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February 16, 2016

Final Jeopardy! wagering analysis:
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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I’m not feeling so hot tonight, so I’m hoping for an easy situation, particularly after the “fun” of last night’s wager-to-tie scenario.

Things look innocuous enough here, although the scores are close enough that they could cause some problems:

Chris

Becker (2x)

Manisha

Parekh

Zach

Binney

14,800 8,500 12,600

…with this category:

HISTORIC OBJECTS

Before I saw tonight’s game, I got hold of an article about Manisha’s roller derby team. That made me hope she’d talk about it with Alex, and maybe Fred Vaughn would enter the conversation. Wish granted.

First-order calculations

Right from the gate, as you’ll see in the video, I recognized this as the type of situation I didn’t want to handle tonight.

Chris
Manisha
Zach
14,800 8,500 12,600
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
10,400 4,100 4,100 4,400 8,200
300
2,200

Second-order calculations

Let’s use the mind games to keep filling in the tie possibilities.

Chris
Manisha
Zach
14,800 8,500 12,600
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
10,400 10,400 4,100 4,100 4,400 8,200
6,000 300 300 3,800
2,200 2,200 0

Zero wagers

Score differences:
Chris and Zach: 2,200
Chris and Manisha: 6,300
Zach and Manisha: 4,100

Chris
Manisha
Zach
14,800 8,500 12,600
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
10,400 10,400 4,100 4,100 4,400 8,200
6,000 6,300 300 300 2,200 3,800
2,200 2,200 8,200* 0

I’m hoping Chris will go for the lockout, Zach will go for 4,401, and Manisha will wager 300.

What actually happened

Chris Manisha Zach
14,800 8,500 12,600
10,401 5,000 4,401
25,201 13,500 17,001
min max min max min max
10,400 10,401 300 301 4,401 8,199
6,001 6,299 4,100 4,101 2,201 3,799
2,200 2,201 8,500 0 2

Good wagering for the gentlemen; Manisha’s wager seems like a nice round number. Practice your math, folks!

Chris is on a roll, winning $52,999 through three games. Will he make it four tomorrow?

The Final Jeopardy! clue

HISTORIC OBJECTS
EXHIBITED IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM SINCE 1802, IT WAS THE CENTERPIECE IN A 1999 EXHIBITION CALLED “CRACKING CODES”

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – February 16, 2016
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