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Friday, November 21, 2014

Week 10 Stats

I'm so glad we finally have our first BR win car this season. Other than that, this week was pretty average.

Total this Week: $256,152  
Total for the Season: $3,526,495
BR Win Record: 22-28 (.44)
Total Car Wins: 4
-1/2 Car: 3 (1 Ford Fiesta, 2 Nissa Versa Note Ss)
-BR Car: 1 (Chevrolet Camaro)
Prize Wedge Wins: 15
Gift Tag Wins: 16
Mystery Wedge Wins: 5
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 18-6
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 9-9
$10K MW was next to LaT: 9
$10K MW was next to $800: 13
Express was Played-Passed: 9-2
-Successes: 6
-Crashes: 3
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 4 (3 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 8
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 32/17/0
5-Round Games: 7
6-Round Games: 0
$6K FINAL SPINS: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 13
Red Winners: 12
Yellow Winners: 26
Blue Winners: 12
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $18,950 / 3 ½ CAR/ 1 MDW  
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $386,056* / 12 WC / 26 ½ CAR / 4 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,600* (Sept. 16), $17,250 (Oct. 29), $15K (Oct. 1)       
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $27,630* (Sept. 18), $27,500 (Oct. 1), $24,100 (Oct. 16) 
Highest-Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $70,900 (Sept. 29), $66,875 (Nov. 18)
Lowest-Winning Totals: $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $58,690 (Oct. 20), $56,800 (Nov. 10), $53,591 (Oct. 28)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 4

$32K: 18/38
$35K: 0/0
$40K: 1/3
$45K: 1/4
$50K: 0/0
$100K (or $1M): 1/2
CAR: 1/3

* includes prizes

WOF Recap: November 21, 2014

EPISODE #6095: VIVA LAS VEGAS

$1K Tossup: PHRASE


_ _ T / _ T / R _ D E !

Chris is right in shouting "LET IT RIDE!". Last three gamblers this week...

Chris Hilken: North Coach Church worker from Oceanside, CA 
Myesha Felix: bartender w/ 32 music note tattoos from Stone Mountain, GA
Donna Lynch: customer service rep for major manufacturing co. & Patriots fan from Warwick, RI

$2K Tossup: THING

U _ B _ I D L E D
E _ _ _ _ S I _ S M

Donna has some UNBRIDLED ENTHUSIASM.

FEATURED VEGAS TRIP: The Venetian worth $6K

Round 1: WAYD?

She BANKRUPTS near $650 right out of the gate. Second, Chris collects four T's and the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, two E's and four O's, a $600 H, and two $800 G's, then we see...

G E T T _ _ G / _ _
_ O O T / _ _
T H E / _ O O _

...him saying "GETTING MY FOOT IN THE DOOR" for $3,700.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Donna

Myesha: $0/Donna: $2K/Chris: $4,700 1/2 CAR

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

He loses his plate right away to the other BANKRUPT. Second, Myesha takes an M for the vegas.com gift tag, an I, an $*00 T, and four E's. But after a $1K pair of H's is a baddie of V while on the Vegas trip. Third, Donna puts up a $550 Y but then gets the same BANKRUPT Chris just got, so that guy lights up a $900 S and buys the other two vowels that isn't U...

_ O O _ / _ E
I N / T H E
E Y E
S H A _ O _

...and he knows how to LOOK ME IN THE EYE SHADOW for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: V (Myesha)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (opposition)

Myesha: ZERO/Donna: $2K/Chris: $5,700

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PP/Express Round: PLACE

The scoreless Myesha starts an important round w/ three R's for $1,800, three E's and A's, three T's for another $1,950 and the other three vowels, then she says a $1,200 pair of C's, a $900 Y, two N's for the same 1/2 CAR and a TD S before she turns down her Fiesta opportunity...

_ R O T E C T E _
_ A R I N E
S A N C T U A R Y

She just won her first $9,100 and a hotwire trip to a place w/ at least one PROTECTED MARINE SANCTUARY -- the Sunset Beach Resort in JAMAICA.

PR!

Myesha: $16,390 cash & Jamaica/Donna: $2K/Chris: $5,700

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$3K Tossup: TV TITLE

M _ _ _ R N
_ _ _ I _ Y

Chris solves "MODERN FAMILY".

Round 4: QUOTATION

He wastes a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near TD. Second for Myesha are a $1K pair of T's and A for awful. Third, Donna spots two N's for $1,300, double I's, twin $500 G's, two O's, and a $500 H before we go into S-U Mode...

G O O _ / N I G H T
_ _ _ _ T / _ _ I N _ _

...w/ a $1,500 FS. One D and S later...

G O O D / N I G H T
S _ _ _ T / _ _ I N _ _

...Chris says "GOOD NIGHT SWEET PRINCE" for said FS amount.

SOLE DUD (before FS): A (Myesha)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Chris

FINAL SCORES
Myesha: $16,390 cash & Jamaica/Donna: $2K/Chris: $10,200

GT: $28,590
BANKRUPT TRASH: $550 and a plate

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$100K Bonus Round
The last spin of the week stops on the A of GAME.

Category: THING
The last two letters are...

_ _ _ _
_ _ S E


HBD aren't there, but two O's do show up...

_ O _ _
_ O S E


...they're not enough to help her strike a $40K YOGA POSE (she only got the second word).

$5K SPIN ID: CR0454867

MY EP. RATING: 6

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WOF Recap: November 20, 2014

EPISODE #6094: VIVA LAS VEGAS

$1K Tossup: PLACE


_ _ D D _ N G
C _ A P _ L

David solves WEDDING CHAPEL. The Thursday trio is made up of...

David Bixby: part-time poetry writer from Florence, SC (also lives in MD)

Rachel Parille: IT in training & development specialist for St. Joseph Health in Irvine from Yorba Linda
Samar Musleh: office manager at St. John's Orthodox Academy from S.F.

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

R _ _ S T E D
A _ M O _ _ _

How appropriate for Samar given that she cooks Middle Eastern food -- she solves ROASTED ALMONDS.

FEATURED VEGAS TRIP: Palms Casino Resort worth $6,219

Round 1: FUN & GAMES

Her first letters tonight are four T's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, four E's, three $650 H's, but then A for awful. Second, David also duds out w/ M while on the other 1/2 CAR. Third, Rachel calls up two N's for $1,100, three I's, four S's for that same 1/2 CAR, and two obvious $550 G's. But after an O buy, the BANKRUPT near TD forces her to give up $3,700 and her plate. Afterwards...

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

...Samar knows about SEEING THE SIGHTS ON THE STRIP and pockets another $3,40.

DUDS: A (Samar), M (David)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Rachel

David: $1K/Rachel: $0/Samar: $5,450 1/2 CAR

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

David first gets a hold of the MW near $800 after calling an R...$$$! But his next call of S isn't there. Second, Rachel spins her way to the same BANKRUPT she got before. Third, Samar collects her second 1/2 CAR from the same spot she landed on before w/ four N's, buys two A's and I's, and gets a third plate w/ a single D. But after she buys two O's, she repeats the S while on the MDW to possibly let $16,690 cash & Fiesta slip away. David next puts up three P's for $1,650 and a $1K T, but he then re-buys the A, so $12,400 may be going down the drain for him. Rachel then SPINGLES for the M and the BICYCLE gift tag...

P _ M P _ I N / A N D
I R O N - O N
P A T _ _

...she solves PUMPKIN AND IRON-ON PATCH for $1,500.

SOLE DUD: S (David)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Rachel
DQs: 2 (Samar & David's repeats)

David: $1K/Rachel: $1,500/Samar: $5,450 1/2 CAR

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PP/Express Round: THING

Rachel leads the way w/ four T's for the same 1/2 CAR Samar picked up twice before, five E's, a TD H, an I singleton, a $900 N, and an A, followed by a TD R, a $650 M, the other two vowels, and three S's for $1,800 before we finally show you...

T H E / M O S T
_ E A U T I _ U _
S U N S E T / E _ E R

...another $11,100 is hers and she'll be seeing THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SUNSET EVER on a hotwire trip to the Outrigger Reef on the Beach in HAWAII.

PR!

David: $1K/Rachel: $20,329 cash & HI/Samar: $5,450

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$3K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ U _ _ _ C
A C _ _ U _ _ A N T

David IDs the job as a PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT to quadruple up.

Speed-Up Round: EVENT

Every consonant will be worth $1,700 apiece. After the guy buys two A's in the middle of the round...

D R A M A T _ C
C _ _ C _ _ S _ _ _

...he blows the $3,400 solve w/ DRAMATIC CONSEQUENCES. Rachel next puts up two N's...

D R A M A T _ C
C _ N C _ _ S _ _ N

...but she also screws up w/ DRAMATIC CONCUSSION, possibly costing her another $10,200. Samar then buys the O's for free...

D R A M A T _ C
C O N C _ _ S _ O N

...make that three blown solves in a row -- she says DRAMATIC CONCEPTION w/ $3,400 on the line. David then puts up the L...

D R A M A T _ C
C O N C L _ S _ O N

...he finally makes the $5,100 solve on this DRAMATIC CONCLUSION.

DQs: 3 (blown solves by everyone)

FINAL SCORES
David: $9,100/Rachel: $20,329 cash & HI/Samar: $5,450

GT: $34,879
BANKRUPT TRASH (besides plate): $3,700

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$100K Bonus Round
Rachel spins up the S of AMERICA'S.

Category: THINGS
The RSTLNE aid...

_ _ _ _ _ E
_ R _ _ _ _ T S


CBMA only adds two of this letter...

_ _ _ _ C E
_ R _ _ _ C T S


...she doesn't win the $32K towards buying some OFFICE PRODUCTS.

$5K SPIN ID: CR7172022

MY EP. RATING: 5 (the costly repeats in R2 and bad solves in R3 brought it down for me)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WOF Recap: November 19, 2014

EPISODE #6093: VIVA LAS VEGAS

$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ R _ G R _ S S I V _
S _ O T / M _ _ _ I _ E


Carla's won her first bit of money from a PROGRESSIVE SLOT MACHINE. The gamblers on this Wed...

Carla Alva: makeup & horse racing enthusiast from Temecula
Bob Davis (OKC): performer (includes doing commercials) who has a soulmate from OKC
Amber James: hospital microbiology lab worker & Colts fan from L.A.

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

I / _ _ _ _ _ / IF
_ / C _ _ L _

Amber rightly says "I WOULD IF I COULD" for control.

FEATURED VEGAS HOTEL: Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa worth $8,120

Round 1: WAYD?

Her opening letters are three T's for $2,400, three I's, four N's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, and three obvious $800 G's, followed by four O's, two H's for $1,800, a U, and two M's for $1,200. The board...

M _ _ I N G
_ O M _ T H I N G
O U T / O _
N O T H I N G

...she's not MAKING SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING -- she actually made another $9,050.

PR

Amber: $11,050 1/2 CAR/Carla: $1K/Bob: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Carla's first w/ three T's for $2,700, five E's, and two TD S's. But after buys of A and three O's, she BANKRUPTS next to $650 to lose $8,950. Second,. Bob picks off two TD N's, two I's, and a U, then he...

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

...says "QUIET ON THE SET OF ENCYCLOPEDIAS" for the $6,500 remainder.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Carla

Amber: $11,050 1/2 CAR/Carla: $1K/Bob: $6,500

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Bob, the lead-off man, takes two N's for $1,100, an A, two D's for a grand, and the rest of the vowel shop; those picks are followed by an $800 C, a $900 T, two R's for a grand, and three EXPRESS L's. You bet he's HOPPING ABOARD...

Current Bank: $6,550
Next Choices: Y, 2 F's, H, P and S

F R I E N D L Y
H E L P F U L
A N D / C O U R T E O U S

He wins another $12,550 and will meet some FRIENDLY, HELPFUL AND COURTEOUS people on this hotwire trip to The Coronado Plaza Hilton in PUERTO RICO worth $6,240. Too bad Amber didn't get a turn in this round or the previous one to spin for another 1/2 CAR.

PR #2!

Amber: $11,050/Carla: $1K/Bob: $25,290 cash & P.R.

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$3K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

C A S _ I _ G
_ I _ E _ _ _ R

Amber solves CASTING DIRECTOR.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

Her first letters in this go-around are two T's for $1,200, three $550 S's, three E's and A's, but then the LaT. Second for Carla are a $700 R, a $500 B, but then a worthless U buy. Down Bob's path third are a $500 F, the last vowel of I via FP, but then the whistle blow for repeating the F. Amber then picks off a $700 N and a $500 G...

E N G _ I S _
B R E A _ F A S T / T E A

...she takes a sip of ENGLISH BREAKFAST TEA for another $3,050.

SOLE DUD: U (Carla)
SOLE LaT: Carla
SOLE DQ: Bob's F repeat

Amber: $17,100/Carla: $1K/Bob: $25,290 cash & P.R.

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Speed-Up Round: AROUND THE HOUSE

$1,500 per consonant in this part of the game. After Amber calls up a hot consonant in three C's...

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

...she solves POSTCARD COLLECTION for another $6K.

FINAL SCORES
Amber: $23,100/Carla: $1K/Bob: $25,290 cash & P.R. 

GT: $49,390
BANKRUPT TRASH: $8,950

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$100K Bonus Round
After we learn that his soulmate is named Dorothy ("Dot" for short"), he spins up the *.

Category: THING
Good RSTLNE serving...

E _ _ _ T _ N _
S _ _ _ E _ T


BCDI's a darn good combo...

E _ C I T I N _
S _ B _ E C T


On this EXCITING SUBJECT, he wins the damn minimum to leave w/ $57,390 cash & trip. 

$5K SPIN ID: JS3114601

MY EP. RATING: 7

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WOF Recap: November 18, 2014

EPISODE #6092: VIVA LAS VEGAS

$1K Tossup: WAYD?
 

_ _ A Y I N G
_ _ / W I _

Ashlee's the first to score and these three are PLAYING TO WIN big bucks and prizes...

Ashlee Person: special ed teacher, 2nd grade autism teacher and church youth leader from Silver Spring
Matt Monitto: singer, musical theater guy and blogger of two NFL blogs (he also entered a humor-writing newspaper contest and won it three times) from Bristol, CT
Johanna Kent: HR worker for a toy co. who's done kickboxing for 17 yrs. & has taken a yr.'s worth of trapeze lessons from L.A.

$2K Tossup: PEOPLE

_ R _ _ _ U R E
_ _ _ _ E _ S

Matt nails TREASURE HUNTERS.

TONIGHT'S VEGAS.COM TRIP: Mandalay Bay worth $6,011
Tues./Thurs. Cash Gift Tag: Bicycle Playing Cards

Round 1: MOVIE QUOTE

Here he goes w/ a $600 T, a $550 H, four E's, three R's for another $2,100, two A's, and three O's, followed by two $650 D's and two TD V's. We now have...

_ A _ / T H E / O D D _
_ E / E V E R / _ _
_ O _ R / _ A V O R

He exactly recites "MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR" (from "The Hunger Games") for $8,800.

PR!

Ashlee: $1K/Matt: $10,800/Johanna: $0

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Johanna's first spin is a bad one because of the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Ashlee LOSES A TURN. Third, Matt takes a TD T, an S for the gift tag, two E's and four A's, then come a G for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 and two O's before he sees...

_ A _ _ A G E
_ A _ _ O T S / &
_ A _ _ _ _ _ O _ E _

...why he didn't call the C's is beyond me, but he grabs some CABBAGE, CARROTS & CAULIFLOWER to earn another $4,750. 

SOLE LaT: Ashlee
SOLE BANKRUPT: Johanna
 
Ashlee: $1K/Matt: $15,550 1/2 CAR/Johanna: NOTHING

Repeating Bonus Puzzle Flashback: INFOMERCIAL

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PP/Express Round: PLACES

First for Ashlee are two N's for $1,600, but then the same BANKRUPT. Second, Matt picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ two T's, buys five E's, and lights up a $600 H, then he buys the rest of the vowels, inserts a $500 G, but then LaTs out to possibly lose at least $15,540 cash & Fiesta. Over to Johanna who finds a $1,500 R trio but she too gets the LaT. Ashlee then rounds up a $500 C and two L's via EXPRESS; she wisely HOPS ABOARD....

Current Bank: $2,500
Next Choices: V, K, 2 G's and J

T E R R A C E S
O V E R L O O K I N G
T H E / J U N G L E

....in addition to another $7,500, she'll be seeing TERRACES OVERLOOKING THE JUNGLE on her hotwire trip to the Si Como No Resort in COSTA RICA worth $6,868.

LaTs: 2 (Matt & Johanna)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Ashlee

Ashlee: $15,368 cash & trip/Matt: $15,550/Johanna: NO LUCK

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$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ A U L
_ C C _ _ _ _ _ Y

Ashlee IDs former Beatle PAUL MCCARTNEY to take the lead.

Round 4: SONG TITLE

Her opening letters are two $500 N's, two E's, three FP E's, but then the other BANKRUPT to lose the $750 remainder. Second for Matt are two $500 S's, a $550 C, a $900 L, and a $700 H...

_ H E / S O _ N _
O _ / S _ L E N C E

...then he makes the $3,150 solve of Simon & Garfunkel's "THE SOUND OF SILENCE" from '66 to take back the lead, but not by much.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Ashlee

Ashlee: $18,368 cash & C.R./Matt: $18,700/Johanna: GOOSEEGG ALERT

Speed-Up Round: THING

Consonants each have a price tag of $1,550. After somebody requests two D's...

_ _ R L D _ _ D _
B _ S T / S _ L L _ R

...Matt completes a WORLDWIDE BEST SELLER for $7,750.

SOLE DUD: N (Johanna)

FINAL SCORES
Ashlee: $18,368 cash & C.R./Matt: $26,450/Johanna: $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $45,818
BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,350

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$100K Bonus Round
Matt spins up the '.

Category: FOOD & DRINK
The brand Eggo is best known for making these...

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


He knows this one like we do and calls FWZO...

F R O Z E N
W _ F F L E S


...after he eats up these FROZEN WAFFLES...we finally have our first BR car win! It's the Camaro 2LT worth $35,425, and he leaves with $66,875 cash & car! Great job, man!

$5K SPIN ID: JM8800983

MY EP. RATING: 8

Monday, November 17, 2014

WOF Recap: November 17, 2014

Back at SPS, it's time for "Viva Las Vegas"...except they're using the generic set -- boo, hiss!   

EPISODE #6091: VIVA LAS VEGAS

$1K Tossup: THING


M Y / L _ C K Y
_ U _ B _ R

Ashley doesn't have MY LUCKY NUMBER, but she's scored first among this opening trio...

Ashley Smith: exec. administrator & state National Guard member for two yrs. (and was in active duty for four yrs.) from Magnolia, TX 
Camryn Ehlers: Creek Bridge Middle-High School 6th & 7th Grade Math teacher and former Teach for America member who graduated from UW-Madison from Sunset Beach, NC  
Andrew Carroll: implementation specialist from S.F.

$2K Tossup: PLACE

_ A R R _ E R
I _ L _ N D

Ashley
triples up w/ BARRIER ISLAND.

FEATURED VEGAS TRIP: The Palazzo worth $6K
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: vegas.com
1/2 CAR: '15 Fiesta

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER (Pat as Elvis doing a guitar riff)

She wastes a spin w/ the MDW's left side. Second, Cameryn takes two T's for $1,600, four E's, a $900 S and four A's, followed by two N's for another $1,800, two I's and two L's for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900. We now have...

A _ E _ I _ A ' S
N E _ T / T _ _
_ _ _ E L
A I _ _ L A N E

...there won't be a reality TV show titled "AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL AIRPLANE", but she takes the early lead w/ a $4,550 solve.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Ashley

Ashley: $3K/Cameryn: $4,550 1/2 CAR/Andrew: $0

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Mystery Round: FOOD & DRINK

Cameryn leads off w/ four T's for the MDW and two R's via the MW near LaT. But she decides to put her MDW and plate on the line (?!?!)...TERRIBLE MOVE. Second, Andrew's first call of N is no good. Third, Ashley lights up a $700 L, buys two A's and E's, but then LaTs out. Cameryn then puts up a $1,400 P pairing, three O's and three S's for the other 1/2 CAR...

S _ R _ _ P T _ O _ S
S E A _ O O _
P L A T T E R

...she dines on a SCRUMPTIOUS SEAFOOD PLATTER for $2,650...but she would've won that Fiesta and kept that MDW had she not made that STUPID gamble. 

SOLE DUD: N (Andrew)
SOLE LaT: Ashley
SOLE BANKRUPT: Cameryn

Ashley: $3K/Cameryn: $7,200 1/2 CAR/Andrew: ZIP

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PP/Express: WAYD?

Hoping for better luck, Andrew starts this answer w/ two T's for $1,200, three $700 N's, four I's, and three E's, but the BANKRUPT near TD busts him to the tune of $2,800. Second for Ashley are a $600 H but then the other BANKRUPT. Third, Cameryn gets the exact same fate as Andrew who then puts up a $550 G, two S's for another grand, two A's, and two R's for the gift tag. His next spin, however, is the LaT. Ashley next inserts two C's for $1,800, the last vowel of U, and two B's for $1,400. But the last word still stumps her, so she goes on...and LaTs out for the second time tonight....

C R U I S I N G / T H E
C A R I B B E A N
I N / S T _ _ E

...while Cameryn will be CRUISING THE CARIBBEAN IN STYLE aboard one from Costa worth $6K.

LaTs: 2 (Andrew, Ashley)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole gang; both women have two of those apiece)

Ashley: $3K/Cameryn: $13,200 cash & cruise/Andrew: ZILCH

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$3K Tossup: EVENT

T _ _ N _
_ H E / _ _ O T

Cameryn remembers her day of TYING THE KNOT.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES

Down her path first are five N's for $2,500, two A's and I's, but then gets her first taste of LaT. Second, Andrew's T call is a miss. Third, Ashley captures a $550 G and three D's for another $1,500...

D I N N _ _ / A N D
D A N _ I N G

...she solves DINNER AND DANCING for $2,050. 

SOLE DUD:
T (Andrew)
SOLE LaT:
Cameryn

Ashley: $5,050/Cameryn: $16,200 cash & cruise/Andrew: BUPKIS

Speed-Up Round: PHRASE

This is a $1,900 Final Spin. After Cameryn buys the obvious A for free...

_ _ G _ T N _ N G / _ N
A / _ _ T T _ _

...but she blows the $5,700 solve w/ FIGHTING IN A BATTLE, not keeping track of the N's. Andrew then lights up the twin L's...

L _ G _ T N _ N G / _ N
A / _ _ T T L _

...he finally catches LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE for his only $3,800 on the night.

DUDS (both by Andrew): M & R
SOLE DQ OF GAME:
Cameryn's blown solve

FINAL SCORES
Ashley: $5,050/Cameryn: $16,200 cash & cruise/Andrew: $3,800

GT: $25,050
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding cardboard): $3,400

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$100K Bonus Round
We still don't have a car win here this season, but if Cameryn comes through, she might drive off in a Chevrolet Camaro. She lands on the S of SPIN.

Category: THING
Reveal the RSTLNE legend...

_ _ _ _ R
_ _ _ R _ _ E


CDMO gives her...

M _ _ O R
_ _ _ R _ D E


...but her final total won't get a MAJOR UPGRADE (she only got the first word) to the tune of $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: CC8986997

MY EP. RATING: 5

Friday, November 14, 2014

Week 9 Stats

Thank goodness the first half of Hawaii has come to an end at least for now, because I didn't enjoy it very much.

Total this Week: $260,362
Total for the Season: $3,270,343
BR Win Record: 20-25 (.444)
Total Car Wins: 3
-1/2 Car: 3 (1 Ford Fiesta, 2 Nissa Versa Note Ss)
-BR Car: 0
Prize Wedge Wins: 15
Gift Tag Wins: 14
Mystery Wedge Wins: 5
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 16-6
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 8-8
$10K MW was next to LaT: 9
$10K MW was next to $800: 11
Express was Played-Passed: 7-2
-Successes: 4
-Crashes: 3
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 4 (3 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 8
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 30/17/0
5-Round Games: 4
6-Round Games: 0
$6K FINAL SPINS: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 12
Red Winners: 11
Yellow Winners: 23
Blue Winners: 11
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $47,200* / 1 WC  
 
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $386,056* / 12 WC / 23 ½ CAR tags / 3 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,600* (Sept. 16), $17,250 (Oct. 29), $15K (Oct. 1)       
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $27,630* (Sept. 18), $27,500 (Oct. 1), $24,100 (Oct. 16) 
Highest-Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $70,900 (Sept. 29), $63,040 (Oct. 15)
Lowest-Winning Totals: $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $58,690 (Oct. 20), $56,800 (Nov. 10), $53,591 (Oct. 28)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 4

$32K: 17/35
$35K: 0/0
$40K: 1/2
$45K: 1/4
$50K: 0/0
$100K (or $1M): 1/2
CAR: 0/2

* includes prizes

WOF Recap: November 14, 2014

EPISODE #6090: BEST FRIENDS WEEK (HAWAII) 

$1K Tossup: PERSON


_ P A R R I N G
_ A R _ _ _ _

Kekama tries to say the answer before buzzing in, but he and Ronnie do solve SPARRING PARTNER. The first half of HI ends w/ these teams...

Ronnie Medeiros & Kekama Akana: both men are in the state's Army National Guard
Sonya Adams & Jane Greenwood: paramedics
Traci Uchida & Janelle Araki: Janelle is a competitive judo mom

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

D O _ ' _
B E / _ _ Y

Traci & Janelle are incorrect w/ "DON'T BE COY".

D O _ ' T
B E / S _ Y

Sonya & Jane then correctly say "DON'T BE SHY".

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

They say an automatic dud of T. Second, T & J hit the MDW's right side. Third, the men call up three N's for $2,100, two E's, a $900 L, and two A's followed by a $900 R, three M's for another $2,400 (semi-Same Letter alert) but then the LaT. S & J's second turn sees them picking up the WC w/ a G only to lose it right back along w/ the $500 to the same MDW BANKRUPT. T & J then light up an $1,100 Y pairing and an $800 P...

M _ N _ P _ L Y
M _ N E Y
M A N A G E R

 ... they solve MONOPOLY MONEY MANAGER to make this match a virtual three-way tie.

SOLE DUD: T (S & J)
SOLE LaT: men
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both female teams)

T & J: $2K/Men: $1K/S & J: $2K

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Mystery Round: CHARACTERS

T & J get started w/ a T for the gift tag but then S for sorry while on the MW near LaT. Second, the men take a FP E, a $550 N, two A's, a $1,400 D pairing and two O's before calling twin Y's while on the other MW. They risk their $1,450 remainder...good call! Following a $1,600 pair of Z's...

_ O O D Y / A N D
_ _ Z Z / _ _ _ _ T Y E A _

...they ID WOODY AND BUZZ LIGHTYEAR of "Toy Story" fame for $13,050.

SOLE DUD: S (T & J)

T & J: $2K/Men: $14,050/S & J: $2K

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PP/Express Round: PLACE

Our current leaders lead off w/ five T's for $3,250, buy four E's and an O, but then BANKRUPT near $650 to lose the $2,750 remainder. Second for S & J are two $900 H's and two $500 S's before they try to solve for the lead...

T H _ / _ _ T _
T H _ T / _ O E S _ ' T
S _ E E _

...they bank another $2,800 and a pair of trips to THE CITY THAT DOESN'T SLEEP (NYC) at The Roosevelt Hotel worth $12,100.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Men

T & J: $2K/Men: $14,050/S & J: $16,900 cash & NYC

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$3K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

L A C _ O _ S E
S T _ C _

S & J say the correct answer just after the time's up signal, so the boys take back the lead w/ a LACROSSE STICK.

Speed-Up Round: WAYD?

It's a $1,500 Final Spin on this Friday. After Ms. White makes an S appear...

G _ T T _ N G / M _
_ _ _ _ S / _ N / _ / R _ _

...S & J are GETTING MY DUCKS IN A ROW for $6K and the win.

SOLE DUD: P (T & J)

FINAL SCORES
T & J: $2K/Men: $17,050/S & J: $22,900 cash & NYC 

GT: $41,950
BANKRUPT TRASH (not counting WC): $3,250

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$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the W for Sonya and her team.

Category: PHRASE
Limited RSTLNE help...

_ _ / _ _ R
_ / _ _ _


Unfortunately, they're CDMA conservative (and I sticked a fork in them)...

_ _ / _ _ R
A / _ _ _


...and they won't GO FOR A JOG w/ the $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: TS1803863

MY EP. RATING: 6

Thursday, November 13, 2014

WOF Recap: November 13, 2014

EPISODE #6089: BEST FRIENDS WEEK (HAWAII) 

$1K Tossup: CHARACTERS


_ _ _ R _ _ _
_ _ _ / _ U T C H

Claire & Kelly solve "STARSKY AND HUTCH". Time to meet this six-pack of contestants in order...

Claire Bediamol & Kelly Lau: Claire's a MS counselor at Kalama Intermediate School while Kelly's a surf shop buyer
Janis Walker & Bernie Canda: the former is a married A.F. retiree
Bryant Wilson & John Choi: Bryant (orig. from Hebron, KY) is a 26-yr. military vet while John (born in Korea & raised in Southern CA) practices law

$2K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

T R A _ _ / _ _ D
_ I _ _ _

Claire & Kelly triple up w/ TRACK AND FIELD.

Round 1: PHRASE

First up are a TD T, six E's, but then the MDW's right side. Second, J & B call up a $1,300 pair of S's, two A's, but then M for mistake. Third, the men insert three $900 R's, buy two O's and a U to clean out the vowel shop, but then get cleaned out themselves to the tune of $2,200 by the BANKRUPT near $650. After C & K waste another turn w/ that same BANKRUPT, J & B say two TD L's, three D's and a V ($500 a pop for those last four letters) before they look at...  

A L L / D R E S S E D
U _ / A _ D
E V E R _ _ _ E R E
T O / _ O

...they're ALL DRESSED UP AND EVERYWHERE TO GO, so they bank their first $8,050.

SOLE DUD: M (J & B)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (C & K 2x, men)

C & K: $3K/J & B: $8,050/Guys: $0

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Mystery Round: QUOTATION

J & B are off and running w/ a $500 T, six E's, five W's for another $3,250, and two A's, followed by an S for the Walmart gift tag, an $800 N, two R's for another $1,400, but then a buzz-out while on the Walmart wedge. The men secondly hit the other normal BANKRUPT. C & K thirdly locate a $700 D but then buy a bad vowel in I. J & B next dud out w/ M while on the MW near LaT. After the boys hit that same normal BANKRUPT, C & K plug in a $10,500 trio of F's but then buy the other dud vowel of this board (U). J & B's third turn ends quickly w/ the BANKRUPT near $650 to let $6,950 cash & GT go up in smoke. The men's third turn also goes by the board w/ the consonant that J & B were going to call before they got buzzed out -- the L. C & K then light up two B's for $1,800, two H's for another $1,600, two O's, and the same quantity of P's for yet another $1,800...

W E / F E W
W E / H A P P _ / F E W
W E / B A N D / O F
B R O T H E R S

...they exactly recite "WE FEW, WE HAPPY FEW, WE BAND OF BROTHERS" from Shakespeare's St. Crispen's Day Speech for a $15,650 payoff.

DUDS: I (C & K), M (J & B), U (C & K), L (boys)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (men 2x, C & K; both teams now have three to their credit)
SOLE DQ: J & B's buzz-out

C & K: $18,650/J & B: $8,050/Guys: BAD LUCK

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PP/Express Round: WAYD?

The men continue their quest to get on the board w/ two T's for $1,800, two E's, an O, but then the LaT. C & K secondly dud out w/ P. Third for J & B are three N's for $2,100, two I's, a $500 G, two S's for $1,600, and an A, but the LaT also bites them. After the men get the whistle blow for repeating the P, C & K capture a TD H, a $550 D, the last vowel of U, a $500 M, and two Y's for $1,600 extra...

_ U _ Y I N G / M Y
T O E S / I N
T H E / S A N D

...they solve "BURYING MY TOES IN THE SAND" for $5,900 and a pair of trips to that Beacon Hotel in MIAMI worth $11,600.

SOLE DUD: P (C & K)
LaTs: 2 (the boys and J & B)
SOLE DQ: P repeat by the men
 
C & K: $36,150 cash & FL/J & B: $8,050/Guys: GOOSEEGG ALERT

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$3K Tossup: THINGS (also a Megaword)

C O _ S _ E L L _ T I _ N S

C & K spot these CONSTELLATIONS to sweep the Tossups.

Speed-Up Round: RHYME TIME

$1,700 per consonant again. After the men buy two E's for free...

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

...Bryant solves GIRLS WEARING PALS for his team's only $3,400 payoff, though Pat asked him to say the answer again following his odd last word pronunciation.

DUDS: T (J & B), C (men), H (J & B)

FINAL SCORES
C & K: $39,150 cash & FL/J & B: $8,050/Guys: $3,400

GT: $50,600
BANKRUPT TRASH: $11,400 cash & GT

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$100K Bonus Round
Claire takes out the N envelope of SPIN.

Category: PERSON
Two letters in the top to start...

_ _ S _ _ _ L
_ _ _


MGDA puts in...

_ A S _ _ _ L
_ _ D


...but they only get the first word of BASHFUL KID, so they don't win the minimum.

$5K SPIN ID: CC2338325

MY EP. RATING: 6

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WOF Recap: November 12, 2014

EPISODE #6088: BEST FRIENDS WEEK (HAWAII) 

$1K Tossup: PHRASE 


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


Kat & Brandie are PERFORMING A DUET by solving this puzzle. Time to meet Wed.'s friends...

Brandie Laurieano & Kat ?: Kat's an HR recruiter while Brandie's a military barber
Emma Lowrey & Le'a Gleason: Emma's a grad school student & coffee shop worker while Le'a's a journalist who owns a media co.
Paul Dahlquist & Jerry ?: Paul's a cultural anthropologist trying to get his PhD as a golf course marshal while Jerry's a retired Vietnam veteran, current DJ and golf pro

$2K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

_ _ _ Y F _ _
_ O _ P H _ N S

B & K spot some PLAYFUL DOLPHINS.

Round 1: PHRASE

They start w/ a $1,200 pair of S's but then LOSE A TURN just as quick. Second, E & L get a $1,300 pair of N's, a $600 G, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to forfeit $1,900. Third, the men call up an L for the WC, an I, a $500 P, a U singleton, two T's for $1,300, and five E's before we look at...

T _ E _ E ' S
N _ T _ I N G / U P
_ _ / S L E E _ E

...they pause after the third word but they get "THERE'S NOTHING UP MY SLEEVE" for the $2K house minimum.

SOLE LaT: B & K
SOLE BANKRUPT: E & L

E & L: $0/Men: $2K WC/B & K: $3K

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Mystery Round: CHARACTERS 

E & L are off and running w/ a $700 S and a T while on the MW near LaT. They risk the 7 Benjamins...but they've BANKRUPTED for the second time tonight. Second, the boys put up a $1K L, two E's, three FP N's, two D's for $1,800 and four A's, before an I buy stops them. Third, B & K waste a spin w/ the same normal BANKRUPT. Back to E & L who find three W's for $2,400, two Y's and a G at $500 a pop, three R's for $2,400 and a $700 H, but that same pesky BANKRUPT goes wild on them to the tune of $7K. Afterwards, the men light up a TD M but then waste a good WC usage by saying P. After B & K hit the MDW's left side, E & L spingle for the $900 F...

W A Y N E / A N D
G A R T H / F R _ M
W A Y N E ' S / W _ R L D

...and ID WAYNE AND GARTH FROM WAYNE'S WORLD.

DUDS (both by the men): I and P
BANKRUPTS: 4 (two each by the lady teams)

E & L: $2K/Men: $2K/B & K: $3K 

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PP/Express Round: ON THE MAP

Here go the men w/ two S's for $1,100, an E, two T's for a grand, two O's, and three C's via EXPRESS (the Same Letter Bonus does NOT apply here). Time to go ALL ABOARD...

Current Bank: $4,600
Next Letters: four A's, three pairs of N's, L's and R's, and the last consonant of F
 
C A L _ F O R N _ A ' S
C E N T R A L
C O A S T

They've won $11,350 and a pair of trips to the Madonna Inn Resort & Spa in CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL COAST worth $10,670 for a total of $22,020 in that round alone! Now that's more like it!

MAJOR PR!

E & L: $2K/Men: $24,020 cash & CA/B & K: $3K

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$3K Tossup: EVENT

F I N I S _ _ N G
_ / _ A R A _ _ _ N

B & K sweep the Tossups w/ FINISHING A MARATHON.

Speed-Up Round: WAYD?

It's a $1,700 Final Spin. After two D's pop up (one at the start)...

D R _ _ _ N G / _
_ _ R D / B _ R G _ _ N

...E & L are DRIVING A HARD BARGAIN for $8,500.

DUDS: S (Guys), T (B & K), L (B & K)

FINAL SCORES
E & L: $10,500/Men: $24,020 cash & CA/B & K: $6K

GT: $40,520
BANKRUPT TRASH: $9,600

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$100K Bonus Round
Paul spins up the E of AMERICA'S.

Category: FOOD & DRINK
I've got the second word already from this RSTLNE setup...

_ _ _ _ _
T _ _ _ _ N _


HGPA should do it even though the G is a waste...

P _ _ _ A
T _ P P _ N G


...I don't know what's their favorite PIZZA TOPPING, but I do know that they've won the damn minimum to leave w/ $56,020 cash & CA.

$5K SPIN ID: PT5766965

(Final Note: Orchid Isle Auto Center is providing a pair of Ford vehicles this week; I think it's either the Escapes as Bobby McBride thought or maybe the Fusions.) 

MY EP. RATING: 7