We’re back at the Palazzo to kick off our New Year’s Eve shows.
EPISODE #5926: NEW YEAR’S EVE (LAS VEGAS)
$1K Tossup: WAYD?
_ _ _ _ I _ _ / I N
_ H _ / _ E _ / _ E A R
Luisa, the first to get on the board, and these two other players will help us in RINGING THE NEW YEAR…
Luisa Martinez: USPS driver who’s been living in Vegas for 16 yrs. (orig. from El Paso, TX)
Jonathan Cairns: downtown engineering consulting firm worker (who’s also been playing intramural sports) from Chicago
Erica Yacus: baker and church member married to a Navy Pilot named George for 4 yrs. from S.D. (orig. from Chesapeake, VA)
$2K Tossup: PLACE
_ _ G I N E
R O O _
Luisa triples up w/ ENGINE ROOM.
FEATURED TRIP: Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, CA w/ Carmel Food Tour worth $7,690
1/2 CAR OF THE WEEK: ’14 Chevrolet Spark
Round 1: SONG LYRICS
Luisa starts w/ T for terrible while on the 1/2 CAR near $900. Second, Jonathan calls a $400 S, buys three I’s, lights up two M’s for $800, but then BANKRUPTS on the MDW’s right side to lose $950. Third, Erica puts up a $300 N but then gets the exact same fate as the man. Luisa tries again w/ a $450 V, three O’s, and three L’s for another $900, then she buys E and A singles before BANKRUPTING near $650 to give back the $600 remainder. Afterwards, Jonathan puts up the remaining consonants of H, P and K (first worth $600, last two worth $350 apiece). The board now…
I ‘ M / I N / L O V E
I ‘ M / A L L
S H O O K / _ P
He solves “I’M IN LOVE, I’M ALL SHOOK UP” for $1,300.
SOLE DUD: T (Luisa)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (entire panel)
Scores after R1
Jonathan: $1,300/Erica: $0/Luisa: $3K
Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER
The man’s first picks are a $900 pair of S’s, but then the sole dud vowel of E. Second, Erica takes three T’s for $1,200, but then LOSES A TURN. Third, Luisa uncovers triple R’s for $2,100, buys three I’s, and picks up the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ two F’s. After that, she buys an A but then duds out w/ M. After Jonathan gets shafted by the same normal BANKRUPT to toss aside $650…
_ _ S I _ _
_ _ _ R / F I R S T
T _ _ T _
F A I R _
…Erica solves LOSING YOUR FIRST TOOTH FAIRY for $1,200 when she could’ve gone for the Y’s.
DUDS: E (Jonathan), M (Luisa)
Scores after R2
Jonathan: $1,300/Erica: $1,200/Luisa: $3K
Not that great of a game so far…
PP/Express Round: FOOD & DRINK
The lady in the middle is up first w/ a $600 T and three N’s for another $1,500, then she buys two O’s, two A’s and an I. After that are a $600 pair of F’s, four E’s, but then the same normal BANKRUPT to clean her out of $1,700. Luisa next inserts a $300 M, two U’s, and a $1,600 pair of B’s, then we see…
B _ U E / M O U N T A I N
_ O F F E E / B E A N _
She’s won another $1,650 and will try some BLUE MOUNTAIN COFFEE BEANS during her stay at the Sandals Grand Riviera Beach & Villa in JAMAICA w/ the NEX-5R worth $7,399.
Scores after R3
Jonathan: $1,300/Erica: $1,200/Luisa: $12,049 cash & prizes
$3K Tossup: EVENT
_ _ L I D A Y
_ _ _ T Y
Luisa sweeps the Tossups w/ HOLIDAY PARTY.
Round 4: PHRASE
She first calls three T’s for $1,800, buys three E’s, but then LaTs out. After that, it’s all Jonathan…
T H E / T A B _ E _
A R E / T _ R N _ N _
THE TABLES ARE (possibly) TURNING in his favor — he’s added another $2,550 to his overall bank.
Scores after R4
Jonathan: $3,850/Erica: $1,200/Luisa: $15,049 cash & prizes
Round 5: IN THE KITCHEN (full $1,900 speed-up)
After Erica calls an S early on…
_ _ _ _ – _ _ _ _ _ _ _
S T _ _ _
COAL-BURNING STOVE is a great guess, but not right. I can tell you right now that this puzzle should remind you of a trainwreck Speed-Up Round from Oct. 16, 2008. Luisa next calls two N’s…
_ _ _ _ – _ _ _ N _ N _
S T _ _ _
…but OLD-BURNING STOVE isn’t gonna work. Jon next requests an R…
_ _ _ _ – _ _ R N _ N _
S T _ _ _
FIRE-BURNING STOVE is soooo wrong. The obvious G gets put up by Erica…
_ _ _ _ – _ _ R N _ N G
S T _ _ _
…and she gets WOOD-BURNING STOVE for another $3,800.
DQs: 3 (wrong answers by the panel)
Jonathan: $3,850/Erica: $5K/Luisa: $15,049 cash & prizes
GRAND TOTAL: $23,899
BANKRUPT TRASH: $4,200
$100K Bonus Round
The $35+ Camaro provided by AutoNation (and won twice during premiere week) is back in play for this week’s shows. Luisa picks up the C envelope.
Her starting info…
_ E _ _ N _
_ _ R _ S
CDHI adds just two of the D’s…
_ E _ _ N D
_ _ R D S
I’m not BEYOND WORDS at all, because she doesn’t even get the second word right and she loses the $30K.
$5K SPIN ID: JJ3440763
MY EP. RATING: 5 out of 10