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March 18, 2016

Final Jeopardy! wagering analysis:
Friday, March 18, 2016

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Tonight, I demonstrate why sometimes pre-calling Final Jeopardy! can come back to haunt you.

I was hoping Aurora would go bigger on those two Daily Doubles – instead, she’s in second place heading into Final.

Gwen

Niksic (1x)

Steve

Stoffle

Aurora

Nibley

15,800 8,800 15,600

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category is:

LITERARY DETECTIVES

This is pretty straightforward.

First-order calculations

Gwen has to go big, and Aurora has a large range to start.

Gwen
Steve
Aurora
15,800 8,800 15,600
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
15,400 4,800 8,400 2,000 15,200
1,800

Zero wagers

Score differences:
Gwen and Aurora: 200
Gwen and Steve: 7,000
Aurora and Steve: 6,800

Gwen
Steve
Aurora
15,800 8,800 15,600
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
15,400 7,200 8,400 2,000 6,800
1,800
200

Steve is forced into that range right there but could still win on a triple-stumper if Aurora goes for broke.

What actually happened

Gwen Steve Aurora
15,800 8,800 15,600
15,401 8,799 8,000
399 17,599 7,600
min max min max min max
15,401 7,201 8,399 2,001 6,799
1,801
199

Had I been Steve, I’d have withheld some money to stay above Gwen’s lockout wager – but it doesn’t matter, as he’s the champ.

Have a great weekend!

The Final Jeopardy! clue

LITERARY DETECTIVES
HIS CREATOR SOMETIMES FOUND HIM A “DETESTABLE, BOMBASTIC, TIRESOME LITTLE CREATURE”

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – March 18, 2016
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3 Comments
  1. I’m surprised all of’em didn’t choose Poirot.

  2. Today’s Final Jeopardy: From where is it always easier to correctly answer Final Jeopardy?

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