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Friday, October 31, 2014

Week 7 Stats

This was a pretty good week winnings-wise, although it could've been better had Lisa known that last word...

Total this Week: $310,938
Total for the Season: $2,779,204
BR Win Record: 17-18 (.486)
Total Car Wins: 3
-1/2 Car: 3 (1 Ford Fiesta, 2 Nissa Versa Note Ss)
-BR Car: 0
Prize Wedge Wins: 14
Gift Tag Wins: 12
Mystery Wedge Wins: 2
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 11-6
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 4-7
$10K MW was next to LaT: 8
$10K MW was next to $800: 7
Express was Played-Passed: 4-2
-Successes: 2
-Crashes: 2
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 3 (2 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 6
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 24/15/0
5-Round Games: 4
6-Round Games: 0
$6K FINAL SPINS: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 10
Red Winners: 8
Yellow Winners: 20
Blue Winners: 7
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $29,600* / 1 WC / 3 ½ CAR 
 
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $301,230* / 10 WC / 23 ½ CAR tags / 3 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,600* (Sept. 16), $17,250 (Oct. 29), $15K (Oct. 1)       
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $27,630* (Sept. 18), $27,500 (Oct. 1), $24,100 (Oct. 16) 
Highest-Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $70,900 (Sept. 29), $63,040 (Oct. 15)
Lowest-Winning Totals: $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $58,690 (Oct. 20), $53,591 (Oct. 28), $52,773 (Oct. 27)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

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

$32K: 14/27
$35K: 0/0
$40K: 1/1
$45K: 1/3
$50K: 0/0
$100K (or $1M): 1/2
CAR: 0/2

* includes prizes

WOF Recap: October 31, 2014

Next week, we're off to Hawaii for the first two weeks of their four-wk. stay there.

EPISODE #6080: HALLOWEEN WEEK

$1K Tossup: CHARACTER

_ _ _ _ T
_ _ _ _ _ _ A

Chris quickly IDs COUNT DRACULA. Wrapping up the month w/ us are these players...

Chris Barnes: Software worker who recently bought his first home w/ his partner from Plantation, FL
Miranda Rasnic: Millwood School Summer program teacher & Packers fan from Midlothian, VA
Wanda Morgenthaler: whitewater rafter married for 49 yrs. from Wildwood, MO

$2K Tossup: PROPER NAME

B A L T _ M _ _ E
_ A _ E _ S

Wanda only gets the first word whereas Chris triples up w/ the NFL's BALTIMORE RAVENS.

FEATURED HALLOWEEN TRIP: Omni Royal Orleans Hotels & Resorts w/ a Haunted History Tour worth $6,115

Round 1: SONG LYRICS

He kicks off w/ four T's for the WC, two I's and four E's, two S's for the Party City gift tag, and two H's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 before going for a quick solve...

I T ' S / T H E
E _ _ / _ _ / T H E
_ _ _ _ _ / _ S
_ E / _ _ _ _ / I T

..."IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT" (by R.E.M.) is right for another $4,500 cash & party supplies.

PR

Chris: $7,500 cash & GT WC 1/2 CAR/Ladies: $0 each

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

The middle lady first picks up a $900 R, an E, but then the BANKRUPT near $3,500. Second, Wanda says T for terrible while on the other 1/2 CAR. Third, Chris gets the same fate as Miranda to give up his cardboard pieces. After Miranda has a run-in w/ the other BANKRUPT, Wanda collects a $700 L, two A's, a FP O, and a $500 S before getting Miranda's most recent BANKRUPT to forfeit $950. Chris next says N for negative while on the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900. Miranda then puts up an $1,800 D pairing and buys two I's to clean out the vowels. Following a FP dud of G, she inserts a $1K B while on the MW near $800 and two W's while on the other MW and declines (that was the $10K one). She spins once more...and wouldn't you know it, she lands on that MW near $800! I think this is the first time ever that somebody spins up three consecutive MWs! After she lights up a $2K pair of C's...

_ A C _
B L A C _
W I D O W
S _ I D E R

...she captures a JACK BLACK WIDOW SPIDER for $6,550.

DUDS: T (Wanda), N (Chris), G (Miranda)
BANKRUPTS: 4 (Miranda 2x)

Chris: $7,500/Miranda: $6,550/Wanda: BUPKIS

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Before the next round of play, Jim acts like a disembodied head in his booth.

PP/Express Round: SHOW BIZ

Wanda instantly BANKRUPTS next to $650. Second, Chris FPs an O, lights up a $1,300 pair of R's, and buys five E's. But after a $900 N, the MDW's right side forces him to give back $1,950. Third, Miranda BANKRUPTS next to TD. After Wanda BANKRUPTS the same way she did before (both women now have three of those apiece), Chris puts up a $650, two A's to wipe out the vowels, and three G's for another $1,500...

R E G G A E / _ E G E N D
_ O _ / _ A R _ E _

...he IDs REGGAE LEGEND BOB MARLEY for $1,900 and a trip to the Grand Palladium JAMAICA Resort & Spa worth $8,214.

BANKRUPTS: 4 (Wanda 2x)

Chris: $17,614 cash & prizes/Miranda: $6,550/Wanda: TERRIBLE LUCK

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$3K Tossup: TV TITLE

_ _ _ / W _ _ K _ _ G
D _ A _

Miranda IDs "THE WALKING DEAD".

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

Her starters are a $900 T, three E's, two TD D's, and an A, but we have into go into S-U Mode...

_ A _ T E D
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ E E D _

...and the FS is set at $1,500. She then puts up the triple S's...

S A _ T E D
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ S E E D S

...and solves SALTED PUMPKINSEEDS for $14,900 and the win!

PR #2!

FINAL SCORES
Chris: $17,614 cash & prizes/Miranda: $24,450/Wanda: $1K CANDY

GT: $43,064
BANKRUPT TRASH (besides plate and WC): $3,550

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$100K Bonus Round
Miranda's the other player this week to spin the S of AMERICA'S. And we're about to find out if $100K loser Lisa Bruno costed us a PBRW.

Category: PHRASE
Opening setup...

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


BMFA adds besides the obvious...

A / _ _ E _ E / _ F
T _ E / _ _ E


...nothing else, so Lisa's off the hook and Miranda doesn't win A PIECE OF THE PIE worth the minimum.

$5K SPIN ID: KB5694184

To end the week, Pat tosses a bone to a skeleton dog (and there's a "No animals were harmed in the making of this close." disclaimer at the bottom of the screen).

MY EP. RATING: 6

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WOF Recap: October 30, 2014

Good news for those who watch this show on CBS like me -- "Thursday Night Football" is done airing its games this season. 

EPISODE #6079: HALLOWEEN WEEK

$1K Tossup: MOVIE QUOTE

_ ' _ / S C _ R _ D
_ _ I _ F


Wren solves the "Poltergeist" line "THEY'RE HERE" to get on the board first. On the day before Halloween 2014, here are...

Wren Schultz: professional house sitter, juggler & crossword creator from Anacortes, WA
Maya Echols: admissions coordinator at career college and actress (as well as a Titans fan) from Van Nuys (orig. from Harrisburg, PA and Nashville)
Deborah Rutter: specialist preschool teacher who also enjoys rollerskating & riding roller coasters from Coral Springs, FL

$2K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ O _ _ / W _ _ _ H
_ _ X _ _

Deborah locates FORTH WORTH, TEXAS.

FEATURED TRIP: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontena w/ Ghost Tour of Quebec worth $6,440 (I'd like to wish my home country of Canada continued support as they continue their recovery from last week's deadly shooting in the capital of Ottawa)

Round 1: PHRASE

She instantly BANKRUPTS next to $650. Second, Wren LOSES A TURN. Third, Maya calls out two S's for $1,800, three E's, two T's for the MDW, and an $800 H. But after an A buy is L for loss of turn. Deborah next gets the Canada wedge w/ three N's, buys five O's...

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

...and says  "SOMEONE'S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR" for $7,690 cash & Canada.

SOLE DUD: L (Maya)
SOLE LaT: Wren
SOLE BANKRUPT: Deborah

Maya: $0/Deborah: $9,690 cash & trip/Wren: $1K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Wren's first letter of N stands for no. Second, Maya takes five T's for $3K, four E's, and three $650 H's, but she then repeats said dud consonant while on the Shindigz gift tag. Third, Deborah grabs the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 w/ an F and buys two O's, but next is R for roadblock. Back to Wren who puts up three $650 C's, the last vowel of an A and two I's, and three W's via the MW near LaT. he takes the money for those letters...

T H E / W I C _ E _
W I T C H / O F / T H E
W E _ T
C O A _ T

...and solves THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST COAST for $4,450...but it would've been $11,450 had he taken the risk.

DUDS: N (Wren), R (Deborah)
SOLE DQ: Maya (N repeat)

Maya: ZERO/Deborah: $9,690 cash & trip/Wren: $5,450

Bonus Puzzle Flashback Repeat: "JAWS"

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PP/Express Round: THING

Trying to make a comeback here, Maya begins w/ three T's for $1,800, triple E's, a $1K pair of H's, but then S for sorry. Deborah secondly gets the same 1/2 CAR w/ two C's and decides to give up her Nissan Versa chance...

T H E / _ _ _ _
_ _ T E _ / _ _
T H E / _ _ C _ _ _ C

...but she doesn't keep track of the E's as she blows the solve w/ THE BLUE WATER OF THE PACIFIC. Wren then picks up the WC w/ two R's and buys three A's...

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

...he capitalizes for another $750 and a hotwire trip to THE WARM WATER OF THE PACIFIC at the Sheraton Kona Resort in HAWAII worth $8,950.

SOLE DUD: S (Maya)
SOLE DQ: Deborah's blown solve

Maya: ZILCH/Deborah: $9,690 cash & Canada/Wren: $15,150 cash & HI WC

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$3K Tossup: EVENT

D _ V I L ' S
N _ G H _

Deborah solves DEVIL'S NIGHT to be in five-figure territory.

Round 4: TITLE/AUTHOR

First up are a $650 B, three E's, a $700 Y, but then the S-U signal...

_ _ E / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / B Y
_ _ E _ _ E _ / _ _ _ _

...and the consonants pay off at $1,500 a pop. Two T's and S's later...

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

...Wren IDs "THE SHINING" BY STEPHEN KING for $3K worth of icing on his cake.

FINAL SCORES
Maya: $1K CANDY/Deborah: $12,690 cash & Canada/Wren: $18,150 cash & HI WC

GT: $31,840
BANKRUPT TRASH: ZIP!

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$100K Bonus Round
After we see the mark where winning players stand on for this part of the game, Wren spins up the second A of AMERICA'S. And did you notice that we've been going backwards in that word of the BW for three straight episodes including tonight?

Category: THING
Nothing but E's to start this answer...

_ _ _ _ _ _ E
_ E E 


HMCO is totally useless, but there are three G's courtesy of his WC...

_ _ G G _ G E
_ E E


...he makes the solve of BAGGAGE FEE...w/ 1/10th of a sec. to spare for that damned mininum, giving him $50,150 cash & trip to take home.

$5K SPIN ID: CG5264954

EP. RATING: 7

I'm sick of you, Michael Taylor!!!

I thought Michael Taylor would stop with the so-called technical wins after he replied in the Oct. 27 recap, but NOOOOO....he gave me a stupid ****in technical win today, which I had no choice to delete.

Listen, you dickhead, you are NOT the god of any game shows like this one and you do NOT make up the rules. It was created for a reason and when there's a BR win, it's a win. When it's a loss, it's a loss. Is the word "loss" NOT in your vocabulary? You really need to seek professional help.

And when I find an IP blocker to install on blogger, you will never read my posts ever again!!! You understand? NEVER!!!   


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WOF Recap: October 29, 2014

EPISODE #6078: HALLOWEEN WEEK

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ ' _ / S C _ R _ D
_ _ I _ F


Christopher correctly replies "I'M SCARED STIFF". Next three guests, please...

Christopher Swaby: customer service supervisor for a major oil cooperative from Queens Village, NY
Tiffany Schneider: fifth-year senior at Texas A&M studying communications and journalism who's been in radio for the past couple yrs. from Sugar Land, TX
Kate Demchak: meteorologist for a private co. and storm chaser whose boyfriend graduated from the same univ. as her w/ the same degree (Purdue Univ.) from Fremont, CA (orig from Simsbury, CT)

$2K Tossup: THING 

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


Christopher triples up w/ a MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION.


FEATURED HALLOWEEN TRIP: Zeigler House inn in Savannah, GA plus 6th Sense Ghost Tour worth $6,060

Round 1: TITLE 

His first letters this evening are an R for the PartyCity gift tag, three $600 T's, three E's, and triple H's for another $2,700, then he goes for a quick solve...

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


..."THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" is right for $5,750 cash & party supplies.

PR!

Christopher: $8,750 cash & party supplies/Ladies: $0 each 

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Mystery Round: MOVIE QUOTE

Tiffany's off and running w/ a $700 S, two T's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, four E's, an H for the Savannah trip, and A and O triplets. But after a $2,700 trio of L's, she purchases the only dud vowel of this board (I). Over to Kate who FPs the last vowel of U, spots a $900 W, but then BANKRUPTS near $650. After Christopher LaTs out...


W H A T E _ E _
 _ O U / _ O
_ O _ ' T / _ A L L
A S L E E _ 


....Tiffany recites "WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T FALL ASLEEP" (from "A Nightmare on Elm Street") for $3,900 and the trip. 

SOLE DUD: I (Tiffany)
SOLE LaT: Christopher
SOLE BANKRUPT: Kate


Tiffany: $9,960 cash & Savannah 1/2 CAR/Kate: ZIP/Christopher: $8,750 cash & GT


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PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

Kate's off to a bad start w/ an R while on the same
1/2 CAR. Second, Christopher finds a $500 N and a $900 G, buys two I's and an E, but then lands on the other BANKRUPT to lose the $900 remainder. Third, Tiffany collects $17,500 worth of five T's (no audience reaction here; boo!), a $500 H, and the rest of the vowels, but she then BANKRUPTS next to $650 to let $17,250 and her plate disappear; darn. After Kate SPINGLES for the B and the WC...

T A _ I N G / T H E
_ A I _ B O A T
O U T / T O / _ E A


...she'll be TAKING THE SAILBOAT OUT TO SEA on a hotwire trip to the Galley Bay Resort in ANTIGUA worth $8,860. 

SOLE DUD: R (Kate)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (opposition)


Tiffany: $9,960 cash & Savannah/Kate: $9,360 cash & Antigua/Chris: $8,750 cash & GT 

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$3K Tossup: PLACE 

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

Chris sweeps 'em w/ A CAVE FULL OF BATS.


Round 4: AROUND THE HOUSE 

First from his mouth are a $2,400 trio of T's, two E's, but then N for negative. Second for Tiffany are a $600 R and two I's...

_ _ _ _ _ _ I _ _ T
_ _ T T E R I E _


...she gets out some FLASHLIGHT BATTERIES for a $650 bonus.

SOLE DUD: N (Chris)

Tiffany: $10,960 cash & Savannah/Kate: $9,360 cash & Antigua/Chris: $11,750 cash & GT

Round 5: WAYD?


Tiffany first FPs an A, lights up the obvious (a $900 G, three I's, and three $500 N's), and buys three E's before BANKRUPTING the same way she did before to give up $1,900. Kate next picks off a $1,400 R pair and we go into S-U Mode...

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


...w/ a $1,600 Final Spin. Kate calls up the T's, but STILL CAN'T solve for $4,600 and the victory. Chris then puts up the D...

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


...and he's READING THE FINE PRINT to seal the deal.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Tiffany (her other one of the night)

FINAL SCORES
Tiffany: $10,960 cash & Savannah/Kate: $9,360 cash & Antigua/Chris: $13,350 cash & GT

GT: $33,670

BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $20,950

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$100K Bonus Round
We landed on the S of AMERICA'S last night...and Chris spins up the ' next door this evening.

Category: THING
He needs to call the right vowel in this one...


_ N _ _ _ E
_ _ R _ / _ _ / _ R T
 


Actually, he knows this already after calling QKWO...

_ N _ Q _ E
W O R K / O _ / _ R T
 


...and he completes a UNIQUE WORK OF ART to leave w/ $45,350 cash & party supplies (damn you, BW!).

$5K SPIN ID: DM5202099

MY EP. RATING: 6

Upon further review...

...the back-to-back 1/2 CAR wins we just saw this week is only the THIRD time ever. The first occurrence happened on October 5-6, 2011 ("Ports of Call") w/ the $15K KIA Soul in play. The other occurrence happened on April 10-11, 2013 ("Island-Hopping") week w/ the $14,330 smart car available.

Also, here's what three contestants earlier this season left behind w/ the complete Nissan Versa on the line...

Mindy Magana (Sept. 23): $21,075 cash & car in R2
Adrianne Blasquez (Oct. 2): $25,115 cash, car and Los Cabos in R3
Michelle Lueck (Oct. 14): $18,375 cash & car in R1


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WOF Recap: October 28, 2014

The maingame from last night to start the week was a real treat...but for winner Lisa Bruno, she got the biggest trick of 'em all in the BR -- the so-called "one-word syndrome" caused her to become the first $100K loser of the season and she had to settle for $32,865 cash & prizes (including the Nissan Versa Note). Let's try to recover from that...

EPISODE #6077: HALLOWEEN WEEK

$1K Tossup: WAYD? 

H I D I N _ / _ _ _ E R
_ H _ / _ _ _


Ken shouldn't be HIDING UNDER THE BED, because we're getting this game started and let's meet the man in the middle first...

Ken Depot: network administrator for manufacturing co. who's lost 65 lbs. over the past yr from Cumberland, RI 
Selina Simon: Western Washington Univ. student studying psychology whose family's from East Africa & Eritrea from Federal Way, WA 
Krystal Staggs: realtor from Peoria, AZ

$2K Tossup: LIVING THINGS 

_ A C K / O F
J _ C _ A L S


Ken catches a PACK OF JACKALS to triple up.

FEATURED HALLOWEEN TRIP: Perfect Tour of Romania w/ hotwire airfare worth $7,500
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Shindigz

Round 1: MOVIE TITLE 

His letter-calling spree begins w/ three T's for $2,100, four E's, three H's for $1,950 and two I's, followed by a C for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900, two A's...

T H E
_ I _ H T _ A _ E
_ E _ _ _ E
C H _ I _ T _ A _


...and his $3,800 solve of "THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS".


PR


Ken: $6,800 1/2 CAR/Ladies: $0 each

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Selina leads off w/ two FP E's, a $700 S, two I's and O's, and a FP A, then come the SL Bonus of three $700 H's, the last vowel of two U's, and the LaT. Second, Krystal can't capitalize on TD w/ a dud of L. Third, Ken gets the other 1/2 CAR w/ two N's, an $800 T, a $900 D, and a $500 G. Board...

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


...he gets out of the HORRIFYING HAUNTED HOUSE w/ $3,200 and the keys to the Versa Note for a total of $18,175 in that round alone! BTW, that's the third-ever instance of back-to-back 1/2 CAR wins!

SOLE DUD: L (Krystal)  
SOLE LaT: Selina

Ken: $24,975 cash & Versa/Ladies: $0 each

Bonus Puzzle Flashback Repeat: HOME MOVIES

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PP/Express Round: THINGS 

Krystal wastes a turn w/ the MDW's right side. Second for our big leader are a $1,600 T pairing, but then E for error. Third, Selina catches a $550 N, an I, two $900 S's, and four O's. But after a $1K pair of C's is the BANKRUPT near TD to scare her out of $2,850. Back to Krystal who puts in a $700 M, three A's to wipe out the vowel shop, a $650 L, a $600 K, and two TD R's...

C O A S T A L / R O C K
_ O R M A T I O N S


...she wins her first $8,700 and will see some COASTAL ROCK FORMATIONS on a trip to The Westin Resort & Spa LOS CABOS; that puts her on the board w/ $15,016 cash & Mexico.


SOLE DUD: E (Ken)  
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Krystal: $15,016 cash & MX/Ken: $24,975 cash & Versa/Selina: BAD LUCK

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$3K Tossup: PHRASE 

_ _ _ I K E / _ T
R _ C H


Ken knows how to STRIKE IT RICH, so he's swept the Tossups. 

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK (but also a Phrase) 

Next on his letter list are two T's for $1,200, three E's, two H's for $1,600, two I's, but then S for sorry. Selina secondly has the same result w/ an R request. Third, Krystal inserts a $1,200 N pairing, a FP A, and two C's for $1,400 before she sees...

T H E / I C I N _
_ N / T H E / C A _ E


...another $2,600 deposited into her bank that's THE ICING ON THE CAKE.


DUDS: S (Ken), R (Selina)

Krystal: $17,616 cash & MX/Ken: $27,975 cash & Versa/Selina: CANDY ALERT

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Speed-Up Round: CHARACTERS 

The consonants will pay off at $1,600 apiece. After somebody puts up the hot consonant of four R's...

_ _ R R _ / _ _ T T _ R
& / R _ N / _ _ _ _ _ _ _


...Selina IDs HARRY POTTER & RON WEASLEY for her only $8K of the night.

SOLE DUD: D (Krystal)

FINAL SCORES
Krystal: $17,616 cash & MX/Ken: $27,975 cash & Versa/Selina: $8K

GT: $53,591
BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,850 

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

Category: THING
Here's 1/3 of the answer spotted to him...


_ _ S _ _
T _ _ L 


CMHO only adds one letter, but it's in the important first word...

_ _ S H _
T _ _ L 


...and he captures Peter Rabbit's BUSHY TAIL no sweat! Hopefully, we have a $100K win this time...































































...no -- rock bottom strikes again! Ugh. His final total is $59,975 cash & car. 


$5K SPIN ID: GM3431428 

The hosts stand by the skeletons at the dinette to end this episode.

MY EP. RATING: 8  

Monday, October 27, 2014

WOF Recap: October 27, 2014

EPISODE #6076: HALLOWEEN WEEK

VTR: July 10th (3rd taping day of season)

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

P _ _ _ I _ G / _ N
_ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _

I'm NOT PUTTING ON MY COSTUME (because I don't have any), but Kari's the first to score and here are Monday's guests...

Kari Alison Hodge: Cal Tech grad w/ PhD who wrote a 300-page thesis on the detection of gravitational waves and condensed that into a seven-min. interpretive dance music video from L.A.
Jason Bruemmer: Navy M.P. from Port Orchard, WA
Lisa Bruno: international flight attendant who attended the Univ. of Kentucky (as did her sister and Hall of Fame father) from Aventura, FL


$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ _ F _ / S _ _ A
_ U _ H _ O _ _

Kari triples up w/ SOFT SOFA CUSHIONS.

FEATURED HALLOWEEN TRIP: Salem, MA w/ a stay at the Hawthorne Hotel worth $6,608
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: PartyCity
1/2 CAR: Nissan Versa Note S

(NOTE: Pat says that by this point in the tapings, Jim's booth has been moved to where Pat can see him from his podium.)

Round 1: TITLE (bats wipe) 

Kari gets the Salem trip right away w/ three T's, buys four E's, calls up two H's for $1,600 and makes the purchase of four I's, followed by two $500 W's, two $600 V's...

I _ T E _ V I E W
W I T H / T H E
V _ _ _ I _ E

...and her solve of "INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE" for $11,408 cash & Salem.

PR!

Kari: $14,408 cash & trip/Others: $0 each

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Mystery Round: CHARACTERS 

Jason picks up the WC right away w/ an S but then says F for flunk while on the MW near $800. Second, Lisa LOSES A TURN. Third, Kari claims the Party City GT w/ two T's, buys four E's an an A, picks off a $1K pair of H's, and buys the I and four O's to round out the vowels. Following a $1K pair of L's and three W's for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900...

W E _ E W O L _ E S
H O W L I _ _ / A T
T HE / _ O O _

...she hears some WEREWOLVES HOWLING AT THE MOON for another $4,500.

SOLE DUD: F (Jason)
SOLE LaT: Lisa

Kari: $18,908 cash & prizes 1/2 CAR/Others: $0 each

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Before the next round of play, we see Jim's new window (it's in the middle of the audience).
 
PP/Express Round: PLACE

First, Lisa takes a T for the other 1/2 CAR, three R's for $2,700, four E's, and two A's; that's followed by a $550 N, a P for the last remaining plate, two U's, but then a possibly fatal dud of S. Down Kari's path second are a $500 K, two I's, and two L's while on EXPRESS. She GOES ABOARD...but her very next call of V will cost her $2,250 and her plate. After Jason blows his turn w/ H while on the EXPRESS...

N A T U R E / P A R K
& / _ I L _ L I _ E
R E _ U _ E

...Lisa just won $3,500, the $14,975 Versa Note, and a hotwire trip to a place w/ a NATURE PARK & WILDLIFE RESCUE...COSTA RICA at the Lapaz Waterfall Gardens worth $6,040; she jumps from worst first w/ a $24,515 round!

NON-BANKRUPT DUDS: S (Lisa), H (Jason)
SOLE BANKRUPT DUD: V (Kari)

Jason: WC/Lisa: $24,515 cash & gifts/Kari: $18,908 cash & treats

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$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ O H _ N Y
_ _ _ _

Lisa thinks it's actor JOHNNY DEPP...yes it is.

Round 4: LIVING THINGS

Two $550 T's get her started, but the sole dud vowel of E stops her just as quick. Second, Kari puts up three S's for $2,400 and triple A's, but the LaT bites both her and Jason. Lisa next puts up two R's for $1,600 and two N's for $1,400 extra, but it's S-U time...

T A R A N T _ _ A S
& / S _ _ R _ _ _ N S

...and we have a $1,500 Final Spin. The middle lady then puts up the L... 

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

...and she turns these TARANTULAS & SCORPIONS into another $5,350.

SOLE DUD (before FS): E (Lisa)
LaTs: 2 (opposition)

FINAL SCORES
Jason: $1K CANDY/Lisa: $32,865 cash & treats (includes car)/Kari: $18,908 cash & treats 

GT: $52,773
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding Kari's plate): $2,250

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$100K Bonus Round
This week's in-studio vehicle could be another treat for Lisa -- a MINI Cooper Hardtop. Her spin somehow hangs on to the A of GAME (although it nearly landed on the G).

Category: PHRASE
Starting help...

_ _ _ N T 
T _ E / _ _ _

PCMO is good for...

P O _ N T
T _ E / _ _ _


...only the first two words, so she doesn't POINT THE WAY to victory. I can tell you right now that she just missed out on becoming the highest non-million winner of the season...







































































































...AND IT WAS THE BIG ONE -- SHE'S THE FIRST $100,000 LOSER OF THE SEASON. OUCH. If she had chosen A as her vowel, she would've won.

$5K SPIN ID: MS9490673

Some of the staff w/ their kids in costume appear at the end.

MY EP. RATING: 6 (started out great but it really took a turn for the worse in the end)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Week 6 Stats

Thank goodness for Carla from Mon., because this week was just average. And I'm glad they finally gave away a car for the first time this season. 

Total this Week: $215,744
Total for the Season: $2,468,266
BR Win Record: 14-16 (.4667)
Total Car Wins: 1
-1/2 Car: 1 (Ford Fiesta)
-BR Car: 0
Prize Wedge Wins: 11
Gift Tag Wins: 9
Mystery Wedge Wins: 2
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 11-2
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 4-7
$10K MW was next to LaT: 6
$10K MW was next to $800: 7
Express was Played-Passed: 3-2
-Successes: 2
-Crashes: 1
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 3 (2 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 5
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 17/14/0
5-Round Games: 2
6-Round Games: 0
$6K FINAL SPINS: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 7
Red Winners: 8
Yellow Winners: 17
Blue Winners: 5
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $35,150* / 2 WC / 4 ½ CAR 
 
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $2271,630* / 9 WC / 20 ½ CAR tags / 3 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,600* (Sept. 16), $15K (Oct. 1), $14,380* (Sept. 18)      
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $27,630* (Sept. 18), $27,500 (Oct. 1), $24,100 (Oct. 16) 
Highest-Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $70,900 (Sept. 29), $63,040 (Oct. 15)
Lowest-Winning Totals: $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $58,690 (Oct. 20), $45,640 (Oct. 6), $45,300 (Oct. 8)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

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

$32K: 11/23
$35K: 0/0
$40K: 1/1
$45K: 1/3
$50K: 0/0
$100K (or $1M): 1/1 
CAR: 0/2

* includes prizes

WOF Recap: October 24, 2014 (w/ a former J! and Millionaire contestant!)

EPISODE #6075: GREAT OUTDOORS

$1K Tossup: EVENT

_ A _ _ _ _ G
_ R _ P

This is the person I'm talking about -- it's Megan down at the end w/ the answer of CAMPING TRIP! Let's get to know her and everybody else better...

Megan Rafferty Barnes: member of Columbia Families in Nature from Columbia, MD; she won $105,203 on J! as a three-time champion and $16K on Millionaire w/ Meredith Vieira
Stephanie Locke: part-time travel firm worker who went cage diving w/ great white sharks in South Africa from Birmingham, AL
Erich Klein: Navy 1st Class Petty Officer and logistics specialist


$2K Tossup: CHARACTER

T _ E / _ _ _ _ R _ L Y
_ _ O N

Megan IDs THE COWARDLY LION from "The Wizard of Oz" fame.

FEATURED TRIP: Peru from Intrepid Travel worth $7,600

Round 1: TITLE

She's off to a bad start w/ the MDW's right-side. Second, Stephanie calls up two T's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, a $650 N, and an E, followed by four R's for $2,400 and the rest the vowel shop has to offer...

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

...and she solves "A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT" for the $2,800 remainder.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Megan

Stephanie: $2,800 1/2 CAR/Erich: $0/Megan: $3K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Still in control, Stephanie gets this answer started w/ four T's for $2,800, a $650 N, three E's and A's, two $900 R's, and a U. But after an S for the DICK'S gift tag is the sole dud vowel of I. Erich then puts up two H's and M's at $1,100 a pair, buys the leftover two O's...

S T A _ - A T - H O M E
M O T H E R
N A T U R E

...and solves STAY-AT-HOME MOTHER NATURE for $1,950.

SOLE DUD: I (Stephanie)

Stephanie: $2,800 1/2 CAR/Erich: $1,950/Megan: $3K 

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

The Navy man kicks off w/ a $7K pair of H's, and buys all five of the vowels in one fell swoop, then he says a TD L...and repeats the H while on that same big money spot. Megan secondly captures a $1,200 pair of M's but then LaTs out. Third, Stephanie picks off a $1,300 pair of N's and decides to sacrifice her Ford Fiesta opportunity...

N O _ H I N _
_ O U L _ / M A _ E
M E / H A _ _ I E _

NOTHING WOULD MAKE ME HAPPIER for somebody to win a trip...but it's NOT gonna be her, because she misses the second word by a letter w/ COULD. Erich then capitalizes for $9,250 and the $6K COSTA RICAN TOUR from caravan.com. 

SOLE LaT: Megan
DQs: 2 (Erich's H repeat, Stephanie's one-letter missolve)

Stephanie: $2,800/Erich: $17,200 cash & C.R./Megan: $3K 

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$3K Tossup: PLACES

_ O T A N _ _ A L
_ A _ D E N S

Erich breaks the $20K barrier w/ BOTANICAL GARDENS.

Round 4: WAYD?

He wastes a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near TD. Second for Megan are a $1,500 trio of N's, two I's, but then the other BANKRUPT. Third, Stephanie LaTs out. Back to Eric who finds a $1K pair of G's and an $1,800 pair of L's, but it's S-U time...

_ _ _ _ I N G / _ _
L _ N _ _ _ N / L I G _ _

...and the consonants left over are worth $1,600 apiece. Two R's have been exposed by Vanna...

R _ _ _ I N G / B _
L _ N T _ R N / L I G H T

...and Megan's READING BY LANTERN LIGHT for $3,200.

SOLE DUD (during S-U): K (Megan)
SOLE LaT: Stephanie
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Erich, Megan)

FINAL SCORES
Stephanie: $2,800/Erich: $20,200 cash & C.R./Megan: $6,200

GT: $29,200
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,250  

You did all right, Megan. I hope you had fun.

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$100K Bonus Round
Erich hopes to end this wk. on a good note after spinning up the N of WIN.

Category: THINGS
These are what everybody must have on their resume...

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


HDMA only adds two of the vowel...

_ _ _
_ _ A L _ _ _ _ A T _ _ N S 


...and he's the first QU- victim of the season, costing him $32K; they were JOB QUALIFICATIONS.

$5K SPIN ID: JB6838042

MY EP. RATING: 6