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April 19, 2016

Final Jeopardy! wagering analysis:
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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Last night my DVR decided it didn’t want to record Jeopardy! – which was particularly frustrating, because a certain post of mine had been getting a lot of attention.

Also, don’t worry, I’m not taking a selfie here.

That post was my list of the biggest one-day totals in Jeopardy! history, a list Andrew had a good chance of making this evening. Heading into Final, here were the scores:

Andrew

Pau (2x)

Hilary

Hinzmann

Lindsey

Ziegler

40,000 6,800 5,600

Andrew ran four different categories, a feat I can’t recall seeing before. Two of those contained Daily Doubles.

And had Andrew wanted to maximize his take on that Antepenultimate Wager, he could have gone for as much as $24,199, since Lindsey could have nabbed that last 2,000 clue.

Andrew Hilary Lindsey
39,400 4,800 5,600
24,199 9,600
15,201 15,200

That would have put him at $63,599 heading into Final. And imagine if we took into account that $4,600 he left behind on that softball category CAPITAL CITY OVERLAPS

What actually happened

Andrew Hilary Lindsey
40,000 6,800 5,600
0 6,700 1,201
40,000 13,500 4,399
min max min max
26,399 4,400 2,401 3,199
1,200

I guess Andrew was content with a nice, round number, or he’s playing by Alex Jacob’s rules (which is a smart way to go, if you want to preserve your brain energy).

In any event, he has now won 3 games and broken the six-figure mark with $105,202.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

18th CENTURY BRITISH SCIENTISTS
IN 1705 HE WROTE, “AND, IF IT SHOULD THEN RETURN, WE SHALL HAVE NO REASON TO DOUBT BUT THE REST MUST RETURN TOO”

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – April 19, 2016
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