Week 28 Stats

Total this Week: $221,533
Total for the Season: $7,089,623
BR Win Record: 57-83 (.407)  
Total Car Wins: 30
-1/2 Car: 13
-BR Car: 17
$100,000 Wins-Losses: 3-3
$1M Bonus Rounds: 6     
Perfect BR Weeks: 0     
BR SHUTOUTS: 3      
Prize Wedge Wins: 30 
Gift Tag Wins: 40    
Jackpot Wins: 9     
Mystery Wedge Wins: 10
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 26-22
Mystery $10K was on $700: 33
Mystery $10K was on $300: 29
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 48-13
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 7 (1 on $900, 2 on $2500, 4 on $3500)
BR: 15
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 83/38/0 
5-Round Games: 31
6-Round Games: 3 
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 12
Gooseegg Victims: 28
Red Winners: 51
Yellow Winners: 48
Blue Winners: 41
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $14,900 
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $679,097*
Biggest Bankrupts: $27,100 (Sept. 24); $16,420 (Feb. 11); $15,960* (Dec. 3)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $40,100* (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: $9,100 (Mar. 20), $9,550 (Jan. 22), $10,100 (Dec. 10)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $74,772 (Dec. 28); $72,300 (Dec. 21); $58,580 (Dec. 13)
Lowest Maingame Winnings: $15,350 (Oct. 4); $17,450 (Mar. 14), $17,964 (Nov. 6)
Season-High Week: $377,702 (Week #15: Happy Holidays)
Season-Low Week: $151,104 (Week #6: Teachers Week)


WOF Recap: March 29, 2013


Opening Clip (Feb. 2001 in HI): Pat laughs w/ his wife Leslie

$1,000 Tossup: TITLE

A L _ _ _ / _ N
_ _ N _ _ R L _ _ D

Torrie (female) solves “ALICE IN WONDERLAND”. We end the month w/ these players…

Torrie Sheard: 2nd grade teacher at Cole Manor ES and karaoke singer from Norristown, PA

Michael Archambo: real estate worker from Huntington Beach

Anne Perez: homemaker and church volunteer from Dallas, TX

$2,000 Tossup: SHOW BIZ

L _ _ _ / _ _ U _ I O
A _ D I _ _ _ _

Anne’s incorrect w/ LOUD STUDIO AUDIENCE.

L _ V E / _ _ U _ I O
A U D I _ _ _ _


FEATURED TRIP: Omni Hotels & Resorts Amelia Island Plantation in FL worth $5,264

Jackpot Round: PHRASE

He begins w/ two N’s for the WC and four E’s before calling four T’s via Jackpot. After buying the I’s next, he picks up the SpaFinder.com gift tag w/ four H’s and fills in the $500 R before he faces…

R I _ H T / I N
T H E / T H I _ _
_ _ / T H I N _ _

He’s RIGHT IN THE THICK OF THINGS w/ $6K cash and gift tag — PR.


Michael: $8K cash and gift tag WC/Anne: $0/Torrie: $1K


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Anne takes four N’s for a $2,400 start, buys two I’s and three E’s, and lights up three $800 T’s, but next is sole dud vowel of this puzzle (A). Second, Torrie calls an L while on the MW next to the MDW and takes the obvious gamble…$10K! Next up are a $350 D, four O’s, and a C while on the other MW

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

…and she’s ON CLOUND NINE TIMES OUT OF TEN for $11,100!

SOLE DUD: A (Anne)

Michael: $8K cash and gift tag WC/Anne: $0/Torrie: $12,100

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1992): PHRASE
CHPO gave this man…

R _ _ S E / _
R _ C _ _ S

No need to RAISE A RUCKUS — he nailed it.



Torrie uses her initial $500 from an S to buy two I’s and E’s. She next FPs the R and buys the remaining vowels (A and O singles). After that, she picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $450 w/ two T’s, two $700 D’s, and the other half of the Chevy Spark w/ three N’s. But she then says a major dud in M to leave $3,900 and the Spark on the table. Michael then inserts two G’s for $1,400…

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

…and he’ll feel the GENTLY BLOWING TRADE WINDS during his stay at Nick Troubetzkoy’s Anse Chastanet in ST. LUCIA worth $9,500.

SOLE DUD: M (Torrie)

Michael: $18,900 cash and prizes WC/Anne: GOOSEEGG ALERT/Torrie: $12,100


$3,000 Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ N _ / _ _ D
C _ E _ S _

Anne’s finally off the schenid w/ WINE AND CHEESE.

Round 4: PLACES

First from Anne are a $350 N, two A’s and the LAT. Second for Torrie are a $900 D, E and I singles, and two $350 S’s, but we hear the bell for Speed-Up Mode…

_ I _ _ S / A N D
_ A _ _ E _ S

The remaining consonants are worth $1,350 apiece. Following three straight duds (a null cycle was left in), the L’s appear…

_ I L L S / A N D
_ A L L E _ S

Torrie gets HILLS AND VALLEYS for $6,500, but she still loses by $300.

DUDS (during Speed-Up only)
: R (Torrie), G (Mike), T (Anne)

Michael: $18,900 cash and prizes WC/Anne: $3K/Torrie: $18,600

: $40,500


$100,000 Bonus Round
Michael has claimed the G envelope.

Category: PEOPLE
Here’s how we begin…

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

The first four letters of the alphabet and H…are all DUDS and he’s wrong thinking the first word is POLO. The answer was GOLF FOURSOME, and he’s not the other Jetta owner of the week.

$5K SPIN ID: SP4670437


WOF Recap: March 28, 2013

Let’s hope for a nice recovery after Jason Dingess totally bombed his $100K bid from last night.


Opening Clip (1999 in Hawaii): Pat builds the round logo in the sand

$1,000 Tossup: PHRASE

F _ L L _ _ / Y O _ R
_ _ _ _ _

Robyn’s incorrect w/ FOLLOW YOUR DREAM.

F _ L L _ _ / Y O _ R
_ L I S S

Cheryl doesn’t know the last word.

F O L L _ W / Y O U R

Ryan gets FOLLOW YOUR BLISS. And for the fourth night in a row, a man in the middle is introduced first by Pat…

Ryan Shaughnessy: Chicago sports fan except for the Cubs from L.A. (originally from Pontiac, IL)

Cheryl Hackinon: 5th grade teacher at Skyline ES from Tacoma, WA

Robyn O’Brien: worker for The Actors Fund from Pleasantville, NY

$2,000 Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ E _ T U _ C I N E
A L _ _ _ _ _

Cheryl eats up some FETTUCCINE ALFREDO for control.

FEATURED TRIP: Cuan Law boat ride to the British Virgin Islands worth $8,750

Jackpot Round: SAME LETTER

She FPs two A’s to start (it’s NOT the Free Spin, Pat!). Following a null cycle are $300 T and E singles, but then the LAT.  Second, Robyn gets DQed for repeating the S. From here, it’s all  Ryan — $300 R, three I’s, two $400 L’s, two $350 M’s, the SL of three $900 F’s.

F A _ _ R I T E
F A M I L _

He solves FAVORITE FAMILY FILM for $4,250.

SOLE AIRED DQ: Robyn’s S repeat

Robyn: $0/Ryan: $5,250/Cheryl: $2K


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

First, Robyn wastes a spin w/ the MDW’s left side. Second, Ryan rattles off two R’s and T at $550 a piece, four E’s and two A’s, two $350 L’s, and the last vowel of two I’s, followed by a $350 D, a $600 B, a Y for the 1/2 CAR next to the pink $900, but the the BANKRUPT next to $650 to clean him out of $3,050 and his plate. Cheryl then inserts two $900 S’s and a $650 P. She goes on one more time…and she barely hangs onto top dollar to call twin C’s. We have…

E A R L Y / B I R D
E _ _ E C T S

…she makes the $9,450 solve of EARLY BIRD SPECIAL EFFECTS. And Pat shows her before the next break of how close she was to missing top dollar by simply moving her pointer to the BANKRUPT nearby.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (both of Cheryl’s opponents)

Robyn: $0/Ryan: $5,250/Cheryl: $11,450

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1997): PLACE
HCMA was chosen by this man…

A L _ A N _

…surprisingly, he doesn’t know the capital of New York — ALBANY.



Ryan instantly BANKRUPTs next to top dollar. Cheryl secondly does some work ($900 D, two $300 T’s, $600 H, four E’s, A) but then says S for sorry. Third, Robyn calls out a $3,500 N and buys the leftover I’s, after which she puts up two $350 R’s and a G for the other 1/2 CAR. She then turns down her Chevy Spark opportunity for a look at…

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

She’s won her first $4,450 and will be RIDING THE PERFECT WAVE during her stay at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa in HAWAII from hotwire.com worth $6,030.

SOLE DUD: S (Cheryl)

Robyn: $10,480 cash and HI/Ryan: $5,250/Cheryl: $11,450


$3,000 Tossup: THING

_ / F _ _ S H
_ E _ _ _ _ C _ _ V E

This is A FRESH PERSPECTIVE for Robyn — she’s now in the lead w/ $13,480.


Consonants are worth $1,500 apiece. After Cheryl buys three I’s for free…

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

…she whiffs w/ STRIDING ON & STRIDING IN A. The K gets called next by Robyn

S T R I K I N G / _ _ / _
_ _ N _ _ R S _ T I _ N

…she forgets to add the A at the end of the first line after saying STRIKING UP _ CONVERSATION and STRIKING ON _ CONVERSATION; she may have thrown away $9K and the victory. Afterwards, Ryan puts up the C…

S T R I K I N G / _ _ / _
C _ N _ _ R S _ T I _ N

While you guys will be STRIKING UP A CONVERSATION about that weird game, Ryan’s won another $6K.

DQs: 4 (two wrong answers by each lady)

Robyn: $13,480 cash and HI/Ryan: $11,250/Cheryl: $11,450

BANKRUPT TRASH (disregarding plate): $3,050


$100,000 Bonus Round
Robyn also lands on the W, so we know the $100K is out of the picture.

Category: THING
This looks like a compound word to me…

_ _ _ L _ _ _ _ R _

She picks a good time to call the dreaded CDMA combo, because we now have…

C _ A L _ _ _ A R D

Well…she scares me w/ her awful guesses of  CHAMELEON and CHOWGUARD, but she gets CHALKBOARD w/ two seconds left for the $35K, so she departs w/ $48,480 cash and trip.

$5K SPIN ID: WZ0651241

At the end, Pat lists all the errors Robyn made (including verbally stumbling during her interview).


WOF Recap: March 27, 2013


Opening Flashback Clip (2010): While taping what is likely a Sandals Resort promo, Pat falls over after Vanna tells him to relax

$1,000 Tossup: PLACE

_ _ _ / G _ _ _ E N
O _ / _ _ E _

Jason solves THE GARDEN OF EDEN. For the third time in a row, we’re starting the interviews w/ a man in the middle…

Jason Dingess: restaurant worker whose late grandma said that this was his and her favorite show from Charleston, WV

Wendi Pallozzi: clinical scientist who works in the pharmaceutical industry and a Cathecism teacher from Quakertown, PA

Audrey Tillemans: downtown hotel overnight supervisor from Dallas, TX

$2,000 Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ / _ _ P / O F
_ _ _ _ _ / T E A

Wendi sips A CUP OF GREEN TEA to start the first round.

FEATURED PARADISE: Maruba Resort Jungle Spa in Belize worth $8,220

Jackpot Round: FUN & GAMES

Wendi wastes a turn w/ the BANKRUPT next to $650. Second, Audrey says a $700 T and gets the other normal BANKRUPT. Third, Jason picks up the spafinder.com gift tag w/ three N’s, lights up R and D singles (former for $700, the latter was on $2,500), and goes vowel buying for two A’s, but the E isn’t there. Wendi tries again w/ five $350 S’s and two I’s, but next is a dud in C. Audrey then picks a $300 G, two $550 H’s, the last vowel of three O’s, and two FP P’s before we see…

R O O _ S
_ I S H O P S
_ N I G H T S / A N D
P A _ N S

She solves the chess pieces ROOKS, BISHOPS, KNIGHTS AND PAWNS for $2,150.

DUDS: E (Jason), C (Wendi)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Audrey: $2,150/Jason: $1K/Wendi: $2K


Mystery Round: THE 80’s

At the start, Audrey doesn’t quite hang on to the good part of the MDW and loses her turn instead. From here, it’s all Jason — two $650 T’s, two $450 R’s, E, two $700 S’s, three A’s, five $350 N’s, four I’s and three $800 M’s.

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


SOLE BANKRUPT: Audrey (her second of the night)

Audrey: $2,150/Jason: $8K/Wendi: $2K

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1993): THING

HCDA was chosen by this lady…

S _ _
_ A S _

…and she got SKI MASK.



This round is all Jason — two $400 N’s, four $650 T’s, three E’s and two O’s, two $450 H’s, two I’s, and a $300 L.

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

He solves “PUT THE LIME IN THE COCONUT” (from Harry Nilsson’s “Coconut”) for $3,850 plus a trip to the Ka’anapali Beach Club Resort in MAUI from Diamond Resorts worth $6,578 — PR.

Audrey: $2,150/Jason: $18,428 cash and Maui/Wendi: $2K


$3,000 Tossup: THING

_ O L T / O F
_ I G _ T _ _ N G

The answer came to Wendi like a BOLT OF LIGHTNING, so she’s up to $5K.

Round 4: PHRASE

Wendi starts w/ S for sorry. Second, Audrey FPs two E’s, says three T’s while on $5K, but then repeats the S. Third, Jason does some work ($800 N, O, three $500 D’s, A), but then says L for loss of turn. Wendi then fills in the rest of the consonants — $800 R, $700 V, $350 X, respectively.

D O N ‘ T / T E X T
A N D / D R _ V E

Hope you know this lesson by heart; she solves “DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE” for another $1,850.

DUDS: S (Wendi), L (Jason)
SOLE DQ: Audrey’s S repeat

Audrey: $2,150/Jason: $18,428 cash and Maui/Wendi: $2K


Audrey instantly BANKRUPTS next to $650; that’s probably her final one of the game. Jason doesn’t do any better w/ a dud of N. Third, Wendi spots two $450 T’s, and we’re going into Speed-Up Mode…

_ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ T T _ _

…w/ a $1,900 Final Spin. After Wendi’s M request…

_ _ R _ _ M _
_ _ T T L _

…she goofs w/ CERMAIC BOTTLE. Audrey later buys three E’s for free…

_ E R _ _ M E
B _ T T L E

…she gets PERFUME BOTTLE for the house minimum.

DUDS AFTER THE BELL: S (Audrey), C (Audrey), D (Wendi)
SOLE DQ: Wendi’s blown solve

Audrey: $3,150/Jason: $18,428 cash and Maui/Wendi: $2K



$100,000 Bonus Round
This Jason lands on the ol’ W.

Category: PLACE
Here’s a column of something to start…

_ _ _ T _
_ _ _ T _

YDCA are nowhere to be found, so game over for him. It was PHOTO BOOTH























…AND THIS PLAYING IS A TOTAL TRAINWRECK (first time in a little over two years) — HE’S THE FIRST $100,000 LOSER THIS YEAR (and third overall this season). Should’ve went w/ my BGHO combination, sir.

$5K SPIN ID: KD1783510

MY EP. RATING: 4 out of 10

WOF Recap: March 26, 2013


Opening Flashback Clip (Feb. 13, 1996): Pat brings out her daughter Maggie at the end of a Hawaii episode

$1,000 Tossup: PHRASE

H _ A V E _ / O N
_ _ _ T _

Jason solves HEAVEN ON EARTH. Once again, the interviews start w/ the man in the middle…

Jason Fanelli: medical metro appeals coordinator and aspiring video game journalist who played a “Wheel” video game when he was three from Norwood, PA

Kim Mangerchine: dance instructor from Bay St. Louis, MS

Lindsay Kleinhenz: nutrition manager at a local hospital from Dayton, OH

$2,000 Tossup: THE 70’s

_ _ E _ _ _
& / _ _ _ _ _ _ Y

Jason’s two for two w/ “LAVERNE & SHIRLEY”.

FEATURED HOTWIRE.COM TRIP: Costa Mediterranean Cruise worth $6,500

Jackpot Round: LIVING THING

He gets things started w/ a $300 T, three E’s, and four $350 R’s, but after his next purchase of A is L for loss of turn. Second, Kim says N for nothing while on Jackpot. Third, Lindsay calls out a $400 S, three O’s, and the sole dud vowel of I while on FP, but she then BANKRUPTs near top dollar to lose the $150 remainder (a shot of the BANKRUPT next to $650 w/ the Greece wedge from last night was dubbed in). Back to Jason who calls a $400 C and three $900 H’s, and we now have…

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

He solves THOROUGHBRED RACEHORSE for $4,300.

DUDS: L (Jason), N (Kim)

Both ladies: $0/Jason: $7,300


Mystery Round: SHOW BIZ

It’s all Kim — two $900 T’s, a $300 R, two E’s, four A’s, the Shari’s Berries gift tag w/ S, two $800 H’s, the last vowel of five O’s, and three $700 L’s.

A / S T A R / O _
T H E / H O L L _ _ O O _
_ A L _ / O _ / _ A _ E

She might not get A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. but she does win $6,550 cash and food — PR.

Lindsay: $0/Jason: $7,300/Kim: $6,550 cash and gift tag

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1993): THING
BGKO was chosen by this man…

_ _ B R E L L _

…but he still can’t get UMBRELLA.



Lindsay instantly BANKRUPTs on the MDW’s right side. Second, Jason takes three $900 T’s, four A’s and an E but then LOSES A TURN. Third, Kim gets the same BANKRUPT as Lindsay, who then says a $600 S and also gets the LAT. Jason then picks up the WC w/ two N’s, after which he says two I’s, a $350 G, the last vowel of two O’s, and an $800 C. Board…

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

He’ll probably see some BOATS DOCKING AT THE MARINA, because he wins $3,850 plus a $5,200 trip to the Renaissance ARUBA Resort & Casino.

LATs: 2 (Jason, Lindsay)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Lindsay: ZILCH/Jason: $16,350 cash and trip WC/Kim: $6,550 cash and gift tag


$3,000 Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ E N N Y
C A _ _ Y

Lindsay chomps up on some PENNY CANDY to finally get off the gooseegg.


Lindsay does most of the work (three $800 T’s, four E’s, a $650 N, two A’s, $300 P, $500 R, final vowel of O) before getting her second LAT of the night. Jason then calls two H’s for $600…

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

…and we give him another $400 from this pair of PATENT LEATHER SHOES.

SOLE LaT: Lindsay

Lindsay: $3K/Jason: $17,350 cash and trip WC/Kim: $6,550 cash and gift tag

Speed-Up: PEOPLE

$1,500’s the FS value. After two C’s show their faces…

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

Kim’s CHEERING SECTION likes the fact that she’s won another $4,500.

Lindsay: $3K/Jason: $17,350 cash and trip WC/Kim: $11,050 cash and gift tag



$100,000 Bonus Round

Here comes the *** for Jason.

Category: PHRASE
This one’s even bigger than last night’s puzzle…

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

HCPO and M give him…

_ T / _ _ S / _ O _ N _
T O / H _ P P E N

IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN that he would win…actually, he misses the third word w/ GOING, so he loses the $30K.

$5K SPIN ID: MK4820265


WOF Recap: March 25, 2013


Opening Flashback Clip (Feb. 1999): Pat introduces a show from Waikiki while paddling in a canoe

$1,000 Tossup: PHRASE

_ O T _ L L Y
A _ E _ O _ _

Matt thinks he’s TOTALLY AWESOME. The first panel this week…

Matt Fiedler: corporate TV studio worker of a major telecomm company and does some cartoon voiceover work from Branchburg, NJ

Vishta Granatos: criminal defense attorney expecting her first child and recently received an award for being one of the top attorneys in Southern CA from Encino, CA (born in Iran)

Melanie Cobb: SAHM who just finished writing her first children’s book titled Jada’s Flowers from Coppell, TX

$2,000 Tossup: SHOW BIZ

C H A R _ C _ _ R
_ C _ _ _

Matt fittingly solves CHARACTER ACTOR to triple up.

FEATURED TRIP: Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, Greece worth $9,370

Jackpot Round: FOOD & DRINK (tropical fish wipe)

This Week’s 1/2 CAR: Chevrolet Spark

He starts w/ an S while on Jackpot, but there aren’t any. Second, Vishta picks up the 1/2 CAR next to $900 w/ a T and exchanges her $500 for three E’s and A’s, but she then BANKRUPTs next to $650. Third, Melanie FPs twin O’s and cashes in $7,500 w/ three C’s. But after her next pick of a $400 H is that same BANKRUPT, costing her $7,900. Returning to Matt, he inserts two $450 L’s and a K for the WC and buys the last vowel of I. The board at this point…

_ E L _ I A _

He eats a piece of BELGIAN CHOCOLATE CAKE for $1,150.

SOLE DUD: S (Matt)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both ladies)

Both ladies: $0 each/Matt: $4,150 WC


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Vishta’s up first w/ an $800 T, a single E, but then R for roadblock. Secondly, Melanie takes three pairs of N’s, A’s and Y’s ($900 for first, $450 for the third) before she says an S while on the MW next to the MDW and risks $2,450…nothing there. Third, Matt picks off two $900 F’s, the leftover three O’s and two C’s while on the other MW. We now have…

_ A C _
O F / C O Y O T E S

He solves FANNY PACK OF COYOTES for $3,550.

SOLE DUD: R (Vishta)

Both ladies: $0 each/Matt: $7,700 WC

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (NFL Players Week in Jan. 1998 and Dec. 3, 2008): PHRASE
This lady and her partner faced this after calling CDMA…

_ _ L D / T _ E
M A _ _

They didn’t solve HOLD THE MAYO. On the other hand, Dan O’Riordan from 2008 won a Volkswagen Tiguan SE.



The scoreless Melanie begins w/ a $550 T and three E’s, but she then gets nailed by that same BANKRUPT; that’s her third one of the night. From here, it’s all Matt — two $450 H’s, two $700 B’s, one A and two O’s, a C for the SpaFinder gift tag, and two FP N’s.

B O N _ _ _ E / O N
T H E / B E A C H

He’s won $4,300 cash and gift tag and he might set up a BONFIRE ON THE BEACH during his stay at the Si Como No Resort in COSTA RICA worth $6,050; that was a $10,350 round for him.


Both ladies: ZIPPO/Matt: $18,050 cash and prizes + WC


$3,000 Tossup: SONG TITLE

_ A _ _ _ N G
Q _ E _ _

Melanie finally gets on the board w/ ABBA’s “DANCING QUEEN”.


A $600 pair of N’s get her started, followed by three A’s but then that same BANKRUPT (that’s her fourth and likely final one tonight). Second, Matt fills in a $500 G, a single I, two $300 T’s, three E’s, and two $500 S’s, but next is LaT and we’re going into Speed-Up Mode…

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

…and the four remaining consonants are each worth $1,500. The D gets called next…

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

…and Vishta was STAYING ONE STEP AHEAD of being gooseegged.


Melanie: $3K/Matt: $18,050 cash and prizes WC/Vishta: $1,500

BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding tag): $11K


$100,000 Bonus Round
A VW Jetta awaits lucky winners this week. Matt lands on the C.

Category: PHRASE
This is a fairly big puzzle…

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

CDMO should do it for him, but P also makes the cut…

_ O _ C E / _ O _ R
O P _ N _ O N

VOICE YOUR OPINION on the gameplay of this episode after I tell you that he’s won the Jetta SE worth $22,475 and leaves w/ $45,525 cash and prizes.

$5K SPIN ID: GM8575533

: 7

Week 27 Stats

Total this Week: $261,684
Total for the Season: $6,868,090
BR Win Record: 55-80 (.407)  
Total Car Wins: 29
-1/2 Car: 13
-BR Car: 16
$100,000 Wins-Losses: 3-2    
$1M Bonus Rounds: 6     
Perfect BR Weeks: 0     
BR SHUTOUTS: 3      
Prize Wedge Wins: 30 
Gift Tag Wins: 37    
Jackpot Wins: 9     
Mystery Wedge Wins: 9 
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 25-21
Mystery $10K was on $700: 32
Mystery $10K was on $300: 28
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 46-13
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 7 (1 on $900, 2 on $2500, 4 on $3500)
BR: 12 
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 79/35/0 
5-Round Games: 29
6-Round Games: 3 
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 12
Gooseegg Victims: 28
Red Winners: 49
Yellow Winners: 45
Blue Winners: 41
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $14,250
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $664,197*
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: $9,100 (Mar. 20), $9,550 (Jan. 22), $10,100 (Dec. 10)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $74,772 (Dec. 28); $72,300 (Dec. 21); $58,580 (Dec. 13)
Lowest Maingame Winnings: $15,350 (Oct. 4); $17,450 (Mar. 14), $17,964 (Nov. 6)
Season-High Week: $377,702 (Week #15: Happy Holidays)
Season-Low Week: $151,104 (Week #6: Teachers Week)

WOF Recap: March 22, 2013


Opening Flashback Clip (2004): At a ranch, Vanna’s sitting on a haystack without Pat by her side

The last set of the week is the one from Pet Lovers.

$1,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

L _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ K
_ _ K A N _ _ S

Natasha locates LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS. But she’s not from there; here’s where everybody’s really from…

Natasha Madriz: financial analyst for an IT company w/ a 3-yr. old cat (Cooper) from Austin, TX

Jim Pigsley: self-employed graphic designer w/ a 12-yr. old “dancing queen” border collie aptly named Abba from Englewood, CO

Phyllis Robinson: title agent who’s the owner of two Great Danes (Rocky and Adrian) and a cat from Ocean View, NJ

$2,000 Tossup: PROPER NAME 

N _ C O L E
_ I _ M _ N

She’s married to “American Idol” judge Keith Urban, and Natasha’s two for two w/ NICOLE KIDMAN.

FEATURED TRIP: Bally’s Resort from vegas.com worth $5K

Jackpot Round: SAME LETTER

Natasha’s list of letters begins w/ two $600 R’s, an S for the 1/2 CAR next to $300, one A, and five E’s, but next is C for crud. Second, Jim inserts the SL of three F’s for a $1,950 start and two N’s for another grand…

F _ N E –
F E A _ _ E R E _
F R _ E N _ S

…before solving FINE-FEATHERED FRIENDS for $2,950.

SOLE DUD: C (Natasha)

Natasha: $3K/Jim: $2,950/Phyllis: $0


Mystery Round: QUOTATION

At the start, Jim takes $4K worth of S’s from the MW next to the MDW (the big money was back there, however). He follows w/ four $900 N’s, three A’s, a D for the Vegas trip, a single O, two $700 T’s, three $600 H’s…four E’s…and the sole dud vowel of U to likely squander $15,300 cash and trip. Moving on to Phyllis — she says a $3,500 M and $900 R singles, the last vowel of two I’s, and four L’s for another $14K. Vanna’s big board now shows us…

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

She correctly recites “ALL THE KINGS HORSES AND ALL THE KING’S MEN” (from “Humpty Dumpty”) for $18,150!


Natasha: $3K/Jim: $2,950/Phyllis: $18,150

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (Oct. 15, 2007 during College Road Trip Week): THING
Price Troche was looking good after calling BCMA…

_ R E A M
_ _ B

…he solved DREAM JOB to end a 10-episode losing streak back then and claim the $35K for a final total of $64,800 cash and prizes!



The current leader starts w/ T for trouble. Second, Natasha does some work (three $450 R’s, two $400 L’s, two E’s, an $800 N, two A’s) but she and Jim go BANKRUPT back-to-back (she lose $2,450 to the MDW’s right side, whereas he got the one next to $650). Phyllis tries again w/ two $700 B’s, three FP S’s, and a $900 D. But after cleaning out the vowel shop (three O’s included), she gets the same BANKRUPT as Jim to forfeit the $3,300 remainder. Afterwards, Natasha takes $1K worth of W’s…

R O W S / A N D
R O W S / O _ / B E A _ _
U _ R E L L A S

…and solves ROWS AND ROWS OF BEACH UMBRELLAS to add a hotwire.com trip to the Turtle Bay Resort in OAHU worth $5,750.

SOLE DUD: T (Phyllis)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (entire panel)

Natasha: $9,750 cash and Oahu/Jim: $2,950/Phyllis: $18,150


$3,000 Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

S P _ _ E
R A C _

Phyllis is up over $21K after solving SPICE RACK.

Round 4: PHRASE (w/ a ? at the end)

Phyllis does some work (three $650 T’s, E, $900 N, three FP O’s, $300 R), but the sole dud vowel of I lets her down. Natasha next picks off a $600 C and two $800 G’s before we show her…

C _ T / G O T
_ O _ R / T O N G _ E ?

CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE? It certainly didn’t get that of Natasha as she’s won another $2,200.

SOLE DUD: I (Phyllis)

Natasha: $11,950 cash and Oahu/Jim: $2,950/Phyllis: $21,150

Speed-Up: PLACE

It’s a $6K FS to end the week! Phyllis could win this game right now w/ $18K after calling two N’s…

_ N _ _ _ L
S _ N _ T _ _ R Y

…but she BLOWS THE SOLVE BIG TIME w/ ANIMAL SANITARY — UGH. Natasha next fills in four A’s…

A N _ _ A L
S A N _ T _ A R Y

…and solves ANIMAL SANCTUARY for $12K and the upset win!

SOLE DQ TONIGHT: Phyllis’ blown solve

Natasha: $23,950 cash & Oahu/Jim: $2,950/Phyllis: $21,150



$100,000 Bonus Round
The Bonus Wheel stops Natasha on the first A of AMERICA’S.

Category: PHRASE
The opening board…

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

CPHI will give her pretty much the first line…

P _ _ / I T
_ _ R _ _ R _

Harry and his cohorts will have to PAY IT FORWARD, because Natasha’s solved this puzzle no sweat for $5K and the Toyota Venza LE worth $28,835! She drives away w/ $57,785 cash and prizes.

$5K SPIN ID: RL9481414

MY EPISODE RATING: 7 out of 10

(Much thanks to GSK’s Bobby McBride for providing the info on this and Thursday’s episodes after I got pre-empted by CBS’ March Madness in my area.)

WOF Recap: March 21, 2013


Encore Clip of the Night (1998): Land Rover winner on the British Isles set

Thursday’s Setting: Weekend Getaways

$1,000 Tossup: FUN & GAMES

S _ U A R _
D A _ C _ N G

Andrew solves SQUARE DANCING. Thursday’s interviews begin w/ the man in the middle…

Andrew Portnoy: oil/gas company finance manager from Pflugerville, TX; in addition, he took his grandma to SPS as a 95th birthday surprise

Jen Kolbash: administrative assistant for a national service co. from San Diego

Susanna Stevenson: online MS art teacher from Wilmington, DE

$2,000 Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ H _ I _ _ _ _ A
A G _ _ _ _ _ A

She’s replaced by Shakira on this coming season of “The Voice”, and Andrew’s two for two w/ CHRISTINA AGUILERA.

hotwire.com TRIP OF THE NIGHT: Beacon Hotel in Miami worth $5K

Jackpot Round: PEOPLE

Andrew gets the MDW right away w/ three S’s; he follows up w/ two $700 T’s, a single A, and three E’s before BANKRUPTing next to top dollar to give up $900 and that MDW. Second, Jen gets the other available BANKRUPT. Third, Susanna LATs out. Afterwards, Andrew cashes in $10K w/ four H’s…

H _ _ H / S _ H _ _ _
S _ E E T H E A _ T S

…and remembers his HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS to keep that amount! Nice rebound after that MDW loss.

LaT: Susanna
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Andrew, Jen)

Andrew: $13K/Both women: $0 each


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Jen’s first w/ a $650 T but then N for nothing while on the WC. Second, Susanna strikes out w/ the S while on what would’ve been the good part of the now vacated MDW (orange $800). Third, Andrew locates two $800 L’s, but no E (that’s the only bad vowel of this puzzle). Returning to Jen, she says two $800 R’s and three A’s before calling a G while on the MW next to LAT. She risks her $2K remainder…and it’s a good call! After that, she calls for three C’s while on top dollar, and we now have…

C A L _ C _
_ _ R G L A R

She may not be a CALICO CAT BURGLAR, but she just won $22,500!

DUDS: N (Jen), S (Susanna), E (Andrew)

Susanna: $0/Andrew: $13K/Jen: $22,500

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (late ’99): EVENT
This Andrew back then chose CDGA…

_ _ C _ E _
G A _ E

…and he solved HOCKEY GAME.



The scoreless Susanna takes two $550 T’s to start this answer, buys five E’s and three A’s (the latter via FP) but she then BANKRUPTs next to the big one to give back $850. Secondly, Andrew calls for two $600 H’s and buys the rest of the available vowels (two O’s and two I’s) before hitting LAT. Third, Jen adds on three pairs of L’s, N’s and F’s ($550, $700, $900, respectively) plus a single $650 D and two $3,500 M’s but she then squanders her turn w/ the W to say goodbye to $11,950. That mistake allows Susanna

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

…to see THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE on a $7,500 PerilloTour of ITALY.

SOLE DUD: W (Jen — why she thought the second-to-last word was WOMAN is beyond me)
SOLE LAT: Andrew

Susanna: $7,500 tour/Andrew: $13K/Jen: $22,500


$3,000 Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

_ _ _ _ _ N G
P _ N

Susanna’s guess of FRYING PAN is one letter short.

R _ _ _ _ N G
P _ N

Jen’s guess of ROASTING PAN isn’t any better.

R O _ _ _ N G

Andrew solves ROLLING PIN for the Tossup sweep and a sweet $16K.


First from him are a $700 T, three E’s and A, but then the BANKRUPT next to $650. Second, Jen inserts a $900 N, but we hear the dinging…

_ _ _ _ E _ _ _ _ N A _
_ _ E _ T _ E _

…and the remaining consonants each yield $1,300. Two L’s are later said…

_ R _ _ E S S _ _ N A L
_ R E S T L E R

Andrew pins down this PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER for $2,600.


Susanna: $7,500 tour/Andrew: $18,600/Jen: $22,500

BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding MDW): $1,950


$100,000 Bonus Round
The available car for tonight (and likely the California Coast one) is a Ford Mustang. Jen lands on the M of GAME.

Category: PLACE
Think baseball for this one (and I don’t think the first line is necessary)…

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

MCPO adds just one letter in the bottom word…

_ N / T _ E
_ _ _ O _ T

…but she’s IN THE DUGOUT at a good time to win the $30K! Her final all-cash total is $52,500.

$5K SPIN ID: RC4313547 


WOF Recap: March 20, 2013


Repeat Clip (Feb 2001 in HI): After solving “THE DREW CAREY SHOW” for $4,500, Lourdes (female) hugs Pat very tight and the host thought he found the true meaning of aloha 

Wednesday’s Setting: American Heritage

$1,000 Tossup: PHRASE

O N / _ H I _ / _ _ Y
_ _ / _ I S _ O R _

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, Jessi just won her first bit of money. Here’s another panel with two men for your pleasure…

Jessi Kizer: Kansas State Univ. graduate and technical account manager at a search engine marketing firm from Los Angeles (originally from Overland Park, KS)

Daryl Day: roofer at Union Local 42 from Florence, KY

Brent Williams: Marine Staff Sgt and local logistics chief from San Diego Way

$2,000 Tossup: SHOW BIZ

S I _ U A T I O N
C O _ E D _

Jessi’s tripled up w/ SITUATION COMEDY.

FEATURED HOTWIRE.COM TRIP: Corinthia Hotel Budapest worth $7K

Jackpot Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

All Jessi here — the usual -ING (two $350 N’s, two $800 G’s, three I’s), three A’s, a Jackpot T, four $900 R’s, a $450 D, and four O’s.

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

She’s GOING FOR A RIDE ON A RIVERBOAT to claim another $6,100 — PR.


Jessi: $9,100/Both men: yet to spin


Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

To start, Daryl can’t find any R’s while on $3,500. Second, Brent collects the 1/2 CAR next to $450 w/ an M, two $450 N’s, one I and three A’s, but then T for trouble. Third, Jessi calls for a $550 L and three FP E’s, but next is the BANKRUPT near top dollar. After Daryl fails again on that big money space w/ S, Brent inserts four D’ for $3,200…

I ‘ M / A / _ A N _ E E
D _ _ D L E / D A N D _

…and solves “I’M A YANKEE DOODLE DANDY” for his first $4,100.

DUDS: R (Daryl), T (Brent), S (Daryl)

Brent: $4,100 1/2 CAR/Jessi: $9,100/Daryl: SCORELESS

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (late ’99): THINGS
PDMA was chosen by a lady named Jill…

_ A _ _ L E S

…but she couldn’t eat up these WAFFLES.



Brent begins w/ a $450 R, three $800 T’s, four E’s and two I’s before hitting LAT. Second, Jessi captures N and G singles (former for $500, the latter giving her the other  1/2 CAR), buys four A’s, but then repeats the G. Third, Daryl gets the same fate as Brent, after which the man on the left takes a $350 S and another dud of P. Jessi next calls for a $500 C, but then gets KOed by the sole dud vowel of O. Daryl doesn’t want to take any chances…

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

He’ll be off to the BEAUTIFUL BREATHTAKING BEACHES of BARBADOS w/ a stay at the Divi Southwinds Beach Resort worth $5,649.

DUDS: P (Brent), O (Jessi)
LATs: 2 (both men)
SOLE DQ: Jessi’s G repeat

Brent: $4,100/Jessi: $9,100/Daryl: $5,649 trip


$3,000 Tossup: FOOD & DRINK 

_ _ A H _ M
_ R _ C _ E R S

Brent munches on some GRAHAM CRACKERS to be $2K off the lead.

Round 4: THE 80’s

The Marine man’s first pick of T is a dud. Second, Jessi finds four $300 N’s but no more from the R, and here’s the board for Speed-Up Mode…

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

The leftover consonants each pay off at $1,500. A J is later said….

_ _ N / J _ H N S _ N / _ N
M _ _ M _ / _ _ _ _

Daryl identifies DON JOHNSON IN “MIAMI VICE” for $3K, but that’s not enough for the victory.

DUDS (both before the bell): T (Brent), R (Jessi)

Brent: $7,100/Jessi: $9,100/Daryl: $8,649 cash and trip



$100,000 Bonus Round
Jessi’s envelope will come from the second A of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
This pair of letters get her started…

_ _ _ _ L _
S _ _ _

CHMO only adds…

_ _ M _ L _
S _ _ _

…and she’s way off the mark w/ nonsensical guesses such as CAMEL SODA. Because she doesn’t recall her FAMILY SAGA, she loses the $50K and is now the lowest-winning champ at $9,100.

$5K SPIN ID: KS0006842 

MY EP. RATING: 4 (started out fine but then fell apart beginning w/ R2)