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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

WOF Recap: April 30, 2013

EPISODE #5817: NYC WEEK

$1,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

T _ _ E S
_ _ _ A R E

Sam locates TIMES SQUARE. Tuesday's panel has two men...

Sam Zuckerman: truck driver for a nonprofit private blood service who enjoys community theater from Little Neck, NY
Juanita Warde: grad student at Rutgers (public policy) and trained ballet dancer from Newark, NJ
Brandon Straka: actor/singer/writer from NYC

$2,000 Tossup: PHRASE

_ A T C H / A N D
L E A R _

Brandon tells us to WATCH AND LEARN how this game is played, so he's spinning first.

FEATURED PRIZE: NYC shopping spree worth $5K

Jackpot Round: PLACE

Brandon gets the shopping spree right away w/ five T's, takes twin H's for $1,400 and buys five E's...

T H E / T _ _
_ _ / T H E
E _ _ _ _ E / _ T _ T E
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

...before quickly solving THE TOP OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING for $8,650 cash and spree.

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,200

Scores after R1
Brandon: $10,650 cash and spree
Sam: $1,000
Juanita: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

First, Sam calls for a $450 N, but then a dud of T. After that, it's all Juanita...

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

She solves "JURASSIC PARK" AVENUE for $1,700.

SOLE DUD: T (Sam)

Scores after R2
Brandon: $10,650 cash and spree
Sam: $1,000
Juanita: $1,700

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: FOOD & DRINK

Juanita takes the restaurant.com gift tag w/ an N and FPs twin A's. But after a ton of work, she says H for horrible while on the 1/2 CAR near $300 to leave $5,750 on the table. As for Brandon...

_ A R _ / _ O R N
O R / _ L O U R
T O R T I L L A S

...he'll eat some WARM CORN OR FLOUR TORTILLAS during his stay at the W Resort on Vieques Island in PUERTO RICO worth $7,323.

SOLE DUD: H (Juanita)

Scores after R3
Brandon: $17,973 cash and prizes
Sam: $1,000
Juanita: $1,700

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$3,000 Tossup: EVENT

_ _ _ H I _ N
_ _ _ _

Juanita gets FASHION WEEK to go to $4,700.

Round 4: PERSON

First for Juanita are a $500 N (the last letter of this solution) but then the BANKRUPT near $650. After a null cycle gets edited out, it's all Brandon...

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

...he solves SPELLING BEE CHAMPION for the house minimum.

(NOTE: According to a man who was at the tapings, the null cycle was like this -- T and R duds by both men, respectively and LAT by Juanita)

AIRED BANKRUPT: Juanita  

Scores after R4
Brandon: $18,973 cash and prizes
Sam: $1,000
Juanita: $4,700

Round 5: AROUND THE HOUSE

Brandon quickly loses control w/ the T. Second, Sam takes an N and D for dummy. Third, Juanita FPs twin E's but then BANKRUPTs near top dollar. Brandon next FPs the A but then loses his turn w/ the S while Sam hits the LAT and we hear the bells for Speed-Up Mode...

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

...the leftover consonants each pay off at $1,450.

_ E L L / _ H _ N E
_ H A R _ E R

Sam totally blows it w/ BELL PHONE CHARTER.

C E L L / _ H _ N E
C H A R _ E R

Juanita gets CELL PHONE CHARGER for $5,800.

DUDS: T (Brandon), D (Sam), S (Brandon)
BANKRUPT: Juanita
LAT: Sam
DQ: Sam's blown solve

FINAL SCORES
Brandon
: $18,973 cash and prizes
Sam: $1,000
Juanita: $10,500

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $30,473
BANKRUPT TRASH: $500

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Brandon has the I envelope of SPIN.

Category: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
Not much RSTLNE help...

_ _ _ _ N _
_ _ _ _ _ _ E

Unfortunately, we can also say the same for his combination of CPFA...

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

... and he's way off w/ hilarious guesses of MAKING WHOOPIE, MAKING COOKIES, MAKING DOGGIES. He'll be WAVING GOODBYE to the $30K that he could've won.

$5K SPIN ID: JS0847937

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

Monday, April 29, 2013

WOF Recap: April 29, 2013 -- NEW YORK CITY OPENER

Let's get this party started from the theater at Madison Square Garden! And we're going in taping order for all four weeks of these shows.

EPISODE #5816: NYC WEEK

Tape Date: March 15, 2013

$1,000 Tossup: LANDMARK

_ _ _ _ _ _ / _ F
_ _ _ _ _ _ _

Joe gets the STATUE OF LIBERTY very quickly. The first players competing in the Big Apple this season...

Joe Della Ferra: 1st grade teacher at School No. 4 from Belleville, NJ
Laura Bennett: Long Island Univ. for Speech Pathology grad student who does "Can I buy a vowel?" in sign language from Coram, NY
Erin Medley: web producer/social media marketer from Woodbridge, NJ

$2,000 Tossup: PHRASE


_ _ R _ / B A _ G / _ O R
Y O U R / B _ _ K

Laura solves "MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK".

FEATURED HOTWIRE TRIP: MSC Mediterranean Cruise worth $7,200

Jackpot Round: QUOTATION (w/ a taxi wipe)


To start, Laura can't find any R's while on Jackpot. Second, Erin BANKRUPTs on the MDW's right side (she tried to call for the N). Third, Joe calls a $350 S before BANKRUPTing next to $650. After Laura LOSES A TURN, Erin picks up that cruise w/ the N she wanted to call for on her previous turn. She follows up w/ three A's, a $500 Jackpot D (she can't solve for a $6,850 pot), three E's, but then a dud vowel of O. Joe's back in control...

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

This enthusiastic man is HEALTHY, WEALTHY AND WISE for $1,750. He could've gone one for the L's and Y's.

DUDS: R (Laura), O (Erin)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Erin, Joe)
LAT: Laura
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,650

Scores after R1
Erin
: $0
Joe: $2,750
Laura: $2K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Erin's off to a bad start w/ an N while on the MW next to the MDW. Second, Joe picks up a VIP Package to see "Rock of Ages" w/ two T's. After some work is M for mistake. Third, Laura hits the same BANKRUPT that Joe goe in the previous round. Erin next FPs an A but then hits the other normal BANKRUPT. Following another dud by Joe (C), Laura says a $550 S, but then sole dud vowel of O stops her. Erin then takes a $500 D and exchanges that much money for the leftover vowels (I and U singles) before hitting LAT. Joe wants to get this round over w/...

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

He eats THE BIG APPLE STRUDEL for $2,950 cash and VIP package. Once again, he plays it safe and leaves out some multiples.

DUDS: N (Erin), M (Joe), C (Joe), O (Laura)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both women)
LAT: Erin

Scores after R2
Erin: zippo
Joe: $5,700 cash and VIP
Laura: $2K

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: FOOD & DRINK

First, Joe picks up the WC w/ two T's but then a baddie of H. Second, Laura calls out R and N singles to give her a grand, buys five A's and picks up the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ two S's. After buying three vowel singles (the I came via FP)...

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

...she wins another $1,250 and might eat some ROASTED MACADAMIA NUTS during her Hotwire.com stay at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort in MAUI worth $6K.

SOLE DUD: H (Joe)

Scores after R3
Erin: gooseegg alert
Joe: $5,700 cash and VIP + WC
Laura: $9,250 cash and Maui

1/2 CAR This Week: Chevrolet Spark

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Before we move on, members of "Jersey Boys" wish the show a Happy 30th anniversary.

$3,000 Tossup: OCCUPATION

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

Erin finally breaks through w/ NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST.

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

S P _ C T _ C _ _ _ R
S _ _ S C R _ P _ R S

Laura solves SPECTACULAR SKYSCRAPERS for $11,400 and the win!

SOLE DUD: N (Erin)

FINAL SCORES
Erin: $3K
Joe: $5,700 cash and VIP
Laura: $20,650 cash and Maui

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $29,350
BANKRUPT TRASH: $350

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$100,000 Bonus Round
The all-cash format will be used during this entire road trip. As for Laura, she gets the C envelope of AMERICA'S.

Category: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
This is a big puzzle...

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


HDCA gives her some more help...

H _ _ L _ N _ / _ _ T H
L A _ _ H T E R


She'll be HOWLING WITH LAUGHTER, because she's won the $30K and leaves w/ $50,650 cash and trip!

$5K SPIN ID: MB4582736

MY EP. RATING
: 6 out of 10 (conservative gameplay and that fairly long R2 dragged it down for me)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Week 32 Stats

Total this Week: $291,037
Total for the Season: $8,106,702
BR Win Record: 64-96 (.4)     
Total Car Wins: 34
-1/2 Car: 16
-BR Car: 18

$100,000 Wins-Losses: 4-3  
$1M Bonus Rounds: 6        
Perfect BR Weeks: 0       
BR SHUTOUTS: 4 
Prize Wedge Wins: 33
Gift Tag Wins: 45
Jackpot Wins: 11 
Mystery Wedge Wins: 11  
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 30-26
Mystery $10K was on $700: 38
Mystery $10K was on $300: 32
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 56-13
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 9 (1 on $500, 1 on $900, 3 on $2500, 4 on $3500)
BR: 16 

FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 94/43/0 
5-Round Games: 37
6-Round Games: 4
 $6,000 FINAL SPINS: 16
Gooseegg Victims: 32
Red Winners: 61
Yellow Winners: 54
Blue Winners: 45
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $30,430* / 1 Wild Card 
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $802,657* / 38 Wild Cards / 48 "� CAR" tags / 13 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupts: $27,100 (Sept. 24); $16,420 (Feb. 11); $16,330* (April 23)
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: $8,200 (April 12), $9,100 (Mar. 20), $9,550 (Jan. 22)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $74,772 (Dec. 28); $72,300 (Dec. 21); $59,398 (April 19)
Lowest Maingame Winnings: $15,350 (Oct. 4); $17,450 (Mar. 14), $17,964 (Nov. 6)
Season-High Week: $377,702 (Week #15: Happy Holidays)
Season-Low Week: $151,104 (Week #6: Teachers Week)

Friday, April 26, 2013

WOF Recap: April 26, 2013

EPISODE #5815: AMERICA'S GAME

Encore Clip (1995): Vanna's new haircut

We wrap up the week on the set where we had our most recent BR SHUTOUT -- the one from "Island Hopping".

$1,000 Tossup: THINGS

_ _ A C _ O R
W _ E _ L _

Deloris solves TRACTOR WHEELS. The last three players before the start of the NYC road trip are...

Deloris Barnes: anesthesiologist from La Quinta, CA
Josh Rose: Univ. of Florida student majoring in political science and economics hoping to attend a CA law school and become a talent agent from Plantation, FL
Kathy Honold: bank manager from Cincinnati

$2,000 Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ N I M A _
_ _ _ C K _ R S

Deloris is two for two w/ ANIMAL CRACKERS.

FEATURED TRIP: Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowe's Wharf courtesy of Hotwire worth $9,640

Jackpot Round: THE 70's

Midway in the round, Deloris takes a $500 Jackpot S, but she can't solve. After spinning once more for an R and buying three I's...

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

She solves "THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN" for $1,550.

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,300

Scores after R1
Deloris: $4,550
Everybody else: $0 each

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Now getting his chance, Josh starts w/ a T, two pairs of E's and S's, but then the sole dud vowel of A. Second, Kathy BANKRUPTs next to $3,500. Third, Deloris gets the SL of three B's for $1,800, buys some vowels and picks up the Boston trip w/ three D's. She almost tries to solve, but she's going on...and she loses her turn w/ the L. That opens up the door for Josh...

B E S T
B O _ _ O O D
B _ D D I E S

I probably won't be BEST BOYHOOD BUDDIES w/ him, but he's on the board w/ $1,550.

DUDS: A (Josh), L (Deloris)
BANKRUPT: Kathy

Scores after R2
Josh: $1,550
Kathy: bad luck
Deloris: $4,550

(NOTE: There was no disclaimer about the Boston trip even after we heard about the marathon bombings.)

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (Apr. 17, 1997): THING
BMGI gives this man...

T _ _ M B

...and he solved THUMB.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

Sill trying to get on the board, Kathy leads off w/ two S's for $1,400, buys some vowels and picks up the amazingclubs.com gift tag w/ three T's. But after her next purchase of two O's is the other normal BANKRUPT to take away $3,150 cash and gift tag. Deloris then spins once for two top dollar N's...

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

...and solves "WE'LL NEED TO FIND A HOUSE SITTER" for that much money plus a trip to the Rincon Beach Resort in PUERTO RICO worth $6,200.

BANKRUPT: Kathy

Scores after R3
Josh: $1,550
Kathy: nada
Deloris: $17,750 cash and P.R.

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$3,000 Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

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

Josh solves PASTA STRAINER to go to $4,550.

Round 4: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Josh says T for terrible to start this round. Second, Kathy inserts the obvious -ING ending, but then says A for awful.Third, Deloris calls for two R's and the last vowel of four E's (she almost repeated the A). Soon enough...

R E N E _ I N G / M _
M E M _ E R S _ I _

...she says "RENEWING MY MEMBERSHIP" for $3,300.

DUDS: T (Josh), A (Kathy)

Going into R5
Josh: $4,550
Kathy: zippo
Deloris: $21,050 cash and P.R.

Round 5: SHOW BIZ

Kathy's letters are the frontloading S, the backloading E, two $5K T's and two U's. On the board at this point...

S T U _ T
_ _ U _ _ E

She gets STUNT DOUBLE to finally win her first 10 grand!

PERFECT ROUND #2!

Moving into R6 
Josh: $4,550
Kathy: $10K
Deloris: $21,050 cash and P.R.

Round 6: PROPER NAME (full $1,800 speed-up)

M _ T T
_ _ M _ _

Deloris IDs actor MATT DAMON for $3,600 worth of icing on her cake.

DUDS: R (Deloris), S (Josh)

FINAL SCORES
Josh: $4,550
Kathy: $10K
Deloris: $24,650 cash and P.R.

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $39,200
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,150 cash and GT

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$100,000 Bonus Round
We land on the A of GAME to wrap up the week.

Category: PHRASE
This is a pretty easy one, IMO...

_ _ N ' T / T _ _ N _
T _ _ _ E

I think she agrees w/ me after calling HKDI...

D _ N ' T / T H I N K
T _ I _ E

DON'T THINK TWICE, people...and neither does her, so she wins the $30K and leaves w/ $54,650 cash and trip!

$5K SPIN ID: RM8746061

MY EP. RATING: 8 out of 10

Thursday, April 25, 2013

WOF Recap: April 25, 2013

EPISODE #5814: AMERICA'S GAME (WK. 4)

Encore Clip (1998): Frank from Las Vegas says he's a clown and mortician

Setting: California Coast

$1,000 Tossup: SONG TITLE

_ _ _ _ _ / _ O M E
_ _ _ _ A _ A

Jonathan solves Lynyrd Skynrd's "SWEET HOME ALABAMA". Here he is and the female opposition...

Jonathan Darrall: test prep instructor and community relations developer who follows MMA from Greenville, SC
Katie Hess: 9-yr. kindergarten teacher at Brandywine Heights ES from Kutztown, PA
Beth Wrobleski: advertising media planner who does direct mail fundraising for a nonprofit in NYC

$2,000 Tossup: THING

F _ E S H / _ O A T
O _ / P A I _ T

Beth solves FRESH COAT OF PAINT.

BedandBreakfast.com TRIP: Charleston, SC at the Two Meeting Street Inn worth $6K

Jackpot Round: THE 70's

Beth first picks up the Omaha Steaks gift tag w/ four N's but then LOSES A TURN just as quick. Second, Jonathan collects $10K worth of T's, buys four E's, inserts two S's...

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

...and recalls the UNITED STATES BICENTENNIAL for $10,850.

LAT: Beth
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,550

Scores after R1
Beth: $2K
Jonathan: $11,850
Katie: $0

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Mystery Round: PHRASE

The early leader begins this one w/ three obvious S's and two E's. But after his next picks of quadruple T's and H's is the BANKRUPT near top dollar to flush away $8,050. Second, Katie takes an $1,100 pair of M's but then gets the other normal BANKRUPT. Third, Beth LATs out for the second time tonight. After Jonathan BANKRUPTs on the same one he got before, Katie spingles for a $600 F...

S T _ _ _ _ H T
F _ _ M / T H E
H _ _ S E ' S
M _ _ T H

...and solves STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH to get on the board. Should've gone on for the R's, ma'am.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (Jonathan 2x, Katie)
LAT: Beth

Scores after R2
Beth: $2K
Jonathan: $11,850
Katie: $1K

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1998): THING
MCHO was the chosen combination...

_ O O R _ N O _

...and this woman got DOORKNOB.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PLACE

Katie duds out right away w/ T for terrible. Second, Beth BANKRUPTs near $650. Third, Jonathan picks off three pairs of R's, S's and U's before getting the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ an F. Soon enough, he says E for error. Katie calls for triple P's and L's to give her $3,600...

P O P U L _ R
L O _ _ L
S U R F / S H O P

...and she'll visit a POPULAR LOCAL SURF SHOP during her stay at HAWAII's Hilton Waikoloa Village courtesy of hotwire.com; that was a $10,114 round for her. 

DUDS: T (Katie), E (Jonathan)
BANKRUPT: Beth

Scores after R3
Beth: $2K
Jonathan: $11,850
Katie: $11,114 cash and HI

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$3,000 Tossup: CHARACTER

T H E / I _ _ _ E _ _ _ _ E
_ U _ K

Jonathan blanks out, allowing Katie to take over first place thanks to THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

Round 4: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

First, Katie uncovers two N's but then LATs out. Second, Beth gets G and S singles, but then strikes out w/ the T. Third, Jonathan does most of the work, but we're going into Speed-Up Mode...

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

...and the leftover consonants are worth $1,600 each. Two B's are requested by this man...

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

...and he's BENDING OVER BACKWARDS for $5,400 and the win.

SOLE DUD (before FS): T (Beth)
LAT: Katie

FINAL SCORES
Beth: $2K
Jonathan: $17,250
Katie: $14,114 cash and HI

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $33,364
BANKRUPT TRASH: $9,150

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$100,000 Bonus Round
For the second straight night, we land on that W.

Category: THING
This looks like a toughie to me...

_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ E T


CKMA doesn't add much...

_ _ M M _
_ _ _ _ E T 


He can have a YUMMY BUFFET w/ the cash he's won tonight, but he doesn't win the $40K.

$5K SPIN ID: LP5894152

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

WOF Recap: April 24, 2013

EPISODE #5813: AMERICA'S GAME (WK. 4)

Encore Clip (2002 from Seattle): Cloretta's solve of CINEMATOGRAPHY in the Speed-Up Round; both she and Pat whooed together

We're on the Sandals set for the last time this season.

$1,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ _ _ _ F _ E _ D
_ L _ I _ O _ S

Lisa solves SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS. Now for the Wednesday bios...

Lisa Ulmer: Southwestern Assemblies of God Univ. worker from Waxahachie, TX
Matt Keller: mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry from Hermosa Beach, CA
Brenda Ryan: retired Walnut Hills HS teacher who's currently a security assistant from Cincinnati

$2,000 Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

B _ C Y _ _ E
H E _ M _ _

Matt wears this BICYCLE HELMET to take first control of the Wheel.

FEATURED TRIP: Beaches Resort of player's choice worth $5,670

Jackpot Round: THING

The category wipe order is the same as Monday; thus, the wipes will switch places every day this week.

Midway in the round, Matt claims the Beaches wedge w/ two R's. After cleaning out the vowel department, he cashes in $7,500 w/ three L's...

_ R _ S T A L
S T E _ _ A R E
_ O L L E _ T I O N

...and solves CRYSTAL STEMWARE COLLECTION for a total of $15,570 cash and trip!

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,200

Scores after R1
Matt: $17,570 cash and Beaches
Brenda: $0
Lisa: $1K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Brenda picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $900, buys three E's and wastes no time in getting the other half of the smart car w/ an L. She follows up w/ an I, two R's for the amazingclubs.com gift tag, two N's but then A for awful. Second, Lisa BANKRUPTs next to top dollar. Third, Matt collects two H's and a $3,500 H, but then buys the other dud vowel of this puzzle (O). That mistake allows Brenda to collect $1,300 worth of G's...

G R E E N
T H _ _ _
_ R E S T L I N G

...and solve GREEN THUMB WRESTLING for $18,880 cash and prizes (including that smart car)!

DUDS: A (Brenda), O (Matt)
BANKRUPT: Lisa

Scores after R2
Matt: $17,570 cash and Beaches
Brenda: $18,880 cash and prizes
Lisa: $1K


Bonus Puzzle Flashback (early 2000): EVENT
CDMA gave this man...

C A T C _ / A
_ _ _ / _ L _

...and he failed to CATCH A POP FLY.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

Lisa does some work, but the A lets down a lady for the second round in a row. Secondly, Matt takes two H's, G and Y singles, the last vowel of O, but then P for pathetic. Brenda then goes for a trip of her own...

I T ' S
H I G H L Y
R E _ O _ _ E N _ E _

IT'S HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that Brenda will enjoy her stay at the Negril Beach Resort & Spa in JAMAICA worth $5,500.

DUDS: A (Lisa), P (Matt)

Scores after R3

Matt: $17,570 cash and Beaches
Brenda: $24,380 cash and prizes
Lisa: $1K

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$3,000 Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ A B _ A

ABRACADABRA -- Matt's cracked the $20K mark w/ that solve.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES (full $1,300 speed-up)

This will decide the match between Matt and Brenda. After three H's get called midway...

_ _ T _ H _ N _
H _ R S _ S H _ _ S

...Lisa's wrong w/ CATCHING HORSESHOES; furthermore, she says TOSSING as the first word. Matt then calls the frontloading G...

P _ T _ H _ N _
H _ R S _ S H _ _ S

He's PITCHING HORSESHOES to eek out the win by just 90 bucks!

SOLE DUD: L (Brenda)
SOLE DQ OF THE NIGHT: Lisa's missolve

FINAL SCORES

Matt: $24,470 cash and Beaches
Brenda: $24,380 cash and prizes
Lisa: $1K

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $49,850
ZERO BANKRUPT TRASH TONIGHT!

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Matt lands on that W envelope.

Category: PHRASE
Here's a trio of letters to get him started...

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


HGPO should do it for him...

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


This puzzle isn't TOUGH TO KNOW, and he just won a car of his own in the Mini Cooper Roadster! His final total this evening is $58,720 cash and prizes!

$5K SPIN ID: PR4883481

MY EP. RATING: 9 out of 10

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

WOF Recap: April 23, 2013

EPISODE #5812: AMERICA'S GAME (WK. 4)

Encore Clip (2003): A blooper reel for KDRV (Medford, OR) that shows Vanna messing up the line "What's with all the exclamation points?"

Setting: Spring Break that had our most recent $100,000 win (Apr. 2)

$1,000 Tossup: THING

G _ _ _ T
R E P _ _ _ T _ _ N

We hope Sam has a GREAT REPUTATION for being good at this game. Tuesday's trio...

Sam Ehinger (female): Coastal Carolina Univ. senior studying marine science who's a big fan of sharks and wants to become a shark biologist from Lansdale, PA
Larry Perry: program/chef instructor for the culinary arts program at Mountwest Community Technical College (and he was a champion of a cast-iron cook-off) from Huntington, WV
Danielle Bowers: medical assistant at DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE from Middletown, DE

$2,000 Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

G A R D _ N
_ _ O L _

Sam's two for two w/ GARDEN TOOLS.

FEATURED TRIP: Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, BC worth $6,250

Jackpot Round: PHRASE

The same category wipes for this week are used, but they've switched this time (Statue of Liberty for the odd rounds, bald eagle for the evens).

Sam first lights up three T's for an $1,800 start, two H's and three S's, but then S for sorry while on top dollar. Second, Larry BANKRUPTs on the MDW's left side. Third, Danielle calls out two W's for $800 and buys two A's. Later, she buys the last vowel of O and takes a $500 Jackpot N, but she can't solve. Towards the end, she takes a $2,500 F and two C's for the Bed, Bath & Beyond gift tag. Now she's ready to solve...

W H A T / W I L L / B E
T H E / _ E C I _ I N G
F A C T O R ?

WHAT WILL BE THE DECIDING FACTOR? We'll find out later on after she gets on the board w/ $8,100 cash and gift tag.

SOLE DUD: S (Sam)
BANKRUPT: Larry
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $15,100

Scores after R1
Danielle: $8,100 cash and gift tag
Sam: $3K
Larry: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

To start, Larry gets nailed by the same BANKRUPT he got before. Second, Danielle says two N's and a not-so-good consonant in G (given the category, there was no guarantee that a word would end in -ING). Third, Sam picks up the WC w/ three T's and buys six E's before getting the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ an R. After buying an A, she quickly gets the other half of the smart car w/ two S's, cleans out the rest of the vowel department...but then falls victim to the other MDW BANKRUPT to give up the WC, $2K and the smart car; oh man. Moving on, Larry uncovers twin H's for $1,800, but then runs into the BANKRUPT near $650. Danielle spins once for $2,400 worth of H's...

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

...and solves COMMENCEMENT SPEECH THERAPIST for another $3,500.

SOLE DUD: G (Danielle)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Larry 2x, Sam)

Scores after R2
Danielle: $11,600 cash and gift tag
Sam: $3K
Larry: nada

There's no Bonus Puzzle Flashback tonight thanks to this long game we're seeing.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: SONG LYRICS

Current leader Danielle starts this important round w/ a T, five FP E's and three S's for $10,500. But after some work is the LAT to likely lose $11,400. Second, Sam captures the MDW w/ two N's, FPs the last vowel of O, and says four R's for $14K. She follows up w/ F and V singles and three G's, but she decides to spin again...she hangs onto $650...and she blows her turn w/ the L to throw away $16,300 and that sparkly green wedge; ugh. Larry fills in the missing H's...

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

...and reads "GREEN GRASS AND HIGH TIDES FOREVER" for $1,600 and a trip to the Windjammer Landing in ST. LUCIA; he's now on the board w/ $8,223 cash and trip.

SOLE DUD: L (Sam)
LAT: Danielle

Sam, I know how hard it is being on stage, but there was ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE for you to lose this round like that.

Scores after R3
Danielle: $11,600 cash and gift tag
Sam: $3K
Larry: $8,223 cash and trip

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$3,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ _ _
_ E B R A _ K A

Larry squanders his chance to get much closer to Danielle's lead w/ TOPEKA, NEBRASKA.

O M _ _ A
N E B R A _ K A

Said red player is up to $14,600 w/ OMAHA, NEBRASKA.

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

D _ N N _ R / _ _ _ _
_ R _ _ N D _

Larry totally botches the solve w/ DINNER DINE AROUND. The F gets called next...

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

...and Danielle will have DINNER WITH FRIENDS after they see her win the game w/ an additional $5,200.

SOLE DQ OF THE GAME: Larry's blown solve

FINAL SCORES
Danielle: $19,800 cash and gift tag
Sam: $3K
Larry: $8,223 cash and trip

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $31,023
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC excluded): $18,130 cash and smart car

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Here comes the E in GAME for Danielle.

Category: PHRASE
The third word's important for this one...

_ _ S T / _
_ _ N _ _


DJCA pretty much gives her the first line but also adds one at the bottom...

J _ S T / A
_ _ N C _


I had JUST A HUNCH that this is the correct solution...but this lady misses by a letter w/ JUST A BUNCH and she isn't the third straight $40K winner, airing-wise.

$5K SPIN ID: LM11547

MY EP. RATING: 5 out of 10

Monday, April 22, 2013

WOF Recap: April 22, 2013

Next week will be the start of their 4-wk stay in NYC, but let's focus on this fourth "America's Game" week.

EPISODE #5811: AMERICA'S GAME

Encore Clip (2000): Pat's identical twin named Paul

Tonight's Setting: Sandals Romance Week

$1,000 Tossup: THING

_ _ _ _ _ / F _ R
_ W _

Wayne & Kim set up a TABLE FOR TWO. Let's meet those married couples right now...

Wayne & Kim Yazell (1.5 yrs): he's a karaoke DJ and auto dealership worker while she works at the State Dept. for Public Health and does disaster preparedness; they're from Lancaster, KY
Morgan & Matt Haldeman (3 yrs.): she's a SAHM while he's a First Class member in the Coast Guard; they're from Long Beach, CA
Amy & Jeff Golden (married for a few months): from Arlington, VA; they started dating when she came out of the garage too fast and nearly ran him over w/ her car

$2,000 Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ _ _ I _ G
F L _ _ G

The Haldemans solve SPRING FLING.

FEATURED TRIP: Grand Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica worth $5,670

Jackpot Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Category Wipes of the Week: flying bald eagle wipe for the odd rounds and the Statue of Liberty for the evens

The Haldemans instantly BANKRUPT on the MDW's right side. Second, the Goldens pick up the amazingclubs.com gift tag w/ two T's, fills in four N's and buy all of the vowels before losing their turn w/ the L. The Yazells next insert two C's and an M and we have...

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

They're CONDUCTING AN EXPERIMENT for the $2K house minimum.

SOLE DUD: L (Goldens)
BANKRUPT: Haldemans
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,200

Scores after R1
Yazells: $3K
Haldemans: $2K
Goldens: $0

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

The Goldens start w/ T for terrible. Second, the Yazells cash in $14K w/ four N's. It's all them the rest of the way...

N E O N / A N D
_ O D _ A _
_ _ _ N

Wayne solves NEON AND ZODIAC SIGN for $15,050!

SOLE DUD: T (Goldens)

Scores after R2
Yazells: $18,050
Haldemans: $2K
Goldens: nothing

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (late '99): THING
Jenn called for MGHA...

G _ _ T / T A G

She got GIFT TAG, though she didn't say it right away.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PLACE

The Yazells immediately land top dollar like the last round, but they strike out this time w/ the R. The Haldemans control the rest of the round...

B E A _ T I _ _ L
B E A _ _ S I _ E
_ A B A N A

They win another $2,800 and will relax in a BEAUTIFUL BEACHSIDE CABANA during their stay at the Emerald Bay Resort in the BAHAMAS worth $5,500.

SOLE DUD: R (Yazells)

Scores after R3
Yazells: $18,050
Haldemans: $10,300 cash and Bahamas
Goldens: gooseegg alert

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$3,000 Tossup: PHRASE

 _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ S
B E L _ _ _ _ N _

SEEING IS BELIEVING -- the Haldemans are now $4,750 off the lead at $13,300.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

First from the Haldemans are two S's and a dud of A. They quickly get their turn back after the other teams miss w/ N and T, respectively. But after a lot of work, they buy the other dud vowel of this puzzle (E) and we go into Speed-Up Mode w/ the following...

_ _ _ _ _ O P S / &
L O L L I P O P S

...and the four remaining consonants are worth $1,300 apiece. The Goldens call for the frontloading G...

G _ _ _ _ O P S / &
L O L L I P O P S

...and eat some GUMDROPS & LOLLIPOPS to finally break through.

DUDS (all before Final Spin): A (Haldemans), N (Goldens), T (Yazells), E (Haldemans)

FINAL SCORES
Yazells: $18,050
Haldemans: $13,300 cash and Bahamas
Goldens: $2K

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $33,350
BANKRUPT TRASH: NONE!

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Kim lands on the S of SPIN for the team.

Category: PERSON
First up in this 14-letter answer...

_ _ R _ _ _ N 
S _ _ _ _ E R

CDHA gives them...

_ A R _ A _ N
S H _ _ _ E R


I don't know which of the Yazells is the BARGAIN SHOPPER, but I do know that they also win the $40K! Their final all-cash total is $58,050!

$5K SPIN ID: CS9462639

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Week 31 Stats

Total this Week: $274,589
Total for the Season: $7,815,665
BR Win Record: 61-94 (.394)     
Total Car Wins: 32
-1/2 Car: 15
-BR Car: 17
 
$100,000 Wins-Losses: 4-3  
$1M Bonus Rounds: 6        
Perfect BR Weeks: 0       
BR SHUTOUTS: 4 
Prize Wedge Wins: 32
Gift Tag Wins: 43
Jackpot Wins: 11 
Mystery Wedge Wins: 11  
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 30-26
Mystery $10K was on $700: 38
Mystery $10K was on $300: 32
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 56-13
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 9 (1 on $500, 1 on $900, 3 on $2500, 4 on $3500)
BR: 16 

FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 92/43/0 
5-Round Games: 37
6-Round Games: 3
 $6,000 FINAL SPINS: 16
Gooseegg Victims: 32
Red Winners: 58
Yellow Winners: 53
Blue Winners: 44
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $20,850* / 2 Wild Cards / 2 "� CAR" tag / 2 MDWs
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $772,227* / 37 Wild Cards / 48 "� CAR" tags / 13 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupts: $27,100 (Sept. 24); $16,420 (Feb. 11); $15,960* (Dec. 3)
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: $8,200 (April 12), $9,100 (Mar. 20), $9,550 (Jan. 22)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $74,772 (Dec. 28); $72,300 (Dec. 21); $59,398 (April 19)
Lowest Maingame Winnings: $15,350 (Oct. 4); $17,450 (Mar. 14), $17,964 (Nov. 6)
Season-High Week: $377,702 (Week #15: Happy Holidays)
Season-Low Week: $151,104 (Week #6: Teachers Week)

Friday, April 19, 2013

WOF Recap: April 19, 2013

EPISODE #5810: SIGHTSEEING WEEK

Opening Flashback Clip (1983): Pat reads a letter from a female viewer who watched this show while giving birth

$1,000 Tossup: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

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

Zoee isn't SOARING TO NEW HEIGHTS, but she's scored first among these people...

Zoee Rottenberg: 3rd grade teacher at New Richmond ES working for her Master's in elementary education at Xavier Univ. from Cincinnati, OH
Michael Gale: sales manager for a retail furniture chain and creative writer from NYC
Kristina Craig: workes in the financial services industry and has a yellow belt in Krav Maga from Southampton, PA

$2,000 Tossup: PROPER NAME

B _ A D _ _ Y
C _ O P E R

Michael IDs actor BRADLEY COOPER.

FEATURED TRIP: Rocky Mountaineer railroad tour of Western Canada worth $8,598

Jackpot Round: THING

Michael strikes out immediately w/ the R while on the WC. Second, Kristina calls a $450 N but then BANKRUPTs on the MDW's left side. Third, Zoee takes two S's for a $1,300 start, buys three I's and gets the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ two T's. But after buying three E's, she duds out w/ the D while on the MDW. Afterwards, Mike takes three C's and two M's while on $550...

I M _ E C C _ _ _ E
T _ S T E / I N
M _ S I C

...and he has an IMPECCABLE TASTE IN MUSIC for $2,750.

DUDS: R (Michael), D (Zoee)
BANKRUPT: Kristina
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,200

Scores after R1
Kristina: $0
Zoee: $1K
Michael: $4,750

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Mystery Round: THE 90's

Kristina leads off w/ three T's for $1,800, then buys an O and six E's. But after her next pick of H for the Canada trip is a dud vowel of A. Second, Zoee picks up the MDW this time w/ four S's, only to give it right back to the BANKRUPT near $650. Third, Michael FPs the last vowel of five I's and two N's. He follows up w/ a $650 C, a dud of W while on FP, but then the LAT. That allows Kristina...

S C I E N C E
_ I C T I O N
T _ / S E _ I E S
T H E / _ - _ I _ E S

...to solve SCIENCE FICTION TV SERIES "THE X-FILES" for $1,550 and the Canada trip.

DUDS: A (Kristina), W (Michael)
BANKRUPT: Zoee
LAT: Michael

Scores after R2
Kristina: $10,148 cash and Canada
Zoee: $1K
Michael: $4,750

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1999): PHRASE
HDCA gave this man...

S H A _ E / _ T
_ _ _

...but he couldn't SHAKE IT OFF.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: SONG LYRICS

Zoee's up first w/ a couple T's and some vowels. Two spins later, she says L for LAT while on the WC. Second in line, Mike picks off two N's and a W (w/ an E buy in between) and purchases the rest of the vowels (two I's and a U). He next picks up the Luggagepoint.com gift tag and the other available 1/2 CAR w/ H and P, respectively...but then craps out w/ C. Kristina then inserts five Y's for $4K...

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

...and solves "I WANT TO PUT ON MY MY MY MY MY BOOGIE SHOES" (by KC and the Sunshine Band) for that much money plus a $6,500 trip to the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC at the Riu Bambu Hotel & Resort.

DUDS: L (Zoee), C (Michael)

Scores after R3
Kristina: $20,648 cash and trips
Zoee: $1K
Michael: $4,750

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$3,000 Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ O M / _ E A D
_ _ / T O _

Kristina gets FROM HEAD TO TOE to go to $23,648.

Round 4: PERSON (full $6K speed-up!)

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

Zoee names a TRENDSETTING ACTRESS for $30,000 and the comeback win!

DQ: Michael's C repeat

FINAL SCORES
Kristina: $23,648 cash and trips
Zoee: $31K
Michael: $4,750

CUMULATIVE SCORES: $59,398
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding MDW): $450

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$100,000 Bonus Round
The I in AMERICA'S is where we stop on to end the week.

Category: THING
RSTLNE reveals...

R _ _ _ _ 
S _ R _ _ _ E

CDMA gives her pretty much the second word...

R _ _ _ _ 
S _ R _ A C E

...but she turns this ROUGH SURFACE into a smooth one for the $40K, giving her an an all-cash total of $71K!

$5K SPIN ID: DE9976532

MY EP. RATING: 8 out of 10

Credit to Buy a Vowel Boards for posting this info.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

WOF Recap: April 18, 2013

EPISODE #5809: SIGHTSEEING WEEK

Encore Clip (Shopping Week 2005): Pat tries to give Vanna some money to go buy a sweater, but he was asked to put his jacket on her instead

$1,000 Tossup: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ G / T _ E
_ _ _ D / _ A P

Erika's guess of READING THE ROAD MAP won't work.

U N F _ _ _ I _ G / T _ E
_ O _ D / _ A P

Andrew's right w/ UNFOLDING THE ROAD MAP. Thursday's players...

Andrew Samson: freelance writer who once wrote a letter to Pat at age seven requesting for the host's autograph but he got an unsigned board game instead from L.A. (orig. from Sarasota, FL)
Erika Sanchez: bilingual, kindergarten and 1st grade teacher at Westcliff ES who had LEGO figures of Pat and Vanna from Ft. Worth, TX
Brooke Williams: actress who did her first half-marathon from Brooklyn (orig. from Tampa)

$2,000 Tossup: PERSON

H _ _ _ _ _ _
M A R R _ _ _ / M _ N

We don't know if Andrew's a HAPPILY MARRIED MAN, but he's two for two so far tonight.

FEATURED HOTWIRE.COM TRIP: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows in Hawaii worth $7,114

Jackpot Round: CHARACTERS

Andrew says an automatic dud of T while on Jackpot. Second, Erika also misses w/ S. Third, Brooke collects $2,700 worth of N's and buys all of the available vowels (the I's came via FP). She spins once more from three C's...

C I N _ E _ E _ _ A
& / _ _ I N C E
C _ A _ _ I N _

...and solves CINDERELLA & PRINCE CHARMING for $4,900.

DUDS: T (Andrew), S (Erika)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,700

Scores after R1
Andrew: $3K
Erika: $0
Brooke: $4,900

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Erika leads off w/ a $350 S, two A's and an N while on the MW next to LAT. She's definitely risking her $100 remainder...it's the money! She follows up w/ two $3,500 R's, two E's, but then D for dud while on the vegas.com gift tag, possibly costing her $16,850. Second, Brooke fills in an M and gets the 1/2 CAR next to $900 w/ an H, but she then gives the plate an $800 right back to the BANKRUPT near top dollar. After that, Andrew spins twice for B and K singles... 

_ _ E S _ _ _ N
M A R _
_ A H _ B E R _

...he doesn't need to QUESTION MARK WAHLBERG, because he's earned another $1,250.

SOLE DUD: D (Erika)
BANKRUPT: Brooke

Scores after R2
Andrew: $4,250
Erika: $0
Brooke: $4,900

 No Bonus Puzzle Flashback tonight.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

The first letters from Brooke are a FP O, a single T, three S's and a dud vowel of E. Second, Andrew takes five N's for $2,500 and buys the rest of the vowel department before we see...

S T U N N I N _
S U _ _ O U N _ I N _ S

He wins another two grand plus a $5,700 trip to see the STUNNING SURROUNDINGS of CURACAO while at the Hyatt Regency Golf Resort, Spa and Marina.

SOLE DUD: E (Brooke)

Scores after R3
Andrew: $11,950 cash and trip
Erika: zippo
Brooke: $4,900

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$3,000 Tossup: LIVING THINGS

P I _ _
_ A _ S _ E S

Brooke's up to $7,900 w/ PINK DAISIES.

Round 4: PLACE

Brooke's initial letters are three N's for $1,950 and some vowels. After calling for a $700 S and the last vowel of three I's, she alternates between $700 and FP on her subsequent spins (a T, dud of H and C were called on the latter space)...

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

...before finally solving VICTORIAN MANSION for $4,300. 

SOLE DUD: H (Brooke)

Going into R5
Andrew: $11,950 cash and trip
Erika: gooseegg alert
Brooke: $12,200

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Round 5: THING (full $1,550 speed-up)

(NOTE: Pat's LAT spin was edited out.)

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

Andrew's wrong at the buzzer w/ A SIGNIFICANT INTRODUCTION.

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

Brooke also goofs w/ A SIGNIFICANT CONTRADICTION.

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

Andrew makes A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION for $7,750 and the win.

SOLE DUD: D (Erika)
DQs: 2 (Andrew and Brooke's wrong answers)

FINAL SCORES 
Andrew: $19,700 cash and trip 
Erika: $1K gooseegg
Brooke: $12,200

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $32,900
BANKRUPT TRASH (plate excluded): $800

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$100,000 Bonus Round
The P envelope is what Andrew will be taking.

Category: THINGS
There are two of these on your face...

_ _ E E _ _ _ N E S

CHPO are darn good choices...

C H E E _ _ O N E S

...and the losing streak is history! He solves CHEEKBONES for $30K (Jim: "Here's a sight worth seeing") and a final total of $49,700 cash and trip! That's the 60th BR win of the season!

$5K SPIN ID: SD2876476

At the end, Pat brings out a 30th Anniv. portrait of the hosts and signs it for Andrew!

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WOF Recap: April 17, 2013

EPISODE #5808: SIGHTSEEING WEEK

Encore Clip (Sept. 2003): The end of premiere week (Big Money Week)

$1,000 Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

P O L _ _ I Z E D
_ _ N _ L A _ _ E S

Rynnetta solves POLARIZED SUNGLASSES, and let's meet our winner wannabes...

Rynnetta Garner: recruiter for a national retailer from Flower Mound, TX; also, she and her husband Slade are Texas A&M Univ. sweethearts
Kathy McGann: SAHM from Hatfield, PA
Greg Wood: talent manager in the entertainment world from Scotch Plains, NJ

$2,000 Tossup: PEOPLE

W O R L D
L _ _ _ _ _ S

Kathy gets WORLD LEADERS to spin first.

FEATURED TRIP: La Paz Waterfall Gardens in Costa Rica worth $6,100

Jackpot Round: SAME LETTER

Kathy picks up the Luggagepoint.com gift tag right away w/ an S and uses her initial $500 to buy two E's and an A. She follows up w/ the SL of three T's for $2,100, the leftover I's, but then the BANKRUPT near $2,500 to lose $2,850 cash and luggage. Second, Greg spins twice for three R's and an L to give him $1,200..

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

...and he's on the board w/ TERRIFIC TRAVEL TIPS.

BANKRUPT: Kathy
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,800

Scores after R1
Rynnetta: $1K
Kathy: $2K
Greg: $1,200

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Greg instantly cashes in $10,500 w/ three T's and buys all of the vowels before getting the same BANKRUPT that Kathy got to give back the $9,250 remainder. Second, Rynnetta picks up the WC w/ an R and calls an N before saying S while on the MW next to LAT. She risks $850 and the card...BANKRUPT. Third, Kathy nearly completes the whole puzzle...but she says L as the last consonant instead of the K. Greg won't spin again...

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

...and he solves HIGH THREAD-COUNT SHEET CAKE for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: L (Kathy)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Greg,Rynnetta)

Scores after R2
Rynnetta: $1K
Kathy: $2K
Greg: $2,200

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1997): THING
OMDP was called by this man...

_ O _ R
_ _ N D

It's part of a clock, but he didn't solve HOUR HAND.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: THINGS

Early on, Rynnetta FPs the O (it sounded like she was gonna say A first, but captions said "Eh -- O") and picks up the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ the D. But after a lot of work, she LATs out. Kathy then spins once for two L's for $1,800...

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

...and she'll learn about the HISTORY, CULTURE AND NATURAL BEAUTY of BUDAPEST, HUNGARY; this trip from Collette Vacations is worth $8,400.

LAT: Rynnetta

Scores after R3
Rynnetta: $1K
Kathy: $12,200 cash and Hungary
Greg: $2,200

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$3,000 Tossup: THE 80's

T H _ / C O S _ Y
_ _ _ _

Rynnetta gets "THE COSBY SHOW" to move to $4K.

Round 4: PHRASE

After a null cycle, Rynnetta controls the entire round...

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

...and says "YOUR SECRET IS SAFE WITH ME" for $4,600.

TECHNICAL PERFECT ROUND

Going into R5
Rynnetta: $8,600
Kathy: $12,200 cash and Hungary
Greg: $2,200

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Round 5: LANDMARK (full $1,800 speed-up)

After Kathy starts w/ the L...

_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _
_ _ / L _ _ _ _ _

...she goofs w/ THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. But she has another shot after calling the H...

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

...and she's right w/ THE TOWER OF LONDON for $3,600.

SOLE DQ OF THE NIGHT: Kathy's missolve

FINAL SCORES
Rynnetta: $8,600
Kathy: $15,800 cash and Hungary
Greg: $2,200

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $26,600
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC excluded): $12,950 cash and luggage

(NOTE: The Dalmatian's sitting near the telephone booth and London trip screen on this week's set.)

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Kathy needs to break this double-digit losing streak right now or we could possibly tie the all-time high of 13 straight losses. She lands on the C.

Category: PEOPLE
Up first in this big puzzle...

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

CDMA won't do much...

_ _ C T _ R _ _ _ S
_ L A _ E R S

...and she's not another one of these VICTORIOUS PLAYERS in this segment, so goodbye $30K.

$5K SPIN ID: AH4439494

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WOF Recap: April 16, 2013

EPISODE #5807: SIGHTSEEING WEEK

Repeat Clip (May 5, 1999 from Philly): After solving GRAB A BITE (current BR win cue dubbed over the one back then), the male contestant kisses Pat's shoes

$1,000 Tossup: RHYME TIME

P _ C K
_ / S N A _ K

Sarah solves PACK A SNACK, and let's go from left to right in greeting the players...

Sarah Wallace: expecting her second child from Ft. Worth, TX
Clinton Childress: works at Panavision from L.A. (orig. from Lexington, KY)
Rita Mercadante: hairstylist currently remodeling the house she bought w/ her fiancee Tyler from Reading, PA

$2,000 Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ I M O U S I _ E
_ R I _ E _

Clinton's in control after solving LIMOUSINE DRIVER.

FEATURED TRIP: Palace Hotel in S.F. worth $5,200
THIS WEEK'S 1/2 CAR: Fiesta S 

Jackpot Round: PHRASE

Clinton starts w/ T for terrible. Second, Rita says three Jackpot S's, buys an A but then BANKRUPTs near $650 to lose the $1,250 remainder. Third, Sarah LATs out. Clinton next says the first letter of his name, but it's also a dud. Rita then picks up the WC w/ the R. She keeps on going till we see...

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

She says "EVERYONE IS ON PINS AND NEEDLES" for $4,350.

DUDS (both  by Clinton): T, C
BANKRUPT: Rita
LAT: Sarah
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,600

Scores after R1
Sarah: $1K
Clinton: $2K
 Rita: $4,350 +  WC

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Rita grabs the 1/2 CAR near $900 right away w/ the R. Two spins after that is a D for the MDW before she selects an N while on the Mystery Wedge near LAT. Surprisingly, she risks $700 and all that cardboard...boy, did she really blow it -- that's her second BANKRUPT of the night. Moving on, Sarah picks up the S.F. trip w/ the L, buys two E's, but then misses w/ M. Third, Clinton takes two T's and gets the other 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ the C, but next is I for invalid. Rita LATs out after calling a B. Sarah next picks off a P, buys the remaining O's and strikes out again w/ G. After Clinton BANKRUPT near top dollar, Rita spingles for the H...

S H O _ E R / A N D
B O T T L E
C A P

...and she finally gets SHOWER AND BOTTLE CAP for the house minimum -- HORRIBLE SECOND SEGMENT.

DUDS: M (Sarah), I (Clinton), G (Sarah)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Rita, Clinton)
LAT: Rita

Scores after R2
Sarah: $1K
Clinton: $2K
Rita: $5,350

No Bonus Puzzle Flashback thanks to that long R2.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: EVENT

This round is much better, because it's all Sarah... 

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

...in addition to another $2,500, she's won AN UNFORGETTABLE VACATION at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa in ST. MAARTEN worth $8,265.

PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R3
Sarah: $11,765 cash and trip
Clinton: $2K
Rita: $5,350

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 $3,000 Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

W _ O D _ N
_ A L A D / _ _ W _ S

Rita solves WOODEN SALAD BOWLS to go to $8,350.

Round 4: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? (full $1,800 speed-up)

P L _ C _ _ N G / M _
_ _ _ B R _ _ S

Sarah solves PLUCKING MY EYEBROWS for $7,200 and the win.

DUDS: T (Clinton), D (Rita)

FINAL SCORES
Sarah: $18,965 cash and trip
Clinton: $2K
Rita: $8,350

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $29,315
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $1,950

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Sarah lands on the I of WIN.

Category: PLACE
This should be easy...

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


CMDU doesn't do much...

T U R N _ _ _ E
E _ _ T


...and we have our third double-digit losing streak of the season, because she doesn't take the TURNPIKE EXIT for the Audi.

$5K SPIN ID: WR5935307

MY EP. RATING: 5 out of 10

Monday, April 15, 2013

WOF Recap: April 15, 2013

This is "Sightseeing Week" and we must thank Buy a Vowel Boards for posting the episode info after I got pre-empted in my area due to coverage of the Boston Marathon explosions.

EPISODE #5806: SIGHTSEEING WEEK

Encore Clip (2010): Pat's face appears on Mt. Rushmore

$1,000 Tossup: THING

_ A N _ M A
H _ T

Steven solves PANAMA HAT, and let's get to know him and the female opposition...

Steven Kaatz: Univ. of Maryland research administrator from Kensington, MD
Patrice Dupass: aerospace co. worker who goes to Bible college and is a Lakers fan from Los Angeles
Krystie Pironti: works for the Yankees and a marketing student at Baruch College from Queens, NY

$2,000 Tossup: SHOW BIZ

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

Steve's two for two w/ RAISE THE CURTAIN.

FEATURED TRIP: Earth River Expedition in Patagonia, Chile worth $9K

Jackpot Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? (trolley car wipe)

Steven first calls two N's for $900, but then BANKRUPTs near $650. Second, Patrice takes a $700 T but then buys the sole dud vowel of E. Third, Krystie picks up the WC w/ an obvious G and buys two I's. It's all her from here...

L O O _ I N G
T H R O _ G H
_ I N O _ _ L _ R _

She's LOOKING THROUGH BINOCULARS at $4,100 deposited in her bank.

SOLE DUD: E (Patrice)
BANKRUPT: Steven
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,450

Scores after R1
Patrice: $0
Krystie: $4,100 + WC
Steven: $3,000

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Patrice leads off w/ three S's, three T's and a single O. But after filling in half of the puzzle, she gets nailed by the same BANKRUPT to lose $3,800. Second, Krystie finds four L's for $14K and uses the WC for an M...DUD. Third, Steven also lands on top dollar, but he misses w/ the D. Patrice's next call of H isn't there, so Krystie gets another shot. She calls the last remaining consonant  of K while on top dollar...

A L L - S T A R
C A S T -
_ R O N / S K _ L L E T

...and solves ALL-STAR CAST-IRON SKILLET for $17,900!

DUDS: M (Krystie), D (Steven), H (Patrice)
BANKRUPT: Patrice

Scores after R2
Patrice: $0
Krystie: $22K
Steven: $3,000

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1998, Feb. 7, 2007, and March 17, 2011): THING
CDMA was called by this lady in '98...

_ L A _ _ _ L E

...but she couldn't get FLAGPOLE. In 2007 (Charleston, SC road trip), Becca Rhine nailed it for a $67+ Winnebago and left w/ $128,177 cash and prizes ($61K from the maingame), but a lady from '11 completely struck out w/ DBMI.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: SONG/ARTIST

Our big leader (Krystie) picks up the LuggagePoint.com gift tag w/ three B's. A little later, she collects a $3,500 S. It's all her this round...

_ / _ E T / _ _ O _ _ _
B Y / T H E / B E _ _ H
B O Y S

She solves "I GET AROUND" BY THE BEACH BOYS for $9,100 cash and luggage plus a trip to ST. THOMAS at the Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort worth $6,676.

PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R3
Patrice: $0
Krystie: $37,776 cash and prizes
Steven: $3,000

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$3,000 Tossup: PERSON

_ O _ P E T _ T I _ E
C Y C L I _ T

Patrice is finally off the schneid w/ COMPETITIVE CYCLIST.

Round 4: MOVIE QUOTE

Patrice's first letters this round are two T's, two FP O's, an E and S for sorry. Second for Krystie are four N's and R for roadblock. Third, Steven tacks on a $600 pair of D's, but it's Final Spin time...

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

...and the leftover consonants are worth $6K apiece!

T O / _ N _ _ N _ T Y
_ N D / _ E Y O N D

Steven solves the Buzz Lightyear line "TO INFINITY AND BEYOND" for $12,600!

DUDS (both before Speed-Up): S (Patrice), R (Krystie)

FINAL SCORES
Patrice: $3K
Krystie: $37,776 cash and prizes
Steven: $15,600

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $56,376
BANKRUPT TRASH:  $4,700

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$100,000 Bonus Round
This week's vehicle is a 2013 Audi A3. Krystie's envelope comes from that &.

Category: PLACE
She'll need serious help in the second word...

S _ E N _ _
_ _ R _ _ _ _ 


CHDI fill in...

S C E N I C
_ _ R _ _ _ _


...the entire first word, so she won't be driving through a SCENIC PARKWAY in the Audi A3. Even if she chose CDMA, she still wouldn't have gotten it. 

$5K SPIN ID: KW6426861

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Week 30 Stats

Total this Week: $183,564
Total for the Season: $7,541,076
BR Win Record: 59-91 (.393)     
Total Car Wins: 32
-1/2 Car: 15
-BR Car: 17
 
$100,000 Wins-Losses: 4-3  
$1M Bonus Rounds: 6        
Perfect BR Weeks: 0       
BR SHUTOUTS: 4 
Prize Wedge Wins: 31
Gift Tag Wins: 42 
Jackpot Wins: 11 
Mystery Wedge Wins: 11  
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 29-24
Mystery $10K was on $700: 37
Mystery $10K was on $300: 30
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 53-13
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 8 (1 on $500, 1 on $900, 2 on $2500, 4 on $3500)
BR: 16 

FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 87/39/0 
5-Round Games: 35 
6-Round Games: 3
 $6,000 FINAL SPINS: 14
Gooseegg Victims: 31 
Red Winners: 56 
Yellow Winners: 50
Blue Winners: 44
This Week's Bankrupt Trash: $27,500*
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $751,377* / 35 Wild Cards / 46 "� CAR" tags / 11 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupts: $27,100 (Sept. 24); $16,420 (Feb. 11); $15,960* (Dec. 3)
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: $8,200 (April 12), $9,100 (Mar. 20), $9,550 (Jan. 22)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $74,772 (Dec. 28); $72,300 (Dec. 21); $58,580 (Dec. 13)
Lowest Maingame Winnings: $15,350 (Oct. 4); $17,450 (Mar. 14), $17,964 (Nov. 6)
Season-High Week: $377,702 (Week #15: Happy Holidays)
Season-Low Week: $151,104 (Week #6: Teachers Week)