WOF Recap: February 27, 2013

EPISODE #5773: CALIFORNIA COAST

Opening Flashback Clip (Mar. 14, 2011): Pat chases Tillman the skating bulldog on the set of Pet Lovers Week (Jim’s intro dubbed over John Cramer’s)

$1,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP (you guessed it)

H _ L _ _ _ _ _ D
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ R _

Stephanie goofs w/ HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA.

H _ L _ _ W _ _ D
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ R _

Lexi solves HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD. Playing tonight…

Lexi Felder: entertainment site digital marketer from Atlanta

Clay Blazer: Cocke County HS history teacher who lives on a farm from Parrotsville, TN

Stephanie Bariexca: Hunterdown Central HS special education and English teacher from Perkasie, PA

$2,000 Tossup: LIVING THING

G _ _ Z Z _ Y
_ _ _ _

Clay solves GRIZZLY BEAR.

FEATURED CA TRIP: California Coast Tour worth $5,500

Jackpot Round: SHOW BIZ

Clay gets going w/ two S’s via Jackpot, followed by four E’s, three $350 T’s, a single O, but then a worthless Y. Second, Stephanie uncovers a $5K pair of H’s, but she then repeats the U. Third, Lexi picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $900 w/ an R but then buys the other bad vowel of this puzzle (A). After Clay says W for worthless, Stephanie inserts the leftover three I’s…

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

…and solves the HIT TV SERIES “THE VOICE” for the leftover $4,500.

DUDS: U (Clay), A (Lexi), W (Clay)
SOLE DQ: Steph’s U repeat
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,550

Clay: $2K/Stephanie: $4,500/Lexi: $1K

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Mystery Round: PHRASE

The early leader starts this big puzzle w/ four $900 T’s, six E’s, a $300 N and two $600 R’s, but the A lets down a lady for the second round in a row. Second, Lexi picks up the CA tour w/ two H’s; she follows up w/ a $700 M but then another dud in G. Third, Clay FPs two U’s but then falls victim to the BANKRUPT next top top dollar. Returning to Stephanie, she lights up a $900 D, the remaining five O’s, and four $300 L’s, but she then repeats a letter for the second time tonight (the R). Lexi then picks up the other available 1/2 CAR w/ a W and we now have…

D O N ‘ T / L E T
T H E M / _ U L L
T H E / W O O L / O _ E R
_ O U R / E _ E _

DON’T LET THEM PULL THE WOOL OVER YOUR EYES, ma’am — you’ve won $2,200 and that tour for a total of $7,700 that round.

DUDS: A (Steph), G (Lexi)
SOLE BANKRUPT:
Clay
SOLE DQ: Stephanie’s R repeat

Clay: $2K/Stephanie: $4,500/Lexi: $8,700 cash and trip 1/2 CAR

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (Nov. 1997 from Denver): PHRASE
MCAP gave this woman…

M A _ E / A
_ _ S _

…but she didn’t MAKE A WISH.

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PRIZE PUZZLE: FUN & GAMES

Lexi picks up her second 1/2 CAR from the one near $900 w/ two T’s, followed by two A’s, a $450 H, two E’s, and two L’s for that MDW, but the LaT nails her. Clay secondly strikes out w/ S. Stephanie thirdly gets the gas card w/ three N’s and buys the other three vowels (three I’s, two O’s, U). Next up are three $800 P’s, a $550 D, and two $700 G’s before she tries to solve…

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

She pockets another $6,100 and will be TAKING A DIP IN THE PLUNGE POOL on a hotwire.com trip to the Galley Bay Resort in ANTIGUA worth $8,640.

SOLE DUD: S (Clay)
SOLE LaT: Lexi

Clay: $2K/Stephanie: $19,240 cash & prizes/Lexi: $8,700 cash & CA

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$3,000 Tossup: PERSON

_ _ _ _ O
_ _ O W _

Clay’s right w/ RODEO CLOWN, so up to $5K he goes.

Speed-Up: EVENT

Consonants will be worth $1,800 in this part of the game. After three E’s are bought for free..

L _ T E – _ R E _ _ _ N _
N E _ S

This won’t make the LATE-BREAKING NEWS, but Clay solves this puzzle for the Final Spin amount.

SOLE DUD: P (Clay)

FINAL SCORES
Clay: $6,800/Stephanie: $19,240 cash & prizes/Lexi: $8,700 cash & CA

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $34,740
NO BANKRUPT TRASH

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Steph doesn’t have anybody w/ her, but she’s taken the ** envelope.

Category: PHRASE
Another fairly easy puzzle…

_ _ N _
_ T / _ _ 

PDGI gives her a good shot w/ this…

_ _ N G
I T / _ P

BANG IT UP and WING IT UP are wrong, but she will HANG IT UP w/ two seconds to spare for the $35K! Her final total is $54,240 cash and prizes.

$5K SPIN ID: SW7179385

MY EP. RATING: 7

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WOF Recap: February 26, 2013

EPISODE #5772: CALIFORNIA COAST

Encore Flashback Clip (Nov. 1994): GERMAN OCCUPATION OF PARIS solve (the drums from the start of the ’94-’97 puzzle solve cue get played first before we hear the current one)

$1,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ / F _ A _ C I _ _ O
_ _ Y

Chelsea doesn’t say it right away, but she still solves SAN FRANCISCO BAY. Tuesday’s trio…

Chelsea Duran: social manager for a female-founded Napa wine company who once drove from Anchorage, AK to Miami, FL from Boulder, CO

Rich Gannon: self-storage business owner/operator from Knoxville, TN

Kristin Hansen: entrepreneur who recently left the corporate world from Ft. Lauderdale

$2,000 Tossup: OCCUPATION

F O _ E S T
R _ N G _ _

Chelsea’s two for two w/ a FOREST RANGER.

FEATURED CALIFORNIA TRIP: Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley worth $5,790

Jackpot Round: THE 70’s

Chelsea picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $900 right away w/ four R’s and buys some vowels, but her third purchase of E purchase is no good; that’s the only bad vowel of this puzzle. Second, Rich says T for terrible while on the other 1/2 CAR. Third, Kristin strikes out w/ S. Chelsea next buys an I, picks up the Carmel vacation w/ two M’s and says the leftover U. But after two $550 G’s, she hits LAT to leave $8,640 cash and Carmel on the table. Rich follows suit w/ N and P singles ($900 and $600, respectively), but he too gets LAT. Kristin then collects a $900 V, and keeps on going…only to get nailed by that evil white wedge. That allows Chelsea to solve…

P R O G R A M M I N G
_ O U R / V _ R

PROGRAMMING YOUR VCR for $8,640 cash and Carmel.

DUDS: E (Chelsea), T (Rich), S (Kristin)
LaTs: 3 (entire panel)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $10K

Kristin: $0/Chelsea: $11,640 cash and CA 1/2 CAR/Rich: $0

(Wayne Brady of “Let’s Make a Deal” gives his anniversary greeting before the first break.)

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Rich first calls a T and gets a hold of the MW next to the MDWnothing there. Second, Kristin claims the 1/2 CAR next to $900 w/ three N’s, buys an A, spots a $300 D and then picks up the Beach Bikes gift tag w/ an R. Next up are three I’s and seven E’s, a $500 S, and two $400 M’s before she…

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

…solves LEMON MERINGUE AND SWEETIE PIE for $3,850 cash and gift tag.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Rich

Kristin: $3,850 cash and GT 1/2 CAR/Chelsea: $11,640 cash and CA 1/2 CAR/Rich: zero

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (Fall 1996): THING
GBPO gave this man…

B R _ _ N

…and he has the BRAIN to solve this puzzle.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

This round is all Kristin — a $600 S, a single I, three $500 T’s, one A, a $500 N, and an $800 R, the other three vowels, and a $500 L.

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

She says “IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE” for $2,550 and a $6,700 hotwire.com trip to The Springs Resort & Spa in COSTA RICA, giving her $9,250 in that round alone — PR.

Kristin: $13,100 cash and prizes/Chelsea: $11,640 cash and CA/Rich: zip

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$3,000 Tossup: PROPER NAME

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

Chelsea runs out of time, but she’s wrong anyway w/ GEORGE WASHINGTON.

_ _ _ Z E _
W A _ _ _ _ _ _ O N

Kristin adds on to her lead w/ DENZEL WASHINGTON.

Round 4: PERSON

This round’s all Kristin — a $600 N, a $500 T, a single E, two $550 R’s, two $700 H’s, two O’s, a $300 F, a single I, the last vowel of three A’s via FP, and the fronloading $700 C..

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

She identifies a CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD for $3,850 — PR #2.

Kristin: $13,100 cash & prizes/Chelsea: $11,640 cash & CA/Rich: zilch

Speed-Up: CHARACTER

Consonants are worth $1,450 each. Now, we had a wide shot of a re-shoot on the Round 1 template. There were TWO null cycles cut from this round of play (one after Chelsea called the R after the start, the other after Rich said a dud of B), but Kristin puts up the twin G’s…

G R _ _ _
G _ D D _ S S

…and solves GREEK GODDESS for $2,900.

AIRED DUDS: H (Kristin), B (Rich)

FINAL SCORES
Kristin: $22,850 cash & prizes/Chelsea: $11,640 cash & CA/Rich: $1K GOOSEEGG

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $35,490
NO BANKRUPT TRASH THIS EPISODE 

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Kristin seems to like that W envelope.

Category: PLACE
Here’s another one-word puzzle that begins as…

_ _ R E _ _ _ S E

MFDU is an interesting combination…

F _ R E _ _ U S E

…but she still solves FIREHOUSE for the $30K, and leaves w/ $52,850 cash and prizes.

$5K SPIN ID #107: FG01138

MY EPISODE RATING: 7

WOF Recap: February 25, 2013

Thanks to the three BR wins we got last week, we won’t be tying or setting a new record for fewest BR wins in a month. As for this week, it’s time for another salute to the California Coast.

EPISODE #5771: CALIFORNIA COAST

Encore Flashback Clip: Pat’s bald head incident on April Fool’s Day 2008
Tape Date of the Week: Nov. 15, 2012

$1,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ N T A
B A _ _ _ R A

Tammy locates SANTA BARBARA. None of these players are from CA, but let’s meet ’em anyway…

Tammy Mitzel: co-owns a landscaping business w/ her husband Bob from Wrightsville, PA (they drove 50 hrs. to get to Culver City)

Lawren Barnett: works for a global consumer packaged goods company from Liberty Twp., OH (originally from AL)

Chris Anderson: purchasing agent for a ticket company from Austin, TX

$2,000 Tossup: LIVING THINGS

_ / _ O D / O F
_ _ _ P H _ _ S

A POD OF DOLPHINS bring Lawren her first two grand.

FEATURED CALIFORNIA TRIP: The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla w/ BedandBreakfast.com airfare worth $6K
THIS WEEK’S 1/2 CAR: Chevrolet Sonic 1LS

Jackpot Round: FUN & GAMES

Category Wipes this Week: red biplane (odd numbered rounds) and a loaded station wagon (even)

Lawren instantly BANKRUPTS next to $650. Second, Chris takes a $700 T but then gets the other normal BANKRUPT. Third, Tammy spots three S’s and R’s, (former for $350, the latter giving her the CA trip). After buying two E’s and three A’s, she doesn’t quite get to the Jackpot but still ends up a $600 B pair.

S _ A T E B _ _ A R _ S / &
R _ _ _ E R B _ A _ E S

…she solves SKATEBOARDS & ROLLERBLADES for $8,650 cash and CA.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Tammy’s opponents)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,850

Chris: $0/Tammy: $9,650 cash and CA/Lawren: $2K

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Mystery Round: THE 90’s (this is a big puzzle)

At the start, Chris picks up that MDW w/ five N’s and collects $2,700 worth of three D’s. But after purchasing five A’s and six I’s, he LOSES A TURN. Second, Tammy says two L’s and goes for the MW next to the now-vacant MDW…the $10K is there

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

…and she wins it w/ LEONARDO DICAPRIO AND KATE WINSLET IN “TITANIC”.

SOLE LaT Chris

Chris: ZIP/Tammy: $19,650 cash and CA/Lawren: $2K

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1984): PHRASE
NRTSLE was called by this man…

E _ T
_ N _
R _ N

…and he solved EAT AND RUN.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Big leader Tammy starts this biggie w/ a $600 T, three $800 H’s, a single E, two $900 S’s, and five N’s, followed by EIGHT N’s for the 1/2 CAR next to $900, two A’s, three $450 G’s, and the other two vowels (two U’s included). We have…

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

She’s won another $8,900 and will be SHOPPING, DINING AND HAVING FUN IN THE SUN during her stay at the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in ST. MAARTEN w/ the hotwire.com travel worth $5,417 — PR #2.

Chris: NO LUCK/Tammy: $33,967 cash and trips/Lawren: $2K

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$3,000 Tossup: PERSON

_ O _ _ _ L
_ _ _ _ E R F L Y

Tammy rightfully says that she’s a SOCIAL BUTTERFLY, so she’s up $36,967!

Round 4: PHRASE

N for nothing is how Tammy starts this round. Second, Lawren finds a $5K L but no A. Third, Chris selects singles in $300 T and a $900 R, but then comes his second LAT this game. After Tammy strikes out again w/ C, Lawren buys an E and two U’s before we look at…

R U L E / _ _
T _ U _ _

The RULE OF THUMB is to solve w/ a good amount of money showing, and Lawren does just that for $4,250.

DUDS: N (Tammy), A (Lawren), C (Tammy)
SOLE LAT: Chris

Chris: GOSSEEGG ALERT/Tammy: $36,967 cash and trips/Lawren: $6,250

Speed-Up: SHOW BIZ

Consonants are worth $1,450 each (Pat’s first spin was the BANKRUPT near $650). This round took a while, but Chris chose the T…

_ _ C _ _ P
S _ N G _ R S

…and finally avoids being gooseegged by solving BACKUP SINGERS for $2,900.

DUDS: T (Chris), L (Chris), H (Lawren), D (Tammy), F (Lawren)

FINAL SCORES
Chris: $2,900/Tammy: $36,967 cash and trips/Lawren: $6,250

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $46,117
BANKRUPT TRASH: $700

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$100,000 Bonus Round
This is the other week this season to offer the Winnebago Access! Tammy’s envelope comes from the second A of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
1/3 given for free…

T R _ _ _
_ L _ _

CDMA is helpful for once…

T R _ C _
_ L A _ 

Her successful TRICK PLAY nets her the $45K (Jim: “Coast a while w/ this…”), so she leaves as the highest non-grand prize winner this season w/ $81,967 cash and trips! Great job, Tammy!

$5K SPIN ID: MS2431278

Ask Pat & Vanna Question #4 (Deven from Buffalo, NY): If the hosts weren’t doing this show, what would they be doing?

Answer: Pat says he would either be a DJ or weatherman (that was his first job) while Vanna says that she would be a real-estate broker

MY EP. RATING: 8 out of 10

Week 23 Stats

Total this Week: $239,464 
Total for the Season: $5,777,218 
BR Win Record: 4471 (.383) 
Total Car Wins: 27
-1/2 Car: 13
-BR Car: 14    

$100,000 Wins-Losses: 3-2    
$1M Bonus Rounds: 6    
Perfect BR Weeks: 0     
BR SHUTOUTS: 3     
Prize Wedge Wins: 25      
Gift Tag Wins: 33    
Jackpot Wins: 8   
Mystery Wedge Wins: 8   
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 19-19
Mystery $10K was on $700: 26
Mystery $10K was on $300: 25 
   
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 38-12
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 5 (1 on $900, 2 on $2500, 2 on $3500)
BR: 12
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 66/32/0
5-Round Games: 23
6-Round Games: 3
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 10
Gooseegg Victims: 24
Red Winners: 43

Yellow Winners: 35    
Blue Winners: 37    
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $13,800 / 2 Wild Cards / 1 “� CAR” tag / 1 MDW      
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $571,297* / 32 Wild Cards / 35 “� CAR” tags / 8 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupts: $27,100 (Sept. 24); $16,420 (Feb. 11); $15,960* (Dec. 3)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $40,100*+ � Car (Sept. 24); $28,200* (Nov. 16); $22,750* (Jan. 21)
Highest-Winning Totals: $147,000 (Dec. 28), $137,250 (Nov. 21), $129,600 (Oct. 17)     

Lowest-Winning Totals: $9,550 (Jan. 22), $10,100 (Dec. 10), $11,583 (Nov. 22)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $74,772 (Dec. 28); $72,300 (Dec. 21); $58,580 (Dec. 13)
Lowest Maingame Winnings: $15,350 (Oct. 4); $17,964 (Nov. 6), $18,470 (Nov. 1)
Season-High Week: $377,702 (Week #15: Happy Holidays)
Season-Low Week: $151,104 (Week #6: Teachers Week)

*Includes prizes

WOF Recap: February 22, 2013

EPISODE #5770: PET LOVERS WEEK

$1,000 Tossup: LIVING THING

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

Wes comes up w/ SNAPPING TURTLE. Our last three pet owners this week are…

Wes Smith: Univ. of Arkansas in Fayetteville student majoring in agricultural education who grew up back on a cattle farm from Gepp, AR; he owns a 7-yr. old chocolate lab named C.K.

Mary Carlson: mortgage loan officer who owns a Shiba Inu named Samantha from Portsmouth, NH

Ashley Boelens: children’s hospital patient-experience department worker in D.C. who got her pets from PetConnectRescue.org from Kensington, MD; she’s the owner of a cat (Ralph) and a puppy (Samson)

$2,000 Tossup: THING

_ _ _ A G E / D O O R
O _ _ _ E _

Wes is 2 for 2 w/ a GARAGE DOOR OPENER.

PET-FRIENDLY PRIZE: $5K Natural Balance for the third and final time this week

Jackpot Round: FUN & GAMES

(NOTE: The MDW was mistakenly placed on the $550 wedge instead of the orange $800 next to it. It was corrected the next round.)

He gets started w/ two $800 N’s and $600 T’s to give him $2,800. He then goes to the vowel department to buy two E’s and an O, but the latter isn’t there. Second, Mary BANKRUPTS next to $650. Third, Ashley claims the WC w/ a G, fills in two $900 H’s and A’s…

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

…and solves PLAYING FETCH IN THE PARK for $2,050.

SOLE DUD: O (Wes)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Mary
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,800

Mary: $0/Ashley: $2,050 WC/Wes: $3K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

First, Mary calls out a $350 T, two N’s for the $5K bonus, and D for dud. Second, Ashley says a $500 R and S for sorry. Third, Wes takes $1,800 worth of two L’s, but then the sole dud vowel of A. Mary second turn ends quickly w/ the LAT. Ashley next digs up two O’s, a $550 F, and five E’s, but she too gets the LaT. Back to Wes who requests a $300 B, two $900 Y’s, a single I, and a $400 W. We have…

B _ Y / O N E
_ E T / O N E
F R E E
W I L L Y

He won’t “BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE WILLY”, but he’s won another $3,800.

DUDS: D (Mary), S (Ashley), A (Wes)
LATs: 2 (both ladies)

Mary: NADA/Ashley: $2,050 WC/Wes: $6,800

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (May 2000): THINGS
The week at that time was a wheeloffortune.com sweepstakes sponsored by EarthLink. Yos had this to work w/ after calling CPGI…

_ N C _ _ _ I E S

….he nailed ANCHOVIES.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

Ashley gets both halves of the Ford Fiesta right away w/ N and M (the one next to $900 was picked up first), followed by two I’s and E’s, two $400 T’s, but then her second LaT of the game, possibly costing her at least $16,390 cash and Fiesta. Wes secondly BANKRUPTS next to top dollar. Afterwards, it’s all Mary — three $550 H’s, two A’s, and two $700 L’s.

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

She’ll soon be saying “HOLD DOWN THE FORT WHILE I’M AWAY” to her friends/family, because she’s won her first $2,800 plus a hotwire.com trip to the British Colonial Hilton Nassau in the BAHAMAS worth $6,100.

SOLE LAT: Ashley
SOLE BANKRUPT: Wes

Mary: $8,900 cash and trip/Ashley: $2,050 WC/Wes: $6,800

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$3,000 Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

W _ O L E / _ _ E _ T
_ _ _ _ D

Ashley eats some WHOLE WHEAT BREAD to move to $5,050.

Round 4: AROUND THE HOUSE

After some work by Ashley ($500 N and D singles, two A’s, five $400 T’s, E), we go into Speed-Up mode w/ the following…

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

The leftover consonants are worth $1,500. Her next pick is four O’s, and you loyal viewers (especially myself) aren’t happy about that…

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

for good reasonTOOTHBRUSH AND TOOTHPASTE is only worth another $2,500 to her. She should’ve chosen the H’s or S’s for the win — PR.

FINAL SCORES
Mary: $8,900 cash and trip/Ashley: $7,550/Wes: $6,800

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $23,250
BANKRUPT TRASH: NONE despite the two hits

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Here comes the & envelope for Mary.

Category: PHRASE
Think poker for this puzzle staring out as…

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

DMKO gives her a good shot w/ this…

_ O _ R / O _
_ / K _ N D


She quietly talks her way into the right answer of FOUR OF A KIND for the third and final $30K payoff this week, so she’s out w/ $38,900 cash and trip.

$5K SPIN ID: CR5562307

MY EPISODE RATING: 6

WOF Recap: February 21, 2013

We have three BR wins so far this month, but we could still tie the record for fewest wins in a month set back in Mar. 2008.

EPISODE #5769: PET LOVERS WEEK

$1,000 Tossup: LIVING THING

B _ _ _ _ T
H _ _ _ _

Kathryn solves BASSET HOUND. Thursday’s pet owners are as follows…

Kathryn Napier: recent Univ. of Tennessee graduate who’s going to law school next year from Knoxville, TN; she’s the owner of a rescue cat named Pepito

Bob Hersh: dog-boarding resort owner and dog sanctuary president (there are 16 dogs in his sanctuary) from Desert Hot Springs, CA

Jessica Litow: publicist for food/lifestyle clients and an honorary nonprofit board member of What’s Up Dog! L.A. from L.A.; she owns a rescue Cocker Spaniel named Watson

(NOTE: Pat’s monitor this week shows an aquarium.)

$2,000 Tossup: FUN AND GAMES

_ C _ A B _ L E
B O _ R D

Kathryn doesn’t need a SCRABBLE BOARD to triple her money.

PET-FRIENDLY TRIP: Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans courtesy of Hotwire worth $5K

Jackpot Round: BEFORE AND AFTER

She starts w/ a T while on the VPI gift tag, but it’s a dud. Second, Bob claims the 1/2 CAR next to $900 w/ three N’s, but he then buys the only bad vowel of this puzzle (A). Third, Jessica BANKRUPTS next to $2,500. Kathryn resumes her playing w/ a $300 M and I and two E’s courtesy of FP, then come a $900 Y, the other two vowels, a $900 G, and two $300 P’s. Board… 

_ _ U _ _ I N G / U P
O N / M Y
_ _ E N _ _
P O O _ _ E

She’s wrong w/ STUDYING UP ON MY FRENCH POODLE (I was afraid she would say that since the T was already dead). Bob then puts up a $300 L, a $550 S, two $400 R’s, and a $900 S…

_ R U S _ I N G / U P
O N / M Y
_ R E N _ _
P O O D L E

He says he’s “BRUSHING UP ON MY FRENCH POODLE” for his first $3,800.

DUDS: T (Kathryn), A (Bob)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jessica
SOLE DQ: Kathryn’s blown solve 
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $11,050

Kathryn: $3K/Bob: $3,800 1/2 CAR/Jessica: $0

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Mystery Round: PROPER NAMES

Still in control, Bob leads the way w/ two S’s for the WC, , four E’s, a $500 T, two A’s, and two H’s while on the MW next to the MDW but he doesn’t risk $1K and his cardboard (bad move; that’s the $10K one). On he goes w/ a $550 N, two $600 L’s, but the sole dud vowel of I stops him. Jessica then picks up the New Orleans getaway w/ two R’s…

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

…and IDs ETHAN HAWKE & RUSSELL CROWE for $6K cash and trip.

SOLE DUD: I (Bob)

Kathryn: $3K/Bob: $3,800 1/2 CAR WC/Jessica: $6K cash and N.O.

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1997): FICTIONAL CHARACTER
DMCO gave this elderly woman…

_ O _ L _ N

…but she can’t come up w/ GOBLIN.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

Jessica immediately gets her second BANKRUPT this evening courtesy of the one next to $650. Secondly, Kathryn spots an $800 N, but then gets shot down by the MDW’s right side. Third, Bob does some work here — a $600 T, three A’s, two $900 S’s, four E’s, FPs of O and L on back-to-back spins, but then M for mistake. Jessica next picks up that MDW w/ a G, FPs two I’s, collects $7K worth of R’s, but then duds out w/ P. Back to Kathryn who FPs a single U, lights up a single $500 B and picks up the same 1/2 CAR Bob got w/ three H’s. She then turns down her Fiesta opportunity for a look at…

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

…she’ll be writing “HAVING A BLAST, WISH YOU WERE HERE” during her stay at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on HAWAII’S BIG ISLAND worth $7,014; that was a $9,014 round for her.

DUDS: M (Bob), P (Jessica)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both women)

Kathryn: $12,014 cash & HI/Bob: $3,800 WC/Jessica: $6K cash and N.O.

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$3,000 Tossup: THING

H _ _ H / _ _ H O _ L
D _ _ _ _ M _

Jessica forgets the category as she says HIGH SCHOOL DRUMMER.

H I G H / _ _ H O _ L
D _ _ _ O M _

Kathryn sweeps the Tossups w/ HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA.

Speed-Up: WAYD?

Consonants are worth $1,550 each. After four G’s show their faces…

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

Kathryn’s GETTING THE HANG OF THINGS for another $10,850 and the win!

SOLE DUD: D (Jessica)

FINAL SCORES
Kathryn: $25,864 cash and Hawaii/Bob: $3,800/Jessica: $6K cash and N.O.

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $35,664
BANKRUPT TRASH: $800

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Kathryn takes out the I envelope of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
This is a big puzzle…

L _ _ _ T _ E _ _ _ T
_ _ _ _ E T 

GCBO gives her a little more help…

L _ G _ T _ E _ G _ T
_ _ C _ E T

…but she has nothing, so the $30K that she could’ve won is left behind in this LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET.

$5K SPIN ID: BB5642091

MY EP. RATING: 6

WOF Recap: February 20, 2013

EPISODE #5768: PET LOVERS WEEK

$1,000 Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

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

Aundrea solves LEATHER COLLAR. All three of these pet owners are from the South…

Aundrea Rue: science teacher at Carolina Forest HS w/ two rescue Greyhounds (Agape & Boaz)

Priscilla Kahlig: finishing her Master’s in accounting and a part-time worker at her future sisters-in-laws’ cupcake shop who owns two Yellow Labs (Sandy & Kink) from New Bruanfels, TX

Tim Hundley: self-employed comic book seller who owns an Australian shepherd/blue heeler mix rescue dog named Figaro from Friendsville, TN

$2,000 Tossup: SHOW BIZ

R _ C O R _ I N G
A / _ _ _ _

Aundrea’s wrong this time w/ RECORDING A SONG (that’s what I thought too).

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

Tim’s not RECORDING A DUET, but he’ll be spinning first.

PET-FRIENDLY PRIZE: $5K Natural Balance bonus for the second time this week

Jackpot Round: TITLE/AUTHOR

First from this man are a $300 R and a dud of M, meaning he fell for the MR. trap. Second, Aundrea picks up the MDW w/ a B, but after her next pick of a $350 D is the BANKRUPT next to $650. Third, Priscilla says four T’s for $3,200…

T _ _ / _ _ T
_ _ / T _ _ / _ _ T
B _ / D R . / _ _ _ _ _

…and gets on the board w/ “THE CAT IN THE HAT” BY DR. SEUSS.

SOLE DUD: M (Tim)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Aundrea
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7K

Aundrea: $1K/Priscilla: $3,200/Tim: $2K

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Aundrea gets the obvious AND out of the way first (two $900 N’s, four A’s, $800 D), but she then strikes out on the VPI gift tag w/ the S. Second, Priscilla LOSES A TURN. Third, Tim spots two $300 L’s, but no B. Aundrea next picks up the WC w/ an R, buys two I’s, but then says P for phooey. Priscilla retries w/ a $650 G and two T’s for the 1/2 CAR next to $300, but she’s been let down by the sole dud vowel of E. Tim fills in the remaining consonants (two $700 C’s and an $800 M)…

M A T I N G / A N D
C _ R T A I N
C A L L

…and solves MATING AND CURTAIN CALL for $2,800.

DUDS: S (Aundrea), B (Tim), P (Aundrea), E (Priscilla)
SOLE LAT: Priscilla

Aundrea: $1K WC/Priscilla: $3,200/Tim: $4,800

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (Jan. 12, 1989): PLACE
Yes folks, that was Rolf Benirschke’s first daytime episode as host! Here, Karen Nelson called HDMA…

T H E
H _ M A L A _ A S

….and she easily solved THE HIMALAYAS for a Toyota Corolla LE worth $14,779, giving her $19,379 in prizes to take home.

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Jami Gertz of “The Neighbors” gives her greeting to the show.

PRIZE PUZZLE Round: SONG LYRICS

Priscilla’s first w/ three $550 S’s and $650 T’s, but for the second round in a row, a sole dud vowel bites her (it’s the A in this case). From here, it’s all Tim — a $500 R, two $300 N’s, four E’s, two $900 H’s, a single O and two I’s, and two $800 B’s.

T H E R E ‘ S
N O T H I N _ / B _ T
B _ _ E / S _ I E S

He solves “THERE’S NOTHING BUT BLUE SKIES” from “I Can See Clearly Now” for $3,750 plus a hotwire.com trip to the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort in TOBAGO worth $6,200.

SOLE DUD: A (Priscilla)

Aundrea: $1K WC/Priscilla: $3,200/Tim: $14,750 cash and Caribbean

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$3,000 Tossup: FICTIONAL CHARACTER

D _ _ _ Y
D _ C K

I thought it was gonna be DAISY DUCK, but Tim’s right again w/ DAFFY DUCK for a new total of $17,750.

(BTW, this week was taped on Nov. 2 and this is likely the last known usage of this category.)

Round 4: PHRASE

At the start, Tim can’t find any R’s. Second for Aundrea are a $700 S and T for trouble. Third, Priscilla uncovers an $800 N, but the A lets her down again. We get back to her immediately after the other players BANKRUPT next to $5K (Aundrea loses $700 and her WC), but she loses her turn w/ the L, and it’s time for speed-up mode…

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

…w/ an $1,800 Final Spin. Chosen next are two M’s…

M _ N _ _ _ / S _ _
M _ N _ _ _ / _ _

MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO — Tim adds another $3,600 worth of icing on his cake.

DUDS (all before Final Spin): R (Tim), T (Aundrea), A, L (both by Priscilla)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Tim, Aundrea)

FINAL SCORES
Aundrea: $1K/Priscilla: $3,200/Tim: $21,350 cash and Caribbean

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $25,550
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC or MDW excluded): $1,050

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Tim gets the S envelope of SPIN.

Category: PERSON
Compound word alert…

_ _ _ E _ _ N E R

It’s possible that he could complete the whole board, but he’s actually going w/ HMCI…

H _ M E _ _ N E R 

This HOMEOWNER is the second straight $30K winner, so away he goes w/ $51,350 cash and trip.

$5K SPIN ID: NS1205740

MY EPISODE RATING: 7

WOF Recap: February 19, 2013

EPISODE #5767: PET LOVERS WEEK

Keep in mind that this is the fourth week in a row w/ no flashback clips; it’s this week’s animated intro we’re seeing instead.

$1,000 Tossup: LIVING THING

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

Madison doesn’t own a SPRINGER SPANIEL, but she’s on the board first. Here’s what these people really own…

Madison Gibson: account sales executive w/ two rescue dogs (Great Dane-Lab Gus & Shepherd-Lab Sebastian) from Denver

Susan Turner: 5th grade math teacher w/ a Beagle (Daisy), a Schipperke Mix (Izzy) and a horse (Coal-Train) from Florence, SC

Curt Williams: TV production worker w/ a cat named Mr. B from L.A. (orig. from Huntington Beach)

$2,000 Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ I _ _
_ R I _ C _ P A L

Madison triples up w/ VICE PRINCIPAL.

PET-FRIENDLY TRIP: Loews Coronado Bay Resort San Diego worth $5K

Jackpot Round: BEFORE AND AFTER

She first says $300 T and $600 R singles for $900, but she then BANKRUPTS next to $650. Second, Susan picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $300 w/ an N, then says two E’s, two $300 L’s, the rest of the vowels (w/ a $900 V in between her third and final purchases of I and U), and a $450 G. We have…

_ U _ _ _
L O V E
T R I A N G L E

She solves PUPPY LOVE TRIANGLE for $1,200.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Madison
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,050

I woul’dve gone for the P’s if I were you, ma’am.

Curt: $0/Madison: $3K/Susan: $1,200 1/2 CAR

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Susan LATs out after starting w/ a $600 S. Curt secondly falls victim to the same BANKRUPT that Madison got. Speaking of her, she’s third in line w/ two R’s for the same 1/2 CAR but then A for awful. Susan next picks three $400 T’s, buys two E’s and an I, and FPs the other dud vowel of O; those are followed by the SL of three C’s (good for only $900), the leftover U’s, and the MDW w/ two D’s…

C U T E
C U D D _ _
C R I T T E R S

She solves CUTE, CUDDLY CRITTERS for $1,950.

DUDS: A (Madison), O (Susan)
SOLE LAT: Susan
SOLE BANKRUPT: Curt

Curt: ZIPPO/Madison: $3K/Susan: $3,150 1/2 CAR MDW

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1991): THING
CDMA was somewhat helpful for this woman…

S _ R _ _ _ A R D

…but she couldn’t solve SURFBOARD.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: EVENT

Curt BANKRUPTS next to $650 on his second spin of the game. Second for Madison are $350 S and $700 R singles for $1,050, but then the same BANKRUPT. Third, Susan picks up the VPI gift tag w/ a T ($1K is donated to Companions of Heroes every time it’s picked up this week), then she digs up three I’s, a $700 M, four A’s, a $3,500 N, a $600 F, a $500 L, and the last vowel of two U’s. We have…

M _ / F I R S T
_ A _ A I I A N / L U A U

I probably won’t be enjoying MY FIRST HAWAIIAN LUAU anytime soon, but this lady w/ another $6,050 will do so on her $6K hotwire.com trip to the Makena Beach & Golf Resort in MAUI.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (both of Susan’s oppoenents)

Curt: GOOSEEGG ALERT/Madison: $3K/Susan: $15,200 cash and Hawaii MDW

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$3,000 Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ A R D _ _ O D
_ L _ O _ _

Curt polishes these HARDWOOD FLOORS to finally break through.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

Consonants are worth $1,550 each. Give N’s show their faces…

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

In a STUNNING TURN OF EVENTS, Curt pulls off the upset win by just $200.

FINAL SCORES 
Curt: $15,400/Madison: $3K/Susan: $15,200 cash and Hawaii

If only Susan didn’t buy one vowel too many…

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $33,600
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,950

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$100,000 Bonus Round
What can Curt do after that comeback win of his? He lands on the N of SPIN.

Category: THING
30% of the board revealed first…

_ _ _ N _
_ E N _ _

CHDO gives him a fair shot…

_ _ _ N O
_ E N C H

I don’t know if he owns a PIANO BENCH at home, but he makes the $30K solve and leaves w/ $45,400!

$5K SPIN ID: JG12038

MY EP. RATING: 7

WOF Recap: February 18, 2013

Before I get started w/ this week’s shows, I’m proud to say that my site got its first-ever share on the web! Thanks to whoever did this. Anyway, it’s time for “Pet Lovers Week”.

EPISODE #5766: PET LOVERS WEEK

In the opening, a dog named Norman rides into the studio on a scooter and we see said theme’s animated intro from S28.

$1,000 Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

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

Vicki solves RETRACTABLE LEASH. Let’s meet the first three owners of the week…

Vicki Wright: from Ozark, AR; she’s the owner of a 4 lb. miniature chihuahua named Cujo

Solomon Zenquis: commissary lot owner from Philadelphia; he owns a 4 yr. old Yorkie named Max, a 10 yr. old pitbull named Gunner and a 4 mo. old cat named Cat(herine)

Danielle Wittekind: director of H.R. and training for a nonprofit who’s the owner of two dogs (Libby and Tiger) from Franklin, NC

$2,000 Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ E C T _ V E
I _ _ _ D _ A T E L Y

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, Danielle’s won her first two grand.

PET-FRIENDLY PRIZE: $5K from Natural Balance
GIFT TAG OF THE WEEK: VPI Pet Insurance (this is a nationwide insurance company; $1K will automatically be donated to an animal shelter every time a player picks it up)

Before the start of our first round, Jim’s asked to come to Pat’s podium and admit that he bought a pet named U before he heads back to the announcing booth – LOL!

Jackpot Round: SONG LYRICS

This Week’s Category Wipe: runaway dog w/ the hosts chasing it

Danielle opens w/ six T’s for $3,600, a single E, two A’s, three $700 H’s, and six I’s, followed by an L for that WC, three $350 T’s, but then the sole dud vowel of O. Second in line, Vicki FPs a G, then she says $900 N and W singles, a $300 S, a $600 M, and F for fail while on the $5K NB bonus. Solomon then collects $1,600 worth of Y’s and buys the leftover U…

I / S T R U T
R I G H T / _ Y
W I T H / M Y / T A I L
I N / T H E / A I R

…before solving “I STRUT RIGHT BY WITH MY TAIL IN THE AIR” courtesy of the Stray Cats for the leftover $1,350.

DUDS: O (Danielle), F (Vicki)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT DOGBOWL: $11,650

Vicki: $1K/Solomon: $1,350/Danielle: $2K WC

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Mystery Round: BEFORE AND AFTER

Vicki’s up first w/ an R for that gift tag ($1K is donated to Companions for Heroes), a single $800 T, but then the MDW’s left-side BANKRUPT costing her $2,300 cash and gift tag. Second, Solomon gets the one next to $3,500. Third, Danielle strikes out w/ S, so we’re starting fresh again w/ Vicki. She FPs two L’s for a grand, but then falls victim to the same BANKRUPT that Solomon got. That man in the middle says another baddie in M. Danielle’s next choices are three $550 N’s, two E’s and two G’s while on the MW next to LAT. She’ll still risk $1,400 even though Pat stopped and prompted her for a letter…it’s the money! She keeps on going w/ the other three non-U vowels, $900 J and Y singles, and a $300 S before the the light bulb goes off in her head…

J O L L Y / G R E E N
G I A N T
_ A N D A

Imagine a certain endangered animal as the icon for a brand of frozen/canned vegetables, and she solves JOLLY GREEN GIANT PANDA for $12,750!

DUDS: S (Danielle), M (Solomon)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Vicki 2x, Solomon)

Vicki: $1K/Solomon: $1,350/Danielle: $14,750 WC

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1998): PHRASE
DCYO gave this man…

C R Y
_ O L _

…and he didn’t CRY WOLF, because he solved it.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Solomon is off to bad start w/ the LAT. Second, Danielle does most of the work — three $700 N’s, three I’s, a $900 G, a single E, three $450 T’s, three A’s, three $300 H’s, five O’s, and a $650 C before the BANKRUPT next to top dollar strikes again and burns up $4,900 and her WC. Vicki hits the other normal BANKRUPT after putting up a $300 V; that’s her third one tonight. Solomon tries again w/ two S’s for the 1/2 CAR next to $900 and a $500 P, but the other MDW BANKRUPT takes away $1,500 and his plate; that’s his second one of the game. Danielle SPINGLES for a $650 R…

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

…and says “SHARING PHOTOS OF THE VACATION I WON” for a $6K trip to COSTA RICA from Tripmasters.

SOLE LAT: Solomon
BANKRUPTS: 3 (entire panel)

Let this be a note to all future contestants: spingling for less than the house minimum is usually a BAD IDEA. It just makes running the risk of getting a penalty space pointless.

Vicki: $1K/Solomon: $1,350/Danielle: $21,400 cash & trip

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$3,000 Tossup: THING

S U _ _ Y
D I S P O S _ T I O N

Solomon solves SUNNY DISPOSITION for a new total of $4,350.

Speed-Up: TITLE

Consonants are worth $1,550 apiece. After an early H call by Danielle

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

…she seals the deal w/ a quick solve of “THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE” for $4,650!

(NOTE: Solomon tried to called for an R during his three seconds after he started this round w/ a T.)

FINAL SCORES
Vicki: $1K/Solomon: $4,350/Danielle: $26,050 cash and trip

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $31,400
BANKRUPT TRASH (cardboard not included): $10K

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$100,000 Bonus Round
The pet-friendly vehicle this week is a Toyota Venza. Danielle has captured the I envelope of AMERICA’S.

Category: LIVING THING
It’s a one-word puzzle that begins like this…

S _ R _ _ _ E R _

Unfortunately, she strikes out of the game w/ the dreaded CDMA combo, and she loses the $45K in some SHRUBBERY.

$5K SPIN ID: CJ8599139
This Week’s 1/2 CAR: Ford Fiesta S from Star Ford (since Pat didn’t mention it, I had to look at the prize sponsor at the end of this broadcast)

MY EP. RATING: 6

Week 22 Stats

Total this Week: $213,770
Total for the Season: $5,537,754
BR Win Record: 41-69 (.373) 
Total Car Wins: 27
-1/2 Car: 13
-BR Car: 14 
 
$100,000 Wins-Losses: 3-2 
$1M Bonus Rounds: 6 
Perfect BR Weeks: 0 
BR SHUTOUTS: 3  
Prize Wedge Wins: 24   
Gift Tag Wins: 32 
Jackpot Wins: 8 
Mystery Wedge Wins: 7
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 18-19
Mystery $10K was on $700: 25
Mystery $10K was on $300: 24
 
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 37-12
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 5 (1 on $900, 2 on $2500, 2 on $3500)
BR: 12
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 61/30/0
5-Round Games: 23
6-Round Games: 3
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 10
Gooseegg Victims: 24
Red Winners: 40

Yellow Winners: 35   
Blue Winners: 35 
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $32,920* / 3 Wild Cards / 2 “� CAR” tags / 1 MDW     
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $557,497* / 30 Wild Cards / 34 “� CAR” tags / 7 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupts: $27,100 (Sept. 24); $16,420 (Feb. 11); $15,960* (Dec. 3)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $40,100*+ � Car (Sept. 24); $28,200* (Nov. 16); $22,750* (Jan. 21)
Highest-Winning Totals: $147,000 (Dec. 28), $137,250 (Nov. 21), $129,600 (Oct. 17)    
 
Lowest-Winning Totals: $9,550 (Jan. 22), $10,100 (Dec. 10), $11,583 (Nov. 22)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $74,772 (Dec. 28); $72,300 (Dec. 21); $58,580 (Dec. 13)
Lowest Maingame Winnings: $15,350 (Oct. 4); $17,964 (Nov. 6), $18,470 (Nov. 1)
Season-High Week: $377,702 (Week #15: Happy Holidays)
Season-Low Week: $151,104 (Week #6: Teachers Week)

*Includes prizes