FINAL S30 STATS

Total this Week: $399,695 (second-highest of season)
Total for the Season: $10,781,388
BR Win Record: 76-119 (.390) 
Total Car Wins: 41
-1/2 Car: 21
-BR Car: 20
 
$100,000 Wins-Losses: 5-4
$1M Bonus Rounds: 9 (1 was the $1M win) 
Perfect BR Weeks: 0 
BR SHUTOUTS: 6
Prize Wedge Wins: 45
Gift Tag Wins: 54
Jackpot Wins: 12
Mystery Wedge Wins: 13 
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 35-30
Mystery $10K was on $700: 43
Mystery $10K was on $300: 38
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 65-15
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 9 (1 on $500, 1 on $900, 3 on $2500, 4 on $3500)
BR: 19

FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 117/56/0
5-Round Games: 41
6-Round Games: 4
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 21

Gooseegg Victims: 41 
Red Winners: 73
Yellow Winners: 65
Blue Winners: 57
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $36,750 / 1 Wild Card  / 3 ½ CAR tags 
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $995,700* / 43 Wild Cards / 57 ½ CAR tags / 14 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupts: $27,100 (Sept. 24); $18,445* (May 30); $16,420 (Feb. 11)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $40,100*+ � Car (Sept. 24); $28,200* (Nov. 16); $22,750* (Jan. 21)
Highest-Winning Totals: $1,030,340 (May 30) $147,000 (Dec. 28), $137,250 (Nov. 21)

Lowest-Winning Totals: $8,200 (April 12), $9,100 (Mar. 20), $9,350 (May 31)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $74,772 (Dec. 28); $72,300 (Dec. 21); $68,715 (June 14)
Lowest Maingame Winnings: $15,350 (Oct. 4); $17,450 (Mar. 14), $17,964 (Nov. 6)
Season-High Week: $1,233,018 (Week #37: Celebrating 30!)
Season-Low Week: $151,104 (Week #6: Teachers Week)

WOF Recap: June 14, 2013 – SEASON 30 FINALE

EPISODE #5850: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 5)

Repeat Clip (2005): Vanna puts on wax lips and Pat kisses her w/ those lips on
$1,000 Tossup: LIVING THINGS
G I _ N _
R E D _ O _ _ S
Ryan solves GIANT REDWOODS. Since Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, these three men are here to wrap up S30 (we don’t get to see the photos of their children, though)…
 
Ryan Schwenk: financial analyst for an airline w/ two children (4-yr.-old Grayson and 2-yr-old Garner) from Flower Mound, TX
Tony Sorrentino: senior compliance officer for a major financial institution w/ two kids (22-yr.-old Gabbi and 20-yr.-old Allie) whose favorite TV show that isn’t “Wheel” is “The Honeymooners” from Staten Island, NY
Dan Mullaney: solar energy sales advisor w/ a 9-yr.-old son Connor from Hudson, NH
$2,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ _ _ D O
F _ O _ _ D _

Ryan’s two for two w/ ORLANDO, FLORIDA.

FEATURED PRIZE: $5K CreditCards.com shopping spree
Jackpot Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Ryan wastes a spin w/ the LAT. Second, Tony calls two N’s for $5K but then gives it right back to the MDW’s right-side BANKRUPT. Third, Dan selects four R’s for a $1,400 start, buys two E’s, and lights up a $350 H but then gets frozen by the sole dud vowel of O. Ryan next takes a $2,500 T, buys an I, and picks up the ½ CAR near $300 w/ three G’s. Towards the end, he FPs twin L’s…
G R I L L I N G
_ _ R G E R S / I N
T H E / _ _ _ _ _ _ R _

He recalls GRILLING BURGERS IN THE BACKYARD for $5,550.

SOLE DUD: O (Dan)
BANKRUPT: Tony
LAT: Ryan
LAST UNCLAIMED JACKPOT OF SEASON: $12,500

Scores after R1
Ryan: $8,550 + ½ CAR
Other men: $0 each
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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Tony immediately lands on the MW next to the MDW and calls four T’s before going for it…the biggie’s there! His next letters are an H, five E’s, a FP I, two S’s and the rest of the available vowels. But after a lot of work, he says a critical dud of R while on top dollar to leave $10,700 on the table. After that, Dan picks up the MDW and the HomeGoods gift tag w/ two K’s and N’s, respectively. Let’s see the board…
_ U I E T / O N / T H E
S E T
O _  / S T E A K
K N I _ E S

Instead of being QUIET ON THE SET OF STEAK KNIVES, he’s won $2K cash and GT.

SOLE DUD: R (Tony)
Scores after R2
Ryan: $8,550 + ½ CAR
Tony: nothing
Dan: $2K cash and GT + MDW
Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1998): THING
VMDI gave this woman…
S _ _ E
S I _ E

She didn’t get SHOE SIZE.
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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE
Dan loses control right away w/ the R. Second in line, Ryan collects $7K worth of T’s, buys two E’s and A’s, and gets a duplicate of the same ½ CAR w/ three N’s. After he finishes off the vowels, he keeps on going before attempting to solve w/ this setup…
_ E Y O N _ / M Y
_ I _ _ E _ T
I M A G I N A T I O N
He’ll be saying “This is BEYOND MY WILDEST IMAGINATION”, because he’s won $10,800, the smart car (last ½ CAR win of the season), and a trip to the Outrigger Reef on the Beach in OAHU worth $6,035 for a total of $31,165 in that round alone!

SOLE DUD: R (Dan)

Scores after R3
Ryan: $39,715 cash and prizes
Tony: gooseegg alert
Dan: $2K cash and GT + MDW
$3,000 Tossup: THING
_ I G N _ D
C _ N _ R _ _ T

Dan has nothing within the allotted time, but he goofs anyway w/ FRIGID CONCRETE.

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

Tony knows about a SIGNED CONTRACT, so he avoids becoming the last gooseegg victim of the season.

Round 4: PEOPLE(full $6Kspeed-up!)

I was so expecting Pat to give us top dollar to end the season, and we got it!

S _ C C _ R
_ _ _ S

Tony’s incorrect w/ SOCCER PROSand SOCCER FANS, possibly costing him $12K. Dan next calls for two M’s…
S _ C C _ R
M _ M S

He had no chance to take the MDW to the BR on a small puzzle like this one, but he still wins $24K w/ SOCCER MOMS!

SOLE DUD: T (Tony)

FINAL SCORES
Ryan: $39,715 cash and prizes
Tony: $3K

Dan: $26K cash and GT
CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $68,715!
BANKRUPT TRASH: $5K
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$100,000 Bonus Round
Let’s end this season w/ a bang, shall we? Ryan’s last spin of the night lands him on the A of GAME.
Category: THING
Construction workers use this all the time…
_ E _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ N E R _

I like his chances after he calls CGHA…

H E A _ _
_ A C H _ N E R _

He won’t have to handle any HEAVY MACHINERY while on the job, so he’s the final BR winner of the season w/ the $30K! That gives him a grand total of $69,715 cash and prizes – great job, sir!
If only Dave Lossino from Monday’s show defeated the QU- beginning…
LAST $5K SPIN ID OF THE SEASON: SR0988269

I’ve gotta say, that was probably their BEST SEASON YET! Let’s review what happened…
-As of this season, $5K is offered to lucky WWC members almost every day. With the summer reruns starting next week, you can now win $10K if you have the SonyCard.
-We got to look at many flashback clips and past bonus puzzles from the video vault.
-We got a chance to see a few “Ask Pat & Vanna” segments.
-We had our second-ever Secret Santa Sweepstakes sponsored by Sears.
-We spent four weeks at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC, although many of the bonus puzzles were brutal.
-The Decades categories (70’s, 80’s, and 90’s) made their return.
-On Dec. 21, 2012, LeAnne McLaughlin broke the maingame winnings record w/ a total of $69,300 cash and trip to Puerto Rico
-A whopping 41 automobiles were won this season (21 via the ½ CAR plates, 20 in the BR). For some reason, we landed on a car envelope at least once almost every week.
-We got to see the on-screen timer for the BR.
-We had 76 BR wins this season (one beating the total of both S23 and S28), although there were six BR SHUTOUTS and four double-digit losing streaks (the last one hit an ALL-TIME WORST of 14 losses to end the NYC road trip and the season’s tapings).
-Finally, we were 6-4 when it comes to the grand prize envelopes — five $100,000 wins and the second-ever $1M win courtesy of Autumn Erhard who became the new all-time “Wheel” queen w/ $1,030,340. One of the $100K wins was by Cindy Kling (Dec. 28) and she became the biggest non-millionaire ever on the program.
It’s been an honor writing all these S30 recaps for you to enjoy. We hope S31 will do just as well. See you in the fall, Wheel Watchers!

MY EP. RATING: 9 out of 10

WOF Recap: June 13, 2013

EPISODE #5849: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 5)

Repeat Clip (2004): Vanna’s “highlight your nightlife” blooper reel

Thursday’s Set: “Sightseeing”

$1,000 Tossup: PHRASE
S A F _ / _ _ D
_ _ U N _

Mark’s SAFE AND SOUND for now. The players on our penultimate episode of the season…

Mark D’Angelo: 5th grade teacher who once taught in Tanzania from Philadelphia
Caitlyn McClay: third generation “Wheel” fan from Arlington, VA
Chelsea Winn: grad student at Oregon State who’s getting her Master’s in public health from Portland, OR
$2,000 Tossup: PERSON

L _ W – _ _ _ D _ _ G
C I _ I _ _ _

Mark is a LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN, so he’s tripled up his money.

FEATURED TRIP: Aer Lingus tour of Ireland worth $5,500
Jackpot Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

First, Mark picks up the WC w/ a G, lights up a $2,500 N and buys the obvious I, but he then runs into the nearby BANKRUPT to lose the $2,750 remainder and the WC. Following a null cycle, Caitlyn is second in line w/ a single T but then the sole dud vowel of A. Third, Chelsea says three top dollar  L’s, buys the rest of the vowels, and picks off two D’s before we show you…

_ U L L I N G
D O U _ L E
D U T _

She’s PULLING DOUBLE DUTY for $7,950.

SOLE AIRED DUD: A (Caitlyn)
AIRED BANKRUPT: Mark
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT (airing-wise): $11,800

Scores after R1
Caitlyn: $0
Chelsea: $7,950
Mark: $3,000

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Caitlyn leads of w/ four N’s for a $2,200 start, buys two A’s and inserts the frontloading L while on the MW next to LAT. She takes the $1,950 plunge…and it’s the $10K! But after a lot of work, the BANKRUPT near $3,500 flushes away $12,600 (although Pat forgot to take away the $10K MW). Ouch. After that bad moment, Chelsea puts up the backloading T but then squanders her turn w/ the B. Mark then puts up the last remaining consonant of G…
L I V E – I N
N A N N Y
G O A T

…and reads LIVE-IN NANNY GOAT for $450 bumped to the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: B (Chelsea)
BANKRUPT: Caitlyn
Scores after R2
Caitlyn: zilch
Chelsea: $7,950
Mark: $4,000
Bonus Puzzle Flashback (2000): THING
MDHA was chosen by this lady…

 _ A N D L E _ _ _ _

…but she didn’t light up this CANDLEWICK.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round : PLACES
Our current leader (Chelsea) starts w/ the letters spelling TEAR (R, E, two A’s and two T’s in that order), picks up the ½ CAR near $300 w/ two N’s and buys the rest of the vowels (one I and two O’s). But after filling in most of this puzzle, the other normal BANKRUPT renders the Ford Fiesta null and void and wipes out $2,750. Mark then goes for the solve…
 E N _ _ A N T I N _
_ O R T S / O _ / _ A _ _
He’ll see the ENCHANTING PORTS OF CALLon the $5,500 Costa CARIBBEAN CRUISE.
BANKRUPT: Chelsea
Scores after R3
Caitlyn: gooseegg alert

Chelsea: $7,950

Mark: $9,500 cash and cruise

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$3,000 Tossup: FUN & GAMES (one-liner alert)
_ _ _ / D A _ C I _ G

Mark is incorrect w/ ICE DANCING (that’s what I would’ve said), so no Tossup sweep for him.

T _ P / D A _ C I N G

Caitlyn solves TAP DANCING to finally break through.

Round 4: PROPER NAMES

First for Caitlyn are two T’s but then the LAT. Chelsea secondly runs into the roadblock of R. After that, it’s all Mark…

 T H E / H A T _ _ E L _ S
A N _ / _ _ _ O _ S
…he remembers THE HATFIELDS AND MCCOYS for $2,150.
SOLE DUD: R (Chelsea)
LAT: Caitlyn
Scores after R4
Caitlyn: $3K
Chelsea: $7,950
Mark: $11,650 cash and cruise
Round 5: ON THE MAP

Chelsea instantly BANKRUPTs next to $650; that’s likely her other one of the night. Second, Mark says T for trouble. Third, Caitlyn takes two N’s and buys four I’s before we shift into Speed-Up Mode…
_ _ _ _ _ N _ _ I _
_ I _ _ I N I _
…and the Final Spin is set at $1,700.
_ _ _ _ _ N _ R I _
_ I R _ I N I _
Chelsea goofs w/ ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.

 _ _ _ _ _ N _ R I _
V I R _ I N I _

Mark correctly locates ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA for $1,700.

SOLE DUD BEFORE FS: T (Mark)
SOLE DUD AFTER BELL: S (Caitlyn)
BANKRUPT: Chelsea
DQ: Chelsea’s goof

FINAL SCORES
Caitlyn: $3,000
Chelsea: $7,950
Mark: $13,350 cash and cruise

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $24,300
BANKRUPT TRASH (not including extras): $18,100

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Will Mark be our 75th BR winner of the season? Let’s find out after he lands on the second A of AMERICA’S.

Category: WAYD?
Getting him started are these letters…

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

DGPO adds besides the obvious G…

 _ O R _ _ N G
T _ E / R O O _

After wrongly WORKING THE ROOF, he’s WORKING THE ROOM for $30K and leaves w/ $43,350 cash and cruise.
$5K+ SPIN ID: HH7116267
MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

Tomorrow’s season finale will be on the set of “Dad’s Week”.

WOF Recap: June 12, 2013

Last night, Tasha Trujillo committed a huge error in R2 costing her the $10K MW and the Chevy Sonic, but she somehow managed to win w/ a low score of $10,850 and got VERY LUCKY in the BR where she became the fifth (and likely final) $100K winner of the season. As a result, we have tied S23’s record of most grand prize wins in one season (6).

Now let’s see what damage Wednesday’s players can do…

EPISODE #5848: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 5)

Encore Clip (2011 in N.O.): Pat and Vanna chow down on beignets

Wednesday’s Set: Shopping Spree

$1,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ O N _ A _ _ / _ N D
W _ O M I N _

Vaia identifies the two states of MONTANA AND WYOMING. Let’s see where these players are from…

Vaia Kozanas: 4th Grade teacher at Glenwood Avenue ES who speaks and writes in fluent Greek from Wildwood Crest, NJ
Whitney McMurtrie: legal assistant in Newport Beach from Brea, CA (orig. from Ft. Lauderdale)
Rick Williams: account manager for a local beverage distributor & youth sports coach from Durham, NC

$2,000 Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

S T _ I N
R _ M _ _ _ R

Whitney gets a STAIN REMOVER.

FEATURED TRIP: American Heritage Tour (Washington D.C.) from Collette Vacations worth $6K

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

Early on, Whitney gets the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ three T’s. After she later cleans out the vowels…

A R E / _ O U
T H I _ _ I _ _
_ H A T / I ‘ _
T H I _ _ I _ _ ?

She asks “ARE YOU THINKING WHAT I’M THINKING?” for $1,800. And she was being too conservative, because she left out at least those N’s.

PERFECT ROUND
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,250

Scores after R1
Vaia: $1K
Whitney: $3,800 + 1/2 CAR
Rick: $0

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

The first letters from Rick are an N, G and four obvious I’s. A little later, he takes two $3,500 Ls. Once he cleans out the vowels department, he says the SL of three B’s at $550 apiece…

B U I L _ I N G
B E A U T I _ U L
B I _ _ _ O U _ E _

…but he then blows the last word w/ BUILDING BEAUTIFUL BOUQUETS, possibly costing him $9,450. Vaia next calls for two D’s, an F, and a dud of M via FP before BANKRUPTing on the MDW’s left side to lose $2,200. After Whitney LATs out…

B U I L D I N G
B E A U T I F U L
B I _ D _ O U _ E _

…Rick successfully rebounds w/ BUILDING BEAUTIFUL BIRDHOUSES

SOLE DUD: M (Vaia)
BANKRUPT: Vaia
LAT: Whitney
DQ: Rick’s blown solve

Scores after R2
Vaia: $1K
Whitney: $3,800 + 1/2 CAR
Rick: $9,450

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (Oct. 14, 1992): PLACE
Mark’s combination was MVDA (although he mistakenly called for a fourth consonant in B)…

_ _ N E M A

…and he got CINEMA for an $18K gift certificate that he could’ve used to buy a choker.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: LIVING THING

Still in third place, Vaia leads off w/ the letters spelling THE, two R’s for the other 1/2 CAR, and three A’s, but she then BANKRUPTs near $3,500 to toss aside $1,500 and her plate. Second, Whitney gives up her own plate to the other normal BANKRUPT. Third, Rick uncovers an L to take the Ford Fiesta out of play, two N’s and a Y before he sees…

A / _ A L _ / T R E E
_ _ A Y _ N _ / _ N
T H E / _ R E E _ E

He pockets another $2,250 and will see A PALM TREE SWAYING IN THE BREEZE on his Hotwire trip to the Belizean Dreams Resort in BELIZE worth $6,880.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (women)

(NOTE: The graphics people mistakenly took away $250 from Rick’s cash bank right after he made the solve.)

Scores after R3
Vaia: $1K
Whitney: $3,800
Rick: $18,580 cash and trip

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$3,000 Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ U M P E R
_ _ _ S

Rick avoids getting hit by these BUMPER CARS to go over the $21K mark.

Round 4: THING

First for Rick are a single $500 N at the end of this answer and the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Vaia runs into the roadblock of R. Third, Whitney says two S’s, three T’s, two A’s and the sole dud vowel of E before we move into Speed-Up Mode…

A / S T _ _ _ _
S _ T _ A T _ _ N

…and the three remaining consonants are worth $6K apiece (the audience didn’t cheer for it — boo, hiss). The next letter called is a C…

A / S T _ C _ _
S _ T _ A T _ _ N

…and Rick quickly gets out of A STICKY SITUATION to seal the deal!

DUDS (both before FS): R (Vaia), E (Whitney)
BANKRUPT: Rick

FINAL SCORES 
Vaia: $1K
Whitney: $3,800
Rick: $27,580 cash and Belize

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $32,380
BANKRUPT TRASH (plates excluded): $4,200

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Rick is all by himself, but he does take the N envelope of WIN.

Category: THING
This is all he gets to start…

_ _ _ _
_ L _ _

CBMU gives him the entire second word (that’s what I thought at the start)…

B _ _ _
C L U B 

…but also one letter at the top — he gets BOOK CLUB for the Ford Flex SE worth $32,100 (Sheldon the Dalmatian NOT included)! He drives outta here w/ $64,680 cash and prizes!

$5K+ SPIN ID: PD7157068

MY EP. RATING: 8

WOF Recap: June 11, 2013

EPISODE #5847: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 5)

Repeat Clip (Oct. 23, 1989): Diane Landry’s $129,370 doesn’t fit at the top of her blue podium, but Pat sticks a red $1 to the left to make it official

Tuesday’s Set: “Celebrating 30!” (yep, that’s where Autumn became the second-ever millionaire)

$1,000 Tossup: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

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

I’m not INTRODUCING MYSELF — it’s Caroline who will be doing so after getting on the board first…

Caroline Franklin: full-time medical biller and pet sitter from Ocoee, FL
Dusty McKeelan: assistant teacher at Rainbow Mountain Children’s School and actor from Weaverville, NC (his original last name was Keeble while his wife Lindsay previously used McClelland)
Tasha Trujillo: assistant manager for a large bank from Bermuda Dunes, CA

$2,000 Tossup: THINGS

P S _ C _ I C
P _ _ D I C T I O _ S

Caroline’s two for two w/ PSYCHIC PREDICTIONS.

FEATURED PRIZE: $5K from Yowza!!

Jackpot Round: SONG/ARTIST

Caroline starts w/ two $400 N’s, but then LOSES A TURN just as quick. Second, Dusty picks up the yowza!! bonus w/ two B’s and uses his initial $1K to buy almost all of the available vowels (the last one he didn’t choose was the O, which he got later on). But after some work, he BANKRUPTs next to top dollar to forfeit $9,450 (including that $5K bonus). Moving on, Tasha selects two G’s, P and L singles, and three Y’s to give her the WC. The board now…

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

She solves “GLORY DAYS” BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (one of my favorite songs) for $3,650.

BANKRUPT: Dusty
LAT: Caroline
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $10,250

Scores after R1
Caroline: $3K
Dusty: $0
Tasha: $3,650 + WC

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Dusty picks off the SL of three S’s right away for $1,500. He next buys some vowels, but his third purchase of O isn’t there (and it’s the only bad vowel of this puzzle). Second, Tasha picks up the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ a D, buys and I and says two L’s while on the MW next to LAT. She puts $250 and both cardboard pieces at risk…$10K! She then gets the other half of the Chevy Sonic w/ a K and buys the last vowel of U. But after her next pick of W is a MAJOR DUD of N. Afterwards, Caroline FPs two $500 M’s…

S U M M E _
S I D E W A L K
S A L E

…and solves SUMMER SIDEWALK SALE. Tasha’s late blunder just cost her $26,195 cash and Sonic.

DUDS: O (Dusty), N (Tasha)

Scores after R2
Caroline: $4K
Dusty: zip
Tasha: $3,650 + WC

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1993): THING

This man chose CDMA…

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

…and he got the necessary POCKET CHANGE.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: FOOD & DRINK

Tasha begins her road to redemption w/ a T and two E’s via FP. But after some work, the N lets her down again. Second, Caroline selects a $400 L but then gets her second LAT of the game. Third, Dusty says twin R’s but then the sole dud vowel of I. Tasha then takes triple M’s and we have…

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

She’s won $1,200 plus a trip where she might taste some GUACAMOLE MADE FROM SCRATCH — the $6K caravan.com TOUR OF CENTRAL AMERICA.

DUDS: N (Tasha), I (Dusty)
LAT: Caroline

Scores after R3
Caroline: $4K
Dusty: gooseegg alert
Tasha: $10,850 cash and tour + WC

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$3,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

B _ R / H A R B O R
_ A I N _

Though he isn’t confident, Dusty finally gets off the schneid w/ BAR HARBOR, MAINE.

Round 4: THE 80’s (full $1,300 speed-up)

_ L L / T H _
R I G H T / M _ _ _ S

Caroline doesn’t have “ALL THE RIGHT MOVES” like Tom Cruise did, but she’s won another $2,600.

SOLE DUD: N (Dusty)

FINAL SCORES
Caroline: $4K
Dusty: $3K
Tasha: $10,850 cash and tour + WC

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $20,450
BANKRUPT TRASH: $9,450

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Tasha also lands on an M, but this one’s from the word AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
I know this 16-letter answer already…

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

MDCO and H are very good choices…

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

He bank account is getting a COMPLETE OVERHAUL to the tune of…

…THE BIG ONE — SHE’S THE FIFTH (and likely final) $100K WINNER THIS SEASON!!!!! ALSO, THIS IS THE FIRST-EVER INSTANCE OF BACK-TO-BACK GRAND PRIZE WINS IN THE SAME TAPING DAY!!! Her final total of the night is $110,850 cash and tour! Now that’s how you make up for a big blunder!

$5K+ SPIN ID: MG0508451

FINAL NOTES
-Jim used the line “We’re giving you a check made out to cash…” and Vanna didn’t come over to celebrate the big win w/ Tasha.
-The Bonus Wheel was THIS CLOSE to slipping past the $100K envelope just like what happened on May 30th w/ the $1M one.

VIDEO BONUS (courtesy of ACME Crimenet): $100K win #5 (in better quality)

MY EP. RATING: 8 out of 10

WOF Recap: June 10, 2013

EPISODE #5846: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 5)

Opening Clip (Oct. 14, 2008): The first-ever $1M win by Michelle Loewenstein (what took them so long to show that?!)

This season finale week begins on the set of “Pure Paradise”.

$1,000 Tossup: PHRASE

_ / P _ R _
O F / _ I S T _ R Y

Dave knows that the $1M win was A PART OF HISTORY. There’s a designated spinner among this panel…

Dave Losinno: IT auditor studying to be a CPA from Queens, NY
Gina Damis: local hospital worker from Holbrook, NY (the DS is her cousin Annmarie)
Valerie Gerrits: speech therapist from Olympia, WA

$2,000 Tossup: PEOPLE

_ E R O I C
_ I _ _ _ I G _ T _ R S

Valerie knows her HEROIC FIREFIGHTERS.

FEATURED TRIP: VIP experience at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco worth $6,700

Jackpot Round: FOOD & DRINK

Valerie first wants an R while on Jackpot, but it’s not there. Dave secondly calls three N’s for the HomeGoods gift tag. Later, he calls four T’s while on Jackpot

_ A C O N
_ _ T T _ C _ / A N D
T O _ A T O
_ A N D _ I C _

…and eats up a BACON, LETTUCE AND TOMATO SANDWICH for $14K cash and GT (including a $7,600 pot)!

SOLE DUD: R (Valerie)

Scores after R1
Dave: $15K cash and GT
Gina: $0
Valerie: $2K

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Mystery Round: THE 90’s

First from Dave’s mouth are three R’s and A’s but then the sole dud vowel of O. Second, Gina picks up the S.F. trip w/ three T’s. She follows up w/ an H and some vowels before we see…

_ E A _ _ / R E E _ E _
_ T A R _ / I _
T H E / _ A T R I _

She remembers that KEANU REEVES STARS IN “THE MATRIX” for $8,250 cash and trip.

SOLE DUD: O (Dave)

Scores after R2
Dave: $15K cash and GT
Gina: $8,250 cash and S.F.
Valerie: $2K

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1998): PHRASE

CMPO gave this woman…

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

…but she wasn’t OUT AND ABOUT.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: SONG LYRICS

Gina strikes out right away w/ the S while on the 1/2 CAR near $900. Second, Valerie takes two T’s and I’s, but she then repeats the same dud consonant. After that, it’s all Dave…

_ _ _ _ _ N ‘ T / I T
B _ / N I _ _

He solves “WOULDN’T IT BE NICE” (by The Beach Boys) for $1,500 and a $6,400 trip to the Renaissance ST. CROIX Carambola Beach Resort & Spa.

SOLE DUD: S (Gina)
DQ: Valerie’s repeat of said consonant

Scores after R3

Dave: $22,900 cash and prizes
Gina: $8,250 cash and S.F.
Valerie: $2K

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$3,000 Tossup: SHOW BIZ

O R I G _ _ _ _
S C _ E E _ _ L _ Y

Gina gets ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY to move into five-figure territory.

Round 4: THING

Gina leads off w/ an S, two N’s and the sole dud vowel of E. Second, Valerie says three $5K C’s, all of the available vowels and three L’s before she sees…

L O _ I C A L
C O N C L U S I O N

The LOGICAL CONCLUSION is that she solves this puzzle for $16,400!

SOLE DUD: E (Gina)

Going into R5
Dave: $22,900 cash and prizes
Gina: $11,250 cash and S.F.
Valerie: $18,400

Round 5: ON THE MAP (full $1,400 speed-up)

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

Valerie flubs the $2,800 solve w/ GRAND RAPIDS FOUNTAIN at the buzzer.

_ R _ N D / R _ _ _ D _
M _ _ _ _ _ _ N

Dave locates GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN for $4,200 and the win!

SOLE DUD: T (Valerie)
DQ: Valerie’s blown solve

FINAL SCORES
Dave: $27,100 cash and prizes
Gina: $11,250 cash and S.F.
Valerie: $18,400

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $56,750
PENALTY SPACE FREE EPISODE!

Isn’t it great that everybody ends up w/ five figures?

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$100,000 Bonus Round

Dave lands on the M of GAME.

Category: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
I hope he doesn’t get tripped up by the two letters that begin this one…

_ _ _ L T _ N _

PGCI fills in all but the first two blanks…

_ _ I L T I N G

The QU claims another victim — he can’t get QUILTING for the $30K. I wonder if either of the ladies knew that one?

$5K SPIN ID: VP9358810

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

Week 38 Stats

Total this Week: $262,556 
Total for the Season: $10,381,693
BR Win Record: 72-118 (.379) 
Total Car Wins: 39
-1/2 Car: 20
-BR Car: 19
 
$100,000 Wins-Losses: 4-4
$1M Bonus Rounds: 9 (1 was the $1M win) 
Perfect BR Weeks: 0 
BR SHUTOUTS: 6
Prize Wedge Wins: 44
Gift Tag Wins: 52
Jackpot Wins: 11
Mystery Wedge Wins: 13 
Found Mystery $10K-Bankrupt: 32-30
Mystery $10K was on $700: 41
Mystery $10K was on $300: 37
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 62-15
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 9 (1 on $500, 1 on $900, 3 on $2500, 4 on $3500)
BR: 18

FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 115/53/0
5-Round Games: 39
6-Round Games: 4
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 18

Gooseegg Victims: 41 
Red Winners: 71
Yellow Winners: 65
Blue Winners: 54 
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $25,800* / 1 Wild Card  / 2 “1/2 CAR” tags / 1 MDW
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $958,950* / 42 Wild Cards / 54 “� CAR” tags / 14 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupts: $27,100 (Sept. 24); $18,445* (May 30); $16,420 (Feb. 11)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $40,100*+ � Car (Sept. 24); $28,200* (Nov. 16); $22,750* (Jan. 21)
Highest-Winning Totals: $1,030,340 (May 30) $147,000 (Dec. 28), $137,250 (Nov. 21)

Lowest-Winning Totals: $8,200 (April 12), $9,100 (Mar. 20), $9,350 (May 31)
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: $1,233,018 (Week #37: Celebrating 30!)
Season-Low Week: $151,104 (Week #6: Teachers Week)

WOF Recap: June 7, 2013

EPISODE #5845: DAD’S WEEK

Intro Flashback Clip (March 13, 2006 during Spring Break Week): Vanna was late getting into position for the first Tossup of the night (the answer was LAKE HURON)

$1,000 Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

E _ E C _ _ _ N _ C
G A _ G E _ _

This is what you can buy w/ the SONY shopping spree, but John and David totally blow it w/ ELECTRONIC GAUGES and ELECTRONIC GARAGES, respectively.

E _ E C T R _ N _ C
G A D G E _ _

Tony gets ELECTRONIC GADGETS. Our last all-male panel of the week…

Tony Raio: national awards/trophies co. worker, weekend DJ emcee co. worker, singer and ventriloquist who has three children (Catherine, Bobby and Thomas) and two stepchildren (Chrissy and Michael) from Mahopac, NY
John Williams (obviously NOT the composer): call center sales executive who writes romance fiction novels and has two children (Trey and Xavier) from McKinney, TX
David Fox: accountant and tax preparer/bookkeeper w/ three kids (9-yr.-old Trevor, 7-yr.-old Jackson and 6-yr.-old Nathan) from Van Nuys, CA

$2,000 Tossup: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

_ A I N I _ G
_ _ _ E N T _ M

Tony’s GAINING MOMENTUM to triple his money.

Jackpot Round: THE 80’s

Early on, Tony picks up the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ two T’s. Soon enough, he gets the other half of the smart car w/ an L. After he then buys two I’s…

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

…he solves “INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE” for $1,850 and the smart car, giving him $16,180 that round!

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,100

Scores after R1
Tony: $19,180 cash and smart car
Other men: $0 each

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Now getting a chance to spin, John FPs two A’s but then says N for no while on the All American Clothing gift tag. Second, David takes a T, two R’s and two I’s, but he then repeats the N. Third, Tony calls for twin P’s and the last vowel of E via FP. We now have…

P A P E R
T R A I _
_ I _

He solves PAPER TRAIL MIX for the house minimum.

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

Scores after R2
Tony: $20,180 cash and smart car
Other men: $0 each

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1993): THING
BCMO was the chosen combination by this man (the V mistakenly appeared in place of the B at first)…

B L _ E
_ _ _

…but he didn’t come up w/ a BLUE JAY.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: SONG LYRICS

David instantly BANKRUPTs near $3,500. After that, it’s all Tony…

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

…he solves “YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE, MY ONLY SUNSHINE” for $5,250 plus a $6,300 trip to Club Med Punta Cana in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

BANKRUPT: David

Scores after R3
Tony: $31,730 cash and prizes
Other men: gooseegg alert

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$3,000 Tossup: THING

A _ _ _ _ _ A _ H _ D
_ _ S E B _ _ L

David only knows the second word.

A U T _ _ R A _ H E D
_ A S E B A _ L

Tony gets an AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL, so he’s up to $34,730!

Round 4: PERSON

Tony strikes out immediately w/ the S. Second, John takes a $500 T and a single E, but he and David BANKRUPT near $650 back-to-back. After that, Tony picks things up from here…

_ / C _ _ _ / O _ _
T _ E / O L _ / _ L O C _

He’s not just A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK — he’s won another $2,150!

SOLE DUD: S (Tony)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (other men)

Going into R5
Tony: $36,880 cash and prizes
Other men: gooseegg alert

Round 5: PHRASE

John barely hangs onto $650 at the start, but he duds out anyway w/ the N. David secondly goes LAT (and Pat comes up between those men and says they can all go out for a drink). Third, Tony uncovers two $5K R’s, but it’s Speed-Up Mode time…

_ / _ _ R R _ _ / _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _

…and we don’t quite make it to the big one, but consonants are still worth $1,500 apiece. Tony can’t solve after calling two F’s. After John then says the obvious F…

_ / _ _ R R _ L / _ F
L _ _ _ _ _

The producers are gonna have A BARREL OF LAUGHS — John nails this puzzle to spoil Tony’s maingame sweep bid.

SOLE DUD (before Final Spin): N (John)
LAT: David

FINAL SCORES
John: $1,500
David: $1K gooseegg
Tony: $36,880 cash and prizes

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $39,380
BANKRUPT TRASH: $250

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$100,000 Bonus Round
I saw a piece of confetti that dropped on the floor — could this mean really big money for Tony? After he puts it in one of his shirt pockets, he lands on the E of GAME.

Category: LIVING THING

Just this much to start…

_ _ _ N _
_ _ _

MCPO gives him…

_ O _ N _
C _ _

He says he can’t get the second word of YOUNG CUB, so he isn’t a double-car winner w/ the FJ Cruiser.

$5K+ SPIN ID: ES8763302

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

WOF Recap: June 6, 2013

EPISODE #5844: DAD’S WEEK

Repeat Clip (1999)
: Angela solved TEENY-WEENY for $950 and a trip to Paris

$1,000 Tossup: TITLE

_ _ _ _ _ T _ _ O D

Joel solves the NBC show “PARENTHOOD”. Now let’s hear about the children of each of these men…

Joel Levinson: he does online video content (sometimes goofy) and has one son named Mortimer from Culver City
Sean Cannell: safety coordinator for a grocery store’s maintenance department w/ two kids (4-yr-old Emily and 2-yr.-old Isaac) from Loveland, OH
John Paul Biondo: 5th Grade teacher at Marion G. Vetter ES w/ two kids (5-yr.-old Jenna and 3-yr.-old Julianna) from North Babylon, NY

$2,000 Tossup: FUN & GAMES

S _ O R _ _ N G
_ _ _ N T

I can understand why it wasn’t labeled EVENT — the producers didn’t want to give away the second word that easy. Anyway, Joel’s two for two w/ SPORTING EVENT.

Jackpot Round: PHRASE

In the middle of the round, Joel gets the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ an S. But after a lot of work, he BANKRUPTs near $650 to lose the plate and $5,300. Second up, Sean says a $700 V and two O’s before running into LAT. Third, John Paul picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ two $500 C’s but then gives it all right back to the other normal BANKRUPT. After Joel’s second turn ends quickly w/ the same BANKRUPT, Sean spins once for $1,800 worth of B’s…

H A V E / T H E / C A R
B A C _ / A T / A
R E A S O N A B L E
H O _ R

…and says “HAVE THE CAR BACK AT A REASONABLE HOUR” for $2,250.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (Joel 2x, John Paul)
LAT: Sean
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,700

Scores after R1
Joel: $3K
Sean: $2,250
J.P.: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Sean gets off to a sloppy start w/ a dud of S while on top dollar. Second, John Paul BANKRUPTs on the MDW‘s left side. Third, Joel inserts two T’s, an R and an L, but then buys a dud vowel of A. After Sean hits LAT for the second time tonight, John Paul gets that same MDW BANKRUPT; that’s his 3rd one tonight. A little later, Joel says two G’s while on the MW next to the MDW and takes a $4,200 gamble…but he also gets his third BANKRUPT of the game. Once Sean says another baddie of B, John Paul FPs two I’s, lights up a single P but then says W for worthless. Joel then picks up the Sony prize w/ the last consonant of K…

P _ K _ R
N I G H T –
L I G H T

…he solves POKER NIGHT-LIGHT for $5,500 cash and shopping spree.

DUDS: S (Sean), A (Joel), B (Sean), W (J.P.)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (J.P. 2x, Joel)
LAT: Sean

Scores after R2
Joel: $8,500 cash and SS
Sean: $2,250
J.P.: bad luck

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1993): PHRASE
CDMA gave this man…

S _ _ C _
A N D
S _ A N

…and this solve of his was SPICK AND SPAN.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Two N’s get John Paul started, followed by three T’s, three E’s and two H’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900. It’s all him this round…

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

…he’s won his first $8K and will be STROLLING BAREFOOT ALONG THE SHORE of OAHU during his stay at the Turtle Bay Resort courtesy of Hotwire worth $5,750.

PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R3
Joel: $8,500 cash and SS
Sean: $2,250
J.P.: $13,750 cash and HI

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$3,000 Tossup: CHARACTER

H _ _ _ _
_ I _ _ _ _ N

No need for you guys to say “DOH” — Joel sweeps the Tossups w/ HOMER SIMPSON and is up to $11,500.

Round 4: THING (full $1,900 speed-up)

_ _ T R A
_ N C _ _ R A _ _ M _ N T

Sean flubs it w/ EXTRA INCREMENT.

E _ T R A
E N C _ _ R A _ E M E N T

John Paul will need EXTRA ENCOURAGEMENT in the Bonus Round, because he’s sealed the deal w/ another $3,800.

(AIRED) DUDS: B (Sean), D (John P.)
SOLE DQ OF GAME: Sean’s missolve

FINAL SCORES
Joel: $11,500 cash and SS
Sean: $2,250
J.P.: $17,550 cash and HI

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $31,300
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plates): $10,500

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$100,000 Bonus Round
J.P.’s envelope will be the S of SPIN.

Category: THINGS
I don’t like his chances w/ the following…

_ _ _ _ _
_ L _ _ _ S

CMPA can only give him the first letters of each word…

P _ _ _ _
C L _ _ _ S

…and he’s way off w/ POWER CLOCKS — the $30K disappears into these PUFFY CLOUDS.

$5K+ SPIN ID #179: RK9229284

MY EP. RATING: 5 out of 10 (thanks to awful R2)

WOF Recap: June 5, 2013

EPISODE #5843: DAD’S WEEK

Repeat Clip (2002): Pat just wrecks a Mardi Gras-themed golf cart to the left side of the puzzleboard

$1,000 Tossup: CHARACTER

M R .
_ _ C R _ D I _ _ E

Don isn’t really MR. INCREDIBLE, but he’s on the board first among this panel…

Don Matthews, Jr.: architectural designer w/ a 13-month girl named Bailey from Baltimore
Matt Davis: Buechel Metropolitan HS teacher w/ a 2-yr. daughter named Shelby
Bill Kepner: CEO for a nonprofit that provides support services for physically disabled people and a church music minister for about three decades who has three daughters from Lancaster, PA

$2,000 Tossup: THING

M _ _ _ Y
C _ I P

Bill solves MONEY CLIP.

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

Early on, Bill gets the MDW w/ two N’s. It’s all him this round…

_ H A T / _ _ / _ _ _
T H I N K / _ _ _ ‘ _ E
_ _ I N _ ?

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING, sir? Solving this puzzle for another $1,200 to be exact.

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,250

Scores after R1
Don: $1K
Matt: $0
Bill: $3,200 + MDW

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Don gets off to a bad start w/ a dud of R while on the 1/2 CAR near $300. Second, Matt does a lot of work before LOSING A TURN. Third, Bill spots a $3,500 K, a single D, but no more from the H. After Don misses again w/ a P, Matt buys the last vowel of I but then says T for terrible. Bill then gets the next piece of bad news — he has to give back the MDW and $4,200 to the BANKRUPT near $650. Don spins once for the twin F’s at $350 apiece…

_ U F F / A N D
S A U S A G E
L I N K S

…and solves CUFF AND SAUSAGE LINKS for the house minimum.

DUDS: R (Don), H (Bill), P (Don), T (Matt) 
BANKRUPT: Bill
LAT: Matt

Scores after R2
Don: $2K
Matt: zip
Bill: $3,200

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1993): THINGS
BWMO gave this man…

O _ L / &
_ _ N E _ _ R

…but he didn’t come up w/ OIL & VINEGAR.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PLACE

Matt instantly BANKRUPTs near top dollar. Second, Bill takes four T’s, three H’s and some vowels but then repeats the T while on the All American Clothing gift tag. Third, Don says M for mistake. Back to Matt, he lights up three R’s and the remaining vowels of two O’s and two I’s. Next are two N’s for the clothing but then L for loss of turn. Bill follows suit w/ two F’s and a D via FP before we look at…

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

He pockets another $5,750 and a trip to where he might go DEEP IN THE HEART OF THE RAIN FOREST — the Chaa Creek Resort in BELIZE worth $8,152.

DUDS: M (Don), L (Matt)
BANKRUPT: Matt
DQ: Bill’s T repeat

Scores after R3
Don: $2K
Matt: gooseegg alert
Bill: $17,102 cash and Belize

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$3,000 Tossup: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

R E _ D _ _ G / A
C O _ P A S _

Matt is READING A COMPASS to finally get off the schneid.

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

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

Don solves TWINS AND TRIPLETS for $3,600.

FINAL SCORES

Don: $5,600
Matt: $3K
Bill: $17,102 cash and Belize

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: $25,702
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding MDW): $4,200

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$100,000 Bonus Round
The M envelope in GAME is what Bill needs to take.

Category: WAYD?
This is a popular type of dance…

T _ E
L _ _ _ _

He’s in great shape after calling OCKM…

T _ E
L _ M _ O

…and he’s doing THE LIMBO (literally) for the $30K, so his final total’s $47,102 cash and trip!

$5K+ SPIN ID: JD0603565

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10