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April 12, 2016

Final Jeopardy! wagering analysis:
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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On tonight’s video, I go on not one, but two separate rants! We’re hitting Peak Curmudgeon on this Tuesday evening.

Neither is against the players, who were all very knowledgeable… if a bit lacking on the strategy front toward the end of Double Jeopardy!, when two Daily Doubles hid in the last three categories. Only Carter went on a hunt.

Ricky

Young (2x)

Carter

Spires

Joyce

Lynch

13,000 13,600 11,800

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category is:

THE 1960s

As Alex might say, this is “before my time,” so I have an excuse if I get it wrong.

First-order calculations

These scores are really tight, so I’m not going to worry about mind games.

Ricky
Carter
Joyce
13,000 13,600 11,800
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
10,600 11,800 12,400 9,400

Zero wagers

Score differences:
Carter and Ricky: 600
Carter and Joyce: 1,800
Ricky and Joyce: 1,200

Ricky
Carter
Joyce
13,000 13,600 11,800
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
10,600 11,800 12,400 3,600 9,400
1,200 1,200 600

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

What actually happened

Ricky Carter Joyce
13,000 13,600 11,800
10,601 12,401 6,000
23,601 26,001 17,800
min max min max min max
10,601 11,799 12,401 3,601 9,399
1,200 1,201 599

Good wagers all around! All three players took confidence in their own skills and all were rewarded with a correct response. As, I assume, did about 90% of the home viewing audience.

We say goodbye to a good champ in Ricky… how will Carter fare in his first title defense?

The Final Jeopardy! clue

THE 1960s
IN 1963 HE WROTE TO MLK SEEKING A UNITED FRONT OF “ALL NEGRO FACTIONS” AGAINST “A COMMON PROBLEM POSED BY A COMMON ENEMY”

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – April 12, 2016
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