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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WoF Recap: March 3, 2015


Minnie mouse introduced the hosts this time.

$1K Tossup: PLACE

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

This is a family-friendly attraction at the theme parks, and a lady named Jordan knows that's THE ENCHANTED TIKI ROOM. Tuesday's players...

Jordan Lewis: First Ward Creative Arts Academy 1st Grade teacher from Indian Land, SC
Jared Hunsake: 2nd-Class Naval Air Crewman memberfrom Oak Harbor, WA
Terra Harris: independent business owner for large network marketing co. from Shaker Heights, OH

$5K SPIN ID: RH8821997

$2K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

S _ _ _ _ A L
_ U _ S T / _ T A R

Jared apparently feels like a SPECIAL GUEST STAR, so he'll be going first.

FEATURED DISNEY TRIP: Aulani Spa & Resort on Oahu in Hawaii worth $7,533 (that was used last night in the PP Round)
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Maui Jim


He BANKRUPTs near $2,500 right out of the gate. Second, Terra calls up a $600 T, buys three E's, but then hits the MDW's left side. Third, Jordan puts up a $500 H, but then gets the other MDW BANKRUPT. Back to Jared who fills in a $700 N but then buys a worthless I. Terra next finds a $600 W, but the other normal BANKRUPT strikes. Jordan then picks up the WC w/ an S, FPs the E, and lights up a $700 B...

_ N E / T W _
B U _ _ _ E
_ _ / S H _ E

...then she says "ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE" to take the early lead by just $200.

SOLE DUD: I (Jared)
BANKRUPTS: 4 (Jared 2x)

Jared: $2K/Terra: $0/Jordan: $2,200 WC


Mystery Round: CHARACTERS (biggie alert)

Terra gets started w/ an $800 R and three $600 S's, then she buys five E's and three A's before BANKRUPTing near $650 to forfeit the $2,100 leftover. Second, Jordan discovers there are no T's. Third, Jared picks up the Aulani wedge w/ two N's, rounds up five $650 Y's and two $500 H's, but the I lets him down him again (and it's the only bad vowel of this puzzle). Terra next picks two L's while on the MW near $800 and turns down the $2K offer...for five times as much! Next up are five $550 P's, the other two good vowels (both in pairs), and three $650 D's before we see...

D O P E Y / _ R U _ P Y
D O _ / _ A S H _ U L
H A P P Y / S N E E _ Y
A N D / S L E E P Y

...unfortunately, she blows the name of the next-to-last of the dwarves w/ SNEEKY and gets DQed big time; that's gonna cost her $14,200. Jordan doesn't do any better on the MDW's left side, so goodbye WC. Afterwards, Jared correctly IDs DOPEY, GRUMPY, DOC, BASHFUL, HAPPY, SNEEZY AND SLEEPY for a total of $12,533 cash & trip.

DUDS: T (Jordan), I (Jared)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both ladies; everybody now has a pair so far)
SOLE DQ: Terra's blown solve

Jared: $14,533 cash & trip/Terra: ZILCH/Jordan: $2,200


PP/Express Round: THINGS

At the start, the T fails Jordan again for the second round in a row. Second for Jared are two $650 S's, an A, a $650 N, a $500 D, and three E's, then come two $650 R's, two $900 S's, the rest of the vowel shop, and the BANKRUPT near TD to wipe out $4,300. Terra then lights up a $1,400 L pair...

_ O N D R O U S
I C E - _ L U E
_ L A C I E R S

...she has redeemed herself and will see some WONDROUS ICE-BLUE GLACIERS on an ALASKAN CRUISE aboard the Disney Wonder worth $10,797.

SOLE DUD: T (Jordan)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jared (3rd one tonight)

Jared: $14,533 cash & HI/Terra: $12,197 cash & AK/Jordan: $2,200



_ _ _ / I T / G O
_ _ _ / I _ / _ _

Jordan solves "LET IT GO, LET IT GO" (from "Frozen" of course).

Speed-Up Round: WAYD?

The consonants have a $1,900 bounty on their heads. Midway in the round, Terra calls up the R...

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

...she blows the solve for the second time tonight w/ SHARING A HISTORY. Jordan next fills in the Y's but also screws up w/ STUDYING A. The man then uncovers the L... 

S _ L _ _ N G / A
_ Y S T _ R Y

 ...and he's SOLVING A MYSTERY for another $7,600.

BLOWN SOLVES: 2 (ladies)

Jared: $22,133 cash & HI/Terra: $12,197 cash & AK/Jordan: $5,200

GT: $39,530
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $7,850


$100K Bonus Round
The ** is where he stops on.

Category: THINGS
Not much to start in this big one...

_ _ N _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ T S

He's CDMA conservative...

_ A N C _ / C _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ T S

...all he can say is DANCE COMBO PANTS. The $32K gets left behind in this pair of FANCY COWBOY BOOTS.


Monday, March 2, 2015

WoF Recap: March 2, 2015

This week looks to be a fun one, because it's called "Disney Sand & Shore" week! Just to let you know, the ALL-CASH BW will be used for the third straight season w/ the Disney themed weeks in play. Also, the 1/2 CAR tags are out of play.


VTR: January 14 (1st taping of 2015)

Mickey introduces the hosts tonight.

$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

P E A _ U _
B _ _ _ T L E

Andrea eats up some PEANUT BRITTLE. The first panel of the week...

Andrea Clark: Bookkeeper at family business from Valencia, CA
Rachel Paplomatas: Warren ES 5th Grade teacher from Dyer, IN
Shawn McCann: Navy Sr. Chief from San Diego

$5K SPIN ID: NK1806872 (for this week, the IDs are shown during the interview for the first contestant in line)

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

W _ A P _ _ N _
_ R _ S _ _ _ S

Shouldn't they use it during the Secret Santa Sweepstakes? Anyway, Rachel has control w/ WRAPPING PRESENTS.

FEATURED DISNEY TRIP: Disney Cruise Line to the Caribbean worth $10,748
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag:

Round 1: PHRASE

She first calls an $800 T, buys two E's, but then BANKRUPTs near $650. Second, Shawn wastes a spin w/ the LaT. Third, Andrea finds a $700 H, a $900 N, an A, and two O's, then come three $650 D's, an S for the gift tag, but then the sole dud vowel of U. Rachel then SPINGLES for a $550 G and buys the last vowel of I, then we've displayed...

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

...AND THE CROWD GOES WILD as she makes the solve, but those W's were left on the table.

SOLE DUD: U (Andrea)

Rachel: $3K/Shawn: $0/Andrea: $1K


Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

Shawn's next chance to get on the board begins w/ four L's for $2,800, two R's for $1,600 more, a $600 D, two O's, and twin A's. But after a $900 S is his second LaT of the game. Second, Andrea lights up a $700 N, and five $900 W's...

A / W _ O L _ / N _ W
_ _ A _ ' S / W _ _ R _
W _ ' L L / _ _

...she exactly recites "A WHOLE NEW WORLD, THAT'S WHERE WE'LL BE" from the movie "Aladdin" for $5,200.

SOLE LaT: Shawn

Rachel: $3K/Shawn: NO LUCK/Andrea: $6,200


PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

Andrea's initial letters are three $500 N's, a $650 T, two I's, and the same number of A's. Those are followed by an $800 G, a $900 S, and the two remaining vowels of two O's and three E's. We now have...

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

...another $2,850 is hers and she might be SNORKELING AT RAINBOW REEF because she's won a trip to the Aulani Disney Resort & Spa in HAWAII worth $7,533.


Rachel: $3K/Shawn: GOOSEEGG ALERT/Andrea: $16,583 cash & HI



_ / G _ _ _ L E
_ _ / _ _ E _ E

Andrea spots A GAGGLE OF GEESE.

Round 4: THINGS

Her first call of R is no good. Second for Rachel are a $650 S, an E buy, but then the other normal BANKRUPT; that's probably her other one of the night. Third for Shawn are four N's for $3,200, a $550 G, but then the S-U signal...

E _ _ _ _ _ N G
_ N N _ _ _ _ _ _ N S

...and $1,500's the consonant value. After an X pops up...

E X _ _ T _ N G
_ N N _ _ _ T _ _ N S

...Andrea solves EXCITING INNOVATIONS for another $4,500.

SOLE DUD (before final bell): R (Andrea)

Rachel: $3K/Shawn: $1K GOOSEEGG/Andrea: $21,083 cash & HI 

GT: $25,083


$100K Bonus Round
Andrea lands on the E of GAME. Also, enter each bonus puzzle of the week on the show's website for your chance to win a trip to the resort that she's going to.

Category: PHRASE
The last letter of it is...

_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ T

PGCA are all up there...

_ _ G _
_ _ P A C T

...but she still BLOWS IT w/ HUGE IMPACT when the E was already dead. Her final total won't have a HIGH IMPACT to the tune of $32K.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Week 24 Stats

We may not have broke the $400K barrier this week, but this was a great week largely thanks to Rick's $100K win.

Total this Week: $395,621
Total for the Season: $7,749,857
BR Win Record: 50-70 (.416)
Total Car Wins: 14
-1/2 Car: 10 (5 Ford Fiestas, 4 Nissa Versa Note Ss, 1 Chevy Spark)
-BR Car: 3 (Chevy Camaro, BMW x3, VW Beetle Conv.)
Prize Wedge Wins: 31
Gift Tag Wins: 34
Mystery Wedge Wins: 11
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 46-12
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 22-24
$10K MW was next to LaT: 20
$10K MW was next to $800: 36
Express was Played-Passed: 24-4
-Successes: 13
-Crashes: 11
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 8 (7 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 13
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 79/51/0
5-Round Games: 23
6-Round Games: 1
Gooseegg Victims: 28
Red Winners: 42
Yellow Winners: 43
Blue Winners: 30
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $40,230 */ 1
½ CAR  
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $806,611* / 37 WC / 42 ½ CAR / 11 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,625* (Jan. 8), $20,600* (Sept. 16), $17,490 (Feb. 25)  
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), $130,565 (Feb. 23), $100,623 (Jan. 29)
Bottom 3 Winning Totals: $13,356 (Sept. 15), $12,400 (Feb. 16), $11,000 (Sept. 19)
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: $196,697 (Hawaiian Adventure in HI)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 8

$32K: 37/85
$40K: 3/9
$45K: 5/12
$50K: 0/3
$100K (or $1M): 2/4
CAR: 3/7

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: February 27, 2015


$1K Tossup: SONG TITLE

L _ N D O _
_ A _ L _ N G

Kim is off by a letter w/ "LONDON FALLING", whereas Ed IDs "LONDON CALLING" by The Clash. These players are here to help and try to break the $400K barrier...

Ed Laczynski: public school teacher at Channel View School for Research from Rockaway Beach, NY
Ashley Jenkins: attorney who's active in church  from Chicago
Kim Stern: stand-up comedian pursing a career w/ the govt. (preferably in law enforcement) from Lakewood, CA

$2K Tossup: PLACE

_ H _ M _ _ T _ Y
L A _

Ashley solves CHEMISTRY LAB.

FEATURED TRIP: Republic of Georgia worth $7,700


Her starters are a $900 S, a $600 T, a $700 N, two O's, and an I, then come an R for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, a $650 D, three A's, but then a possible fatal misstep w/ Y. Kim instantly BANKRUPTs near $650. Ed next calls up three C's for $1,500, buys two E's to clean out the vowels, but then gets the exact same fate as Kim. Ashley then picks up that Georgia trip w/ four L's...

_ A S E _ A L L / C A R D

...and solves BASEBALL CARD COLLECTION for a total of $11,300 in that round alone.

SOLE DUD: Y (Ashley)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (everybody else)

Ed: $1K/Ashley: $14,300 cash & trip 1/2 CAR/Kim: $0


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Kim leads off w/ an S for the same 1/2 CAR, three $650 T's, an O, and two N's for the Ricardo Luggage. But after her buys of an A and two I's is the LaT. Second, Ed spins up the green $500 space next to the pink $900 five times in a row and calls up two G's, the last vowel of three E's, L and Y singles, M, and two R's. Following a FP P...

_ R E A _
I T / T O / M E

...he correctly says "SPRING BREAK IT TO ME GENTLY" for $3,750.


Ed: $4,750/Ashley: $14,300 cash & trip 1/2 CAR/Kim: BAD LUCK


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

First, Ed spins his way to the other normal BANKRUPT. Second for Ashley are two $800 T's, two N's for that MDW, but then the sole dud vowel of E. Third, Kim lights up a $500 S but nothing else w/ R. Back to Ed who finds a TD L, buys an O and four A's, but then gets that same BANKRUPT. Next on Ashley's radar are a $600 G, two $500 T's, the other two good vowels, a $900 H, a $700 B, and a $650 M. Here's the layout now...

I / M A Y / O N L Y
_ A _ _ / A
B A T H I N G / S U I T

...she rightly says "I MAY ONLY PACK A BATHING SUIT", because she's won $4,700 more & this trip to the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort in ARUBA worth $6,606.

DUDS: E (Ashley), R (Kim)
Ed: $4,750/Ashley: $25,606 cash & trips MDW/Kim: BAD SHAPE


$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP (but also Movie Title)

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ C A R

Ed locates "MADAGASCAR".

Speed-Up Round: THING 

$1,900 per consonant here. The two O's have been purchased for free late in this round...

M Y / P E R S O N _ L
F _ _ O R _ T E

...well, this isn't really MY PERSONAL FAVORITE of a round, but Ed nearly doubles his winnings w/ a $7,600 payoff.

AIRED DUDS: C (Kim) and G (Ashley)

Ed: $15,350/Ashley: $25,606 cash & trips MDW/Kim: $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $41,956


With her mom Josephine and sister Grace holding that MDW, Ashley spins up the &.

Category: THING
At the lead-off portion...

_ _ _ _ L _ _ R _
_ _ _ E R

CPBO does for her...

_ _ _ _ L _ _ R _
P O _ E R

...Dave from Thursday is off the hook because she doesn't solve AUXILIARY POWER...

...and she just barely dodged a bullet, because the million was in the same place where Rick won the $100,000 on Monday -- the N of SPIN. Her envelope had the $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: TB6804957

The final total this week is $395,621 cash & prizes.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

WoF Recap: February 26, 2015


$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ L A _ D
& / _ W _ D _ N

Erika locates FINLAND & SWEDEN. The Thurs. panel in order...

Erika Neuser: logistics mgmt. specialist for Army (her father was in there too) from Macomb Township, MI
Dave Dettore: product ID consultant from Culver City
Michelle Lynn: brand mgmt. for luxury French haircare co. who's visited about 30 countries from NY

$2K Tossup: THING

P E R F _ C T
_ _ M I _ G

Michelle's solve isn't PERFECT TIMING, but she's won the right to spin first.

FEATURED TRIP: istanbul.BUZZ worth $7,625


Off she goes w/ three $550 T's, two $800 N's, four O's, two $700 D's, but then a bad purchase in I. Second, Erika calls a dud consonant of R. Third, Dave puts in three S's for $2,100...

D O N ' T / S T A N D
S O / _ _ O S _ / T O / _ _

...and solves The Police's 1980 hit "DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME" to keep that amount.

DUDS: I (Michelle), R (Erika)

Erika: $1K/Dave: $2,100/Michelle: $2K


Mystery Round: WAYD?

Erika first takes three N's while on the MW near $800 and says she came here to play, so she's gambling...and it's the $$$! Her next calls are a $600 G, the three good vowels of three I's, two A's and three FP E's, two M's for that Istanbul trip, a K for the WC, but then a CRITICAL DUD of D while on the TravelSmith gift tag to likely squander $19,225 cash & trip. Dave then gets the GT w/ two S's, and two T's to double up the grand he got on the last spin...

M A K I N G / A / _ I S E
I N _ E S T M E N T

...he's MAKING A WISE INVESTMENT for $3K cash & GT.

SOLE DUD: D (Erika)

Erika: $1K/Dave: $5,100 cash & GT/Michelle: $2K


PP/Express Round: PLACES

That man is off to a quick $7K start w/ two S's, then he buys an E and five A's before losing a turn w/ R while on the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900.  Second, Michelle wastes a spin w/ the MDW's right side. Third for Erika are a $600 L, an O and three O's, a B and four N's at $650 a pop, and the last vowel of U, then come three $900 C's, a $500 T, and two M's while on the other 1/2 CAR. Board...

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

...she's won another $7,300 and the chance to see some CABANAS HIDDEN AMONG COCONUT PALMS at Ramon's Village in BELIZE.

SOLE DUD: R (Dave)

Erika: $14,300 cash & Belize WC/Dave: $5,100 cash & GT/Michelle: $2K 


$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

W _ _ _ O N
S O _ P

Dave eats up some WONTON SOUP; I wonder why they didn't use this for Fabulous Food week?

Speed-Up Round: PHRASE

The consonants are gonna be worth $1,900 apiece. Here's what we have after a C pops up in the last of this four-word answer...

W H _ N / T H _
S _ _ _ _ / C L _ _ R S

...WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS, Dave, who messed up at first w/ WHEN THE SKIES CLEARS, has won $7,600 and the victory.

DUDS (both by Erika): P and F

Erika: $14,300 cash & Belize/Dave: $15,700 cash & GT/Michelle: $2K

GT: $32K


$100K Bonus Round
Will that W envelope mean a win for Dave?

Category: EVENT
This was similar to a puzzle at the end of the 2007 NYC road trip and it wasn't solved for $25K...

_ _ _ _ N _
_ / _ _ _ S E

Guess what he gets from his combo of GCMA...

_ _ _ _ N G
A / _ _ _ S E

...just the obvious and he doesn't come close to winning the $32K towards BUYING A HOUSE. Not very well played by him.

$5K SPIN ID: TH2796530


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WoF Recap: February 25, 2015


$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ K _ O
_ _ _ _ N

Rick tries to say it, but realizes he didn't press his buzzer -- it's Katie who locates TOKYO, JAPAN and will be interviewed first...

Katie Pope: Patriots fan who's addicted to traveling from Fresno
Ourania Liatrakis: private tutor for six kids & NYU grad from Astoria, NY
Rick Eilerman: MD state police retiree from Naalehu, HI

$2K Tossup: PLACE

C U L I _ _ R Y
_ _ H O O _

Katie's won more money towards maybe going to CULINARY SCHOOL.

FEATURED travel.BUZZ TRIP: Hanoi, Vietnam worth $7,550


At the start, both ladies strike out w/ T and R, respectively. Third in line, Rick calls up two N's for $1,600, two S's for the 1/2 CAR near orange $900, three O's and an E, followed by an M and three C's at $900 apiece, and two L's for $1,200 extra...

E C O N O M _
C L _ S S
C L O _ N

...he solves ECONOMY CLASS CLOWN for $6,900.

INSTA-DUDS: T (Katie) & R (Ourania)

Rick: $6,900 1/2 CAR/Katie: $3K/Ourania: $0


Mystery Round: SONG TITLE

Ourania's up first w/ two T's for $1,300, two O's, three $3,500 N's, and a D for the other 1/2 CAR. She then goes for a quick solve...

D O N ' T / _ _ _ / _ O _
_ _ / _ _ _ _ N T _ N _

...she nails "DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA" (first recorded by Julie Covington in '76) to jump right into the lead w/ $12,050.


Rick: $6,900 1/2 CAR/Katie: $3K/Ourania: $12,050 1/2 CAR


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Rick leads off w/ three T's for his second 1/2 CAR from the same spot he landed on before, $900 H and N singles, buys of O and two I's, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to forfeit $17,490 cash & Fiesta; that's the second time this week the complete 1/2 CAR gets BANKRUPTed. Over to Katie who lights up three S's while on the last remaining 1/2 CAR (she tosses it over her shoulder), the other three vowels, and four $900 L's. We now have... 

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

THIS WILL BE AN ABSOLUTE BLAST -- she's won another $4,350 plus a $7,700 trip to the Sandals Royal Bahamian in the BAHAMAS.

Rick: $6,900/Katie: $15,050 cash & trip/Ourania: $12,050


$3K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ O U _ _ _ _ N
B _ K E

Rick gets MOUNTAIN BIKE to be $100 shy of 10 grand.

Round 4: THING

He wants a T while on TD, but that stands for terrible start. Second for Katie are two $650 R's, an E and three O's, two $800 F's, and two $500 P's...

P R O O F / O F
P _ R _ _ _ _ E

...this PROOF OF PURCHASE is good for another $3,400.


Rick: $9,900/Katie: $18,450 cash & trip/Ourania: $12,050 


Speed-Up Round: FOOD & DRINK

The consonants each yield $1,650. Ourania lights up the K's late in this round, but only gets the first word. Rick then puts up that D...

T _ R K _ _
D R _ _ S T _ _ K

...and eats up this TURKEY DRUMSTICK.

SOLE DUD: H (Katie)
SOLE DQ OF GAME: Ourania's incomplete solve

Rick: $13,200/Katie: $18,450 cash & trip/Ourania: $12,050  

GT: $43,700
BANKRUPT TRASH: $17,490 cash & Fiesta


$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the M in GAME for Katie.

Category: WAYD?
I have a couple of possibilities in mind...

_ _ _ E R _ N _

PBGO adds besides the obvious G...

_ O _ E R _ N G

...COWERING is incorrect (that was my first guess, too), but her next guess of HOVERING is right for the $32K and a final total of $50,450 cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: JP9770723


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WoF Recap: February 24, 2015

I wasn't aware of this, but according to Bobby McBride, Rick Galten's $130,565 from last night is a NEW ONE EPISODE RECORD for a male contestant!



_ N E / _ I G H _
_ _ / _ _ N G _ _ K

Eric solves the '84 Murray Head song "ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK". These players have the daunting task of following up that big win...

Eric May: field consultant for a quick-service restaurant industry from Sacramento
Lisa Joseph: actress, event planner & Zumba fan/aspiring instructor from West Orange, NJ 
Megan Solis: raiser of Boerboels from Hawi, HI

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

S A D D _ I _ G
T H E / _ _ R S E S


FEATURED TRIP: lisbon.BUZZ worth $8,150
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: TravelSmith


She kicks off w/ an $800 T, two S's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, three I's, and an E, followed by three $800 R's, three A's, two $900 G's, two $550 N's, double U's, a $700 D, the last vowel of O, and two $900 M's. We now have...

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

...MOISTURIZING CREAM AND SUGAR don't go great together IMO, but she's scored another $8,350.


: $10,350 1/2 CAR/Eric: $1K/Lisa: $0


Mystery Round: TITLE

The man in the middle says a quick dud in S. Second, Lisa calls up five T's for the TravelSmith gift tag, three E's, two H's for the same 1/2 CAR, an A, two I's, and a FP O, after which she says three L's for the Lisbon trip, a $900 C, and the leftover U...

L I T T L E / E _ _ I _ E
T H A T / C O U L _

...and yes, she can solve "THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD" for a total of $14,050 cash & prizes. 

SOLE DUD: S (Eric)

Megan: $10,350 1/2 CAR/Eric: $1K/Lisa: $14,050 cash & prizes 1/2 CAR


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Fresh off that nice MR, Lisa instantly duds out w/ T. Second, Megan BANKRUPTs near $650 to lose her plate.  Third for Eric are four N's for $2,600, buys of an I and two A's, two D's for that same 1/2 CAR, a $500 C, but then a baddie of R. Lisa's second turn sees her putting up two $500 W's, spending half of her money on the last vowels of two O's and U's, lighting up two TD P's...and saying a MAJOR DUD of S. Afterwards...

C A N / I / _ U _ P
U P / A N D / D O W N
N O W ?

...Megan asks "CAN I JUMP UP AND DOWN NOW?", and she will do so after learning that she's won a trip to COSTA RICA'S Lapaz Waterfall Gardens.

DUDS: T (Lisa), R (Eric), S (Lisa)

Megan: $16,450 cash & C.R./Eric: $1K/Lisa: $14,050 cash & prizes


$3K Tossup: THING

_ O O _ / _ _ E A N

Eric qudruples up w/ some GOOD, CLEAN FUN.

Speed-Up Round: FOOD & DRINK

We hit the big one on this Tuesday night! After three C's are requested...

T R _ _ L _ - _ _ C _ _ R
C L _ B / S _ N _ _ _ C H

...Lisa chomps up a $36K TRIPLE-DECKER CLUB SANDWICH!

Megan: $16,450 cash & C.R./Eric: $1K/Lisa: $50,050 cash & prizes 

GT: $70,500
BANKRUPT TRASH: just a plate


$100K Bonus Round
She didn't bring anybody along, but Lisa lands on the E of AMERICA'S. 

Category: THINGS
The right vowel could make or break her on this one...

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

CFHO gives her...

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

...she goofs w/ PHOTOS AND CAMEOS, but she'll likely be uploading PHOTOS AND VIDEOS of her "WHEEL" journey, especially this solve worth...

...the damn minimum for a final total of $82,050 cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: KM01588


Monday, February 23, 2015

WoF Recap: February 23, 2015

We're back at SPS, and let's hope this season's edition of "Wheel Around the World" is much better than last time.


$1K Tossup: WAYD?

_ R A V E L I N G
T H E / _ _ _ B _

Rick might be TRAVELING THE GLOBE or maybe one of these ladies...

Rick Galten: court reporter who speaks Japanese from Fairfield, CA
Ashley Dethlefsen: graphic design artist for sports publication co. from Long Island, NY
Jan Coleman: brand manager for kids' products who's also a board member for Kids in the Spotlight from L.A.


E _ _ L I S H
B _ _ L _ _ _

Jan only gets the top word.

E _ _ L I S H
B _ L L _ _ _

Rick triples up w/ an ENGLISH BULLDOG.

FEATURED TRIP: madrid.BUZZ worth $7,650
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Ricardo Luggage
1/2 CAR: '15 Fiesta

Round 1: FOOD & DRINK

His starters are $600 T and R singles, two E's, two $900 S's, but then the sole dud vowel of I. Second, Ashley calls up two N's for $1,300, two A's, a $700 Q, a U, a Y for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, a G for the Madrid trip, and the last vowel of O. The board...

_ E _ O N

...she tastes some TANGY LEMON SQUARES for $2,250 and the trip.

SOLE DUD: I (Rick)

Rick: $3K/Ashley: $9,900 cash & Madrid 1/2 CAR/Jan: $0


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Ashley gets going w/ a $700 T, two FP E's, two N's for the other 1/2 CAR, and an A, followed by an $800 G, a $650 Y, and O...but then the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to forfeit $17,340 cash & Fiesta; doggone it. After seeing that painful moment, Jan puts up two R's for $1,400, the last vowel of two I's, and an M while on the MW near LaT. That $1,150 gamble of hers is worth...NOTHING. Rick won't take any chances...

A T O M I _
_ R I N _

...and he takes an ATOMIC ENERGY DRINK.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (women)

Rick: $4K/Ashley: $9,900 cash & Spain/Jan: ZERO


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

First, Jan says an automatic dud of S while on the Ricardo luggage. Second, Rick takes a D while on EXPRESS and GOES ABOARD.

Next Choices: 4 O's...2 N's...5 T's...F...3 R's...2 G's...B...Y...3 E's, two I's, U, and two P's

D O N ' T / F O R G E T
T O / B R I N G / Y O U R
_ P P E T I T E

DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR APPETITE, sir -- he's won $17K plus a trip to The Westin ST. MAARTEN Dawn Beach worth $8,065.


Rick: $29,065 cash & St. Maarten/Ashley: $9,900 cash & Spain/Jan: NO LUCK


$3K Tossup: THING

D E _ _ _ _ _ N

Jan's SPLIT DECISION finally puts her on the board.

Speed-Up Round: SONG LYRICS

We don't quite make it to the big one, but the consonants will still be worth $1,500. After a V is said midway through...

_ / _ _ L _ _ V _
_ N / M _ R _ _ L _ S

...Rick exactly recites "I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES" (from the '75 Hot Chocolate Song "You Sexy Thing") for said FS amount. 

DUDS (both by that man): T and D 

Rick: $30,565 cash & St. Maarten/Ashley: $9,900 cash & Spain/Jan: $3K

GT: $43,465
BANKRUPT TRASH: $18,490 cash & Fiesta


$100K Bonus Round
Waiting to be won here this week is a '15 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. Rick spins up the N of SPIN.

Category: THING
RSTLNE gives us...

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

YCPU are all up there, though I'm not sure if he's still gonna get this...

U P _ _ L S T E R Y
_ _ _ R _ C

...well, he took a pretty long pause after the first word, but he nails UPHOLSTERY FABRIC! And when we look inside the envelope...

...HE'S THE FIRST $100,000 WINNER ALL SEASON LONG -- LET THE CONFETTI AND STREAMERS FLY, PEOPLE IN CONTROL!!!!!! That makes him the highest non-million winner of the season w/ $130,565 cash & trip!

$5K SPIN ID: FA1957277

VB: At last, first $100K win of S32

MY EP. RATING: 9 (Ashley's car loss brought it down for me -- sorry)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Week 23 Stats

I'm soooo glad this Hawaii road trip is over -- it was just (blows raspberry).

Oh, if you haven't noticed this week, we were on the verge of an apple podium sweep until Mike won on Fri. night.

Total this Week: $196,697
Total for the Season: $7,354,236
BR Win Record: 47-68 (.409)
Total Car Wins: 14
-1/2 Car: 10 (5 Ford Fiestas, 4 Nissa Versa Note Ss, 1 Chevy Spark)
-BR Car: 3 (Chevy Camaro, BMW x3, VW Beetle Conv.)
Prize Wedge Wins: 28
Gift Tag Wins: 32
Mystery Wedge Wins: 11
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 44-12
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 21-23
$10K MW was next to LaT: 20
$10K MW was next to $800: 34
Express was Played-Passed: 23-4
-Successes: 12
-Crashes: 11
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 8 (7 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 13
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 76/50/0
5-Round Games: 22
6-Round Games: 1
Gooseegg Victims: 27
Red Winners: 41
Yellow Winners: 40
Blue Winners: 29
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $45K */ 1 WC  

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $766,381* / 37 WC / 41 ½ CAR / 11 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), $100,623 (Jan. 29), $91,892 (Dec. 26)
Bottom 3 Winning Totals: $13,356 (Sept. 15), $12,400 (Feb. 16), $11,000 (Sept. 19)
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: $196,697 (Hawaiian Adventure in HI)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 8

$32K: 35/81
$40K: 3/9
$45K: 5/12
$50K: 0/3
$100K (or $1M): 1/3
CAR: 3/7

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: February 20, 2015 -- HAWAII FINALE


$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ _ K _ _ _ / _ P
_ / V _ L _ A _ _

Mike knows about HIKING UP A VOLCANO. The last players we see at the Hilton Waikoloa Village this season...

Mike Jones: food server at exclusive resort and crosswords fan from Koloa; orig. from Pittsburgh
Monique Waymer: Univ. of HI medical school accountant and terrible karaoke singer from Kaneohe (orig. from Brooklyn)
Lara Gomez: Hilo College of Pharmacy faculty member from Hilo


L _ B R _ N / _ A _ E S

Monique's the next to score w/ LEBRON JAMES.

FEATURED TRIP: Costa Rica tour worth $8,500

Round 1: PHRASE

She kicks off w/ a $900 S, two E's, a $900 N, two $550 D's, and three A's. But after a $1K pair of B's is the MDW's left side to lose $3,400. Second, Lara calls up four T's for $2,600, two R's to throw in another 18 Benjamins and the last vowel of U...

T _ A T ' S / _ _
B R E A D / A N D

...then she says "THAT'S MY BREAD AND BUTTER" for the remaining $4,150.


Lara: $4,150/Mike: $1K/Monique: $2K


Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

The early leader starts this round of play w/ three T's for $1,650, buys three E's, but then duds out w/ R. Second, Mike picks up the WC w/ the SL Bonus of six S's, four $800 L's, three A's, and two I's...

S _ L I _
S T A I _ L E S S
S _ A T _ L A

...he solves the In the Kitchen item of SOLID STAINLESS STEEL SPATULA for $6,700.

SOLE DUD: R (Lara)

Lara: $4,150/Mike: $7,700 WC/Monique: $2K


PP/Express Round: THINGS

Here goes the man w/ five S's for $2,500 and three N's via EXPRESS before he HOPS ABOARD...

Current Bank: $5,500 and WC
Next Choices: D...three A's...CRASH w/ L (he loses $6,250 and the WC)

Going Monique's way second are a FP E, two $900 T's, an I, and two O's, then come two $900 R's, a U, two $500 H's and a look at this...

S H O _ S
S H O _ _ I N _ / A N D

...she's won another $3,950 and a trip to a place w/ SHOWS, SHOPPING AND RESTAURANTS -- LAS VEGAS worth $7,040.


Lara: $4,150/Mike: $7,700/Monique: $12,990 cash & Vegas 



P _ T
_ A _ A K _ E T

Mike creeps closer to the lead w/ a PET PARAKEET.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

His first letters are four N's for $3,600, but then a baddie of G (so my guess of BANANA NUT PUDDING is out the window). Second for Monique are a FP T, but then R for roadblock. Third, Lara has the same fate w/ a C call. After Mike BANKRUPTs near $650 to forfeit the $3,600...

_ _ N _ N _ / N _ T
_ _ _ _ _ N _

...the consonants in S-U Mode will be worth $1,500 each time it appears. After that man picks off the twin F's...

B A N A N A / N _T
_ _ F F _ N _

...he eats these BANANA NUT MUFFINS to barely win the game by $780. 

DUDS BEFORE FS: G (Mike), R (Monique), C (Lara)
DUDS AFTER FS: L (Monique), D (Mike), O (Monique)

Lara: $4,150/Mike: $13,700/Monique: $12,990 cash & Vegas  

GT: $30,840
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $13,250


$100K Bonus Round
Mike's gotta get that P envelope as determined by the BW. 

Category: EVENT
I know this one already...

_ E R _ _ _
_ _ T

MDBO only adds the vowel...

_ E R O _ _
_ _ T

...he doesn't pull of any HEROIC ACT for the $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: MW0619500


Wk. 1 (Wheel Goes Waikoloa): $230,777
Wk. 2 (Best Friends Wk.): $260,362
Wk. 3 (Second Honeymoon): $208,590
Wk. 4 (Hawaiian Adventure): $196,697 

GRAND TOTAL: $896,426