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May 25, 2016

Final Jeopardy! wagering analysis:
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Maybe I will have something to do tonight. One can always hope…

Hooray! And it’s a fun situation, too.

Buzzy

Cohen (7x)

Ted

Reinhold

Sarah

Trowbridge

12,800 7,200 5,600

This is a classic wager-to-tie situation called first = second + third. If Buzzy wagers 1,601 to cover Ted, he risks falling to 11,199 – which, you might notice, is one dollar less than Sarah’s doubled total.

Should Buzzy add the dollar, or wager to tie if Ted goes for broke?

I would add the dollar here; the odds both he and Ted will get it right are far better than the odds that Sarah gets the lone correct response. Plus, Sarah could mis-wager, opening another possibility for Buzzy on the downside.

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category is:

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Calculations

Here are the numbers:

Buzzy
Ted
Sarah
12,800 7,200 5,600
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
1,600 1,600 4,000* 5,600*

Of course, a wager-to-tie situation requires the other players to re-think their wagers. Ted should wager everything anyway, but he has particular interest in doing so here.

Before we get to the results, here is a brilliant video put together by Jennifer Morrow:

What actually happened

Buzzy Ted Sarah
12,800 7,200 5,600
1,601 6,000 5,600
14,401 1,200 0
min max
1,600 1,601 7,200 ! 5,600 !

Sarah did what she had to do; Ted did not. But Buzzy, who added the dollar, was the only one to respond correctly, bringing his 8-game total to $147,803.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

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THIS SPOKES-ANIMAL CREATED IN 1951 GOT A WIFE & A DAUGHTER, ANTOINETTE, IN THE 1970S

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – May 25, 2016
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