WOF Recap: May 30, 2013

In the next 25 minutes or so, you’re gonna witness history in the making. What could it possibly be?

EPISODE #5839: CELEBRATING 30!

This episode was originally going to air tomorrow (May 31st).

Repeat Clip (mid-80’s): Bill’s STYROFOAM HAT blunder in the Speed-Up Round (the answer was STYROFOAM CUP)

$1,000 Tossup: SONG TITLE

_ _ _ R E _ S
Y _ U R _ _ _ F

Autumn solves Madonna’s “EXPRESS YOURSELF”. All of these players happen to be 30 yrs. old…

Autumn Erhard: animal pharmaceutical sales rep engaged to Joey from Laguna Niguel, CA
Ashley Emmett: mom of three kids from Aberdeen, WA
Billy Logwood, Jr.: civilian for the Air Force after serving w/ them from San Antonio, TX

$2,000 Tossup: RHYME TIME

I / H A T E
T O / _ A _ T

Billy says “I HATE TO WAIT” at the last second, so he’ll be spinning first.

FEATURED HOTWIRE TRIP: Arizona’s Tanque Verde Ranch worth $6,290

Jackpot Round: THINGS

Billy immediately picks up the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ a T and uses the $500 to buy six E’s and two A’s. After his next purchase of O, he tries to buy the I, but there’s only $200 in his bank. He next puts up three $300 N’s and a $550 D before buying the I he wanted, and there is one. Following the last vowel of U, he picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ the J. But he decides to spin again…and after a lot of work, he painfully BANKRUPTS next to $650 to give up $18,445 cash and Chevy Sonic. Darn. Autumn then picks up the WC w/ two P’s and lights up two M’s before we see…

A P R I _
J U N E
S E P T E M _ E R / A N D
N O _ E M _ E R

She adds another $2K for knowing that the months of APRIL, JUNE, SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER have 30 days in them.

BANKRUPT: Billy
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,900

Scores after R1
Billy: $2K
Autumn: $3K + WC
Ashley: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Early on, Autumn gets the AZ trip w/ an S. After buying two E’s, she gets that MDW w/ two L’s. She goes back to vowel buying…but her third purchase of I is a dud. We come back to her after both of her opponents hit a penalty space back-to-back (Ashley on LAT, Billy on the same BANKRUPT he got before). Her next letters are three T’s and two A’s to clean out the vowels. The board now…

T A _ O
_ E L L –
_ O T T O _ / _ E A N S

It would be silly if there were a pair of TACO BELL-BOTTOM JEANS, but Autumn’s won another $8,840 cash and AZ.

SOLE DUD: I (Autumn)
BANKRUPT: Billy
LAT: Ashley

Scores after R2
Billy: $2K
Autumn: $11,840 cash and AZ + WC + MDW
Ashley: nothing

No Bonus Puzzle Flashback tonight due to time constraints.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

After she mentions that she’s married to Joseph, Ashley begins a critical round w/ five N’s for the 1/2 CAR near $300. She follows up w/ four I’s, E and G singles, but then the sole dud vowel of O. Second, Billy gets nailed by the same BANKRUPT for the third time tonight. After that, it’s all Autumn…

C _ I M _ I N G
A N C I E N T
M A _ A N / _ U I N _

She wins another $3,100 and will be CLIMBING ANCIENT MAYAN RUINS near the Black Orchid Resort in BELIZE worth $7K.

SOLE DUD: O (Ashley)
BANKRUPT: Billy

Scores after R3
Billy: $2K
Autumn: $21,940 cash and trips + WC + MDW
Ashley: gooseegg alert

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$3,000 Tossup: LIVING THING

_ O O _ P E _ K E R

Autumn identifies (Woody) WOODPECKER to move to $24,940.

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

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

END OF DISCUSSION — Autumn barely beates the buzzer for another $5,400!

SOLE DUD: T (Ashley)

FINAL SCORES
Billy: $2K
Autumn: $30,340 cash and trips + WC + MDW
Ashley: $1K gooseegg

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $33,340
BANKRUPT TRASH: $18,445 cash and Sonic

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #9
This will likely be the last one of these rounds this season. After we see her parents (they’re holding that sparkly green wedge) and her fiancee, Autumn’s spin barely hangs onto the N of WIN.

Category: THING
This trio of letters appear first…

T _ _ _ _
_ _ R _ _ _ T

MCPA aren’t there, but maybe her WC pick of G will save her…

T _ _ G _
_ _ R _ _ _ T

…YES IT WILL! After a TOUGH WORKOUT

…SHE’S THE SECOND-EVER MILLIONAIRE!!!!!!!!!!

THAT MEANS AUTUMN ERHARD IS NOW THE BIGGEST “WOF” WINNER OF ALL TIME W/ $1,030,340 CASH AND TRIPS!!!!!!! MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS, SWEETIE — YOU TRULY DESERVE EVERY CENT OF THAT AMOUNT AND YOU’RE GONNA HAVE ONE HECK OF A HONEYMOON W/ JOEY!!!

$5K SPIN ID: MK6528862

FINAL NOTES
-Jim uses the line “You’ve hit the jackpot with…” and announced her final total of the night instead of Pat.
-In the closing, all of the envelopes were spread out across the Bonus Wheel w/ that million dollar envelope on top.
-The people who do the promotions spoiled a grand prize win for the third time this season. When will they ever learn from that terrible mistake? -_-
-The reason why this episode and May 31st traded places is that they wanted this big episode to keep up w/ the 30 theme.

VIDEO BONUS (courtesy of Wayoshi)SECOND-EVER $1M WIN!!!

MY EPISODE RATING: what else — PERFECT 10!!!

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WOF Recap: May 29, 2013

EPISODE #5838: CELEBRATING 30!

Repeat Clip (1998 from Houston during College Week): Alvaro’s $25K Speed-Up Round win after saying “IT TOTALLY BLEW ME AWAY”

$1,000 Tossup: THING

_ E A R L
_ R _ C _ _ _ T

Paulette solves PEARL BRACELET. Let’s start the interviewing w/ the lady in the middle…

Paulette Brown: 30-yr.-old middle school counselor & Police Athletic League volunteer from Philadelphia
Brad Liberti: 30-yr.-old who just started competing on game shows like this one and wants to pay off his bartending bills from L.A. (orig. from NJ)
Kathleen Graham: Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs worker married for 30 yrs. from Arvada, CO

Here’s another note regarding 30 — tomorrow (May 30th) will mark the six-yr. anniversary of Shanda Clarke’s $100K win on Teachers Week

$2,000 Tossup: PLACE

_ _ _ _ P T _ R E
G A R _ E _

Just as Brad’s time ran out, he messes up thinking it’s some kind of GARAGE.

_ C _ _ P T U R E
G A R D E _

Paulette’s two for two w/ a SCULPTURE GARDEN.

FEATURED HOTWIRE TRIP: Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans worth $5K

Jackpot Round: SHOW BIZ

Paulette leads off w/ a $500 Jackpot S and two E’s. Later, she picks up the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ a V. After she then lights up two H’s…

H A L _ – H O U _
T E L E V I S I O N
_ _ O _ _ A _

…she knows that “WOF” is an example of a HALF-HOUR TELEVISION PROGRAM for $3,250.

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,300

Scores after R1
Paulette: $6,250 + 1/2 CAR
Other players: $0 each

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Brad picks up the WC right away w/ two T’s; he follows up w/ an S, four E’s, but then F for flunk. Secondly, Kathleen takes two R’s and buys the rest of the vowels. But after her next pick of P is the BANKRUPT near top dollar to take away $750. Third, Paulette picks off three C’s, an L, an H for the New Orleans trip, three $3,500 N’s and one D. Board now…

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

Too bad there isn’t such a thing called SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT LINE DANCING, but she does win $18,400 cash and trip!

SOLE DUD: F (Brad)
BANKRUPT: Kathleen

Scores after R2
Paulette: $24,650 cash and N.O. + 1/2 CAR
Other players: $0 each

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1997): PHRASE
HMGA gave this guy a great shot at this…

H _ G S / T H E
R _ A _

…but he still didn’t get HUGS THE ROAD.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: EVENT

Kathleen gets the -ING ending out of the way first, then calls out three A’s, a $3,500 D and the rest of the vowel department. It’s all her from here…

E _ _ A _ I N G
F R _ M / A _ _ / T H E
H U S T _ E / A N D
_ U S T _ E

In addition to her first $9K, she’ll be ESCAPING FROM ALL THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE to the Iberostar Premium Hacienda Dominicas in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $6,546.

PERFECT ROUND #2!

Scores after R3
Kathleen: $15,546 cash and D.R.
Paulette: $24,650 cash and N.O.
Brad: WC

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$3,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

G _ E _ N / _ A Y
_ I _ _ _ _ _ I N

This is the home of the NFL’s Packers, and Brad finally gets off the schneid w/ GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN.

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

O L D / _ N O _ _ H / T O
_ N O _ / _ _ T T _ R

Kathleen may NOT be OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER on calling a vowel instead of a consonant in this part of the game, but she’s pocketed another $3,400.

SOLE DUD: M (Brad)

FINAL SCORES
Kathleen: $18,946 cash and D.R.
Paulette: $24,650 cash and N.O.
Brad: $3K

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $46,596
BANKRUPT TRASH: $750

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Once again, we land on that W.

Category: PERSON
Just a pair of something to start…

_ _ L _ L _
_ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _

CDHO doesn’t add much…

_ _ L D L _
H _ _ _ _ / _ _ _

I’ll be a WILDLY HAPPY GUY if Paulette can pull this one off…but it doesn’t happen for the $30K.

$5K SPIN ID: EM7015676

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

WOF Recap: May 28, 2013

EPISODE #5837: CELEBRATING 30!

Opening Clip (1997): Vanna overhears Pat rehearsing a few lines in his dressing room

$1,000 Tossup: PEOPLE

_ _ T _ _ S I _ S T _ C
C R O W D

This ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD will applaud Kristin for getting on the board first. Going down the line once more…

Kristin Cole: 30-yr.-old PR firm director in the Dallas area (she was born on the 30th day of a month) from Plano, TX
Renea Forde: academic counselor at a media/digital arts school w/ 30 first cousins from Orlando
John Rennie: 30-yr.-old bartender in Avalon from Cape May Court House, NJ

Speaking of the year 30, I’ll be turning that age in 2017.

$2,000 Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

V _ _ _ O _ T
_ _ _ _ E / _ _ R U P

Renea solves VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP.

FEATURED TRIP
: InterContinental New York Barclay w/ tickets to “Peter and the Star Catcher” worth $5,860

Jackpot Round: PHRASE

Renea instantly BANKRUPTs on the MDW’s left side. Second, John calls two T’s for an $1,100 start, buys one E and two O’s (one at the beginning), picks off two R’s, and purchases the rest of the vowels. Two spins later, he gets the jura capresso gift tag w/ an N…but after a lot of work, he craps out w/ the C while on the 1/2 CAR near $900. Third, Kristin says a $650 P before going BANKRUPT near $2,500 (she hesitated before going again). Renea spins once for $1,200 worth of B’s…

O U R / L I T T L E
B A B _ / I _ / A L L
_ R O _ N / U P

…and keeps that amount by saying “OUR LITTLE BABY IS ALL GROWN UP”.

SOLE DUD: C (John)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both ladies)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,900

Scores after R1
Kristin: $1K
Renea: $3,200
John: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

It’s all John this round…

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

…he solves “CHARIOTS OF FIRE” EXTINGUISHERS for $4,300.

PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R2
Kristin: $1K
Renea: $3,200
John: $4,300

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (May 2000 during a sweepstakes week): PHRASE
DCBA gave this woman…

_ _ C _ _ N _
B A C _

…but she wouldn’t be KICKING BACK w/ her bonus prize.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: EVENT

T for trouble is how Kristin starts this round. Second, Renea does some work, but she buys a bad vowel in E. Third, John picks up the WC w/ an M and buys the last vowel of I. Three L’s later, though, he says D for dummy. After Kristin strikes out again w/ the S…

L A _ A
F L O _ I _ _ / F R O M
A / _ O L _ A _ O

…Renea wins another $1,050 and she might be seeing LAVA FLOWING FROM A VOLCANO during her stay at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel in HAWAII courtesy of Hotwire worth $7,087.

DUDS: T (Kristin), E (Renea), D (John), S (Kristin)

Scores after R3
Kristin: $1K
Renea: $11,337 cash and HI
John: $4,300 + WC

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$3,000 Tossup: PLACE

_ R _ H E S T R A
_ _ C _ I O N

Kristin solves ORCHESTRA SECTION to move to $4K.

Round 4: LANDMARK

First from Kristin’s mouth are two R’s and E for error. Renea secondly spots a T but nothing more from an S, and it’s Final Spin time…

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

…w/ a $1,300 consonant value.

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

Kristin solves GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK in Arizona for $2,650.

DUDS (before Final Spin): E (Kristin), S (Renea)

FINAL SCORES
Kristin: $6,650
Renea: $11,337 cash and HI
John: $4,300

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $22,287
BANKRUPT TRASH: $650

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Renea has no one in the audience w/ her, but she does take the W envelope.

Category: PHRASE
I think I know it already…

_ _ _ _
_ _ _ L _ T _

HYGO adds besides the obvious Y…

G O O _
_ _ _ L _ T Y

She makes the GOOD QUALITY solve (I thought HIGH QUALITY at first) for the BMW 328i sedan worth $38,595! Her final total is $54,932 cash and prizes!

$5K SPIN ID
: IW5902893

Tonight’s “Changing Lives” moment is about Robyn Martini who appeared on Dec. 28, 2012 (it’s the one where Cindy Kling became the second-highest winner ever). Her viewing party was at Detzi’s Tavern, Inc. and said tavern donated $750 to the WipeOUT Cancer Foundation.

MY EP. RATING
: 7 out of 10

WOF Recap: May 27, 2013

This week, we’re celebrating 30 years of this show! Also, the contestants are either age 30 or have something significant about the number 30.

EPISODE #5836: CELEBRATING 30!

Repeat Clip (2011 in New Orleans): Pat rocking out w/ Rockin’ Dopsie Jr & Tthe Zydeco Twisters

Tape Date: Feb. 7, 2013

$1,000 Tossup: PHRASE

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

Jonathan knows that this show is AGED TO PERFECTION. The players on this Memorial Day…

Jonathan Glass
: a 30-year old actuary (insurance analyst) who’s also a former Texas State University Interscholastic League Spelling Bee champion from Dallas
Patti Cohane: 1st grade teacher married 30 years to Pete from Jupiter, FL
Antonia Tolson: a trilingual born on May 30th, 1983 from Baltimore

$2,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ X A _ / _ _ D
_ _ _ _ _ S A S

Jonathan’s two for two w/ TEXAS AND ARKANSAS.

FEATURED TRIP: Fairmont Chateau Whistler in British Columbia worth $6,200
THIS WEEK’S 1/2 CAR: Chevrolet Sonic sedan (we presume it’s $14,995)

Jackpot Round: THING

Jonathan picks up that ski trip right away w/ four N’s. It’s all him this round…

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

…he might pick up A FIRST EDITION SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR after banking a total of $12,050 cash and Canada that round.

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,050

Scores after R1
Jonathan: $15,050 cash and Canada
Both women: $0 each

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Patti’s up first w/ three T’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900, some vowels and two R’s, but she then gets DQed for repeating the O. Second, Antonia picks up the WC w/ an H and spends her entire $500 for two I’s and the sole dud vowel of A. Third, Jonathan takes three N’s, two D’s, and the last vowel of U before we see…

N O / D E _ O _ I T
N O / R E T U R N
O _ / T H E / _ E D I

The second half is a “Star Wars” movie and he solves NO DEPOSIT, NO “RETURN OF THE JEDI” for $1,250.

SOLE DUD: A (Antonia)
DQ: Patti’s O repeat

Scores after R2
Jonathan: $16,300 cash and Canada
Patti: nada
Antonia: WC

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1993): THING
CGMI didn’t do much for this woman…

_ _ C _
T _ L _

…but she still nailed BACK TALK.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: RHYME TIME

Antonia leads off w/ three T’s and some vowels before picking up the same 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ an S. Later, she FPs triple N’s. But after a lot of work, she BANKRUPTs near $3,500 to give up $2,650 and both her pieces of cardboard. Moving on, Jonathan says an R to take the Sonic out of play…

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

…and it’s DESTINATION RELAXATION once again for this guy because he’s won $500 plus the $5,500 caravan.com PANAMA TOUR.

BANKRUPT: Antonia

Scores after R3
Jonathan: $22,300 cash and trips
Both women: gooseegg alert

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$3,000 Tossup: PLACE

F I E L _ / O _
_ _ N _ _ _ _ E _ S

Jonathan goofs w/ FIELD OF DANDELIONS, so his maingame sweep bid is gone.

F I E L D / O F
S _ N _ L _ W E R S

Patti shouts FIELD OF SUNFLOWERS to finally break through.

Round 4: THE 80’s (full $1,700 speed-up)

H _ T / M _ _ _ _
F L _ S H D _ N C _

Antonia blows the $8,500 solve w/ HOT MAGIC “FLASHDANCE”.

H _ T / M _ V _ _
F L _ S H D _ N C _

Patti’s off by one letter w/ HOT MOVIE “FLASHDANCE”…but she gets HIT MOVIE “FLASHDANCE” at the last second for $5,100.

DUDS: R, P (both by Patti), G (Jonathan)
DQs:  2 (blown solves by the ladies)

FINAL SCORES
Jonathan: $22,300 cash and trips
Patti: $8,100
Antonia: $1K gooseegg

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $31,400
BANKRUPT TRASH (cardboard not included): $2,650

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$100,000 Bonus Round
It makes sense to have a luxury car for this week, and the one available is a BMW 3 Series sedan. Jonathan lands on the S of SPIN.

Category: PEOPLE
Nearly half the letters filled in already…

_ _ _ E
_ _ E _ E R S

CMPO will give him the first word…

_ O M E
_ _ E _ E R S

The HOME VIEWERS will be…HAPPY TO HEAR THAT HE JUST SNAPPED THE ALL-TIME BR LOSING STREAK (14 straight episodes)! He wins the $35K, giving him a final total of $57,300 cash and trips!

$5K SPIN ID: TP0865511

MY EP. RATING: 8 out of 10

Week 36 Stats

Total this Week: $176,772
Total for the Season: $8,886,119
BR Win Record: 66114 (.367)   
Total Car Wins: 37
-1/2 Car: 19
-BR Car: 18

$100,000 Wins-Losses: 4-4 
$1M Bonus Rounds: 8
Perfect BR Weeks: 0      
BR SHUTOUTS: 6
Prize Wedge Wins: 40
Gift Tag Wins: 51
Jackpot Wins: 11 
Mystery Wedge Wins: 13
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 32-28
Mystery $10K was on $700: 40
Mystery $10K was on $300: 35
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 60-14
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 9 (1 on $500, 1 on $900, 3 on $2500, 4 on $3500)
BR: 17

FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 110/51/0 
5-Round Games: 38
6-Round Games: 4
 $6,000 FINAL SPINS: 18
Gooseegg Victims: 37
Red Winners: 68
Yellow Winners: 61
Blue Winners: 51
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $5,550 / 1 WC
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $902,015* / 39 Wild Cards / 50 “� CAR” tags / 13 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupts: $27,100 (Sept. 24); $16,420 (Feb. 11); $16,330* (April 23)
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: $8,200 (April 12), $9,100 (Mar. 20), $9,550 (Jan. 22)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $74,772 (Dec. 28); $72,300 (Dec. 21); $65,745 (May 10)
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: May 24, 2013 — NYC FINALE (and BR SHUTOUT ALERT #7)

EPISODE #5835: FABULOUS FOOD (NYC)

$1,000 Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ _ O D
_ R I _ I C

Jessica solves FOOD CRITIC, and let’s meet the final players competing at MSG (they’re also the last three taped players of S30)…

Jessica Stean: literacy teacher for Kindergarten-6th grade at Elmont ES from Westbury, NY)
Angelica Cardona: insurance consultant for employee benefits from Livingston, NJ
Jim Faulknor: owns his own web development firm from Shoreham, NY

$2,000 Tossup: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

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

Jim doesn’t sound confident, but he’s right w/ READING A DIGITAL BOOK.

FEATURED TRIP: tour of Paris and London from Collette Vacations worth $9,198

Jackpot Round: FOOD & DRINK

Jim gets off to a rocky start when he can’t find any R’s for the European vacation. Secondly, Jessica takes a $900 T and some vowels. Later, she gets the Europe wedge w/ two K’s and cashes in two $2,500 C’s before we show her…

_ _  A C K / A N D
_ _ I T E / C _ _ K I E S

She eats up some BLACK AND WHITE COOKIES for $7,950 and the European tour, giving her $17,148 cash and trip that round!

SOLE DUD: R (Jim)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $11,200

Scores after R1
Jim: $2K
Jessica: $18,148 cash and Europe
Angelica: $0

MMS Puzzle #19: THE WINNING COMBINATION

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Mystery Round: FUN AND GAMES

First, Jessica fills in a T and takes the obvious risk for what’s behind the MW next to the MDWBANKRUPT. Second, Angelica calls for two $650 S’s (one at the end), picks up the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ an R, but then says H for horrible while on the cooking.com gift tag. Third, Jim spots a single $700 N, a few vowels and a G for the WC. After he then buys three A’s…

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

…he’s COLLECTING BASEBALL CARDS for $450 bumped to the house minimum. You were being way too conservative, sir (he mentioned that he should’ve gone for at least the L’s after making the solve).

SOLE DUD: H (Angelica)
BANKRUPT: Jessica

Scores after R2
Jim: $3K + WC
Jessica: $18,148 cash and Europe
Angelica: $0

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: EVENT

Still trying to get on the board, Angelica begins w/ triple T’s for $1,800 and three A’s, but the H lets her down again. Second, Jim takes a pair of $900 R’s and buys the rest of the vowel department before BANKRUPTing near $650 to lose $800 and the WC. Jessica then goes for her second trip…

_ I _ _ E R / A T / A
T R A _ I T I O _ A _
_ U A U

She’ll have DINNER AT A TRADITIONAL LUAU on this Hotwire.com trip to the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows in HAWAII (eco-friendly adventure from Hawaii Forest & Trail included) worth $7,114

SOLE DUD: H (Angelica)
BANKRUPT: Jim

Scores after R3
Jim: $3K
Jessica: $25,262 cash and trips
Angelica: gooseegg alert

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The Jersey Boys do their shout-out one last time.

$3,000 Tossup: SONG TITLE

_ _ _ _
_ H I S / _ _ Y

Jim doubles up w/ Aerosmith’s “WALK THIS WAY”.

Round 4: PERSON (full $1,300 speed-up)

C _ _ _ _ N D _ N _
_ F F _ C _ R

Jim listens to this COMMANDING OFFICER for $6,500.

DUDS: T (Jessica), S (Angelica)

(IMPORTANT NOTES: This was NOT the final puzzle of this maingame — it was supposed to be “THAT’S IT IN A NUTSHELL” under the category of PHRASE. Jim’s solve was VERY CLOSE at the buzzer, and after the tape was reviewed, the judges ruled that he was barely beaten by the buzzer. Therefore, this puzzle was thrown out. Also, there was an edit on this aired puzzle when Pat walked into the shot. We don’t know if Jim was credited w/ their winnings even though it wasn’t added to their overall bank.)

FINAL SCORES
Jim: $12,500
Jessica: $25,262 cash and trips
Angelica: $1K gooseegg

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $38,762
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC excluded): $800

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Final MMS Puzzle: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

$100,000 Bonus Round
Jessica, you’re our only hope left to avert a huge disaster for this show. She lands on the I in SPIN.

Category: PLACE

Compund word alert…

_ _ _ R _ _ _ _ S E

HCDO should be enough…

_ _ _ R D H O _ S E

…but she strikes out w/ BOARDHOUSE, and WE’VE JUST SET A NEW ALL-TIME BR LOSING STREAK OF 14 STRAIGHT EPISODES. That means this will be locked up inside this GUARDHOUSE

…the $35K. She leaves w/ $25,262 cash and trips.

$5K SPIN ID: TM2380555

At the end, Kimberly Patrick presents Vanna a Guinness World Record certificate for for being the Most Frequent Clapper (so far, she’s done nearly 3.5 million claps). The puzzleboard then displays GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.

Now let’s see how much was given away on this pitiful road trip (only 2 of 20 BR wins)…

NYC Week: $186,280
Mom’s Week: $212,987
Best Friends Week: $203,378
Fabulous Food: $176,772

GRAND TOTAL: $779,417

Well, not as bad as I would’ve thought. I’ll bet w/ you that next week is gonna be a whole lot better (that and Dad’s Week were taped back in February). Trust me.

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

WOF Recap: May 23, 2013

EPISODE #5834: FABULOUS FOOD (NYC)

$1,000 Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

C _ _ N _ _ / B E E F
_ _ / _ _ _

Kelly eats up a CORNED BEEF ON RYE, and here’s the lowdown on Thursday’s players…

Kelly Rodal: 5th Grade English teacher at the Promise Academy Charter School in Harlem who has ran five marathons from NYC
Krissy Gianna:  3rd Grade teacher at Manasquan ES who runs half-marathons from Howell, NJ
Ryan Mulholland: deputy director of communications for North Hempstead who runs both half-marathons and marathons from Wantaugh, NY

$2,000 Tossup: PERSON

_ _ E R N A L
_ P _ I M _ S T

Ryan goofs w/ INTERNAL OPTIMIST.

_ _ E R N A L
_ P T I M _ S T

Krissy gets ETERNAL OPTIMIST to take first control of the wheel.

FEATURED TRIP: Viking River Cruise on the Yangtze River in China worth $9,740

Jackpot Round: ON THE MAP

Krissy’s first letters are two T’s for the ZAGAT gift tag, three H’s and six E’s before she goes for a quick solve…

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

She locates THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE for $3,850 cash and GT.

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,200

Scores after R1
Kelly: $1K
Krissy: $5,850 cash and GT
Ryan: $0

MMS Puzzle #17: MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION

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Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

At the start, Ryan and Kelly both strike out on the WC w/ T and R, respectively. Third in line, Krissy picks up the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ two S’s. She then lands on the other 1/2 CARbut can’t pick it up w/ the N. Darn. After Ryan says another baddie of B, Kelly spots four L’s for $1,200 and two Y’s while on the MW next to the MDW. She will go for it…the $10K is back there

_ _ _ _ / _ _ L L Y
_ _ S S / _ _ L L Y

…and she solves “GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY” (by Little Richard) for $11,200!

DUDS: T (Ryan), R (Kelly), N (Krissy), B (Ryan)

Scores after R2
Kelly: $12,200
Krissy: $5,850 cash and GT
Ryan: bad luck

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

Our current leader begins this one w/ a $700 N, two G’s for a grand and some vowels, but next is the BANKRUPT near $650 to take away the $1,200 remainder. From here, it’s all Krissy…

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

THIS IS GOING TO BE AWESOME for said lady in the yellow position — she’s won another $1,450 plus a $6K trip to Punta Cana in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC courtesy of OneTravel.

BANKRUPT: Kelly

Scores after R3
Kelly: $12,200
Krissy: $13,3000 cash and prizes
Ryan: gooseegg alert

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Spider-Man greets us again before we continue this game.

$3,000 Tossup: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

_ _ S E _ T _ N G / _ Y
P A _ S W _ R _

Ryan truthfully wasn’t RESETTING MY PASSWORD, because he’s finally on the board.

Round 4: EVENT

First from this man are an R and S for sorry. Second, Kelly BANKRUPTs near top dollar. Third, Krissy claims $1,800 worth of T’s, but it’s Speed-Up Mode time…

_ _ T _ _ _ _ _ / A
_ _ – _ _ T T _ R

…and the Final Spin is set at $1,350.

_ _ T _ H _ N _ / A
N _ – H _ T T _ R

Kelly isn’t PITCHING A NO-HITTER, but she’s won the game w/ another $2,700.

SOLE DUD BEFORE FS: S (Ryan)
SOLE DUD AFTER FS: L (Krissy)
BANKRUPT: Kelly

FINAL SCORES
Kelly: $14,900
Krissy: $13,3000 cash and prizes
Ryan: $3K

CUMULATIVE TOTAL
: $31,200
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,200

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MMS Puzzle #18: WEDDING RECEPTION

$100,000 Bonus Round
Here comes the N in SPIN for Kelly.

Category: PERSON
Limited RSTLNE help…

_ _ N _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _

CHMO also won’t do much…

_ _ N _ C _ _
_ _ _ _

You might cry like a FINICKY BABY, because she can’t solve this one for $35K. Furthermore, WE’VE JUST TIED THE ALL-TIME BR LOSING STREAK of 13 straight episodes.

$5K SPIN ID: CH4966883

We end tonight w/ a pre-recorded clip of Amar’e Stoudemire coming out to greet Pat and Vanna.

MY EP. RATING: 5 out of 10

WOF Recap: May 22, 2013

EPISODE #5833: FABULOUS FOOD (NYC)

$1,000 Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

W _ _ _ O _ F
S A _ A _

Lindsay eats up some WALDORF SALAD. And she’s the only female customer among this panel…

Lindsay Ganci: coordinator of youth engagement at the community synagogue from Port Washington, NY
Joe Meyer: software quality analyst from East Northport, NY
Alvin Singletary: ironworker & metallic lather at Local 46 from the Bronx

$2,000 Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ _ _ _ _ R _ O M
D _ A _ _

Joe’s incorrect w/ BOARDROOM DRAMA.

C O _ _ T R _ O M
D _ A _ A

Lindsay doesn’t do any better w/ COASTROOM DRAMA.

C O _ R T R _ O M
D R A _ A

Alvin forgets to buzz in at first, but he still gets COURTROOM DRAMA.

FEATURED TRIP: $5K Celebrity Cruise to Bermuda

Jackpot Round: PHRASE

Alvin’s first letters are a $300 S, a single A, two T’s at $800 apiece and two E’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $1,400. Second, Lindsay FPs a single I, but she and Joe BANKRUPT near top dollar back-to-back. Alvin’s next letters are four N’s and the rest of the vowels (two O’s and a single U) before he sees this…

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

THERE’S NO TURNING BACK NOW for this man, but he’s won $1,300.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole panel)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,050

Scores after R1
Lindsay: $1K
Joe: $0
Alvin: $3,300

MMS Puzzle #15: GO BIG OR GO HOME

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Lindsay’s up first w/ two R’s for $1,100, two N’s for $1,300 more and the purchase of three E’s, but the BANKRUPT near top dollar bites her again. Second, Joe says the SL of four S’s for the WC but then buys a dud vowel of A. Third, Alvin takes two T’s and O’s…

S T E R _ _ N _
S _ _ _ E R
S _ O O N
S E T

…and he solves STERLING SILVER SPOON SET for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: A (Joe)
BANKRUPT: Lindsay

Scores after R2
Lindsay: $1K
Joe: WC
Alvin: $4,300

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Joe leads off w/ an N for the 1/2 CAR near $300, a single G and two obvious I’s. But after some work is the LAT. Second, Alvin spots a single H at the very end of this answer, a P to take the Ford Fiesta out of play, and a K for the cooking.com gift tag. Soon enough, the sole dud vowel of O lets him down. Lindsay spingles (DUH!) for a $350 T…

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

…and she’ll be MAKING QUITE A SPLASH during her stay at the Grand Hyatt KAUAI Resort & Spa courtesy of Hotwire worth $6,620.

SOLE DUD: O (Alvin)
LAT: Joe

Scores after R3
Lindsay: $7,970 cash and Hawaii
Joe: WC
Alvin: $4,300

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$3,000 Tossup: PEOPLE

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ N E
_ A S _ E N _ E R S

Joe’s still stuck at zero, because he goofs w/ AIRLINE PASSENGERS.

L _ M _ _ _ _ N E
_ A S S E N _ E R S

Alvin solves LIMOUSINE PASSENGERS to be $670 off the lead.

Round 4: THING (full $1,300 speed-up)

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

Lindsay comes up w/ an INTERESTING THEORY to win the game w/ another $5,200.

FINAL SCORES
Lindsay: $13,170 cash and Hawaii
Joe: $1K gooseegg
Alvin: $7,300

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $21,470
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,550

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MMS Puzzle #16: LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

$100,000 Bonus Round
Lindsay’s envelope will be the one next to where the $1M was last night — the E of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
I don’t know if she can pull this one off…

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

PBCO strike out completely, and she’s wrong w/ LIGHT GRIDDLE. This LIGHT DRIZZLE drenches the $35K that she could’ve won, so she leaves w/ just $13,170 cash and trip.

$5K SPIN ID: AC8399532

To end this episode, Pat takes us on a tour of Eataly.

MY EP. RATING: 5 out of 10

WOF Recap: May 21, 2013

EPISODE #5832: FABULOUS FOOD (NYC)

$1,000 Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ / _ _ _ _ E
O F / _ I Z _ A

Tony eats up A SLICE OF PIZZA, and let’s meet our next three customers…

Tony Delfino
: driver for the NY Blood Services from Centereach, NY
Ashley Hickey: IT recruiter for a technology company who owns a lot of shoes and handbags and likes to watch The Food Network from Fair Lawn, NJ
Nindja Bazile: guidance counselor at Brooklyn HS whose first name is named after a city in Chad from Brooklyn, NY

$2,000 Tossup: THING

_ E M P T _ _ G
_ F _ E R

Nindja gets a TEMPTING OFFER to be the first spinner of the night.

FEATURED CULINARY TRIP:  Agriturismo Marciano in Tuscany, Italy worth $6,985

Jackpot Round: SONG LYRICS

Nindja first takes the cooking.com gift tag off the wheel w/ two N’s. She later uncovers two $2,500 Y’s and cleans out the vowels w/ two A’s. Towards the end, she FPs the S to complete the last word of SING. Board at this moment…

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

She solves The Troggs’ “WILD THING, YOU MAKE MY HEART SING” for $11,150 cash and cooking.

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $11,600

Scores after R1
Nindja: $13,150 cash and GT
Tony: $1,000
Ashley: $0

MMS Puzzle #13: HOMEMADE CHEESECAKE

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Mystery Round: FUN & GAMES

Tony starts w/ the first letter of his name, but that means trouble. Second, Ashley also duds out w/ R while on the Mystery Wedge near LAT. Third, Nindja calls out two N’s for $1,600, buys the only available vowel of this puzzle (five A’s), and picks up the WC w/ a D. Two spins later, though, is the LAT. Tony next lands on the 1/2 CAR near $300, but he duds out w/ L. As luck would have it, Ashley gets both halves of the Ford Fiesta w/ two P’s and C’s, respectively (she landed on the other plate first)! Now she’s ready to solve…

P A C – _ A N / A N D
_ S . / P A C – _ A N

…and she’s SUCCESSFUL w/ PAC-MAN AND MS. PAC-MAN for a total of $17,090 cash and Fiesta!

DUDS: T (Tony), R (Ashley), L (Tony)
LAT: Nindja

Scores after R2
Nindja: $13,150 cash and GT + WC
Tony: $1,000
Ashley: $17,090 cash and Fiesta

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Ashley FPs three E’s to start this crucial round, but the R lets her down again. Nindja secondly picks up that coveted MDW w/ an N, fills in two G’s and buys two obvious I’s. It’s all her from here…

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

In addition to another $5,100, she’ll be SEEING ALL THE SIGHTS of ANTIGUA during her stay at the Galley Bay Resort worth $8,740.

SOLE DUD: R (Ashley)

Scores after R3
Nindja: $26,990 cash and prizes + WC + MDW
Tony: $1,000
Ashley: $17,090 cash and Fiesta 

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$3,000 Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

D E S I _ _ E R
H _ N D _ _ G

Sorry, Ashley — Tony quadruples up w/ DESIGNER HANDBAG.

Round 4: SHOW BIZ (full $1,500 speed-up)

So close to our second straight $6K Final Spin. Anyway, after the M gets called…

L _ V _
_ _ R _ _ R M _ N C _

…Ashley’s won another $3K during her LIVE PERFORMANCE.

DUDS: T (Ashley), S (Nindja)

FINAL SCORES
Nindja: $26,990 cash and prizes + WC + MDW
Tony: $4,000
Ashley: $20,090 cash and Fiesta

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $51,080
NO BANKRUPT TRASH AGAIN!

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MMS Puzzle #14: JUMPING FOR JOY

MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #8
Will Nindja be jumping for joy after this round’s over? She lands on the I of SPIN.

Category: THING
This is something you can use to work out at a gym…

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

GDCI and B (her WC pick) will add besides the obvious I and G…

R _ _ I N G
_ _ C _ I N E

She’s not even close w/ ROAMING VACCINE. It was ROWING MACHINE

…and she loses the $45K.

$1M LOCATION: M of AMERICA’S.

$5K SPIN ID: JW5841908

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

WOF Recap: May 20, 2013

Like the New Orleans one from S28, we’re ending this road trip w/ “Fabulous Food” week (that produced the first PERFECT BR WEEK w/ a $100,000 win).

EPISODE #5831: FABULOUS FOOD (NYC)

Tape Date: March 19, 2013

$1,000 Tossup: FOOD & DRINK (how appropriate)

_ _ _ T _ _ M I
_ A _ _ _ _ _ _

Dan eats up a PASTRAMI SANDWICH. The first panel of the week has two men…

Dan Lugo: operation manager for a distribution company from West Babylon, NY (originally from Astoria, Queens)
Monet Hewett: local DMV supervisor & economics/business development student who’s also a food blogger from NYC
David Steinberg: undergraduate admissions office worker at Columbia University from NYC

$2,000 Tossup: PHRASE

M I X / _ N D
_ _ T C H

Dan’s two for two w/ MIX AND MATCH.

FEATURED TRIP: Japan from G Adventures worth $8,946
THIS WEEK’S 1/2 CAR: Ford Fiesta S

Jackpot Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Category Wipe of the Week: Pat as a chef throwing a pizza to the left

Dan immediately picks up the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ three N’s, buys some vowels and picks up the Japan trip w/ an obvious G. But after his next purchase of two E’s is a dud of K. Second, Monet calls for a $300 R and seven T’s for the ZAGAT gift tag before we show you…

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

She’s ATTRACTING ALL THE ATTENTION for $4,800 cash and GT.

SOLE DUD: K (Dan)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,300

Scores after R1
Monet: $4,800 cash and GT
David: $0
Dan: $3K

MMS Puzzle #11: DREAMS DO COME TRUE

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Mystery Round: SHOW BIZ

In the middle of the round, Monet gets the same 1/2 CAR w/ an N. But after a lot of work…

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

…she forgets to add the S’s in her answer, so she likely lost $5,550. David’s first spin of the night is the BANKRUPT near $650. Dan then picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ three S’s…

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

…and solves WRITERS, DIRECTORS AND PRODUCERS (w/ the necessary S’s) for $1,500.

BANKRUPT: David
DQ: Monet’s blown solve

Scores after R2 
Monet: $4,800 cash and GT
David: $0
Dan: $4,500 + 1/2 CAR

Carla Hall, Michael Symon and Daphne Oz from “The Chew” take us to the next break.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: SONG LYRICS

David duds out right away w/ the T while on the WC. Second, Dan spots a $3,500 S at the very beginning, buys some vowels, and takes a $3,500 M, but then gets stung by the sole dud vowel of A. Third, Monet picks off a $700 R and buys the last vowel of U. Two spins later, she gets the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ two D’s and decides to sacrifice her car opportunity…

S O M E / _ I N D
O _ / _ O N D E R _ U _

She solves Grand Funk Railroad’s “SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL” for $3,250 plus a Hotwire trip to the Grand Palladium Resort & Spa in JAMAICA worth $5,710.

DUDS: T (David), A (Dan)

Scores after R3
Monet: $13,760 cash and prizes
David: gooseegg alert
Dan: $4,500

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$3,000 Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

_ _ _ _ _ / _ N D
_ _ _ V _ _

Dan quickly solves FORKS AND KNIVES for the Tossup sweep and a new total of $7,500.

Round 4: THING (full $6K speed-up!)

T _ M _ L _ S S
L _ _ _ / S T _ R Y

Monet gets TIMELESS LOVE STORY at the last second for $12K; both David and Dan left behind $30K and $18K, respectively.

SOLE DUD
: N (David)
DQ: Dan’s N repeat

FINAL SCORES
Monet: $25,760 cash and prizes
David: $1K gooseegg
Dan: $7,500

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $34,260
NO BANKRUPT TRASH THIS EPISODE!

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MMS Puzzle #12: HOLIDAY WEEKEND

$100,000 Bonus Round
Please be aware that we could set a new all-time BR losing streak by the end of this week (the current record is 13; we’re at nine right now), so let’s hope it doesn’t happen. Monet lands on the ‘.

Category: THING
I know this one already…

_ L _ _ _ R _ _ S
_ _ _ N

DMHO gives her a good shot at this…

_ L _ M O R O _ S
_ O _ N

…but she BLOWS IT w/ GLAMOROUS COIN (I don’t think that’s a glamorous item). Since she doesn’t know that Vanna wears a GLAMOROUS GOWN, she loses the $35K.

$5K SPIN ID: RB0677582

The three hosts of “The Chew” show us these food items — pork sliders w/ Greek yogurt, arugula/onion, a Mediterranean potato salad w/ a vinaigrette dressing and a coconut pecan pound cake.

MY EP RATING: 6 out of 10