 11 12 13 14 15 18 19 20 21 22

As of late, it has helped to not get too emotionally attached to champions… will that come to an end soon?

Not looking great tonight: again, Amelia trails heading into Final. (This time, however, all-in is an acceptable wager.)

Amelia

Hershberger

Len

Mucci

Megan

Metcalf

9,400 2,400 12,800

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category is:

20th CENTURY LITERATURE

Now, on to the analysis.

First-order calculations

Amelia can stay above Megan if they’re both wrong…

Amelia
Len
Megan
9,400 2,400 12,800
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
2,600 6,000 8,000

Second-order calculations

…but she doesn’t have enough to cover a zero wager, so mind games are in play. (The trailer should almost always go small here, despite what expected value tells you.)

Amelia
Len
Megan
9,400 2,400 12,800
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
2,600 6,000 8,000
4,200* 800

What actually happened

Amelia Len Megan
9,400 2,400 12,800
6,400 2,399 6,001
15,800 4,799 6,799
min max min max
2,599 6,001 7,999
9,400 799

We saw something similar last Wednesday: a player might as well have gone for broke but left money on the table. This time, it cost someone, as Amelia rang up $3,000 less than what she could have taken home.

Amelia has now won 2 games and $37,000. Will she fall victim to food coma on Thursday, as several recent champs have appeared to do?

The Final Jeopardy! clue

20th CENTURY LITERATURE
FOR FACTUAL DETAILS, THE AUTHOR OF THIS 1972 TALE DREW ON A BOOK CALLED “THE PRIVATE LIFE OF THE RABBIT”

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – January 13, 2016
previous week same week following week
4 5 6 7 8 11 12 13 14 15 18 19 20 21 22

Leave a Comment

What do you think?