Skip to content
January 27, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

previous week same week following week
18 19 20 21 22 25 26 27 28 29 15 16 17 18 19

A good friend – and LearnedLeague rookie-rundle champion – joins me on Wednesday’s episode, as Fred Vaughn looks to break our drought of four-timers.

This was a well-fought game – but the wagering situation is going to cause some headaches.

Fred

Vaughn (3x)

Colin

West

Bianca

Hegedus

10,600 11,200 7,000

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category is:

THE EMMYS

Not good news for either of us on the video.

First-order calculations

Colin has to go big to cover Fred (who is almost certainly not wagering everything, but still – do you want to take that chance?).

Bianca probably needs to get it right and wager something, but that’s not as cut-and-dried as we’d like it to be.

Fred
Colin
Bianca
10,600 11,200 7,000
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
3,400 9,400 10,000 1,400 5,800
2,800

Second-order calculations

I guess Colin could go for 8,801, so Fred and Bianca should close their ranges a bit.

Fred
Colin
Bianca
10,600 11,200 7,000
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
3,400 8,200 10,000 1,400 4,600
9,400 8,800 5,800
2,800

Zero wagers

Score differences:
Colin and Fred: 600
Colin and Bianca: 4,200
Fred and Bianca: 3,600

Fred
Colin
Bianca
10,600 11,200 7,000
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
4,800 7,200 10,000 4,200 4,600
3,400 3,600 2,800 4,200 5,800
600 1,400

The 4,800 amount for Fred is to cover the potential 4,200 maximum wager from Colin.

What actually happened

Fred Colin Bianca
10,600 11,200 7,000
5,500 10,200 4,201
16,100 1,000 11,201
min max min max min max
3,401 3,599 10,001 4,201 4,599
4,801 7,199 2,801 4,199 1,401
599 5,799

Good wagers all around – and Fred takes his fourth win! He now has $65,700 and sits atop the ToC leaderboard.

Will he hit five tomorrow?

The Final Jeopardy! clue

THE EMMYS
IT’S THE FIRST SHOW NOMINATED FOR BOTH OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES (2014) & OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES (2015)

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – January 27, 2016
previous week same week following week
18 19 20 21 22 25 26 27 28 29 15 16 17 18 19

2 Comments
  1. Colin here; glad you approved of my wager, although obviously it was not exactly controversial. Wanted you to know that I read your blog extensively in the months before taping, although talking to the rest of the contestants in the green room it was clear that in this day and age, nearly everyone does once they find out that they’re going to be on “Jeopardy!”

    By the way, here’s that New Yorker piece that Jacob was struggling to remember:
    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/31/little-boxes

    It was easy for me to find because, I, too, had just read it, and I spent the whole time up there desperately wishing I could call it to mind!

    • Thanks for coming by, Colin! Glad I could be of service.

      Sorry things didn’t work out – I know just how intense the pressure under the lights can be, and how that is the shortest 30 seconds in the world. You played a great game, and I hope you enjoyed the experience!

      Keith

What do you think?