WOF Recap: November 28, 2012

EPISODE #5708: SECRET SANTA SWEEPSTAKES

$1,000 Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

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

Don goofs w/ A HANDLE ON THE DISHES.

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

Sarah has A CANDLE IN THE WINDOW. And she’s the only female player competing tonight…

Sarah Ericksen: PTA board member at Weatherstone ES from Cary, NC
Steve Witkowski: USMC corporal stationed at Indian Head Naval Base as a
chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear defense specialist at Chemical Biological Incident Response Force from Alexandria, VA (orig. from Leicester, MA) 
Don Perillo: sales manager at a packaging company from Bethpage, NY
 

$2,000 Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ N _ I _ _ A P O _ I S
_ _ _ T S  


Sarah triple her money w/ the NFL’s INDIANAPOLIS COLTS.

Jackpot Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Sarah strikes out right away w/ the T. Second, Steve takes the MDW w/ an S. A little later, he gets the Wild Card w/ an R. From here, it’s smooth sailing…

C H E C _ I N G
_ _ / _ A I _ _
H O R O S C O P E

…and he solves CHECKING MY DAILY HOROSCOPE for $3,650 plus those cardboard pieces.

SOLE DUD: T (Sarah)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,750

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Steve: $3,650 + WC + MDW
Don: $0
Sarah: $3,000

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Mystery Round: PHRASE

Our early leader, Steve, starts this one w/ a $500 T, a FP A, but then the BANKRUPT nearby to forfeit his starting amount and those cardboard pieces. Second, Don picks up the sears GC w/ an S, buys three E’s and picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $900 w/ triple R’s. His next purchases are three O’s and I for invalid, the only bad one of this puzzle. Third, Sarah says three N’s for the other 1/2 CAR, twin M’s for $1,100… 

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


…and this is MORE FUN THAN A BARREL OF MONKEYSher adding another $2,600 to her score.

SOLE DUD: I (Don)
BANKRUPT: Steve



Pre-Round 3 Scores
Steve: $3,650
Don: $0
Sarah: $5,600 + 1/2 CAR


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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: EVENT

Trying to get on the board, Don‘s first w/ a T at the end of the second word, but then the LAT. Afterwards, it’s all Sarah (she decides to pass up the chance at the smart car)…

E N _ _ _ I N G
_ _ E _ _ _ _ _ T
I N / _ E _


She pockets another $2,500 and will be ENJOYING BREAKFAST IN BAD at The Buccaneer Hotel in ST. CROIX worth $7,800; that’s a $10,300 round for her.

LAT: Don

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Steve: $3,650
Don: lump of coal alert
Sarah: $15,900 cash and St. Croix


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$3,000 Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ O M A _ _ I C
_ O M E _ _

Sarah sweeps the Tossups w/ ROMANTIC COMEDY.

Round 4: THE 80’s

Her opening letters are two N’s and one E. Following that are three straight singles (E, T and H) and the BANKRUPT next to $650, costing her $1,300. Second, Steve says S for strikeout. Third, Don puts up an obvious G and buys the O. Towards the end, he takes a $5K M…

D O I N G / T H E
M O O N _ A L _


…and he’s DOING THE MOONWALK made popular by the late Michael Jackson to finally get on the board w/ $6,150!

SOLE DUD: S (Steve)
BANKRUPT: Sarah


Heading into R5
Steve: $3,650
Don: $6,150
Sarah: $18,900 cash and St. Croix

Round 5: FICTIONAL CHARACTER (full $1,900 speed-up)

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

Sarah quickly solves CONAN THE BARBARIAN for $5,700.

SOLE DUD: S (Don)

FINAL SCORES
Steve: $3,650
Don: $6,150
Sarah: $24,600 cash and St. Croix

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $34,400  
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $1,800

STEVE’S PARTNER: TS5135605 (Tracy S.)
DON’S PARTNER: SL3846455 (Sandra L.)


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$100,000 Bonus Round
Here come the I envelope in WIN for this lady.


Category: PHRASE
Not much RSTLNE help…


_ _ _ _
_ _ L _ _ E


DMGA isn’t that bad of a combination…

_ _ G _
_ _ L _ M E

After five seconds of silence, she’ll be screaming w/ delight at a HIGH VOLUME, because she’s another owner of the Audi A4 ($39,870 package)! She’s driving out w/ $64,470 cash and prizes!


SARAH’S PARTNER: TB9148228 (Tamika B.)

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WOF Recap: November 27, 2012

EPISODE #5707: SECRET SANTA SWEEPSTAKES (WK. 2)

$1,000 Tossup: FUN AND GAMES

_ X _ H A N _ I N G
G _ F T S

Erica knows about EXCHANGING GIFTS. Let’s talk to the lady down at the end first…

Erica Echeverria: engaged to Marine who proposed while swimming w/ dolphins, full-time graduate student and therapeutic staff support worker for autistic children from Scranton, PA
Jesse Meyen: 6th and 7th grade math teacher at Hawthorne ES in Beverly Hills from Los Angeles (orig. from Slayton, MN)
Nan Hill: sales associate/cashier from Pendleton, OR

$2,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ L A S
_ _ X _ _

Jesse locates DALLAS, TEXAS.

Jackpot Round: THE 90’s

Jesse leads off w/ a $700 T before BANKRUPTING near the sears wedge. Second, Nan takes $5K worth of N’s and uses some of that to buy four E’s and an A, but she LOSES A TURN after putting up an L. Third, Erica picks up the Wild Card w/ two S’s. She follows up w/ an I, three R’s, and an M for miss. Jesse next picks up the AmazingClubs.com gift tag w/ a C and inserts two G’s (a null cycle was edited out before he chose that consonant; the Jackpot prematurely jumped to $12,150) before we look at…

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

He solves GEORGE CLOONEY STARS IN “ER” (he had to back up after trying to add IN before STARS) for $3,100 cash and gift tag.

SOLE DUD: M (Erica)
BANKRUPT: Jesse
LAT: Nan
UNCLAIMED “AIRED” JACKPOT: $12,950 (would’ve ended at $11,900)

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Jesse: $5,100 cash and GT
Nan: $0
Erica: $1K + WC

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Nan’s first consonants this round are three T’s and a single R. Soon enough, she loses her turn w/ the L. Second, Erica picks up the 1/2 CAR near $450 w/ a D, but the MDW’s left side forces her to give up the $500 and both of her cardboard pieces. Third, Jesse says an S and F for flunk. Nan restarts w/ an M, two C’s, and three O’s, but the same MDW BANKRUPT takes away the leftover $3K. After Erica hits the same normal BANKRUPT as Jesse, said red player puts up triple P’s…

C O M P _ T E R / A N _
P O T A T O
C _ _ P S

…and solves COMPUTER AND POTATO CHIPS for $1,350.

DUDS: L (Nan), F (Jesse)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (both women; Erica 2x)

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Jesse: $6,450 cash and gift card
Nan: $0
Erica: $1K

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

Erica begins this crucial round w/ an S and R for roadblock. Coming down Jesse’s alley second are two T’s and H’s, the latter of which gives him the 1/2 CAR near $900. But after his purchase of two I’s and three E’s, the BANKRUPT that he got before takes the smart car out of play and costs him $1,200. Third, Nan says two N’s, but then C for crap out while on the MDW. Erica next hits Jesse’s BANKRUPT for the second time this game (also her third overall) to give back $600 whereas Jesse says B for bad, so we’re coming right back to Nan. She puts up an L but then A for awful. Erica’s back in control again…

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

Taking a vacation is one of THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE, and Erica solves this puzzle for $750 and a $6K hotwire.com trip the La Paz Waterfall Gardens in COSTA RICA.

DUDS: R (Erica), C (Nan), B (Jesse), A (Nan)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Jesse, Erica)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Jesse: $6,450 cash and gift card
Nan: $0
Erica: $8,750 cash and C.R.

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$3,000 Tossup: FOOD AND DRINK

_ _ B _ S C O
_ _ _ _ _

Jesse takes back the lead at $9,450 w/ a quick solve of TABASCO SAUCE.

Round 4: PEOPLE

First from Jesse’s mouth are four N’s and two A’s, but it’s Speed-Up Mode time…

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

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

A _ N _ S / _ N C _ _ S
A N D / C _ _ S _ N S

Jesse remembers his AUNTS, UNCLES AND COUSINS for $6,250.

SOLE DUD: R (Erica)

FINAL SCORES
Jesse: $15,700 cash and GT
Nan: $1K lump of coal

Erica: $8,750 cash and C.R.

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $25,450
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding cardboard): $6K

NAN’S PARTNER: SW9296335 (Samantha W.)
ERICA’S PARTNER: FF4565729 (Farah F.)

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Jesse’s envelope comes from the &.

Category: PHRASE
Here’s how we begin…

_ _ N ‘ T / _ _ _ E
_ _ / _ _ _ E

CDMA won’t do much…

D _ N ‘ T / _ _ _ E
_ _ / _ _ _ E

DON’T GIVE UP HOPE now, Jesse…but he does, so he loses $30K and is sent home w/ $15,700.

LAST SPIN ID OF THE NIGHT: LD6572224 (Linda D.)

Stats Thru Week 10 (November 19, 2012)

Below is an example of what my weekly statistics for Season 30 looks like after 10 weeks of shows. I’ve started to do these weekly reports since the beginning of this season.

Total this Week: $332,868
Total for the Season: $2,609,889
BR Win Record: 23-27 (.460)
Total Car Wins: 7
-1/2 Car: 3
-BR Car: 5
$100,000 Wins-Losses: 2-2
$1M Bonus Rounds: 3
Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR SHUTOUTS: 1
Prize Wedge Wins: 11
Gift Tag Wins: 12
Jackpot Wins: 6
Mystery Wedge Wins: 2
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 5-11
Mystery $10K was on $700: 13
Mystery $10K was on $300: 7
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 16-4
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 3 (1 on $900, 1 on $2500, 1 on $3500)
BR: 4
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 24/14/0
5-Round Games: 9
6-Round Games: 1
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 3
Gooseegg Victims: 7
Red Winners: 23
Yellow Winners: 12
Blue Winners: 15
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $19,400* / 1 Wild Card / 1 1/2 CAR tag
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $284,285* / 13 Wild Cards / 13 1/2 CAR tags / 3 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupts: $27,100 (Sept. 24); $15,680* (Sept. 27); $15,000 (Nov. 16)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $40,100*+ � Car (Sept. 24); $28,200* (Nov. 16); $22,680*+ MDW (Sept. 27)
Highest-Winning Totals: $137,250 (Nov. 21), $129,600 (Oct. 17), $68,700 (Sept. 21), $68,970 (Nov. 19)
Lowest-Winning Totals: $11,583 (Nov. 22), $12,634 (Oct. 23), $13,000 (Sept. 26)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $54,380 (Oct. 10); $52,390 (Oct. 19); $51,465 (Nov. 20)
Lowest Maingame Winnings: $15,350 (Oct. 4); $17,964 (Nov. 6), $18,470 (Nov. 1)
Season-High Week: $373,390 (Week #5: Southern Hospitality)
Season-Low Week: $151,104 (Week #6: Teachers Week)

*Includes prizes

WOF Recap: November 26, 2012

Well, I’ve caught up pretty quickly to where we are in this season since the launch of my site almost two weeks ago. 

EPISODE #5706: SECRET SANTA SWEEPSTAKES (WK. 2)

$1,000 Tossup: PHRASE

I / _ _ N / K _ _ P
A / _ _ C _ _ _

Dave says “I CAN KEEP A SECRET”. The opening players this week are all from the South (it would have been really something if they were on “Southern Hospitality”)…

Dave Willetts: maintenance technician at a hotel from Asheboro, NC (orig. from Kent, England); he’s lived in the U.S. for 33 yrs.
Jill Crane: engineer (she recently got a degree) and works for a company where she travels around the world from Clemson, SC
Casey Duhart: online 6th and 7th grade language arts teacher from Knoxville, TN

$2,000 Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

K N I T _ I _ G
_ E _ _ _  E S

Casey avoids getting punctured by these KNITTING NEEDLES.

Jackpot Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Casey gets off to a fast $7,500 start w/ three N’s. Later, she picks up the Wild Card w/ two R’s. After buying the last vowel of O…

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

…she’s HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION w/ another $10,200.

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,200

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Casey: $12,200 + WC
Dave: $1K
Jill: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE AND AFTER

Dave strikes out right away w/ the T. Second, Jill spots two R’s, a FP S and a $3,500 N. But following her E and A purchases is L for loss of turn. Third, Casey lands on the MW next to the MDW and calls an M. Surprisingly, she doesn’t risk her WC (bad move, that was  the $10K one). It doesn’t matter, though, as she next says D for dud. Back in control, Dave lights up four P’s and a W for the Lobster Gram gift tag. Board at this point…

W R A P P _ N _
P A P E R
_ A M

He avoids causing a WRAPPING PAPER JAM for $3,100 cash and food.

DUDS: T (Dave), L (Jill), D (Casey)

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Casey: $12,200 + WC
Dave: $4,100 cash and lobster
Jill: $0

Dave Annable of “666 Park Avenue” gives his greeting before the second commercial break.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: SAME LETTER

Early on, the scoreless Jill spots the SL of three S’s for $2,400. Much later, she picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $450 w/ a K. But after a lot of work, the D fails a lady for the second round in a row. Moving on, Casey takes a T, but then BANKRUPTS on the MDW’s right side to fork over $900 and the WC. Dave spingles for a $550 B…

S _ I _
S N O R K E L
S U N B A T _ E

…and yells SWIM, SNORKEL, SUNBATHE for a $5,700 hotwire.com trip to the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in ST. THOMAS; he’s closed the gap on Casey w/ a $6,250 round.

SOLE DUD: D (Jill)
BANKRUPT: Casey

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Casey: $12,200
Dave: $10,350 cash and goodies
Jill: gooseegg alert

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$3,000 Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ A _ _ _ Y
D _ _ _ _ _

Jill quickly gets help from her FAMILY DOCTOR to finally get on the board.

Round 4: FOOD AND DRINK

It’s all Jill this round…

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

She eats some ORANGES AND TANGERINES for $5,950.

PERFECT ROUND #2!

Going into R5
Casey: $12,200
Dave: $10,350 cash and goodies
Jill: $8,950

Round 5: THINGS

After Casey starts w/ five S’s for $3K, it’s Speed-Up time…

_ _ _ _ _ S S
_ _ S S _ _ _ _ _ T _ _ S

…and the Final Spin is set at $1,900.

_ _ _ L _ S S
_ _ S S _ _ _ L _ T _ _ S

Dave wins $3,800 and the game w/ ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES.

FINAL SCORES
Casey: $12,200
Dave: $14,150 cash and prizes
Jill: $8,950

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $35,300
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH (WC not included): $900

CASEY’S PARTNER: KT0285855 (Kellie Ann T.)
JILL’S PARTNER: SM9016559 (Stefanie M.)

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Our Englishman has landed on the A of GAME in the hunt for more American dollars and/or that German automobile.

Category: THING
We open up w/ the following…

S _ _ _ _ _
T _ _ E N

PGHA doesn’t do much…

S _ _ _ A _
T _ _ E N

…and he only gets the second word. This SUBWAY TOKEN would’ve been redeemable for $40K, so he’s out w/ $14,150 cash and prizes.

HIS AT-HOME PARTNER: JH9988610 (Jeannie H.)

WOF Recap: November 23, 2012

EPISODE #5705: SECRET SANTA SWEEPSTAKES (WK. 1)

We’ve given away $294,918 so far on the first week of SSS #2, although we would’ve been guaranteed to set a new season-high had Pam Loftis not blown her $100K bonus puzzle.

$1,000 Tossup: THING

_ Y / _ _ V _ R I _ E
_ _ O _

Erin says that “Wheel” is MY FAVORITE SHOW on TV. Here’s our final panel of the week…

Erin DeFazio: cardiothoracic surgery physician assistant from Pittsburgh
Russell Hollis: law student at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a local government office worker from Indianapolis
Kathy Mansfield: librarian at Heritage ES and published poet (she just published her first book) from Simpson, KY

$2,000 Tossup: THE 70’s

D I S C O
_ _ _ _ _ _ G

Erin’s two for two w/ DISCO DANCING.

Jackpot Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Erin gets going w/ three N’s for $1,200, but then BANKRUPT next to the sears gift certificate. Afterwards, it’s all Russell…

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

He’s EATING THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS for $3,050.

BANKRUPT: Erin
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,300

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Russell: $3,050
Kathy: $0
Erin: $3K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE AND AFTER

After a null cycle gets edited out at the start, Russell picks two N’s and R’s for an initial $1,900 deposit. He buys some vowels before picking up the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ three F’s and purchasing the leftover I’s. Next is a D for the sears spree, H and T singles, and a look at this…

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

This IMAGINARY FRIEND OF THE FAMILY adds $9,200 cash and GC to his overall total.

*TECHNICAL* PERFECT ROUND!

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Russell: $12,250 cash and SS + 1/2 CAR
Kathy: $0
Erin: $3K

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: FUN AND GAMES

Kathy finally gets her shot. She begins w/ a $550 T but then runs into the same BANKRUPT that was hit before. Erin secondly spots two S’s for $7K, a few vowels, three N’s, but nothing more from a B. Third, Russell FPs an O, adds two L’s, and closes down the vowel shop (two I’s and three U’s) before giving up the leftover $500 and his plate to the other normal BANKRUPT. Next, Kathy picks up the Omaha Steaks gift tag w/ three G’s, FPs twin H’s, and leaves only one letter remaining of this puzzle that reads like this…

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

She’ll be CRUISING THROUGH JUNGLE CANALS, because she’s won $4,700 cash and food plus the $5,500 caravan.com TOUR OF PANAMA; that puts her on the board w/ $10,200 cash and tour.

SOLE DUD: B (Erin)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Kathy, Russell)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Russell: $12,250 cash and SS
Kathy: $10,200 cash and prizes
Erin: $3K

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$3,000 Tossup: PHRASE

D _ _ _ S I O _ S
D E C _ S I _ N S

Sorry Erin, but there’s no such thing as DELICIOUS DECISIONS.

D E _ _ S I O _ S
D E C _ S I _ N S

Kathy says “DECISIONS, DECISIONS” to take the lead away from Russell ($13,200).

Round 4: AROUND THE HOUSE (full $1,900 speed-up)

B _ B B L _
B _ T H

Kathy will have a BUBBLE BATH after solving this puzzle for $9,500 and the win!

(NOTE: There weren’t any aired duds, but a null cycle was cut after Kathy made the first pick of T.)

FINAL SCORES
Russell: $12,250 cash and spree
Kathy: $22,700 cash and prizes
Erin: $3K

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $37,950
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH (plate not included): $2,250

RUSSELL’S PARTNER: MS2561704 (Marion S.) 
ERIN’S PARTNER: GH1215792 (Gary H.)

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Like last night’s grand prize loser, Kathy stops on the I of SPIN, so we know the big one’s out of the picture.

Category: PHRASE
Her RSTLNE help…

 _ _ T E / _ _ _ R
T _ N _ _ E

DHCA strikes out completely, so she’s done w/ $22,700 cash and prizes (she though the first word was VOTE). You would probably BITE YOUR TONGUE after seeing that she would’ve been the other Audi winner of this week.

KATHY’S PARTNER: CM09680 (Cheryl M.)

Despite not setting a new weekly season-high total, we gave away a respectable $332,868 on the first week of SSS!

WOF Recap: Thanksgiving 2012

If you didn’t catch the previous episode, you missed out on something very exciting — Elaine S. won $137,250 cash and shopping spree thanks to the huge effort by Cat Deobler! With that, Cat is now the fourth-highest one-day winner of all time! Will the Thanksgiving episode be just as exciting? Let’s find out.

EPISODE #5704: SECRET SANTA SWEEPSTAKES (WK. 1)

$1,000 Tossup: EVENT

_ _ R V _ _ _ / T _ E
_ _ R _ _ _

Michelle knows well enough about CARVING THE TURKEY. These three hope to have a big fat wallet by the time this game’s over…

Michelle Stewart: salon coordinator, makeup artist, jewelry maker and Lakers fan from Santa Monica
Pam Loftis: registered nurse and adjunct instructor at Kanawha Valley Technical Community College from Charleston, WV
Frank Pupa: database engineer at a large insurance company from Wall, NJ

$2,000 Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ / A S
A / F I _ _ _ E

Frank is FIT AS A FIDDLE, so he’ll spin first.

Jackpot Round: OCCUPATION

Frank’s off to a $2,700 start courtesy of three T’s; he follows that up w/ a Jackpot N, two E’s, but then the MDW’s right-side BANKRUPT to hand over $2,950. We come back to him immediately after Michelle LOSES A TURN and Pam strikes out w/ a D. He puts up a $300 R but then BANKRUPTS near $2,500. Michelle next picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $900 w/ four S’ and adds a $300 L (she was this close to landing on the other plate), but says I for invalid; that’s the only bad vowel of this puzzle. Pam tacks on the frontloading C for the Wild Card. Soon enough…

C O M _ _ T E R
S _ S T E M S
A N A L _ S T

…she solves COMPUTER SYSTEMS ANALYST for $1,200.

DUDS: D (Pam), I (Michelle)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both by Frank)
LAT: Michelle
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,050

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Pam: $1,200 + WC
Frank: $2K
Michelle: $1K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE AND AFTER

Michelle’s up first w/ a T but then her second LAT landing of the night. Second, Pam can’t find any R’s. Third, Frank inserts an N and a $3,500 H. After some work, however, is M for miss. Michelle strikes out w/ a C, allowing Pam to narrow things down to this…

L A D I E S ‘
N I G H T
_ _ L

She pictures a LADIES’ NIGHT OWL for $1,650.

DUDS: R (Pam), M (Frank), C (Michelle)
LAT: Michelle

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Pam: $2,850 + WC
Frank: $2K
Michelle: $1K

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: SONG LYRICS

Pam instantly gives up that WC to the same MDW BANKRUPT. Second, Frank picks up the See’s Candies package w/ three T’s, buys a trio of O’s, but says N for nothing. Third, Michelle hits the roadblock of R. Pam next picks up the other available 1/2 CAR tag w/ an L, buys four I’s…

I / L I _ _ / T O
_ O _ _ / I T
_ O _ _ / I T

…and solves “I LIKE TO MOVE IT, MOVE IT” (the theme song for the “Madagascar” movie series) for the leftover $250 and a hotwire.com trip to the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort in ARUBA worth $6,633 for a total of $6,8883 that round.

DUDS: N (Frank), R (Michelle)
BANKRUPT: Pam

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Pam: $9,733 cash and Aruba
Frank: $2K
Michelle: $1K

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$3,000 Tossup: PROPER NAME

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

Michelle quickly sacks the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS to multiply her $1K by four.

Round 4: THINGS

First from Pam are four S’s and N for nada. Second, Pam says the SL of two T’s for $1K, four E’s, and two R’s before we see…

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

These TIMELESS TREASURES are worth another $1,850 to this woman.

SOLE DUD: N (Michelle)

Going into R5
Pam: $11,583 cash and Aruba
Frank: $2K
Michelle: $4K

Round 5: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Trying to add onto her comfortable lead, Pam puts up a $650 N, but Pat will be taking control of that wheel…

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

…and the leftover consonants are worth $1,800 each. Pam requests the backloading S….

_ _ _ _ _ N G / _ _ R
_ _ _ _ S

…but she flubs twice w/ PACKING OUR BAGS and TAKING OUR BAGS, likely costing her $4,250. Frank’s next w/ the first letter of his name…

_ _ _ _ _ N G / F _ R
_ _ _ _ S

PACKING FOR TRIPS is definitely wrong. After both ladies miss w/ C and D respectively, Frank says the L to give him a bank of $3,600…

_ L _ _ _ N G / F _ R
_ _ _ _ S

…and he finally realizes that he’s PLAYING FOR KEEPS.

DUDS (all after the bell): T (Frank), C (Michelle), D (Pam)
DQs: 3 missolves (Pam 2x, Frank)

FINAL SCORES
Pam: $11,583 cash and trip
Frank: $5,600
Michelle: $4K

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $21,183
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH (disregarding WC): $3,250

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Pam lands on that I of SPIN.

Category: THING
This shouldn’t be too hard to solve…

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

DBCI adds two of the key vowel…

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

She BLOWS IT w/ FIRST ECLIPSE, and Pat has the the FIRST GLIMPSE of what she could’ve won…

…HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS — SINCE WE HAVE THE FIRST-EVER INSTANCE OF BACK-TO-BACK GRAND PRIZE LANDINGS, SHE’S THE SECOND $100,000 LOSER OF THE SEASON AND IS NOW ITS LOWEST-WINNING PLAYER WITH $11,583 CASH AND TRIP. What an unbelievable night this was.

LAST SPIN ID OF THE NIGHT: JS0049580 (Julia S.)

WOF Recap: November 21, 2012

EPISODE #5703: SECRET SANTA SWEEPSTAKES (WK. 1)

$1,000 Tossup: SONG TITLE

_ ‘ _ / _
_ _ _ _ E _ E R

Frankie solves The Monkees’ (and later Smash Mouth’s) “I’M A BELIEVER”. Here’s the lowdown on this man and the female competition, both of whom are teachers…

Frankie Creel: telephone system operator training for a triathlon from Boiling Springs, SC
Cat Deobler: Mulholland MS teacher who has a non-profit theater company called Creative Differences from Valley Village, CA (born in L.A.)
Carrie Tinsley: Wilson Central HS English teacher and yearbook adviser from Mt. Juliet, TN

$2,000 Tossup: THINGS

_ H O _ T I _ G
_ T A _ _

Cat spots these SHOOTING STARS for first control of the wheel.

Jackpot Round: FOOD AND DRINK

Early on, Cat calls two T’s for $5K and two H’s for the 1/2 CAR near $350. Later, she’s picked up the sears wedge w/ four S’s and lit up two M’s while on Jackpot…

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

…set off those fireworks for the sixth time this season, Mr. Corwin — she eats some GREEN BEANS WITH SAUTEED MUSHROOMS for $20,850 (including a $10,200 pot) and the sears shopping spree for a total of $25,850 that round!

MAJOR PERFECT ROUND!

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Frankie: $1K
Cat: $27,850 cash and spree + 1/2 CAR
Carrie: $0

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Mystery Round: RHYME TIME

With a daunting task on her hands, Carrie first puts up three V’s for the Omaha Steaks gift tag but then BANKRUPTS next to $650 to lose $2,500 cash and steaks. Second, Frankie inserts the first letters of the first two words (W first, then C), three C’s, but then gets the same BANKRUPT to forfeit $3,800. Third, Cat wants to save her plate for the next round of play…

C _ _ L _ ‘ V _
W _ _ L _ ‘ V _
_ _ _ _ L _ ‘ V _

She’s right w/ “COULD’VE, WOULD’VE, SHOULD’VE” for the house minimum.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Carrie, Frankie)

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Frankie: $1K
Cat: $28,850 cash and spree + 1/2 CAR
Carrie: $0

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

Frankie leads off w/ T and L singles, two S’s, but then a bad vowel of O. Second, our big leader spots twin R’s, four E’s and two N’s for the other available 1/2 CAR plate. But after closing the vowel shop, she painfully LOSES A TURN. Oh man. Carrie then takes a stab at this…  

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

She’ll be saying something like this — “NEVER IN MY WILDEST DREAMS did I think I would finally win something after Cat cleaned up in the first round”. Her $6K hotwire.com trip is to the Makena Beach & Golf Resort in MAUI.

SOLE DUD: O (Frankie)
LAT: Cat

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Frankie: $1K
Cat: $28,850 cash and spree
Carrie: $6K Hawaiian trip

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$3,000 Tossup: THE 70’s

T _ _ / V _ _ L _ _ E
_ _ _ _ _ _

These guys are known for the song “Y.M.C.A.”, and Cat knows that they’re THE VILLAGE PEOPLE for a new total of $31,850!

Round 4: EVENT

Cat does most of the work before saying L for loss of turn. Carrie then lights up two B’s and a R…

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

…before BREAKING THE WISHBONE for $1,500.

SOLE DUD: L (Cat)

Heading into R5
Frankie: $1K
Cat: $31,850 cash and spree
Carrie: $7,500 Hawaiian trip

Round 5: AROUND THE HOUSE

Carrie falls for the T trap right away. Second for Frankie are two S’s and a non-existing L. Here’s what the board looks like for Speed-Up mode…

_ _ S _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ S

…the leftover consonants are worth $1,800 each. Cat says the M as the starting letter of the second word…

_ _ S H _ _ N
M _ _ _ _ _ N _ S

…she gets FASHION MAGAZINES for another $5,400!

DUDS BEFORE SPEED-UP: T (Carrie), L (Frankie)
SOLE DUD AFTER THE BELL: C (Frankie)

FINAL SCORES
Frankie: $1K
Cat: $37,250 cash and spree
Carrie: $7,500 Hawaiian trip

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $45,750
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH: $6,350 cash and food

FRANKIE’S SPIN ID: AK1723547 (Angie K.)
CARRIE’S SPIN ID: RH6020698 (Ruth H.)

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Cat lands on that G.

Category: THING
Here’s a pair of something to kick off this board…

_ _ _ N 
_ _ N _

CDMA gives her…

C _ _ N
_ A N _

…she nails it quickly and will be adding this to her COIN BANK


…THE BIG ONE OF $100,000 (second such win this season)!!!!!! THAT MEANS SHE’S YOUR NEW TOP WINNER OF THIS SEASON WITH $137,250 CASH AND SS, WHICH IS ALSO THE FOURTH-HIGHEST ONE-DAY WINNINGS OF ALL TIME!!! Outstanding job, Cat! Let’s not forget that $157,500 is the new total of Rebuilding Together!

 HER VERY HAPPY PARTNER: ES00768 (Elaine S.)

WOF Recap: November 20, 2012

EPISODE #5702: SECRET SANTA SWEEPSTAKES (WK. 1)

$1,000 Tossup: THING

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

Tim says that this show is AN AMERICAN TRADITION. Tuesday’s trio…

Tim Bradshaw: structural engineer for a Midwest firm from Louisville, KY
Megan Shipley: architectural firm designer who plays in a competitive pool league from Knoxville, TN
Theresa Wright: minister at Mt. Zion Baptist church and HRD (human resources development) instructor at a technical community college from Greensboro, NC

$2,000 Tossup: EVENT

S _ _ O N D
H O N _ _ _ O _ N

Theresa would love to go on a SECOND HONEYMOON if she wins a trip to somewhere.

Jackpot Round: FOOD AND DRINK

First, Theresa calls T and R singles and FPs three E’s. After some work, however, she gets stopped by the sole dud vowel of O. Second, Tim lights up two $800 W’s and buys the last vowel of U. Towards the end, he picks up the sears gift certificate w/ two M’s…

P U M P _ I _
P I E / W I T H
W H I P P E _ / _ R E A M

…and eats a PUMPKIN PIE WITH WHIPPED CREAM for $10,850 cash and shopping spree.

SOLE DUD: O (Theresa)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,950

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Megan: $0
Theresa: $2K
Tim: $11,850 cash and SS

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Mystery Round: PERSON

The starting consonants from Tim are an N and a two R’s for $7K. Following his purchase of five E’s and two A’s, he hits top dollar two more times and takes a G and two S’s. He dominates…

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

…and solves A DETECTIVE SEARCHING FOR CLUES for $17,250!

PERFECT ROUND!

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Megan: $0
Theresa: $2K
Tim: $29,100 cash and SS

We hear a greeting from Helio Castroneves before going into a crucial round for the ladies.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

Megan instantly hits the roadblock of R. Second, Theresa puts up twin T’s for $700 before LOSING A TURN. Third, Tim makes two H’s and some vowels appear, but he too gets the LAT. A couple letters later, Megan picks up the WC and the 1/2 CAR next to $350 w/ M and D, respecitvely. But after a lot of work, she strikes out w/ the P. After Theresa BANKRUPTS near $650 to lose her starting amount, Tim captures three B’s and L’s for $4,200…

S O M E B O D _
I N _ L A T E / T H E
B E A _ H / B A L L

SOMEBODY INFLATE THE BEACH BALL for this man — he’s won another $5,300 and a hotwire.com trip to The Westin ST. MAARTEN Dawn Beach Resort & Spa worth $8,265 for a total of $13,565 that round!

DUDS (both by Megan): R, P
BANKRUPT: Theresa
LATs: 2 (Theresa,Tim)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores 
Megan: WC
Theresa: $2K
Tim: $42,665 cash and prizes

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$3,000 Tossup: THE 80’s

_ / W A N T
_ _ / M T _

Megan says “I WANT MY MTV” to finally get off the schneid.

Round 4: RHYME TIME

At the start, Megan has been let down by the R for the second straight round. Second in line, Theresa inserts three S’s and three E’s before we go into Speed-Up mode w/ the following…

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

…and the remaining consonants are worth the second-best of $1,900. Following her bad N call, the big leader requests two of the first letter of his name…

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

…and says HASTE MAKES WASTE for another $3,800!

SOLE DUD BEFORE FINAL SPIN: R (Megan)
SOLE DUD AFTERWARDS: N (Theresa)

FINAL SCORES
Megan: $3K
Theresa: $2K
Tim: $46,465 cash and prizes (NEW SEASON-HIGH!)

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $51,465
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH: $700

MEGAN’S SPIN ID: CS8497689 (Chiquita S.)
THERESA’S SPIN ID: CE3357736 (Cheryl E.)  


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$100,000 Bonus Round
Tim takes the A envelope of GAME.

Category: EVENT
First up in this puzzle…

_ _ _ _ E _
T _ _ R

CDPO should be enough…

_ _ _ D E D
T O _ R

…but he only gets the second word of GUIDED TOUR and he loses the $40K. He departs w/ $6,465 more than that.

TIM’S SPIN ID: VP6959237 (Vanessa P.)

WOF Recap: November 19, 2012 (Start of Secret Santa Sweepstakes #2)

EPISODE #5701: SECRET SANTA SWEEPSTAKES (WK. 1)

$1,000 Tossup: PHRASE

E V _ _ _ B O _ Y
_ I _ S

Mike says that EVERYBODY WINS during this sweepstakes period. The first three Secret Santas of the season are…

Mike Leach: UCLA graduate student studying film producing/screenwriting from L.A. (orig. from El Dorado Hills, CA); in addition, he was part of an undergraduate Loyola Marymount dodgeball team that went undefeated in all three seasons he played for them
Jackie Abner: Port of Miami worker from Miami, FL
Jennifer Herman: West Scranton HS special education teacher from Scranton, PA

$2,000 Tossup: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

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

Jennifer’s SETTING THE DINNER TABLE to start the first round.

FEATURED PRIZE (available during this two-week period): $5K sears shopping spree
1/2 CAR: smart car

Jackpot Round: SAME NAME

Jennifer gets the obvious AND out of the way first, but then says T for terrible while on the MDW. Second, Mike takes a $550 R and the only bad vowel of E. Third, Jackie FPs said dud vowel and keeps on going till we see…

B _ _ _ A L O / A N D
D O L L A R
B I L L S

She solves BUFFALO AND DOLLAR BILLS for $5,550.

DUDS: T (Jennifer), E (Mike)
DQ: Jackie’s E repeat
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,050

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Jennifer: $2K
Mike: $1K
Jackie: $5,550

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Mystery Round: FOOD AND DRINK

Early on, the man in the middle gets $7K w/ two D’s and buys all of the available vowels in one fell swoop. He follows that up w/ two T’s and S’s…

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

…and gets a $10,150 serving of MASHED POTATOES AND GRAVY.

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Jennifer: $2K
Mike: $11,150
Jackie: $5,550

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: THINGS

Jackie strangely begins this round w/ a D, and that’s a dud. Second, Jennifer nabs four T’s and two S’s, giving her a bank of $4,400. Shortly after that, she BANKRUPTS near top dollar to forfeit $6,850. Afterwards, it’s all Mike…

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

He’s won another $1,300 and will receive some REJUVENATING SPA TREATMENTS on a $6,900 hotwire.com trip to the Smugglers Cove Resort in ST. LUCIA; that’s an $8,200 round for this man.

SOLE DUD: D (Jackie)
BANKRUPT: Jennifer

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Jennifer: $2K
Mike: $19,350 cash and St. Lucia
Jackie: $5,550

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$3,000 Tossup: PLACE

H U N _ I N G
L _ D _ E

Mike takes the three grand from this HUNTING LODGE to go over the $22K mark.

Round 4: PEOPLE

First from Mike are four $700 S’s, two E’s, three A’s, and a look at this…

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

He quickly solves ACTORS AND ACTRESSES for $2,300.

PERFECT ROUND #2!

Going into R5  
Jennifer: $2K
Mike: $24,650 cash and St. Lucia
Jackie: $5,550

Round 5: EVENT

Jackie’s first letters are R and E singles, an I via FP, but then S for strikeout. Second, Jennifer gets the same BANKRUPT she got from the PP Round. Third, Mike sees three T’s and the leftover A’s appear…

T A I _ _ A T E
_ A R T _

He’ll throw a TAILGATE PARTY w/ another $1,850 in his pockets. And for the first time this season, we’ll have a 10-puzzle episode!

SOLE DUD: S (Jackie)
BANKRUPT: Jennifer

Heading into R6
Jennifer: $2K
Mike: $26,500 cash and St. Lucia
Jackie: $5,550

Round 6: ON THE MAP (full $1,300 speed-up)

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

Mike locates the BOSTON HARBOR for $2,600 and the blowout win!

SOLE DUD: C (Jackie)

FINAL SCORES
Jennifer: $2K
Mike: $29,100 cash and St. Lucia
Jackie: $5,550

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $36,650
BANKRUPT TRASH: $6,850

JENNIFER’S SPIN ID: DH8133898 (David H.) 
JACKIE’S SPIN ID: RH7208773 (Richard H.)

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$100,000 Bonus Round
The available vehicle for this sweepstakes period is an Audi A4 sedan. Mike lands on the ***.

Category: THING
Here’s 1/4 of this puzzle…

_ _ N _
_ _ _ E


CDPA is a good combination…

_ _ N D
_ A C E

This man w/ a KIND FACE has won this for himself and his at-home partner at the last second…the 2013 Audi A4 FrontTrak Premium worth $34,870! He’s driving out w/ $68,970 cash and prizes while RT has hit the $155K mark!

MIKE’S SPIN ID: LW9481523 (Linda W.)

Wheel of Fortune Recap: November 16, 2012

EPISODE #5700: MILITARY FAMILIES

$1,000 Tossup: THING

_ I S T I N G U I _ _ E D
S E _ V I _E

Valerie & Sean know their DISTINGUISHED SERVICE. The last three teams reporting for duty this week are…

Valerie & Sean Melchert (married Army couple for almost 2 yrs.): she’s a hospital lab technician while he’s a mechanic in the 15th engineers; they’re from Vine Grove, KY and stationed at Ft. Knox
Shawnita Cole & Tamica Smithson (sisters): Shawnita’s an Air Force Master Sgt. stationed at the Pentagon while Tamica’s an Army vet and currenrly a Dept. of Defense teacher; they’re orig. from Niagara Falls
Lori & Martin Villa (mother/son): the man is a Lt. Jr. Grade of the Coast Guard (to be specific, he works in their logistics dept.); they’re from Canyon Country, CA and Huntington Beach, CA respectiely

$2,000 Tossup: TITLE

_ _ _ / P _ _ F _ _ T
S _ _ R M

The Villas solve “THE PERFECT STORM”.

FEATURED PRIZE: sears shopping spree worth $7,500 (that seems to be a lead-in for the second-ever Secret Santa Sweepstakes; it will be placed on the $650 wedge this season)

Jackpot Round: BEFORE AND AFTER

The Villas begin w/ an N but then LOSE A TURN pretty quickly. Second, the Melcherts take two T’s for a $1K start and a $500 Jackpot H. Later, they pick up the Shark gift tag w/ three L’s…


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

…and solve PRESIDENTIAL SEAL THE DEAL for $4,100 cash and GT.

LAT: Villas
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,300

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Villas: $2K
Melcherts
: $5,100 cash and spree
Shawnita/Tamica: $0

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Mystery Round: FOOD AND DRINK

The early leaders start w/ a $900 R and two S’s while on the MW next to the MDW. They decline the $2K offer…and it’s a good call! Next are four E’s, a single T, but then the MDW’s left-side BANKRUPT to flush away $10,950. Second, Shawnita & Tamica have completed the second-to-last word (BEEF), buy some vowels, and FP two N’s. Once they buy the last vowel of I, they insert two D’s but then fall for the V trap while on the sears wedge. The Villas spin once for two C’s…

O _ E N – F A C E D
R O A S T / B E E F
S A N D _ I C _

…and solve OPEN-FACED ROAST BEEF SANDWICH to double their money.

SOLE DUD: V (sister team)
BANKRUPT: Melcherts

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Villas: $4K
Melcherts
: $5,100 cash and spree
Shawnita/Tamica: nunca

Bonus Puzzle Flashblack (Fall ’01): PHRASE
This lady picked HPMI…

I ‘ M / S _
_ I _ _ _

…and she rightly said “I’M SO GIDDY”.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Trying to get on the board in a big way, Shawnita and Tamica pick off three N’s, buy a few vowels (two I’s and three A’s), and insert the obvious G. But after a lot of work, they run into the other MDW BANKRUPT to forfeit $2,250. The Villas next pick up the Wild Card w/ two R’s and use it right away after calling three top dollar C’s…there’s a single P, but they don’t solve right now and the neighboring BANKRUPT wipes out all of their $15K; oh boy. The Melcherts then takes a stab at this…

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

They’ll be SOAKING IN THE SPECTACULAR SCENERY of JAMAICA during their stay at the Iberostar Premium Rose Hall Beach worth $10,400 (hotwire.com travel included).

BANKRUPTS: 2 (sister team and the Villas)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Villas: $4K
Melcherts
: $15,500 cash and prizes
Shawnita/Tamica: gooseegg alert

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$3,000 Tossup: PLACE

R _ C _ U I _ I N G
O F _ _ C _

The Melcherts add on to their lead courtesy of the folks at this RECRUITING OFFICE.

Round 4: OCCUPATION (full $1,700 speed-up)

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

The sisters finally break through w/ PROFESSIONAL TRANSLATOR for their only $6,800!

SOLE DUD: C (Melchirts)

FINAL SCORES 
Villas: $4K
Melcherts
: $18,500 cash and prizes
Shawnita/Tamica: $6,800

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $29,300
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH: $28,200

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Valerie’s spin stops her team on the S in SPIN.

Category: THING
Here are the last two letters of this one…

_ _ _ _
_ _ _ N T

PHCA should do it for them…

H _ _ H
P _ _ N T

…the HIGH POINT of this episode is them winning another $30K and leaving w/ $48,500 cash and prizes; The RT bank is now at $152,500!

$5K SPIN ID: JP2238469