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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WOF Recap: April 23, 2014

EPISODE #6008: AMERICA'S GAME (WK. 4)

Let's give one last group of students a chance to make the grade after their College Week went very badly.

$1K Tossup: CHARACTER

_ U _ K L E _ E R _ Y
F I N N

Jake IDs HUCKLEBERRY FINN. Info on him and the girls...

Jake Orens (UCSB Jr.): economics, accounting and communications student involved in student government
Symone Wiggins (Temple Jr.): speech, language and hearing student hoping to go to grad school to become a speech therapist and does AmeriCordps for JumpStart Philadelphia
Jenna Manelli (FSU Sr.): psychology and communications major who's a member of Kappa Delta

$2K Tossup: THINGS

_ V _ _ _ U E
_ I _ _ _ R Y / _ O O K S

Symone turns in these OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOKS.

FEATURED TRIP: Alaskan Cruise from American Cruise Lines worth $9K

Round 1: SAME NAME

She kicks things off w/ three N's for $1,200, three A's, a $700 D, and five E's, then she puts up a $5K pair of R's and an $1,800 M triplet before LOSING A TURN. Jenna secondly calls up a $700 T and three C's for $1,050...

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

...but she blanks out on the last word. After Jake wastes a spin w/ BANKRUPT near $650, Symone squanders her second turn w/ the Y to let $8,200 go to waste. Jenna then gets COMMENCEMENT AND CAR SPEAKERS this time for $1,750.

SOLE DUD: Y (Symone)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jake
SOLE LaT: Symone
SOLE DQ: Jenna's blank-out

Scores after R1
Symone: $2K/Jenna: $1,750/Jake: $1K

MMS Puzzle #5: SOFT FLUFFY TOWELS

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Mystery Round: PHRASE

Jenna instantly BANKRUPTS on the MDW's right side. Second, Jake takes three T's for $1,050, five E's, a $600 H, two R's for another $1,200, four O's, and a U; followed by a $400 Y, two S's for another $1,600, but then the sole dud vowel of A. Symone next plugs in three N's for $1,800, the leftover I, an $800 P, and a $700 K, but she calls another critical dud in M. After Jenna craps out w/ C while on the 1/2 CAR near $300, Jake spins once for the $450 D...

K E E P / Y O U R
N O S E / T O / T H E
_ R I N D S T O N E

KEEP YOUR NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE, ladies and gentlemen -- he's won another $4,300 and will begin the next round.

DUDS: A (Jake), M (Symone), C (Jenna)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jenna

Scores after R2
Symone: $2K/Jenna: $1,750/Jake: $5,300

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PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

He first picks up the WC w/ a T and buys two E's, then coming his way next are a $1,200 N quartet, two A's, a $900 pair of R's, four I's, but then the LaT. Symone secondly spins her way to a $1K pair of B's, a $500 C, but then the other MDW BANKRUPT to lose the $1,500 almost instantly. After Jenna and Jake LaT out back-to-back, Symone requests a $450 H and the sole dud vowel of O. Jenna then captures a $800 G, buys the leftover U, but then BANKRUPTS near $650. Jake follows w/ a $900 D and a $350 S... 

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

...he's won another $3,100 and will be WINDSURFING IN THE CARIBBEAN while at the Melia Nassau Beach in THE BAHAMAS courtesy of Hotwire; this trip package (including the NEX-5T) is worth $7,399.

SOLE DUD: O (Symone)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)
LaTs: 3 (Jake 2x, Jenna)

Scores after R3
Symone: $2K/Jenna: $1,750/Jake: $15,799 cash & prizes + WC

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$3K Tossup: PLACE

M _ _ N
_ T _ E E T

Symone wrongly finds herself on MEAN STREET.

M _ _ N
S T _ E E T

Jenna crosses MAIN STREET to move to $4,750.

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

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

Jake's SAVING UP FOR A RAINY DAY w/ another $3,900.

SOLE DUD: T (Jake)

FINAL SCORES
Symone: $2K/Jenna: $4,750/Jake: $19,699 cash & prizes + WC

GRAND TOTAL: $26,449
BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,050

MMS Puzzle #6: ATLANTIC CITY

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$100K Bonus Round
His envelope will be the E of AMERICA'S.

Category: PHRASE 
This biggie should have fit under THINGS...

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


After calling CDMA, he makes his WC pick G...

D _ _ E R S E
_ A C _ G R _ _ N D S


He proves to be a guy of good DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS...but he'll have to settle for a final total of just less than 50 grand.

$5K SPIN ID: LM4394838

MY EP. RATING: 6

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WOF Recap: April 22, 2014

EPISODE #6007: AMERICA'S GAME (WK. 4)

We're on the "Girlfriend Getaways" set, where we had our second BR SHUTOUT this season.

$1K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ U _ A _ / B .
_ N _ _ _ N _

Becky & Amanda solve SUSAN B. ANTHONY. These should be the last teams of this season...

Becky Albers & Amanda Fox: Becky's from Germantown, IL while Amanda's from Jefferson City, MO (originally from Highland, IL)
Starlie Chinen & Meoshe Williams: Starlie's originally from Honolulu while Meoshe's from Mobile, AL; they're HS math teachers at Grand Arts/VAPA
Kathy McEnroe & Heidi Stephens: Kathy from Torrance, CA attended UCSD and frew up in Orange County


$2K Tossup: PEOPLE

H U M A _
_ _ R A _ I D

Meoshe solves HUMAN PYRAMID.

TONIGHT'S COLLETTE VACATION: tour of D.C. worth $11K

Round 1: THINGS

Their first letters this evening are two S's for a grand, three T's for the WC, two A's, and four FP E's, then they fill in two M's for $600, four N's for the D.C. trip, and a single I before they...

_ E _ A _ T M E N T
S T _ _ E
M A N N E _ _ I N S

...solve DEPARTMENT STORE MANNEQUINS for a total of $15,600 cash & trip.

PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R1
S & M: $17,600 cash & D.C. + WC/K & H: $0/B & A: $1K

MMS Puzzle #3: I'M SO SURPRISED

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER


K & H lead off w/ three N's for $1,500, four E's, but then the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to lose the $1,250 remainder. Second, B & A spin up the other normal BANKRUPT. Third, S & M get the exact same fate as K & H, so there goes their WC. Speaking of the middle team, they put up a $650 T, two H's for a grand, and a couple A's, followed by a $650 R, two O's, four S's for another $2K, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to wipe them out of $3,800 that time. B & A then pick off two Y's for $1,400, three FP I's, and twin F's while on the MW near $800. Despite the fact they're way behind, they take the money for the F's and go for the solve...

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

They correctly say "YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE SAVINGS" for an additional $3,400...and their non-risk was a good move after all.

BANKRUPTS: 4 (two by K & H)

Scores after R2
S & M: $17,600 cash & D.C./K & H: NADA/B & A: $4,400

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PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

B & A start this crucial round w/ two FP O's, two T's for $600, three E's, four FP A's, an $800 H, and three I's to clean out the vowels. After they then FP an S, they call up an R while on EXPRESS...and they're GOING FOR IT.

Their Current Bank: $2,400
Next Letters: 3 N's, C, G, 2 L's...P...X...BIG CRASH w/ M (they lose $11,400)

E X P L O R I N G
T H E / C O A S T L I N E
I N / A / _ A _ A _

That means S & M will be EXPLORING THE COASTLINE IN A KAYAK while at The Buccaneer in ST. CROIX; this trip package is worth $11,998. 

SOLE DUD & BANKRUPT: M (B & A)

Scores after R3
S & M: $29,598 cash & prizes./K & H: BUPKIS/B & A: $4,400

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$3K Tossup: MOVIE TITLE

L E G _ _ L Y
_ L O _ _ E

K & H ID "LEGALLY BLONDE" to finally get off the schneid.

Round 4: LIVING THINGS (full $1,400 speed-up)

F R _ _ R _ N T
W _ L D F L _ W _ R S

S & M pluck these FRAGRANT WILDFLOWERS for another $11,200.

DUDS: C (B & A), P (K & H), M (B & A), B (K & H)

FINAL SCORES
S & M: $40,598 cash & prizes/K & H: $3K/B & A: $4,400

GRAND TOTAL: $47,998
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $16,450

MMS Puzzle #4: BARBEQUE SAUCE

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$100K Bonus Round
Meoshe takes that BW to the ***.

Category: THING
Last three letters of this one-wordy...

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ R S E

I don't like their chances after they call CDMO...

_ O _ _ _ _ O R S E

...and this is where BGHO would have done it for them -- they can't get HOBBYHORSE (a children's toy or one's favorite topic) for $45K.
 
$5K SPIN ID: CS6181895


MY EP. RATING: 7

Monday, April 21, 2014

WOF Recap: April 21, 2014

EPISODE #6006: AMERICA'S GAME (WK. 4)

We're kicking things off on the set of "Beaches Resorts Family Week".

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

L _ _ _ _ I _ _  A

Scott & Jim know that the state to the east of my home of Texas is LOUISIANA. Tonight's family duos...

Scott and Jim Sanzaro: Jim is a retail manager in Southern CA while Scott's a firefighter in Orange County (Station 64); they're from Los Alamitos
Ariel & Linda Keener (grandmother/granddaughter): Ariel's an English/creative writing major at the Univ. of Nevada-Reno who's been an intern and studied abroad while the grandma has worked in Vegas casinos for 41 yrs.
Christopher & Kathryn Stroh (mom/son): he's a 7th & 8th grade history teacher at Rio Norte Junior HS and a carsity swimming coach for Valencia HS while she's a guidance counselor and swimming coach (she even taught Christopher) who's been in education for 33 yrs.

Ariel never mentioned her last name on the air, so I'll use Keener in this recap.

$2K Tossup: LIVING THING

_ Y _ A M _ R E
T R E E

The Sanzaros triple up w/ SYCAMORE TREE.

Round 1: TITLE

The guys first pick up the WC w/ two R's, buy three E's, call up an $800 L, and buy two A's, then they fill in two Y's for $700, a $650 P, a T for that super expensive $16,640 trip to the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort, two $2,500 F's, and the frontloading B courtesy of their WC usage. We now have...

B _ F F Y / T _ E
_ A _ P _ R E
_ L A Y E R

They solve "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER" for $10,650 plus that trip for a total of $27,290 cash & trip!

MAJOR PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R1
Sanzaros: $30,290 cash & trips/Others: $0 each

MMS Puzzle #1: A BIG PROMOTION (remember, if you have a matching puzzle like this one, you could win one of twenty $50K prizes and a trip to Caesars Las Vegas for a chance at an additional $1M)

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Mystery Round: TV QUOTE

Knowing that they're already in a deep hole, the Keeners start this one w/ two N's for $700, an R to make that a grand, two O's, two $500 S's, but then A for awful. Second, the Strohs find a couple T's while on the MW near LaT and wisely take the gamble...to find $10K! But after an $800 M and their purchase of six E's is the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to take away the leftover $10,550. Third, the Sanzaros put up four L's for $14K, buy four I's to clean out the vowels...

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

...and recite "WE WILL SELL NO WINE BEFORE ITS TIME" from the Paul Masson Mountain Winery ads for another $13,750!  $13,750, $44,040 now!

SOLE DUD: A (Keeners)
SOLE BANKRUPT OF THE GAME: Strohs 

Scores after R2
Sanzaros: $44,040 cash & trips/Others: $0 each

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

The Strohs first plug in three T's while on EXPRESS and they wisely HOP ABOARD.

Next Letters: H, 5 E's, G, O, 2 N's, 2 I's, 2 B's, 2 L's...R...and C

L E T / T H E
C E L E B R _ T I O N
B E G I N

LET THE CELEBRATION BEGIN -- they've just won their first $12,250 plus a trip for each of them to the Royal Bahamian in THE BAHAMAS w/ the ActionCams for a total of $25,948 cash & prizes!

MAJOR PR #2! 

Scores after R3
Sanzaros: $44,040 cash & T & C/Keeners: $0/Strohs: $25,948 cash & prizes

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$3K Tossup: CHARACTER

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

Ariel catches PETER COTTONTAIL to finally get her team on the scoreboard.

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

_ _ W N L _ _ _ _ N G
M _ S _ _

Looks like the men will be DOWNLOADING MUSIC forever, because they've pocketed another three grand!

DUDS: T (Keeners), R (Sanzaros), B (Strohs)

FINAL SCORES
Sanzaros: $47,040 cash & T & C/Keeners: $3K/Strohs: $25,948 cash & prizes

GRAND TOTAL: $75,988 - NEW S-H!

MMS Puzzle #2: BASEBALL SEASON  

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$100K Bonus Round
Scott lands on the S of AMERICA'S.

Category: PHRASE
Almost half the puzzle has been spotted already...

S _ _ _ T
_ _ E R


CDHO fills in all but one letter...

S C O O T
O _ E R


SCOOT OVER, Lauren Fairfax -- we have NEW S31 LEADERS FOR THE SECOND WEEK IN A ROW, because they've won...



















































































...the $40K for a final total of $87,040 cash & trips!

$5K SPIN ID: VH3755759

Lesly Sajak and Judy Friedman (wives of Pat and Harry, respectively) celebrated their birthdays at the time of this taping (a special graphic is shown on our screens).

MY EP. RATING: 9

A News Article about Pat

Pat Sajak tweeted about his sexuality today. Click HERE to read this article.

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