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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WoF Recap: April 21, 2015

I had no idea about this, but today is announcer Jim Thornton's 50th birthday!

EPISODE #6202: AMERICA'S GAME

Our next stop is the "Wheel Around the WORLD" set.

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ A T I O N A L
_ O R _ S _

Courtney strikes first blood w/ NATIONAL FOREST. Once again, meeting them in order...

Courtney Gibbs: former BINGO player from Sacramento
Sarah Beatty: Ross School of Business student from Ann Arbor, MI
Jack Gilbride: works for an insurance co. that sells pension plans from Stockertown, PA

$2K Tossup: PERSON

A / G O O D
S P O _ _

Jack proves to be A GOOD SPORT.

FEATURED $6K SS: Beyond the Rack
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: gas cards (the conoco logo is used)

Round 1: MOVIE TITLE

That man kicks off w/ a $600 R, two M's to go to two grand, but then the BANKRUPT near TD. Second, Courtney calls out three T's for $2,400, buys three O's, but then LaTs out. Third, Sarah spots two H's for $1,200 and three S's to add $1,950...

M R . / S M _ T H
_ O _ S / T O
_ _ S H _ _ _ T O _

...then she IDs "MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON" for her first $3,150.

SOLE LaT: Courtney
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jack

Courtney: $1K/Sarah: $3,150/Jack: $2K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Courtney's first letters in this go-around are a $700 N, two A's, an $800 S, and two O's followed by an $800 R, five E's, and an F while on the MW near LaT. She gambles $1,550...and BANKRUPTs. Second, Sarah has a $700 M but then the other normal BANKRUPT. Third, Jack spins up the same BANKRUPT he got before. Courtney next picks three $800 T's, buys the I, but then gets her second LaT of the night. Sarah then picks off a $3K trio of L's...

L I T T L E
L E A _ _ E
_ A M E
O F / T _ R O N E S

...and solves "LITTLE LEAGUE GAME OF THRONES" to nearly double her winnings.

SOLE LaT: Courtney
BANKRUPTS: 3 (everybody)

Courtney: $1K/Sarah: $6,150/Jack: $2K 

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PP/Express Round: THINGS

Here goes Sarah w/ an $1,100 pair of S's, four E's, two $500 T's, two $900 L's, and three A's, then come two R's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, two $500 P's, two $600 N's...but the BANKRUPT near $650 shoots her down again to the tune of $6,600 and her plate. Jack then lights up a $2,700 M trio...

A M P L E / S _ N
A N _ / M _ L _
T E M P E R A T _ R E S

...he'll enjoy the AMPLE SUN AND MILD TEMPERATURES on his $6,700 trip to the Long Bay Beach Club on the island of Tortola in the VIRGIN ISLANDS.

HER SECOND BANKRUPT: Sarah

Courtney: $1K/Sarah: $6,150/Jack: $11,400 cash & Tortola  

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$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ _ F _ R _
C _ _ N _ C _ _ _ U T

Sarah locates HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT to close the gap to $2,250.

Round 4: PHRASE

Next on her letter list are a $500 T, five N's to x9 her total, two I's, two G's and an H at $900 apiece, and three O's to clean out the vowels. Following a $500 R...

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

...she solves MORNING NOON & NIGHT to take back the lead.

PR

Courtney: $1K/Sarah: $16,350/Jack: $11,400 cash & Tortola

Speed-Up Round: EVENT

Consonants each pay off at $1,600. After Jack requests the V to leave only vowels remaining...

P _ _ L / R _ V _ R _ ' S
R _ D _

...he recalls PAUL REVERE'S RIDE for $4,800, but he still loses by just $150. If only Pat spun up the $1,700... 

DUDS: T (Courtney), N (Jack), M (Sarah), H (Courtney)

FINAL SCORES
Courtney: $1K/Sarah: $16,350/Jack: $16,200 cash & Tortola

GT: $33,550
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $10,850

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$100K Bonus Round
Sarah takes the BW to the M of AMERICA'S.

Category: THING
This 16-letter answer starts like this...

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


HGMA gives her some more help...

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


...her bank account's getting a THOROUGH OVERHAUL to the tune of...

































...the damn minimum for a final total of $48,350. We still haven't given away something that isn't $32K since that $100K win on this particular set back in February.

$5K SPIN ID
: VK9570823

They don't have the cake for Jim, but they do show a picture of Pat and Harry's wives (Lesly and Judy). 

MY EP. RATING: 7

Monday, April 20, 2015

WoF Recap: April 20, 2015

EPISODE #6201: AMERICA'S GAME

This latest AG Week starts on the set of "Fun & Fit".

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ N N _ _ _ _ _ _ I A
_ _ _ _ U _

Mark solves PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. In order, meet...

Mark Schatz: architect & winery host from Novato, CA
Lauren Dohanish: accountant from Fairfield, NJ
Ariana Goulbourne: site director for Pro-Youth/H.E.A.R.T. who studied abroad in Rome from Visalia, CA


$2K Tossup: THING

C _ L C _ _ _ T _ D
R I _ K

Mark took a CALCULATED RISK to triple up.

FEATURED $9K TRIP: Chongwe River Camp courtesy of South African Airways

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

He starts us off w/ a $600 T, but then the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Lauren calls out a $700 S, buys three A's and E's, lights up two $700 H's and two $800 R's, but then buys a worthless Y. Third, Ariana FPs a single P and picks up the WC w/ a C...

S P A R E
C H A _ _ E
_ _ / H E A R T

...she has a SPARE CHANGE OF HEART for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: U (Lauren)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Mark

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Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

Lauren leads off w/ three $900 T's, five E's, two TD H's, and two A's, followed by an $1,800 pair of R's, two O's, but then an unfortunate dud of B while on TD to likely cost her $10,750. Ariana next picks up both 1/2 CARs (she got the one near the pink $900 first) w/ an L and two S's, respectively, then she buys two I's to clean out the vowels and we have...

A L _ A _ S
S O _ E T H I _ _
T H E R E / T O
R E _ I _ _ / _ E

...she nails the 1983 Naked Eyes song "ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME" for another $16,225 cash & Nissan Versa Note! And this is the fourth straight Mon. the 1/2 CAR's been won.

SOLE DUD: B (Lauren)

Mark: $3K/Lauren: ZERO/Ariana: $17,225 cash & Versa WC

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PP/Express Round: PLACES

Our big leader's letter selections here are a $500 T, three S's to x4 up, three O's and triple E's, but after a $700 F comes the LaT. Mark secondly strikes out w/ the R. Third for Lauren are an $1,100 pair of N's, a single A, a $900 C, and three E's, but after a $1,650 pair of L's is the other normal BANKRUPT to take away $3,150...

_ I L E S / O F
_ N S _ O I L E _
 C O A S T L I N E

...and Ariana capitalizes on another Lauren downfall for another $2,200 plus a trip to where she'll see MILES OF UNSPOILED COASTLINE...the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $6,429. 

SOLE DUD: R (Mark)
SOLE LaT: Ariana
SOLE BANKRUPT: Lauren

Mark: $3K/Lauren: ZILCH/Ariana: $25,854 cash & prizes WC

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$3K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

S _ _ V E R _ A R E
D _ A _ E R

Mark sweeps the Tossups w/ a SILVERWARE DRAWER.

Round 4: PHRASE

He and Lauren instantly dud out w/ S and T, respectively. Third in line, Ariana gets up there a $1K pair of N's, five A's and two I's, a $700 H, two $900 R's, but no more w/ a bad O buy. Mark then inserts a $1K pair of M's and FPs four E's to finish off the vowels...

A / M A R R I A _ E
M A _ E / I N / H E A _ E N

...he says he has A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN.

DUDS: S (Mark), T (Lauren), O (Ariana)

Mark: $7K/Lauren: BAD SHAPE/Ariana: $25,854 cash & prizes WC

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Speed-Up Round: PERSON

Consonants will pay off at $1,700 each time it appears. After an H appears at the start of the bottom word...

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

...Mark solves PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN for another $5,100.

FINAL SCORES
Mark: $12,100/Lauren: $1K GOOSEEGG/Ariana: $25,854 cash & prizes WC  

GT: $38,954
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,750

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$100K Bonus Round
Ariana's got the I of WIN.

Category: THING
I smell a compound word in Harry's arsenal...

_ _ T _ _ _ L _ T

HDCO and G adds nothing but two of the key vowel...

_ _ T O _ _ L O T

...her mind went AUTOPILOT in a bad way, so she loses $45K.
 
$5K SPIN ID: SC3977759


MY EP. RATING: 7

Friday, April 17, 2015

Week 31 Stats

When are we gonna have somebody win something that's NOT $32K???...

Total this Week: $243,639
Total for the Season: $9,424075
BR Win Record: 57-98 (.368)
Total Car Wins: 20
-1/2 Car: 17 (8 Ford Fiestas, 8 Nissa Versa Note Ss, 1 Chevy Spark)
-BR Car: 3 (Chevy Camaro, BMW x3, VW Beetle Conv.)
Prize Wedge Wins: 43
Gift Tag Wins: 45
Mystery Wedge Wins: 13
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 57-19
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 28-29
$10K MW was next to LaT: 29
$10K MW was next to $800: 43
Express was Played-Passed: 31-4
-Successes: 16
-Crashes: 15
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 9 (7 on $3,500, 1 on $900, 1 on $5,000)
-BR: 17
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 114/64/0
5-Round Games: 37
6-Round Games: 3
$6K FINAL SPINS: 8
Gooseegg Victims: 36
Red Winners: 50
Yellow Winners: 58
Blue Winners: 47
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $30,150* / 3
WC  / 3 ½ CAR/ 1 MDW 
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $1,030,887* / 47 WC / 49 ½ CAR / 13 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,625* (Jan. 8), $20,600* (Sept. 16), $18,175 (April 3)  
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $49,175* (Jan 8.), $29,625* (April 3), $27,980* (March 10)
Top 3 Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $130,565 (Feb. 23), $100,623 (Jan. 29)
Bottom 3 Winning Totals: $13,356 (Sept. 15), $12,400 (Feb. 16), $11,000 (Sept. 19)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $93,892 (Dec. 26), $83,743 (Jan. 29), $77,978 (Jan. 27)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)  
Season-Low Week: $171,789 (Disney Sand & Shore Wk.)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 2
$1M Bonus Rounds: 13

$32K: 44/113
$40K: 3/11
$45K: 5/14
$50K: 0/4
$100K (or $1M): 2/6 (three $100K losses, one $1M loss) 
CAR: 3/7

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: April 17, 2015

EPISODE #6200: WHEEL LOVES N.Y.

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

_ _ _ _ _ _
T _ E / S _ _ _ _ Y

Laura knows about RIDING THE SUBWAY. End-of-week players...

Laura Niebauer: English college teacher & part-time nonprofit worker from Chicago
Christine St. Onge: volunteer for two nonprofit wildlife-conservation organizations from Tucson, AZ
Eric White: real estate/apartment agent & former pole vaulter at UCLA from Santa Monica


$2K Tossup: TV QUOTE

D O N ' T / H _ _ E
_ / C _ W / M A N !

Laura says the Bart Simpson line "DON'T HAVE A COW, MAN!" to triple up.

Round 1: PROPER NAME

Her opening letter choices are a $600 T, three FP A's, a $1,300 R pair, and two E's, followed by a $2,700 N trio, two I's...

_ _ A R T E R _ A _ _
E _ I / _ A N N I N _

...and her $4,100 solve of QUARTERBACK ELI MANNING to take her to $7,100.

PR

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Christine insta-BANKRUPTs on the MDW's left part. Second, Eric picks up the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 w/ a T, then he buys E and A singles, but the latter is the sole dud vowel of this puzzle. Third, Laura finds a $2,400 R trio, buys two O's, but then says S for sorry while on the WC. After Christine's bad G call, Eric lights up a $500 N, and buys the rest of the vowels. After he picks up the NY trip w/ two F's...

F O R _ I _ _ E N
F R U I T
R O _ _ - U _

...he gets a FORBIDDEN FRUIT ROLL-UP for $7K cash & trip.

DUDS: A (Eric), S (Laura), G (Christine)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Christine

Christine: $0/Eric: $7K cash & trip 1/2 CAR/Laura: $7,100

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Here goes Eric w/ a T for the new york.BUZZ gift tag, two E's, a $500 H, three A's, and an I, then come a $2,100 trio of N's, an $800 M, a C for that WC, a $900 J, and two U's to clean out the vowels. Next on his radar are a TD D, and $900 R and S singles to complete the board....

U N D E R / T H E
J A M A I C A N / S U N

...he'll be relaxing said answer at the Sunset Beach Resort & Spa worth $7,350; he's also won another $11,600.

PR #2

Christine: NIL/Eric: $24,950 cash & trips WC/Laura: $7,100

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$3K Tossup: PERSON

A S _ _ R _ N G
W _ _ _ E R

Eric's now $50 shy of 28 grand w/ his solve of ASPIRING WRITER.

Round 4: RHYME TIME

He first misses out on a chance to use his WC while on TD w/ a baddie of T. Laura secondly also strikes out w/ R. Third for Christine are two S's and an N at $500 a pop, but then A for awful. Eric next plugs in a $700 L, buys two E's, and five O's, and lights up a TD Z and two Y's, the latter coming from his WC usage...

Y O _ / S N O O Z E
Y O _ / L O S E

...he says "YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE" for another $15,200!

DUDS: T (Eric), R (Laura), A (Christine)

Christine: NADA/Eric: $43,150 cash & trips/Laura: $7,100 

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Speed-Up Round: PLACE

$1,500 per consonant here. Two R's, a T and two S's in...

S _ _ R T S
_ R _ _ _

....Eric's won more money w/ a SPORTS ARENA.

FINAL SCORES
Christine: $1K GOOSEEGG/Eric: $46,150 cash & trips/Laura: $7,100 

GT: $54,250
ZERO BANKRUPT TRASH!

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$100K Bonus Round
The P's been landed on for the third and final time this week.

Category: PHRASE
Only a few letters in the bottom to start...

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


PHGO doesn't do much...

_ / _ H _ _ _ / O _
P E R _ _ _ E


...this is more of a THING to me, and he can only get the last two words of A WHIFF OF PERFUME; that costs him $40K.

$5K SPIN ID: LB0397267

The "A GROUP OF PILL-PUSHERS" is shown at the end.

MY EP. RATING: 7

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WoF Recap: April 16, 2015

EPISODE #6199: WHEEL LOVES N.Y.

$1K Tossup: PROPER NAME

D _ _ E K / _ _ T E R

Adam solves the now-retired Yankees shortstop DEREK JETER. We're meeting this guy in uniform first...

Adam Sitte: Navy JAG Corps lawyer stationed in Great Lakes from Chicago
Heather Lopez: physical therapist originally from Quincy, MI (and she should be living in Boise, ID by now)
Jill Shaw: attorney who does something called Wogging from Tucson, AZ


$2K Tossup: PHRASE

_ ' _ _ / _ O _
_ O U _ / B _ C K

Heather says "I'VE GOT YOUR BACK".

Round 1: FUN & GAMES

She first calls a T for that MDW, a $550 H, two E's, two $900 R's, and an A, but the sole dud vowel of I stops her. Second, Jill wastes a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near $650. Third, Adam calls up three S's for $2,100, buys the other good vowels (both in pairs), and picks up the NY trip w/ a C, but he then has a run-in w/ the other normal BANKRUPT to forfeit $8,100. Heather then plugs in the double Z's for $5K more...

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

...and solves THE SUNDAY CROSSWORD PUZZLE.

SOLE DUD: I (Heather)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (her opponents)

Jill: $0/Adam: $1K/Heather: $8,600 MDW

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Jill spins up the MW near $800 right away, puts up the N, and takes the obvious gamble...$$$! But after an $1,800 pair of the T's, the sole dud vowel of I lets somebody down for the second round in a row. Second, Adam retrieves the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 w/ two S's and buys all four of the remaining vowels for his grand, but he then BANKRUPTs near $650 to lose his plate. Over to Heather who captures a $500 P and three M's for the 1/2 CAR, but here comes the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to take away $2K, that plate, and her MDW. Jill doesn't take any chances...

_ _ A T / _ O E S / _ P
M U S T / _ O M E
_ O _ N
_ O M _ O _ T E _

...she solves "WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN COMFORTER" for $11,550.

SOLE DUD: I (Jill)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (everybody else again)

Jill: $11,550/Adam: $1K/Heather: $8,600

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PP/Express Round: THING

First for Adam are a TD S, all four of the available vowels in this puzzle, a T for that WC, and an L while on EXPRESS (though Pat states the rules before this player even called that consonant). He's GOING ON... 

Current Bank: $5K
Next Letters: N...P...3 R's...X and Y

He's won $12K and will visit these...

E X T R A O R D I N A R Y
P O O L S

...at The Springs Resort & Spa in COSTA RICA worth $6,800.

PR

Jill: $11,550/Adam: $19,800 cash & trip WC/Heather: $8,600

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$3K Tossup: WAYD?

D O U _ L _ - _ I _ P I N G

Adam's DOUBLE-DIPPING to be $200 shy of 23 grand.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

First from this guy's mouth are a $1,500 trio of T's, double E's, but the sole dud vowel of I fails this guy too. Second for Heather are a $600 R, three $900 S's, an A buy, but then the S-U signal...

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

...the four remaining consonants are worth $1,900 each. One C later...

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

...she gathers some ROASTED CHESTNUTS for $4,950.

SOLE DUD (before final bell): I (Adam)

FINAL SCORES
Jill: $11,550/Adam: $22,800 cash & trip WC/Heather: $13,550

GT: $47,900
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $10,100

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$100K Bonus Round
He's the second person this week to land on the P.

Category: PHRASE
RSTLNE reveals...

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


PHGO and D gives him a chance at this new layout...

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


...but he still doesn't FIGURE OUT HOW to decipher this answer by not getting the last letter, and he just let an easy $32K slip away.

$5K SPIN ID: JD0157431


EP. RATING: 5

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WoF Recap: April 15, 2015

EPISODE #6198: WHEEL LOVES N.Y.

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

G _ _ E N _ I _ H
_ _ _ L _ G E

Diana locates GREENWICH VILLAGE. In order, here are...

Diana Selwyn: Karen Wagner HS Spanish teacher and softball right fielder from San Antonio 
Sean Farrell: flight attendant for 23 yrs. from Costa Mesa, CA  
Kim Wagner: retail manager and wine collector who was prev. a entertainment host on a cruise ship from Portland, OR

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

P A Y _ N G
_ _ V I _ _ N D S

Sean' solves PAYING DIVIDENDS.

Round 1: WAYD?

He calls the obvious first (two G's for the WC, three I's, and four $800 N's), but then buys a bad vowel in O. Second, Kim FPs four A's, picks up a $5K pair of L's, and captures the 1/2 CAR near pink $900 w/ three T's. After she then buys three E's to clean out the vowels...

E A T I N G / A T
A N / A L L - N I G _ T
_ I N E _

...she's won her first $6,250 towards EATING AT AN ALL-NIGHT DINER.

SOLE DUD: O (Sean)

Diana: $1K/Sean: $2K WC/Kim: $6,250 1/2 CAR

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

The early leader's first pick of T is no good. Second, Diana FPs two E's, finds a TD R, but then buys A for awful. Third, Sean tacks on a $700 L, two O's, the SL bonus of three $550 C's, and a U to finish off the vowels. He follows w/ a $650 B, an $800 M, and three D's for the other 1/2 CAR before looking at...

C R O _ D E D
C O M E D _
C L U B

...I've visited a CROWDED COMEDY CLUB on my most recent cruise, and this guy's got it for another $5,800.

DUDS: T (Kim), A (Diana)

Diana: $1K/Sean: $7,800 WC 1/2 CAR/Kim: $6,250 1/2 CAR

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PP/Express Round: THINGS 

Diana gets that MDW right away w/ two R's, but then says S for sorry. Down Sean's path second are a TD T, four A's, a $900 L, two E's, three N's for the new york.BUZZ gift tag, a $600 D, and the remaining good vowels of I and two O's. Now, the board...

R O _ A N _ E / A N D
R E L A _ A T I O N

...but he decides to spin again...and he shouldn't have -- he's BANKRUPTed near $650 to give up $6,500 and his cardboard pieces. Afterwards, Kim will enjoy some ROMANCE AND RELAXATION on her trip to the Coconut Bay Resort & Spa in ST. LUCIA worth $7,545. 

SOLE DUD: S (Diana)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Sean

Diana: $1K/Sean: $7,800/Kim: $13,795 cash & St. Lucia

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$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME

P _ T _ I _ I A
_ _ Q _ _ _ _ E

She's one of the stars on the new hit drama "CSI: CYBER", and Kim knows that's PATRICIA ARQUETTE.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

She instantly strikes out like in the second round, this time w/ the N. Second for Diana are two FP E's, two TD R's, but the A lets her down again. Following Sean's $1,200 pair of S's, it's S-U time...

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

...w/ a $1,500 FS. He then puts up the G...

S _ _ R _ _ _ G _
_ R E _ _ E _ S

...and eats up some SOURDOUGH PRETZELS for $2,700.

DUDS (before FS): N (Kim), A (Diana)

FINAL SCORES
Diana: $1K/Sean: $10,500/Kim: $16,795 cash & St. Lucia 

GT: $28,295
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding Sean's extras): $6,500

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$100K Bonus Round
Kim spins her way to the R.

Category: THING
This is also the title of a song by Lady GaGa...

_ _ _ E R
_ _ _ E


GMDI is no good at all, and she's NOT even close w/ PAPER CAKE, PAPER PLATE and PAPER DATE. She doesn't have a good POKER FACE to win $32K; not very well played by her (and she's the featured blogger of the week).

$5K SPIN ID: EF0881898

EP. RATING: 6

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WoF Recap: April 14, 2015

Wheel Watchers (except any trolls reading this), you need to be patient -- the losing streak will eventually end.

EPISODE #6197: WHEEL LOVES N.Y.

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

T _ _ / _ R _ N _
_ _ _ / B _ _ O _ _ _ N

Mike locales THE BRONX AND BROOKLYN. Meeting him and everybody else now...

Mike Gallagher: college & HS sports radio broadcaster from Minneapolis
Denise Cotinola: Grover Beach ES after-school teacher and avid CrossFitter from Grover Beach, CA
Katie Dawson: has a 92-yr.-old mom that's a "WHEEL" Watcher from Tucson, AZ


$2K Tossup: WAYD?

_ _ _ _ H _ _ G
_ / C A _

Katie's  CATCHING A CAB.

Round 1: PHRASE

She starts the letter-calling spree w/ a $2,700 trio of S's and two TD D's to go to $7,700 already, then she buys five E's and picks up both 1/2 CARs w/ three H's and two R's, respectively (she landed on the one near the pink $900 first). But after her buys of three A's is a possibly fatal purchase in I. Over to Mike who puts in a $1,950 trio of D's, but then gets the whistle blow for repeating the H. After Denise BANKRUPTs next to TD...

H E A D / A _ D
S H _ _ _ E R S
A _ _ _ E / T H E
R E S T

...Katie proves she was HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE REST for a total of $24,425 in cash & Versa alone! And that's the first time we have three straight aired 1/2 CAR wins!

SOLE DUD: I (Katie)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Denise
SOLE DQ: Mike's H repeat

Denise: $0/Katie: $26,425 cash & Versa/Mike: $1K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

That man at the end gets the WC right away w/ an N, only to lose it and $500 right back to the BANKRUPT near TD. Second, Denise plugs in an $1,800 T pair, but then buys a bad vowel of E. Third, Katie FPs two A's, lights up an $1,800 pair of S's, and buys three O's to clean out the vowels, but she then gets cleaned out herself by the other normal BANKRUPT to lose the $1,550 remainder. Mike then inserts two F's and R's at $1,300 apiece... 

N O T / S O
F A S T -
F O R _ A R _

...he solves NOT SO FAST-FORWARD for the 26 Benjamins.

SOLE DUD: E (Denise)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Mike & Katie)

Denise: NADA/Katie: $26,425 cash & Versa/Mike: $3,600 

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PP/Express Round: PLACE

Denise instantly strikes out w/ N while on EXPRESS. Katie secondly rings up a $1,400 pair of R's, and a couple S's while on EXPRESS before GOING ON...

Current Bank: $3,400
Next Choices: 2 A's and E's...2 L's...C for crud (that costs her $4,900)

Moving on to Mike who puts in a $1,600 pair of T's to complete the last word, but he then squanders his turn w/ the H. Denise then SPINGLES for the $800 B...

A / B L _ S S _ _ L
R E T R E A T

...she's won A BLISSFUL RETREAT to the Outrigger Waikiki in OAHU.

NON-BANKRUPT DUDS: N (Denise), H (Mike)
SOLE BANKRUPT DUD: C (Katie)

Denise: $8,379 cash & trip/Katie: $26,425 cash & Versa/Mike: $3,600 

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$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME

J E _ R Y
S _ _ N _ _ _ D

Katie IDs JERRY SEINFELD.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES

Next on her letter menu are a $600 T, three E's, a $650 H, but then S for sorry. Second for Mike are a $500 R, three $600 L's, but then N for no. Following Denise's $900 F and LaT hit, Katie uncovers a $500 D...

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

...the opposition will FOLLOW THE LEADER, which of course is her as she makes another $1,500.

DUDS: S (Katie), N (Mike)
SOLE LaT OF GAME: Denise

Denise: $8,379 cash & HI/Katie: $30,925 cash & Versa/Mike: $3,600 

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Speed-Up Round: AROUND THE HOUSE

The consonants are worth $1,500 apiece. After the semi-obvious G pops up....

_ N _ T T _ N G
N _ _ _ _ _ _

...Katie gets KNITTING NEEDLES.

FINAL SCORES
Denise: $8,379 cash & HI/Katie: $32,425 cash & Versa/Mike: $3,600 

GT: $44,404
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $6,450

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$100K Bonus Round
Katie takes the BW to the E of AMERICA'S.

Category: THING
This trio of letters get her started...

R _ _ _
_ L _ _ _ R


CGFO might do it for her...

R _ C _
F L _ _ O R


...the losing streak is finally over (though she paused in between the words and had to say them together)! It's too bad she has to settle for the RICH FLAVOR of a doubler, so she leaves w/ $64,425 cash & Versa. 

$5K SPIN ID: BD0002692

MY EP. RATING: 7

Monday, April 13, 2015

WoF Recap: April 13, 2015

It's the return of "Wheel Loves N.Y", but they're using the generic set instead of the custom-made set they had back in S29. 

EPISODE #6196: WHEEL LOVES N.Y.

VTR: March 12

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ _ _ / E _ _ I _ E
S _ _ T E

Charles knows that N.Y. is nicknamed "THE EMPIRE STATE". None of these three are from that area, but here you go...

Charles Vaith: trial lawyer who enjoys hosting scratch parties from San Antonio
Tiffany Holmes: nursing assistant at Level 1 trauma center in the ICU from Chicago
Sarah Ferrentino: psychologist for two HSs (she was one of those girls who pretended to flip the letters in the old days) from Redondo Beach, CA


$2K Tossup: PEOPLE (but also TV TITLE)

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

Tiffany botches it w/ "PERFECT STARGUARDS", whereas Charles capitalizes w/ "PERFECT STRANGERS".

PRICE OF FEATURED NY TRIP ALL WK. LONG: $6K
$$$ Gift Tag: new york.BUZZ (it's shaped like a pizza)
1/2 CAR: Versa Note (why didn't they use the Ford Fiesta or the Chevy Spark; the latter hasn't been used the early part of this season)

Round 1: WAYD?

Here he goes w/ three $800 N's, two O's and E's, a $600 S, but after an A buy is the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $2,250. Second, Tiffany calls up an $800 G but runs into the other normal BANKRUPT. Third, Sarah finds two $550 F's, and the rest of the vowel shop. Following a $1,300 pair of H's...

S H O _ _ I N G / O N
F I F _ H / A V E N U E

...she solves SHOPPING ON FIFTH AVENUE for $1,900.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Sarah's opponents)

Tiffany: $0/Sarah: $1,900/Charles: $3K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Tiffany gets the WC right away w/ two $500 R's and takes a $2K pair of S's while on the MW near $800 (that's the BANKRUPT one). But she then BANKRUPTs anyway on the MDW's right side to forfeit $3K and the WC. Sarah secondly strikes out w/ a T. Third, Charles lights up the M while on the same MW...but flips it over. After Tiffany's non-existing L call, Sarah FPs four E's, but says another baddie of H. Charles then picks up the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 w/ three D's, buys two O's...

M _ D _ S O _
S _ _ _ R E
_ _ R D E _
O _ / E D E _

...and gets out of MADISON SQUARE GARDEN OF EDEN w/ another $1,250, but he left out the N triple.

DUDS: T (Sarah), L (Tiffany), H (Sarah)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Tiffany and Charles)

Tiffany: BAD LUCK/Sarah: $1,900/Charles: $4,250 1/2 CAR 

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE 

Sarah instantly hits the MDW's left side. Second in Charles' favor are two $500 T's, three E's, an A and three I's, a $900 S, and the last vowel of O. After those come an H for the gift tag, and an R for the same 1/2 CAR...

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

THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE IT for this guy -- he's won $17,875 cash & Versa plus a trip to The Westin ST. MAARTEN Dawn Beach worth $8,065!

SOLE BANKRUPT: Sarah

Tiffany: DOUGHNUT/Sarah: $1,900/Charles: $30,190 cash & prizes

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$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME 

E M _ A / _ _ _ _ E

Tiffany IDs EMMA STONE to finally break through.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

Her initial letters this go-round are a $500 T, five A's, a $500 P, a $550 S, and two I's before the BANKRUPT near $650 gets her to the tune of $1,050. After Sarah's $1K pair of N's...

A / N I _ _ / A N _ _ _
_ A I _ / P A S T A

...the remaining consonants in S-U mode are $1,700 apiece. One L and a C later...

A / N I C _ / A N _ _ L
_ A I _ / P A S T A

...I don't think the first two words are necessary, but Charles eats up A NICE ANGEL HAIR PASTA anyway.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Tiffany

FINAL SCORES
Tiffany: $3K/Sarah: $1,900/Charles: $31,890 cash & prizes

GT: $36,790
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $7,100

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$100K Bonus Round
This week's vehicle is a Ford Fusion. Trying to snap this 7-ep. BR losing streak, Charles lands on the P.

Category: PERSON
Amelia Earhart was one such example of this...

_ _ _ _ T _ R

MPDI only adds this...

_ _ I _ T _ R

...he's way off w/ PAINTER, WAITER, and WRITER. It was AVIATOR and to further add to our BR misery....
































































...HE'S THE THIRD $100,000 LOSER OF THE SEASON (and the fourth GRAND PRIZE LOSER overall).

$5K SPIN ID: SM2275754

This ep. ends w/ footage of their visits to The Big Apple.  

MY EP. RATING: 6

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Two More Aliases that Michael "technical win" Taylor Created

You're not gonna believe this, but Michael just created two more aliases to attack me and you guys: Nicholas Buchanan...and of all things MY OWN NAME!!! If I show you the post the way it is, you can tell it is NOT me who said "I will declare this a technical win". It's Michael who's faking it.

This guy is a complete asshole.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Why there is NEVER a Technical Win

This message is for two of the same person (Michael Taylor/Fabian Cruz):

A TECHNICAL WIN is when a staff member of the show messes in a way that is NOT the contestant's fault, and the contestant is given the win as a result. Do you see the difference between this and what you're doing to me all the time, you jackass?

NEVER have I seen anybody on WoF getting a tech win and it AIN'T. GONNA. HAPPEN.

Michael/Fabian, you need to DIE A HORRIBLE DEATH from this Internet.