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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Making the cut tonight on "This Week in Unnecessary Censorship"...

...the SOLID AS A ROCK CLIMBER from last night.

WOF Recap: October 23, 2014

EPISODE #6074: GREAT OUTDOORS

$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

K _ Y _ _ _ N G
A _ _ _ _ _ _ R E

Virginia could win a KAYAKING ADVENTURE, but we have to introduce them first...

Virginia LaJoie: customer service rep and shot glass collector from Phoenix
Chebet Wise: hospice nurse and Lakers/Vikings fan from Pasadena
Jake Bryan: received his Master's in (Sea-Turtle) Biology from Pomona (orig. from Logansport, IN)


$2K  Tossup: SONG TITLE

_ O N ' _ / W O _ _ Y
_ E / _ _ _ _ _

Virginia's 2 for 2 w/ Bobby McFerrin's "DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY".

FEATURED TRIP: Durango, CO worth $6,016

Round 1: ON THE MAP

First up are a $600 R, two T's for $1,600, an E, and five A's, followed by a $600 C, two H's for $1,800, and twin L's for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900...

T H E
A _ _ A L A C H _ A _
T R A _ L

...she follows THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL leading her to another $5,100.

PR

Jake: $0/Virginia: $8,100 1/2 CAR/Chebet: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER 

Chebet starts her wheel-spinning journey w/ a $550 T, A and I singles, a $650 H, but then R for roadblock while on the CO trip. Second, Jake calls up two W's for the other 1/2 CAR, two S's for $1,200, three E's, an N for the Cabela's gift tag, and an O to clean out the vowels. But after a $900 C is the BANKRUPT near TD to clean him out of $4,100 cash & fishing gear plus his plate. Virginia then puts up an $1,800 L triplet...

_ E L L _
_ A N C E S
W I T H / W O L _ E S

...and she BELLY "DANCES WITH WOLVES" to add that amount to her score.

SOLE DUD: R (Chebet)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jake

Jake: ZIP/Virginia: $9,900 1/2 CAR/Chebet: ZIP

Tonight's Repeat Bonus Puzzle Flashback ('98): BEEF IT UP (she lost after choosing KPDI)

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Jake leads off w/ quad S's for $2,800, three E's, but then the sole dud vowel of A. Second for Virginia are an $800 R, three O's, but then the other natural BANKRUPT to rid her of $550 and her plate. Third, Chebet spots a $500 C, buys the other two vowels, and lights up a $7K pair of L's...

I / C O U L _
S E R I O U S L _ / _ E _
U S E _ / _ O / _ _ I S

...she says "I COULD SERIOUSLY GET USED TO THIS" to finally strike pay dirt and add a hotwire trip to the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows in HAWAII 

SOLE DUD: A (Jake)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Virginia

Jake: DONUT/Virginia: $9,900/Chebet: $14,204 cash & HI

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$3K Tossup: THING

_ _ _ P _ S S
N _ _ D L _

Chebet takes too much time, but she blows the second word anyway w/ NOODLE.

C _ _ P _ S S
N E _ D L _

Jake picks up a COMPASS NEEDLE to also get on the board.

Round 4: OCCUPATIONS

His starters are a $800 N (there was a re-shoot of the first spin in this round), two D's for $1,300, and three A's, then come four S's for $2,200, a $550 T, but then the bells for S-U Mode...

T A _ _ _ _ S / A N D
D _ _ S S _ A _ _ _ S

...and the remaining consonants are worth $1,900 apiece. He calls the L on his next turn...

T A _ L _ R S / A N D
D R _ S S _ A _ _ R S

...but he BLANKS OUT, so he may have squandered $12,150 and his ticket to Bonusland. Virginia then puts up the M...

T A _ L _ R S / A N D
D R _ S S M A _ _ R S

...she solves TAILORS AND DRESSMAKERS for the FS amount.

SOLE DUD (after FS): C (Virginia)
SOLE DQ OF GAME: N repeat by Chebet

FINAL SCORES
Jake: $3K/Virginia: $11,800/Chebet: $14,204 cash & HI

GT: $29,004
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plates): $4,650 cash & fishing gear

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$100K Bonus Round
Chebet takes the BW to the R.

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

_ R _ _ T _
S _ _ R T


CYGI is of limited help...

G R _ _ T _
S _ _ R T


...and she has no GROWTH SPURT for the $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: MM0568266

We end w/ footage of the final results in the second Millionaire Maker Sweepstage; Jennifer M. was the second $1M winner. 

MY EP. RATING: 6

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WOF Recap: October 22, 2014

EPISODE #6073: GREAT OUTDOORS

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ O N ' _ / T I P
_ H E / _ _ _ O _

Jeremy warns us "DON'T TIP THE CANOE". The midweek panel...

Jeremy Beebee: A.F. Tech Sgt. stationed at Scott AFB in O'Fallon, IL (he's been deployed three times)
Brittany Singleton-Faz: teacher who got her Master's in Edicational Technology at National Univ. and a die-hard Disney fan from San Bernardino

Anes Partridge: disability specialist who enjoys traveling to Kauai from Vallejo, CA

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

S _ R _ _ C H I N G
_ H E / T R _ _ H

Jeremy totally blows it this time w/ SPRUCING THE TREES.

S T R _ _ C H I N G
_ H E / T R _ _ H

Brittany's STRETCHING THE TRUTH.

FEATURED HOTWIRE TRIP: Earth River Expedition in Patagonia, Chile worth $9,400

Round 1: FUN & GAMES

She kicks off w/ two R's for $1,600, two E's, a T for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 and two A's, followed by an $800 H, three I's, a C for the WC, the other two vowels, and three S's for $1,650. We now have...

S I _ _ I _ _
S O _ _ S / A R O U _ _
T H E / C A _ _ _ I R E

She's SINGING SONGS AROUND THE CAMPFIRE for $3,800 when she could've gone for the N's.

PR

Jeremy: $1K/Brittany: $5,800 WC 1/2 CAR/Anes: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

First, Anes says an automatic dud of T. Second, Jeremy exposes two R's for a grand, buys two O's and A's, but LaTs out. Third, Brittany puts up a $1,400 pair of S's, buys an E and two I's to clean out the vowels, but says N for no. Anes' second try sees her lighting up an $1,800 pair of L's and BANKRUPTING on the MDW's left side. Jeremy next takes an $1,800 pair of C's, but LaTs out again. Brittany then inserts the D via the MW near $800 and takes the gamble...$$$...

S O L I D / A S / A
R O C _
C L I _ _ E R

...and she's SOLID AS A ROCK CLIMBER to the tune of $10,900.

DUDS: T (Anes), N (Brittany)
LaTs: 2 (Jeremy)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Anes

Jeremy: $1K/Brittany: $16,700 WC 1/2 CAR/Anes: ZILCH

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PP/Express Round: THINGS 

Jeremy's first spin here is a waste because of the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Brittany gets into trouble w/ the other one, so she must hand over her cardboard pieces. Third for Anes are two S's for the same 1/2 CAR, two A's and an I, a $900 and two O's, but next is D for dud. Back to Jeremy who says a $900, the other two vowels, and a $1K L pairing, but he then gets the same BANKRUPT he got before to toss aside $1,400. Brittany then puts up a pair of TD C's, but she hits the other MDW BANKRUPT...

L O U N _ E / C _ A I R S
& / _ E A C _ / _ O _ E L S

...and Anes needs to pack some LOUNGE CHAIRS & BEACH TOWELS, because she's won her first $1,150 and a Funjet Vacation to the Riu Bambu in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

SOLE DUD: D (Anes)
BANKRUPTS: 4 (two each by her opponents)

Jeremy: $1K/Brittany: $16,700/Anes: $8,150 cash & D.R.

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$3K Tossup: EVENTS

B _ _ _ - T O - _ _ C K
W I N S

We've had BACK-TO-BACK wins before in the BR, and Jeremy solves this one to quadruple up. 

Speed-Up Round: SONG LYRICS

The consonants pay off at $1,800 per appearance. After somebody puts up the Y late in this round...

B _ B Y / _ _ / _ _ R _
B _ R N / T _ / R _ N

...Brittany solves Bruce Springsteen's "BABY WE WERE BORN TO RUN" for $10,800; Anes missed out on $5,400 despite calling the B's.

DUDS: F (Anes), L (Jeremy), C (Jeremy)

FINAL SCORES
Jeremy: $4K/Brittany: $27,500/Anes: $8,150 cash & D.R.

GT: $39,650
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding cardboard): $10,200

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$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the ** for Brittany.

Category: PHRASE
This fairly big one starts out as...

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


PCHO does her some good...

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


...but she has nothing, and a potential $32K payoff was way BEYOND THE HORIZON for her.

$5K SPIN ID: JM1831468

The hosts tell us about the online audition part of their website at the end.

MY EP. RATING: 6

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WOF Recap: October 21, 2014

EPISODE #6072: GREAT OUTDOORS

$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

S _ _ _ M I N _ / _ N
_ / _ A K _

SWIMMING IN A LAKE sounds too dangerous, IMO, but Jerry has the right answer. Two men competing tonight...

Jerry Armand: school psychologist and Britney Spears fan dating Kevin for 5.5 yrs. from Ft. Lauderdale
Rod Belsky: bank data-processing co. worker who recorded a 45 rpm at 17 and was a church choir director, as well as being in classic rock bands for 35+ yrs. from Somerville, SC (orig. from Harmony Township, PA
Sashanna Taylor: Univ. of FL Health Education student and American Red Cross volunteer from Lauderhill, FL

$2K Tossup: THING

T _ _ _ E L
H _ _ _ / D R _ E R

Rod blows it w/ TOWEL HAND DRYER.

T _ A _ E L
H _ _ _ / D R Y E R

Sashanna doesn't do any better w/ TRAVEL HAND DRYER.

T _ A V E L
H _ I R / D R Y E R

Jerry triples up w/ TRAVEL HAIR DRYER.

FEATURED TRIP: the $6K caravan.com tour of the Grand Canyon and Great American West 
Tues/Thurs. Gift Tag: Cabela's fishing gear

Round 1: PHRASE

Four T's for $3,600 get this guy started, followed by four E's, a $600 H, an R for the Cabela's gift tag, two W's for that MDW and five O's. The board...

W E ' R E / _ O T
O _ T / O _ / T H E
W O O _ _ / _ E T

WE'RE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET, but he banks another $5,200 cash & GT.

PR!

Jerry: $8,200 cash & GT MDW/Everybody else: $0 each

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

T for terrible is how Rod starts this round. Sashanna secondly calls up two N's for $1,200, two E's, four S's to add $3,200 and three A's, but next is R for roadblock. Third, Jerry picks off the SL of five D's at $700 a pop for $4,500, the leftover vowels of four I's and two O's, and a $1,100 pair of L's, then he sees... 

D A _ _ O D I L S
D A I S I E S / &
D A N D E L I O N S

...he grabs some DAFFODILS, DAISIES & DANDELIONS for another $5,100.

DUDS: T (Rod), R (Sashanna)

Jerry: $13,300 cash & GT MDW/Everybody else: $0 each

Repeat Bonus Puzzle Flashback of the Night (1996): PAGER (the man failed to solve after calling BPDO)

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PP/Express Round: PLACE

Hoping for a big round, Sahanna starts this answer w/ a $500 S, two T's for another $1,400, four E's, a $900 H, and an A, followed by three R's for $2,700, two N's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, an I, a $700 K, the last vowel of two O's, and a $700 L. She then calls up two F's while on EXPRESS and HOPS ABOARD...

Sashanna's Bank So Far: $8,900 and plate 
Next Choices: P...C...BIG CRASH w/ D (that costs her $10,900 and the plate)

Jerry then puts up a $700 G and a $550 B...

T H E / P E R F E C T
B A _ / F O R
S N O R K E L I N G

...he's won another $1,250 and a $6,950 hotwire trip to THE PERFECT BAY FOR SNORKELING, the Napili Kai Beach Resort in MAUI.

SOLE DUD/BANKRUPT: D (Sashanna)

Jerry: $21,500 cash & prizes MDW/Everybody else: NOTHING a head

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$3K Tossup: CHARACTERS

 T _ _ / M _ _ P _ _ S

Jerry's still perfect thanks to THE MUPPETS.

Speed-Up Round: EVENT

$1,700's the Final Spin again, so that's good news for Jerry! After a P gets exposed...

G _ T T _ N G / _ / _ _ G
P _ _ _ _ T _ _ N

...Jerry will be GETTING A BIG PROMOTION despite not completing the maingame sweep; it's Sashanna who solves this puzzle.

DUDS: S (Sashanna), D (Rod)

FINAL SCORES
Sashanna: $1,700/Jerry: $24,500 cash & prizes MDW/Rod: $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $27,200
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $10,900 (all by Sashanna)

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #4 (already!)
After we spot his friend John holding the MDW, Jerry takes it to the second A of AMERICA'S.

Category: THING
Here's 1/4 of this answer...

_ _ _ _
_ E _ R


He CDMOs out of the game, so his mind isn't in HIGH GEAR...

























































...and he loses the $45K. 

$1M HOT SPOT: W (the same place where Michelle won the super big one)
$5K SPIN ID: WS0006694

MY EP. RATING: 7

Note on 1/2 CAR this week

Now that we know the price of the '15 Fiesta, I can now tell you that Adrianne Blasquez on the Thurs. episode of "Banquet Meal of Fortune" missed out on $24,830 in cash & prizes including that car during the PP/Express Round.

Monday, October 20, 2014

WOF Recap: October 20, 2014

EPISODE #6071: GREAT OUTDOORS

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

G _ / _ U _ S I D E
A N _ / P _ A Y

Eric rightly replies "GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY". Leading the week off are these people... 

Eric Comacho: support analyst for a web translation co. from Margate, FL
Carla Ramirez: Santiango ES special ed aide from Santa Ana

Jennifer Petersen: Truman St. Univ. accounting student and a member of Delta Sigma Pi and Alpha Sigma Gamma from Wildwood, MO

$2K Tossup: LIVING THING

H O R S _ S _ _ E
_ R _ B

Jennifer spots a HORSESHOE CRAB for control. 

FEATURED TRIP: Chongwe River Camp in Zambia worth $9K
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: DICK'S Sporting Goods
1/2 CAR: 2015 Ford Fiesta S

Round 1: WAYD? (ATV wipe)

She wastes a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Eric says S for sorry. Third, Carla calls up a G for the WC, three N's for the 1/2 CAR next to the pink $900 and three obvious I's, followed by an R for the other 1/2 CAR, three E's, three $700 T's, H and F singles at $800 a pop, a FP U and two TD L's, then she goes for the big solve...

F I L L I N G / _ _
_ _ N T E E N / _ I T H
_ _ T E R

...we finally have our first car win of the season -- she says "FILLING MY CANTEEN WITH WATER" for $10,700 and the $14,690 Fiesta!

SOLE DUD: S (Eric)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jennifer

Eric: $1K/Carla: $25,390 cash & Fiesta WC/Jennifer: $2K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Eric kicks off w/ a $900 T and an $800 S, then he buys an A, three E's and three I's before hitting the MDW's left side to lose the $950 remainder. Second, Carla picks up the South Africa w/ two E's, but duds out w/ D while on the MW near $800. Third, Jennifer spots a G and flips the other MW...but that's the wrong one. Returning to Eric who puts up a $1,400 H pair, two F's for $1,300 and a TD L...

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

...he solves A SIGH OF RELIEF PITCHER for $6,200.

SOLE DUD: D (Carla)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (everybody else)

Eric: $7,200/Carla: $25,390 cash & Fiesta WC/Jennifer: $2K 

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PP/Express Round: FOOD & DRINK

Our car winner is off and running w/ R and S singles at $500 each, three E's, a T for the DICK'S gift tag, two L's for $1,600, and twin I's. But after four $900 N's is the BANKRUPT near $650 to wipe out $7,200 cash & GT along w/ her WC. Jennifer secondly catches two C's via EXPRESS and WISELY GOES ABOARD...

Next Choices: two H's, M, two G's, two D's and the last consonant of P

C H _ M P _ G N E
& / C _ N D L E L I G H T
D I N N E R S

...she's banked another $10K and a hotwire trip to the Pelican Eyes Resort in NICARAGUA worth $7,700!

SOLE BANKRUPT: Carla

Eric: $7,200/Carla: $25,390 cash & Fiesta/Jennifer: $19,700 cash & Nicaragua 

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$3K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

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

This is what every "Wipeout" or "American Ninja Warrior" competitor runs, and Eric gets OBSTACLE COURSE to break five figures.

Speed-Up Round: THING

$1,700 per consonant this evening. After a D (first letter of the bottom word) shows up...

P _ C _ _ T
D _ C T _ _ N _ R _

...Jennifer has a POCKET DICTIONARY for $3,400.

DUDS: H (Jennifer), S (Eric), L (Carla)

FINAL SCORES
Eric: $10,200/Carla: $25,390 cash & Fiesta/Jennifer: $23,100 cash & Nicaragua 

GT: $58,690 (new S-H!)
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $8,150

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$100K Bonus Round
Can Carla win a second car in a 2015 Chevrolet Volt? Her envelope's the first A of AMERICA'S.

Category: PHRASE
Decent help on the bottom to start...

_ _ _ _ / _ _
T _ E / _ _ _ N E 


PCHO is a PERFECT combination...

P _ C _ / _ P
T H E / P H O N E 


...she will PICK UP THE PHONE and tell her friends that she's won...
















































...the damn minimum for a final total of $57,390 cash & car.

$5K SPIN ID: RL5552336

MY EP. RATING: 8

Friday, October 17, 2014

Week 5 Stats

$32K, will you please stop annoying us! And we seriously need a car win!!!

Total this Week: $256,955
Total for the Season: 2,252,522
BR Win Record: 13-12 (.52)
Total Car Wins: do I need to say this again?
-1/2 Car:
-BR Car:  
Prize Wedge Wins: 11
Gift Tag Wins: 8
Mystery Wedge Wins: 1
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 9-2
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 3-6
$10K MW was next to LaT: 6
$10K MW was next to $800: 5
Express was Played-Passed: 1-0
-Successes: 0
-Crashes: 1
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 3 (2 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 5
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 16/14/0
5-Round Games: 2
6-Round Games: 0
$6K FINAL SPINS: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 6
Red Winners: 8
Yellow Winners: 13
Blue Winners: 4
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $47,150* / 1 WC / 1 ½ CAR / 1
MDW  
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $236,480* / 7 WC / 16 ½ CAR tags / 3 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,600* (Sept. 16), $15K (Oct. 1), $14,380* (Sept. 18)      
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: $45,640 (Oct. 6), $45,300 (Oct. 8), $42,590 (Sept. 17)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 3

$32K: 10/19
$35K: 0/0
$40K: 1/1
$45K: 1/2
$50K: 0/0
$100K (or $1M): 1/1 
CAR: 0/2

* includes prizes

WOF Recap: October 17, 2014

EPISODE #6070: WHEEL WAS HERE  

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ E / _ R E _ _ H
_ _ A R _ _ _

Anisa locates THE FRENCH QUARTER in New Orleans. Both women on this panel have the same job...

Anisa Hunter: Air Force member like her hubby of 25 yrs. from Northport, AL (recently moved from HI and was born in Lindsay, OK)
Kenny Hunt: 9th grade English teacher and sports coach from Chicago

Sara Valdez: A.F. vet for 6 yrs. and sales/marketing worker from Seattle (orig. from CHI)

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

S _ I N N _ _ G
_ N D / W _ _ _ I _ G

Anisa will be SPINNING AND (hopefully) WINNING big in this game.

FEATURED TRIP: Hilton Orlando w/ $1K credit to any Orlando attraction from undercovertourist.com worth $7,887 (BTW, I'm going to Orlando this Christmas!)

Round 1: PHRASE

She's off and running w/ three T's for $1,800, an E, an L for that FL trip, a W for the eBags gift tag, and four O's, but next is L for loss of turn. Second, Kenny BANKRUPTS next to TD. Third, Sara calls up a $900 P but his the MDW's right side. Anisa then lights up a $650 G and three R's for another $2,400, then we have...

P _ T / _ O _ R / B E S T
_ O O T / _ O R W _ R _

...she says "PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD" for a total of $14,237 cash & prizes.

SOLE DUD: L (Anisa)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (opposition)

Anisa: $17,237 cash & prizes/Others: $0 each

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Mystery Round: QUOTATION

A $2,100 trio of N's gets Kenny started, but that's taken right back by the other normal BANKRUPT. Second, Sara FPs two D's, buys two A's, lights up a $900 T and a $500 R, and buys twin O's and I's, but the same BANKRUPT gets her to the tune of $1,650. Third, Anisa picks up the WC and 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 w/ S and M respectively, buys quad E's to clean out the vowels, and inserts three G's for $1,950. We now have...

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

...she exactly recites "I DO NOT LIKE GREEN EGGS AND HAM" for $2,700.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (opponents)
 
Anisa: $19,937 cash & prizes WC/Others: $0 each

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PP/Express Round: THING 

Sara starts her possible comeback w/ three T's for $1,500, two E's, a $650 N, an A, and three I's, followed by a P for the other 1/2 CAR, the other two vowels, three R's for $2,400, a $2,700 S trio, a $650 Q and a $600 W to complete the board...

P R I S T I N E
T U R Q U O I S E
W A T E R S

...she wins her first $7,750 and a hotwire trip to the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $6,950.

PR!

Sara: $14,700 cash & D.R./Anisa: $19,937 cash & prizes WC/Kenny: BAD LUCK

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$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ H _ _ R Y
_ O _ A T _ _ S

Kenny gets some CHERRY TOMATOES to finally score.

Round 4: EVENT

First for this guy are a $1,200 T pairing, two E's and A's, a $500 N, but then S for sorry and we move into S-U Mode...

_ _ _ T _ _ A _
_ E _ E _ _ A T _ _ N

...w/ a $1,500 Final Spin. Two R's are later put up...

_ _ R T H _ A _
_ E L E _ R A T _ _ N

...and Anisa's won another $4,500 towards her next BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

DUDS (only the first was called before S-U): S (Kenny), V (Sara), M (Sara)

FINAL SCORES  
Sara: $14,700 cash & D.R./Anisa: $24,437 cash & prizes WC/Kenny: $3K

GT: $42,137
BANKRUPT TRASH: $4,650

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$100K Bonus Round
Anisa spins up that C.

Category: THING
RSTLNE, Vanna...

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


CHMA and W (she mistakenly called the M on her WC choice like last night's champ) give her...

E M _ T _
C _ _ _ _ E / _ A R


...but she BLOWS IT w/ EMPTY COLLEGE CAR, so the $32K will stay inside the producers' EMPTY COOKIE JAR.

$5K SPIN ID: DS0032757

MY EP. RATING: 7

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WOF Recap: October 16, 2014

EPISODE #6069: WHEEL WAS HERE  

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

S _ _ / _ _ E _ O
_ A _ _ F _ _ _ _ A

They were last here in S24, and Julie knows that's SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA. Thursday's trio...

Julie Mathias: music teacher at Sullivan's Island ES and steel drum band member from Charleston, SC
Margery Lucas: doctor's office front desk worker, freelance DJ and Dystopian Thriller book fan from Henderson, NC
Daniel Garfinkel: hotel reservation supervisor who never wears matching socks from Denver


$2K Tossup: PROPER NAME

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

Margery IDs SCARLETT JOHANSSON.

FEATURED TRIP: Marriott Marquis Hotel in S.F. worth $6K

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

Her letter-calling spree begins w/ an $1,100 pair of T's, four E's, two H's for $1,800 more, but then A for awful. Second, Daniel calls up N and R while on TD, but the latter isn't there. Third, Julie puts up two FP O's, two M's for $1,200, an $800 Y, a $600 S, and a TD W, but she then buys the other bad vowel of this puzzle (I). After her opponents quickly dud out w/ B and D, respectively, she buys the last vowel of U and loses her turn w/ the L. Margery then picks up the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 w/ three P's...

P U P P E T
S H O W
M E / T H E / M O N E Y

...and says "PUPPET SHOW ME THE MONEY" for $3,900

DUDS: A (Margery), R (Daniel), I (Julie), B (Margery), D (Daniel), L (Julie)

Margery: $5,900 1/2 CAR/Daniel: $0/Julie: $1K

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Mystery Round: QUOTATION

Daniel instantly cashes in $14K w/ four T's, buys three E's, but then BANKRUPTS near the big one to lose the $13,750 remainder; ouch. Second for Julie are five H's at $650 a pop, five A's, two $700 N's, an L for the S.F. trip, and an O, then come two $550 D's, three S's for the WC, and two U's...

T H E / _ A _ E
T H A T / L A U N _ H E D
A / T H O U S A N D
S H _ _ S

...she exactly recites "THE FACE THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND SHIPS" (by Helen of Troy) for $13K cash & trip

SOLE BANKRUPT: Daniel

Margery: $5,900 1/2 CAR/Daniel: ZERO/Julie: $14K cash & trip WC 

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PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Current leader Julie gets started w/ two FP I's, three N's for $1,800, but then the LaT. Second, Margery takes two obvious TD G's, two E's, double T's for another $1,100, a $500 H and three O's, but next is S for sorry. Third, Daniel tacks on a $700 L, the last vowel of three A's, an M and two D's at $600 each, but nothing more w/ P while on the same 1/2 CAR. After Julie wastes another turn by repeating the T, Margery gets into trouble w/ the MDW's left side to surrender $8,100 and her plate. Daniel next BANKRUPTS near $650 to toss aside $2,250. Julie then spins once for an $800 B...

_ A _ I N G
G O O D B _ E / T O
T H E / M A I N L A N D

...she doesn't remember the S was a dud, as she blows the solve w/ SAYING GOODBYE TO THE MAINLAND. Margery doesn't do any better w/ the C. Daniel BANKRUPTS next to $650 for the second straight time (and it's his third one of the game). Julie then fills in the Y for the Omaha Steaks gift tag, but then squanders her turn w/ the R. Margery then SPINGLES for the $500 W...

W A _ I N G
G O O D B Y E / T O
T H E / M A I N L A N D

...she'll be WAVING GOODBYE TO THE MAINLAND, because she's won that amount and a hotwire trip to the Outrigger Waikiki in HAWAII worth $7,798.

DUDS: S (Margery), P (Daniel), C (Margery), R (Julie)
SOLE LaT: Julie
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Daniel 2x, Margery)
DQs (both by Julie): T repeat and blown solve

Margery: $14,198 cash & HI /Daniel: NO LUCK/Julie: $14K cash & S.F. WC

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$3K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ A _ _ R A
_ _ _ _ A T O R

Margery gets CAMERA OPERATOR to go to $17,198.

Speed-Up Round: PHRASE

The consonant value determined by Pat is $1,700. After somebody requests a D...

T H _ / _ _ _ S / T _
T H _ / _ _ N _ D _ M

...Julie has THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM of Bonusland, because she's won the game w/ another $6,800.

DUDS: S (Margery), R (Margery), L (Daniel), P (Margery)

FINAL SCORES
Margery: $17,198 cash & HI /Daniel: $1K GOOSEEGG/Julie: $20,800 cash & S.F. WC

GT: $38,998
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $24,100

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$100K Bonus Round
Julie takes out the envelope from the second A of AMERICA'S.

Category: PHRASE
For starters...

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


DMBA and C will NOT do much...

_ N / _ _ _
_ E A _ E N


...and she won't be IN HOG HEAVEN w/ another $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: LM3622688

MY EP. RATING: 5

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WOF Recap: October 15, 2014

EPISODE #6068: WHEEL WAS HERE  

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ H _ / _ _ _ _ Y
_ I _ _

Laura knows that Chicago is nicknamed "THE WINDY CITY". Bios on her and everybody else... 

Laura Vazquez: property manager, comic collector & belly dancer for fun from Long Beach
Marvin Keene: Coastal Carolina Univ. Finance professor and mobile shaved ice business owner from Myrtle Beach
Vickie Bonifield: loan co. manager from Cloverdale, IN

$2K Tossup: CHARACTERS

_ _ A _ S F O _ M E _ S

Laura IDs the TRANSFORMERS to triple up.

FEATURED TRIP: Boston Harbor Hotel worth $9,640

Round 1: SONG LYRICS

A $550 N gets her started, but the S stops her just as quick. Second, Marvin calls up two T's for $1,300, buys five E's, and FPs a dud vowel of I, then he says two H's for $1,300, a $900 Y, but then B for bad. Third, Vickie takes a TD C, only to lose that money right back to the BANKRUPT near $650. Laura's second turn ends quickly w/ the other BANKRUPT, so there goes the $550. Marvin buys another dummy vowel of O whereas Vickie craps out w/ K, so we're quickly back to Laura...but she LaTs out. Marvin next buys the two A's to clean out the vowels, but he then gets the same BANKRUPT as Vickie to forfeit $2,750. The middle lady then puts up two L's and an M at $900 a pop, but she has a run-in w/ the BANKRUPT near TD to toss aside $2,700. On Laura's fourth turn, she makes a $600 D appear, but LaTs out again. After Marvin spins up that BANKRUPT near $650 again, Vickie collects the WC w/ two R's...

T H E Y / C A L L / M E
T H E / _ A N D E R E R

...and mercifully solves "THEY CALL ME THE WANDERER" by Dion from '61 -- WORST ROUND OF THE SEASON, PERIOD.

DUDS: I (Marvin), S (Laura), O (Marvin), K (Vickie)
LaTs: 2 (Laura)
BANKRUPTS: 5 (two each by Marvin and Vickie)

Marvin: $0/Vickie: $1K WC/Laura: $3K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Hoping for much better luck, Marvin starts this one w/ three R's for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900, four A's and an I, but then N for no. Second, Vickie inserts five T's at $550 apiece, the other two vowels that isn't U, three H's for another $1,950, a C for the eBags gift tag, and two FP K's. We now have...

A R T I C H O K E
H E A R T -
T O - H E A R T
T A _ K

...she solves ARTICHOKE HEART-TO-HEART TALK for $6,700 cash & bags.

SOLE DUD: N (Marvin)

Marvin: NO LUCK/Vickie: $7,700 cash & GT WC/Laura: $3K 

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PP/Express Round: WAYD?

First, Vickie spins her way to an $1,100 pair of N's and a G for the same 1/2 CAR, then she buys two I's and three O's, and picks up that MDW w/ two T's. After she buys the twin E's and an A to finish off the vowels, here come a $500 M and Y, but then the LaT to likely cost her $1,600, her plate, and her $1M hopes. Laura next picks off four L's for $2,400, two C's to add $1,800, a $1K pair of D's, and a TD S, then we show her...

A D D I N G / T O
M Y / S _ E L L
C O L L E C T I O N

...she rightly replies "ADDING TO MY SHELL COLLECTION" for $8,700 and a hotwire trip to the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in ST. MAARTEN worth $6,340.

SOLE LaT: Vickie

Marvin: ROTTEN LUCK/Vickie: $7,700 cash & GT WC/Laura: $18,040 cash & trip  

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$3K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ C _ / T O / _ _ _
D _ _ W I _ _ / B _ _ R D

Vickie's BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD.

Speed-Up Round: FOOD & DRINK

Consonants pay off at $1,800 a pop. Early on, Laura puts up three S's and tries to call a T during the think time, but Pat thankfully stops her. We later get to this after triple B's show up...

B L _ _ _ B _ R R _ _ S
& / R _ S _ B _ R R _ _ S

...Vickie's wrong at first w/ BLUEBERRIES & RASPBERRIES, but she quickly changes to the right one of BLACKBERRIES & RASPBERRIES to add another $5,400.  

DUDS: N (Vickie), T (Vickie), M (Laura)

FINAL SCORES
Marvin: $1K GOOSEEGG/Vickie: $16,100 cash & GT/Laura: $18,040 cash & trip   

GT: $35,140
BANKRUPT TRASH: $8,500

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$100K Bonus Round
Laura takes that BW to the I of SPIN.

Category: PLACE
The last letters of each word are...

_ _ _ _ E
_ _ R


She's CDMA conservative...

_ _ _ C E
_ A R


...she talks her way into the right answer, and we hope she doesn't blow all of this much money on celebratory drinks at the JUICE BAR...


















































...$45K for a final total of $63,040 cash & trip!

$5K SPIN ID: BW3033469

MY EP. RATING: 6