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Friday, April 18, 2014

Week 31 Stats

Total this Week: $225,345
Total for the Season: $7,495,771
BR Win Record: 60-95 (.387)
Total Car Wins: 20
-1/2 Car: 12
-BR Car: 8

$100,000 Wins-Losses: do I even have to say it again?!
$1M Bonus Rounds: 9
Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR SHUTOUTS: 3
Prize Wedge Wins: 39
Gift Tag Wins: 30
Mystery Wedge Wins: 11
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 24-25
$10K MW was on $700: 25
$10K MW was on $300: 38
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 49-15
Express was Played-Passed: 34-8
Express Successes-Fails: 19-15
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 10 (1 on $5K, 6 on $3,500, 2 on $500, 1 on $450)
BR: 15

FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 92/41/0
5-Round Games: 37
6-Round Games: 2
$6K FINAL SPINS: 14

Gooseegg Victims: 22
Red Winners: 48
Yellow Winners: 42
Blue Winners: 60
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $22,650* / 1 WC / 2 ½ CAR tags / 1 MDW
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $660,351* / 36 WC / 57 ½ CAR tags / 10 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupt: $22,750 (April 9), $22,495 (Oct. 18), $18,390 (Mar. 14)     
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $36,845* (Oct. 18), $25,600* (Nov. 12), $23,100 (April 9) 

Highest-Winning Totals: $85,849 (April 15), $81,999 (Feb. 24), $77,898 (Mar. 11)
Lowest-Winning Totals: $10,850 (Jan. 31), $10,400 (Nov. 26), $8,712 (Jan. 20)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $65,444 (Mar. 17), $64,745 (Oct. 2), $63,798 (Nov. 29)

Season-High Week: $346,921 (Disney Cruise Line Week)
Season-Low Week: $156,567 (College Week)

* includes prizes

WOF Recap: April 18, 2014

EPISODE #6005: SANDALS RESORTS WEEK

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

G E _ _ _ N _
W _ _ _ _ _ / _ P

Brittany flubs w/ GETTING WOUND UP.

G E _ _ I N G
W _ _ _ _ _ / _ P

Michael's answer of GETTING WORKED UP is better, but also wrong.

G E T T I N G
W A R _ E D / U P

We're NOT GETTING WARMED UP, because Fawn misses w/ GETTING WARPED UP and we have our second TS this season. Anyway, the end-of-week players...

Fawn Locke: market manager for a tour/hotel receptive and a UNLV accounting student from Henderson, NV
Michael Morse: Henry D. Perry MS guidance counselor who does hip-hop from Pembroke Pines, FL
Brittany McGuire: Huffman ISD subst. teacher who wants to teach Art next fall from Humble, TX (that's 20 miles NE of Houston)


$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

Q _ I C H _
_ _ _ R A _ N E

Brittany eats a piece of QUICHE LORRAINE.

Round 1: THE 80's

Her first letters this evening are a T for the 1/2 CAR near $900, three R's for another $900, and a couple E's, but after an $800 pair of H's is the LaT. Second, Fawn says S for sorry while on the Sandals wedge. Third, Michael calls up three N's for $2,700, buys the rest of the vowels (two A's, O, I and three U's), inserts two D's for another $1,600 and picks up the MDW w/ a G. But after a $1K pair of Y's is the BANKRUPT near $650 to burn up $4,300 and his MDW. Brittany then picks up the WC w/ two L's...

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

...and solves "HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF" BY DURAN DURAN ('82) for $2,950.

SOLE DUD: S (Fawn)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Michael  
SOLE LaT: Brittany

Scores after R1
Brittany: $4,950 + WC + 1/2 CAR/Others: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Fawn's up first w/ three T's for $2,400, a couple E's, but then the same BANKRUPT. Michael secondly LaTs out. Third, Brittany plugs in an $800, FPs a U, and says a $900 S. But after buying the rest of the vowels (three O's, two I's, and an A), the same BANKRUPT forces her to give back $950 and both her cardboard pieces. After an LaT landing by Fawn, Michael requests a $500 B and three C's for the Maui Jim gift tag. We now have...

S O C I A _
B U T T E R _ _ _
C O _ _ E C T I O _

He solves SOCIAL BUTTERFLY CONNECTION for $3K cash and sunglasses.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)
LaTs: 2 (Michael & Fawn)

Scores after R2
Fawn: ZERO/Michael: $3K cash & shades/Brittany: $4,950

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Michael gets going w/ a $500 T and a D while on EXPRESS. He'll CLIMB ABOARD...

Next Picks: R, CRASH w/ S

...but there goes $2,500 in this short-lived ride. Brittany secondly FPs five I's, lights up three M's for $1,500, and picks up the same 1/2 CAR w/ a P. After buying two E's, she puts up a $1K pair of H's and sacrifices her Chevy Spark opportunity for a look at... 

P I _ _ H / M E
I / T H I _ _
I ' M / D R E _ M I _ _

She says "PINCH ME, I THINK I'M DREAMING", because she's won $2,750 a trip package to the Royal Bahamian in THE BAHAMAS for a total of $9,949 that round. 

SOLE DUD & BANKRUPT: S (Mike)

Scores after R3
Fawn: NADA/Michael: $3K cash & shades/Brittany: $14,899 cash & prizes

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$3K Tossup: LIVING THING

B A B _ ' S
_ R E _ _ H

Fawn's off the gooseegg bench w/ BABY'S BREATH.

Round 4: THING (full $1,900 speed-up)

L _ F _ T _ M _
G _ _ R _ N T _ _

Brittany's won another $5,700 towards a LIFETIME GUARANTEE.

DUDS (both by Michael): S & C

FINAL SCORES
Brittany: $20,599 cash & prizes/Others: $3K a head

GRAND TOTAL: $26,599
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $9,900

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$100K Bonus Round
Brittany's landed on the G.

Category: PHRASE
Let's get this 18-letter answer started...

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


MBP aren't there, but maybe the three I's will save her...

_ _ _ N R I _ _ T
_ I L _ R I _ _ S


...no they don't -- if she had called FGHI, it would've been DOWNRIGHT HILARIOUS for her to win the Eos convertible.

$5K SPIN ID: DL3507358

MY EP. RATING: 6

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WOF Recap: April 17, 2014

EPISODE #6004: SANDALS RESORTS WEEK

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ A _ _ A D O S

Jarvis solves the island of BARBADOS. Thursday's panel is made up of...

Jarvis Hankins: accountant at a CPA firm who also coaches 3rd and 4th grade girls' basketball from Edmond, OK
Molly Duncan: registered nurse for a hospital in Overland Park and Mission Road Sunday School worker from Kansas City, KS
Cristina Livingston: business systems consultant from Chillicothe, MO


$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

F _ E _ C _ / _ _ E _ S
_ _ _ F _ E

Cristina drinks up some FRENCH PRESS COFFEE.

Round 1: PHRASE

Her first moves are calling a $600 S, buying an A and LOSING A TURN. Secondly, Jarvis picks up the 1/2 CAR  near $300 w/ three T's and buys three E's, then he fills in five L's for another $1,500 and a $700 B before looking at...

L E T ' S / _ E T / T _ E
B A L L / _ _ L L _ _ _

...he says "LET'S GET THE BALL ROLLING" for $3,450.

SOLE LaT: Cristina

Scores after R1
Molly: $0/Cristina: $2K/Jarvis: $4,450 + 1/2 CAR

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

He starts w/ N for negative while on the MW near $800. Second, Molly removes the eBags gift tag w/ a T, buys two E's, and calls up two H's for $1,800 before picking up the Beaches wedge w/ two R's. After her next purchases of an A and five O's, she picks up the WC and the other 1/2 CAR w/ a D and two W's respectively...but she then LaTs out to leave $11,750 cash & prizes on the table. Cristina then plugs in four L's for $2,800 and a $650 C...

_ O L L O W / T H E
_ E L L O W / _ R _ C _
R O A D
H O _

...she solves "FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD HOG" for the same amount Jarvis won in the last round.

SOLE DUD: N (Jarvis)
SOLE LaT: Molly

Scores after R2
Molly: WC/Cristina: $5,450/Jarvis: $4,450 + 1/2 CAR

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PP/Express Round: PLACE

Like Jarvis in the previous round, Molly quickly duds out w/ N. Cristina secondly spots two S's for $1,400, buys an E and two A's, but then loses the $900 remainder to the BANKRUPT near $3,500. Third, Jarvis takes three T's for $2,400, buys three O's, and picks up the MDW w/ two F's. After that are a $900 B, a $500 C, two U's, and a $1K pair of H's, then a solve attempt...

_ E S T / O F / H A _ T _
S O U T H / O F / C U B A

Another $4,300 is his and a trip to a place that's WEST OF HAITI, SOUTH OF CUBA -- JAMAICA at the Sandals Negril.

SOLE DUD: N (Molly)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Cristina

Scores after R3
Molly: WC/Cristina: $5,450/Jarvis: $15,949 cash & prizes + MDW

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$3K Tossup: THING

C _ L D / _ A R D
C _ _ _

Cristina's got some more COLD HARD CASH, taking her to $8,450.

Round 4: PEOPLE (full $1,300 speed-up)

L _ K _ - _ _ N _ _ _
_ N _ _ _ _ _ _ _ L S

Jarvis seals the deal w/ LIKE-MINDED INDIVIDUALS for $2,600.

SOLE DUD: R (Cristina)

FINAL SCORES
Molly: $1K GOOSEEGG/Cristina: $8,450/Jarvis: $18,549 cash & prizes + MDW

GRAND TOTAL: $27,999
BANKRUPT TRASH: $900

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #9
The M in GAME is what he needs to take out.

Category: THING
I have a gut feeling what this is...

_ R E E _ _
_ _ _


Unfortunately, he CMGOs out of the game and this is what gets blown away on this BREEZY DAY (that was what I thought)...






































































...$30K.

$1M LOCATION: the same spot where Lucky Lauren from Tuesday landed on -- the N of WIN

$5K SPIN ID: YV5261869
 
MY EP. RATING: 6

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WOF Recap: April 16, 2014

EPISODE #6003: SANDALS RESORTS WEEK

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ H _ / _ _ _ I B B _ _ N
_ E _

Amy IDs THE CARIBBEAN SEA. The midweek panel...

Amy Johnson: regional sales manager for commercial industrial lighting co. from Chicago
Kelley Helfand: local newspaper columnist from Tucson
Richard Johnson (NOT related to Amy, though): lay minister, singer/songwriter and flower delivery guy from North Kingstown, RI

$2K Tossup: THINGS

B _ A I _ S / A _ D
_ _ A W _

This puzzle produced a $100K win twice in Bonusland, and Kelley knows that's BRAINS AND BRAWN.

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

She wastes a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Richard calls out a $400 R, two T's for an x5 multiplier, two E's and an A, a $300 S, and the leftover vowels of I and O before striking out w/ L. Third, Amy LOSES A TURN. Kelley then finds an $800 N, three C's for another $2,100, and a $700 H before attempting to solve...

C H I C _ E N
S T O C _
_ A R _ E T

She gets out of the CHICKEN STOCK MARKET w/ another $3,600.

SOLE DUD: L (Richard)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Kelley
SOLE LaT: Amy

Scores after R1
Richard: $0/Amy: $1K/Kelley: $5,600

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Mystery Round: SHOW BIZ

The first letters from Richard's mouth are a $450 T, three S's for another $2,400, two A's and the sole dud vowel of E. Amy secondly takes $3K worth of R's instead of what's under the MW near $800 (bad move -- that was the $10K), a $900 C, two O's, and an $1,800 pair of P's. On Vanna's board...

P O P / _ _ S _ C
S T A R
_ R _ _ O / _ A R S

She solves POP MUSIC STAR BRUNO MARS for $5,450.

SOLE DUD: E (Richard)

Scores after R2
Richard: SCORELESS/Amy: $6,450/Kelley: $5,600

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

It's all Amy in this round...

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

...THIS IS GOING TO MAKE A GREAT STORY for her -- she's won $3,200 plus a trip package to the Beaches TURKS & CAICOS Resort.

PERFECT ROUND! 

Scores after R3
Richard: ZILCH/Amy: $16,849 cash & prizes/Kelley: $5,600

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$3K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

P O T _ _ O
_ _ _ _ _ _

Kelley takes a stab w/ POTATO PEELER...right to go to $8,600.

Round 4: WAYD?

She instantly BANKRUPTS the same way she did before in the opening round of play. Second for Richard are two N's for $700, a pair of I's, the obvious $600 G, but then a non-existing O. Third, Amy has a similar fate w/ an R. Kelley tries again w/ a $400 T, but she LaTs out. After Richard buys an A, he says S for sorry. Amy then plugs in a $500 L and four E's to clean out the vowels. Following that purchase are two M's for another $1,200, a $1,600 pair of D's and a $500 Y to complete the puzzle...

M E E T I N G / M Y
D E A D L I N E

...she might not be MEETING MY DEADLINE, but she pockets another $3,550.

Scores after R4
Richard: BUPKIS/Amy: $20,399 cash & prizes/Kelley: $8,600

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Round 5: FUN & GAMES (full $1,500 speed-up)

T _ _ _ H
F _ _ T _ _ L L

Richard finally earns his only $4,500 on the night w/ his answer of TOUCH FOOTBALL.

FINAL SCORES
Richard: $4,500/Amy: $20,399 cash & prizes/Kelley: $8,600

GRAND TOTAL: $33,499
ZERO BANKRUPT TRASH!

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$100K Bonus Round
Amy lands on the S of SPIN.

Category: THINGS
Do you know this one already like I do?...

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

Oh no, she's going for CDMA...

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


...and her game's over. The $30K goes unclaimed during Harry & Co.'s HOURS OF OPERATION.

$5K SPIN ID: BH1146899

MY EP. RATING: 6

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WOF Recap: April 15, 2014

EPISODE #6002: SANDALS RESORTS WEEK

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ O _ _ _ G _ / _ _ Y

Jamey locates MONTEGO BAY in Jamaica. Tuesday's trio...

Jamey Sprawls: mobile cupcake truck owner from Evans, GA
Lauren Fairfax: SAHM who plays this game on her mobile phone on occasion from Westfield, IN

John Downing: Coast Guard Lieutenant for 7 yrs. and Marine casualty investigator from San Diego

$2K Tossup: THING

A / _ _ U N D
_ F / A P _ _ A _ S E

Lauren gets A ROUND OF APPLAUSE for solving this puzzle.

FEATURED SANDALS TRIP: Beaches Resort of player's choosing worth $6,700 (this should be offered again on Thursday while the Sandals wedge is available tomorrow night and Friday)

Round 1: SONG & ARTIST

She first picks up the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ a B and buys the only bad vowel of this puzzle (A). Secondly, John digs up three T's for $1,500, four E's and three I's, a $350 Y and two O's, followed by a $700 pair of N's, the last vowel of U, but then M for mistake. Third, Jamey picks up the Beaches wedge w/ three S's...

S U _ E _ S T I T I O N
B Y / S T E _ I E
_ O N _ E _

...and keeps that plus the $1,500 w/ her response of "SUPERSTITION" BY STEVIE WONDER.

DUDS: A (Lauren), M (John)

Scores after R1
Lauren: $2K/John: $0/Jamey: $9,200 cash & Beaches

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

John leads off w/ two T's for $600, three N's for $900, and an A, but his next vowel buy of E ends his turn. Jamey secondly BANKRUPTS on the MDW's right side. Third, Lauren finds an L while on the MW near LaT. She takes the obvious gamble...there's the biggie! After that are two S's for $1,400, the leftover I and three O's, and a $1,950 trio of F's. We now have...

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

The "After" part of this answer triggered a $100K loss on Nov. 3, 11, but this lady gets NONSTOP FLIGHTS OF FANCY for $12,850. 

SOLE DUD: E (John)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jamey

Scores after R2
Lauren: $14,850/John: ZIP/Jamey: $9,200 cash & Beaches

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Jamey begins this answer w/ two T's for $1,400, two A's and four E's (the latter via FP), but then the BANKRUPT near TD to take away $1,150. Second for Lauren are an $800 N, three FP I's, and two C's while on EXPRESS. She'll HOP ABOARD.

Current Bank: $2,800
Next Choices: H, S, L, 2 M's, P, W, 3 F's...and Y

I / C A N ' T / W I P E
T H E / S M I L E
_ F F / M Y / F A C E

She says "I CAN'T WIPE THE SMILE OFF MY FACE", because she's won $13,800 plus a $7,199 trip package to the Emerald Bay Resort in THE BAHAMAS.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Jamey

(NOTE: We believe that both the NEX-5R and 5T have a price tag of $499 since all of the trips this week are $6,700.)

Scores after R3
Lauren: $35,849 cash & prizes/John: NO LUCK/Jamey: $9,200 cash & Beaches

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$3K Tossup: THE 80's

_ _ E _ _ _ / I _ / P _ _ K

John finally breaks through w/ "PRETTY IN PINK" (an '81 song by The Psychedelic Furs and re-recorded in '86 for the film of the same name). 

Round 4: FUN & GAMES (full $1,900 speed-up)

_ L _ Y _ N _
S _ M _ N / S _ Y S

Jamey knows about PLAYING SIMON SAYS for $5,700.

DUDS: T (John), R (Jamey), C (Lauren)

FINAL SCORES
Lauren: $35,849 cash & prizes/John: $3K/Jamey: $14,900 cash & Beaches

GRAND TOTAL: $53,749
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,150

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$100K Bonus Round
Lauren picks up the N envelope of WIN.

Category: LIVING THING
She needs some good help for the second word...

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


CPMO will add the obvious O...

N E _ _ O R N
P _ P P _


...but also three P's -- she's solved NEWBORN PUPPY to end the seven episode BR losing streak! And I have some great news...



























































...she's your NEW S31 LEADER w/ the $50K, giving her a grand total of $85,849 cash & prizes! WTG, Lauren!

$5K SPIN ID: CW7534988

MY EP. RATING: 9

Monday, April 14, 2014

WOF Recap: April 14, 2014

EPISODE #6001: SANDALS RESORTS WEEK

Tape Date of Wk.: Feb. 13

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ E
_ _ H _ M _ S

Traci locates THE BAHAMAS. Our first panel this week...

Traci Shorb: national park ranger from Fremont, NH
James Lee: gym worker and former MS teacher from West Hollywood, CA (originally from Churchton, MD)
Joanie Cubias: realtor from Lincoln, CA


$2K Tossup: THING

S T E _ M
S _ O _ E R

James takes control w/ STEAM SHOWER.

FEATURED SANDALS PRIZE: the resort of the contestant's choice worth $6,700
THIS WEEK'S 1/2 CAR: Chevy Spark

Round 1: WAYD?

Here he goes w/ a $300 N, an $800 G, two I's, but then the MDW's right side BANKRUPT to lose the $850 remainder. Second, Joanie picks up the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ five R's, buys two A's and four E's, but then gets the other MDW BANKRUPT to give back $2K and her plate. Third, Traci picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ a C and lights up two S's for $600...

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

...she's SEARCHING FOR BURIED TREASURE and has found another $1,100.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Traci's opponents)

Scores after R1
Traci: $2,100 + 1/2 CAR/James: $2K/Joanie: $0

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

The first letters from Joanie are a $900 S at the end, three E's and an A, two R's for the Sandals wedge, and an O buy. She then calls two N's while on the MW next to $800 and surprisingly gambles $7,850 cash and trip...BAD MOVE. Traci secondly finds two T's for $1,200, five I's to clean out the vowels, and the SL of four D's for another $3,200...

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

She may need some DETAILED DRIVING DIRECTIONS in the future, but she's added another $4,150 to her lead.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Joanie

Scores after R2
Traci: $6,250 + 1/2 CAR/James: $2K/Joanie: ZILCH

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PP/Express Round: EVENT

The current leader begins this one w/ a $400 T but then S for sorry. James secondly BANKRUPTS next to TD. Third, Joanie's lit up four R's for the 1/2 CAR near $900, five E's, a $450 C, three A's and triple N's while on EXPRESS. This is a good time to hop aboard, and that's exactly what she does...

Her Current Bank: $4,950
Next Letters: 2 X's, D, Y and P

A N
E X T R A _ R D _ N A R Y
E X P E R _ E N C E

She's won her first $9,950 and will have AN EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE at the Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa in JAMAICA w/ the NEX-5T worth $7,199.

SOLE DUD: S (Traci)
SOLE BANKRUPT: James

Scores after R3
Traci: $6,250/James: $2K/Joanie: $17,149 cash & trip

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$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ _ _ _ L A _ _ / C _ I P
_ C O _ _

Traci eats up a CHOCOLATE CHIP SCONE.

Round 4: PHRASE (full $1,700 speed-up)

_ / T H A N K / _ _
_ _ _ K _ / S T A R S

As Joanie's watching this at her viewing party, she'll say something like this: "I THANK MY LUCKY STARS that I got this for $5,100 and the win, because Traci might've called the Y's and pulled off the upset".

DUDS: F (Traci), D (James)

FINAL SCORES
Traci: $9,250/James: $2K/Joanie: $22,249 cash & prizes

GRAND TOTAL: $33,499
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $10,700 cash & Sandals

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$100K Bonus Round
The convertible waiting to be won is a Volkswagen Eos Komfort. Joanie lands on the *.

Category: PERSON
I have two choices in mind for this one...

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


CDPA only gives her two of the hot vowel...

_ E A L T _ _
_ _ _ A N
 

HEALTHY WOMAN (my first guess) is ONE LETTER OFF. She wasn't gonna be a very WEALTHY WOMAN after all, because all she lost was the $30K.

$5K SPIN ID: SR06550

MY EP. RATING: 6

Friday, April 11, 2014

Week 30 Stats

Total this Week: $156,567
Total for the Season: $7,270,426
BR Win Record: 59-91 (.393)
Total Car Wins: 20
-1/2 Car: 12
-BR Car: 8

$100,000 Wins-Losses: still 0-0  
$1M Bonus Rounds: 8
Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR SHUTOUTS: 3
Prize Wedge Wins: 38
Gift Tag Wins: 29
Mystery Wedge Wins: 10
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 23-24
$10K MW was on $700: 23
$10K MW was on $300: 37
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 47-14
Express was Played-Passed: 31-8
Express Successes-Fails: 17-14
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 10 (1 on $5K, 6 on $3,500, 2 on $500, 1 on $450)
BR: 15

FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 92/41/0
5-Round Games: 37
6-Round Games: 2
$6K FINAL SPINS: 14

Gooseegg Victims: 21
Red Winners: 47
Yellow Winners: 41
Blue Winners: 57
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $31,250* / 4 ½ CAR tags
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $637,701* / 35 WC / 55 ½ CAR tags / 9 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupt: $22,750 (April 9), $22,495 (Oct. 18), $18,390 (Mar. 14)     
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $36,845* (Oct. 18), $25,600* (Nov. 12), $23,100 (April 9) 

Highest-Winning Totals: $81,999 (Feb. 24), $77,898 (Mar. 11), $76,300 (Feb. 10) 
Lowest-Winning Totals: $10,850 (Jan. 31), $10,400 (Nov. 26), $8,712 (Jan. 20)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $65,444 (Mar. 17), $64,745 (Oct. 2), $63,798 (Nov. 29)

Season-High Week: $346,921 (Disney Cruise Line Week)
Season-Low Week: $156,567 (College Week)

* includes prizes

WOF Recap: April 11, 2014 -- UNOFFICIAL 6,000th EPISODE (and BR SHUTOUT ALERT #5)

This is a very important episode, ladies and gents -- if things don't go well, we will have our second BR SHUTOUT for the second time in three weeks (and also the second one in a row on this particular wk. of the year.

EPISODE #6000: COLLEGE WEEK

Pat does mention the milestone in this broadcast.

$1K Tossup: COLLEGE LIFE

C _ U R _ E
C _ T _ _ O G

Laura has read through a COURSE CATALOG. One of these students will try to bail us out...

Laura Lantrif (Univ. of AL senior): psychology student who's also a member of Alpha Delta Pi and the exec. director of Relay for Life
Julian Batts (Indiana freshman): business/Spanish student who's also an auditorium usher and certified soccer ref
Shelby Edmiston (Texas A&M sophomore): industrial distribution student, Pi Beta Phi member and Breakway bible study member

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

T _ _ _ D _ N G
O _ / _ W _ T _ _ R

Laura can't come up w/ anything.

T _ E N D _ N G
O _ / _ W _ T T E R

Julian knows that a handful of pop culture items are TRENDING ON TWITTER.

TONIGHT'S LONELY PLANET TRIP: London

Round 1: CHARACTER

Julian starts the letter search w/ an $800 T, a $600 R, two E's and A's, a $650 S and three O's, followed by three H's for the London getaway, two I's to clean out the vowels, but then N for no while on TD. Second, Shelby uncovers a $600 M and LOSES A TURN. Third, Laura BANKRUPTS next to TD, so Julian gets a reprieve. He picks up the MDW w/ four L's, then he finds the last remaining consonants of a $650 Y, a $500 G, and two C's for another $1,400. Here's the complete board...

M Y T H O L O G I C A L
H E R O / A C H I L L E S

...he blows the pronunciation of the last word in MYTHOLOGICAL HERO ACHILLES as AY-CHIL-LES, so $12,600 cash and trip plus his MDW will go down the drain, while Shelby pronounces the last word correctly for a $400 refund.

SOLE DUD: N (Julian)
SOLE LaT: Shelby
SOLE BANLRUPT: Laura
SOLE DQ: Julian's botched last word pronunciation

Scores after R1
Julian: $2K/Ladies: $1K apiece

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Shelby's up first w/ two R's for $700 but then the LaT. Second, Laura picks up the WC w/ a T, buys and A, but then strikes out w/ H (Pat mistakenly said there was one on the board). Third, Julian lights up an $800 S, three E's, two TD N's, an I and three C's for another $2,400. The board now...

S C I E N C E
_ R _ _ E C T
R _ N _ A _

I doubt there's such a TV show called "SCIENCE PROJECT RUNAWAY", but this guy's redeemed himself w/ a $9,700 solve.

SOLE DUD: H (Laura)
SOLE LaT: Shelby (second so far)

Scores after R2
Laura: $1K + WC/Julian: $11,700/Shelby: $1K

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PP/Express Round: PERSON

Laura kicks things off w/ three S's for $1,200, two E's and A's, but then the LaT.  Second, Julian collects $10,500 worth of three T's, buys an O to clean out the vowels, picks up the StyleWatch cash gift tag w/ an H, and FPs and F. He then picks up the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ a W, plugs in an $800 R, and completes the Sonic w/ an L. But after a $450 D, he BLOWS HIS TURN BIG TIME w/ the C. As for Shelby...

T H E / W O R L D ' S
F A S T E S T / _ A _

...she recalls THE WORLD'S FASTEST MAN as Usain Bolt for a Hotwire.com trip package to the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Resort in JAMAICA worth $7,287. Julian's second big blunder costs him a total of $36,787 cash & prizes -- WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING, MAN?

SOLE DUD: C (Julian)
SOLE LaT: Laura

Scores after R3
Laura: $1K + WC/Julian: $11,700/Shelby: $8,287 cash & Jamaica

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$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ D _ A _ / _ L _ _ N
P _ E

Laura solves poet EDGAR ALLAN POE for the x4 multiplier.

Round 4: THING

Consonants will NOT be worth the big one -- it's $1,500. We get to the point where there are only vowels remaining...

_ N - T H _ - S P _ T
D _ C _ S _ _ N

Laura can't make the $6K solve. Julian...completes a trifecta of EPIC FAILS w/ ON-THE-SPOT DICESPIN, so he just threw away $7,500. Shelby then capitalizes yet again w/ an ON-THE-SPOT DECISION.

DUDS: R (Shelby), L (Shelby), M (Laura)
SOLE DQ: Julian's blown solve

FINAL SCORES
Laura: $4K/Julian: $11,700/Shelby: $9,787 cash & Jamaica

GRAND TOTAL: $25,487
NO BANKRUPT TRASH, MIRACULOUSLY

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$100K Bonus Round
Let's see if this guy can pull off a miracle here given how badly he performed tonight. He lands on the S of SPIN.

Category: PERSON
For starters...

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


HDMI doesn't add to much more...

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


...and all of this week's students including him have FLUNKED OUT of WHEEL BR School -- it's our THIRD BR SHUTOUT of the season. Not meaning to be rude, but I definitely would NOT recommend him as a TOP DRAFT PICK in any of the sports leagues around the nation. Did his envelope contain the big one...



















































...no, it was $30K (Pat faced the envelope the wrong way after opening it). You really made a lot of Wheel watchers (especially myself) very angry, Julian. 

$5K SPIN ID: WB00503

We end w/ a clip of Pat and Vanna kissing from Episode 3000 in Las Vegas. After all the damage has been done, we have set a NEW SEASON-LOW WEEKLY TOTAL of $156,567. 

VIDEO BONUS (from WayoshiM): Julian's EPIC FAILS (his appearance indeed went viral)

MY EP. RATING: 3

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WOF Recap: April 10, 2014

EPISODE #5999: COLLEGE WEEK

$1K Tossup: PERSON

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

Derrick didn't need any help from a GRADUATE ASSISTANT to solve this one. Two men on tonight's panel, all of whom are seniors...

Derrick Chan (UNLV): aspiring ES teacher who also works at a nonprofit theater during the Summer and a bowler; he also has an older brother who teaches physics
Enoch Newkirk (Cornell): psychology major who composes own piano music
Courtney Breaden (Lee Univ. near Chattanooga, TN): recently engaged English education major and an aspiring HS teacher who has a fraternal twin sister

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

R _ _ G H / _ _ D
_ O _ _ _

Derrick's ROUGH AND TOUGH so far this game.

FEATURED LONELY PLANET TRIP: Athens, Greece

Round 1: SAME LETTER

He starts w/ an instant dud of T. Second, Enoch picks up the 1/2 CAR  near $900 w/ two S's, but then buys a bad vowel of E. Third, Courtney BANKRUPTS near $650. Derrick's second turn has him calling a $450 H, the SL of three C's for $2,100, three A's, three G's for another $1,800 and two I's to clean out the vowels. After those picks are three N's for $1,950, three L's for another $1,350, but then a baddie of R. Enoch spins once for a $650 Y...

C L A S H I N G
C L A N G I N G
C Y _ _ A L S

...and hears the sound of CLASHING CLANGING CYMBALS for $1,400.

DUDS: T (Darnell), E (Enoch), R (Derrick)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Courtney

Scores after R1
Courtney: $0/Derrick: $3K/Enoch: $1,400 + 1/2 CAR

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Enoch strikes out right away w/ N while on the MDW. Courtney secondly fills in a $900 T, an S for the other 1/2 CAR, and E at the end of this puzzle, and two A's, before getting roadblocked by the R, which gets repeated by Derrick while on the 1/2 CAR next to $300. After Enoch says another baddie of G, Courtney BANKRUPTS near TD to lose the $900 and her plate. Derrick then picks up the Dick's gift tag w/ two L's, plugs in a $900 H, buys an O, and loses his turn w/ the sole dud vowel of I. Enoch follows w/ two F's for $900, the leftover U, and a $500 D...

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

He won't be going to the STUDY HALL OF FAME anytime soon, but he's won another $1,150.

DUDS: N (Enoch), R (Courtney), G (Enoch), I (Derrick)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Courtney (2nd so far)
SOLE DQ: Derrick's instant R repeat

Scores after R2
Courtney: NO LUCK/Derrick: $3K/Enoch: $2,550 + 1/2 CAR

Tonight's Bonus Puzzle Flashback is the same one that aired on Sept. 26, 2012.

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

The scoreless Courtney is off and running w/ a $500 S, two FP E's, a T for the WC, and her puchases of two A's and three O's. She follows up w/ a $350 Y, a U and three I's to clean out the vowels, M and P singles worth $800 apiece, a $650 R and a $3,500 H. She then uses the WC to uncover a $7K pair of N's. After a W for the 1/2 CAR near $900 and a $500 C...

I / P R O M I S E / T O
C A _ _ / Y O U
W H E N / I / _ A N _

...she says "I PROMISE TO CALL YOU WHEN I LAND" w/ authority for $14,100 and a Hotwire package to St. James's Club Morgan Bay in ST LUCIA; she's on the board in a big way w/ $21,849 cash & trip!

MAJOR PR!

Scores after R3
Courtney: $21,849 cash & trip/Derrick: $3K/Enoch: $2,550

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$3K Tossup: WAYD?

_ _ _ _ _ _ G
T _ E / _ Y M

Nothing from Enoch.

_ _ _ T I N G
T _ E / _ Y M

Derrick's HITTING THE GYM to sweep the Tossups.

Round 4: THING (full $1,500 speed-up)

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

Derrick can use the extra $9K to buy some of THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY.

DUDS: R (Enoch), S (Derrick)

FINAL SCORES
Courtney: $21,849 cash & trip/Derrick: $15K/Enoch: $2,550

One round was all the sole lady needed to win.

GRAND TOTAL: $39,399
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $900

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$100K Bonus Round
The E in AMERICA'S is what she takes out.

Category: PHRASE
The first letters that go up...

_ _ _ _ N _ / _ N
_ _ _ _ _ T


DHGO gives her besides the obvious G...

H _ _ _ N G / _ N
_ _ _ _ _ T


...not much else. In other words, that combination wasn't HAVING (much of) AN IMPACT (she only got the first line), so she loses the $30K.

$5K SPIN ID: TD1592668

MY EP. RATING: 6

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WOF Recap: April 9, 2014

EPISODE #5998: COLLEGE WEEK

$1K Tossup: COLLEGE LIFE

_ N I V _ R S I T Y
B O _ _ _ _ O _ E

Elayna solves UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE. Next to play in the classroom are...

Elayna Dorsey (Purdue Jr.): management/accounting student and resident assistant who's a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Society of Minority Managers
Steven Palmer (Univ. of AZ Sr. -- Mark Corwin's alma mater): physiology student and member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Christina Alfonso (Univ. of OK Jr.): theater student

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

F L _ _ _ N _
M _ / M _ S C _ _ S

Elayna isn't FLEXING MY MUSCLES, but she's now $3K richer.

TONIGHT'S LONELY PLANET TRIP: Paris

Round 1: PHRASE

Elayna starts us off w/ two R's for the 1/2 CAR near $900, two S's for a x6 multiplier, two E's, two A's, and four I's, followed by two F's for another $1,300, two O's to clean out the vowels, four M's for another $2,800 but then the LaT to likely deprive her of $9,100. Steven's first spin is a waste because of the BANKRUPT near TD. Over to Christina who finds a $500 C, three N's for the other 1/2 CAR, two G's for another $800, and three T's for another $2,400. To the board we go...

S T O _
T E _ T I N G / M E
I ' M / C R A M M I N G
F O R / F I N A _ S

She says "STOP TEXTING ME, I'M CRAMMING FOR FINALS" for $5,200.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Steven
SOLE LaT: Elayna

Scores after R1
Elayna: $3K/Steven: $0/Christina: $5,200 + 1/2 CAR

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Steven leads off w/ a $900 N, an A buy, two D's for another $1,400, and an E. But after an L for the StyleWatch gift tag is I for invalid. Secondly, Christina picks up the France trip w/ two R's, buys four O's to clean out the vowels, and plugs in two M's for another $800...

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

...she solves DORM AND ELBOW ROOM for $9,050 cash & Paris.

SOLE DUD: I (Steven)

Scores after R2
Elayna: $3K/Steven: BUPKIS/Christina: $14,250 cash & Paris + 1/2 CAR

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PP/Express Round: FOOD & DRINK

Christina starts this round on a bad note w/ the other normal BANKRUPT, so she must hand over her plate. Second, Elayna picks up the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ three R's, buys three E's, and wastes no time in completing the other 1/2 of the Sonic w/ an S. Next up are two N's for $7K, the rest of this puzzle's vowels...BUT THEN THE SAME BANKRUPT TO BLOW UP $22,750 CASH & SONIC. OUCH. Steven then goes for the mystery trip...

R E _ R E S _ I N _
_ O _ O N U _
_ A _ E R

He'll sample some REFRESHING COCONUT WATER at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach in HAWAII courtesy of Hotwire, a package worth $7,333.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Scores after R3
Elayna: $3K/Steven: $7,333 in prizes/Christina: $14,250 cash & Paris

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$3K Tossup: THE 80's

R _ V _ _ _ _ / _ F
T H E / _ _ _ _ S

Elayna doesn't know what that movie was.

R _ V E _ _ _ / _ F
T H E / _ _ _ _ S

Steven flubs w/ "REVENGE OF THE CLONES". Christina then gets "REVENGE OF THE NERDS" to move to $17,250.

Round 4: THING

Her first moves are FPing and A and striking out w/ S. Second for Elayna are $350 and her other BANKRUPT of the night next to the big one. Third, Steven spots three N's for $1,200, two I's, and a couple of O's via FP, but we hear the bells for Speed-Up Mode...

O N - _ _ _ - _ O _
_ R A I N I N _

...and after Pat spins up the same BANKRUPT that Elayna just got, the consonants will be worth $1,500 apiece. Two T's are called next by this guy...

O N - T _ _ - _ O _
T R A I N I N _

...and he earns another $3,950 after some ON-THE-JOB TRAINING.

SOLE DUD (before bell): S (Christina)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Elayna

FINAL SCORES
Elayna: $3K/Steven: $11,283 cash & prizes/Christina: $17,250 cash & Paris

GRAND TOTAL: $31,533
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extra plate): $23,100 cash & Sonic

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$100K Bonus Round
Christina has landed on the first letter of her name.

Category: THINGS
This should be easy...

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


She doesn't seem to agree w/ me after calling HPDA...

N _ _ N S / A N D
P R _ N _ _ N S 


I can't believe she forgot her grammar from HS -- NOUNS AND PRONOUNS was the answer for $35K.

$5K SPIN ID: JF3777004

Pat & Vanna give us a tutorial on how the ULB works at the end (when all the good vowels have been used, they all disappear).

MY EP. RATING: 5