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. But after some work, he buys a bad vowel in U. 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 but then buys the other bad vowel of this puzzle (A). After Clay says W for worthless, Stephanie inserts the leftover 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)
DQ: Steph’s U repeat
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,550

Scores after R1
Clay: $2K
Stephanie: $4,500

Lexi: $1K  

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Mystery Round: PHRASE

The early leader starts this big puzzle w/ four T’s, six E’s, an N and two 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/ an M but then another dud in G. Third, Clay FPs two U’s but then falls victim to the BANKRUPT next top top dollar. Returnig to Stephanie, she lights up a D, the remaining O’s, and four 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)
BANKRUPT:
Clay

DQ: Stephanie’s R repeat 

Scores after R2
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. Later, she gets the MDW w/ two L’s…but then hits LAT after some work to likely give up that Sonic plus $950. Second, Clay says S for sorry. Third, Stephanie picks up the Philips 66 gas card w/ three N’s and buys the rest of the vowels. She keeps on going till we see…

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)
LAT: Lexi

Scores after R3
Clay: $2K
Stephanie: $19,240 cash and prizes

Lexi: $8,700 cash and CA

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$3,000 Tossup: PERSON

_ _ _ _ O
_ _ O W _

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

Round 4: EVENT (full $1,800 speed-up) 

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 and prizes
Lexi: $8,700 cash and CA

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $34,740
NO BANKRUPT TRASH THIS EPISODE

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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 out of 10

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. Two spins later, though, she hits LAT to leave $8,640 cash and Carmel on the table. Rich follows suit w/ N and P singles, 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

Scores after R1
Kristin: $0
Chelsea: $11,640 cash and CA + 1/2 CAR
Rich: same as Kristin

(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, spots a D and then picks up the Beach Bikes gift tag w/ an R. It’s all her from here…

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

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

BANKRUPT: Rich

Scores after R2
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…

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.

PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R3
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

Late in this round, Kristin FPs the last remaining vowel of three A’s. After she then inserts the frontloading 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.

PERFECT ROUND #2!

Heading into R5
Kristin: $19,950 cash and prizes 
Chelsea: $11,640 cash and CA
Rich: gooseegg alert

Round 5: CHARACTER (full $1,450 speed-up)
 
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)…

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

…but Kristin seals her win w/ GREEK GODDESS for $2,900.

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

FINAL SCORES
Kristin: $22,850 cash and prizes 
Chelsea: $11,640 cash and 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 out of 10

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, the latter giving her the CA trip. Soon enough…

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 (both of Tammy’s opponents)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,850

Scores after R1
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 a bunch of vowels, 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”!

LAT: Chris

Scores after R2
Chris: nothing
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? (this is another big puzzle)

In the middle of the round, Tammy picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $900 w/ eight N’s. After she later cleans out the vowels…

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.

PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R3
Chris: bad 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 T and R singles, 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)
LAT: Chris

Going into R5
Chris: gooseegg alert
Tammy: $36,967 cash and trips
Lawren: $6,250

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Round 5: SHOW BIZ (full $1,450 speed-up)

Pat’s first spin was that BANKRUPT next to $650. This round took a while…

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

…but Chris 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.)

Wes gets started w/ two N’s and 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 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)
BANKRUPT: Mary
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,800

Scores after R1
Mary: $0
Ashley: $2,050 + WC
Wes: $3K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

First, Mary calls out a T, two N’s for the $5K bonus, and D for dud. Second, Ashley says an R and S for sorry. Third, Wes takes $1,800 worth of L’s, but then the sole dud vowel of A. Mary second turn ends quickly w/ the LAT. Ashley gets the same wedge after filling in more letters. Wes narrows things down to this…

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)

Scores after R2
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). But after some work, she hits LAT for the second time tonight, possibly costing her at least $16,390 cash and Fiesta. Wes secondly BANKRUPTS next to top dollar. Afterwards, it’s all Mary…

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.

BANKRUPT: Wes
LAT: Ashley

Scores after R3
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, 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.

PERFECT ROUND 

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 out of 10

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

Kathryn 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/ an M and I and two E’s courtesy of FP. But after some work… 

_ _ 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 narrows things down to this…

_ 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)
BANKRUPT: Jessica
DQ: Kathryn’s blown solve 
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $11,050

Scores after R1
Kathryn: $3K
Bob: $3,800 + 1/2 CAR
Jessica: $0

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Mystery Round: PROPER NAME

Still in control, Bob picks up the WC at the start w/ two S’s. Later, he’s called for two H’s while on the MW next to the MDW, and doesn’t risk $1K and his cardboard (bad move; that’s the $10K one). After a lot of work, 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)

Scores after R2
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 (he FPed the O and L on back-to-back spins) but then says 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 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)

Scores after R3
Kathryn: $12,014 cash and Hawaii 
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.

Round 4: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? (full $1,550 speed-up)

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 out of 10

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 an 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)
BANKRUPT: Aundrea
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7K

Scores after R1
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, but she then strikes out on the VPI gift tag w/ the S. Second, Priscilla LOSES A TURN. Third, Tim spots two 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 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 C’s and an 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)
LAT: Priscilla

Scores after R2
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 S’s and 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…

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)

Scores after R3
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 an S and T for trouble. Third, Priscilla uncovers an 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 out of 10

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

First, Madison says T and 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. It’s all her from here…

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

She solves PUPPY LOVE TRIANGLE for $1,200. 

BANKRUPT: Madison
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,050

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

Scores after R1
Curt: $0
Madison: $3K
Susan: $1,200 + 1/2 CAR

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Susan LATs out after starting w/ an 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. Later, Susan FPs the other dud vowel of O, inserts the SL of three C’s (good for only $900), buys the leftover U’s, picks up the MDW w/ two D’s…

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

…and solves CUTE, CUDDLY CRITTERS for $1,950.

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

Scores after R2
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 S and 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). After she later cleans out the vowels… 

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)

Scores after R3
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.

Round 4: PHRASE (full $1,550 speed-up)

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

In a STUNNING TURN OF EVENTS, Curl 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 out of 10

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 gets things going w/ six T’s for $3,600 and a few vowels. A little later, she has that WC w/ an L. But after a lot of work, she gets stung by the sole dud vowel of O. Second in line, Vicki FPs a G. Towards the end, she says 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
 
Scores after R1
Vicki: $1K
Solomon: $1,350
Danielle: $2K + WC 

BTW, some message board users call contestants who buy the sole dud vowel of a puzzle instead of the U a U-voider.

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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 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 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 until 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)

Scores after R2
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, but 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 P, but the other MDW BANKRUPT takes away $1,500 and his plate; that’s his second one of the game. Danielle spingles (wha?) 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.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (entire panel)
LAT: Solomon

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.

Scores after R3
Vicki: $1K
Solomon: $1,350
Danielle: $21,400 cash and 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.

Round 4: TITLE (full $1,550 speed-up)

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

Danielle 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. My favorite BGHO would have done it.

$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 out of 10

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