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June 21, 2016

Final Jeopardy! wagering analysis:
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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After a long weekend, I’m joined by my mom, who is making her first in-studio appearance.

Here are our scores heading into Final:

Sally

Neumann (1x)

Ben

Foley

Laurie

MacDougall

1,800 13,400 13,700

Tonight’s Final Jeopardy! category looks good for both of us:

BEATLES SONGS

Now, on to the analysis.

Combined calculations

Sally
Ben
Laurie
1,800 13,400 13,700
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
1,200 600 9,200 13,100
11,600 10,100
300

Laurie can take this down with a big wager, and Ben should keep Sally out of contention.

What actually happened

Sally Ben Laurie
1,800 13,400 13,700
0 9,000 13,000
1,800 4,400 26,700
min max min max min max
1,199 601 9,199 13,101
11,599 10,099
299

And Laurie did go big… but not quite big enough! There was an opening for an irrational wager from Ben, although it wouldn’t matter in the end.

The Final Jeopardy! clue

BEATLES SONGS
LATER A BOOK TITLE, THE 2-WORD TITLE OF THIS 1968 SONG IS A BRITISH NAME FOR A SPIRAL SLIDE SEEN AT FAIRGROUNDS

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – June 21, 2016
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One Comment
  1. Greg permalink

    Great to see your mom! I had nothing on that clue either. YEKIOYD

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