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Thursday, January 31, 2013

WOF Recap: January 31, 2013

EPISODE #5754: MAKING DISNEY MEMORIES

Goofy's introducing the hosts for the second and final time this week.

$1,000 Tossup: PLACE

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

Emily and Tedd are way off w/ THE UNITED KINGDOM, even though that's an Epcot attraction.

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

Amanda and Mike solve THE HAUNTED MANSION. Let's meet Thursday's couples...

Amanda and Mike Nation (married 12 yrs.): Mike's a Chief Warrant Officer in the Marine Corps for about 13 yrs. and they have three children (two boys and a girl); they're from Oceanside, CA
Angie & Greg Solga (married 7 yrs.): she's a univ. biology professor and he's an airline pilot; these balloon animal makers from Orwigsburg, PA have a 2.5-yr.-old daughter (Mary)
Emily & Tedd Glazebrook (married 16 yrs.): Tedd's a director of finance at the Univ. of Phoenix; this couple from Gilbert, AZ have four daughters

$2,000 Tossup: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

_ _ _ _ H I _ G
F I R _ W _ _ _ S

The Solgas could be WATCHING FIREWORKS if they get lucky in this first round.

FEATURED DISNEY VACATION: Disney World worth $5,927
TONIGHT'S 1/2 CAR: Honda Fit (that means the Chevrolet Spark will be in play for the last time tomorrow)

Jackpot Round: EVENT

The Solgas start w/ four T's while on Jackpot. They later hit it again and call four N's, but they can't solve for a $6,900 pot. They spin once more for two G's...

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

...and solve CATCHING A SNOWFLAKE ON THE TIP OF YOUR TONGUE for $6,350.

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,800

Scores after R1
Glazebrooks: $0
Nations: $1K
Solgas: $8,350

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Mystery Round: TITLE

First for the Glazebrooks are three $900 T's but then the BANKRUPT next to $650. Speaking of trouble, the Nations are caught by the LAT. Third, the Solgas find two H's, some vowels and triple N's for the 1/2 CAR next to $450 (though Greg tried to pick it up before calling a letter). We now have...

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

...they solve "WINNIE THE POOH AND TIGGER TOO" for the $2K house minimum.

BANKRUPT: Glazebrooks
LAT: Nations

Scores after R2
Glazebrooks: $0
Nations: $1K
Solgas: $10,350 + 1/2 CAR
 
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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: SONG LYRICS

The Nations pick up the Wild Card right away w/ three S's, and go to the vowel shop to buy six E's but then the sole dud vowel of A. After the Solgas also strike out w/ N...

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

...the Glazebrooks amazingly solve "BE OUR GUEST, PUT OUT SERVICE TO THE TEST" from "Beauty and the Beast" for the $9,978 DISNEYLAND vacation.

DUDS: A (Nations), N (Solgas)

Scores after R3
Glazebrooks: $9,978 trip
Nations: $1K + WC
Solgas: $10,350

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$3,000 Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ E / _ E _ T / _ F
_ _ _ _ Y _ _ _ _ _

The Glazebrooks have taken the lead at $12,978 w/ THE BEST OF EVERYTHING.

Round 4: THINGS

The Glazebrooks instantly pick up $15K w/ three T's. Later, they FP the sole dud vowel of U and buy three I's to clean out the vowels before we look at...

T I _ E - H O _ O R E _
T R A _ I T I O _ S

They can make going to a Disney park one of their TIME-HONORED TRADITIONS after banking another $15,700!

SOLE DUD: U (Glazebrooks)

Going into R5
Glazebrooks: $28,678 cash and Disneyland
Nations: $1K + WC
Solgas: $10,350

Speed-up Round: FOOD AND DRINK ($1,500 per consonant)

Pat's BANKRUPT next to $5K was edited out.

S _ _ T
_ R E T _ E L

The Solgas take a SOFT PRETZEL for $3K.

FINAL SCORES
Glazebrooks: $28,678 cash and Disneyland
Nations: $2K minimum
Solgas: $13,350

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $44,028
BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,700

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$100,000 Bonus Round
For the second straight night, the winning team has landed on the second A of AMERICA'S.

Category: PERSON
They'll need to concentrate on the first word w/ this setup...

S _ _ N _ _
_ E R _

PDHA gives them...

S P _ N _ _
H E R _

They were all around it, but they don't know their SPUNKY HERO for the $35K. They leave w/ $28,678 cash and Disneyland.

$5K SPIN ID: CK9275202

MY EPISODE RATING: 7 out of 10

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

WOF Recap: January 30, 2013

EPISODE #5753: MAKING DISNEY MEMORIES

Donald Duck's introducing the hosts this time. BTW, all four of those costumed characters including him are wearing Disney Cruise Line attire.

$1,000 Tossup: CHARACTER

B _ _ _
_ _ G _ T _ E _ R

He's known for saying "To Infinity and Beyond", but Jeff blows it for the middle team w/ BULL FIGHTER.

B U _ Z
_ _ G _ T _ E _ R

Julie and Joey identify the guy as BUZZ LIGHTYEAR. Let's go down the line in meeting Wednesday's families...

Julie & Joey Layton (married 12 yrs.): she's an Internet company controller while he's a real-estate guy; they have two kids and are from Highlands Ranch, CO
Jeff & Stacy Bell (married 7 yrs.)
: Jeff's an Army Staff Sgt. and combat medic/cardiovascular specialist at Womack Army Medical Center while Stacy's a former Army member; they also have two kids and are from Ft. Bragg, NC
Mark & Heather Carter (married 6 yrs.): he's a Miami Valley firefighter; both have four kids (we don't know their hometown, however)

$2,000 Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ I _ Z _ / A _ D
P A _ T _

Stacy knows that the Disney restaurants offer PIZZA AND PASTA, so her team's on the board this time.

FEATURED DISNEY PRIZE: the Disney Cruise Line to The Bahamas worth $5,820
TONIGHT'S 1/2 CAR: Chevrolet Spark (not the Sonic as I originally thought; this and the Honda Fit are the ones used this week)

Jackpot Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

The Bells start w/ $1,800 worth of two T's, buy an E, but then BANKRUPT on the MDW's left side. Second, the Carters pick up the TravelSmith gift tag w/ five N's. Following a couple vowel purchases, they pick up they 1/2 CAR next to $900 w/ three G's. After they clean out the vowel department (the A's and the U)....

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

...they're SINGING AND DANCING TO THE MUSIC for $4K cash and gift tag.

BANKRUPT: Bells
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,900

Scores after R1
Laytons: $1K
Bells: $2K
Carters: $4K cash and travel gear + 1/2 CAR

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Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

The Carters get off to a bad start w/ the BANKRUPT next to $3,500, so there goes their plate. The Laytons secondly land on top dollar and put an R. Shortly after that, they pick up the other available 1/2 CAR w/ two W's...

W _ _ _ / _ _ _ / W _ S _
_ _ _ _ / A / S T A R

...and solve "WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR" by Jiminy Cricket for $6,050.

BANKRUPT: Carters

Scores after R2
Laytons: $7,050 + 1/2 CAR
Bells: $2K
Carters: $4K cash and travel gear

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: LIVING THINGS

The current leaders (Laytons) do some work (the I was called via FP) before buying the sole dud vowel of O. From here, it's all the Bells...

M A _ E S T I _
H U M _ _ A _ _
_ H A _ E S

...they've won $2,250 and the chance to see MAJESTIC HUMPBACK WHALES on a DCL voyage to ALASKA worth $9,958.

SOLE DUD: O (Laytons)

Scores after R3
Laytons: $7,050
Bells: $14,208 cash and cruise
Carters: $4K cash and travel gear

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$3,000 Tossup: MOVIE TITLE

_ _ _ _ / _ _ _
_ H _ / _ _ _ _ P

The Carters quickly solve "LADY AND THE TRAMP", putting them at $7K.

Round 4: PHRASE

The Carters lose control right away w/ the R. The Laytons are second in line w/ a T, two A's and the LAT. Third, the Bells say an S and the sole dud vowel of E. The Carters miss again w/ an N. The Laytons next fill in four singles before repeating the T. The Bells are back in control...

_ O _ / S A I D
A / M O _ T H _ _ L

...Jeff says to the host "YOU SAID A MOUTHFUL" for the $2K house minimum.

DUDS: R (Carters), E (Bells)
LAT: Laytons
DQ: Laytons' T repeat

Going into R5
Laytons: $7,050
Bells: $16,208 cash and cruise
Carters: $4K cash and travel gear

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Speed-up Round: THING ($1,500 per consonant)

_ / R _ _ _
_ _ _ _ - T _ R N _ R

Now this is A REAL PAGE-TURNER -- the Carters add another $4,500 to end their night w/ a decent second-place total.

FINAL SCORES 
Laytons: $7,050
Bells: $16,208 cash and cruise
Carters: $11,500 cash and travel gear

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $34,758
BANKRUPT TRASH (plate not included): $1,550

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$100,000 Bonus Round
The Bells' envelope comes from the second A of AMERICA'S.

Category: THINGS
Not much RSTLNE in this one...

_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ E S


CDFO gives them most of the second word...

_ _ _ _ _
F _ C E S


There will be lots of HAPPY FACES tonight, because Stacy has ended the 10-episode losing streak! And the $35K is won this time, so they depart w/ $51,208 cash and cruise!
 
$5K SPIN ID: DF4416282

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

WOF Recap: January 29, 2013

EPISODE #5752: MAKING DISNEY MEMORIES

Mickey and Minnie are introducing Pat and Vanna tonight; hence, Goofy and Donald walk out to center stage w/ them.

$1,000 Tossup: PLACE

_ _ _ C E
_ _ _ _ T A _ N

Michelle and Mike solve SPACE MOUNTAIN, and we're starting the bios at the end of the line...

Michelle & Mike Tewold (HS sweethearts married for 11 yrs.): she's a 1st Grade teacher, whereas he's a police officer in Houston; they have two boys and are from Magnolia, TX
Anthony & Emma Salari (also HS sweethearts and married 5 yrs.): he's a songwriter, she's a surgical assistant; they also have two children and are from Bullhead City, AZ
Sean & Megan Key (married 4.5 yrs.)
: she's a speech pathologist w/ Guilford County Schools Exceptional Children while he's a physical therapist at a nonprofit retirement community in Twin Lakes; they have a 1-yr. old girl named Harper and are from Greensboro, NC

$2,000 Tossup: PEOPLE

M _ / _ _ _ S E S T
_ _ _ _ _ D _

The Keys don't know MY CLOSEST FRIENDS, but they have first control of the Wheel.

FEATURED DISNEY TRIP: Disneyland worth $5,713
TONIGHT'S 1/2 CAR: Honda Fit

Jackpot Round: SHOW BIZ

The Keys begin w/ three N's for the 1/2 CAR next to $300, three A's, and two R's for the Disneyland adventure. Soon enough...

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

...they solve "COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU" for $9,813 cash and trip.

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,700

Scores after R1
Salaris: $0
Keys: $11,813 cash and trip + 1/2 CAR
Tewolds: $1K

(NOTE: I can confirm that this week's Bonusland will have all of the cash amounts in play for the first time since the S27 road trip in Las Vegas.)

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Mystery Round: MOVIE TITLE

The Tewolds immediately land on the MW next to the MDW and call two T's (though he wanted to say N). They turn down the $2K offer...and find the $10K! But they lose that quickly to the MDW's right side BANKRUPT. Second, the Salaris repeat the / T. Third, the Keys request two H's for $1,300, buy two E's, but then BANKRUPT next top top dollar to lose $1,050 and their plate. After the Tewolds lose another turn courtesy of the other MDW BANKRUPT, the Salaris insert an R and two A', but they get the MDW's left side to give back the $450 remainder. The Keys spins once for $1,650 worth of S's...

S _ _ _ / _ H _ T E
A _ _ / T H E / S E _ E _
_ _ A R _ S

...and add $350 more by solving "SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS".

BANKRUPTS: 4 (everybody; two by the Tewolds)
DQ: Salaris' T repeat

Scores after R2
Salaris: $0
Keys: $13,813 cash and trip
Tewolds: $1K

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

Trying to get back on the board in a big way, the Salaris start w/ an N while on the same 1/2 CAR, but that's no good. The Keys secondly get two T's, four O's, but then the LAT. Third, the Tewolds get that same plate w/ three S's, buy some vowels, but then BANKRUPT next to the big one to lose their Fit opportunity and the leftover $1K; that's their third one this evening. Returning to the Salaris, they choose an H and the sole dummy vowel of I. After the Keys fill in three R's, the Keys BANKRUPT on the MDW's right side to give up $2K; they now have two BANKRUPTS to their credit. The Tewolds spingle for a $350 C and we're looking at...

_ E / S _ R E
T O / _ E A R
C O _ _ O R T A _ _ E
S H O E S

BE SURE TO WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES, Tewold family, because you're going back to DISNEY WORLD (they went there three weeks prior to their taping) worth $9,942!

DUDS (both by the Salaris): N and I
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Tewolds, Keys)
LAT: Keys

Scores after R3
Salaris: nada
Keys: $13,813 cash and Disneyland
Tewolds: $11,292 cash and Disney World

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$3,000 Tossup: THING

S _ _ P R I S E
_ _ _ O U _ _ _ _ _ _ T

There's no SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT here -- the Keys are up to $16,813.

Round 4: CHARACTERS

The Keys strike out right away w/ S. The Tewolds secondly insert triple N's, but it's speed-up mode time...

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

...and the leftover consonants are worth $1,500 each.

P _ N _ C C _ _ _ / _ N D
_ _ _ _ N _ / C R _ C _ _ T

The Keys identify PINOCCHIO AND JIMINY CRICKET for another $7,500!

SOLE DUD BEFORE FS: S (Keys)
AFTER THE BELL: L (Tewolds)

FINAL SCORES
Salaris: $2K GOOSEEGG
Keys: $24,313 cash and Disneyland
Tewolds: $11,292 cash and Disney World

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $37,605
BANKRUPT TRASH (plates not included): $14,500

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$100,000 Bonus Round
The Keys get the W envelope.

Category: PLACE
They'll need good help for the second word...

_ / _ _ _ _ E _
_ _ _ S E 


HCFO adds...

_ / _ _ C _ E _
H O _ S E


Neither WICKER nor WICKED is the correct second word. A PACKED HOUSE will be sad to see them also lose the $35K. They leave w/ $24,313 cash and Anaheim.

$5K SPIN ID #87: DG3134524

MY EP. RATING: 5 out of 10

Monday, January 28, 2013

WOF Recap: January 28, 2013

Remember, enter all of this week's bonus puzzles if you want to win a trip to the Disney Park of your choice (Disneyland in Anaheim or Disney World in Florida).

EPISODE #5751: MAKING DISNEY MEMORIES

Tape Date This Week: Dec. 13, 2012

Goofy and Donald Duck both introduce Pat and Vanna; both Mickey and Minnie escort the hosts to center stage. We can see fireworks graphics on top of the dips and columns set that features parts of the Disney theme parks.

$1,000 Tossup: CHARACTER (w/ scrolling Mickey logos)

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

Devin and Sally solve "THE LITTLE MERMAID" (aka Ariel). The first three family pairs of the week are...

Devin & Sally Blakely (married for 6 yrs): from Wilmington, NC; they have two kids
Baranda & Brent Adams (married 7 yrs): from Sandusky, OH; the latter is a police officer at the Perkins Township P.D. and they also have two kids
Dom & Robin Franklin (married 2.5 yrs): we don't know their hometown but they do have five kids

$2,000 Tossup: PHRASE

_ E _ ' S / _ A K E
A / B R E _ K

The Franklins say "LET'S TAKE A BREAK", because Jim's gonna be plugging the Jackpot Round and the Featured Prize.

FEATURED DISNEY PRIZE: the Disney theme park of your choice worth $5,927

Jackpot Round: SONG/ARTIST (Tinker Bell makes the strips appear)

The Franklins first establish the fourth word as THE, FP and A and then strike out w/ the S. The Blakelys secondly go BANKRUPT next to $650. Third, the Adamses call out four N's for $2,600, but they then get the same fate as the middle team. Later, the Franklins have called for a V while on Jackpot...

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

Set off those fireworks (8th time this season) -- they solve "CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT" BY ELTON JOHN for a total of $14,400 (including a $9,550 pot)!

SOLE DUD: S (Franklins)
BANKRUPTS:
2 (Blakelys and Adamses)

Scores after R1
Blakelys: $1K
Adamses: $0
Franklins: $16,400

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Mystery Round: FOOD AND DRINK

The Blakelys are up first w/ five R's for $1,500, the purchase of four E's, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to lose the $1,250 remainder. Secondly, the Adamses pick up the Wild Card w/ an N (there almost hit the big one, though). It's all them from here...

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

They eat some FRENCH TOAST WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES for $5,600.

BANKRUPT: Blakelys

Scores after R2
Blakelys: $1K
Adamses: $5,600 + WC
Franklins: $16,400

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: FUN AND GAMES

Still in control, the Adamses pick off three N's, buy two I's, but then fall victim to the MDW's left-side BANKRUPT to give back their own $1,250 and the WC. After that, it's all the Franklins...

S N O R K E L I N G
I N / C R _ S _ A L
C L E A R / _ A _ E R S

They win another $6,850 and could be SNORKELING IN CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS when we send them on their Disney Cruise Line voyage to THE BAHAMAS (w/ a stay at the Castaway Cay) worth $5,820! That round was worth $12,670 to them.

BANKRUPT: Adamses

Scores after R3
Blakelys: $1K
Adamses: $5,600
Franklins: $29,070 cash and cruise

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$3,000 Tossup: THING

_ I _ _ _ _ E L _ A ' S
G _ A _ _ / _ _ _ P P E R

Dom knows about CINDERELLA'S GLASS SLIPPER, so his team is over the $32K mark.

Speed-up Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? ($1,300 per consonant)

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

Dom is way off the mark w/ NOTHING BUT LOVE.

L _ _ G H _ N G
_ _ T / L _ _ _

The Adamses are LAUGHING OUT LOUD for $3,900.

SOLE DUD: S (Blakelys)
DQ: Dom's blown solve

FINAL SCORES 
Blakelys: $2K minimum
Adamses: $9,500
Franklins: $32,070 cash and cruise

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $43,570
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC excluded): $5,100

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$100,000 Bonus Round
I think they're offering all cash in this week's Bonusland since I don't see a car inside the studio. Anyway, let's hope the Franklins break our current losing streak at eight episodes. Their envelope is the G.

Category: PHRASE
Here are the ending letters of all three words...

_ _ _ T
_ _ R / _ T


HDMA adds the vowel at the top...

_ A _ T
_ _ R / _ T


WAIT FOR IT...but they say PAST and LAST for the first word, so they lose $35K. That sends them home w/ $32,070 cash and cruise.

$5K SPIN ID: MD0455355

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

Week 19 Stats

Total this Week: $166,879
Total for the Season: $4,910,469
BR Win Record: 39-56 (.411)
Total Car Wins: 25
-1/2 Car: 12
-BR Car: 13
$100,000 Wins-Losses: 3-2
$1M Bonus Rounds: 5
Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR SHUTOUTS: 2
Prize Wedge Wins: 20

Gift Tag Wins: 26
Jackpot Wins: 7
Mystery Wedge Wins: 6
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 14-19
Mystery $10K was on $700: 23
Mystery $10K was on $300: 21

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 33-11
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 5 (1 on $900, 2 on $2500, 2 on $3500)
BR: 11
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 49/28/0
5-Round Games: 19
6-Round Games: 2
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 6
Gooseegg Victims: 19
Red Winners: 36
Yellow Winners: 30

Blue Winners: 29
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $39,450* / 2 Wild Cards / 1 "� CAR" tag
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $472,027* / 24 Wild Cards / 26 "� CAR" tags / 6 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupts: $27,100 (Sept. 24); $15,960* (Dec. 3); $15,680* (Sept. 27)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $40,100*+ � Car (Sept. 24); $28,200* (Nov. 16); $22,750* (Jan. 21)
Highest-Winning Totals: $147,000 (Dec. 28), $137,250 (Nov. 21), $129,600 (Oct. 17)
     
Lowest-Winning Totals: $9,550 (Jan. 22), $10,100 (Dec. 10), $11,583 (Nov. 22)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $74,772 (Dec. 28); $72,300 (Dec. 21); $58,580 (Dec. 13)
Lowest Maingame Winnings: $15,350 (Oct. 4); $17,964 (Nov. 6), $18,470 (Nov. 1)
Season-High Week: $377,702 (Week #15: Happy Holidays)
Season-Low Week: $151,104 (Week #6: Teachers Week)

*Includes prizes

Saturday, January 26, 2013

WOF Recap: January 25, 2013 -- Possible BR Shutout?

EPISODE #5750: WEEKEND GETAWAYS

Opening Flashback Clip (2002): Pat mistakenly asks David to lick his dog named Lucy

$1,000 Tossup: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

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

Feikamoh (male) blanks out.

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

After all of tonight's players were TAKING THE TOUR of the studios, Joe gets on the board first. Here they are...

Joe Antol: small construction business owner from Knoxville, TN
Feikamoh Massaquoi: actor/songwriter/musician from Los Angeles (born in Philadelphia and raised in Houston; his parents hail from Sierra Leone); he's married to Mariama who won the house minimum on Sept. 25th
Brooke Brady: human development student looking to become a teacher from Evergreen, CO

$2,000 Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ A M I _ Y
A _ B _ M

Brooke remembers her FAMILY ALBUM, so she's spinning first.

LAST WG OF THE WEEK: Henderson Park Inn in Florida w/ the hotwire.com travel worth $5,180

Jackpot Round: PHRASE

Brooke picks up the SpaFinder gift tag right away w/ four T's, buys some vowels, FPs two H's, picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $300, and says two F's while on Jackpot. The board right now...

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

She blows the solve w/ GO TO THE FRONT OF THE CAVE, so she just threw away $5K cash and gift tag plus a $7K pot. From here, it's all Joe...

G O / T O / T H E
F R O N T / O F
T H E / L _ _ E

He will GO TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE and collect another $1,900.

DQ: Brooke's blown solve
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,400

Scores after R1
Joe: $2,900
Feikamoh: $0
Brooke: $2K

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Mystery Round: FUN AND GAMES

Joe leads off w/ five N's for the same 1/2 CAR and buys a bunch of vowels (four I's and seven A's).  and cashes in two top dollar L's. He follows up w/ a G but then the sole dud vowel of O. Second, Feikamoh BANKRUPTS on the MDW's left side. Third, Brooke calls for twin F's via  FP, an R and an S while on the MW next to the MDW. She risks $1,300...down to zero she goes. Joe then collects another $7K courtesy of two T's...

_ I N N I N G / A
S T _ F F _ _
A N I _ A L / A T
A / _ A R N I _ A L

...instead of WINNING A STUFFED ANIMAL AT A CARNIVAL, he's added another $16,450 to his bank!

SOLE DUD: O (Joe)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both of his opponents)

Scores after R2
Joe: $19,350 + 1/2 CAR
Feikamoh: $0
Brooke: $2K

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1999): PLACE
CHMA gave Christian...

_ _ R _ _ L A C E

...but he can't solve WORKPLACE.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PEOPLE

Feikamoh strikes out w/ T while on the WC. Second, Brooke picks up the 1/2 CAR from the other location w/ an S. After some work is N for nothing. Third, Joe gets that WC w/ two F's and buys three I's. Shortly after that is the same MDW BANKRUPT, costing him $3,250 and both of his cardboard pieces. Feikamoh spins once for $1,200 worth of D's...

D _ R E D E _ I L
C L I F F / D I _ E R S

...and he'll see DAREDEVIL CLIFF DIVERS on his $6,500 Funjet Vacation to the Riu Montego Bay Hotel & Resort in JAMAICA.

DUDS: T (Feikamoh), N (Brooke)
BANKRUPT: Joe

Scores after R3
Joe: $19,350
Feikamoh: $7,700 cash and Jamaica
Brooke: $2K

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$3,000 Tossup: THING

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

Feikamoh flubs w/ LEATHER MULLET; that allows Brooke to add more money to her LEATHER WALLET.

Round 4: CHARACTER (full $1,550 speed-up)

T H _ / _ _ _ / W H _
C R _ _ _ / W _ _ _

Joe solves THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF for another $6,200.

DUDS: N (Joe), S (Brooke)
DQ: Brooke's N repeat

FINAL SCORES 
Joe: $25,550 
Feikamoh: $7,700 cash and Jamaica
Brooke: $5K

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $38,250
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH (cardboard not included): $4,600

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Joe lands on where the million was last night -- the E of AMERICA'S, so we know the $100K is out of the picture.

Category: THINGS
I hope he knows his units of measurement when Vanna first shows us...

E _ _ _ T
_ _ N _ E S


There was a lot of confusion about Joe's choices (Pat thought he said B for his first letter, and either B or D for his second letter), but this player finally settles w/ PVCO...

E _ _ _ T
O _ N C E S


One cup equals EIGHT OUNCES...but he says EXACT OUNCES instead, so we have our SECOND BR SHUTOUT THIS SEASON (and first this year). Is he the third and final Winnebago loser of the week?...
















































...yes. That sends him home w/ $25,550. This week was just awful, IMO.

$5K SPIN ID #85: WL1381061

MY EP. RATING: 5 out of 10 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

WOF Recap: January 24, 2013

Since the MDBR from last Monday, things haven't gone very well for this week. Can they pick things up in a hurry?

EPISODE #5749: WEEKEND GETAWAYS

Encore Clip (1997): Pat and Vanna denying that they are a married couple

$1,000 Tossup: FUN AND GAMES

_ L A Y I N G
H _ U _ _

Beau's PLAYING HOUSE, and he's on the board. Thursday's players...

Beau Hodges: FDNY firefighter from Nyack, NY
Rebecca Mitchell: finishing her communications degree at Cal State Univ. - Long Beach and running her style blog called "RebeccaGlam" from Long Beach, CA
Kristy Nelloms: manager at a local food chain and church singer/preacher from Charleston, WV

$2,000 Tossup: CHARACTER

J E D I
M A _ T E R

Beau finally listens to a JEDI MASTER, and triples his money.

FEATURED WG: Avenue Inn Bed & Breakfast in New Orleans w/ BedandBreakfast.com airfare worth $6K

Jackpot Round: RHYME TIME

Beau's off to a great $4K start courtesy of five T's. He next buys four E's, but then BANKRUPTS next to $650 to lose the $3,750 remainder. Second, Rebecca can't capitalize on $2,500 w/ an N.  Third, Kristy picks up that WC w/ two H's, and buys an O, but after a null cycle is R for roadblock while on the New Orleans trip. Beau next claims that getaway w/ a D, FPs two A's, and...

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

...is able to PUT THE PEDAL TO THE METAL for $6,500 cash and N.O.

AIRED DUDS: N (Rebecca), R (Kristy)
AIRED BANKRUPT: Beau
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $10,300

Scores after R1
Kristy: WC
Beau: $9,500 cash and N.O.
Rebecca: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE AND AFTER

Rebecca's up first w/ two T's, an S, and three E's before choosing an R while on the MW next to that MDW. She puts her two grand on the line...and she has every right to boo at the BANKRUPT that she just got. From here, it's all Kristy (another null cycle occurred between her N and M calls)...

M _ T H E R ' S
M A I _ E N
N A M E
T A _

...she doesn't have her MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME TAG, but we do give her $3,300.

AIRED BANKRUPT: Rebecca

Scores after R2
Kristy: $3,300 + WC
Beau: $9,500 cash and N.O.
Rebecca: scoreless

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1998): PHRASE
CFMI gave this man...

_ I _ / _ S
L I F E

...but he's still not BIG AS LIFE.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

Kristy strikes out right away on the MDW w/ an S...but Beau lands on it right after her and picks it up w/ four T's (I believe this is the first time ever we've had successful back-to-back landings on the MDW)! It's all him from here...

O N _ E / Y O _ ' R E
T H E R E / Y O _
_ O N ' T / _ _ N T / T O
_ O _ E / _ _ _ _

...he says "ONCE YOU'RE THERE, YOU WON'T WANT TO COME BACK" for $6,300 and a second trip from hotwire.com to the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach in HAWAII worth $6,043.

SOLE DUD: S (Kristy)

Scores after R3
Kristy: $3,300 + WC
Beau: $21,843 cash and trips + MDW
Rebecca: gooseegg alert

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$3,000 Tossup: PERSON

_ _ _ _ I _ _ _ A _ T
O _ H _ R

Beau sweeps the Tossups w/ SIGNIFICANT OTHER.

Round 4: THE 90's

Late in the round, Beau somehow dodges that BANKRUPT next to top dollar and gets lucky w/ a C call. The near-complete board...

_ O I N G / T H E
M A C A R E N A

He's finally DOING THE "MACARENA" for another $2,500.

Going into R5
Kristy: $3,300 + WC
Beau: $27,343 cash and trips + MDW
Rebecca: nada

Round 5: SHOW BIZ (full $1,300 speed-up)

T H _ / C R _ T _ C S
_ _ R _ _

THE CRITICS AGREE that Beau will play for the million after banking another $5,200!

SOLE AIRED DUD: N (Rebecca)

FINAL SCORES
Kristy:
$3,300  
Beau: $32,543 cash and trips + MDW
Rebecca: $1K gooseegg

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $36,843
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH: $5,750

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #5
Once again this week, somebody's trying to become the new all-time top winner on this show. Beau lands on the N of SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
A pair of something at the start...

_ _ _
_ _ N N _

CDPO adds the vowel on the top...

_ O _
_ _ N N _

VOW FUNNY is his only guess within the time limit, and he comes up w/ the correct answer one second too late. HOW FUNNY it would be if he were to lose anything but the $1M...





















































...and it was the Winnebago (second time this week that goes unclaimed). He leaves w/ $32,543 cash and trips.

$1M SPOT: E of AMERICA'S

$5K SPIN ID: WT3545654

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

WOF Recap: January 23, 2013

EPISODE #5748: WEEKEND GETAWAYS

Encore Clip (May 25, 2012 from Portland, OR): Devan mentioning her dog named Rocco

$1,000 Tossup: PHRASE

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

Veronica says "LET'S HIT THE ROAD", and we are gonna do just that w/ these players...

Veronica Spindler: sales strategy worker at a large tech co. from San Francisco
Jeana Pulaski: pastry chef at Lawrence Monmouth Univ. (her alma mater) and a pastry/culinary instructor at a cooking school from Lawrence, NJ
Nicholas Kurtz: bartender pursuing an acting career and also announcer for an MMA group from Los Angeles (orig. from Storm Lake, IA)

$2,000 Tossup: PROPER NAME

J U _ I _
R O B _ _ _ S

Nicholas IDs actress JULIA ROBERTS.

FEATURED WG: The Palazzo courtesy of vegas.com worth $6K

Jackpot Round: SHOW BIZ

Nicholas removes that WC right away w/ four T's. But after some work, he BANKRUPTS next to top dollar to lose $2,250 and the WC. After that, it's all Veronica...

T O P / _ P O T / O _
T H E / B _ L L B O A _ _
_ H A _ T _

...she solves TOP SPOT OF THE BILLBOARD CHARTS for $3,300.

BANKRUPT: Nicholas
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,650

Scores after R1
Veronica: $4,300
Jeana: $0
Nicholas: $2K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE AND AFTER

Veronica instantly BANKRUPTS on the MDW's right side. Second, Jeana LOSES A TURN. Third, Nicholas FPs three E's and gets $1,300 from a pair of S's. After he later cleans out the vowel department, he FPs a single T, but then gets the other normal BANKRUPT to forfeit $1,700. Veronica next calls two N's and turns down the $2K offer for what's behind the MW near LAT...it's the BANKRUPT. After Jeana falls victim to the same MDW BANKRUPT, Nicholas inserts three M's for $1,650...

T _ E
I N _ I S I _ _ E
M A N
O F / M _ / _ _ E A M S

...and solves THE INVISIBLE MAN OF MY DREAMS to add that amount.

BANKRUPTS: 4 (Veronica 2x, one each by other players)
LAT: Jeana

Scores after R2
Veronica: $4,300
Jeana: $0
Nicholas: $3,650

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (Nov. 14, 1988 at Radio City Music Hall): PERSON
Dave chose DMCA in that order...

_ _ E
N A M A T _

....and easily solved football legend JOE NAMATH for $25K.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: FUN AND GAMES

The scoreless Jeana picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $900 w/ two T's. Three E's later, she gets the other half of the Ford Fiesta w/ an H. But after some work, the sole dud vowel of U bites her and could very well cost her at least $19,190 cash and Fiesta. Moving on, Nicholas says twin P's, five I's, and two G's before we look at...

S L I P P I _ G / A _ _
S L I _ I _ _
_ O _ _ / T H E
_ A T E _ / S L I _ E

He wins another $2,950 and will be SLIPPING AND SLIDING DOWN THE WATER SLIDE during his stay at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (US Airways Airfare included) worth $7,500; that was a $10,450 round for this guy.

Scores after R3
Veronica: $4,300
Jeana: bad shape
Nicholas: $14,100 cash and D.R.

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$3,000 Tossup: PEOPLE

W _ _ D I N G
B _ _ D

Jeana finally breaks through w/ WEDDING BAND.

Round 4: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Jeana strikes out right away w/ S. Nicholas secondly gets the BANKRUPT next to $650; that's his third one tonight. Coming down Veronica's alley third are an N, a few vowels, and the BANKRUPT next to top dollar to give back $200; that's also her third and the final one of the game, because we're going into Speed-Up Mode...

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

...and the leftover consonants are worth $1,300 apiece.

R E A _ I N G / A
_ I _ G R A P H Y

Nicholas wins the Final Spin amount w/ READING A BIOGRAPHY.

SOLE AIRED DUD BEFORE FS: S (Jeana)
AIRED DUDS AFTER BELL: C (Nick), K (Veronica)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Nick, Veronica)

FINAL SCORES
Veronica: $4,300
Jeana: $3K
Nicholas: $15,400 cash and D.R.

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $22,700
BANKRUPT TRASH (not including WC): $4,150

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Nick lands on where the million was two nights ago -- the A of GAME.

Category: PLACE
RSTLNE reveals...

_ R _ _ _ N _
_ R _ _ N _


BCGA will add at least a G...

_ R _ _ _ N G
G R _ _ N _


He doesn't come close to winning the $30K on "Wheel's" PROVING GROUND, so he's out w/ $15,400 cash and trip.

$5K SPIN ID: PJ01988

MY EP. RATING: 4 out of 10

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

WOF Recap: January 22, 2013

Well, I was lucky enough to not get pre-empted tonight despite breaking news of a school shooting in my area.

EPISODE #5747: WEEKEND GETAWAYS

Repeating Clip (during the shopping era): Vanna working out on the Relaxair exercise machine

$1,000 Tossup: PEOPLE 

(NOTE: Pat had to imitate the Tossup music cue, because the board began the letter reveals late.)

W _ _ C O _ I N G
_ O M M _ _ T _ E

David solves WELCOMING COMMITTEE, and let's welcome this group of players...

David Spitzfadden: restaurant manager who also does community theater from West Chester, OH
Cari Hicks: financial consultant for a large independent broker dealer and former Kilgore Rangerette from Friendswood, TX
Zee Taylor (female): administrative analyst for a major transportation co. from Valencia, CA

$2,000 Tossup: CHARACTERS

(Looks like Harry decided to retire all the categories beginning w/ FICTIONAL for good.)

T _ R _ A N / A N D
J A _ _

Cari IDs TARZAN AND JANE.

FEATURED WG: North Carolina worth $6,196

Jackpot Round: SHOW BIZ

Cari first establishes the -ING ending for the third word. But after some more vowel buying, she BANKRUPTS w/ $2,500 next door to lose the $1,750 remainder. Second, Zee wastes a spin w/ the MDW's right side. Third, David has called for two M's, and A's, but he falls victim to the other normal BANKRUPT and loses the remaining $450. Cari next hits the same BANKRUPT she got before. Zee's back in control...

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

She's doing a happy dance, because she solves AN ACTRESS MEMORIZING HER LINES for $4,100.

BANKRUPTS: 4 (entire panel including two by Cari)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,550

Scores after R1
Zee: $4,100
David: $1K
Cari: $2K

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Mystery Round: THE 80's

Zee immediately picks up the Red Roof Inn VIP pass w/ an S. Later, she's got the 1/2 CAR next to $450 w/ four L's. But after a lot of work, she says W for wrong letter. Moving on  to David who says a $650 X, adds a $1K C while on the MW next to LAT (that was the BANKRUPT one), and picks up the NC trip w/ a B. Here's what we have now...

B I L L / & / T E _ ' S
E X C E L L E N T
A _ _ E N T _ _ E

He solves "BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE" for a total of $8,346 cash and ski trip.

SOLE DUD: W (Zee)

Scores after R2
Zee: $4,100
David: $9,346 cash and ski trip
Cari: $2K

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1997): THING
HCPO gave this man...

S N O _ _ L _ _ E

...but he couldn't catch this SNOWFLAKE.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

David does some work, but then craps out w/ the C while on the other 1/2 CAR location (the buzzer doesn't sound). Second, Cari picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $450, buys two E's, and decides to give up her Ford Fiesta opportunity...

A / _ H A L E / O F / A
_ O O _ / T _ _ E

Even though she banks just $250, she'll have a WHALE OF A GOOD TIME during her hotwire.com stay at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel in MAUI worth $5,355.

SOLE DUD: C (David)

Scores after R3
Zee: $4,100
David: $9,346 cash and NC
Cari: $7,605 cash and Hawaii

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$3,000 Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ A _ _ Z I N E
_ _ _ _

Zee gets MAGAZINE RACK to make this game even tighter.

Round 4: THING

First from Zee are twin N's, and an I, but we hear the dinging for Speed-Up Mode...

 _ _ _ _ I _ N
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ N _

...after Pat's BANKRUPT next to $650 gets edited out, the leftover consonants will be worth $1,500 apiece.

_ _ S _ I _ N
S _ _ _ _ M _ N _

David may have squandered the victory w/ a dumb guess of CHASING SOMEONE (that's under WAYD?).

_ A S _ I _ N
S T A T _ M _ N T

Zee also blows it w/ MAGIC and BASIC STATEMENT. But she gets another chance after she calls that H...

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

...her FASHION STATEMENT for $2,450 is just good enough to go to Bonusland.

AIRED DUDS (all after Final Spin): L (Zee), R (David), G (Zee), D (Cari; the null cycle occurred once she called that)
DQs: 3 (David and Zee's blown solves)

FINAL SCORES
Zee: $9,550
David: $9,346 cash and NC
Cari: $7,605 cash and Hawaii

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $26,501
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,200

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Can Zee do a whole lot better here than just go home w/ a measly $9,550? Her envelope is the M of GAME.

Category: PHRASE
She'll need some good help in the first line when Vanna shows her...

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


FMDO doesn't do much...

_ _ _ _ / _ _
S O M E T _ _ N _


She was all over the place (especially her best guess of BACK UP SOMETHING) and she will not WHIP UP SOMETHING in the Winnebago. With that, she's now your lowest-winning player this season w/ just $9,550.

$5K SPIN ID #82: TA6698142

MY EP. RATING: 4 out of 10

Monday, January 21, 2013

WOF Recap: January 21, 2013

It's another edition of "Weekend Getaways", and this is one of the two weeks to have a Winnebago Access on offer (the other will definitely be "California Coast")!

EPISODE #5746: WEEKEND GETAWAYS

Repeat Flashback Clip: Pie fight episode of 1991

Tape Date of the Week: November 16

$1,000 Tossup: PLACE

M Y / _ _ M _ / A _ _ Y
_ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

Audra might be saying that a trip to someplace exotic or the Winnebago is "MY HOME AWAY FROM HOME". After we talk to her first, let's meet the two men standing in her way...

Audra Stam: a newlywed and a receptionist for a downtown architectural/engineering firm from Indianapolis
Rodney Crow: certified golf course superintendent from Round Rock, TX
Laramie Williams: sales dept. worker for a national company that finds commercial contractors work by day and an actor by night from Littleton, CO

$2,000 Tossup: SHOW BIZ

D O U _ L _
F _ A _ U R E

Sorry Laramie, but I don't think I've heard of a DOUBLE FAILURE in the entertainment world. 

D O U _ L E
F _ A _ U R E

Audra's two for two w/ DOUBLE FEATURE.

FEATURED WG: Park City, UT worth $8,500
This Week's 1/2 CAR: Ford Fiesta S

Jackpot Round: THINGS (yellow sportscar category wipe)

Audra immediately picks up the spafinder.com gift tag w/ two S's. But after some work, she buys one of the two bad vowels of this board (O). Second, Rodney takes a T and the other dud vowel of this puzzle. Third, Laramie spins once for $1,500 worth of Y's...

_ _ _ D A Y
S A T _ _ D A Y
A N D / S _ N D A Y

...and is on the board w/ the days that make up a weekend -- FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

DUDS: O (Audra), E (Rodney)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,600

Scores after R1
Audra: $3K
Rodney: $0
Laramie: $1,500

Next week, you might be one of 10 winners of a trip to either Disneyland or Disney World during "Making Disney Memories Week"! As usual for sweepstakes periods like this, you must enter each night's bonus puzzle for your chance to win a dream vacation like those theme parks.

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Mystery Round: BEFORE AND AFTER

Rodney begins this fairly short puzzle w/ an S for the Wild Card, three E's, but then T for terrible while on the MW next to the MDW. Second, Laramie slides past that same MW and also strikes out w/ N. Third, Audra fills in two R's, a C, an A and two L's while on the same MW. She takes a $1,750 plunge...and it's a good one! But after buying two O's, she BANKRUPTS next to $650 to flush away $11,500. Rodney next hits LAT. Laramie gets the same BANKRUPT as Audra after putting up a P from the other MW. Speaking of that lady, her second turn ends quickly w/ the LAT. Rodney spins twice for a $300 B, and a top dollar F before we look at...

S _ P E R
B O _ L
O F / C E R E A L

...he doesn't win the SUPER BOWL OF CEREAL, but he's got his first $4,050.

(AIRED) DUDS: T (Rodney), N (Laramie)
(AIRED) BANKRUPTS: 2 (Audra, Laramie)
(AIRED) LATs: 2 (Rodney, Audra)

Scores after R2
Audra: $3K
Rodney: $4,050 + WC
Laramie: $1,500

No Bonus Puzzle Flashback tonight due to time constraints, obviously.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: SONG TITLE

Laramie's off to a fast $10,500 start w/ three T's; that's followed by three E's, but then the BANKRUPT next to top dollar to wipe out his remaining $10,250. Second, Audra says an R for that coveted MDW and an S while on FP. Soon enough, she picks up both halves of the Fiesta w/ an H and G, respectively (the first one she collected was next to $900). After spinning once more for a D...

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

She solves Martha & The Vandellas' "DANCING IN THE STREET" for $17,990 cash and Fiesta (shortened car plug due to time constraints) and a hotwire.com trip to the Chabil Mar Villas Resort in BELIZE worth $5,845, giving her a total of $23,835 in this round alone!

BANKRUPT: Laramie

Scores after R3
Audra: $26,835 cash and prizes + MDW
Rodney: $4,050 + WC
Laramie: $1,500

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$3,000 Tossup: FOOD AND DRINK

_ L O _ _ D A
_ _ A _ G _ S

Audra tastes these FLORIDA ORANGES, bringing her up to $29,835.

Round 4: PHRASE (full $1,800 speed-up)

_ _ _ E / _ / _ _ D / _ N
_ / C _ N D _ / S T _ R E

LIKE A KID IN A CANDY STORE, Rodney pockets another $7,200.

SOLE DUD: H (Audra)

FINAL SCORES 
Audra: $29,835 cash and prizes + MDW 
Rodney: $11,250
Laramie: $1,500

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $42,585
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH: $22,750

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #4
She's hoping the super big one comes from the E of GAME.

Category: THING
Not much to begin w/...

_ L _ _ _
_ _ _ R _ _ 


HCPA should be enough...

P L A _ _
_ A _ R _ C 


...but she only gets the first word of PLAID FABRIC. Did she just miss out on becoming the new all-time top winner on this show?...








































...actually, she's TWO SPACES OFF the $1M -- it was under the A of the same word; her envelope had the $30K. That sends her home w/ $29,835 cash and prizes.

$5K SPIN ID #81: JS0998638

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

Friday, January 18, 2013

Week 18 Stats

Total this Week: $222,660
Total for the Season: $4,743,590
BR Win Record: 39-51 (.433)
Total Car Wins: 24
-1/2 Car: 11
-BR Car: 13
$100,000 Wins-Losses: 3-2
$1M Bonus Rounds: 3
Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR SHUTOUTS: 1
Prize Wedge Wins: 18
Gift Tag Wins: 26
Jackpot Wins: 7
Mystery Wedge Wins: 6
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 13-16
Mystery $10K was on $700: 21
Mystery $10K was on $300: 18
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 29-10
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 5 (1 on $900, 2 on $2500, 2 on $3500)
BR: 11
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 47/24/0
5-Round Games: 18
6-Round Games: 2
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 6
Gooseegg Victims: 18
Red Winners: 33
Yellow Winners: 29
Blue Winners: 28
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $24,100 / 2 Wild Cards
/ 2 "� CAR" tags
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $432,577* / 22 Wild Cards / 25 "� CAR" tags / 6 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupts: $27,100 (Sept. 24); $15,960* (Dec. 3); $15,680* (Sept. 27)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $40,100*+ � Car (Sept. 24); $28,200* (Nov. 16); $22,680*+ MDW (Sept. 27)
Highest-Winning Totals: $147,000 (Dec. 28), $137,250 (Nov. 21), $129,600 (Oct. 17)
     
Lowest-Winning Totals: $10,100 (Dec. 10), $11,583 (Nov. 22), $11,950 (Dec. 20)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $74,772 (Dec. 28); $72,300 (Dec. 21); $58,580 (Dec. 13)
Lowest Maingame Winnings: $15,350 (Oct. 4); $17,964 (Nov. 6), $18,470 (Nov. 1)
Season-High Week: $377,702 (Week #15: Happy Holidays)
Season-Low Week: $151,104 (Week #6: Teachers Week)

*Includes prizes

WOF Recap: January 18, 2013

EPISODE #5745: GREAT ADVENTURES

Opening Flashback Clip (Sept. 12, 2003): The end of Big Money Week w/ the revised set back then; Vanna acknowledges that this was their first week of the season

$1,000 Tossup: SONG LYRICS

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

This is from the Steppenwolf song "Born to be Wild", but Scott's off by a letter on the first word w/ HEAT.

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

Melissa solves "HEAD OUT ON THE HIGHWAY", and here are the players to close out this week...

Melissa Brabson: assistant store manager of home appliances in a national retailer from Maryville, TN
Scott Foura: dairy production supervisor from Orwigsburg, PA
Amy Polete: music teacher who graduated from the Univ. of Puget Sound, cake decorator at home and in an ice cream store and traveling w/ the international organization Up With People from Highlands Ranch, CO

$2,000 Tossup: PERSON

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

Scott the UPSTANDING CITIZEN has a correct answer this time, and he'll spin first.

FINAL g adventure THIS WEEK: Rio de Janeiro worth $7,723

Jackpot Round: BEFORE AND AFTER

The man in the middle starts w/ a $5K pair of T's, buys four E's, but then hits the BANKRUPT next door. Second, Amy removes the eBags gift tag w/ two H's, but then LOSES A TURN. Third, Melissa picks up the Brazil trip w/ two N's, lights up a D while on Jackpot, but then strikes out w/ G while on the 1/2 CAR next to $900. We come back to Scott who says three S's for $2,700, buys all of the remaining vowels, and picks up the same 1/2 CAR w/ three P's. Here's the board right now...

T H E / P _ I N _ E S S
A N D / T H E
P E A
S O U P

The first half of this puzzle is a classic fairy tale, and he solves "THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA" SOUP for $3,200.

SOLE DUD: G (Melissa)
BANKRUPT: Scott
LAT: Amy
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $10,900

Scores after R1
Melissa: $1K
Scott: $5,200 + 1/2 CAR
Amy: $0

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Mystery Round: PHRASE

Amy says an instant dud of T. Second for Melissa are an N and the LAT. Third, Scott says the first letter of his name, but that too is no good, so we're almost immediately back to Amy. She inserts three R's and some vowels before lighting up two L's while on the MW next to LAT. She puts her $900 at risk...and BANKRUPTS. Melissa LATs out for the second time this round. Scott gets the same fate as her after calling for two D's. Amy requests a W from the other MW, buys the remaining vowels (I and U singles)...

R A R E
_ E D I U _
O R / W E L L - D O N E

...and asks the steak line "RARE, MEDIUM OR WELL-DONE?" to get on the board.

DUDS: T (Amy), S (Scott)
BANKRUPT: Amy
LATs: 3 (Melissa 2x, Scott)
 
Scores after R2
Scott: $5,200 + 1/2 CAR 
Both women: $1K each

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (January 1997): THING
This man chose DCMI...

C _ L _ _ N E

...and he correctly solved COLOGNE.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PLACES

Melissa's up first w/ three N's, a single G, a few vowels (the A came from FP), and D for dummy. Scott controls the rest of the round...

S _ G A _ / _ A N E
_ L A N T A T _ _ N S

He adds another $2,100 plus a hotwire.com trip to where he'll see some SUGAR CANE PLANTATIONS...the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Hotel in JAMAICA worth $7,186. 

SOLE DUD: D (Melissa)

Scores after R3
Scott: $14,486 cash and Jamaica 
Both women: $1K each

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$3,000 Tossup: LIVING THINGS

P _ T
_ H _ H U _ H _ A

Scott's up to $17,486 after identifying a PET CHIHUAHUA.

Round 4: THING (full $1,900 speed-up)

H _ N D _ R _ T T _ N
T H _ N K - _ _ _ / N _ T _

Scott creates a HANDWRITTEN THANK-YOU NOTE for $9,500 and the blowout win!

SOLE AIRED DUD: S (Scott)

FINAL SCORES
Scott: $26,986 cash and Jamaica 
Both women: $1K each

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $28,986
BANKRUPT TRASH: $5,650

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Scott lands on the second A of AMERICA'S.

Category: THINGS
To start this 12-letter answer...

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


CHYO gives him the hot vowel...

_ O _ _ N _
_ L O _ E S


...but these BOXING GLOVES have knocked him out of winning another $35K. He leaves w/ $26,986 cash and trip.

$5K SPIN ID: EP03599

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

WOF Recap: January 17, 2013

EPISODE #5744: GREAT ADVENTURES

Opening Flashback Clip (March 13, 2006): Vanna wasn't at her position when the first Tossup was revealed (the clip was mislabeled as 2005)

$1,000 Tossup: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

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

Joe's GAINING ALTITUDE first, and his female opposition might do the same...

Joe Spano, Jr.: tae-kwon-do instructor w/ a 3rd degree black belt and attended USA Stunts in Seattle from NYC
Kristen Turpin: special education teacher from Maynard, TX
Homaira Shifa: freelance writer for a local paper who just finished her Master's at Cal State-Northridge

$2,000 Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ / R I _ _ T
F R A _ _ / _ _ / _ _ _ D

Kristen has THE RIGHT FRAME OF MIND.

(NOTE: The puzzle for the first Tossup was already up before we even looked at it, and the chimes sounded just before the wipe.)

THURSDAY'S g adventure: to China worth $9,544

Jackpot Round: OCCUPATION

Kristen is off and running w/ an R and two S's for the 1/2 CAR next to $900. She buys quadruple E's and O's (the latter came from FP) and picks up the China trip w/ two L's before she sees...

_ E L E _ _ S _ O _
_ E _ E O R O L O _ _ S _

She solves TELEVISION METEOROLOGIST for $2,150 and the China trip, a total of $11,694 that round. 

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,900

Scores after R1
Homaira: $0
Joe: $1K
Kristen: $13,694 cash and China + 1/2 CAR (incorrectly shown as $10,350 before the break)

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Mystery Round: BEFORE AND AFTER

Homaira's first w/ three T's, five E's, but then the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to lose $800. Second, Joe collects three H's and a pair of R's for the same 1/2 CAR. Following his first purchase of two I's are three S's from the MW next to LAT. He doesn't risk $2,400 and his plate (that would've gotten him the $10K). After he cleans out the rest of the vowel department, he gets the other half of the Chevy Sonic w/ a D. Soon enough...

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

The budget people might be asking "IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE OF PANCAKES?" right now, because he just won $7,350 and the Sonic for $22,010 in that round alone!

BANKRUPT: Homaira

Scores after R2
Homaira: $0
Joe: $23,010 cash and Sonic
Kristen: $13,694 cash and China

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1991): THING
CDMI gave this man...

_ R _ N
M _ _ _ I N

...but he couldn't eat this BRAN MUFFIN.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: SONG LYRICS 

Joe strikes out right away w/ the S. Second, Kristen takes $2,400 R's and three T's to bring her up to $5,100 already. Much later, she gets the Wild Card w/ two W's. But after a lot of work, she BANKRUPTS on the MDW's right side to give up $8,350 and that WC. Homaira gets DQed for repeating the D. Joe spins once for a $600 pair of M's...

R O A M / I _ / _ O U
W A N T / T O
R O A M / A R O U N D
T _ E / W O R L D

...and solves The B-52s' "ROAM IF YOU WANT TO, ROAM AROUND THE WORLD" to add a hotwire.com trip to the Hyatt Regency CURACAO Golf Resort Spa & Marina worth $5,700.

SOLE DUD: S (Joe)
BANKRUPT: Kristen
DQ: Homaira's D repeat 

Scores after R3
Homaira: gooseegg alert
Joe: $29,310 cash and Sonic
Kristen: $13,694 cash and China

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$3,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

D O V _ _
D _ _ _ _ _ _ E

Kristen locates DOVER, DELAWARE for a new total of $16,694.

Round 4: FUN AND GAMES (full $1,700 speed-up)

M _ _ N T _ _ N
_ L _ M _ _ N _

Kristen's throat is a little sore at this point in the episode, but she gets MOUNTAIN CLIMBING for $5,100.

DUDS: S (Kristen), R, P (both by Joe)

FINAL SCORES
Homaira: $1K gooseegg
Joe: $29,310 cash and prizes
Kristen: $21,794 cash and China

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $52,104
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH (WC not included): $9,150

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Joe has landed on the I of WIN.

Category: PHRASE
This is how pancakes are made when we first look at this board...

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


CDMI gives him at least a D...

L I _ _ T / _ N D
_ L _ _ _ _ 


...but not much else. The answer was LIGHT AND FLUFFY, and he's the second straight FJ Cruiser loser. But he leaves w/ $29,310 cash and prizes.

$5K SPIN ID #79: SC3700701

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

WOF Recap: January 16, 2013

EPISODE #5743: GREAT ADVENTURES

Opening Flashback Clip (Fall 1997): Vanna puts some mustache makeup on Pat during the end-of-show chat

$1,000 Tossup: PERSON

_ I _ _ N S E D
_ I L _ T

Irene solves LICENSED PILOT. The midweek edition features this trio...

Irene Lipof: Miami-Dade College psychology professor from  Miami
Samuel Bryant: Oregon State Univ. student studying fermentation science from Corvallis, OR
Latoya Neal: income tax school teacher from Los Angeles

$2,000 Tossup: EVENT

_ A M _ _ Y
_ _ _ _ _ _ N

Samuel might be having a FAMILY REUNION soon, but he's spinning first.

g ADVENTURE ON THE WHEEL: Costa Rica worth $6,200

Jackpot Round: FOOD AND DRINK

After an instant null cycle, Samuel starts w/ a $650 S, but then BANKRUPTS next to said value. Second, Latoya gets an $1,800 start from two R's and buys some vowels before LOSING A TURN. Third, Irene says N for nothing. On Samuel's second try, he gets the eBags gift tag w/ two F's, but then buys the sole dud vowel of E. From here, it's all Latoya...

F _ L L / R A C _
_ F / B A B _
B A C _ / R _ B S

She eats a FULL RACK OF BABY BACK RIBS for $6,700.

AIRED DUDS: N (Irene), E (Samuel)
AIRED BANKRUPT: Samuel
AIRED LAT: Latoya
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT (airing-wise): $9,250

Scores after R1
Latoya: $6,700
Irene: $1K
Samuel: $2K

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Latoya gets this round started w/ two N's for the Wild Card, two A's, but then the MDW's right-side BANKRUPT to take away the $750 remainder and her WC. Second, Irene says T for terrible while on the 1/2 CAR next to $300. Third, Samuel wastes a spin w/ the other normal BANKRUPT. Some letters later, Latoya removes the Costa Rica wedge w/ two R's. Following her purchase of two O's, the sole dud vowel of I bites her. Irene then picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ an M, buys the one remaining U, but then gets the same BANKRUPT that Sam got to lose her plate and the other half of her $500. Samuel tries to get us out of this mess...

R U N _ A _ / A N D
R O _ E
M O D E _

...he's correct w/ RUNWAY AND ROLE MODEL.

DUDS: T (Irene), I (Latoya)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (entire panel)

Scores after R2
Latoya: $6,700
Irene: $1K
Samuel: $3K

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (June 5, 1997): PHRASE
CDHO gave this woman...

L O O _
_ L _ _ E

...she was able to LOOK ALIVE.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Irene's fist letters are a $900 T and some vowels to take her down to $150. She follows that up w/ three pairs of N's, I's (last of the vowels), W's, but then the BANKRUPT next to top dollar to give up $2,700. Second, Samuel calls for a G and three R's, but he and Latoya go BANKRUPT next to $650; that costs the man $1,600. Irene fills in a few more letters before hitting LAT. Samuel then gets the 1/2 CAR next to $300 w/ two F's, and he passes up his Chevy Sonic opportunity for a look at...

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

He can use the $1K he won to go SHOPPING FOR A NEW FLOWERED SHIRT during his hotwire.com stay at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa in HAWAII worth $5,020.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (entire panel again)
LAT: Irene

Scores after R3
Latoya: $6,700
Irene: $1K
Samuel: $9,020 cash and Hawaii

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$3,000 Tossup: PLACE

M O _ I _
T H E _ _ _ R

Irene solves MOVIE THEATER to quadruple her money.

Round 4: PHRASE (full $1,300 speed-up)

T H _ T / R _ _ L L _
H _ T / T H _ / S _ _ T

Irene says "THAT REALLY HIT THE SPOT" for $9,100 and the comeback victory.

DUDS: N (Irene), M (Latoya)

FINAL SCORES
Latoya: $6,700
Irene: $13,100
Samuel: $9,020 cash and Hawaii

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $28,820
AIRED BANKRUPT TRASH (cardboard not included): $5,950

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$100,000 Bonus Round
That was an ugly game, but let's see if Irene can improve of total greatly here. She has the *** envelope. 

Category: THING
Decent RSTLNE help...

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


CHPA gives her...

H _ T E L
_ _ _ C H E R


...but HOTEL PITCHER is definitely wrong. She won't be trading in a HOTEL VOUCHER for $5K and the keys to the FJ Cruiser, so she's out w/ $13,100.

$5K SPIN ID: LR3386974

MY EP. RATING: 4 out of 10

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

WOF Recap: January 15, 2013

EPISODE #5742: GREAT ADVENTURES

Opening Flashback Clip (Nov. 24, 2009): David Drake wears a pair of sunglasses during his interview

$1,000 Tossup: QUOTATION

U _ / _ P / A N D
_ _ _ Y !

Christina says "UP, UP AND AWAY!". Tuesday's trio...

Christina Morehouse: culinary department worker for their independent school district from Houston!
Terry Scott: tax attorney and amateur photographer from Pittsburgh
Tiffany Higginbotham: social worker for the elderly/disabled from Knoxville, TN

$2,000 Tossup: THING

W _ _ E L E _ S
M O U _ _

We use this in today's technology world, and Terry knows that's a WIRELESS MOUSE.

FEATURED GA: Greece from g adventures worth $8,856

Jackpot Round: PLACE

Terry gets going w/ four T's for $1,200 and three H's for the 1/2 CAR next to $300. But after buying a couple vowels, he BANKRUPTS next to top dollar to lose the $2,200 remainder and his plate. Second, Tiffany picks up the TravelSmith gift tag w/ two N's and buys the rest of the vowels before LOSING A TURN. Third, Christina BANKRUPTS on the MDW's right side. Two spins later, Terry's got that MDW w/ an R. Soon enough...

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

...he figures that Earth is THE THIRD PLANET FROM THE SUN for $3,300.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Terry, Christina)
LAT: Tiffany
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,700

Scores after R1
Terry: $5,300 + MDW
Tiffany: $0
Christina: $1K

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Mystery Round: HUSBAND AND WIFE

Tiffany's up first w/ three N's and most of this puzzle's valid vowels before she LATs out for the second time tonight. Christina secondly calls for three D's and a dud of H while on the Greece trip. Terry also strikes out w/ S. Back to Tiffany who lights up a C and the last vowel of O while on FP, but she then gives back $1,150 to the BANKRUPT next to top dollar. Christina then picks up the other available 1/2 CAR w/ a P and lights up two M's...

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

...before solving the English couple PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE MIDDLETON (the latter's expecting a baby in July) for $3,750.

DUDS: H (Christina), S (Terry)
BANKRUPT: Tiffany
LAT: Tiffany

Scores after R2
Terry: $5,300 + MDW
Tiffany: $0
Christina: $4,750 + 1/2 CAR

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1992 from Disneyworld): THING
A woman chose CHKO...

_ _ R
C O N _ _ T _ O N _ N _

...but she doesn't turn on this AIR CONDITIONING.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Christina first fills in the usual -ING ending. Later, she FPs triple E's and cashes in $10,500 w/ three T's. After buying the leftover vowels of U and A, she gets a second 1/2 CAR from the same location she landed on before w/ triple H's, and here we go...

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

She'll be HEADING SOUTH FOR THE WINTER, because she's won $15,600, the Chevy Sonic, and the $5,500 caravan.com PANAMA TOUR for a total of $35,760 in that round alone!

MAJOR PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R3
Terry: $5,300 + MDW
Tiffany: $0
Christina: $40,510 cash and prizes

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$3,000 Tossup: FUN AND GAMES

_ I L L Y
_ U T _ _

Terry solves SILLY PUTTY.

Round 4: OCCUPATION (full $1,900 speed-up)

Terry starts w/ the T on this short puzzle...

_ _ _ T _ _
_ _ _ _

...but he goes way off the mark w/ GUTTER PIPE. Tiffany later tries to avoid being gooseegged...

_ _ S T R _
C _ _ _

...she does w/ PASTRY CHEF.

SOLE DUD: N (Tiffany)
DQ: Terry's goofy answer

FINAL SCORES
Terry: $8,300
Tiffany: $1,900
Christina: $40,510 cash and prizes

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $50,710
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH (plate not included): $3,350

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Here's the ' envelope for Christina.

Category: PHRASE
30% of this puzzle to start...

_ _ _ S T
_ _ / E _ _ 


She's going w/ my preferred combo of BGHO...actually, she's replacing the O w/ the A...

B _ _ S T
_ _ / E G _ 


Well, she's able to BOOST MY EGO w/ a $35K win, giving her a final total of $75,510 cash and prizes!

$5K SPIN ID: EK8429185

MY EP. RATING: 8 out of 10