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Daily analysis, October 4 – the champ gets a Penultimatum

October 4, 2013

Friday’s show gave us a chance to end the week with a dose of sanity. Did we?

For the second game in a row, we closed out the DJ! round with a Daily Double. Some wagers are straightforward, but this one took a bit of thinking. How can the third place person both (1) take the lead if correct and (2) optimize his chances of winning if incorrect?

Damian found the Daily Double. The scores were:

Damian: 8,800
A.C.: 9,000
Cori: 10,200

What would you do? Damian kept himself in third with a wager of $100. Here are my thoughts.

He should have wagered 2,800! It would have put him in the lead if he had been right, and forced A.C. into a bet-to-tie, two-thirds scenario had he been wrong. (In that case, Cori’s going big no matter what, and she’ll win if she’s right no matter what.)

The Final Jeopardy! clue for October 4, 2013:

COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD
BY POPULATION, IT’S THE LARGEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WITHOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS

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