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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Season 33 Schedule

According to my TV listings, we begin w/ Teachers Week for the second season in a row on Sept. 14. Also, a source has revealed the schedule for most of this coming season. Here you go:

9/14/15-9/18/15: Teachers Week (first taping of the season on July 16)
9/21/15-9/25/15: Home Sweet Home
9/28/15-10/2/15: Wheel Across America
10/5/15-10/9/15: Weekend Getaways (second taping of the season on July 17)
10/12/15-10/16/15: Great Escapes
10/19/15-10/23/15: Fall Fun (oh dear -- this sounds like a bad omen given that Fall weeks don't go that well)
10/26/15-10/30/15: the usual Halloween week
11/2/15-11/6/15: Take Me to Hawaii Sweepstakes
11/9/15-11/13/15: Veterans Week (these are members who've been serving in the Armed Forces for a long time or have retired from active duty)
11/16/15-11/20/15: Great Outdoors
11/23/15-11/27/15: America's Game
11/30/15-12/4/15: Secret Santa Sweepstakes Family Week (sponsored by Sears)
12/7/15-12/11/15: Secret Santa Sweepstakes (single-player)
12/14/15-12/18/15: Home for the Holidays
12/21/15-12/25/15: Winter Break
12/28/15-1/1/16: America's Game
1/4/16-1/8/16: TBA
1/11/16-1/15/16: European Vacation
1/18/16-1/22/16:  TBA
1/25/16-1/29/16: Teen Best Friends (first time since S28 we're doing this team week; I'm not fond of that)
2/1/16-2/5/16: Beaches Resorts Family Week
2/8/16-2/12/16: Girlfriend Getaways (AARGH!!!)
2/15/16-2/19/16: Disneyland Sand and Shore (why add land in the title?!)
2/22/16-2/26/16: TBA
2/29/16-3/4/16: TBA
3/7/16-3/11/16: .BUZZ Week (I believe the trips offered will be provided by said company)
3/14/16-3/18/16: America's Game
3/21/16-3/25/16: Pet Week (renamed from Pet Lovers Week)
3/28/16-4/1/16: Sandals Resorts Week
4/4/16-4/8/16 (my 29th birthday week): College Week (everybody flunked out in Wheel BR School two seasons ago; let's hope we don't have a Julian Batts on our hands)
4/11/16-4/15/16: America's Game
4/18/16-4/22/16: Big Money Week (this is the first time since S29 we're doing this; two women blew their $100K opportunities last time with $65K, $75K and $85K in play)
4/25/16-4/29/16: TBA
5/2/16-5/6/16: Great American Cities (Seattle)
5/9/16-5/13/16: Great American Cities (Denver)
5/16/16-5/20/16: Great American Cities (Philadelphia)
5/23/16-5/27/16: Wheel Around the World
5/30/16-6/3/16: America's Game
6/6/16-6/10/16: TBA

Saturday, August 29, 2015

OBIT: A WDBJ News Crew

WDBJ7, the CBS station in Roanoke, VA that carries this show and its sister show J!, lost two of its own this past Wednesday. Reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman Adam Ward were both SHOT DEAD by deranged gunman Vester Flanagan II who was a former reporter for said station (he went by the on-air name of Bryce Williams) at 6:45 AM. A third victim, Vicki Gardner (the person being interviewed who was shot in the back), is recovering from her injuries.

What makes matters worse is that Alison and Adam were starting their journalism careers. Alison just celebrated her 24th birthday with her boyfriend (an anchor for the station) while Adam was only 27. May those two rest in peace.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

What the Wheel Looks Like for Next Season

Sources say that there are a few downgrades on the big wheel for next season. Here's the Before...


...and here's the AFTER part (with the parts that are in large text).


As you can see, there are now FOUR $600 spaces and only ONE $900 space and one $800 space. IMO, that cluster of 6s w/ the Express wedge nearby just seems awkward. A yellow $800 would've been better and they should've have kept the pink $900.

Also, the 1/2 CARs will NO LONGER be in R1. Looks like they're making them a little harder to win after that record number of them given away this past season.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

BREAKING NEWS for Next Season

Sources say that Wheel will NOT be going on a road trip for at least next season. Looks like they have to keep the budget control given the $11M+ given away this past season. I'm really disappointed about this but I'm still watching the show regardless if it's good or bad news like that.


1. Both grand prizes of $100K and $1M won by Rick Galten (start of "Wheel Around the World") and Sarah Manchester (third episode of season premiere week), respectively.
2. A new-record weekly high total of $441K+ was set on California Coast Week (includes Chad Ruter's maingame and Nicole's $45K solve of BUBBLY SOAP)!
3. Matt's $91K+ maingame on Boxing Day even though he didn't solve his bonus puzzle.
4. The first perfect BR week since the end of the N.O. road trip in S28 (next-to-last week of this season).
5. Melanie Barash from March 12, 2015 scoring the first total clean sweep in almost four years.
6. The record # of car wins (26) and one player Victoria Silcox scored another one in the BR.
7. Donna Lakinger's well-desrved $50K win for solving HIGH-TECH GADGETS.
8. Feb. 17, 2015: Rufus pulls a Caitlin Burke by solving CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.
9. A man w/ my namesake (Andy Walsh on May 28, 2015) winning big and preventing possible back-to-back shutouts by solving STRIPED AWNING).

1. Whitney's $1M loss (DISHONORABLE MENTION goes to Michael Taylor for saying a technical win on that) and the other four grand prize losses
2. $32K landed on WAY too often (I'm fearing this is gonna happen next season).
3. A RECORD-WORST BANKRUPT TRASH of $49,175 on Jan. 8 (most of 'em by Alli Zack).
4. The three BR shutout weeks (especially Spin Into Summer week when most of the players including Angela on the Monday episode didn't keep track of the letters they called in the BR). I'm surprised that Sandals Resorts Week scored a lot even w/ the shutout.
5. Terra Harris on March 3, 2015 screwing up one of the dwarves' names in the Mystery Round (that went viral).
6. Horrible R2 and R3 (especially Ritz' big brain fart in the Express Round) on October 1, 2014.
7. We just couldn't duplicate the magic from the last Hawaii road trip (having somebody win $100K).
8. Ugly R1 on Oct. 15, 2014. Thankfully, Laura Vazquez saved this episode w/ her $45K win of JUICE BAR.
9. Adam Sitte of the Navy still doesn't get the last letter of his BR puzzle FIGURE IT HOW (April 16, 2015).
10. Why use the generic set for "Viva Las Vegas" and "Wheel Loves NY"?

Feel free to think of something that are best and worst moments of this past season.

Friday, June 12, 2015


Don't you just hate $32K popping up way to often this season? I sure hope their distribution changes significantly for next season. See my custom configuration that I wrote back in April.

Total this Week: $250,020
Total for the Season: $11,514,281
BR Win Record: 74-121 (.380)
Total Car Wins: 29
-1/2 Car: 26 (13 Ford Fiestas, 12 Nissa Versa Note Ss, 1 Chevy Spark)
-BR Car: 3 (Chevy Camaro, BMW x3, VW Beetle Conv.)
Prize Wedge Wins: 50
Gift Tag Wins: 53
Mystery Wedge Wins: 16
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 68-21
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 35-33
$10K MW was next to LaT: 35
$10K MW was next to $800: 49
Express was Played-Passed: 38-4
-Successes: 21
-Crashes: 17
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 10 (8 on $3,500, 1 on $900, 1 on $5,000)
-BR: 23
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 137/81/0
5-Round Games: 48
6-Round Games: 4
Gooseegg Victims: 46
Red Winners: 65
Yellow Winners: 74
Blue Winners: 56
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $9,700 / 1 WC / 3 ½ CAR  
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $1,278,263 * / 61 WC / 65 ½ CAR / 13 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,625* (Jan. 8), $20,600* (Sept. 16), $19,590 * (May 6)   
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $49,175* (Jan 8.), $29,625* (April 3), $27,980* (March 10)
Top 3 Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $130,565 (Feb. 23), $100,623 (Jan. 29)
Bottom 3 Winning Totals: $12,400 (Feb. 16), $11,000 (Sept. 19), $10,950 (Apr. 29)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $93,892 (Dec. 26), $83,743 (Jan. 29), $77,978 (Jan. 27)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)  
Season-Low Week: $171,789 (Disney Sand & Shore Wk.)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 1
BR Shutouts: 3
$1M Bonus Rounds: 16

$32K: 56/143
$40K: 4/14
$45K: 8/18
$50K: 1/6
$100K (or $1M): 2/7 (one of each win, four $100K losses and one $1M loss) 
CAR: 3/7

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: June 12, 2015 -- SEASON 32 FINALE



I / _ M / _ O _ R
_ A _ _ _ _

David says Darth Vader's famous line "I AM YOUR FATHER". Here are the final three players of S32...

David Hubbard: painting contractor from Tucson
Nick Noard: salesman for a major snack co. from Castro Valley, CA
Christopher Armstead: retired from Army after 21 yrs. from San Antonio (he kinda looks like President Obama)

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

G O _ _ _ / _ _ _
_ X T _ A / _ I L E



The letter search begins w/ him calling two $900 T's, three E's, a $900 H, but then A for awful. Second, Christopher calls up two $900 S's, two L's for the 1/2 CAR near that orange wedge he last spun,  two O's, two $650 R's, but then C for critical dud while on the SS. After David BANKRUPTs near $650, Nick spins once for a $650 D...

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

...and solves SLIDE RULE THE ROOST for $2,850, giving him a new total of $4,850.

DUDS: A (Nick), C (Christopher)


Mystery Round: PEOPLE

While in the lead-off spot, Christopher takes twin D's for seven grand, a single O, three $900 S's, but then a dud of G while on that same 1/2 CAR. Second, David spins his way to a $650 L, three N's for the other 1/2 CAR, but the sole dud vowel of I stops him in his tracks. Third, Nick captures a $3,600 D quartet, buys two A's and five E's...

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

...and solves BLONDES, BRUNETTES AND REDHEADS for the $3,100 remainder.

DUDS: G (Christopher), I (David)

David: $1K/Nick: $7,950/Christopher: ZIPPO


PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

David's first call of S stands for sorry. Nick secondly LaTs out. Third, Christopher gets the exact same fate as the guy before him after finding a $2,400 T trio. Back to David who picks up the Shop Your Way gift tag w/ three H's, buys three E's, lights up a $2,700 N trio, and buys the O, two A's and twin I's. Following a $1,950 trio of G's...

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

...he wins another $5,150 and will be HITTING THE BEACH ON A DUNE BUGGY on a Funjet Vacation to the RIU Bambu in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $8K.

SOLE DUD: S (David)
LaTs: 2 (other men)
David: $14,150 cash & prizes/Nick: $7,950/Christopher: NO LUCK



B O _ _ L E / O F
C O _ O G _ E


Round 4: PHRASE

He can't cash in on TD w/ a dud of N. Second, Christopher hits the neighboring BANKRUPT. Third for David are a $1,300 T trio, a $550 H, but then the bells for S-U...

_ _ _ / T H _
_ _ _ _ _ T

...and the last FS of S32 is $1,800. After the man in the middle picks the last consonant of P...

_ S K / T H _
_ X P _ R T

...he didn't need to ASK THE EXPERT, because he makes the $3,600 solve and wins the game by just $400.

DUDS: N (Nick before FS) and L (David during S-U)

David: $14,150 cash & prizes/Nick: $14,550/Christopher: LAST $1K GOOSEEGG OF SEASON

GT: $29,700


Final Bonus Round of S32
Nick lands on the second A of AMERICA'S.

Category: PHRASE
The first and last letters of this answer are...

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

HGPO is a great combination, because we now have...

T O O / _ _ _ H
H _ P E

...let's not put TOO MUCH HYPE in this playing -- he falls for the TOO MUCH HOPE trap, goes off course w/ "TOO SUCH...", and gets the right answer in time...

...but the $32K has swept a week for the fifth and final time this season, so he leaves w/ $46,550.

$5K SPIN ID: DJ1812453

Well, that's all she wrote for S32. It sure had its up and down moments. Let's take a look back at what we saw...

-Following a very dull season that nearly took the whole season for the BW to land on either grand prize, Sarah Manchester became the third-ever millionaire on the program on the very first week of this season w/ $1,017,490 (Whitney Shields, however, got the dubious honor as the first-ever $1M loser on April 2) while Rick Galten became a $100K winner (and the only such winner this season like Molly from last season) at the start of "Wheel Around the World" in February.

-The producers started the tradition of replacing the $30K envelopes and dropping the $35K ones (very bad move, IMO) w/ the new minimum cash envelopes that matches the season number. Next season's minimum is $33K.

-The cash bonus for the BR cars was thankfully raised back to $5K (though the envelopes for 'em eliminated the manufacturer's logo and name), but it's such a shame that an ALL-TIME LOW of three cars were given away in the BR this season (the most expensive one was the BMW x3 given away on Dec. 29). IMO, the producers should have added a few more car envelopes to replace the $35K ones.

-We saw two epic maingame wins by Chad Ruter ($68,623 on the Thurs. episode of California Coast Week that set a new RECORD-HIGH WEEKLY TOTALw/o landing on either grand prize) and Matt DeSantos ($91,892 on Boxing Day; he was one of two people to sweep the maingame).

-This year has got to be the year of the 1/2 CAR. A record of 26 was given away (you'll see my stat count coming soon). 

-A grand total of over $11M in cash & prizes was awarded this season. The final BR win count is 74 (down from 78 last season) and let's not forget about the PERFECT BR WEEK we got for the first time since the New Orleans road trip in May '11. The number of BR shutouts this season (3) is the same as last season.

As usual, thanks so much for reading these recaps I've provided and we'll meet again in about three months from now. Have a great summer, people!


Thursday, June 11, 2015

WoF Recap: June 11, 2015


$1K Tossup: WAYD?

_ R O W _ N G
A / B E A _ _

Looks like Trevor is indeed GROWING A BEARD. Now for Thursday's manly panel...

Trevor Anthony: owner of a dinner theater that burned down who's homeschooling his oldest son from San Antonio
Harry Limauro: from Ventura, CA
Jason DeMilia: sales mgr (and coaches both his sons in baseball) from Escondido, CA

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

T H _ / _ A N
W _ _ H / T _ _ / _ _ _ N

Trevor's THE (temporary) MAN WITH THE PLAN. And BTW, Pat's beginning to call the announcer "Jimbo".

Round 1: PHRASE

He leads off w/ three T's for $2,700, three N's to double up, a $900 S, two A's and two I's, followed by a $900 H, four D's for $3,600 more and three E's (he's been spinning the yellow $900 every time) before he faces this...

A N D / T H E _
S A I D / I T
_ _ _ _ D N ' T
_ E / D _ N E

...he blows the solve by one letter w/ "AND THEN SAID IT COULDN'T BE DONE", so $10,050 could very well go down the drain for him. Harry then picks a $900 Y and a TD C...

A N D / T H E Y
S A I D / I T
C _ _ _ D N ' T
_ E / D _ N E

...he capitalizes on the $3,400 solve w/ "AND THEY SAID IT COULDN'T BE DONE".

SOLE DQ: Trevor's blown solve


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Harry first takes control of a $650 R, buys two A's and E's, but then says F for flunk while on the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900. Jason secondly gets that same plate w/ an N, then he spins his way to an L, I, K, two P's (all of those consonants came from that same green $500 space), and the BANKRUPT near TD to lose $2,250 and the plate. Trevor then semi-spingles for a $900 Y, buys an O...

O R _ A N

...and redeems himself w/ a LEAKY PIPE ORGAN.

SOLE DUD: F (Harry)

Harry: $3,400/Jason: NADA/Trevor: $4K

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (last one of season): EVENT (early '00)
This guy went CDMA...

C A T C _ / A
_ _ _ / _ L _

...but failed to CATCH A POP FLY.


PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

Jason's initial choices are two TD N's, a $900 G, the obvious I, but then the sole dud vowel of A. Second, Trevor BANKRUPTs near TD. Coming Harry's way third are a $1,500 R trio, two E's, two $650 T's, two O's, and a $2,700 H trio before we look at...

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

...he wins another $5K and will be SURFING THE NORTH SHORE while at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki in OAHU courtesy of Apple Vacations worth $7,100.

SOLE DUD: A (Jason)
Harry: $15,500 cash & HI/Jason: NIL/Trevor: $4K 


$3K Tossup: PERSON

B U _ _ N E _ S
T _ A _ E _ E R

Trevor the BUSINESS TRAVELER sweeps those Tossups.


Next on his letter list are a $500 N, three T's to x4 up, four E's, $500 H and M singles (he's spun that same green $500 next to TD every time), and the final vowel of A...

M E E T / T H E
_ A _ E N T _

...he solves "MEET THE PARENTS" for $2,500.


Harry: $15,500 cash & HI/Jason: GOOSEEGG ALERT/Trevor: $9,500


Speed-Up Round: PLACE
Here's another $1,500 FS for ya. Midway in the round, Trevor takes out the two N's...

H _ N T _ N _
_ _ _ _ _

...but he's wrong w/ HUNTING FIELD (that was my guess, too) and HUNTING GROUND. One I and two G's later...

H _ N T _ N G
_ _ _ G E

...Jason's guess of HUNTING RANGE is not much better, since the R was already dead. Trevor goofs w/ the C whereas Harry picks the L...

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

...he seals the deal w/ HUNTING LODGE. Had Trevor said either the L or the D, we would have gone to a Tiebreaking Tossup for the first time in over nine years.

DUDS: S (Harry), R (Harry), M (Jason), C (Trevor)
DQs: 3 missolves (two by Trevor; Jason)

Harry: $17K cash & HI/Jason: $1K GOOSEEGG/Trevor: $9,500

GT: $27,500
BANKRUPT TRASH (plate excluded): $2,250


$100K Bonus Round
The S in SPIN is where the BW stops for this Harry.

Category: PHRASE
Another biggie begins like this...

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

CMPA doesn't add much...

_ A _ _ L E / _ N
T _ E / _ _ T C _ E N

...he's stumped on the first word of DABBLE IN THE KITCHEN, so he's not the third straight $32K winner.

$5K SPIN ID: CG4999114


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WoF Recap: June 10, 2015


$1K Tossup: THINGS

C L A _ _ I C

Vince knows that Jay Leno is a collector of CLASSIC CARS. Once again, going down the line in meeting the men...

Vince Warsaw: Arroyo Valley HS teacher & minister from Highland, CA
Michael Ansier: firefighter & Navy vet from Chicago (the firehouse where he works at is about a block away from the HS where Pat attended -- Farragut HS)
Alan Bratz: Navy Sonar Tech for 10 yrs. from San Diego

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

_ Y E / _ Y E
_ _ P T _ I _

Michael goofs w/ "BYE BYE...".

A Y E / _ Y E
_ A P T _ I _

Alan aptly says "AYE AYE, CAPTAIN".


He gets the WC right away w/ an R, buys an E, but then BANKRUPTs near TD to lose the WC and the other half of his $500 almost instantly. Second, Vince calls up a $900 T, buys two A's, but then hits the MDW's right side. Third, Michael takes a $900 L, two I's, four M's for another $3,600, and three FP S's...

S A L M _ _
S _ I M M I _ _
_ _ S T R E A M

...he catches some SALMON SWIMMING UPSTREAM for his first $5,750.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (the other men before him)


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Vince first spots two T's for $1,600, double A's, the same number of N's for $1,800 more, but nothing more w/ an O buy. Second, Michael puts up a $1,300 pair of R's, the remaining vowels of six E's and two I's, and five S's for another $3,250...

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

...he solves "SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE MARINERS" for another $4,050.

SOLE DUD: O (Vince)

Vince: $1K/Michael: $9,800/Alan: $2K


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Michael instantly duds out w/ R while on the EXPRESS. Down Alan's path second are a $1,400 pair of N's, two O's and three E's, and a G while on EXPRESS. He GOES ON...but his very next call of S costs him $1,900. Third, Vince lights up nothing w/ a P call. Returning to Michael who picks two M's for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 and an $1,800 pair of L's, buys two A's, but then purchases the one dud vowel of the board (E). Alan then BANKRUPTs near TD whereas Vince finds himself in LaT territory, so we're quickly back to Mike who buys that remaining U...

_ _ I L L I N G / O U _
I N / A / _ A M M O _ _

...he makes the $2,050 solve and will be CHILLING OUT IN A HAMMOCK at the Azul Ocean Club in COSTA RICA worth $6,800.

NON-BANKRUPT DUDS: R (Michael), P (Vince), E (Michael)
SOLE LaT: Vince
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both by Alan; he has three so far)

Vince: $1K/Michael: $18,650 cash & C.R./Alan: $2K 



H _ _ E / _ _ _ _ _ _ R
_ Y S _ E M

Alan doesn't know it.

H O _ E / T _ _ A _ _ R
_ Y S _ E M

Mike's up over $21K w/ HOME THEATER SYSTEM.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

He falls just short of hitting the big one, but he duds out anyway w/ T. Second, Alan BANKRUPTs next to TD for the third time tonight (and that's his fourth one overall). Third for Vince are a couple N's for $1,300, a $550 G, an I, but then L for loss of turn and we go into S-U mode...

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

...w/ the leftover consonants worth $1,500 each. After our big leader finds the hot letter of three F's...

M _ R N I N G
_ _ _ / _ F / _ _ F F _ _

...he's had his MORNING CUP OF COFFEE and takes another $6K heading into Bonusland. 

SOLE DUD: T (Michael; repeated by Alan during S-U)

Vince: $1K/Michael: $27,650 cash & C.R./Alan: $2K  

GT: $30,650
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC disregarded): $2,800


$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the W for Mike.

Category: THING
One-wordy alert...

_ R _ _ _ _ _ L _ T _

PHGO gives him a little run of letters at the beginning...

P R O _ _ _ _ L _ T _

...the PROBABILITY of him trying to solve this is pretty decent...he makes it happen and leaves w/ $59,650 cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: TN8265785


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WoF Recap: June 9, 2015


$1K Tossup: SONG TITLE

L E A D E R / O F
T H E / P A _ K

Just when you thought we finally have a Triple Stumper all season long, James somehow gets "LEADER OF THE PACK"  by the Shangri-Las. Meeting the men from left to right now...

James Ramey: from Cypress, TX  
Amir Durrani: HR worker from Cerritos, CA
Jerry Mrozek: retired A.F. pilot and astronautical engineer from Orcutt, CA


_ U _ T A C H E
_ _ _ _ M E R

James takes out the MUSTACHE TRIMMER for the tripler.


He opens up w/ two R's for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900, buys five E's and three A's, calls up an S and two N's at $650 apiece, and buys and O before saying B for bad while on the Shop Your Way shopping spree. Second, Amir picks a $700 T, but the MDW's right side gets him just as quick. Third, Jerry uncovers three F's for $2,400, a $900 C, and two M's for the other 1/2 CAR. After he buys the leftover O and U...

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

...he exactly recites "MAKE HIM AN OFFER HE CAN'T REFUSE" (from "The Godfather") for $3,800.

SOLE DUD: B (James)

James: $3K/Amir: $0/Jerry: $3,800 1/2 CAR


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Amir kicks off w/ a $1,400 pair of T's, but the BANKRUPT near $650 strikes. Second, Jerry can't capitalize on $3,500 w/ a dud of N. Third, James has the same fate w/ an S call. Amir restarts w/ a $900 R, A and E singles, two $600 B's, and an H while on the MW near LaT. He risks the $1,600 to find...$$$! But after he buys two U's, he repeats the B to likely throw away $11,350. After Jerry runs into the other MDW BANKRUPT to hand over his plate, James spingles for a $1K G...

_ / G _ T / _ _ U

...and solves "I GOT YOU BABE" RUTH.

DUDS: N (Jerry), S (James)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Amir & Jerry)
SOLE DQ: Amir's B repeat

James: $4K/Amir: ZERO/Jerry: $3,800

Repeating BP Flashback: WHY ME


PP/Express Round: LANDMARKS

Coming Jerry's way first are a $1,200 pair of T's, three $650 S's, two E's and the same number of A's, followed by a $1,500 N trio, a $900 D, a $550 L...but then the LaT. James then calls up a $1K pair of M's while on the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900...

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

...he'll be seeing CASTLES AND MONUMENTS on a $6K trip to IRELAND.

SOLE LaT: Jerry

James: $11K cash & Ireland/Amir: ZILCH/Jerry: $3,800 


$3K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ I _ G
I _ / B U _ K

James is certainly BUYING IN BULK for the Tossup sweep.

Speed-Up Round: FUN & GAMES

$1,500 is the consonant payoff. Jerry inserts a W midway in the round, but he blows the solve w/ ALL-STAR WRESTLING when there was no punctuation mark on the board. James then requests the double G's...

_ L L _ G _ T _ R
W R _ S T L _ N G

...he solves ALLIGATOR WRESTLING for another $10,500.


James: $24,500 cash & Ireland/Amir: $1K GOOSEEGG/Jerry: $3,800  

GT: $29,300
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. plate): $2,100


$100K Bonus Round
The P is James' potential reward.

Category: FUN & GAMES
The ending letter(s) of each word is/are...

_ _ _ _ E R
_ _ _ L

DFMO is his combination...

_ _ M _ E R
_ O O L

...he successfully sinks a ball in this game of BUMPER POOL and leaves w/ $56,500 cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: RH7740044