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Thursday, November 27, 2014

WOF Recap: November 26, 2014

EPISODE #6098: AMERICA'S GAME (WK. 1)

This is the set of "Pacific Northwest".

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

L A K _
M _ C H _ _ A N

Krista locates LAKE MICHIGAN. On the day before Turkey Day, here are...

Krista Lautenbach: sales manager/master sugar shaker for specialty women's bakery (& enjoys baking w/ 93-yr.-old grandma Betty) from S.D. 
Jill Zima-Borski: writer/journalist who's written a memoir & done triathlons from Tavernier, FL
Taylor Wall: logistics coordinator at saw blade warehouse & Citadel grad student who was formerly a pitcher at Erskine College from Charleston, SC

$2K Tossup: THING

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

Taylor blows it right away thinking it's PRINCESS ________.

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

Krista triples up w/ PRICELESS PAINTING.

FEATURED TRIP: Lexington at Jackson Hole in WY worth $6,018

Round 1: WAYD?

She kicks off w/ an $1,100 pair of N's, a G for the ski trip, three I's, an A and four E's, but next is S for sorry. Jill secondly inserts an $1,100 pair of T's, a $900 H, a $550 R and four P's for $2,200, but she then buys the sole dud vowel of O. Third, Taylor wastes a turn w/ the BANKRUPT near TD. Back to Krista who takes the leftover U, a $550 M, two $500 K's and a $700 B...

B A K I N G
T H E / P E R _ E _ T
P U M P K I N / P I E

...how appropriate for this player -- she and grandma know about BAKING THE PERFECT PUMPKIN PIE, so she's won another $8,868 cash & trip. 

DUDS: S (Krista), O (Jill)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Taylor

Jill & Taylor: $0 each/Krista: $11,868 cash & WY

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Jill's first letters here are a $550 S but then T for terrible while on the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900. Second, Taylor captures an R for the WC, an $800 N, E and A singles, and four L's via the MW near $800 before adding the sure $4K to his $800 (but that's the $10K one). He next buys an O but then duds out w/ M while on the same MW. Over to Krista who puts in a $650 C and three I's to clean out the vowels, but she gets into trouble w/ the same BANKRUPT. Jill then grabs the Restaurant.com gift tag w/ a V...

S I L I C O N
V A L L E _
_ I R L

...and this non-SILICON VALLEY GIRL just won her first $2,050 cash & GT. 

DUDS: T (Jill), M (Taylor)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Krista

Jill: $2,050 cash & GC/Taylor: WC/Krista: $11,868 cash & WY 

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

The scoreless Taylor begins w/ an $1,800 pair of T's, and A and three EXPRESS R's before he TAKES THE RISK this time...but his next call of L will cost him $4,550 and the WC. Krista secondly runs into the other normal BANKRUPT. Third, Jill puts up a $1,400 C pair, a $600 H, a FP I a $500 M and four E's before she looks at...

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

I hope you CHECK YOUR DEPARTURE TIME, soon, ma'am -- she's won $2,250 and a hotwire trip to the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort in ARUBA worth $6,240.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Jill's opponents)
 
Jill: $10,540 cash & prizes/Taylor: BAD LUCK/Krista: $11,868 cash & WY

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$3K Tossup: CHARACTER

T H _ / R O _ D
R U N _ E _

Taylor gets off the gooseegg bench courtesy of THE ROAD RUNNER.

Speed-Up Round: IN THE KITCHEN

It's another $1,700 FS. After an F pops up...

S _ L F - _ L _ _ N _ N G
_ _ _ N

...Krista correctly pronounces SELF-CLEANING OVEN in time to win the game.

(AIRED) DUDS: T (Jill), R (Krista), B (Taylor)

FINAL SCORES
Jill: $10,540 cash & prizes/Taylor: $3K/Krista: $18,668 cash & WY

GT: $32,208
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $4,950

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$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the & for Krista.

Category: PHRASE
For starters...

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


She's CDMA conservative...

_ A T C _  / _ _ T
_ E L _ _


She starts to say the first word of WATCH OUT BELOW just before time ran out, so she doesn't win the $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: EK6608544

MY EP. RATING: 6

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

WOF Recap: November 25, 2014

EPISODE #6097: AMERICA'S GAME (WK. 1)

We're on the set of "Meal of Fortune".  

$1K Tossup: LANDMARK

I _ D E P _ _ _ _ _ C E
_ A _ _

Joanne and Summer blow it w/ INDEPENDENCE PARK and  INDEPENDENCE LAKE, respectively.

I N D E P E N _ E N C E
_ A L L

Max finally gets INDEPENDENCE HALL in Philadelphia. We meet the man in the middle first...

Max Walter: Indiana Univ. Sr. studying English & Linguistics and minoring in Chinese from Bloomington, IN
Joanne Dalrymple: from Glendale, CA (born & raised in the Philippines)
Summer Carter: licensed practical nurse from Savannah, GA

$2K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ _ W S _ _ P _ R
_ _ _ O _ _ _ R

Max triples up w/ NEWSPAPER REPORTER.

FEAUTRED $6K SS: nomorerack
Gift Tag: 76/Conoco/Phillips 66 gas card

Round 1: CHARACTERS

He starts on the wrong foot w/ the BANKRUPT near TD. Second, Joanne calls up two T's for $1,800 but then buys a bad vowel in E. Third, Summer FPs four A's but then says an unfortunate dud of S while on TD. Back to Max who gets the WC w/ three N's but he then repeats the E. Back to Joanne who lights up a $700 D, an O, a $600 G and the twin I's to round out the vowels, but next is C for critical dud. Summer then picks up the SS w/ three B's...

B A T _ A N
_ O B I N / A N D
B A T G I _ _

...and IDs BATMAN, ROBIN AND BATGIRL for $7,500 cash & SS.

DUDS: E (Joanne), S (Summer), C (Joanne)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Max
SOLE DQ: Max's E repeat

Summer: $7,500 cash & SS/Max: $3K WC/Joanne: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

The first letters from Joanne's mouth in this go-around are a $650 N but then D for dud. Second, Summer picks up the gas card w/ three T's and buys all of the available vowels that isn't U in one fell swoop...

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

...but she blanks out on the last word. Max then gets the MDW w/ an H and three S's for $2,100...

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

...he capitalizes w/ "LOVE IS IN THE AIR MATTRESS".

SOLE DUD: D (Joanne)
SOLE DQ: Summer's buzz-out

Summer: $7,500 cash & SS/Max: $5,100 MDW WC/Joanne: ZIP 

Repeating Bonus Puzzle Flashback: "BAYWATCH"

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Current leader Summer is off and running w/ two R's for $1,600, two E's, a FP O, four S's to add $2,400, and the remaining triple I's and double U's. Following a $2,700 trio of F's...

_ I F E / I S / F U _ _
O F / S U R _ R I S E S

...she admits "LIFE IS FULL OF SURPRISES" for $5,950 & a hotwire trip to the Sandals Royal Bahamian in THE BAHAMAS worth $7,740.

PR

Summer: $21,190 cash & prizes/Max: $5,100 MDW WC/Joanne: ZILCH 

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$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ / V _ _ _ / _ F
_ _ _ _ E _ _

Max quickly solves A VASE OF FLOWERS for the sweep and a new total of $8,100.

Speed-Up Round: THING

Tuesday's FS is $1,600, so Max has to kiss his two cardboard pieces goodbye. After Vanna makes two N's appear...

T _ _ _ C / _ _
C _ N _ _ R S _ T _ _ N

...the TOPIC OF CONVERSATION is that Joanne's not going home w/ the $1K gooseegg -- it's actually $4,800.

FINAL SCORES
Summer: $21,190 cash & prizes/Max: $8,100/Joanne: $4,800 

GT: $34,090
ZERO BANKRUPT TRASH!

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$100K Bonus Round
The bonus spin lands on the S of AMERICA'S (and as in Summer).

Category: THING
Limited RSTLNE help...

_ _ _
_ E _ R / _ _ _


Unfortunately, I can say the same thing for her combination of CDMI...

_ I _
_ E _ R / _ _ _


...and she only gets the first word, so Pat won't be giving her a BIG BEAR HUG worth $40K.

$5K SPIN ID: CM9175958

At the end, Vanna reads a letter she wrote to her parents following a taping of her audition episode.

MY EP. RATING:
6

Monday, November 24, 2014

WOF Recap: November 24, 2014

EPISODE #6096: AMERICA'S GAME (WK. 1)

We kick off this season's AG weeks on the set where Sarah Manchester won the million -- "Teachers Week". 

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ O _ U _ _ U S
O _ I _

Chris locates COLUMBUS, OHIO, and here are the educators...
 
Chris Edge-Christensen: 4th Grade teacher at Kings Glen ES for about three decades from Springfield, VA

Ignacio "Nacho" Brache, Jr.: Orange Lutheran HS Spanish teacher who coaches football, golf & soccer from Anaheim
Stephanie Snyder: Bernice Matthews ES 1st Grade teacher from Reno, NV

$2K Tossup: PERSON

V _ _ U N T _ E R
F _ R _ F _ G _ T _ R

Stephanie has control w/ VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER.

FEATURED $6,016 TRIP: Durango, CO
Gift Tag: Restaurant.com

Round 1: FOOD & DRINK

Getting her started are a $700 T, an $800 H, and three I's, but she then LOSES A TURN. Second, Chris calls up a $900 W, a FP N, three A's, three S's for another $2,400, and three E's to clean out the vowels, followed by three D's for the CO trip, two $600 C's, two P's for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 and an L for the MDW. But she still doesn't know the second word, so she goes on...and she calls a MAJOR DUD of R to let $13,016 cash & trip plus the MDW go to waste. Nacho then puts up the $900 M and Y singles to complete the board...

C A N D I E D / Y A M S
W I T H / S L I C E D
A P P L E S

...and he wins his first $1,800.

SOLE DUD: R (Chris)
SOLE LaT: Stephanie
 
Chris: $1K/Nacho: $1,800/Stephanie: $2K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Chris' road to redemption begins w/ three N's for $1,650, an A, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to lose the $1,400 remainder. Second, Nacho picks up a $900 S, two E's and an I, twin T's for the WC, and the other two vowels, then come a $500 D, three R's for $2,100 more, two C's to add $1,600, and the remaining double P's to throw in another grand...

U N D E R
C O N S T R U C T I O N
P A P E R

...another $6,100 is his.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Chris

Chris: $1K/Nacho: $7,900 WC/Stephanie: $2K

(NOTES: According to this year's Secret Santa Sweepstakes promo, the final totals will not only be matched to their at-home partners but also donated to Children's Miracle Network charities of their choices. Also, the car up for grabs is the same one used on SP week -- the Ford Flex SEL.)

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Our current leader kicks off w/ a $1K pair of T's, three E's, a $500 H, an A and six I's, then he says three $500 S's, the last vowel of O and a $600 M before he sees...

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

...he banks another $2,600 and will IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES on his trip to The Springs Resort & Spa in COSTA RICA worth $6,800.

PR

Chris: $1K/Nacho: $17,300 cash & C.R. WC/Stephanie: $2K

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$3K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

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

Stephanie grabs a CASSEROLE DISH.

Round 4: THINGS

First up are three FP A's, three $600 N's, but then the signal for S-U Mode...

_ _ _ A N _ _ _ _ / A N _
_ _ _ _ A N _ _ _ _

...and the leftover consonants are worth $1,700 a pop. Two L's are later said by said blue player...

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

...and she solves TRIANGLES AND RECTANGLES for $6,900.

FINAL SCORES
Chris: $1K/Nacho: $17,300 cash & C.R. WC/Stephanie: $11,900

 Yes Chris, you're gonna have to bake yams on this Thanksgiving week.

GT: $30,200
BANKRUPT TRASH (all by Chris): $1,400

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$100K Bonus Round
Nacho spins up that A of GAME.

Category: PHRASE
This biggie starts out as...

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


DCFO and M doesn't add much besides the obvious fourth word...

T _ E / _ _ O L E
_ _ L L / O F / _ _ _


...too bad he doesn't win THE WHOLE BALL OF WAX, because that solve is only worth the damn minimum. And he was forced to say the entire solution again after pausing on the last two words.
 
$5K SPIN ID: RP4035751

In the end chat, Pat jokingly says that Thanksgiving is held for the first time ever on a Thurs. when it's usually the fourth Thursday of November.

MY EP. RATING: 7

Friday, November 21, 2014

Week 10 Stats

I'm so glad we finally have our first BR win car this season. Other than that, this week was pretty average.

Total this Week: $256,152  
Total for the Season: $3,526,495
BR Win Record: 22-28 (.44)
Total Car Wins: 4
-1/2 Car: 3 (1 Ford Fiesta, 2 Nissa Versa Note Ss)
-BR Car: 1 (Chevrolet Camaro)
Prize Wedge Wins: 15
Gift Tag Wins: 16
Mystery Wedge Wins: 5
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 18-6
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 9-9
$10K MW was next to LaT: 9
$10K MW was next to $800: 13
Express was Played-Passed: 9-2
-Successes: 6
-Crashes: 3
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 4 (3 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 8
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 32/17/0
5-Round Games: 7
6-Round Games: 0
$6K FINAL SPINS: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 13
Red Winners: 12
Yellow Winners: 26
Blue Winners: 12
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $18,950 / 3 ½ CAR/ 1 MDW  
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $386,056* / 12 WC / 26 ½ CAR / 4 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), $66,875 (Nov. 18)
Lowest-Winning Totals: $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $58,690 (Oct. 20), $56,800 (Nov. 10), $53,591 (Oct. 28)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

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

$32K: 18/38
$35K: 0/0
$40K: 1/3
$45K: 1/4
$50K: 0/0
$100K (or $1M): 1/2
CAR: 1/3

* includes prizes

WOF Recap: November 21, 2014

EPISODE #6095: VIVA LAS VEGAS

$1K Tossup: PHRASE


_ _ T / _ T / R _ D E !

Chris is right in shouting "LET IT RIDE!". Last three gamblers this week...

Chris Hilken: North Coach Church worker from Oceanside, CA 
Myesha Felix: bartender w/ 32 music note tattoos from Stone Mountain, GA
Donna Lynch: customer service rep for major manufacturing co. & Patriots fan from Warwick, RI

$2K Tossup: THING

U _ B _ I D L E D
E _ _ _ _ S I _ S M

Donna has some UNBRIDLED ENTHUSIASM.

FEATURED VEGAS TRIP: The Venetian worth $6K

Round 1: WAYD?

She BANKRUPTS near $650 right out of the gate. Second, Chris collects four T's and the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, two E's and four O's, a $600 H, and two $800 G's, then we see...

G E T T _ _ G / _ _
_ O O T / _ _
T H E / _ O O _

...him saying "GETTING MY FOOT IN THE DOOR" for $3,700.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Donna

Myesha: $0/Donna: $2K/Chris: $4,700 1/2 CAR

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

He loses his plate right away to the other BANKRUPT. Second, Myesha takes an M for the vegas.com gift tag, an I, an $*00 T, and four E's. But after a $1K pair of H's is a baddie of V while on the Vegas trip. Third, Donna puts up a $550 Y but then gets the same BANKRUPT Chris just got, so that guy lights up a $900 S and buys the other two vowels that isn't U...

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

...and he knows how to LOOK ME IN THE EYE SHADOW for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: V (Myesha)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (opposition)

Myesha: ZERO/Donna: $2K/Chris: $5,700

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PP/Express Round: PLACE

The scoreless Myesha starts an important round w/ three R's for $1,800, three E's and A's, three T's for another $1,950 and the other three vowels, then she says a $1,200 pair of C's, a $900 Y, two N's for the same 1/2 CAR and a TD S before she turns down her Fiesta opportunity...

_ R O T E C T E _
_ A R I N E
S A N C T U A R Y

She just won her first $9,100 and a hotwire trip to a place w/ at least one PROTECTED MARINE SANCTUARY -- the Sunset Beach Resort in JAMAICA.

PR!

Myesha: $16,390 cash & Jamaica/Donna: $2K/Chris: $5,700

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$3K Tossup: TV TITLE

M _ _ _ R N
_ _ _ I _ Y

Chris solves "MODERN FAMILY".

Round 4: QUOTATION

He wastes a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near TD. Second for Myesha are a $1K pair of T's and A for awful. Third, Donna spots two N's for $1,300, double I's, twin $500 G's, two O's, and a $500 H before we go into S-U Mode...

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

...w/ a $1,500 FS. One D and S later...

G O O D / N I G H T
S _ _ _ T / _ _ I N _ _

...Chris says "GOOD NIGHT SWEET PRINCE" for said FS amount.

SOLE DUD (before FS): A (Myesha)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Chris

FINAL SCORES
Myesha: $16,390 cash & Jamaica/Donna: $2K/Chris: $10,200

GT: $28,590
BANKRUPT TRASH: $550 and a plate

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$100K Bonus Round
The last spin of the week stops on the A of GAME.

Category: THING
The last two letters are...

_ _ _ _
_ _ S E


HBD aren't there, but two O's do show up...

_ O _ _
_ O S E


...they're not enough to help her strike a $40K YOGA POSE (she only got the second word).

$5K SPIN ID: CR0454867

MY EP. RATING: 6

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WOF Recap: November 20, 2014

EPISODE #6094: VIVA LAS VEGAS

$1K Tossup: PLACE


_ _ D D _ N G
C _ A P _ L

David solves WEDDING CHAPEL. The Thursday trio is made up of...

David Bixby: part-time poetry writer from Florence, SC (also lives in MD)

Rachel Parille: IT in training & development specialist for St. Joseph Health in Irvine from Yorba Linda
Samar Musleh: office manager at St. John's Orthodox Academy from S.F.

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

R _ _ S T E D
A _ M O _ _ _

How appropriate for Samar given that she cooks Middle Eastern food -- she solves ROASTED ALMONDS.

FEATURED VEGAS TRIP: Palms Casino Resort worth $6,219

Round 1: FUN & GAMES

Her first letters tonight are four T's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, four E's, three $650 H's, but then A for awful. Second, David also duds out w/ M while on the other 1/2 CAR. Third, Rachel calls up two N's for $1,100, three I's, four S's for that same 1/2 CAR, and two obvious $550 G's. But after an O buy, the BANKRUPT near TD forces her to give up $3,700 and her plate. Afterwards...

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

...Samar knows about SEEING THE SIGHTS ON THE STRIP and pockets another $3,40.

DUDS: A (Samar), M (David)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Rachel

David: $1K/Rachel: $0/Samar: $5,450 1/2 CAR

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

David first gets a hold of the MW near $800 after calling an R...$$$! But his next call of S isn't there. Second, Rachel spins her way to the same BANKRUPT she got before. Third, Samar collects her second 1/2 CAR from the same spot she landed on before w/ four N's, buys two A's and I's, and gets a third plate w/ a single D. But after she buys two O's, she repeats the S while on the MDW to possibly let $16,690 cash & Fiesta slip away. David next puts up three P's for $1,650 and a $1K T, but he then re-buys the A, so $12,400 may be going down the drain for him. Rachel then SPINGLES for the M and the BICYCLE gift tag...

P _ M P _ I N / A N D
I R O N - O N
P A T _ _

...she solves PUMPKIN AND IRON-ON PATCH for $1,500.

SOLE DUD: S (David)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Rachel
DQs: 2 (Samar & David's repeats)

David: $1K/Rachel: $1,500/Samar: $5,450 1/2 CAR

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PP/Express Round: THING

Rachel leads the way w/ four T's for the same 1/2 CAR Samar picked up twice before, five E's, a TD H, an I singleton, a $900 N, and an A, followed by a TD R, a $650 M, the other two vowels, and three S's for $1,800 before we finally show you...

T H E / M O S T
_ E A U T I _ U _
S U N S E T / E _ E R

...another $11,100 is hers and she'll be seeing THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SUNSET EVER on a hotwire trip to the Outrigger Reef on the Beach in HAWAII.

PR!

David: $1K/Rachel: $20,329 cash & HI/Samar: $5,450

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$3K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ U _ _ _ C
A C _ _ U _ _ A N T

David IDs the job as a PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT to quadruple up.

Speed-Up Round: EVENT

Every consonant will be worth $1,700 apiece. After the guy buys two A's in the middle of the round...

D R A M A T _ C
C _ _ C _ _ S _ _ _

...he blows the $3,400 solve w/ DRAMATIC CONSEQUENCES. Rachel next puts up two N's...

D R A M A T _ C
C _ N C _ _ S _ _ N

...but she also screws up w/ DRAMATIC CONCUSSION, possibly costing her another $10,200. Samar then buys the O's for free...

D R A M A T _ C
C O N C _ _ S _ O N

...make that three blown solves in a row -- she says DRAMATIC CONCEPTION w/ $3,400 on the line. David then puts up the L...

D R A M A T _ C
C O N C L _ S _ O N

...he finally makes the $5,100 solve on this DRAMATIC CONCLUSION.

DQs: 3 (blown solves by everyone)

FINAL SCORES
David: $9,100/Rachel: $20,329 cash & HI/Samar: $5,450

GT: $34,879
BANKRUPT TRASH (besides plate): $3,700

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

Category: THINGS
The RSTLNE aid...

_ _ _ _ _ E
_ R _ _ _ _ T S


CBMA only adds two of this letter...

_ _ _ _ C E
_ R _ _ _ C T S


...she doesn't win the $32K towards buying some OFFICE PRODUCTS.

$5K SPIN ID: CR7172022

MY EP. RATING: 5 (the costly repeats in R2 and bad solves in R3 brought it down for me)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WOF Recap: November 19, 2014

EPISODE #6093: VIVA LAS VEGAS

$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ R _ G R _ S S I V _
S _ O T / M _ _ _ I _ E


Carla's won her first bit of money from a PROGRESSIVE SLOT MACHINE. The gamblers on this Wed...

Carla Alva: makeup & horse racing enthusiast from Temecula
Bob Davis (OKC): performer (includes doing commercials) who has a soulmate from OKC
Amber James: hospital microbiology lab worker & Colts fan from L.A.

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

I / _ _ _ _ _ / IF
_ / C _ _ L _

Amber rightly says "I WOULD IF I COULD" for control.

FEATURED VEGAS HOTEL: Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa worth $8,120

Round 1: WAYD?

Her opening letters are three T's for $2,400, three I's, four N's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, and three obvious $800 G's, followed by four O's, two H's for $1,800, a U, and two M's for $1,200. The board...

M _ _ I N G
_ O M _ T H I N G
O U T / O _
N O T H I N G

...she's not MAKING SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING -- she actually made another $9,050.

PR

Amber: $11,050 1/2 CAR/Carla: $1K/Bob: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Carla's first w/ three T's for $2,700, five E's, and two TD S's. But after buys of A and three O's, she BANKRUPTS next to $650 to lose $8,950. Second,. Bob picks off two TD N's, two I's, and a U, then he...

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

...says "QUIET ON THE SET OF ENCYCLOPEDIAS" for the $6,500 remainder.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Carla

Amber: $11,050 1/2 CAR/Carla: $1K/Bob: $6,500

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Bob, the lead-off man, takes two N's for $1,100, an A, two D's for a grand, and the rest of the vowel shop; those picks are followed by an $800 C, a $900 T, two R's for a grand, and three EXPRESS L's. You bet he's HOPPING ABOARD...

Current Bank: $6,550
Next Choices: Y, 2 F's, H, P and S

F R I E N D L Y
H E L P F U L
A N D / C O U R T E O U S

He wins another $12,550 and will meet some FRIENDLY, HELPFUL AND COURTEOUS people on this hotwire trip to The Coronado Plaza Hilton in PUERTO RICO worth $6,240. Too bad Amber didn't get a turn in this round or the previous one to spin for another 1/2 CAR.

PR #2!

Amber: $11,050/Carla: $1K/Bob: $25,290 cash & P.R.

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$3K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

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

Amber solves CASTING DIRECTOR.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

Her first letters in this go-around are two T's for $1,200, three $550 S's, three E's and A's, but then the LaT. Second for Carla are a $700 R, a $500 B, but then a worthless U buy. Down Bob's path third are a $500 F, the last vowel of I via FP, but then the whistle blow for repeating the F. Amber then picks off a $700 N and a $500 G...

E N G _ I S _
B R E A _ F A S T / T E A

...she takes a sip of ENGLISH BREAKFAST TEA for another $3,050.

SOLE DUD: U (Carla)
SOLE LaT: Carla
SOLE DQ: Bob's F repeat

Amber: $17,100/Carla: $1K/Bob: $25,290 cash & P.R.

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Speed-Up Round: AROUND THE HOUSE

$1,500 per consonant in this part of the game. After Amber calls up a hot consonant in three C's...

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

...she solves POSTCARD COLLECTION for another $6K.

FINAL SCORES
Amber: $23,100/Carla: $1K/Bob: $25,290 cash & P.R. 

GT: $49,390
BANKRUPT TRASH: $8,950

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$100K Bonus Round
After we learn that his soulmate is named Dorothy ("Dot" for short"), he spins up the *.

Category: THING
Good RSTLNE serving...

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


BCDI's a darn good combo...

E _ C I T I N _
S _ B _ E C T


On this EXCITING SUBJECT, he wins the damn minimum to leave w/ $57,390 cash & trip. 

$5K SPIN ID: JS3114601

MY EP. RATING: 7

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WOF Recap: November 18, 2014

EPISODE #6092: VIVA LAS VEGAS

$1K Tossup: WAYD?
 

_ _ A Y I N G
_ _ / W I _

Ashlee's the first to score and these three are PLAYING TO WIN big bucks and prizes...

Ashlee Person: special ed teacher, 2nd grade autism teacher and church youth leader from Silver Spring
Matt Monitto: singer, musical theater guy and blogger of two NFL blogs (he also entered a humor-writing newspaper contest and won it three times) from Bristol, CT
Johanna Kent: HR worker for a toy co. who's done kickboxing for 17 yrs. & has taken a yr.'s worth of trapeze lessons from L.A.

$2K Tossup: PEOPLE

_ R _ _ _ U R E
_ _ _ _ E _ S

Matt nails TREASURE HUNTERS.

TONIGHT'S VEGAS.COM TRIP: Mandalay Bay worth $6,011
Tues./Thurs. Cash Gift Tag: Bicycle Playing Cards

Round 1: MOVIE QUOTE

Here he goes w/ a $600 T, a $550 H, four E's, three R's for another $2,100, two A's, and three O's, followed by two $650 D's and two TD V's. We now have...

_ A _ / T H E / O D D _
_ E / E V E R / _ _
_ O _ R / _ A V O R

He exactly recites "MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR" (from "The Hunger Games") for $8,800.

PR!

Ashlee: $1K/Matt: $10,800/Johanna: $0

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Johanna's first spin is a bad one because of the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Ashlee LOSES A TURN. Third, Matt takes a TD T, an S for the gift tag, two E's and four A's, then come a G for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 and two O's before he sees...

_ A _ _ A G E
_ A _ _ O T S / &
_ A _ _ _ _ _ O _ E _

...why he didn't call the C's is beyond me, but he grabs some CABBAGE, CARROTS & CAULIFLOWER to earn another $4,750. 

SOLE LaT: Ashlee
SOLE BANKRUPT: Johanna
 
Ashlee: $1K/Matt: $15,550 1/2 CAR/Johanna: NOTHING

Repeating Bonus Puzzle Flashback: INFOMERCIAL

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PP/Express Round: PLACES

First for Ashlee are two N's for $1,600, but then the same BANKRUPT. Second, Matt picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ two T's, buys five E's, and lights up a $600 H, then he buys the rest of the vowels, inserts a $500 G, but then LaTs out to possibly lose at least $15,540 cash & Fiesta. Over to Johanna who finds a $1,500 R trio but she too gets the LaT. Ashlee then rounds up a $500 C and two L's via EXPRESS; she wisely HOPS ABOARD....

Current Bank: $2,500
Next Choices: V, K, 2 G's and J

T E R R A C E S
O V E R L O O K I N G
T H E / J U N G L E

....in addition to another $7,500, she'll be seeing TERRACES OVERLOOKING THE JUNGLE on her hotwire trip to the Si Como No Resort in COSTA RICA worth $6,868.

LaTs: 2 (Matt & Johanna)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Ashlee

Ashlee: $15,368 cash & trip/Matt: $15,550/Johanna: NO LUCK

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$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ A U L
_ C C _ _ _ _ _ Y

Ashlee IDs former Beatle PAUL MCCARTNEY to take the lead.

Round 4: SONG TITLE

Her opening letters are two $500 N's, two E's, three FP E's, but then the other BANKRUPT to lose the $750 remainder. Second for Matt are two $500 S's, a $550 C, a $900 L, and a $700 H...

_ H E / S O _ N _
O _ / S _ L E N C E

...then he makes the $3,150 solve of Simon & Garfunkel's "THE SOUND OF SILENCE" from '66 to take back the lead, but not by much.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Ashlee

Ashlee: $18,368 cash & C.R./Matt: $18,700/Johanna: GOOSEEGG ALERT

Speed-Up Round: THING

Consonants each have a price tag of $1,550. After somebody requests two D's...

_ _ R L D _ _ D _
B _ S T / S _ L L _ R

...Matt completes a WORLDWIDE BEST SELLER for $7,750.

SOLE DUD: N (Johanna)

FINAL SCORES
Ashlee: $18,368 cash & C.R./Matt: $26,450/Johanna: $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $45,818
BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,350

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$100K Bonus Round
Matt spins up the '.

Category: FOOD & DRINK
The brand Eggo is best known for making these...

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


He knows this one like we do and calls FWZO...

F R O Z E N
W _ F F L E S


...after he eats up these FROZEN WAFFLES...we finally have our first BR car win! It's the Camaro 2LT worth $35,425, and he leaves with $66,875 cash & car! Great job, man!

$5K SPIN ID: JM8800983

MY EP. RATING: 8

Monday, November 17, 2014

WOF Recap: November 17, 2014

Back at SPS, it's time for "Viva Las Vegas"...except they're using the generic set -- boo, hiss!   

EPISODE #6091: VIVA LAS VEGAS

$1K Tossup: THING


M Y / L _ C K Y
_ U _ B _ R

Ashley doesn't have MY LUCKY NUMBER, but she's scored first among this opening trio...

Ashley Smith: exec. administrator & state National Guard member for two yrs. (and was in active duty for four yrs.) from Magnolia, TX 
Camryn Ehlers: Creek Bridge Middle-High School 6th & 7th Grade Math teacher and former Teach for America member who graduated from UW-Madison from Sunset Beach, NC  
Andrew Carroll: implementation specialist from S.F.

$2K Tossup: PLACE

_ A R R _ E R
I _ L _ N D

Ashley
triples up w/ BARRIER ISLAND.

FEATURED VEGAS TRIP: The Palazzo worth $6K
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: vegas.com
1/2 CAR: '15 Fiesta

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER (Pat as Elvis doing a guitar riff)

She wastes a spin w/ the MDW's left side. Second, Cameryn takes two T's for $1,600, four E's, a $900 S and four A's, followed by two N's for another $1,800, two I's and two L's for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900. We now have...

A _ E _ I _ A ' S
N E _ T / T _ _
_ _ _ E L
A I _ _ L A N E

...there won't be a reality TV show titled "AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL AIRPLANE", but she takes the early lead w/ a $4,550 solve.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Ashley

Ashley: $3K/Cameryn: $4,550 1/2 CAR/Andrew: $0

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Mystery Round: FOOD & DRINK

Cameryn leads off w/ four T's for the MDW and two R's via the MW near LaT. But she decides to put her MDW and plate on the line (?!?!)...TERRIBLE MOVE. Second, Andrew's first call of N is no good. Third, Ashley lights up a $700 L, buys two A's and E's, but then LaTs out. Cameryn then puts up a $1,400 P pairing, three O's and three S's for the other 1/2 CAR...

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

...she dines on a SCRUMPTIOUS SEAFOOD PLATTER for $2,650...but she would've won that Fiesta and kept that MDW had she not made that STUPID gamble. 

SOLE DUD: N (Andrew)
SOLE LaT: Ashley
SOLE BANKRUPT: Cameryn

Ashley: $3K/Cameryn: $7,200 1/2 CAR/Andrew: ZIP

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PP/Express: WAYD?

Hoping for better luck, Andrew starts this answer w/ two T's for $1,200, three $700 N's, four I's, and three E's, but the BANKRUPT near TD busts him to the tune of $2,800. Second for Ashley are a $600 H but then the other BANKRUPT. Third, Cameryn gets the exact same fate as Andrew who then puts up a $550 G, two S's for another grand, two A's, and two R's for the gift tag. His next spin, however, is the LaT. Ashley next inserts two C's for $1,800, the last vowel of U, and two B's for $1,400. But the last word still stumps her, so she goes on...and LaTs out for the second time tonight....

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

...while Cameryn will be CRUISING THE CARIBBEAN IN STYLE aboard one from Costa worth $6K.

LaTs: 2 (Andrew, Ashley)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole gang; both women have two of those apiece)

Ashley: $3K/Cameryn: $13,200 cash & cruise/Andrew: ZILCH

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$3K Tossup: EVENT

T _ _ N _
_ H E / _ _ O T

Cameryn remembers her day of TYING THE KNOT.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES

Down her path first are five N's for $2,500, two A's and I's, but then gets her first taste of LaT. Second, Andrew's T call is a miss. Third, Ashley captures a $550 G and three D's for another $1,500...

D I N N _ _ / A N D
D A N _ I N G

...she solves DINNER AND DANCING for $2,050. 

SOLE DUD:
T (Andrew)
SOLE LaT:
Cameryn

Ashley: $5,050/Cameryn: $16,200 cash & cruise/Andrew: BUPKIS

Speed-Up Round: PHRASE

This is a $1,900 Final Spin. After Cameryn buys the obvious A for free...

_ _ G _ T N _ N G / _ N
A / _ _ T T _ _

...but she blows the $5,700 solve w/ FIGHTING IN A BATTLE, not keeping track of the N's. Andrew then lights up the twin L's...

L _ G _ T N _ N G / _ N
A / _ _ T T L _

...he finally catches LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE for his only $3,800 on the night.

DUDS (both by Andrew): M & R
SOLE DQ OF GAME:
Cameryn's blown solve

FINAL SCORES
Ashley: $5,050/Cameryn: $16,200 cash & cruise/Andrew: $3,800

GT: $25,050
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding cardboard): $3,400

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$100K Bonus Round
We still don't have a car win here this season, but if Cameryn comes through, she might drive off in a Chevrolet Camaro. She lands on the S of SPIN.

Category: THING
Reveal the RSTLNE legend...

_ _ _ _ R
_ _ _ R _ _ E


CDMO gives her...

M _ _ O R
_ _ _ R _ D E


...but her final total won't get a MAJOR UPGRADE (she only got the first word) to the tune of $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: CC8986997

MY EP. RATING: 5

Friday, November 14, 2014

Week 9 Stats

Thank goodness the first half of Hawaii has come to an end at least for now, because I didn't enjoy it very much.

Total this Week: $260,362
Total for the Season: $3,270,343
BR Win Record: 20-25 (.444)
Total Car Wins: 3
-1/2 Car: 3 (1 Ford Fiesta, 2 Nissa Versa Note Ss)
-BR Car: 0
Prize Wedge Wins: 15
Gift Tag Wins: 14
Mystery Wedge Wins: 5
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 16-6
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 8-8
$10K MW was next to LaT: 9
$10K MW was next to $800: 11
Express was Played-Passed: 7-2
-Successes: 4
-Crashes: 3
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 4 (3 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 8
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 30/17/0
5-Round Games: 4
6-Round Games: 0
$6K FINAL SPINS: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 12
Red Winners: 11
Yellow Winners: 23
Blue Winners: 11
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $47,200* / 1 WC  
 
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $386,056* / 12 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), $56,800 (Nov. 10), $53,591 (Oct. 28)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

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

$32K: 17/35
$35K: 0/0
$40K: 1/2
$45K: 1/4
$50K: 0/0
$100K (or $1M): 1/2
CAR: 0/2

* includes prizes