Week 15 Stats

Total this Week: $377,702
Total for the Season: $3,931,053
BR Win Record: 32-43 (.426)
Total Car Wins: 17
-1/2 Car: 6
-BR Car: 11
$100,000 Wins-Losses: 3-2
$1M Bonus Rounds: 3
Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR SHUTOUTS: 1
Prize Wedge Wins: 14
Gift Tag Wins: 20
Jackpot Wins: 6
Mystery Wedge Wins: 5
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 12-15
Mystery $10K was on $700: 19
Mystery $10K was on $300: 16
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 27-8
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 4 (1 on $900, 1 on $2500, 2 on $3500)
BR: 8
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 38/22/0
5-Round Games: 15
6-Round Games: 1
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 6
Gooseegg Victims: 13
Red Winners: 29
Yellow Winners: 23
Blue Winners: 23
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $38,782* / 1 “� CAR” tags / 1 MDW
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $393,477* / 19 Wild Cards / 23 “� CAR” tags / 5 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupts: $27,100 (Sept. 24); $15,960* (Dec. 3); $15,680* (Sept. 27)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $40,100*+ � Car (Sept. 24); $28,200* (Nov. 16); $22,680*+ MDW (Sept. 27)
Highest-Winning Totals: $147,000 (Dec. 28), $137,250 (Nov. 21), $129,600 (Oct. 17)

Lowest-Winning Totals: $10,100 (Dec. 10), $11,583 (Nov. 22), $11,950 (Dec. 20)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $74,772 (Dec. 28); $72,300 (Dec. 21); $58,580 (Dec. 13)
Lowest Maingame Winnings: $15,350 (Oct. 4); $17,964 (Nov. 6), $18,470 (Nov. 1)
Season-High Week: $377,702 (Week #15: Happy Holidays)
Season-Low Week: $151,104 (Week #6: Teachers Week)

*Includes prizes

WOF Recap: December 28, 2012

EPISODE #5730: HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Opening Clip (January 14, 2002): Pat and Vanna drove a Villager golf cart (New Orleans-like) from the left side of the puzzleboard and crashed it slightly into the bottom of the board.

$1,000 Tossup: QUOTATION

_ O W / _ _ _ H E R !
N O W / _ A N C _ _ !

Robyn says “NOW DASHER! NOW DANCER!” at the last second to get on the board first. One of these three people could be celebrating the New Year in style…

Robyn Martini: tri-county human services organization worker from Pen Argyl, PA
Cindy Kling: instructor for workers dealing w/ large airplanes from Snohomish, WA
Wil Begley: customer sales rep at a bank and wants to open a new coffee shop from Canal Winchgester in SE Columbus, OH

$2,000 Tossup: FUN AND GAMES

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

This is football-related, and Wil solves FIRST DOWN AND TEN.

FEATURED TRIP: Hawks Cay Island Resort, Marina and Villas in the Florida Keys worth $5K

Jackpot Round: OCCUPATION

Wil’s off to a $1,200 start via four T’s and buys an E before picking up the FL trip w/ an N. He does most of the work (the last vowel of I was called on FP) before hitting the BANKRUPT next to $650 to give up $8,050 cash and FL. Robyn spins once for a $2,500 P…

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

…and keeps that amount w/ her answer of PARKING LOT ATTENDANT.

BANKRUPT: Wil
LAST UNCLAIMED JACKPOT OF THE WEEK: $9,500

Scores after R1
Cindy: $0
Will: $2K
Robyn: $3,500

Last Holiday Greeting this Week: Stage Crew

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Mystery Round: SHOW BIZ

Robyn starts the letter search w/ three T’s for $2,700. Later, she’s called for an L while on the MW next to LAT. She will risk $3,250…but it’s a bad one. Now getting a chance to spin, Cindy collects $1K courtesy of P and S singles. After she cleans out the vowel department, she lights up three FP R’s…

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

…and solves ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK for her first $2K.

BANKRUPT: Robyn

Scores after R2
Cindy and Will: $2K each
Robyn: $3,500

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (Nov. 4, 1994 from Fair Park in Dallas): PHRASE
MYDA was chosen by Bree...

L _ / A N D
_ E _ _ L D

LO AND BEHOLD, she failed.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

Cindy starts w/ two obvious S’s and follows up w/ H and E singles before hitting the roadblock of R. Wil secondly has spotted three pairs of N’s, I’s and L’s, the last of which gives him that WC. Following a single A, he wisely uses that WC to cash in $14K courtesy of two T’s and G’s. Next, he picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $300 and then sacrifices the Chevy Sonic opportunity to solve the following…

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

He says “LET’S GO ON A MOONLIGHT SWIM” for $16,100 and a trip to The Westin MAUI Resort & Spa Ka’anapali courtesy of bookit.com worth $6,172 for a total of $22,272 that round!

SOLE DUD: R (Cindy)

Scores after R3
Cindy: $2K
Will: $24,272 cash and Maui
Robyn: $3,500

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$3,000 Tossup: PLACE

O _ E – _ A Y
_ T R _ _ _

Cindy gets through a ONE-WAY STREET to move to $5K.

Round 4: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? (full $6K speed-up!)

_ _ L L _ _ T I N G / M Y
T H _ _ G H T S

Cindy’s COLLECTING MY THOUGHTS for $42K and the comeback win! The other players each had $18K on the line.

SOLE DUD: R (Wil)

FINAL SCORES 
Cindy: $47K
Will: $24,272 cash and Maui
Robyn: $3,500

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $74,772 (SEASON-HIGH!)
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH: $11,300 cash and FL

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Cindy has stopped on the P. 

Category: PHRASE
Some help on the top line…

_ E / _ E _ R _
_ _ _

DBPA is her combination…

_ E / _ E A R D
_ _ _


WE HEARD YOU loud and clear, ma’am! After the Rebuilding Together bank hits the $180K mark, let’s find out if she just became the second-highest winner ever w/ $147K…

…YES SHE HAS SPRAY THE CONFETTI!!!!!

Happy Holidays to you, ma’am! And I’m proud to say that $377,702 cash and prizes has been given away, also a new S-H!

$5K SPIN ID: JG0021410

VIDEO CLIP (provided by Chad Mosher): Cindy’s Massive Haul!

Final Note: Some of you (myself included) knew this big win was gonna happen, according to this week’s video promo. To the editors in charge of this, what the heck were you thinking?

MY RATING: PERFECT 10!

WOF Recap: December 27, 2012

EPISODE #5729: HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Opening Flashback Clip (2002 — first week in Seattle): Gloretta barely beats the buzzer w/ CINEMATOGRAPHY under the category SHOW BIZ and “Whoo”ed w/ Pat

$1,000 Tossup: LIVING THINGS

_ W O
T U _ _ _ _ _ _ V E S

Here’s another gift from “The 12 Days of Christmas”, and Beth knows that’s “TWO TURTLEDOVES”. Thursday’s trio…

Beth Vencill: 2nd Grade teacher at Bible Center School (she also serves at their church) from Charleston, WV
Saul Miller: psychology professor at the Univ. of KY from Lexington, KY
Cristal Clark:
event coordinator for the Georgetown Public Policy Institute from Capitol Heights, MD

$2,000 Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ _ _ R _ S S
B _ _ K

Saul gets ADDRESS BOOK.

FEATURED TRIP: MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa in Sonoma, CA worth $5,500

Jackpot Round: TITLE

Saul picks up that MDW right away w/ three T’s and says four H’s for an opening bank of $3,600. He dominates…

H O W / T H E
_ _ I N C H / S T O _ E
C H _ I S T _ A S !

…and solves “HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!” for $7,650.

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,550

Scores after R1
Beth: $1K
Saul: $9,650 + MDW
Cristal: $0

Holiday Greeting of the Night: Camera/Audio Dept.

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Cristal immediately strikes out w/ P. Second, Beth says an S while on the MW next to LAT and goes for the obvious risk…whoops. Third, Saul picks up that Wild Card w/ a $500 N. Once he later cleans out the vowels…

I ‘ M / A L L
E A R S
O _ / _ O R N

…he admits “I’M ALL EARS OF CORN” for $2,900.

SOLE DUD: P (Cristal)
BANKRUPT: Beth

Scores after R2
Beth: $1K
Saul: $12,550 + MDW + WC
Cristal: $0

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (November 1998 — Soap Stars Week): 
DFHA was the chosen combination…

S A _ _ _ H _ N _ S T

Joshua Morrow and Lynn solved SAXOPHONIST for the $25K.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

The first letters from Beth are a T, two H’s and five E’s. But after filling in a little more than half of the puzzle, she says D for dummy. Coming down Saul’s alley second are four N’s, the leftover U, two L’s, and Y for yikes. Cristal next picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $900…but she just misses the other half of the Chevy Sonic and blows her turn w/ the B, opening up the door for Beth…

R E _ L I N E / &
R E L A X / I N
T H E / S U N S H I N E

She wins $3,850 and will RECLINE & RELAX IN THE SUNSHINE during her stay at the Galley Bay Resort & Spa in ANTIGUA worth $8,640; that round was worth $12,490 to her.

DUDS: D (Beth), Y (Saul), B (Cristal)

Scores after R3
Beth: $13,490 cash and trip (it incorrectly showed $10,920 before the next break)
Saul: $12,550 + MDW + WC
Cristal: gooseegg alert

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$3,000 Tossup: THINGS

A / _ _ _ _ / A _ D
A / S M _ _ _

Beth shows us A WINK AND A SMILE, giving her $16,490.

Round 4: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? (full $1,900 speed-up)

Saul has a chance to win this after putting up two R’s…

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

…but he blows the solve twice w/ GETTING MY STARE STRAIGHT and GETTING MY START STRAIGHT, so he pretty much squandered $9,500 and his MDBR ticket. The H gets filled in next…

G _ T T _ N G / _ _
S T _ R _ / S T R _ _ G H T

Cristal’s GETTING MY STORY STRAIGHT at the last second for her only $5,700.

DQs: 2 (Saul’s blown solves)

FINAL SCORES
Beth: $16,490 cash and trip (it incorrectly showed $10,920 before the next break)
Saul: $12,550
Cristal: $5,700

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $34,740
NO BANKRUPT TRASH TONIGHT

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Beth lands on the M of GAME.

Category: THING
4 out of 10 letters filled in first…

_ _ N _ L
_ _ _ S E


She’s another CDMA conservative…

_ _ N A L
_ _ A S E

but she’s the second VW Bug winner of the week in this FINAL PHASE of the game! That gives her a final total of $46,795 cash and prizes, whereas Rebuilding Together grows to $177,500!

$5K SPIN ID #64: DF9659481

MY EPISODE RATING: 6 out of 10

WOF Recap: December 26, 2012

EPISODE #5728: HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Opening Flashback Clip (2000): During a Pot of Gold sweepstakes week, Pat points out that he has an identical twin named Paul Sajak in the audience

$1,000 Tossup: THINGS 

_ R E C I O _ S
_O M _ _ _ _  

Deryk tries to blurt out the answer, but it’s Lindsay who buzzes in first and solves PRECIOUS MOMENTS. Let’s meet her and the male opposition… 

Lindsay Pemberton: Morehead State Univ. senior studying history/philosophy and a part time title clerk at an Ohio title agency from Cattlesburg, KY
Joe Sampson: elementary school principal from Charleston, SC
Deryk Detz: security guard and a full-time film major at Santa Monica College from North Hollywood, CA (orig. from MA)

$2,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP 

T O _ _ _ A
_ _ _ _ _ _ 

Joe was about to go w/ / TACOMA, WASHINGTON, but he knows he blew it.

T O _ _ _ A
K _ _ _ _ _ 

Joe locates TOPEKA, KANSAS.

FEATURED $5K PRIZE: yowza!!
 
Jackpot Round: AROUND THE HOUSE

The first letters from Joe are three R’s, two E’s, and two O’s before he BANKRUPTS near $650 to give back $1,900. Second, Deryk says a single S and three $2,500 T’s. A few letters later…
  
_ R O _ R A M M A _ _ E
T _ E R M O S T A T


He solves PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT for $10,050.

BANKRUPT: Joe
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,500

Scores after R1
Lindsay: $1K
Joe: $2K
Deryk: $10,050


Holiday Greeting of the Night: Contestant Department Coordinators

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Mystery Round: MOVIE QUOTE 

Our early leader begins this big puzzle w/ two R’s, six E’s and a worthless vowel of O while on FP. After that minor roadblock, he inserts a V and an obvious Y for that MDW (the first word’s EVERY). But after his purchase of three A’s is the other normal BANKRUPT to take away $750 and the MDW. From here, Lindsay goes for a quick solve after selecting two T’s and four I’s…

E V E R Y / T I _ E/ A
_ E _ _ / R I _ _ _ / A _
A _ _ E _ / _ E T _ 

_ I _ / _ I _ _ _ 

…she recites “EVERY TIME A BELL RINGS, AN ANGEL GETS HIS WINGS” from “It’s a Wonderful Life for $1,550.

BANKRUPT: Deryk

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (September 22, 2003): PHRASE
Phyl was in great shape after calling GCPA…

A / P A S S _ N G
_ A N C _


…and she solved A PASSING FANCY for a Honda S-2000 roadster!


Scores after R2
Lindsay: $2,550
Joe: $2K
Deryk: $10,050


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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: LIVING THING

Getting Lindsay started are four N’s and five A’s. Later, she FPs the O and buys twin U’s to clean out the vowel section. But after a lot of work, the BANKRUPT next to top dollar burns up her leftover $3,550. Joe next picks up the Wild Card w/ a trio of S’s and decides to solve instead of using it after calling for a $3,500 P…


  _ O U _ A N S
P A R R O _ S / A N D

G R E E N / I G U A N A S

In addition to another $5K, he’ll see TOUCANS, PARROTS AND GREEN IGUANAS on the $6K caravan.com COSTA RICAN TOUR.


BANKRUPT: Lindsay

Scores after R3
Lindsay: $2,550
Joe: $13K cash and tour + WC

Deryk: $10,050

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$3,000 Tossup: PLACE
 

_ _ _ L _ R
_ H O _


Joe has nothing. 
 
_ _ _ L O R
_ H O _


The same goes for Deryk.

T A _ L O R
S H O P 


Lindsay gets TAILOR SHOP to move to $5,550. 

Round 4: PHRASE
 

The sole lady of the panel first says two S’s and E for error. Joe secondly puts up a T, but we hear the dinging…

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

…and the Final Spin value is set at $1,350.

_ A M _ _ S / L A S T
_ _ R D S

Deryk gets FAMOUS LAST WORDS, but it’s for only $2,700.
 
SOLE AIRED DUD (before Final Spin): E (Lindsay)

FINAL SCORES
Lindsay: $5,550
Joe: $13K cash and tour + WC

Deryk: $12,750

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $31,300
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH (MDW excluded): $6,200

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Joe has nobody in the audience w/ him, but he gets that G envelope.

Category: PHRASE
Going up first in this big puzzle are…


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


CDMA and his WC pick of G give him…


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

After looking at A WIDE RANGE OF OPTIONS from the ULB, he doesn’t even say the first line, so he’s not the second VW Bug winner. That sends him home w/ $13K cash and tour. Bad playing by him, IMO.

$5K SPIN ID: HB4463578

MY EPISODE RATING: 5 out of 10

WOF Recap: Christmas Day 2012

HO HO HO! I don’t have a Christmas gift for you readers, but I can give you the action of the Christmas Day episode!

EPISODE #5727: HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Repeating Flashback (October 13, 2010): Ceanne Jarvis screaming with excitement after solving GROWN-UP for the Mercedes C300.

$1,000 Tossup: PHRASE

G _ _ _ N G / _ _ D
_ E _ E I V _ N G

Lindsey knows that Christmas is a day of GIVING AND RECEIVING. These players are here to stuff their stockings w/ big winnings…

Lindsey Roeschke: works for an advertising agency in Santa Monica from Los Angeles (originally from CT)
Miriam Harris: retail worker whose family runs a fruit farm for nearly 100 yrs. from Reedley, CA (that’s near Fresno)
Tom Riel: purchasing manager at the Oregon Youth Authority from Salem, OR

$2,000 Tossup: THING

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

Miriam’s LANDMARK ACHIEVEMENT on this show is winning at least $2K.

FEATURED TRIP: InterContinental New York Barclay w/ tickets to “Nice Work if You can Get it” worth $5,949

Jackpot Round: AROUND THE HOUSE

Miriam is off an running w/ three N’s, three I’s, and two G’s for the NY trip, but then the MDW’s left-side BANKRUPT to lose $8,499 cash and trip. Tom secondly does a little work before saying S for sorry. Third, Lindsey takes two R’s for $1,200, buys four E’s, but then BANKRUPTS next to $650 to toss aside $950. Miriam gets DQed for repeating the H while on the Wild Card. Back in control, Tom takes triple L’s for $7,500

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

…and solves A YULE LOG BURNING IN A FIREPLACE for $8,200.

SOLE DUD: S (Tom)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both ladies)
DQ: Miriam’s H repeat
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $11,250

Scores after R1
Lindsey: $1K
Miriam: $2K
Tom: $8,200

Holiday Greeting of the Night:  Art Department

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Mystery Round: BEFORE AND AFTER

Tom does some work before saying D for dummy while on the 1/2 CAR next to $900. From here, it’s all Lindsey…

T H E / N O _ T H
P O L E
_ A U L T

…she solves THE NORTH POLE VAULT for $1,550.

SOLE DUD: D (Tom)

Scores after R2 
Lindsey: $2,550
Miriam: $2K
Tom: $8,200

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (November 2, 2007 during VIP Week): THINGS
This woman had a good shot after choosing DPMO…

_ O T
T O P _ _ S

…but she still can’t solve HOT TOPICS.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round:  SONG LYRICS

Lindsey strikes out right away w/ the S while on the WC.Second, Miriam captures six T’s $5,400, buys three E’s, and gets the 1/2 CAR next to $450 w/ two H‘s. Later, she picks up the WC w/ two R’s, and gets the other half of the Chevy Sonic w/ a V. Here we go…

R O _ _ / T H E
_ O A T
D O N ‘ T / T I _ / T H E
_ O A T / O V E R

She nails “ROCK THE BOAT, DON’T TIP THE BOAT OVER” (by the Hues Corporation) for $8K, the Sonic, and an MSC CARIBBEAN CRUISE w/ the hotwire.com travel worth $5,400, giving her $28,060 in that round alone!

SOLE DUD: S (Lindsey)

Scores after R3
Lindsey: $2,550
Miriam: $30,060 cash and prizes + WC
Tom: $8,200

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$3,000 Tossup: LIVING THINGS

D _ L _ _ T I A _ S

Cruella de Vil wanted to steal 101 of these, and Miriam knows they’re DALMATIANS; she’s up to $33,060.

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

_ R _ _ _ – _ _ _ N T R _
_ _ _ _ N G

Miriam comes up w/ CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING at the last second for $3,900 and the blowout win!

FINAL SCORES
Lindsey: $2,550
Miriam: $36,960 cash and prizes + WC
Tom: $8,200

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $47,710
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH: $9,449 cash and NY

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$100,000 Bonus Round
The ** is Miriam’s potential reward.

Category: THING
RSTLNE reveals…

E _ _ _ T
_ _ _ T E

CMHA and D will add…

E _ A C T
_ _ _ T E

…and she only gets the first word of EXACT QUOTE, so she loses $45K. But she leaves w/ $36,960 cash and prizes.

$5K SPIN ID: TE6346549

MY EPISODE RATING: 7 out of 10

WOF Recap: Christmas Eve 2012

EPISODE #5726: HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Tape Date of the Week: Sept. 20, 2012

 
Opening Flashback Clip  (December 4, 2008; Holiday Shopping Week): Vanna gives Pat a present that she stored in her dress at the end of this episode; it turns out it was empty

$1,000 Tossup: FUN & GAMES

B U I L _ _ N _ / A
S _ O _ M _ _

DaVon knows about BUILDING A SNOWMAN, and we’re talking to her first…

DaVon Clack: business service coordinator at UNC and a bowler who lived in Ireland for a year and worked for an investment company from Raleigh, NC
Paul Tao: record label worker and a DJ from Los Angeles (born in Taiwan)
Berkeley Ramsbottom (female): digital ad agency worker from Austin, TX

$2,000 Tossup: THING

_ O M A _ C E
_ _ V _ L

Paul solves ROMANCE NOVEL to spin first.

FEATURED HOLIDAY: Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain in Colorado worth $5,833

Jackpot Round: FOOD & DRINK

1/2 CAR of the Week: Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

In the middle of the round, Paul picks up the Colorado getaway w/ an S. But after some work, he BANKRUPTS next to to top dollar to lose $7,933 cash and trip. Second in line, Berkeley inserts two R’s and C, but then says O for oops. Third, DaVon has lit up an $800 M, but she then gets the same BANKRUPT as Paul. Speaking of the man at the end, he calls for two P’s and picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $900 w/ a G. After he spins once more for three D’s…

R I C E / P _ D D I _ G
S P R I _ _ _ E D
W I T H / _ _ T M E G

…he eats up some RICE PUDDING SPRINKLED WITH NUTMEG for $4,200.

SOLE DUD: O (Berkeley)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Paul, DaVon)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $11,100

Scores after R1
Berkeley: $0
Davon: $1K
Paul: $6,200 + 1/2 CAR

Holiday Greeting of the Night: Producers (including Harry!)

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Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

Berkeley’s first w/ an S, but then the LAT. Second, DaVon does some work before calling a D on the MW next to LAT. She takes a $3,100 gamble…and BANKRUPTS for the second time tonight. Paul controls the rest of the round…

W O N ‘ T / _ O _
G _ _ D E / _ _
S L E _ G _
T O N _ G _ T ?

…he solves “WON’T YOU GUIDE MY SLEIGH TONIGHT?” (from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”) for $2,400.

BANKRUPT: DaVon
LAT: Berkeley

Scores after R2
Berkeley: $0
DaVon: $1K
Paul: $8,600 + 1/2 CAR

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1995): THING
DCHO struck out for this man…

_ _ _ E
_ L _ N

…but he miraculously solved GAME PLAN!

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

DaVon says an instant negative of N. Second, Paul BANKRUPTS next to $650 to give up his plate (also his second of the night). Third, Berkeley does most of the work before getting her second LAT this episode. DaVon next picks up the Wild Card and the See’s Candies gift tag w/ S and B, respectively. Following Y and F singles…

O U T / O F
T H E / _ L E A _
B L U E / S _ Y

…she solves OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY for $3,100 cash and candies plus a hotwire.com trip to BONAIRE at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino worth $6,070 for a total of $9,170 in that round alone.

SOLE DUD: N (DaVon)
BANKRUPT: Paul
LAT: Berkeley

Scores after R3
Berkeley: $0
Davon: $10,170 cash and prizes + Wild Card
Paul: $8,600

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$3,000 Tossup: PLACE

_ _ E / _ L _
N _ _ G _ _ _ _ _ _  _ D

Paul recalls THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD, so he’s back in the lead w/ $11,600.

Round 4: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? (full $1,700 speed-up)

_ _ _ _ N G / F _ R / _
F _ M _ L _ / _ _ _ T _

Berkeley’s POSING FOR A FAMILY PHOTO for her only $6,800 on the night.

SOLE DUD: D (Paul)

FINAL SCORES
Berkeley: $6,800
Davon: $10,170 cash and goodies
Paul: $11,600

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $28,570
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $11,833 cash and trip

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$100,000 Bonus Round
The Christmas car of the week is a Volkswagen Beetle (informally known as the Bug). Paul lands on the E of GAME.

Category: THING
He’ll need some help in the first word w/ the following…

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

CDMA will add two letters at the top…

_ _ _ _ C _ A L
_ _ S _ N E S S

He’ll be going back to his OFFICIAL BUSINESS of record labels w/ the Bug 2.5 L worth $25,305! His final total is $41,905 cash and car while Rebuilding Together grows to $175K!

$5K SPIN ID: KH7418478

MY EPISODE RATING: 6 out of 10

Week 14 Stats

Total this Week: $260,344
Total for the Season: $3,553,351
BR Win Record: 2941 (.414)
Total Car Wins: 14
-1/2 Car: 5
-BR Car: 9
$100,000 Wins-Losses: 2-2
$1M Bonus Rounds: 3
Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR SHUTOUTS: 1
Prize Wedge Wins: 14
Gift Tag Wins: 19
Jackpot Wins: 6
Mystery Wedge Wins: 5
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 12-12
Mystery $10K was on $700: 19
Mystery $10K was on $300: 13
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 24-8
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 3 (1 on $900, 1 on $2500, 1 on $3500)
BR: 6
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 35/21/0
5-Round Games: 15
6-Round Games: 1
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 5
Gooseegg Victims: 13
Red Winners: 27
Yellow Winners: 21
Blue Winners: 22
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $7,350 / 1 Wild Card / 3 “1/2 CAR” tags 

 Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $354,695* / 19 Wild Cards / 22 “1/2 CAR” tags / 4 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupts: $27,100 (Sept. 24); $15,960* (Dec. 3); $15,680* (Sept. 27)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $40,100*+ � Car (Sept. 24); $28,200* (Nov. 16); $22,680*+ MDW (Sept. 27)
Highest-Winning Totals: $137,250 (Nov. 21), $129,600 (Oct. 17), $78,325 (Dec. 11)
Lowest-Winning Totals: $10,100 (Dec. 10), $11,583 (Nov. 22), $11,950 (Dec. 20)

Highest Maingame Winnings: $72,300 (Dec. 21); $58,580 (Dec. 13); $54,380 (Oct. 10)
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: December 21, 2012

It’s been a somewhat bizarre week thanks largely to some controversial rulings on the solve attempts. But I’m sure this is gonna be one fabulous Friday episode. Trust me.

EPISODE #5725: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Opening Flashback Clip (2003): Jennifer says that she’s a payroll administrator for a cheerleading company (Pat mistakenly said the company made cheerleaders — LOL!)

$1,000 Tossup: RHYME TIME

_O_ _Y
_ O L L _

Connie solves HOLLY JOLLY. This time, we’re beginning the interviews with this lady in the middle…

Connie Dones: outpatient surgery center worker from Boston, KY
Eric Moody: intel analyst who retired from the Navy from Ellicott City, MD
Leanne McLaughlin: state financial auditor from Cary, NC

$2,000 Tossup: PERSON

_ _  T I Q _ E
_ _ _ L E _ T _ R.

Eric solves ANTIQUE COLLECTOR.

FEATURED PRIZE: Bienville House in N.O. worth $5K

Jackpot Round: PLACE

Eric leads off w/ a T at the end of this answer, an N, but then the sole dud vowel of E. Second, Leanne spots A and R singles, two Jackpot L’s, and an S for the 1/2 CAR next to $300. She later faces this w/ $4,150 in her bank…

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

…she’s correct w/ SHOPPING MALL FOOD COURT.

SOLE DUD: E (Eric)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,850

Scores after R1
Leanne: $4,150 + 1/2 CAR
Connie: $1K
Eric: $2K

Holiday Greeting of the Night: Control Dept.

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Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

Leanne’s first w/ a $3,500 T, six E’s and two H’s before saying two S’s while on the MW next to the MDW. She will take the $4,150 plunge…and there’s the biggie! After she lights up nine L’s (she could’ve called that right away on top dollar)…

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

…she solves “JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE ALL THE WAY” for $20,250!

PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R2
Leanne: $24,400 + 1/2 CAR
Connie: $1K
Eric: $2K

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (October 2, 2006): PHRASE
Matthew du Mee didn’t get much from PCBA…

T A _ E / A
_ _ _ _ _

…and he couldn’t TAKE A WHIFF, so he was sent home w/ $23,750 cash and trip to Fiji; that bonus puzzle along w/ Zack’s HINDSIGHT played a part in the first BR SHUTOUT of S24.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: THING

Connie finally gets her chance to spin; first from her are two T’s but then S for sorry. Eric secondly picks up the same 1/2 CAR w/ an N, buys three A’s, but then BANKRUPTS near top dollar to give up the plate and $250. Third, Leanne takes two R’s for $600, buys the rest of the vowel department’s contents (three I’s and E’s)…

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

…and she’ll need to create A DETAILED ITINERARY for her hotwire.com trip to tthe El Conquistador Resort in PUERTO RICO worth $5,800.

SOLE DUD: S (Connie)
BANKRUPT: Eric

Scores after R3
Leanne: $30,300 cash and P.R.
Connie: $1K
Eric: $2K

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$3,000 Tossup: LIVING THINGS

F L O _ _ / _ _
_ _ _ W / _ _ _ _ E

Eric only gets the top line.

F L O C _ / _ _
S N _ W / _ _ E _ E

Leanne gets a FLOCK OF SNOW GEESE for a new total of $33,300.

Round 4: SHOW BIZ (full $6,000 speed-up!!!)

Leanne might be setting a new maingame record right now w/ $36K after requesting two M’s…

_ ‘ L L / B _ / _ N / M _
_ R _ S S _ N _ / R _ _ M

…YES SHE HAS W/ “I’LL BE IN MY DRESSING ROOM”!!!!! Connie and Eric left a combined $30K on the table (the middle lady had $12K).

SOLE DUD: T (Connie)

FINAL SCORES
Leanne: $69,300 cash and P.R.!!!
Connie: $1K
Eric: $2K

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS (obviously a season-high): $72,300!
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH (1/2 CAR not included): just $250

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$100,000 Bonus Round
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been showing up all week long, but I’m sure Leanne’s * envelope has money in it.

Category: PHRASE
Here’s what Vanna has lit up first…

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

HMPA only gives her…

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


The sound effects people are literally gonna have to HIT THE BUZZER, because she can’t get the last word (the closest she got was BUTCHER). Now would not be time to see $100,000 show up

…NO, the $30K is there instead! She leaves us as the fourth-highest winner this season w/ $69,300 cash and trip! Very impressive for 20 minutes of game time!

$5K SPIN ID: JS3318193

MY EPISODE RATING: 9 out of 10