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September 12, 2016

Final Jeopardy! wagering analysis:
Monday, September 12, 2016

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Let’s kick off Season 4 of The Final Wager!

A low-scoring game heading into Final.

Courtney

Paulson (1x)

David

Gottdenker

Annie

Busiek

5,100 9,600 10,800

Here’s our category:

ASIAN ISLANDS

Quick analysis tonight.

First-order calculations

Courtney
David
Annie
5,100 9,600 10,800
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
3,900* 600 7,200 8,400
2,700 600

Zero wagers

Score differences:
Annie and David: 1,200
Annie and Courtney: 5,700
David and Courtney: 4,500

Courtney
David
Annie
5,100 9,600 10,800
FIRST-ORDER SECOND-ORDER COVER ZERO
min max min max min max
4,500* 2,400 4,500 8,400 9,600
600
2,700

What actually happened

Courtney David Annie
5,100 9,600 10,800
3,800 1,601 10,300
1,300 7,999 21,100
min max min max min max
4,501* 2,401 4,499 8,401 9,599
599
2,699

Courtney’s wager is short by at least 100 – I almost gave her a gray grade, but I’m feeling generous. David appears to have miscalculated his lockout wager against Courtney, leaving himself open to a loss against the 599 wager by Annie.

And Annie’s wager is too large, opening things back up to Courtney, but it paid off.

Whew!

The Final Jeopardy! clue

ASIAN ISLANDS
PHUKET, THE LARGEST ISLAND OF THIS COUNTRY, HAS REGAINED ITS TOURISM INDUSTRY AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER IN 2004

Correct response: Show

The Final Wager – September 12, 2016
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One Comment
  1. Pat Russell permalink

    Glad to see you back.

    I am totally okay with you going with a summary or even skipping a day here and there is nothing interesting is going on. Doing the video and creating a page per game is a lot of work. And you have done a great job of analyzing the various scenarios over the years. So the need for all the detail on a day to day basis is not as pressing as it used to be.

    And I totally agree with you on the new single Jeopardy reveal music. I cringed when I heard it. The only good news is that it sounds to me like they did not make major changes to any of the music they use. But then I have a very tin ear. And the new game board graphics, while not being awful, also do not seem to be an improvement over what they used last year. But there is an unwritten rule in TV that you must “improve” this kind of thing every season.

What do you think?