Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – February 18, 2016

After last night’s game, I said that I thought that Tim was the best player that we’d seen since Matt Jackson. The only thing was that he dodged a major bullet, because Chris had significantly better strategy, especially when it came to hunting for — and finding — Daily Doubles. Will that improve today?

Today’s contestants:

Shana Macks, an educator from Arlington, MA
Brian Worthington, a computer programmer from Lewisville, TX
Tim Kutz, a data conversion manager from Ogden, UT (1-day total: $46,599)

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Tim $20,900
Shana $12,400
Brian $9,400

Final Jeopardy! category: PEN NAMES

Final Jeopardy! clue: This children’s author considered using the anagrams Edgar Cuthwellis & Edgar U. C. Westhill for his pen name

Click/Tap Here for Correct Response

Who is Lewis Carroll?


Brian 9400 – 5499 = 3901 (Dr. Seuss)
Shana 12400 – 10000 = 2400 (Lemony Snicket)
Tim 20900 – 4000 = 16900 (no response) (2 day total: $63,499)


When I saw this clue, I went with my first instinct — that being the correct response — but I also thought that “Geisel is in here, I wonder how many people will say Dr. Seuss”.

Meanwhile, the good: I liked Tim’s bet of $4,000. The bad: I didn’t like Brian’s bet at all. Keith is going to break out the grey wager later. Did Brian make a math error?

(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)

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4 Comments on "Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – February 18, 2016"

  1. Ouch. After yesterday’s game, I wondered if Tim crashed out from having to survive winning so much.

  2. It seemed to me that Brian made his wager based on Shana missing the clue and betting $8501 to beat Tim by $1 but having potentially missed the Final, she would fall down to $3899 and Brian with his bet would beat her by $2 or $1 if Shana bets to tie Tim, though if Brian was right, he forces Shana to get the Final right.

    I agree, Brian’s wager fails to cover the standard lockout bet by losing with $13,899 to Tim’s $16,999 if he misses (betting $3901 to beat Shana by $1 if she bets it all). Brian really should have bet more, betting everything at his position was the optimal decision however it worked out in his favour in the end and Tim has a good two-day total with over $63,000.

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