WoF Recap: October 18, 2017

EPISODE #6658: SHOW YOU THE WORLD

$1K Tossup: PLACE

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

Paul could be visiting a MEDIEVAL CASTLE, or these women…

Paul Marcucilli: doctoral student in philosophy at Harvard from Medford, MA

Crystal Belcourt: does a lot of home improvement projects from Palm Desert (orig. from Winnipeg); she and hubby Gregory got a new home last November

Kimberly Ramos: Carter HS art & photography teacher from San Bernardino

$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ A _ _ E N _ _ G
G L _ V _ S

Crystal has her GARDENING GLOVES.

COLLETTE TRIP WEDGE: National Parks worth $11,158

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

She gets the NOVICA gift tag right away w/ two R’s, buys an A, lights up a $1,400 N pair, and purchases three E’s. After those are a $600 F, a single I, but then S for sorry. Kimberly then takes a $1,200 pair of G’s, a $700 L, and a $600 T before we see…

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

…she’s granted GLUTEN FREE PARKING for $2,500.

SOLE DUD: S (Crystal)

 

Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

Early leader Kimberly starts this answer w/ a $700 R, a $650 T, E and A singles, a $650 H, but the S fails a lady again. Second, Paul picks up the WC w/ four M’s, buys seven O’s, and lights up a $2,700 B trio, but he then buys the one dud vowel of U. Crystal next says two G’s on the MW near $650 and under that is…$$$

M _ / H E A R T
G O _ _ G / B O O M
B O O M
B O O M

She exactly recites “MY HEART GOING BOOM, BOOM, BOOM” (from Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill”) to win that prize.

(NOTE: The last two words were oddly formatted and were right under the first BOOM.)

$10K SPIN ID: NH3507634

DUDS: S (Kimberly), U (Paul)

Crystal: $12K/Kimberly: $2,500/Paul: $1K WC

 

PP/Express Round: WAYD?

All Paul here — he picks a $500 G, four N’s for $3,600, three I’s, an E, a $650 T, a $2,400 R trio, two A’s, and $900 L and P singles.

P L A N N I N G / _ _ R
I T I N E R A R _

As we’re PLANNING OUR ITINERARY, this guy’s won $8,200 plus a trip to LONDON & PARIS worth $10,298 (too bad that wasn’t used on Monday’s PP) — PR.

Crystal: $12K/Kimberly: $2,500/Paul: $19,498 cash & Europe WC

 

$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

C _ S _ A
_ I _ _

You could win a trip to here if you enter each week’s bonus puzzle on their website — Paul knows that’s COSTA RICA.

Round 4: PHRASE (w/ an ! at the end)

Next from his mouth are a $600 T, a $700 N, a single A, a $700 D, but it’s S-U time…

_ _ _ _ T _
A N D / _ _ _ _ _ _ !

…w/ a $1,600 FS. A C is put up later…

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

Crystal SHOOTS AND SCORES! For $3,200 more, that is.

SOLE DQ: Paul’s N repeat

FINAL SCORES
Crystal: $15,200/Kimberly: $2,500/Paul: $19,498 cash & Europe WC

GT: $37,198
NO BANKRUPT TRASH YET AGAIN!

Pick your BR path, Paul…

-PLACE
-SHOW BIZ
-AROUND THE HOUSE

For the first time in a while, we’re going AtH.

 

$100K Bonus Round

The & is where he stops on. Stingy RSTLNE help tonight…

_ _ _ T _
_ _ _ _

PGHO and D fill in all but two blanks…

P H O T O
_ O _

He will NOT be adding to his PHOTO BOX a picture of him winning $35K (he said PHOTO BOMB and PHOTO JOB, the latter of which was after the buzzer).

MY RATING: 6

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WoF Recap: October 17, 2017

EPISODE #6657: SHOW YOU THE WORLD

$1K Tossup: LANDMARK

S Y _ N _ _
_ _ _ _ _ / H O U _ E

Take away the first word and you get a bonus puzzle that went unsolved in S26 — female Nadean has solved Australia’s SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE. Tuesday’s panelists…

Nadean Nichols: USPS worker, military vet & beekeeper from Simpsonville, KY (orig. from NY)

Robert Brown: financial crime investigator at a bank from Wilmington, DE (orig. from Philly)

Helen Creasi: married to Lloyd for 32 yrs. and has a travel trailer permanently parked in Marblehead from Grafton, OH

$2K Tossup: PERSON

_ A S E B _ _ L
_ _ _ _ _

Robert goes for BASEBALL COACHit is.

COLLETTE WEDGE: Alaska worth $10,408
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Skyway Luggage Co.

Round 1: WAYD?

He kicks off w/ a $1K G pair, four I’s, the obvious two N’s for $1,800, three A’s, and two E’s, after which come an $1,800 T pair, a $1,500 R trio, the last vowel of O, but then L for loss of turn. Helen then inserts three S’s for $1,800…

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

…she was MAKING A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION, but she could’ve gone for those M’s.

SOLE DUD: L (Robert)

 

Mystery/Crossword Round: _________ FOOD

Helen’s up to bat first w/ a $650 S, two A’s, and a T on the MW near $650 before she risks her $400 remainder…it’s there. But after an E buy is the LaT. Second, Nadean takes a $1,300 pair of R’s, two O’s, and the last vowel of I via FP, but the L fails somebody again. After Robert BANKRUPTs near TD, Helen puts up two FP N’s, and a $1,300 F pair before we show you this grid…

 –   –   –    –    –     (F)(I)(N)(_)(E)(R)
–  –   –   –    –   –  (A)
–  –   –    –   –   –  (S)(N)(A)(_)(_)
(_)(O)(_)(F)(O)(R)(T)

FINGER, SNACK and COMFORT are correct for $12,450.

$10K SPIN ID: NW5507836

SOLE DUD: L (Nadean)
SOLE LaT: Helen
QUICK BANKRUPT: Robert

Robert: $2K/Helen: $14,250/Nadean: $1K

 

PP/Express Round: PLACE

All Nadean here — she chooses two T’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600 (they’re offering the Fiesta again), four E’s, a $500 S, three A’s, a $1,200 pair of R’s, two I’s, and an $1,800 N trio.

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

She wins another $3,750 and will be seeing the MEDITERRANEAN COASTLINE on her TOUR OF ITALY worth $10,798 — PR.

Robert: $2K/Helen: $14,250/Nadean: $15,548 cash & trip

 

$3K Tossup: THING

A / _ E A _ T Y
A _ P E T I T E

Robert doesn’t count his letters carefully, as he incorrect responds w/ A HEALTHY APPETITE.

A / H E A _ T Y
A _ P E T I T E

Nadean has A HEARTY APPETITE to increase her lead.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

Consonants are worth $1,650 a pop. The C is lit up late…

S T I C _ / T H E
L A N D I N G

Nadean can STICK THE LANDING for $8,250.

DUDS: R (Nadean), M (Helen)

FINAL SCORES
Robert: $2K/Helen: $14,250/Nadean: $26,798 cash & trip

GT: $43,048
NO BANKRUPT TRASH AGAIN!

Tuesday’s BR topic menu for Nadean…

-PEOPLE
-FOOD & DRINK
-IN THE KITCHEN

She chooses F&D.

 

$100K Bonus Round

Nadean gets the *** envelope. Here’s 1/5 of her puzzle…

_ _ N _ _
_ _ _ _ E

MCPA is a pretty good combination…

M A N _ _
_ _ _ C E

…she drinks up some MANGO JUICE for $35K more and a final total of $61,798 cash & trip — now I can breathe easy on this theme week.

MY RATING: 8

WoF Recap: October 16, 2017

Sigh…when this week first aired last season in January of this year, we had a $100K loss that the set the tone for 0-5 in Bonusland. Now it’s back this season, and I really don’t have much hope on how good this week will be. To any of this week’s contestants reading this, I would have loved to see you play in person and I wish you all the best of luck.

EPISODE #6656: SHOW YOU THE WORLD

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

L O N D _ N
& / _ A R _ S

Brianna may be going to LONDON & PARIS or possibly these opponents…

Brianna Chestang: case mgr. for the L.A. County Housing Authority from L.A.

J.R. Espino: mgr. for a human capital mgmt. co. from Aurora, IL

Ashley Harvey: sales operations worker for a pharmaceutical co. from Atlanta

$2K Tossup: PERSON

T _ _ / _ T R _ _ G
_ I L E _ T / _ Y P E

Brianna proves that she isn’t THE STRONG SILENT TYPE, so she’s two for two.

FIRST COLETTE TRIP TONIGHT: Iceland worth $9,098
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: NOVICA

Round 1: SONG LYRICS

She opens w/ an $1,800 S trio, two N’s to double up, three I’s, but then a not-so-good consonant of G. Second, J.R. calls up five T’s for $3,500, six A’s, an $800 D, a $650 L, and three O’s before we see…

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

…he exactly recites “I WANT TO SAIL AWAY TO A DISTANT SHORE” (from the 1970 song “Apeman” by the Kinks) for $4,450, but he could’ve gone on for the W’s.

SOLE DUD: G (Brianna)

 

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

J.R. gets that WC right away w/ four T’s, but he then says S for sorry on the MW near $650. Second, Ashley LaTs out. Third, Brianna picks a $600 R, but she also gets that dreaded white space. J.R. resumes his play w/ two E’s, three L’s for $2,700 more, but then a baddie of J. Ashley then FPs a single K and puts up a $600 H…

H E L L _
K _ T T _
L _ T T E R

…she says “HELLO KITTY LITTER” for her first $1,100.

DUDS (both by J.R.): S and J
LaTs: 2 (girls)

 

PP/Express Round: PLACES

All Ashley here — she picks a $1,200 S pair, three A’s, two E’s, a $3,500 T, and two I’s.

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

…she’s won $3,950 and the chance to see some ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES on a colette tour of PERU worth $10,998 — PR.

Brianna: $3K/J.R.: $4,450 WC/Ashley: $16,048 cash & Peru

 

$3K Tossup: OCCUPATION

M O _ I _ _ T I _ N _ L
S P _ A _ E _

J.R. gets MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER.

Round 4: WAYD?

All J.R. here — he chooses a $1,200 pair of N’s, a $1,400 pair of G’s, three obvious I’s, five T’s for $3,250 more, two O’s, and $1K pairs of H’s and S’s.

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

He’s STEPPING INTO THE SPOTLIGHT to solve for $7,350 more — PR #2.

Brianna: $3K/J.R.: $14,800 WC/Ashley: $16,048 cash & Peru

Round 5: SHOW BIZ

Picked first by Ashley are a $900 T, two E’s, and the obvious $550 H, but it’s S-U time…

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

…w/ a $1,500 FS. That same players buys the last vowel of three O’s…

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

…she was BORN FOR THE ROLE of being tonight’s big winner after solving for $2,700.

NO AIRED DUDS

FINAL SCORES
Brianna: $3K/J.R.: $14,800 WC/Ashley: $18,748 cash & Peru

GT: $36,548
NO BANKRUPT TRASH!

Here are Ashley’s BR topic choices…

-THING
-FUN & GAMES
-WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?

She’s doing WAYW.

$100K Bonus Round

Enter each bonus puzzle this week for your chance to win a collette trip to Costa Rica. And the in-studio car this week is a Mercedes-Benz CLA. Ashley’s envelope will be the I of AMERICA’S. The last three letters of this answer are…

_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ R E L

PDCO gives her…

_ O _ _
_ P P _ R E L

I don’t know if she owns any YOGA APPAREL, but I do know that she doesn’t win $35K.

MY RATING: 6

Week 5 Stats

The front games have mostly been good even though we’ve been shutout.

Total This Week: $212,416

Total for the Season: $1,211,053

BR Win Record: 10-15 (.4)

Car Wins

-Nissan Versas: 1

-BR Car: 4

  • 2 Chevy Equinoxes
  • 1 maZDA CX-5
  • 1 MINI Convertible

Prize Wedge Wins: 4

Gift Tag Wins: 7

Mystery Wedge Wins: 3

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 12-0

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 7-5

$10K MW was next to LaT: 4

$10K MW was next to $650: 8

Express was Played-Passed: 4-0

-Successes: 4

-Crashes: 0

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 4 (3 on $3,500, 1 on $5,000)

-BR: 1

FP Vowels/Consonants: 18/9

5-Round Games: 10

6-Round Games: 2

$6K FINAL SPINS: 0

Gooseegg Victims: 2

Red Winners: 10

Yellow Winners: 9

Blue Winners: 6

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $15,650

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $113,500 + 1 trip of unknown value

Biggest Bankrupt: $12,000 (Sept. 29)

Top Winning Totals: $66,000 (Oct. 3), $61,230 (Sept. 22), $59,150 (Sept. 27)

Lowest Winning Totals: $15,264 (Oct. 10), $12,600 (Sept. 18)

Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $53,204 (Oct. 3)

Season-High Week: $261,677 (Fall Foliage)

 

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 1
MDBRs: 1

$35K: 6/13

$40K:

$45K:

$50K:

$100K (or $1M): 0/1

CAR: 4/11

WoF Recap: October 13, 2017 — SHUTOUT ALERT #1

EPISODE #6655: SALUTE TO TEXAS

Classic TX Clip (2006 in Dallas): Kamden screams the correct answer of “BIGGER IS BETTER” for a PHRASE Tossup.

$1K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

_ O N _ _ _ R N
C _ T _ L E

Female Parker catches some LONGHORN CATTLE. Final three Texans this week…

Parker Stansel: Texas A&M student from Denton

Nicole Townes: financial institution worker from College Station

David Vaughn: 14-yr. police officer from Marble Falls (orig. from Houston)

$2K Tossup: PROPER NAME

W O _ D _
H A _ _ E L _ O N

Parker IDs WOODY HARRELSON to triple up.

Crossword Round: CRITTERS

All Parker here — she calls up a $1K R pair, three A’s, an M for the $10K Texas wedge, a $1,400 D pair, an O, an $1,800 L trio, three E’s, and a $650 W.

–   (A)(R)(M)(A)(D)(_)(L)(L)(O)
–     –     –    –   (E)    –       ( W )
–          –     –    (E)  –         (L)
(_)(A)(D)(_)(E)(R)

ARMADILLO & BADGER are the remaining TX animals for $14,600 and a new total of $17,600 — PR.

 

Mystery Round: SONG/ARTIST

Nicole’s road to riches begins w/ a $1,400 S pair, two FP A’s, but she can’t capitalize on TD w/ T. Second, David picks off a $3,500 B, a $2,700 Y trio, four L’s for $2,600 more, and three I’s, but the LaT stops him cold in his tracks. Parker then tries to solve after a $1,400 W pair…

A L W A Y S / _ _
_ Y / _ I _ _
B Y / W I L L I _
_ _ L S _ _

“ALWAYS ON MY MIND” BY WILLIE NELSON brings her up to $19K. Four N’s, ma’am… 

SOLE DUD: T (Nicole)
SOLE LaT: David

 

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Here goes David w/ a $900 T, but then N for negative. Parker secondly takes a $700 S, two A’s, a $650 H, a single E, but then the sole dud vowel of I. Nicole thirdly spins her way to a $500 W, four O’s, a $650 K, two U’s, a $650 L, but then the BANKRUPT next to TD to lose $1,300. David then gets the WC w/ a D and uses it on $3,500 to call two R’s and an M. We now have…

W H A T / M O R E
_ O U L D / Y O U
A S K / _ O R ?

WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR? He’s won his first $11K and a trip to the IBEROSTAR Bavaro in Punta Cana of the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $6,850.

DUDS: N (David), I (Parker)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Nicole

Nicole: NO LUCK/David: $17,950 cash & D.R./Parker: $19K

 

$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ _ A K _ _ S T
_ A _ O S

Nicole grabs some BREAKFAST TACOS to finally get on the board.

Round 4: PLACE

All Nicole here — she says four T’s for $2,800, four A’s, two E’s, four N’s for another $2,800, a $1K S pair, three I’s, and a $500 R.

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

…she solves the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION for $6,350 — PR #2.

Nicole: $9,350/David: $17,950 cash & D.R./Parker: $19K

Speed-Up: THING

The last FS this week is set at $1,500. David lights up the C late…

R E S E _ R C _
R E P O R T

…he did his RESEARCH REPORT on playing this game well enough, so he’s won $3K and a spot in Bonusland.

DUDS: N (Nicole), L (David), D (David)

FINAL SCORES
Nicole: $9,350/David: $20,950 cash & D.R./Parker: $19K

GT: $49,300
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,300

Choose your BR path wisely, David…

-PHRASE
-ON THE MAP
-WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

He’s going for the category we haven’t seen all season long — PHRASE.

 

$100K Bonus Round

Before we look at the contents of the P envelope, let’s start this one-liner…

_ _ _ _ L E / _ _

Thinking he knows it already, he goes for BCKU…

_ U _ _ L E / U _

…so much for BUCKLE UP…and it ain’t gonna be DOUBLE UP, either, so we have our first BR SHUTOUT this season. It was HUDDLE UP, and he’s the other $35K loser this week.

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: October 12, 2017

EPISODE #6654: SALUTE TO TEXAS

Classic TX Clip (2006 in Dallas): Vanna talking about cattle

$1K Tossup: PROPER NAME

D _ V Y
C _ _ _ _ _ _ T

Christina IDs folk hero DAVY CROCKETT. Thursday’s trio in order…

Christina Nemry-Zaid: sr. marketing communications specialist who’s a newlywed to Jimmy from Houston

Jean-Anthony Doloir: from San Antonio (his family’s from France)

Sandi Hood: retired community college librarian also from San Antonio

$2K T-U: Phrase

_ / R E _ _
_ _ O _ _ – P L _ _ S _ R

This solve by Sandi is A REAL CROWD-PLEASER.

Round 1: TITLE

All Sandi here — she picks a $1,200 pair of T’s, a $700 R, one A and three I’s to quickly wipe out the vowel shop, and $650 S and N singles. Board…

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

She solves “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” for $2,700, but she could’ve gone on for the G’s and H’s.

PR

 

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Christina first says T for trap on the 1/2 CAR near $600. Second, Jean-Anthony gets that same plate w/ three N’s, one E and two A’s, a $1,200 D pair, a $2,100 R trio, four I’s, three L’s by the Texas by Texans gift tag, and two O’s to clean out the vowels. After an F and two G’s at $600 a pop…

D R I L L I N G / F O R
O I L
A N D / _ I N E G A R

…he’s DRILLING FOR OIL AND VINEGAR for $8,100 cash & GT.

INSTA-DUD: T (Christina)

Christina: $1K/Jean-Anthony: $8,100 cash & GT 1/2 CAR/Sandi: $4,700

 

PP/Express Round: PLACE

Jean-Anthony and Sandi quickly BANKRUPT out (him next to TD to lose his plate, her next to $650). From here, it’s all Christina — she picks off a $650 T, three E’s, a $2,100 R trio, an O, two S’s for the $10K Texas prize (hmm, I wonder why the crew didn’t remove it after R2), a $1,200 pair of N’s, and three I’s. On Vanna’s board now…

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

She’s won $14,200 and a trip to an INCREDIBLE ISLAND RESORT called the Hilton WAIKOLOA VILLAGE in HAWAII worth $7,014.

QUICK BANKRUPTS: 2 (opposition)

Christina: $22,214 cash & HI/Jean-Anthony: $8,100 cash & GT/Sandi: $4,700

 

$3K Tossup: OCCUPATION

R _ _ _ O
_ N N _ _ N _ E R

Christina (as well as yours truly) takes a stab w/ RADIO ANNOUNCERwe’re both wrong.

R _ _ _ O
A N N _ _ N _ E R

Sandi solves RODEO ANNOUNCER.

Round 4: WAYD?

She LaTs out instantaneously. Second for Christina are a $500 T, three A’s, a $600 N, an I, a $5K G, a single E, a $500 R, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to clean her out of $5,850. Jean-Anthony is third in line w/ a $700 S, the other two vowels, but then M for mistake. Sandi then puts up a $1K pair of L’s…

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

…she falls for the MAKING A COURTESY CALL trap, not realizing the M’s a dud. Christina follows w/ a $1K pair of C’s, but then the LaT. Jean-Anthony then inserts the $1,600 Y pair…

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

…he’s PAYING A COURTESY CALL for $1,800.

SOLE DUD: M (Jean-Anthony)
LaTs: 2 (ladies)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Christina
SOLE DQ: Sandi’s missolve

Christina: $22,214 cash & trip/Jean-Anthony: $9,900 cash & GT/Sandi: $7,700

 

Speed-Up: THING

Consonants are worth $1,700 apiece. Two M’s are lit up late…

T H _ / _ N I M _ L
_ I N _ D _ M

Jean-Anthony gets THE ANIMAL KINGDOM for $8,500.

DUDS: R (Sandi), S (Christina), C (Christina), P (Christina)

FINAL SCORES
Christina: $22,214 cash & trip/Jean-Anthony: $18,400 cash & GT/Sandi: $7,700

GT: $48,314
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus plate): $5,850

What will Christina choose from this list?

-EVENT
-FOOD & DRINK
-SHOW BIZ

She would like EVENT.

 

$100K Bonus Round

Christina has the M of AMERICA’S. I know this already…

_ E _ R L _
_ _ S _

…but she WIPES OUT w/ DCPO and won’t be going to a YEARLY BASH in that Ford Edge (third such loss this week). At least she still made Houston proud.

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: October 11, 2017

EPISODE #6653: SALUTE TO TEXAS

Classic TX Clip (May 2001): Tom had this PHRASE to deal with in the BR after choosing MPCI…

I ‘ M / _ E R _
P I C _ _

…he successfully solved “I’M VERY PICKY”.

$1K Tossup: THE 80’s

_ _ _ _ S O _ E
_ O _ _

Female Evan IDs “LONESOME DOVE” by Larry McMurtry. Next three Texans…

Evan Partee: insurance agent worker from New Braunfels

Erik Smith: solar consultant & rideshare co. worker from Austin

Clarissa Spear: office mgr. & real estate agent from Corpus Christi (born in McAllen)

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ F _ – S _ _ V E
_ _ _ / _ R _ _ _

Erik has some SOFT-SERVE ICE CREAM.

Crossword Round: QUITE A PAIR

But he says an instant dud of T. Second, Clarissa calls up a $550 R, but LaTs out. Third, Evan takes $3,600 worth of four S’s, buys two O’s, but runs into the MDW’s left side to lose the $3,350 remainder. Erik’s second turn goes by the wayside courtesy of the BANKRUPT near $650. Clarissa resumes her play w/ a $1K L pair, an E, a $1,400 C pair, two A’s, but then the other MDW BANKRUPT to forfeit $2,450. Evan then puts up a $650 K, a $900 B, a single I, and a $700 N…

–   (L)         (A)
(B)(I)(N)(O)(C)(_)(L)(A)(R)(S)
–  (_)         (E)
–  (S)        (S)(O)(C)(K)(S)

…she gets BINOCULARS and LIPS to triple her grand.

INSTA-DUD: T (Erik)
SOLE LaT: Clarissa
BANKRUPTS: 3 (everybody)

 

Mystery Round: PHRASE

Clarissa gets going w/ a $700 S, three T’s for another $1,800, A and O singles, and an N on the MW near LaT. She risks her $2K remainder…$$$. Next up are three E’s, a $1,950 D trio, a G for the WC, and the last vowel of I. We have…

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

I hope you DON’T GET SIDETRACKED, ma’am — she wasn’t for a PR of $13,950.

$10K SPIN ID: MW6474471

Evan: $3K/Erik: $2K/Clarissa: $13,950

 

PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Evan gets the Heritage gift tag right away w/ a G, buys two I’s, but then S for sorry. Second, Erik picks off the obvious N for the 1/2 CAR near $900, three A’s and an O for his $500, but the other normal BANKRUPT steals his plate. Third in line, Clarissa requests a $1,400 L pair, the last vowel of E, a $1,300 T pair, but then D for dud. Evan then uncovers a $500 R, a W on the now worthless other 1/2 CAR plate, a $500 F, and a $700 H to leave only one letter unexposed…

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

She’s won another $3,450 and will soon be HIKING TO A WATERFALL on a trip to Si Como No in COSTA RICA worth $6,928.

DUDS: S (Evan), D (Clarissa)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Erik

Evan: $13,378 cash & C.R./Erik: $2K/Clarissa: $13,950 WC

 

$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ A _ T _ E _
_ _ C _ N _ _ _ H E Y

Evan IDs actor (and also teacher at his alma mater, UT-Austin) MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY.

Speed-Up: FUN & GAMES

It’s another $1,600 FS. The frontloading Q has been lit up…

Q _ _ R T _ R _ _ _ _
S N _ _ _

Erik gets QUARTERBACK SNEAK for $3,200.

FINAL SCORES
Evan: $16,378 cash & C.R./Erik: $5,200/Clarissa: $13,950

GT: $35,528
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus plate): $5,800

Tonight’s trio of BR topics…

-THING
-CHARACTER
-IN THE KITCHEN

Unfortunately, Evan’s going for THING.

$100K Bonus Round

The R envelope is what she needs to take. Opening layout…

_ / _ _ _ S E _ _ L _
_ _ R _

She’s going for CDMA like Monday night’s champ (and I cringed once she said her vowel…)

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

She gets the top line, but NOT the last word of A HOUSEHOLD WORD, so she doesn’t win $35K.

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: October 10, 2017

EPISODE #6652: SALUTE TO TEXAS

Classic TX Clip (’98): Pat in the final chat stands in front of the “HOUSTON” sign in such a way that the bull’s horns on part of the sign would stick out from his ears

$1K Tossup: QUOTATION

_ _ W / ‘ B _ _ _
T _ _ M / _ _ _ B _ _ S !

Evan takes too long.

_ _ W / ‘ B O _ _
T _ _ M / _ _ _ B _ _ S !

Rosa slowly says the right answer of “HOW ‘BOUT THEM COWBOYS!”. She’s the only female of this TX panel…

Rosa Beachy: co-owner of an outdoor structure store in Waco from Temple

Evan Majors: musician who mostly plays the piano from Austin

Harold Brooks: cross-trainer at restaurant & actor from Plano

$2K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ _ _ _ _ / L E E
J _ _ E _

This is a famous actor from central TX who appeared in films such as “Men In Black” and “Batman Forever”, but Evan blows it w/ JERRY LEE JONES.

_ _ _ M _ / L E E
J _ _ E S

Harold also screws up w/ JIMMY LEE JONES.

_ O M M Y / L E E
J O N E S

Rosa finally gets TOMMY LEE JONES.

Other Gift Tag of the Week: Texas by Texans (a company that makes different treasures of the state)

Round 1: SAME LETTER

She gets into trouble right away w/ the MDW’s right side. Second, Evan picks up the WC w/ a T, buys two E’s, but BANKRUPTs near TD to lose the other half of his $500 and the WC. Third, Harold picks up the $10K Texas wedge w/ two L’s, but next is A for awful. After Rosa says M for mistake, Evan puts up the the SL bonus of the $500 B’s…

B _ _
B E L T
B _ _ _ L E

…he’s won $2,500 towards buying a BIG BELT BUCKLE.

DUDS: A (Harold), M (Rosa)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Rosa and Evan)

 

Mystery Round: EVENT

Evan’s up to bat first w/ a $1,300 pair of N’s, two I’s, but then T for trouble on the 1/2 CAR near $900. Second, Harold LaTs out. Third, Rosa tries a $1,400 pair of L’s, buys two A’s and a U, but loses the $900 remainder to the other normal BANKRUPT. Evan next gets the same MDW BANKRUPT to forfeit $1,050. Harold’s next spins land on $650 — two C’s, three O’s, and two F’s…

A N N U A L
C _ I L I
C O O _ – O F F

…he solves ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF for his first $2,350.

SOLE DUD: T (Evan)
SOLE LaT: Harold
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Harold’s opponents)

 

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Harold and Rosa quickly BANKRUPT back-to-back (him next to $650, her next to TD). Over to Evan who says a $650 T, three E’s, two N’s for the 1/2 CAR he couldn’t get, but then the sole dud vowel of A. Harold follows w/ two FP O’s, an R for the TbT gift tag, a $900 W, the other two good vowels, but then the LaT. Afterwards…

W E ‘ R E / _ E N _ I N _
_ O U / T O / _ I _ I

…Rosa, WE’RE SENDING YOU TO FIJI at the QAMEA Resort & Spa worth $10,064.

SOLE DUD: A (Evan)
SOLE LaT: Harold
QUICK BANKRUPTS: 2 (Harold & Rosa)

Evan: $2,500/Harold: $2,350/Rosa: $13,064 cash & trip

 

$3K Tossup: THE 80’s

_ H O / _ _ O T
J. R . ?

Harold remembers “WHO SHOT J.R?” (from “Dallas).

Round 4: WAYD?

But he and Rosa quickly get the same respective BANKRUPTs they got in the PP round. Evan next plugs in a $2,400 N trio, two I’s, the obvious $500 G, two A’s, E , but then D for dud. Harold resumes his play w/ two FP O’s, a $1,400 pair of T’s, a U, a $1K P pair, but then the LaT. Rosa then puts up a $1,200 R pair, a $500 Y, and a FP B…

E _ M B R A _ I N G / A N
O P P O R T U N I T Y

…she’s EMBRACING AN OPPORTUNITY for $2,200.

SOLE DUD: D (Evan)
SOLE LaT: Harold
INSTANT BANKRUPTS: 2 (same players from PP round)

Evan: $2,500/Harold: $5,350/Rosa: $15,264 cash & trip

Speed-Up: SHOW BIZ

Consonants will be worth $1,800 apiece. One S and two T’s in…

T _ _ T ‘ S / _
_ _ _ _

Evan says “THAT’S A WRAP” for this front game as he earns another $3,600.

FINAL SCORES
Evan: $6,100/Harold: $5,350/Rosa: $15,264 cash & trip

GT: $26,714
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus WC): $2,200

Rosa has these topics to consider…

-PERSON
-PLACE
-WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?

She’s going for WAYW?. Remember, the first $100K loss this season came under this new category.

 

$100K Bonus Round

Rosa’s envelope will be the first A of AMERICA’S. Here are the last two letters of each word…

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

GDHO only gets her the vowel…

_ O _ _ E R
_ _ _ _ E T

NO CHANCE in heck for her to solve BOMBER JACKET, and she also loses the Ford Edge.

MY RATING: 5

WoF Recap: October 9, 2017

This week’s shows will act almost the same as Florida from last season — all contestants are from TX, BUT the featured prizes WON’T be trips to someplace in TX. Also, each episode this week begins with a disclaimer about the theme week that was taped prior to Hurricane Harvey.

EPISODE #6651: SALUTE TO TEXAS

Classic TX Clip (2001): Pat directs Vanna to move on a small map of TX

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ _ _ / L _ _ _
S _ _ _ / _ _ A T E

Brenna knows that TX is nicknamed “THE LONE STAR STATE”. Here are the first three Texans this week…

Brenna Sams: labor/delivery nurse & 5th-generation “WHEEL” Watcher from Houston

Sanders Campbell: oil/gas business worker who attended TCU from Dallas

Nancy Knight-Brown: contract review specialist from Pflugerville

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

_ _ A Y _ N G
_ H _ N _ / T A G

Sanders doesn’t know it.

_ L A Y _ N G
_ H _ N _ / T A G

Brenna was PLAYING PHONE TAG.

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED PRIZE: $10K
Possibly This Week’s Gift Tag: Heritage Boot Co. (it’s based in Austin)

Round 1: FOOD & DRINK

But she wastes a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near $650. From here, it’s all Sanders — three T’s for $1,500, five E’s, a $700 W, an A, an S for the $10K prize wedge, two I’s, a $5K R pair, the last vowel of O, a $1,400 C pair, $550 P and F singles, and an $1,800 pair of H’s.

P I T C H E R / O F
C H I _ _ E _
S W E E T / T E A

This PITCHER OF CHILLED SWEET TEA has served him $18,650!

INSTANT BANKRUPT: Brenna

 

Mystery/Crossword Round: TEXAS _______

1/2 CAR For this Week Only: Ford Fiesta

Already with a big lead, Sanders begins w/ a $7K pair of T’s, triple E’s, a $700 S, a $650 R, two A’s, but then N for negative. Second, Nancy says a dud of M on the Heritage GT. Third, Brenna takes a $1K pair of B’s, buys O and I singles, but the latter is the sole dud vowel of this puzzle. Back to Sanders who lights up a $650 C, the last vowel of U, an H for the WC, a $600 L, but then D for dud. After both women then BANKRUPT back-to-back (former next to TD, latter next to $650 to give back the 5 Benjamins), Sanders puts up a $500 F…

–   (F)    –   –   (T)(O)(A)(S)(T)
–   (L)      –      (E)
(B)(A)(R)(B)(E)(C)(U)(E)
–   (_)     –       (H)

…he gets FLAG for $9,950.

DUDS: N (Sanders), M (Nancy), I (Brenna), D (Sanders)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (women)

Sanders: $28,600 WC/Nancy: ZIP/Brenna: $3K

 

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

First, Nancy gets the MDW’s left side. Second, Brenna uncovers a $900 N, two E’s, an $1,100 T pair, two O’s, and three A’s; those are followed by a $900 S, a $550 Y, but the sole dud vowel of I slows her down again. Third, Sanders picks up the 1/2 CAR near $600 w/ a P, FPs the remaining U, lights up a $1K L pair, and uses his WC to call $3,500 C and W singles. Board at this moment…

A / W O N _ E _ _ U L
P L A C E / T O / S T A Y

…he’s won another $8,500 and A WONDERFUL PLACE TO STAY — The Verandah in ANTIGUA worth $6,860.

SOLE DUD: I (Brenna)
INSTA-BANKRUPT: Nancy

Sanders: $43,960 cash & trip/Nancy: ZILCH/Brenna: $3K

 

$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ A _ / H O _ S T _ N

Brenna sweeps the Tossups after recalling SAM HOUSTON.

Speed-Up: SONG TITLE

It’s a $1,600 FS. On his second turn, Sanders decides to solve instead of picking another consonant following Brenna’s N call…

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

…could’ve gone for the M’s, but he gets Kelly Clarkson’s breakout hit “A MOMENT LIKE THIS” for said FS amount. And yes, that puzzle fits the theme because Kelly’s originally from Fort Worth.

SOLE DUD: R (Nancy)

FINAL SCORES
Sanders: $45,560 cash & trip/Nancy: $1K GOOSEEGG/Brenna: $6K

GT: $52,560
BANKRUPT TRASH: 5 Benjamins

First BR topic list this week…

-PHRASE
-LIVING THING
-AROUND THE HOUSE

He’s going for LIVING THING.

 

$100K Bonus Round

The other Ford vehicle in play this week is a 2018 Edge (I think it might be the Titanium one). The BW stops on the S of SPIN (and as in Sanders). This is a certain type of horse…

_ _ L _
_ R _ N _ _

For the first time this season, somebody’s going for the dreaded CDMA combo…

_ _ L D
_ R _ N C _

WILD BRANCH ain’t gonna work, sir. If he had chosen the O’s, he would’ve caught this WILD BRONCO for the Edge.

MY RATING: 7