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Friday, November 27, 2015

Week 11 Stats

Total this Week: $216,078
Total for the Season: $2,461,852
BR Win Record: 15-40 (.272)
Total Car Wins: 3
-Ford Fiestas: 2 
-BR Car: 1 (MINI Cooper) 
Prize Wedge Wins: 16
Gift Tag Wins: 17
Mystery Wedge Wins: 2
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 15-7
MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 10-5
$10K MW was next to LaT: 11
$10K MW was next to $650: 9
Express was Played-Passed: 9-4
-Successes: 3
-Crashes: 6
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 2 (1 on $3,500, 1 on $5K)
-BR: 6
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 44/11/0
5-Round Games: 18
6-Round Games: 3 (one went to a 7-round game on Oct. 9)
Gooseegg Victims: 13
Red Winners: 19
Yellow Winners: 16
Blue Winners: 20
This Week's Bankrupt Trash
: $22,850* / 2
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season
: $264,958* / 18 WC / 14 ½ CAR  / 3 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt
: $12,850 (Oct. 30), $12K (Sept. 18), $11,800 (Oct. 22)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night
: $19,700 (Sept. 21), $16,450 (Oct. 30), $16,050 (Oct. 22)

Top 3 Winning Totals
: $110,100 (Oct. 21), $80,860 (Oct. 28), $74,700 (Oct. 7) 

Lowest Winning Totals: $12,350 (Nov. 25), $10,550 (Oct. 22), $10,050 (Nov. 12)
Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $80,100 (Oct. 21), $68,678 (Nov. 18), $52,150 (Oct. 26)
Season-High Week
: $302,987 (Teachers Week)
Season-Low Week
$168,088 (Veterans Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 1
$1M Bonus Rounds: 1

$33K: 9/34
$40K: 2/6
$45K: 2/4
$50K: 1/2
$100K (or $1M):
CAR: 1/9

* includes prizes 

And for the record, the "Weekend Getaways" extra episode will appear on the next AG week towards the end of this year.

WoF Recap: November 27, 2015


So much for my thought of the "Weekend Geatways" set appearing this week -- we're actually on "Veterans Week". 

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ I _ L _ _ G S
M O _ _ A N _

Taryn locates BILLINGS, MONTANA. There's nothing but females from California tonight...

Taryn Ontiveros: grad student who can yodel from Riverside
Danielle Guzman: creator/owner of wedding stationery co. from Dana Point
Courtney Bowman: medical assistant & marathon runner from Huntington Beach

$2K Tossup: PHRASE 

_ _ _ N G
T _ E / N O _ S E !

Danielle shall BRING THE NOISE!


Round 1: THING

This round's all Danielle -- she picks three $700 T's, five E's, five $650 N's, three I's, two C's for the WC, two $500 R's, and two O's to clean out the vowels. Board...

_ I R E _ E _ _

...she makes a WIRELESS INTERNET CONNECTION to power her score by $6,600.


Danielle: $8,600 WC/Courtney: $0/Taryn: $1K


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Courtney picks up the 1/2 Fiesta near the pink $600 right away w/ two T's, buys five E's, and quickly gets the other 1/2 Fiesta w/ two H's. Next up are an O, three $700 F's, but then a PAINFUL LaT to likely squander $18,565 cash & Fiesta. Moving on to Taryn who calls up a $1,400 pair of R's, but then C for crud. Danielle then puts in a $700 N, an A, and three $650 L's...

T H E / L A N _
O F / T H E
R E F _ L L _

...she finds herself in THE LAND OF THE FREE REFILLS & now her money's filled to 11 large.

SOLE DUD: C (Taryn)
SOLE LaT: Courtney

Danielle: $11K/Courtney: NO LUCK/Taryn: $1K


PP/Express Round: FOOD & DRINK

Taryn insta-BANKRUPTs next to $650. Second, Danielle picks an $800 L, but then N for no while on EXPRESS. Second, Courtney uncovers three FP A's, three $650 M's, but then the sole dud vowel of I. Once Taryn wastes another spin w/ the MDW's right side, Danielle hits the same normal BANKRUPT to fork over the WC. Courtney next can't capitalize on TD w/ a Y. Taryn then hits her third straight BANKRUPT w/ the same normal one. Danielle then puts up an $800 D and buys three E's...

_ _ M E M A D E
_ _ A _ A M _ L E

...she'll sample some HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE at the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa MAZATLAN worth $6K.

DUDS: N (Danielle), I (Courtney), Y (Courtney)
BANKRUPTS: 4 (Taryn thrice, Danielle)

Danielle: $17,550 cash & Mexico/Courtney: BAD SHAPE/Taryn: $1K


$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

B E _ T / _ E E T

Danielle's cracked the $20K mark w/ her BEAT FEET.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES

A $500 R and the LaT are her first moves. Second for Courtney are a $500 N, but then E for error. Third for Taryn are a $650 G, one A and three I's, but then S for sorry. Danielle follows w/ a $500 L, the last vowel of O, two $900 T's, a $550 P, but then a non-existing Y. Courtney then exposes a $500 D and two $900 W's....

T _ R O W I N G / A
W I L D / P I T _ _

...she's THROWING A WILD PITCH to finally win her first $2,550.

DUDS: E (Courtney), S (Taryn), Y (Danielle)
SOLE LaT: Danielle
Danielle: $20,550 cash & Mexico/Courtney: $2,550/Taryn: $1K


After Courtney starts w/ a $1,500 N trio and an O...

_ O N _ N / _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

...we shift to a $1,600 FS. Two R's appear on the bottom next...

_ O N _ N / _ _ _
_ _ R _ _ R _ _ _

...she IDs CONAN THE BARBARIAN for $4,450.

PR #2

Danielle: $20,550 cash & Mexico/Courtney: $7K/Taryn: $1K

GT: $28,550
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. WC): $800


$100K Bonus Round
Danielle picks up the C envelope.

Category: THING
For starters...

_ _ R _ _
_ _ N _ N _

DMHA gives her...

_ _ R _ H
A _ N _ N _

....the top word stumps her, so the $40K stays behind on Harry's PORCH AWNING.
: JL0557090


Thursday, November 26, 2015

WoF Recap: Thanksgiving 2015

Interestingly enough, I had an early showing of this episode in my area at noon (yes, you read that right).


On this Turkey day, we're on the set where Sheri Blank cleaned up big time in the maingame (Fall Fun). 
$1K Tossup: EVENT

_ _ _ N K _ _ _ _ _ _ G
_ _ _ / _ A _ _ _ _

I saw the Macy's THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE this morning, and Stephen is the first to score w/ that response. And he's not the only guy on this Turkey day panel...

Stephen Pyles: global cloud services co. recruiter from Atlanta
Allison Truesdell : tutor & newlywed who plays the guitar from Arroyo Grande, CA
Dale Eldridge: poker dealer & floor supervisor who grew up watching this game w/ his grandma from Vegas

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ R _ _ _ / _ _ D
S _ _ F _ _ _ _

Dale quickly gets TURKEY AND STUFFING.

TONIGHT'S SS: Furniture of America


Dale gets started w/ a $2,700 T trio, an E, an N for the SS, two A's, then come a $650 R, three O's and S for sorry to leave $9,100 cash & SS sitting there. Stephen follows w/ a $600 L, the sole dud vowel of I while on FP, two U's, two $650 H's and three TD C's, then we have...

T O U C H _ O _ N
_ O U / L A T E R

...he solves TOUCHDOWN CATCH YOU LATER for $9,150.

SOLE DUD: S (Dale)

Stephen: $10,150/Allison: $0/Dale: $2K


Mystery Round: SHOW BIZ

Stephen's first choices are a TD S, but then the sole dud vowel of A for awful. Second, Allison picks a $650 T, two E's, but then N for no while she's on the MW near LaT. Third, Dale takes out a $650 R, three O's, two $600 F's, three $650 B's, and two $900 C's. We now have...

B O _ / O F F _ C E
B _ O C _ B _ S T E R

..."Titanic" is one example of a BOX OFFICE BLOCKBUSTER, and he makes the $5,350 solve.

DUDS: A (Stephen), N (Allison)

Stephen: $10,150/Allison: ZERO/Dale: $7,350

Repeating Classic BP: ZIPPER


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

The scoreless Allison fires off a $700 N, two I's, a dud of E via FP, a $900 G, two A's and an O to clean out the vowels. She follows w/ a $1,300 pair of S's, a $600 R, a $650 T, an L for the WC, and a $600 M before she sees...  

_ O S T _ A R _ S

...she's won her first $4,500 and she'll probably be MAILING POSTCARDS from the ARUBA Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.

Stephen: $10,150/Allison: $10,800 cash & Aruba WC/Dale: $7,350



_ _ _ I G _ E R
P E R F _ M E

Dale just made this game really tight as a result of solving DESIGNER PERFUME.

Round 4: PHRASE

His first pick of T is not there. Second for Stephen are a $500 S, two I's, and a $1,500 trio of L's...

I ' L L / _ _ / _ _ _ _
I _ / _ / _ L _ S _

...take out the first two words and you've got the bonus puzzle that produced a $100K winner twice (Elyse Thomas from May 2006 in Denver and Sharon Adams in late April 2012) -- Stephen rightly replies "I'LL BE BACK IN A FLASH" for $1,750. 

SOLE DUD: T (Dale)

Stephen: $11,900/Allison: $10,800 cash & Aruba WC/Dale: $10,350

Round 5: FUN & GAMES

After Stephen's $1,300 pair of T's and a dud buy of O, it's S-U time...

_ _ _ T _ _ _
T _ _ / _ _ _ _

...w/ a $1,550 FS. The R has been filled in next...

_ _ _ T _ R _
T _ _ / _ _ _ _

...and Allison solves "CAPTURE THE FLAG" to win the match.

SOLE DUD (before bell): O (Stephen)

Stephen: $11,900/Allison: $12,350 cash & Aruba WC/Dale: $10,350

GT: $34,600


$100K Bonus Round
Allison lands on the W.

Category: WAYD?
Opening board...

_ _ _ _ S _ N _
_ / _ _ _ _ R

PGHO and D give her besides the obvious G...

_ H O O S _ N G
_ / _ _ _ O R

....any college student would know about CHOOSING A MAJOR, but she gets the last word wrong w/ FAVOR and MANOR, costing her $45K.
$5K SPIN ID: JC8096188


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WoF Recap: November 25, 2015


The Jeep Wrangler Sport is in play tonight, meaning we're on the Hawaii set.

$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ O U I S _ A N A
_ _ _ A N / _ I _

Jenny doesn't realize the -AN ending in the second word as she blows the solve w/ LOUISIANA CAJUN DIP.

_ O U I S I A N A
_ E C A N / P I _

Lisa smells some LOUISIANA PECAN PIE. Before they eat their turkey, we need to play the game with...

Lisa Alexander: aspiring model & sports analyst from Vegas
Jenny Reddehase: insurance verification specialist from Round Rock, TX
Drake Dixon: hotel mgr. in PHX and adoption advocate who was formerly a swimmer holding a Junior Olympic record in '97 from Chandler, AZ

$2K Tossup: PLACE

_ _ _ _ I _
L _ _ R _ _ Y

Jenny solves PUBLIC LIBRARY no doubt.

FEATURED TRIP: Costa Rica's Si Como No Resort

Round 1: PERSON

Her initial choices are a FP E, two $700 R's, and two A's, then she spins up three $650 N's, two I's, a G for the WC, and the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $3,350 and the WC. Drake secondly calls up a $1K pair of W's, but that same BANKRUPT nails him too. Third, Lisa wastes a spin w/ the other normal one. Make that three in a row as Jenny spins up the same BANKRUPT she got before. Drake next puts in a $500 D, buys two O's to clean up the vowels, but gets the exact same fate. Lisa then comes up w/ a $2,500 C, but the MDW's right side takes it all right back...

A W A R D - W I N N I N G
C O _ _ O _ E R

...and Jenny mercifully solves AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER.

BANKRUPTS: 6 (two each player)

Drake: $0/Lisa: $1K/Jenny: $3K


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Drake's next chance for better luck begins w/ a $1K pair of S's, two $700 N's, two E's, and four A's, followed by two R's for the Beef Bucks debit card, a $550 T, but then that BANKRUPT near $650 to cost him $4,450 cash & card that time. Lisa secondly runs into the BANKRUPT near TD. Jenny then puts up a $1,200 pair of D's and a $3,500 H...

_ A _ E N T _ N E ' S
D A _
_ A R D
S H A R _

...she solves VALENTINE'S DAY CARD SHARK for another $4,700.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Drake and Lisa; they both have three to their credit)

Drake: NO LUCK/Lisa: $1K/Jenny: $7,700 


PP/Express Round: THINGS

Lisa takes the MDW right away w/ two S's, but the T ends her turn just as quick. Jenny secondly strikes out w/ R. Third, Drake picks off three N's while on EXPRESS but declines (wha?). Next up are a $500 D, two E's, an A, a W for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $600, an O, a $700 L, the last vowel of I and a $650 F. Board...

N E W / _ O _ _ L E S
A N D / F I N S

...not only does he win his first $4,350, he's gonna need some NEW GOGGLES AND FINS for his trip to the Divi Carina Bay in ST. CROIX. I really wish he wasn't that chicken...

DUDS: T (Lisa), R (Jenny)

Drake: $10,378 cash & trip/Lisa: $1K/Jenny: $7,700 


$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ H _ / _ R _ _ T
L _ K _ _


Round 4: PHRASE

S for sorry is how she starts. Second for Jenny are a $1K pair of M's, two E's, a $600 T, two I's, a $900 N, but then A for awful. Drake then puts in a $900 F but it's S-U time...

_ _ _ _ E _ T / M E
I F / I ' M / _ _ _ N _

...w/ a $1,500 FS. After that man puts up three R's on his next turn...

_ _ R R E _ T / M E
I F / I ' M / _ R _ N G could CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, but Drake has sealed the deal w/ a $5,400 solve.

DUDS BEFORE FS: S (Lisa), A (Jenny)
DUDS DURING S-U: L (Drake), D (Jenny)

Drake: $15,778 cash & trip/Lisa: $4K/Jenny: $7,700

GT: $27,478
BANKRUPT TRASH (sans WC): $11,550 cash & debit card


$100K Bonus Round
He spins up the N of SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
This biggie's easy...

_ _ E R _ _ E L _ _ N _
_ _ _ _ R _ T E

CDMI brings him...

_ _ E R _ _ E L M I N _
_ _ _ _ R I T E

...he ain't gonna be an OVERWHELMING FAVORITE back in AZ, because he has no guess and loses the Wrangler (the envelope said SUV rather than JEEP).

$5K SPIN ID: HG0003515


I'm most likely gonna be doing some Black Friday shopping for tomorrow and Friday so I will be late for those next recaps. Just a heads-up for you all.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WoF Recap: November 24, 2015


We're on the dreaded Home Sweet Home set.

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

D _ _ _ R
_ _ L _ W _ _ E

Brenna locates DOVER, DELAWARE (the man next to her said it but he forgot to ring in). Interviewing them in order...

Brenna Schulter: nurse practitioner who's learning Spanish from Ludlow, IL
Ron Bernard: former aerospace worker of 32 yrs. from Long Beach
Lindsey Nichelson: attends the Univ. of the Incarnate Word Pharmacy School from San Antonio


G O _ D _ _
_ E T _ I _ _ _ R

Brenna didn't need any help from anyone to get GOLDEN RETRIEVER.

Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Gas cards

Round 1: WAYD?

She starts w/ three N's for $2,100, a FP O, and three G's for the WC, then she buys four I's and an E, and picks a $1,200 pair of S's before she's...

_ _ O N G / _ I _ _
_ _ E / _ _ S I _


Brenna: $7,300 WC/Others: $0 each


Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Ron's up first w/ a $1,400 pair of N's, but then R for roadblock. Second, Lindsey calls up four S's for the SS, four E's, an L for the gas cards (76 logo on the tag), three I's, and a U, followed by a $1,600 pair of C's, a $650 B, but then the sole critical dud purchase of A to likely squander $10,750 cash & prizes. Brenna then semi-spingles for the T while she's on the 1/2 CAR near the pink $600 and a single O...

B U S I N E S S / &
_ O E T I C


DUDS: R (Ron), A (Lindsey)

Brenna: $8,300 WC/Others: $0 each

Repeating Classic BP: VIDEO GAMES


PP/Express Round: PEOPLE

Lindsey's next chance to score begins w/ a $650 T, three E's, two $900 R's, and an A, but after a $600 N is the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to give back $2,550. Second for Brenna are a $650 D but then the LaT. Third, Ron spins up that same BANKRUPT. Lindsey next plugs in a $1,800 trio of S's, buys an I, but the same BANKRUPT gets her again and costs her $1,550. After Brenna's dud of L, Ron puts up an $1,100 pair of C's, a $600 W, an O, and a $1,300 pair of F's. After he then buys the last vowel of U...

C R E W / A N D
_ U E S T S

...he'll meet the OFFICERS, CREW AND GUESTS on the Costa CARIBBEAN CRUISE, and he's on the board w/ $8,500.

SOLE DUD: L (Brenna)
SOLE LaT: Brenna
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Lindsey 2x; Ron)

Brenna: $8,300 WC/Ron: $8,500 cash & cruise/Lindsey: ZIP


$3K Tossup: THING

_ E _ _ _ _ G
R E G I S _ R Y

Ron ups his lead w/ WEDDING REGISTRY.

Speed-Up Round: PHRASE

Here's another one of those $1,600 FSs. Three R's, and N and three T's in...

_ _ _ ' R _ / _ N / T _ _
R _ _ _ T / T R _ _ _

...YOU'RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK, Brenna, and you've just won this game by just one consonant.

Brenna: $13,100 WC/Ron: $11,500 cash & cruise/Lindsey: $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $25,600


$100K Bonus Round
Brenna lands on the N of SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
This looks easy to me...

_ _ _ E
S _ _ E / _ _ N

CDMO and P fill in something completely...

_ _ _ E
S O M E / _ _ N

...just the second word...but she did HAVE SOME FUN and nailed it even though her envelope is no good at all, meaning her final total's $46,100.

$5K SPIN ID: JR3471747


Monday, November 23, 2015

WoF Recap: November 23, 2015


The first set of what I think may be a potentially big week is the Teachers one.

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ U _ A _ _ O
C O _ _ R A _ O

We've seen a trip to this place offered on the show, but Cari blows it w/ BUFFALO, COLORADO.

_ U _ A _ _ O
C O _ O R A _ O

Beth solves DURANGO, COLORADO. Here are those educators...

Beth Abramowitz: 3rd Grade teacher at Alvin Dunn ES & spin instructor (has also lived in NYC pursuing musical theatre) from S.D.
Cari Pittleman (Arlington, VA): Teaches 4th Grade from Arlington, VA
Shane Triano: math teacher & former engineer of 25 yrs. from Staten Island

$2K Tossup: THINGS

V _ _ E L S / &
C _ _ _ O N _ N _ S

Cari knows that this game is all about VOWELS & CONSONANTS.

Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Beef Bucks

Round 1: PHRASE

She gets going w/ three $600 T's, five O's, but then LaT. Shane secondly calls out three $500 N's, four A's, two U's, and a $900 F, then he buys the remaining two vowels and lights up a $2,700 M trio before we see...

_ O N ' T / M A _ E / A
M O U N T A I N / O U T
O F / A / M O _ E _ I _ _

...he says "DON'T MAKE A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL" to take the early lead at $4,100.

SOLE LaT: Cari

Beth: $1K/Cari: $2K/Shane: $4,100


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

That same man gets to work here w/ a $900 T, two E's, an A, and two I's, followed by a $1,300 pair of N's, the last vowels of two O's and a U, but then a baddie of V. After Beth LaTs out, Cari uncovers a $700 B, two R's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, an $800 S, a $900 M, a $600 X, and a P for that SS...

E X P E _ I T I O N

...she solves BRUNO MARS EXPEDITION for $10,500 cash & SS.

SOLE DUD: V (Shane)
SOLE LaT: Beth

Beth: $1K/Cari: $12,500 cash & SS 1/2 CAR/Shane: $4,100


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Beth's first letters are the obvious $900 G, two I's, and two N's while on EXPRESS before she GOES ABOARD.

Current Bank: $2,650
Next Choices: R...S...2 T's...4 E's...CRASH w/ M (she loses $6,400)

Cari secondly misses w/ H. Third, Shane picks off a $700 L, buys an A, but everybody now has gotten their taste of LaT. Beth then chooses a D while on the same 1/2 CAR, and exchanges the $500 for those last two vowels...

_ E E L I N G / _ U I T E
A D _ E N T U R O U S


SOLE LaT: Shane

Beth: $7K cash & tour/Cari: $12,500 cash & SS/Shane: $4,100


$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ _ _ _ Y
B U _ _ _

Shane is way off w/ WOOLY BULLY.

S T _ _ Y
B U _ _ Y

Beth knows her STUDY BUDDY.

Round 4: PERSON

She opens w/ a $500 T, three E's, but then S for sorry. Second for Cari are a $1K pair of R's, but then her second LaT of the game. Third for Shane are a $900 G, an A, but then a bad I buy. Beth continues on w/ two $900 L, but the other dud vowel of U stops her. After Cari's non-existing N call, Shane spins once more for a $650 M...

R _ L E / M _ _ E L

...he solves GREAT ROLE MODEL for $1,050.

DUDS: S (Beth), I (Shane), U (Beth), N (Cari)
LaT: Cari

Beth: $10K cash & tour/Cari: $12,500 cash & SS/Shane: $5,150

Speed-Up Round: FOOD & DRINK

Consonants are worth $1,550 apiece. Midway in the round, Beth requests the two C's...

C _ _ C _ L _ T _
_ R _ S T _ N _

...she may very well have given up the match, because she blows the $4,650 solve w/ CHOCOLATE CROISSANT and CHOCOLATE  ICING. Cari then says the H...

C H _ C _ L _ T _
_ R _ S T _ N _

...Cari seals the deal w/ her $6,200 solve of CHOCOLATE FROSTING.


Beth: $10K cash & tour/Cari: $18,700 cash & SS/Shane: $5,150

GT: $33,850


$100K Bonus Round
Cari lands on the G.

Category: THING
This one-wordy is about promoting the welfare of others...

_ _ _ L _ N T _ R _ _ _

DGCA only adds the vowel...

_ _ _ L A N T _ R _ _ _

...but she still gets PHILANTHROPY to leave w/ $51,700 cash & SS.

$5K SPIN ID: AG7858467


Friday, November 20, 2015

Week 10 Stats

Excluding the $40K win and that nice Wednesday maingame this week, there's just nothing to write home about.

Total this Week: $239,831
Total for the Season: $2,245,774
BR Win Record: 13-37 (.26)
Total Car Wins: 3
-Ford Fiestas: 2 
-BR Car: 1 (MINI Cooper) 
Prize Wedge Wins: 15
Gift Tag Wins: 17
Mystery Wedge Wins: 2
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 15-7
MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 10-5
$10K MW was next to LaT: 11
$10K MW was next to $650: 9
Express was Played-Passed: 5-3
-Successes: 3
-Crashes: 5
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 2 (1 on $3,500, 1 on $5K)
-BR: 4
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 39/11/0
5-Round Games: 15
6-Round Games: 2 (but we went to a 7-round game on Oct. 9)
Gooseegg Victims: 12
Red Winners: 16
Yellow Winners: 14
Blue Winners: 20
This Week's Bankrupt Trash
: $11,950* / 1
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season
: $242,108* / 16 WC / 14 ½ CAR  / 3 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt
: $12,850 (Oct. 30), $12K (Sept. 18), $11,800 (Oct. 22)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night
: $19,700 (Sept. 21), $16,450 (Oct. 30), $16,050 (Oct. 22)

Top 3 Winning Totals
: $110,100 (Oct. 21), $80,860 (Oct. 28), $74,700 (Oct. 7) 

Lowest Winning Total: $10,550 (Oct. 22), $10,050 (Nov. 12)
Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $80,100 (Oct. 21), $68,678 (Nov. 18), $52,150 (Oct. 26)
Season-High Week
: $302,987 (Teachers Week)
Season-Low Week
$168,088 (Veterans Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 1
$1M Bonus Rounds: 1

$33K: 7/32
$40K: 2/5
$45K: 2/3
$50K: 1/2
$100K (or $1M):
CAR: 1/8

* includes prizes 

And now, the potentially big week coming up...

WoF Recap: November 20, 2015


$1K Tossup: WAYD?

G _ _ N G / _ N / A
N _ T _ R E / _ A _ K

Amy goofs on the last word w/ PARK after the time's up singal; Jennifer then solves GOING ON A NATURE WALK. Our end-of-wk. players...

Jennifer Forbes: acct. exec. for a publication co. & new beekeeper from New Orleans
Amy Plotts: ICU nurse/transfusion safety officer from Bel Air, MD
Craig Spoth: freelance video editor who enjoys playing/recording music from Milton, VT

$2K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

R _ D _ N G / _
_ _ A T E B _ A _ D

Amy's not RIDING A SKATEBOARD now, but she's in control of the wheel.

FEATURED TRIP: The Springs Resort & Spa in Costa Rica

Round 1: PHRASE

Her starters are a $500 N, two A's, a $500 R, and five E's to quickly clear out the vowels. Three $700 S's later...

_ _ A _ / _ A _ E S
_ E R _ E _ _ / S E N S E

...THAT (kinda) MAKES PERFECT SENSE for her to make the $2,600 solve (she left out the T's).


Craig: $0/Jennifer: $1K/Amy: $4,600


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Craig's off and running w/ two $900 T's, six E's, an A, three $600 R's, three I's, and an O to finish off the vowels. Following a $1,300 pair of M's and an L for that MDW...
_ A _ I _ _ / T _ E
T I M E / O _ / M _
L I _ E
_ R E _ E R _ E R


PR #2

Craig: $3,900 MDW/Jennifer: $1K/Amy: $4,600


PP/Express Round: THING

Jennifer's first moves are a $500 S, but then the LaT. Second, Amy duds out w/ N. Third, Craig chooses a $900 T, buys three E's and an A, calls up a $1,400 pair of R's, but then strikes out w/ the sole dud vowel of I. After Jennifer's non-existing L call, Amy gets two $600 G's up there...

G _ R G E _ _ S
_ E A T _ E R

...she'll enjoy the GORGEOUS WEATHER at the Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa in CABO worth $7,300.

DUDS: N (Amy), I (Craig), L (Jennifer)
SOLE LaT: Jennifer

Craig: $3,900 MDW/Jennifer: $1K/Amy: $13,100 cash & Cabo


$3K Tossup: TITLE

_ _ E / _ E C _ E T
_ A _ D _ N


Round 4: PERSON

S for sorry is how she starts. Craig secondly takes a $1,400 N pair, an O, but then A for awful (it's the only bad vowel in this short puzzle). Jennifer thirdly has been let down again by the L. Amy then tacks on a $1,400 R pair, a $700 W, and two I's...

O _ R / _ I _
W I N N _ R

...she's not OUR BIG WINNER just yet since she's made another $1,850.

DUDS: S (Amy), A (Craig), L (Jennifer)

Craig: $3,900 MDW/Jennifer: $1K/Amy: $17,950 cash & Cabo



Craig opens w/ a $600 T, two E's, an A, but then R for roadblock. Second in Jenny's direction are three $500 N's, a FP I, a $5K S and an O to clean out the vowels. But after a $500 D is a critical dud of P to leave $6,750 on the table. Amy then puts up $600 H and L singles...

D E N _ E _
_ A S H I N _ T O N


DUDS: R (Craig), P (Jennifer)

Craig: $3,900 MDW/Jennifer: $1K/Amy: $19,150 cash & Cabo

Speed-Up Round: FOOD & DRINK

It's a $1,600 FS to close out the week. Following an instant and intact null cycle, the N, L and M pop up in the top word..

L _ M _ N
_ _ _ _ _

...and Craig solves LEMON WEDGE.

DUDS: R (Jennifer), T (Amy), S (Craig)

Craig: $5,500/Jennifer: $1K/Amy: $19,150 cash & Cabo

GT: $25,650


$100K Bonus Round
Will there be something really good in the & envelope for Amy?

Category: THING
At the lead-off portion...

_ / _ _ R _ _ N _
_ _ _ E L

CHMA doesn't add much besides the obvious A...

A / _ _ R _ _ N _
M _ _ E L

...she doesn't have A WORKING MODEL of anything, so she's the last $33K loser this week.

$5K SPIN ID: LC5700471


Thursday, November 19, 2015

WoF Recap: November 19, 2015



_ _ _ _ O M _ / T O
T _ E / J U _ G _ _

Renee solves Guns N' Roses' "WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE". Thursday's contesti...

Renee Fozouni: school volunteer married to a man who works for a pharmaceutical co. (they move a lot) from Ridgefield, CT
Amanda O'Toole: infant/toddler teacher from Boston (orig. from Medfield, MA)
John Busby III: USCG commissioned Officer who's big on tech. from Long Beach


_ R I _ Z L _ / B E _ R
_ _ _ _

Renee triples up w/ GRIZZLY BEAR CUBS.

TONIGHT'S TRIP: American Southwest Tour

Round 1: SHOW BIZ

She first rattles off two $600 S's, five T's for that tour, an E, and five A's, then she says two $650 R's, a $600 H, two I's, and three $500 M's before we see...

M A T T / _ A M _ _
S T A R S / I _
T H E / M A R T I A _

...she knows that MATT DAMON STARS IN "THE MARTIAN" for a total of $12,350 cash & tour.


Amanda: $0/John: $0/Renee: $15,350


Mystery Round: WAYD?

Amanda is off and running w/ a $550 G, four obvious $900 N's, a $550 T, and four E's, but her next buy of O is no good. Second, John wastes a turn w/ the BANKRUPT near $650. Third, Renee tacks on a TD H, four I's, two S's for the MDW, and the last vowel of A before the LaT stops her. Amanda then takes a TD L and two $600 R's, then we have...

_ A N _ E R I N G / I N
T H E / _ I L _ E R N E S S

...she solves WANDERING IN THE WILDERNESS for her first $8,900.

SOLE DUD: O (Amanda)
SOLE LaT: Renee

Amanda: $8,900/John: ZIP/Renee: $15,350

Repeating Classic Bonus Puzzle: SPICK AND SPAN

PP/Express Round: PLACES

John's next chance for better luck begins w/ two $900 R's, two E's, a $900 T, two O's and an I, after which he says four $900 S's, the last vowel of A, and a $900 H (he's been spinning that yellow $900 four straight times) before striking out w/ N while on EXPRESS. Renee then puts up three $650 C's and a TD K...

R O C K _ / C O A S T S
& / S H E E R / C _ I _ _ S

...I wish she chose those F's, but she's won $5,450 and a trip to a place w/ ROCKY COASTS & SHEER CLIFFS -- the Divi Little Bay in ST. MAARTEN worth $6,203.

SOLE DUD: N (John)

Amanda: $8,900/John: NO LUCK/Renee: $27,003 cash & trips


$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

G L A C _ _ _ / _ A Y
A L _ S K _

Amanda locates GLACIER BAY, ALASKA.

Round 4: EVENT

She instantly duds out w/ T. Second, John spins up the same BANKRUPT. Third for Renee are a $500 S, but then a DQ for repeating the T. After Amanda says another baddie of H, John puts up a $1K pair of R's, buys five E's, but then purchases a non-existing I. After Renee gets caught by that same BANKRUPT to lose the 5 Benjamins...

_ E _ R - E _ _
_ _ E _ R _ _ _ E / S _ _ E

...we go into an $1,800 FS. Two N's, two L's and two C's later...

_ E _ R - E N _
C L E _ R _ N C E / S _ L E

...Renee solves YEAR-END CLEARANCE SALE for $3,600 worth of icing.

DUDS (all before S-U): T (Amanda; repeated by Renee), H (Amanda), I (John)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (John & Renee)

Amanda: $11,900/John: $1K GOOSEEGG/Renee: $30,603 cash & trips

GT: $43,503


$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the E in AMERICA'S for Renee.

Category: THINGS
We should know what the first word is already...

_ _ R N _ N _
_ E _ _ R _ _ S

MGCO pretty much gives her that first word...

M O R N _ N G
_ E _ _ R O _ S

...and little help in the bottom means she's the third straight $33K loser; they were MORNING DEWDROPS.

$5K SPIN ID: OE2938052


BTW, I forgot to mention that Thursday Night Football has stopped airing on CBS a couple weeks ago, so I'm not least right now.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WoF Recap: November 18, 2015

Upon further review, the vehicle for this week is actually the Winnebago Travato (and it makes sense since you can take that outdoors). The Ford Flex, which I mistakenly said after taking the virtual set tour, should be used for an upcoming "America's Game" episode.


$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ H E / _ R E G _ N
_ _ A _ _

I've played the computer game about this when I was young, and Courtney knows that's THE OREGON TRAIL. Meeting everybody now...

Courtney Canant: former kindergarten teacher from Cypress, TX
Michael Varino: retired MUD engineer from Kenner, LA
Gemina Stroud: traffic coord. who has a fascination w/ twins from Stockbridge, GA

$2K Tossup: TITLE

N A _ _ _ N _ L
G _ O G _ _ P _ _ C

Courtney's two for two w/ "NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC".



She gets to work w/ two $700 T's, one E and two A's, three N's for the Victorinox gift tag, and two I's, followed by the SL Bonus of three $650 N's, the last vowels of two O's and U's, a $550 R, and two TD S's before she finally goes for the solve...

M _ S T E R I O U S

...this MYSTERIOUS MOUNTAIN MAN must award her $11,150 cash & GT.


Courtney: $14,150 cash & GT/Others: $0 each


Mystery Round: FUN & GAMES

Both Michael and Gemina strike out instantly w/ T and R, respectively. We're going to Courtney already, and she's chosen five N's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $600, four I's, and two O's and a $600 G before the M stops her while she's on the MW near LaT. Michael next picks an $800 H, a K for that WC but then L for loss. Gemina follows w/ a $650 C, the last vowel of A, but then the MDW's right side. Courtney then plugs in a TD Y and a FP Z to complete the board...

H I K I N G / I N
Z I O N / C A N Y O N

...she correctly reads it for $6,600 more.

DUDS: T (Michael), R (Gemina), M (Courtney), L (Michael)

Courtney: $20,750 cash & GT 1/2 CAR/Others: $0 each (Michael w/ the WC)


PP/Express Round: THINGS

This round's all Gemina -- she chooses two S's for the same 1/2 CAR, an A, a TD L, an I, a $600 N, and three E's to clean out the vowels...

I S L A N _
_ _ E E _ E S addition to her first $4,350, she'll feel the ISLAND BREEZES during her stay at the ARUBA Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino worth $9,128, presented by the new movie "LOVE the COOPERS".

PR #2

Michael: WC/Gemina: $13,478 cash & Aruba/Courtney: $20,750 cash & GT


$3K Tossup: PERSON

S O C I _ _
B U T _ E R F L Y

Courtney sweeps 'em w/ SOCIAL BUTTERFLY.


A $1,300 pair of S's gets her started, then she buys a single E and A for awful. Michael secondly wants a $700 I, but he buys the other bad vowel of this board (I). Gemina thirdly spins up a $650 R, four O's, but then the LaT. Courtney next tacks on two $600 N's and the two remaining U's before the BANKRUPT near TD shoots her down to the tune of $1,750. Michael then uncovers three $5K D's and two H's courtesy of his WC...

_ L O O D H O U N D S
& / _ R E _ H O U N D S

...he can thank these BLOODHOUNDS & GREYHOUNDS for taking him all the way from zero to first place at $25,450!

DUDS: A (Courtney), I (Michael)
SOLE LaT: Gemina

Michael: $25,450/Gemina: $13,478 cash & Aruba/Courtney: $23,750 cash & GT


Speed-Up Round: WAYD?

Here's another $1,500 FS. Gemina takes out the twin F's late in this round...

F _ N N _ N G
T H _ / F L _ _ _ S

 ...and she's FANNING THE FLAMES for $6K more.

DUDS: C (Courtney), R (Gemina), U (Courtney), W (Michael)

Michael: $25,450/Gemina: $19,478 cash & Aruba/Courtney: $23,750 cash & GT

GT: $68,678


$100K Bonus Round
Mike's landed on the I of AMERICA'S.

Category: THING

_ R _ _ E N
_ _ E / _ _ _ _

GPMI adds a couple of letters...

_ R _ _ E N
I _ E / P _ _ _ this point, FROZEN ICE PICK would be wrong...and he unfortunately says that instead of FROZEN ICE PACK for the $33K.

$5K SPIN ID: TE8202191