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Friday, May 22, 2015

Week 36 Stats

The only good thing about this week is those 1/2 CAR wins on Monday and tonight, which helped us get over the $200K mark.

Total this Week: $218,019
Total for the Season: $10,692,006
BR Win Record: 65-115 (.361)
Total Car Wins: 28
-1/2 Car: 25 (13 Ford Fiestas, 11 Nissa Versa Note Ss, 1 Chevy Spark)
-BR Car: 3 (Chevy Camaro, BMW x3, VW Beetle Conv.)
Prize Wedge Wins: 48
Gift Tag Wins: 51
Mystery Wedge Wins: 15
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 63-21
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 31-32
$10K MW was next to LaT: 31
$10K MW was next to $800: 48
Express was Played-Passed: 34-4
-Successes: 19
-Crashes: 15
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 9 (7 on $3,500, 1 on $900, 1 on $5,000)
-BR: 22
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 126/72/0
5-Round Games: 44
6-Round Games: 3
Gooseegg Victims: 40
Red Winners: 59
Yellow Winners: 67
Blue Winners: 54
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $51,450 / 2 WC / 1 ½ CAR  
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $1,221,213 * / 57 WC / 58 ½ CAR / 13 MDW

Biggest Bankrupt: $20,625* (Jan. 8), $20,600* (Sept. 16), $19,590 * (May 6)   
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $49,175* (Jan 8.), $29,625* (April 3), $27,980* (March 10)
Top 3 Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $130,565 (Feb. 23), $100,623 (Jan. 29)
Bottom 3 Winning Totals: $12,400 (Feb. 16), $11,000 (Sept. 19), $10,950 (Apr. 29)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $93,892 (Dec. 26), $83,743 (Jan. 29), $77,978 (Jan. 27)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)  
Season-Low Week: $171,789 (Disney Sand & Shore Wk.)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 3
$1M Bonus Rounds: 16

$32K: 48/130
$40K: 4/14
$45K: 7/16
$50K: 1/6
$100K (or $1M): 2/7 (one of each win, four $100K losses and one $1M loss) 
CAR: 3/7

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: May 22, 2015 -- BR SHUTOUT ALERT #3


$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ H E / _ _ R S T
T _ M _ / _ _ _ _

The studio audience is laughing when Sarah says on-air that she doesn't know the last word. 

_ H E / _ _ R S T
T _ M _ / E V _ _

Lizzette realizes that this is NOT THE FIRST TIME EVER that we've been shutout in Bonusland for a week of shows. Trying to stop this threat are...

Lizzette Colon: iSchool guidance counselor and Blue Hill Troupe member from Queens, NY
Sarah Walker: substitute teacher who's planning to move to CA to get into TV/screenwriting from Lakeland, FL
Andrew Holick: pharmacy tech from Tucson, AZ

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

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

Sarah knows that Pat is THE HOST WITH THE MOST. 

FEATURED TRIP: Costa Mediterranean Cruise worth $6,500

Round 1: FOOD & DRINK

She wastes a spin w/ the MDW's right side. Second, Andrew calls out a $650 T, two E's, a $650 H, but then a bad vowel in A. Third, Lizzette finds two N's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, two TD L's, an I and three O's to clean out the vowels, but she's been cleaned out herself to the tune of $5,500 and her plate by the BANKRUPT near $650. Sarah then picks up the cruise w/ two R's...

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

...she's gonna be eating some GRILLED CORN ON THE COB while on that ship, so she's won another $7,500 cash & cruise.

SOLE DUD: A (Andrew)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Sarah: $9,500 cash & cruise/Andrew: $0/Lizzette: $1K


Mystery Round: SHOW BIZ

Andrew's first call of a T is a no-no. Second, Lizzette picks four N's for $3,200, three E's, and S for the Omaha Steaks gift tag, two I's, three $800 R's and three O's...

O S _ _ R / _ I N N E R
_ _ _ I _ N N E / _ O O R E

...she IDs OSCAR WINNER JULIANNE MOORE for $6,350 cash & food.

SOLE DUD: T (Andrew)

Sarah: $9,500 cash & cruise/Andrew: ZERO/Lizzette: $7,350 cash & steaks


PP/Express Round: PLACES

Lizzette leads off w/ a $1,300 T double, five E's, but then N for negative while on EXPRESS. Sarah secondly gets two R's for the 1/2 CAR on the blue $550 (why was it placed there instead of that green $500 next door?), an A, an S for the other 1/2 CAR, and a U, then we look at...

_ _ _ T U R E -
_ E R _ E _ T
_ E A _ _ E S

...oh, that somebody on the crew just gave away a car to this lady -- she just won $15,975 cash & Versa plus a trip to the PICTURE-PERFECT BEACHES of JAMAICA (The Oasis at Sunset) worth $9,394!

SOLE DUD: N (Lizzette)

Sarah: $34,869 cash & prizes/Andrew: ZIP/Lizzette: $7,350 cash & steaks 


$3K Tossup: THING

_ _ R A T E / _ H _ P

Sarah thinks it's a KARATE CHOP...nope

P _ R A T E / S H _ P

Lizzette's in five figures w/ PIRATE SHIP.

Round 4: WAYD?

Here she goes w/ a FP I, a $700 N, two E's, the obvious $700 G, two $500 T's, and two O's, followed by an $800 R, a $600 S, but then the S-U signal...

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

...and the leftover consonants are worth $1,500. Following an intact null cycle, Vanna puts up the M but Lizzette blows the solve w/ SKYROCKETING TO HOME, not realizing the H was a dud. Sarah then buys the A for free instead of picking the K's...

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

...she's SKYROCKETING TO FAME for the house minimum.

DUDS (after final bells): L (Lizzette), D (Sarah), H (Andrew)

Sarah: $35,869 cash & prizes/Andrew: $1K GOOSEEGG/Lizzette: $10,350 cash & steaks  

GT: $47,219
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $5,500


$100K Bonus Round
Sarah spins up that P.

Category: THING
She needs some help in the top word...

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

GPBI adds besides the obvious two on the bottom...

_ _ E R _ E _ _
L I G _ T

...nothing at all, so she doesn't turn on this OVERHEAD LIGHT for $32K and we have our third (and hopefully final) BR shutout of the season.
$5K SPIN ID: VN8484631


Thursday, May 21, 2015

WoF Recap: May 21, 2015


$1K Tossup: PHRASE

B R _ _ H T
A _ _ / _ _ _ _ Y

Bridget is BRIGHT AND SUNNY, so let's meet her first...

Bridget Barry: international nonprofit worker from Brooklyn (orig. from Grayslake, IL)
Quikton Sloan: barber stylist an American Legion Post 211 volunteer from Lompoc, CA
Sarah Wilson: Harvest Home exec. director from L.A. (orig. from Denver)

$2K Tossup: SONG TITLE

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

Sarah IDs the Steppenwolf hit "MAGIC CARPET RIDE".

FEATURED TRIP: sydney.BUZZ worth $8,500

Round 1: SHOW BIZ

Her first letter selections are three T's for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, an E, two R's for that WC, a FP N, and a single A, followed by a C for the LUGGAGEPOINT gift tag, two O's, two $800 S's, a $600 B, and two $900 P's. We now have...

S _ P P O R T _ N _

...she solves the OSCAR category of BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR for $7,750 cash & luggage.


Quikton: $0/Sarah: $9,950 cash & luggage WC 1/2 CAR/Bridget: $1K


Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Bridget leads off w/ a $500 T, two $900 N's, two A's, two D's for the other 1/2 CAR, double I's, and the last vowel of O. She follows w/ a $700 S, two C's for that Australia trip, two $700 P's, but then a PAINFUL LaT to leave $14,150 cash & trip on the table. Quikton then SPINGLES for the $500 L...

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

...and doubles his money w/ PICNIC AND BALD SPOT.


Quikton: $1K/Sarah: $9,950 cash & luggage WC 1/2 CAR/Bridget: $1K

Repeating BP Flashback of the Night: DOORKNOB


PP/Express Round: EVENT

First up for that man next to Pat are two T's for $1,800, five A's, two $500 N's, a $600 L, and a single E, but an M call takes away his turn. Sarah then takes double H's while on EXPRESS and HOPS ON.

Next Choices: 3 U's...C...and the last consonant of W

A U T H E N T _ C
H A W A _ _ A N / L U A U

She's won another $3,750 and will enjoy an AUTHENTIC HAWAIIAN LUAU on her trip to the Napili Kai Beach Resort in MAUI worth $6,600.


Quikton: $1K/Sarah: $20,300 cash & prizes WC/Bridget: $1K



_ _ _ _ _
K N I _ _ _ _ E Y


Round 4: THING

Her choices in this go-around are a $500 T, four E's, three TD N's (Pat didn't prompt her), and an A before the BANKRUPT near $650 forces her to give up $15K and her WC. Bridget secondly says a dud of R. Third for Quikton are two $900 L's, an $800 C, a $700 X, but then a bad O buy. Sarah restarts w/ a $500 S, but then buys the other bad vowel of this board (U). After Bridget misses again w/ a D, Quikton lights up double P's for a grand...

P E N _ A N S _ _ P

...I dunno if he has EXCELLENT PENMANSHIP, but he's won another $4,050.

DUDS: R (Bridget), O (Quikton), U (Sarah), D (Bridget)

Quikton: $5,050/Sarah: $23,300 cash & prizes/Bridget: $1K


Speed-Up Round: FUN & GAMES

$1,900 per consonant here. After a D pops up late in this round, Quikton blows the first word w/ STARTING SECOND BASE. Sarah then requests the B...

S T E _ _ _ N G
S E _ _ N D / B _ S E


DUDS: P (Quikton), R (Sarah), M (Quikton), J (Quikton), H (Sarah)

Very odd calls by that man, that's for sure.

Quikton: $5,050/Sarah: $30,900 cash & prizes/Bridget: $1K 

GT: $36,950
BANKRUPT TRASH: Sarah's $15K and WC


$100K Bonus Round
The S in SPIN is where Sarah stops on.

Category: PHRASE
The last letter of this one-liner is...

_ _ _ _ / _ _ T

PHGO gives her nothing but three of the hot vowel...

_ O O _ / O _ T

...she BLOWS IT w/ LOOK OUT and BOOK OUT. She will not ZOOM OUT of SPS w/ the $32K. 

$5K SPIN ID: PC0629497


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WoF Recap: May 20, 2015

Just to let you know, my buddy Bobby McBride has turned his blog into a Google+ blog and it's now accessible to any Google+ users like myself. Problem is, the trolls whatever111 and Michael Taylor are still here so you should click the flag button next to their posts and report them for whatever problem they are causing.


$1K Tossup: THING

_ _ _ / _ O N _ H
_ _ / _ U _ _

Dana takes a stab w/ THE MONTH OF JULY...but that's wrong.

_ H E / M O N T H
_ F / J U _ _

We're almost into THE MONTH OF JUNE, and Matthew has the right answer. Time to meet 'em now...

Matthew Goldman: buyer for an insurance co. from Portland, OR (he's had a secret desire to be a GS host)
Pam Baker: litigation assistant at a law firm in Century City (she also does taekwondo) from Inglewood, CA
Dana Wenturine: MRI tech and ballroom dancer from Chesterfield, MI

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

T _ A _ ' S / _
_ R E A _ / _ _ _ A

Dana, THAT'S A GREAT IDEA, and you're on the board this time.

FEATURED COLLETTE TRIP: French Riviera and Paris worth $11,396

Round 1: WAYD?

She starts us off w/ four N's for $2,600, three I's, a $900 G, two E's and a pair of A's, followed by three $700 R's, the other two vowels, double D's for $1,400 more, a $900 W, but then a possibly fatal dud of T to likely cost her $6,650. Matthew doesn't capitalize on that error because of a LaT landing. Over to Pam who puts in a $600 S, a $900 L, but then a baddie of M. That gives Dana another chance...but NOT for long, because she squanders her turn w/ the H. Matthew then inserts the last consonant of two C's for the French trip...

A R O U N D / I N

...and he'll be doing said puzzle solution to win $12,396 cash & tour that round.

DUDS: T (Dana), M (Pam), H (Dana)
SOLE LaT: Matthew

Matthew: $13,396 cash & tour/Pam: $0/Dana: $2K


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Matthew first learns that this puzzle also doesn't have any T's while he's on the Omaha Steaks gift tag. Pam secondly also misses w/ N while on the MW near LaT. Dana thirdly tries three S's for $2,400, four E's and A's, but then repeats the T. After Matthew gets his second LaT of the game, Pam calls up five R's for $3,500, two I's and O's, three $550 F's, and an $800 H before we turn to the board...

_ _ E _ _ E R ' S / _ A _
H I S / R O _ _ E R

...I doubt they're gonna make a movie titled "FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF HIS ROCKER", but she's won her first $5,450.

DUDS: T (Matthew, repeated by Dana), N (Pam)
2ND LaT: Matthew

Matthew: $13,396 cash & tour/Pam: $5,450/Dana: $2K 


PP/Express Round: FOOD & DRINK

Pam instantly hits the MDW's left side. Second, Dana picks three N's for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 (Pam wanted to choose that), three A's, two $650 T's and two I's. But after a $600 L is a bad E buy. Third, Matthew runs inso the same MDW BANKRUPT. Pam next takes a $700 G but then the other bad vowel of this puzzle (O). Dana then lights up the two leftover U's, a $600 P, and H for that WC, and a FP M. Now we have...

A / T A N T A L I _ I N G
_ U M / P U N _ H

...she's won another four grand and will sample A TANTALIZING RUM PUNCH at St. James's Club MORGAN BAY in ST. LUCIA worth $7,150.

DUDS: E (Dana), O (Pam)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Matthew and Pam)

Matthew: $13,396 cash & tour/Pam: $5,450/Dana: $13,150 cash & trip WC


$3K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ / R O U N D
O _ / _ _ _ F

Dana has taken the lead w/ A ROUND OF GOLF.

Speed-Up Round: PEOPLE

This round will decide whether Matthew or Dana wins this game, as every consonant is worth $1,800. After a C appears...

_ _ G _ - _ _ _ _ N G
_ C R _ _ _ T _

...Matthew has won $5,400 and the victory w/ HIGH-FLYING ACROBATS.

Matthew: $18,796 cash & France/Pam: $5,450/Dana: $13,150 cash & St. Lucia

GT: $37,396


$100K Bonus Round
He lands on the N in SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
Looks easy to me...

_ _ _ E
R _ _ _ _ T / _ N

CDMO adds a key letter at the top...

D _ _ E
R _ _ _ _ T / _ N

...he's NOT gonna DIVE RIGHT IN to another $32K, because he said DICE under his breath. That's three episodes in a row where somebody forgets about what letters they've called here.

$5K SPIN ID: RP6591742


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ALERT: Game Show Kingdom made a private blog

Bobby McBride at GSK has made his blog private so I wouldn't be able to get results if I was pre-empted. That's because he couldn't stand trolls whatever 111 and Michael Taylor. Now, if only he could invite me and you readers (except for the trolls of course)...

WoF Recap: May 19, 2015


$1K Tossup: EVENT

_ _ _ / _ O U _ _ H
_ F / _ _ _ _

In about 1.5 months from now, we're celebrating THE FOURTH OF JULY, and Gavin has the right answer to be interviewed first...

Gavin Shepherd: Coast Guard Operations Specialist w/ cats named Reese Whiskerspoon and Cat Sajak from Seattle (orig. from Oregon)
Sydney Guillaume: was an acting student at USC from Los Angeles (she moved to TX when she was seven before coming back to L.A.)
Nancy Sanchez: Harper Junior HS band teacher who plays the French horn from Vacaville, CA

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

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

IT WAS MEANT TO BE for Nancy to solve this one.

FEATURED TRIP: Hawaii from honolulu.BUZZ worth $7,455
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: LUGGAGEPOINT

Round 1: FOOD & DRINK

Her opening letters are a $550 N, buys of three I's and two E's, two $800 R's, three $700 S's, and three A's, followed by a $900 T, an H for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900, the last vowel of O and a $1,200 L pair. The board...

_ R E A _ _
_ O L E S L A W
_ I T H / R A I S I N S

...I've never seen a menu item CREAMY COLESLAW WITH RAISINS, but she's right for $5,850 and a new total of $7,850.



Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Gavin's first moves are calling a $1,400 pair of T's, buying two E's, but then BANKRUPTing near $650. Sydney secondly FPs five A's, but runs into the other normal one. Nancy thirdly selects four L's for $3,600 and the SL Bonus of five B's for the WC. We now have...

B A _ E B A L L
B A _ _ E T B A L L / &
B A _ _ _ _ T _ _

...she solves the B sports of BASEBALL, BASKETBALL & BADMINTON for another $7,100.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Nancy's opponents)

Sydney: ZILCH/Nancy: $14,950 1/2 CAR WC/Gavin: $1K

Repeating BP Flashback: LOOKING SPIFFY


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Sydney starts this critical round w/ a $2,400 N trio, triple the I's, but then the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Nancy finds two G's for $1,200, buys an A, but then LaTs out. Third, Gavin takes a $900 T and the last vowel of two O's, but a bad D call ends his turn. After Sydney repeats the T while on the other 1/2 CAR, Nancy says three $500 S's and we're looking at...

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

...she leaves out the second word at first, but she catches herself and she'll be SOAKING IN HOT SPRINGS on the tour of COSTA RICA; she's also won another $2,450

SOLE DUD: D (Gavin)
SOLE LaT: Nancy
SOLE DQ: Sydney's T repeat

Sydney: BUPKIS/Nancy: $23,400 cash & tour WC/Gavin: $1K 


$3K Tossup: PERSON

A _ _ _ _ N O _ E R

Gavin flubs w/ ANNOUNCER.

A _ T _ _ N O M E R

Nancy solves ASTRONOMER to pad her lead even more.

Round 4: THINGS

Unfortunately, she insta-BANKRUPTs near $650 to give up that WC. Gavin secondly has the same fate w/ the other normal one. Third for Sydney are a $500 T, two S's to triple up, an A, two $700 N's, and two O's, but it's S-U time...

O _ _ / _ O _ S / A N _
N _ _ / T _ _ _ _ S

...and the remaining consonants are each worth the big one! She then calls the triple D's...

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

...she solves OLD DOGS AND NEW TRICKS for her only $20,400 on the night!

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Sydney's opponents)

Sydney: $20,400/Nancy: $26,400 cash & tour WC/Gavin: $1K  

GT: $47,800
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC withheld): $3,300


$100K Bonus Round
The W calls out Nancy's name.

Category: PHRASE
Two letters on the top line to start...

_ _ _ L _ / _ _ R
_ / _ _ _

DMPA adds besides the obvious A...

A P P L _ / _ _ R
A / _ _ _

...this is what everybody needs to do after graduating for college, but she doesn't even get the first word right w/ APPLE. It was APPLY FOR A JOB, and she doesn't win $32K. 

$5K SPIN ID: KK6807820


Monday, May 18, 2015

WoF Recap: May 18, 2015

Almost a year ago, we had a week titled "Here Comes Summer". This time around, it's called "Spin into Summer".  


The animated intro they're using is the same one from "Desert Oasis" back in S28.

$1K Tossup: THINGS

_ _ _ R T _
A _ _ / _ _ I R T S

Angela totally blows it w/ SUITS AND SHORTS.

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

Alicia capitalizes w/ SHORTS AND SKIRTS. In order, the first players of the week...

Alicia Clarke: marketing manager for a co. focused on energy efficiency and volunteer dog walker from Kirkland, WA
Roland Popken: retired pilot who's involved in the "Ugly Mona Lisa" gag from Tucson, AZ
Angela DeFillipis: Brooklyn Science & Engineering Academy founding principal who also kickboxes from Staten Island


_ D W _ _ D
N _ R _ O _

Angela is right this time w/ EDWARD NORTON.

FEATURED TRIP: Qamea Resort & Spa in Fiji w/ Fiji Airways airfare worth $9,132
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Omaha Steaks
1/2 CAR: Versa Note

Round 1: EVENT

She gets the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 right away w/ two N's, buys three E's, and wastes no time in completing the car w/ two T's. Next on her letter list are a $1,200 H double, a $500 S, two I's, a $500 G, two A's to finish off the vowels and a TD M. We now have...

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

...she's gonna be MAKING THE HEADLINES soon, because she's won a total of $20,425 cash & Versa!


Alicia: $1K/Roland: $0/Angela: $22,425 cash & Versa


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

First on Alicia's radar is the MDW's right side. Second, Roland takes out six T's for $21,000, buys six E's, but then painfully BANKRUPTs near $650 to lose the $20,750 remainder; ouch. Third, Angela inserts an $1,800 pair of H's, but nothing else w/ an N call. Returning to Alicia who buys a $900 S, buys two I's and an O, but then gets the same BANKRUPT she got before. After Roland spins up the other normal BANKRUPT, Angela tacks on a $550 L, and a $1K pair of C's...

_ _ S T / T H E
T I _ / O _ / T H E
I C E _ E _ _
L E T T _ C E

...this is JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG LETTUCE -- her making another $3,350.

Alicia: $1K/Roland: BAD LUCK/Angela: $25,775 cash & Versa 

SOLE DUD: N (Angela)
BANKRUPTS: 4 (two by each opponent)


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Roland's road to recovery doesn't start well w/ his third BANKRUPT in a row (this one near $650). Coming in Angela's direction second are an N for the WC, two O's and four I's, but then P for phooey (she nearly repeated the N). Third, Alicia has the same fate w/ a T request. Back to Roland who finds six L's for three grand and a TD M (though he almost tried to solve given his bad luck), but that same BANKRUPT gets him again to the tune of $6,500 (and it's his FOURTH one of the game). Angela then puts up a D while on EXPRESS and GOES ON.

Next Choices: R...S...K...leftover vowels of two A's and three E's...and F

This is what she'll be saying...

I / F E E L / L I K E
A / M I L L I O N

...that's because she's won another $4,500 and a trip to the bolongo Bay Beach Resort in ST. THOMAS worth $6,379.

DUDS: P (Angela), T (Alicia)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Roland)

Alicia: $1K/Roland: TERRIBLE SHAPE/Angela: $36,654 cash & prizes 

$3K Tossup: PLACE

_ H _ / P R _ D U _ E
S _ C T I _ _


Speed-Up Round: OCCUPATION

$1,600 is the consonant value here. After Vanna makes a D appear...

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

...Roland finally avoids being gooseegged w/  BROADCAST JOURNALIST for eight grand.

SOLE DUD: M (Angela)

Alicia: $4K/Roland: $8K/Angela: $36,654 cash & prizes 

GT: $48,654


$100K Bonus Round
We still haven't seen anybody land on a car envelope since early this year, and hopefully this one will go out the door -- an all-new MINI Cooper Hardtop 4dr. Angela takes out the ** envelope.

Category: PHRASE
One-liner alert...

_ _ / _ _ R _ L

CDMI and G give her...

G _ / _ I R _ L

...this playing is NOT gonna GO VIRAL, because she BLOWS IT w/ GO GIRL and loses the $50K.

$5K SPIN ID: HC2455700


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Week 35 Stats

Pretty good week thanks to Shannon's big episode and the three 1/2 CAR wins.

Total this Week: $286,250
Total for the Season: $10,473,987
BR Win Record: 65-110 (.371)
Total Car Wins: 26
-1/2 Car: 23 (13 Ford Fiestas, 9 Nissa Versa Note Ss, 1 Chevy Spark)
-BR Car: 3 (Chevy Camaro, BMW x3, VW Beetle Conv.)
Prize Wedge Wins: 46
Gift Tag Wins: 49
Mystery Wedge Wins: 15
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 63-21
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 31-32
$10K MW was next to LaT: 31
$10K MW was next to $800: 48
Express was Played-Passed: 32-4
-Successes: 17
-Crashes: 15
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 9 (7 on $3,500, 1 on $900, 1 on $5,000)
-BR: 21
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 124/70/0
5-Round Games: 43
6-Round Games: 3
Gooseegg Victims: 39
Red Winners: 57
Yellow Winners: 65
Blue Winners: 53
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $41,948 / 3
WC / 1 ½ CAR  
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $1,169,763 * / 55 WC / 57 ½ CAR / 13 MDW

Biggest Bankrupt: $20,625* (Jan. 8), $20,600* (Sept. 16), $19,590 * (May 6)   
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $49,175* (Jan 8.), $29,625* (April 3), $27,980* (March 10)
Top 3 Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $130,565 (Feb. 23), $100,623 (Jan. 29)
Bottom 3 Winning Totals: $12,400 (Feb. 16), $11,000 (Sept. 19), $10,950 (Apr. 29)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $93,892 (Dec. 26), $83,743 (Jan. 29), $77,978 (Jan. 27)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)  
Season-Low Week: $171,789 (Disney Sand & Shore Wk.)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 2
$1M Bonus Rounds: 16

$32K: 48/126
$40K: 4/14
$45K: 7/16
$50K: 1/5
$100K (or $1M): 2/7 (one of each win, four $100K losses and one $1M loss) 
CAR: 3/7

* includes prizes

Friday, May 15, 2015

WoF Recap: May 15, 2015


$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ M P _ _
_ _ _ R S _ L F

Madison solves PAMPER YOURSELF. Last to play...

Madison Weber: civil engineer & weekend wedding photographer from Orangevale, CA
Gary Jenkins: plant controller from North Charleston, SC
Lauren Lee: Solomon ES ES 4th Grade teacher & outrigger who wants to ride a unicycle from Waipahu, HI

$2K Tossup: PEOPLE

C I _ _ _ S
_ L O _ _ _

Gary solves CIRCUS CLOWNS.

FEATURED ToaL: England/Scotland/Wales worth $10,698


His lead-off letters are a $700 T, an E, four A's, a $700 S, but then the sole dud vowel of I. Second, Lauren calls up a $1,950 N trio, triple B's for the WC, an an O before we see this...

T _ E / B _ A _ _
B _ N _ _
O _ / B A N A N A S

...don't think you'll see shuch a show called "THE BRADY BUNCH OF BANANAS", but she's on the board w/ $3,200.

SOLE DUD: I (Gary)


Mystery Round: EVENT

Lauren insta-BANKRUPTs next to $650 to lose the WC. Second, Madison searches and finds a T for the collette vacation, a $700 H, three E's, four R's for another $2,600, and two A's, but here comes the other BANKRUPT to take away $13,998 cash & tour. Gary then picks a $1K pair of B's, two I's, a $1K pair of N's, a $900 G, and the other two good vowels. We now have...

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

 ...he's BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER for $2,150.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (women)

Madison: $1K/Gary: $4,150/Lauren: $3,200


PP/Express Round: THINGS

Madison first takes a $1,400 S double, buys four E's, wastes a FP usage by repeating that vowel, and lights up a $10,500 R trio. She next buys two I's, picks up the Maui Jim gift tag w/ an M, but then falls victim to the BANKRUPT near TD to forfeit $12,900 cash & shades. Gary secondly LaTs out. Third, Lauren captures a $2,400 T trio, but the sole dud vowel of O stops her. After Madison and Gary strike out quickly w/ Y and N, respectively (she was on the MDW), Lauren picks off a $500 P and three A's...

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

...she wins another $2,400 and will see some ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECES in SPAIN worth $10,798.

DUDS: O (Lauren), Y (Madison), N (Gary)
SOLE LaT: Gary

Madison: $1K/Gary: $4,150/Lauren: $16,398 cash & trip


$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ E _ I L ' S
F O O _ / C A _ E

Lauren eats up a piece of DEVIL'S FOOD CAKE.

Round 4: WAYD?

She wastes a turn w/ the same BANKRUPT she got at the start of R2. Second for Madison are two FP I's, two $900 N's, and two A's, but it's S-U time...

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

...w/ a $1,500 FS. Several letters later...

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

...Madison's MAKING A SUGGESTION for $4,550.


Madison: $5,550/Gary: $4,150/Lauren: $19,398 cash & trip

GT: $29,098
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $26,898 cash & prizes


$100K Bonus Round
The ' wedge is where the BW stops on.

Category: THING
Seems easy, right?...

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

CDMO gives her...

_ O _ R L _
_ O R E C _ S T

...but her HOURLY FORECAST doesn't see her winning $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: B_1324761 (no, this is not a typo; that's the first ID I've seen w/ a space in it)


Thursday, May 14, 2015

WoF Recap: May 14, 2015


$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

S _ D _ _ _
_ U S _ R A L _ A

Maxine locates SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. Tonight's American panel...

Maxine Haber: kids fitness co. owner from North Miami
Bret Boyle: psychiatric tech at a hospital (also has done community theater) from Atascadero, CA
Anna Von Fange: from San Antonio

$2K Tossup: TITLE

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ :
_ M _ _ _ _ _ _ _ E


FEATURED ToaL: Paris worth $11,698


He calls an automatic dud of T. Second, Anna FPs a couple A's, calls up a $7,500 trio of S's, buys two O's, but then repeats said vowel. Third, Maxine has found a $2,100 N trio, three D's for the collette wedge, but nothing else w/ a dud I buy. After Bret BANKRUPTs next to TD, Anna buys the last vowel of five E's and gets both 1/2 CARs w/ an L and two P's, respectively (she landed on the one near the pink $900 first). Next up are a G for the Ricardo luggage, three FP H's, and the big solve...

G E _ _ A N
S H E P H E _ D S / A N D
_ _ E N _ H / P O O D L E S

...we have our third 1/2 CAR winner in four shows, because she nails GERMAN SHEPHERDS AND FRENCH POODLES for a total of $25,940 in cash & prizes!

(NOTE: This is only the second time in history that a week has had three 1/2 CAR winners.)

DUDS: T (Bret), I (Maxine)
SOLE DQ: Anna's O repeat


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Fresh off of her big win in the last round, Anna leads off w/ an $1,800 pair of T's, three E's and an I, a $1K pair of R's, and four O's, but next is N for no. Maxine secondly runs into the other normal BANKRUPT. Third, Bret spots a $1K pair of S's, and buys the other two vowels. But after a $500 F is the same BANKRUPT he got before to lose the grand. Following Anna's $1K pair of B's...

B O O _ I E
B O A R _
O F / T R U S T E E S

...she solves BOOGIE BOARD OF TRUSTEES for another $3,050.

SOLE DUD: N (Anna)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (opposition)

Maxine: $1K/Bret: $2K/Anna: $28,990 cash & prizes


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Knowing that she's in a deep hole, Maxine starts this important round w/ a $2,400 T quartet, a $650 S, and three I's, followed by an $1,100 pair of N's, a $900 H, a $550 W, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to flush away $5,350. Bret secondly collects the WC w/ a G, but then duds out w/ R. Chosen by Anna third are an $800 M, three E's, an A, and a $900 C, then we have...

T E E M I N G / W I T H
E _ _ T I C / _ _ A N T S

....another $1,200 is hers and a $6,058 tour of a place that's TEEMING WITH EXOTIC PLANTS -- COSTA RICA

SOLE DUD: R (Bret)

Maxine: $1K/Bret: $2K WC/Anna: $36,248 cash & prizes



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

Maxine quadruples w/ CRYSTAL STEMWARE.

Speed-Up Round: FOOD & DRINK

Thursday's FS is set at $1,900. After the frontloading V appears...

V I N E - R I P E N E _
T _ _ _ T _ E S

...Bret squashes these  VINE-RIPENED TOMATOES for another $5,700.

DUDS: L (Bret), W (Maxine), H (Bret)

Maxine: $4K/Bret: $7,700/Anna: $36,248 cash & prizes

GT: $47,948


$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the W envelope for Anna.

Category: PERSON
Donald Trump is one such example of this...

_ _ _ E R _ _ L
T _ _ _ _ N

CDPA brings her...

P _ _ E R _ _ L
T _ C _ _ N

...but no guess from her, so this POWERFUL TYCOON won't be paying her another $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: DF5204494