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Friday, January 23, 2015

Week 19 Stats

This week was mostly quiet and I will officially take the $35K off the list. Good thing Steven from Thursday saved their butts this week.

Total this Week: $211,364
Total for the Season: $6,281,081
BR Win Record: 39-56 (.411)
Total Car Wins: 12
-1/2 Car: 9 (4 Ford Fiestas, 4 Nissa Versa Note Ss, 1 Chevy Spark)
-BR Car: 3 (Chevy Camaro, BMW x3, VW Beetle Conv.)
Prize Wedge Wins: 25
Gift Tag Wins: 27
Mystery Wedge Wins: 8
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 34-11
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 16-18
$10K MW was next to LaT: 14
$10K MW was next to $800: 28
Express was Played-Passed: 20-3
-Successes: 10
-Crashes: 10
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 7 (6 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 13
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 62/40/0
5-Round Games: 19
6-Round Games: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 21
Red Winners: 34
Yellow Winners: 34
Blue Winners: 27
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $23,750 */ 1 WC  
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $644,181* / 31 WC / 37 ½ CAR / 8 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,625* (Jan. 8), $20,600* (Sept. 16), $17,250 (Oct. 29) 
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $49,175* (Jan 8.), $27,630* (Sept. 18), $27,500 (Oct. 1)
Top 3 Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $91,892 (Dec. 26), $87,388 (Dec. 17)
Bottom 3 Winning Totals: $13,410 (Dec. 16), $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $93,892 (Dec. 26), $63,524 (Nov. 27), $58,690 (Oct. 20)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 7

$32K: 28/67
$40K: 3/9
$45K: 4/9
$50K: 0/1
$100K (or $1M): 1/2
CAR: 3/7

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: January 23, 2015


$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ N _ _ F

James quickly eats up some BEEF STROGANOFF. The end-of-week panelists...

James Trahan: social media strategist for a very small co. & hockey player/fan who does the "Frog Throat" from Clinton Township, MI
Kelly Vander Meer: Richards HS special ed teacher from Chicago
Lindsey Hoffman: financial consultant at a local credit union from Maple Valley, WA


T _ _ _ A _
J E F _ E R _ O N

Why didn't they save this for an "America's Game" week? Anyway, Kelly IDs THOMAS JEFFERSON for control.

FINAL INTREPID TRIP OF WK.: Italy worth $8,050


She first calls a $550 N but BANKRUPTS near TD just as quick. Second, Lindsey calls up three T's for $2,700, buys an E, but gets the exact same fate. Third, James picks two D's for $1,200, three I's, a $700 S, a U, but then L for loss. Kelly's second turn sees her putting up a $900 R, but then hitting the other normal BANKRUPT. Lindsey then SPINGLES for a $900 B...

B I R T _ D _ _
_ N D / T I E

...and puts on a BIRTHDAY SUIT AND TIE to get on the board.

SOLE DUD: L (James)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (both ladies; Kelly 2x)

Kelly: $2K/Lindsey: $1K/James: $1K


Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

Lindsey leads off w/ three T's for $2,700, two E's, two H's for another $1,800, but then A for awful (and it's the only bad vowel of this puzzle). Second, James spots a $700 S, but then BANKRUPTs neat $650. Third, Kelly picks up the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 w/ an N, buys three I's, and lights up a $600 W. After she then buys the other two good vowels...

S T U _ _ / I N
T H E / _ I _ _ _ E
W I T H / _ O U

...she doesn't sound confident, but "STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU" by Stealers Wheel from '72 is right for the house minimum; still, she should've gone for the L's.

SOLE DUD: A (Lindsey)

Kelly: $3K 1/2 CAR/Lindsey: $1K/James: $1K


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

The lead-off spinner, James, hits his second straight BANKRUPT (this one on the MDW's right side). Second for Kelly are a $700 T, four $600 N's, an I and four A's, two $700 G's, three O's, and three L's for $1,800 (she was close to hitting either FP or the EXPRESS on those spins). Following a FP E to wipe out the vowel shop...

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

...she'll be STROLLING ALONG ON A SANDY BEACH, because she's won $5,550 plus a trip to the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort in ARUBA worth $6,200.


Kelly: $14,750 cash & Aruba/Lindsey: $1K/James: $1K


$3K Tossup: PHRASE

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

Lindsey solves FROM START TO FINISH to quadruple up.

Round 4: SHOW BIZ

First from her mouth are a $900 N, two $5K T's, but then a worthless E. Second for James are three S's for $1,500, three A's, a FP E repeat, then come a $650 H, a $500 D, a $900 F...but then the BANKRUPT near the big one to forfeit $3,300...

A / _ A S T / _ F
T H _ _ S A N D S

...and Kelly just solves A CAST OF THOUSANDS.

SOLE DUD: E (Lindsey)

Kelly: $15,750 cash & Aruba/Lindsey: $4K/James: $1K


Speed-Up Round: LANDMARK

$1,500 per consonant here. Late in this round, Lindsey calls up the N to leave only vowels remaining...

T H E / P _ _ N T E D

...this is in Arizona, but she blows the solve by a letter w/ THE POINTED DESERT. James next says the same bad answer twice. Kelly then ends this kinda sloppy round w/ THE PAINTED DESERT.

SOLE DUD: F (Kelly)
DQs: 3 (blown solves by her opponents)

VB: Late stage of this round

Kelly: $18,750 cash & Aruba/Lindsey: $4K/James: $1K

GT: $23,750


$100K Bonus Round
Kelly's got the M envelope of GAME.

Category: PHRASE
I know the trick that Harry's using on this one...

_ _ / T _ E
_ _ _ R T

...she CMPOs out of the game and that BW was stuck on $32K all week long for only the second time this season. The answer was BY THE QUART.

$5K SPIN ID: SV4368615
Last Dish of the Week: Lasagna

MY EP. RATING: 4 (unnecessary R1 and R2 solves, late S-U bad solves, and a bad BR playing)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

WoF Recap: January 22, 2015



S A _ A D
S _ I N _ _ R

Sarah solves SALAD SPINNER. Next three guests, please...

Sarah Naylor: spa manager & animal shelter volunteer from Charleston, SC
Steven Dieringer: accountant for The Greater Cleveland Partnership from Cleveland, OH
Keisha Ellis: FIT worker, does clinical registration at hospital amd is also a junior board member for Beyond the Burrows Scholarship Fund from Brooklyn

$2K Tossup: THINGS

C A U S _ / A N D
E _ _ _ _ _

Steven solves CAUSE AND EFFECT.

FEATURED INTREPID TRIP: Japan worth $10,700

Round 1: SAME NAME

That man kicks off w/ four N's for the WC, three A's, a D for the gift tag, a $900 T, but then E for error. Second, Keisha puts up two TD R's, two O's, and the same number of S's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900...

_ A N _ O / A N D
A _ R O N
S T R _ N _ S

...but she blows the solve w/ TANGO AND APRON STRINGS, so she's gonna have to give back the plate and $5,750 once this round is over. Sarah then lights up a $900 P, FPs a G, but then squanders her turn w/ the M...

_ A N _ O / A N D
S T R _ N G S

...and Steven capitalizes w/ BANJO AND APRON STRINGS for $3,900 cash & GT.

DUDS: E (Steven), M (Sarah)
SOLE DQ: Keisha's blown solve

Steven: $5,900 cash & GT WC/Keisha: $0/Sarah: $1K


Mystery Round: FOOD & DRINK

Keisha's road to redemption begins w/ a $600 T, four R's for another $3,200, six E's, and three H's for another $2,100. But after an O buy is the BANKRUPT near $650 to clean her out of $5,400. Going down Sarah's road second are a $700 F but then the LaT. Third, Steven tacks on an $800 W, three S's and two M's at $500 a pop, the leftover vowels of four A's and two I's, and two C's for another $1,800. The board as it reads...

C A R A M E _ I _ E _
_ E A C H E S / W I T H
F R E S H / R O S E M A R _

...he eats some CARAMELIZED PEACHES WITH FRESH ROSEMARY for another $4,600.

SOLE LaT: Sarah

Steven: $10,500 cash & GT WC/Keisha: NIL/Sarah: $1K

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1990): PERSON
Karen chose GCHA...

G _ R _

...but she failed to solve GURU.


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Sarah FPs two E's to start this round, but her R call ends her turn just as quick. Second, Steven inserts three N's for $2,100, buys five I's and an A, spots a $650 S, but then runs into the other normal BANKRUPT to lose $2,250 and the WC. Third, Keisha gets her second DQ of the night by repeating the R. Back to Sarah who finds three L's for $2,700, a $650 F and an O to clean out the vowels...

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

...she'll be LIVING LIFE ON ISLAND TIME because she's won $3,100 and a trip to the Outrigger Reef on the Beach in HAWAII.

SOLE DUD: R (Sarah)
SOLE DQ: R (Keisha)

Steven: $10,500 cash & GT/Keisha: BAD SHAPE/Sarah: $11,679 cash & HI


$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

A _ _ E N S
_ _ _ _ _ _

Steven locates ATHENS, GREECE to take back the lead.

Round 4: PHRASE

His next moves are a $700 N, two T's for $1,200, three O's, but then the LaT. Keisha secondly duds out w/ S. Third for Sarah are three R's for $1,500, two E's, two L's for another $1,100, an I, but then the S-U signal...

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

...and the leftover consonants are worth $1,900 each. Her next call is an F, but she just says the first word right before the buzzer -- I have to DQ her for that. Steven then puts up the twin P's...

_ O N T R _ R _ / T O
P O P _ L _ R / _ E L I E F

...CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, he seals the deal w/ another $5,450.

SOLE DUD (before FS): S (Keisha)
SOLE LaT: Steven
SOLE DQ: T-O by Sarah

Steven: $18,950 cash & GT/Keisha: DESERVING $1K GOOSEEGG/Sarah: $11,679 cash & HI

Keisha really fell apart after that bad solve in R1.

GT: $31,629
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus WC): $7,650


$100K Bonus Round
He takes that BW to the C.

Category: THING
This is what you need for your car...

_ _ _ E R
_ L _ _ _ 

CPDO adds...

_ _ P E R
_ L _ _ D

...he gets WIPER FLUID...but for only the damn minimum, so he's outta here w/ $50,950 cash & GT.

$5K SPIN ID: DH2928985
Tonight's Dish: Very Veggie Tempura


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WoF Recap: January 21, 2015



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

Susan's shaking her head as she goofs w/ MEAT THERMOMETER.

M _ A _
T _ _ _ _ R I Z E R

Chris solves MEAT TENDERIZER. These players are hungry tonight for big winnings...

Chris Parisi: recently-engaged Middlesex HS Science teacher & Giants football fan from Bloomfield, NJ
Hillary Hagler: flight attendant and Boston sports fan w/ two rescue chihuahuas from Playa Del Rey, CA (orig. from Boston)
Susan Zoghelb: registered dietician and freelance writer from Bethlehem, PA (orig from Beirut, Lebanon)

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

S _ A Y I N G / O N
_ _ H E D U _ _

Hillary could be STAYING ON SCHEDULE after solving this puzzle.

FEATURED INTREPID TRIP: Spain worth $6,082

Round 1: FOOD & DRINK

She gets the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 right away w/ an R, calls up two TD T's, but then buys a bad vowel in A. Second, Susan spots two L's for $1,400, buys seven E's, but then says a dud of N. Third, Chris lights up a $1,950 trio of H's, but LaTs out...

T H R E E - _ H E E _ E
_ T _ _ _ E _ / _ H E L L _

...and Hillary eats up some THREE-CHEESE STUFFED SHELLS for $5,250.

DUDS: A (Hillary), N (Susan)
SOLE LaT: Chris

Hillary: $7,250 1/2 CAR/Susan: $0/Chris: $1K


Mystery Round: QUOTATION

T for trouble is how Susan starts. Second in line, Chris digs up two S's for $1,600, two A's, but nothing more w/ H. Third, Hillary lights up four L's for $2,800, two E's, a $650 N, four O's, a $600 C, and two R's for a duplicate of the same 1/2 CAR...

O L _ / _ _ N _
C O L E / _ A S
A / _ E R R _
O L _ / S O _ L

...she exactly recites "OLD KING COLE HAS A MERRY OLD SOUL" for the Versa Note and another $4,550 in gas money! 

DUDS: T (Susan), H (Chris)

Hillary: $26,775 cash & Versa/Susan: BUPKIS/Chris: $1K


PP/Express Round: THINGS

Chris picks up the Beef Bucks debit card right away w/ an N, only to give it right back and the $500 to the MDW's right side. Second for Hillary are a $700 T, four $800 S's, two O's and an A, but then the LaT. On Susan's radar third are two C's for $1,200, three I's, a TD F, the other two vowels, two R's for $1,300, and two P's for $1,200. Here's what we're looking at right now...

C R U I S E / S _ I P S
I N / P O R T S
O F / C A _ _

...she solves CRUISE SHIPS IN PORTS OF CALL for her first $6,450 and the $6K Costa CARIBBEAN CRUISE.

SOLE LaT: Hillary

Hillary: $26,775 cash & Versa/Susan: $12,450 cash & cruise/Chris: $1K


$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ . / _ _ _ I S
M _ S _ _ _ _ _

Home of the MLB's Cardinals, Hillary locates ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Round 4: PHRASE

A $1,500 trio of T's get her started, but the BANKRUPT near TD takes it all right back. Second, Susan FPs a dud vowel of A, lights up an $800 R, buys five E's, but then loses a turn w/ an L call. After Chris falls victim to the same BANKRUPT, Hillary captures a $2,100 trio of N's, two U's, and a $500 C...

U N E _ _ E C T E _
T U R N / _ _ / E _ E N T _

...aside from an UNEXPECTED TURN OF EVENTS, Hillary's padded her big lead by another $2,350.

DUDS (both by Susan): A & L
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Hillary, Chris)

Hillary: $32,125 cash & Versa/Susan: $12,450 cash & cruise/Chris: $1K


Round 5: PERSON

After the middle lady starts w/ a $1K pair of N's, it's S-U time...

_ / _ _ _ _ N _ / _ _
_ / _ _ _ _ N _

...w/ an $1,800 FS. Just before Vanna's finished lighting up the triple F's...

_ / F R _ _ N _ / _ F
_ / F R _ _ N _

...Hillary proves to be A FRIEND OF A FRIEND for $5,400

SOLE DUD (after FS): G (Susan)

Hillary: $37,525 cash & Versa/Susan: $12,450 cash & cruise/Chris: $1K

GT: $50,795
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3K cash & debit card


$100K Bonus Round
Hillary spins her way to the S of SPIN.

Category: THING
Calling the right vowel on this one could make or break her...

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

PMCA doesn't add to much more...

C _ M _ _ N E _
_ E _ _ _ T

...I'd rather not know the COMBINED WEIGHT of all the prizes available in this part of the game, as she blows the first word w/ COMPANY and is the third straight $32K loser.

$5K SPIN ID: TZ3812638

Paella's being served to the hosts.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WoF Recap: January 20, 2015


$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ _ _ L E - _ A Y _ R
L E _ _ _ / _ A _ E

Mike is incorrect w/ DOUBLE-LAYER LEMON CAKE.

_ _ I _ L E - _ A Y _ R
L E _ _ _ / _ A K E

Jen eats up some TRIPLE-LAYER LEMON CAKE to score first. Meeting Tuesday's solvers...

Jen Crowe: business development manager for auto dealership group from Glen Ellen, CA
Mike Reiners: math teacher at Christ's Household of Faith School, mobile app developerand  avid pianist from St. Paul, MN
Molly Fischman: grad student at Boston Univ. studying Speech Pathology who had gotten used to players who don't win anything on the program receiving parting gifts from Philly

$2K Tossup: THINGS

P _ _ R L _
_ F / _ _ _ D _ M

Mike has the PEARLS OF WISDOM to be right this time.

FEATURED INTREPID TRIP: Turkey worth $7,790
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag:

Round 1: PHRASE

Off he goes w/ two T's for $1,600, a $550, two E's and A's, but then the LaT. Second, Molly picks up the Turkish trip w/ two C's, buys an I and four O's, lights up a $1,400 Y pair, and buys the last vowel of two U's. But her next call of M is nowhere to be found. Over to Jen who finds a D for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900, a $600 J, and a $650 G, then she...

Y O U / C A N ' T
J U D G E / A
_ O O _ / _ Y
I T _ / C O _ E _

...says YOU CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER for $2,750.

SOLE DUD: M (Molly)
SOLE LaT: Mike

Molly: $0/Jen: $2,750 1/2 CAR/Mike: $2K


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

First, Molly calls up three T's while on the MW near $800 and turns down the $3K offer for...the BANKRUPT. Second, Jen collects $4K worth of five R's and the gift tag w/ two S's, but after her triple E buy is the LaT. Mike then lights up a $10,500 trio of L's...

S T R _ _ _ E R R _
S _ _ _ E
R _ T T L E
_ _ _ / R _ L L

...and solves STRAWBERRY SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL to keep that amount.


Molly: ZERO/Jen: $2,750 1/2 CAR/Mike: $12,500

Repeating BP Flashback: WILD CARD



Jen's first letters here are three T's for $1,650, two $500 R's, two $700 N's, two $800 S's, four E's, and an A, then come two P's for $1,600, an I and two O's, and two C's for $1,400 more before we look at...

T O _ C A N S
P E R C _ E _
I N / T R E E T O P S

...she banks another $7,650 and an $8K Apple Vacation to a place where she'll see some TOUCANS PERCHED IN TREETOPS -- the Occidental Hotels & Resorts in COSTA RICA.


Molly: ZILCH/Jen: $18,400 cash & C.R./Mike: $12,500


$3K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ O _ _ _ / _ T _ D _ O
T _ U _

Mike takes a MOVIE STUDIO TOUR to narrow the deficit to $2,900.

Round 4: PLACES

Next on his letter list are two S's for $1,200, three E's, a FP O, two $900 P's, and an $800 D...

 _ _ D E - O P E _
S P _ _ E S

...he sees some WIDE-OPEN SPACES and is back in the lead by $650.

PR #2!

Molly: GOOSEEGG ALERT/Jen: $18,400 cash & C.R./Mike: $19,050

Round 5: ON THE MAP

Two $500 T's get Molly started, but it's S-U time...

T _ _ / _ _ _ T _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

...w/ a $1,650 FS. Four H's and two R's later...

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

 ...Jen locates THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE for $3,300 and the win.

Molly: $1K HARD LUCK GOOSEEGG/Jen: $21,700 cash & C.R./Mike: $19,050

GT: $41,750
BANKRUPT TRASH: NONE if you don't count the $3K MW offer


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

Category: FOOD & DRINK
Here's 1/5 of the answer...

_ _ E _ _
T _ _ _ _

DMWA adds another pair of letters...

_ _ E W _
T A _ _ _

...but she doesn't bite on either word of CHEWY TAFFY for the $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: CC0989123

Mr. Food gives Pat and Vanna some baklava. 


Monday, January 19, 2015

Idiot alert -- sur yohan

I really hate when people don't make good sentences especially that of sur yohan. I've been rejecting pretty much all of his comments correcting me on some little things.

WoF Recap: January 19, 2015 -- HAPPY MLK DAY

As we celebrate the life of MLK Jr., let's kick off another edition of "Fabulous Food".


$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

 _ _ E P - D I _ H
_ P _ L _ / P _ _

Tiffany eats a piece of DEEP-DISH APPLE PIE. First players of the week...

Tiffany Hill: IT compliance worker for oil/gas co. and has been to six of the seven continents (except Africa) from Southgate, MI
Scott Neigel: HS principal from Branchburg, NJ
Joy Rovaris: has a Master's in fine arts, did a one-woman show at the Fringe Festival and a godmother-to-be from Northridge, CA (orig. from New Orleans)

$2K Tossup: ON THE MAP

D U B _ I _
I _ _ _ _ N D

Joy blows it w/ DUBAI ________, allowing Scott to capitalize w/ DUBLIN IRELAND.

FEATURED CULINARY TRIP: India tour from Intrepid Travel worth $6,790
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Beef Bucks debit card
1/2 CAR: Nissan Versa Note S

Round 1: THINGS (Pat tossing a pizza w/ some accordion music in the background)

He first calls S and T singles at $700 a pop, buys an I and two E's, but then BANKRUPTs next to $650 to lose the $900 remainder. Second, Joy calls out four N's for a $3,600 start, buys three A's, and lights up two R's for another $1,300, then we have...

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

...her solving the three parts of a daily meal for $4,650 -- BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER.


Tiffany: $1K/Scott: $2K/Joy: $4,650


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Joy's first spin here is the same BANKRUPT the man got. Second, Tiffany fits in three T's for the 1/2 CAR next to the orange $900, four E's, and three obvious H's for another $1,650, followed by two O's, a $900 K, four I's, a $550 W, but then the sole dud vowel of A. Third, Scott LaTs out, after which Joy says two R's for $1,600, the leftover U and two S's while on the MW next to LaT. She then takes the $1,350 plunge...and BANKRUPTs again. After Tiffany's TD K...

S T R I K E / W H I L E
T H E / I R O _ / I S
_ U _ _ E

…she says "STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS HOT FUDGE" for $7,100.

SOLE DUD: A (Tiffany)
SOLE LaT: Scott
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both by Joy)

Tiffany: $8,100 1/2 CAR/Scott: $2K/Joy: $4,650


PP/Express Round: WAYD? 

Tiffany leads off w/ a quick dud of T. Second for Scott is his second LaT of the game. Third, Joy captures the debit card w/ two N's, three I's, and the obvious $800 G. Following her buy of three E's, she digs up three R's for another $1,500, buys an O, but then gets her first dose of the LaT. Returning to Tiffany who picks up the WC w/ the backloading D, buys two A's to close out the vowel shop, and FPs a B. The board now...

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

...I won't be LEAVING MY WORRIES FAR BEHIND, but Tiffany will do so because she's won another $750 and a trip to the Paradisas Punta Cana in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $8,740 

SOLE DUD: T (Tiffany)
LaTs: 2 (Scott, Joy)

Tiffany: $17,590 cash & D.R. WC/Scott: $2K/Joy: $4,650


$3K Tossup: PHRASE

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

HOW SWEET IT IS for Scott to solve another puzzle even w/ the bad luck he has so far tonight.


His starters are two T's for $1,800, two E's, and the same number of S's for another grand, then come I and U singles, a $900 N, a $500 L to complete the bottom line, and the leftover vowels of an A and two O's before he BANKRUPTs next to TD to forfeit $2,950. Joy doesn't do any better w/ an R call. Tiffany then puts up the twin B's for the house minimum...

B A _ B O O
U T E N S I L / S E T

...and solves BAMBOO UTENSIL SET.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Scott (2nd of the game)

Tiffany: $18,590 cash & D.R. WC/Scott: $5K/Joy: $4,650


Speed-Up Round: LANDMARK

The FS is set at $1,600. After an N pops up...

_ A N _ _ _
S T A D _ _ M

...Scott hits a $3,200 home run w/ YANKEE STADIUM.

Tiffany: $18,590 cash & D.R. WC/Scott: $8,200/Joy: $4,650

GT: $31,440


$100K Bonus Round
We had the normal MINI Cooper Hardtop during Halloween week. This time, it's the 2015 Mini Cooper S version. Tiffany spins up the A in GAME.

Category: THING
First up in this six-letter answer...

_ _ _ _ E R

CHMA and D won't do her much...

_ _ _ C E R over for her, so she loses $32K. And this should've been under In the Kitchen, because it was JUICER.

$5K SPIN ID: KV0009478

At the end, Howard "Mr. Food" Rosenthal demonstrated Indian cooking for the hosts. Everybody in the audience received a copy of "Mr. Food's Cook It Slow, Cook It Fast" cookbook. 


Friday, January 16, 2015

Week 18 Stats

If the $35K doesn't show up by the end of the halfway point of this season next week, I'll take this off the active-duty roster. They seem to be taking this out to avoid the gap between that and the new minimum in the BR.

Total this Week: $236,230
Total for the Season: $6,069,717
BR Win Record: 38-52 (.422)
Total Car Wins: 11
-1/2 Car: 8 (4 Ford Fiestas, 3 Nissa Versa Note Ss, 1 Chevy Spark)
-BR Car: 3 (Chevy Camaro, BMW x3, VW Beetle Conv.)
Prize Wedge Wins: 25
Gift Tag Wins: 26
Mystery Wedge Wins: 8
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 32-11
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 16-16
$10K MW was next to LaT: 13
$10K MW was next to $800: 27
Express was Played-Passed: 20-3
-Successes: 10
-Crashes: 10
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 7 (6 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 12
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 57/38/0
5-Round Games: 15
6-Round Games: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 21
Red Winners: 30

Yellow Winners: 33
Blue Winners: 27
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $21,100/ 2
WC / 3 ½ CAR  
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $620,431* / 30 WC / 37 ½ CAR / 8 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,625* (Jan. 8), $20,600* (Sept. 16), $17,250 (Oct. 29) 
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $49,175* (Jan 8.), $27,630* (Sept. 18), $27,500 (Oct. 1)
Top 3 Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $91,892 (Dec. 26), $87,388 (Dec. 17)

Bottom 3 Winning Totals: $13,410 (Dec. 16), $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $93,892 (Dec. 26), $63,524 (Nov. 27), $58,690 (Oct. 20)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 7

$32K: 27/62
$35K: 0/0
$40K: 3/9
$45K: 4/9
$50K: 0/1
$100K (or $1M): 1/2
CAR: 3/7

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: January 16, 2015



_ A G G _ _ E
H _ _ _ _ _ _

We have a Ken on the panel who gets on the board first courtesy BAGGAGE HANDLER. And his last name isn't Jennings; here's what it really is along w/ the two ladies...

Ken Shepski: restaurant owner for four yrs. & chef married to Doug for six yrs. (yes, he's gay): from Culver City
Kalyn Oyer: USC sr. majoring in PR and focusing on Music Journalism (she's played the piano since she was four) from Mt. Pleasant, SC
Linda Brouns: automotive engineer from Clarkston, MI


_ U _ T / _ Y
I M _ _ _ _ _ _ I _ N

Linda solves "JUST MY IMAGINATIONS" by The Temptations from '71.

FINAL COLLETTE ToaL OF THE WK.: Canadian Rockies train tour worth $10,838

Round 1: EVENT

Linda instantly BANKRUPTs next to $650. Second, Ken FPs five E's, calls up three $650 T's, and buys three O's; but after two $900 S's is the sole dud vowel of A. Third, Kalyn says a baddie of R while on the collette wedge. Linda's second turn sees her finding two L's for $1,200, the other two good vowels, a $650, but no more w/ H while on the eBags gift tag. That GT gets picked up by Ken courtesy of two C's, then he fills in two $550 D's, and FPs M and N singles...

_ E I N _ / _ O T E D
M O S T / L I _ E L Y
T O / S U C C E E D

...I wonder if his buddies consider him BEING VOTED MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED at this game? Right now, he's picked up another $7,350 cash & GT.

DUDS: A (Ken), R (Kalyn), H (Linda)

Ken: $8,350 cash & GT/Kalyn: $0/Linda: $2K


Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Ken's first letters here are three TD N's, two A's and I's, an $800 G, the obvious $550 D, and the leftover vowels of O and E. He follows up w/ a FP M, an $800 T, but then a CRITICAL DUD of H while on TD to leave $12,150 on the table. Kalyn then puts up the twin S's for $1,600...

S _ O _ T S / A N D
_ E I _ I N G
_ A N

...she solves SPORTS AND CEILING FAN to get on the board.


Ken: $8,350 cash & GT/Kalyn: $1,600/Linda: $2K 


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Kalyn automatically LOSES A TURN. Second for Linda are two $500 G's, two N's for $1,600 more, four I's, two $500 T's, an $800 H, three E's, and an O, then come a $500 F but then S for sorry. Third in Ken's future are two L's for $1,600, two A's to put the vowels out of play, an M for the WC, and an $800 Y...

_ E _ E L I N G / I N
T H E / M A G I _
O F / I T A L Y

...he banks another $2,650 and will be REVELING IN THE MAGIC OF ITALY on this tour worth $10,478.

SOLE DUD: S (Linda)
SOLE LaT: Kalyn

Ken: $24,478 cash & prizes WC/Kalyn: $1,600/Linda: $2K  


$3K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

S T _ _ _ _ _ G
O _ _ _ _ _ _

How about another STANDING OVATION for Ken as he's up over $27K?

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

His first call of T is a dud. Second, Kalyn picks off a $650 S, the only good vowel of four E's, two $900 R's, an $800 D, and three $550 P's to leave one letter unexposed...

R E D / _ E L L

...she eats these RED BELL PEPPERS for $4,500.


Ken: $24,478 cash & prizes WC/Kalyn: $6,100/Linda: $2K   


Speed-Up Round: RHYME TIME

The last FS of the week's $1,900. After an F appears in the bottom word...

S T _ T _ O N
_ D _ N T _ F _ _ _ T _ O N

...we see this before and after all TV programs (and hear it on radio as well), as Ken gets STATION IDENTIFICATION for another $7,600.

Ken: $32,078 cash & prizes WC/Kalyn: $6,100/Linda: $2K

GT: $40,178


$100K Bonus Round
The little wheel stops on the first A of AMERICA'S for Ken.

Category: THING
Generous RSTLNE help...

T R _ N _ _ _ L
_ _ T E R 

He knows this already like we do and calls GWDAQ...

T R A N Q _ _ L
W A T E R bet he solves TRANQUIL WATER...but all he has to settle for is a near-doubler for a final total of $64,078 cash & prizes. 

$5K SPIN ID: SW0853422


WoF Recap: January 15, 2015


$1K Tossup: WAYD?

_ E E I _ G
_ H _ / _ O R L D

Christina could be SEEING THE WORLD after we play this game w/...

Christina Shaw: cake person & hockey and Heavy Metal fan from Lomita, CA (orig. from Arlington, TX)
Rob Asman: operations production analyst for computer codes & Stephen King fan from Washington, NJ
Molly Bardson: indoor sports management group worker & formerly played basketball (she's a Fighting Illini fan) from Plainfield, NJ


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

Molly quiets down these AFRICAN ELEPHANTS.

FEATURED COLLETTE ToaL: England, Scotland and Wales worth $10,698

Round 1: PHRASE

The letter search begins w/ her calling an R for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, three $800 T's, three E's, two $900 D's, but then S for sorry. Second, Christina says a baddie of L while on the collette wedge. Third, Rob picks up the MDW w/ two H's, but he too fails to pick up the trip w/ a C call. Molly's second turn sees her picking up the TravelSmith gift tag w/ six N's, buying three I's and two O's (the latter was on FP), and picking up the WC w/ three G's, then we show you...

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

...NOTHING VENTURED, NOTHING GAINED -- she just won $9,700 cash & GT.

DUDS: S (Molly), L (Christina), C (Rob)

Christina: $1K/Rob: $0/Molly: $11,700 cash & GT WC 1/2 CAR


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Christina's first moves here are picking up the same 1/2 CAR w/ two S's and BANKRUPTing near TD. Second, Rob gets intro trouble w/ the other one. Third, Molly captures a TD R and a T courtesy of her WC, an O, two $600 N's, and three I's, but she then says a baddie of G while on the collette wedge (I can't remember the last time all three players chose bad consonants while on the featured prize). Back to Christina who puts in two $700 K's, the last vowel of E, a $700 H that gets repeated while on FP, and an $800 C. The board...

O R / S _ I _

...she solves KITCHEN SINK OR SWIM for $2,900.

SOLE DUD: G (Molly)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (opposition)
SOLE WASTED FP USE: Christina's H repeat

Christina: $3,900/Rob: NUTHIN'/Molly: $11,700 cash & GT 1/2 CAR

Repeating BP Flashback: A WORK OF GENIUS


PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

The scoreless Rob picks up the same 1/2 CAR right away w/ two T's, buys three E's, and BANKRUPTs near TD to take the Fiesta out of play and make his $750 null and void. Down Molly's path second are two $550 N's, two I's, four $800 R's, the U and two A's to clean out the vowel shop, followed by two FP V's, a $900 D and a solve attempt...

R A _ T I N _

  ...another $5,450 is hers and she might be going on a RIVER RAFTING ADVENTURE on a trip to COSTA RICA worth $6,058.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Rob (his second so far)

Christina: $3,900/Rob: GOOSEEGG ALERT/Molly: $23,208 cash & prizes


$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ _ O N
A _ _ / E _ _ S

Christina chomps up these BACON AND EGGS.

Speed-Up Round: PERSON

The consonants pay off at $1,500 a pop. After somebody calls the hot consonant of three P's...

P _ _ P L _
P L _ _ _ _ R

...Rob's a PEOPLE PLEASER, and will not go home w/ that pity $1K.

DUDS: T (Rob), N (Molly)

Christina: $6,900/Rob: $4,500/Molly: $23,208 cash & prizes 

GT: $34,608
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding two plates): $1,750


$100K Bonus Round
Molly takes that W envelope.

Category: THINGS
The starter(s)...

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

MPDA adds the first two letters of the answer...

D A _ L _
_ L _ _ _ T S

...but no more -- she can't solve DAILY FLIGHTS for the $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: JT09522