WOF Recap: February 27, 2014

EPISODE #5969: SPA GETAWAY

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

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

Nothing from Melody.

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

Jeremy gets SITTING IN THE SAUNA, and we go down the line in meeting these players…

Jeremy Howard: air traffic controller from Bridgeton, MO (orig. from Nashville)
Melody Akhtari: digital marketing strategist & UC-Berkeley graduate from Culver City
Kelly Hartzler: purchasing manager for a medical lab who also does volunteer work and is a member of her city’s Kiwanis Club from Terre Haute, IN

$2K Tossup: THING

_ X P _ N S E
_ _ _ _ _ _

Jeremy takes a stab w/ EXPENSE REPORTright for the tripler.

FEATURED SPA TRIP: the Sanderling Resort on the Outer Banks of NC worth $5,350.

Round 1: PHRASE

His first letters this evening are a $300 T and F for flunk. Second, Melody says N for negative #2 while on the 1/2 CAR near $900. Third, Kelly collects $5K worth of R’s, but then duds out w/ L while on the same 1/2 CAR. Back to Jeremy who calls up two S’s for $700, a single I, a $900 P, and two E’s. Afterwards, he FPs O and C singles…

_ O _ / C _ _ _ _ T / _ E
_ _ / S _ R P R I S E

YOU CAUGHT ME BY SURPRISE, sir, by calling for that C on FP instead of another vowel; anyway, he’s won another $1,900 w/ that response.

DUDS: F (Jeremy), N (Melody), L (Kelly)

Scores after R1
Jeremy: $4,900/Ladies: $0 apiece

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Melody’s off to a bad start w/ the MDW’s right-side BANKRUPT. Second, Kelly finds three N’s for $1,350, buys an E and three A’s, and plugs in an $800 T, followed by four I’s but then the sole dud vowel of O. Third, Jeremy finally gets his first taste of BANKRUPT (this one near TD). Melody tries again w/ a $600 S and the last vowel of U, then she says two R’s to add $1,600, and a Y for the WC, a V for that same 1/2 CAR, and two D’s for another $1,600. Now to the board…

U N I V E R S I T Y
_ A R _ _ I N _
_ A N D –
A I D

She solves UNIVERSITY MARCHING BAND-AID for $4,550.

SOLE DUD: O (Kelly)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Melody, Jeremy)

Scores after R2
Jeremy: $4,900/Melody: $4,550 + 1/2 CAR + WC/Kelly: ZIP

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (’90): PERSON
CDMA was chosen by this lady…

_ A C _ _ A C _ E R

…but she didn’t get BACKPACKER.

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PP/Express Round: FOOD & DRINK

The scoreless Kelly begins this one w/ a $900 N, a single A, but then the same normal BANKRUPT to lose the $650 remainder. Second, Jeremy LOSES A TURN. From here, it’s all Melody…

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

She solves PINEAPPLE FRUIT BOWL for $2,850 plus a Hotwire trip package to the Outrigger Reef on the Beach in HAWAII worth $7,333.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Kelly
SOLE LaT: Jeremy

Scores after R3
Jeremy: $4,900/Melody: $14,733 cash & HI + WC/Kelly: NO LUCK

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$3K Tossup: CHARACTERS

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

Jeremy sweeps ’em w/ MERMAIDS AND MERMEN.

Round 4: PEOPLE

His first consonants are two S’s and a T for $1,350 ($450 apiece), followed by two E’s but then the sole dud vowel of I and we go into Speed-Up Mode…

_ _ _ _ _ E S
_ _ _ T _ E _ S

…w/ a $6K Final Spin!  After a B has been put up by Vanna…

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

Melody solves DOUBLES PARTNERS for $24K and the win!

DUDS (both by Jeremy): I and M (the latter was after the FS)

FINAL SCORES
Jeremy: $7,900/Melody: $38,733 cash & prizes + WC/Kelly: $1K GOOSEEGG

GRAND TOTAL: $47,633
BANKRUPT TRASH: $650

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$100K Bonus Round
The ** envelope is Melody’s potential reward.

Category: THING
Not much RSTLNE help in this 13-letter answer…

_ _ _ _ _ N _
_ _ L _ _ _

BFPO and M give her…

_ O M P _ N _
P O L _ _ _

It’s COMPANY POLICY for Harry & Co. to pay her hopefully something big because she solved this puzzle…

but it’s that damned $30K. Anyway, she leaves w/ $68,733 cash & prizes.

$5K SPIN ID: WJ1726505


MY EP. RATING: 7

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WOF Recap: February 26, 2014

EPISODE #5968: SPA GETAWAY

$1K Tossup: EVENT

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

Kathy solves HOT STONE MASSAGE, and here’s our midweek panel…

Kathy Knecht: school board member, 11-yr. Girl Scout leader and volunteer for The Blue Blazers from Peoria, AZ
Jason Siegel: director of production for media stand-up from NY
Mallory Hughes: aspiring actress and country singer/songwriter from Chicago

$2K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ O V I E
_ T U N T _ A N

Mallory’s the first spinner of the night after solving MOVIE STUNTMAN.

FEATURED SPA TRIP: Lumeria Maui Hawaiian Resort worth $6,461

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

Mallory wastes a spin w/ the MDW’s right-side BANKRUPT. Second, Kathy calls a $300 N and a $350 F, then she buys an O and three E’s before saying S for sorry. Third, Jason takes a $300 T, two R’s to add $1,400, and the leftover vowels of two A’s and an I, but his next call of G is no good. Mallory then picks up the HI trip w/ twin W’s…

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

…and solves WRINKLE CREAM OF WHEAT for a total of $7,461 cash & HI.

DUDS: S (Kathy), G (Jason)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Mallory

Scores after R1
Jason: $0/Mallory: $9,461 cash & HI/Kathy: $1K

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Mystery Round: THING

Kathy’s first at bat w/ three L’s for $1,950, triple E’s, the same number of R’s for the WC, and a dud of A while on FP. She then blurts out the T immediately after, but is asked to spin. Her arrow is on the orange $800 and there is one. She then does the same thing again w/ her next call of an S (there are three for another $1,500). Following her purchase of three I’s, she puts up a $350 N and a $3,500 G…but she wastes a good WC usage by calling for an M. Jason then puts up the first letter of the bottom word (the W) for $3,500

S T R E S S –
R E L I E _ I N G
W _ I R L _ _ _ L

He solves STRESS-RELIEVING WHIRLPOOL to get on the board.

DUDS (both by Kathy): A and M

Scores after R2
Jason: $3,500/Mallory: $9,461 cash & HI/Kathy: $1K

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE (there’s an ! at the end)

That man begins w/ three T’s while on EXPRESS, but doesn’t hop aboard. Next on his list are five E’s, an A, two H’s for $800 and three $650 S’s before we see…

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

He says “THIS IS THE BEST GAME EVER!” for $5,250 and a trip package to the Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in ST. LUCIA worth $9,302.

PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R3
Jason: $18,052 cash & St. Lucia/Mallory: $9,461 cash & HI/Kathy: $1K

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$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

B _ _ _ / T O _ E _ S

Mallory gets out some BATH TOWELS to be over $12K.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES

First for Mallory are a $600 T but then the LaT. Secondly, Kathy finds two R’s for a grand, two E’s, a $300 W, two A’s, a $900 B, a $500 C and an S via FP to leave vowels remaining…

W A T E R
A E R _ B _ C S

 …and solves WATER AEROBICS for $2,700.

SOLE LaT: Mallory

Scores after R4
Jason: $18,052 cash & St. Lucia/Mallory: $12,461 cash & HI/Kathy: $3,700

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Round 5: ON THE MAP 

Kathy leads off w/ twin N’s for $600 but then LaT. Second, Jason lights up nothing w/ an S call. Third for Mallory are a $500 T and her second LaT of the night. Kathy tries again w/ two R’s for $1,200 and a $300 L, but it’s Speed-Up Mode time…

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

…the two remaining consonants are worth $1,900 apiece. She then puts up the C…

N _ R T _
C _ R _ L _ N _

…and solves NORTH CAROLINA for $4K.

SOLE DUD (before FS): S (Jason)
LaTs: 2 (both women)

FINAL SCORES
Jason: $18,052 cash & St. Lucia/Mallory: $12,461 cash & HI/Kathy: $7,700

GRAND TOTAL: $38,213
ZERO BANKRUPT TRASH!

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$100K Bonus Round
Jason lands on the I of AMERICA’S.

Category: THINGS
We see these in 3D movies…

_ _ S _ _ L
E _ _ E _ T S

HDMA only adds the vowel…

_ _ S _ A L
E _ _ E _ T S

…he doesn’t even come close to solving VISUAL EFFECTS for $30K.

$5K SPIN ID: SF0856691

MY EP. RATING: 6

WOF Recap: February 25, 2014

EPISODE #5967: SPA GETAWAY

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

H _ P P Y / A N D
_ E _ L _ H Y

Charity’s HAPPY AND HEALTHY enough to play our game. Now let’s do the talking…

Charity Snell: police officer at the Montgomery Police Dept.from Spring, TX (orig. from Houston)
James Allen: singer who performs on the Strip six nights a week from Vegas (orig. from Australia)
Michele Mider: does volunteer work usually for charity events from Syracuse, NY (she’s unfortunately a widow after her husband Rick passed away)

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ _ E T A _ L E
J _ I C _

James drinks up some VEGETABLE JUICE to start the spinning.

FEATURED SPA TRIP: Hotel Grand Pacific in Vancouver worth $6,250

Round 1: TITLE

Right away, James picks up both the WC and MDW w/ five T’s and an H, respectively. He spends 1/5 of his inital $2,500 for five E’s and an A, then he selects a $900 S, two R’s for $1,300, an O, and C for Canada…but after all that work, he BANKRUPTS near top dollar to lose $10,700 cash and Canada along w/ those valuable pieces of cardboard. Darn. Moving on, Michele inserts two L’s for $1,300 and a $900 W…

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

…and she solves the James Thurber book “THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY” for $2,200.

SOLE BANKRUPT: James

Scores after R1
James: $2K/Michele: $2,200/Charity: $1K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Michele leads off w/ three S’s for $2,700, two $3,500 T’s, but then A for awful. Second, Charity calls up a $650 L but can’t capitalize on TD w/ N for nada. Third, James has been roadblocked by the R while on the 1/2 CAR near $300. Back to Michele who buys all of the available vowels (one E, three I’s and an O) and picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ two C’s, then come two P’s for $600, a $350 K, but then the same BANKRUPT to burn up $10,650 and her plate. Doggone. Charity then puts up a $500 H and an F for the plate that James couldn’t pick up…

P O P S I C L E
S T I C K
S H I F T

…and she reads the above for $1,650.

DUDS: A (Michele), N (Charity), R (James)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Michele

Scores after R2
James: $2K/Michele: $2,200/Charity: $2,650 + 1/2 CAR

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (’91; also on Jan. 20, 2011): THING
MDGO was chosen…

_ O _ S E
_ E _

This man nor Gary Heath from ’11 failed to solve HOUSE KEY.

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PP/Express Round: PLACE

Charity’s first at bat w/ two N’s for $1,800, a $450 G , and an obvious I, then come an $800 T, three E’s, a $700 R, two A’s and two C’s while on EXPRESS. She’s gonna HOP ABOARD.

Charity’s Current Bank: $5K
Next Picks: 2 B’s, 2 H’s, 2 L’s, Y, V and K

B A L C _ N Y
_ V E R L _ _ K I N G
T H E / B E A C H

She’s won $14K and a OneTravel trip package to a hotel w/ a BALCONY OVERLOOKING THE BEACH of Punta Cana in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $6,699; that was a $20,699 round for her!

MAJOR PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R3
James: $2K/Michele: $2,200/Charity: $23,349 cash & trip

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$3K Tossup: THE 80’s

_ H _ / _ Y _
_ _ / _ _ _ / _ _ G _ R

Michele solve Survivor’s “THE EYE OF THE TIGER”.

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

After Michele starts w/ two T’s…

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

She pulls a Caitlin Burke w/ THOUGHTFULNESS.

PR #2!

FINAL SCORES
James: $2K/Michele: $8,200/Charity: $23,349 cash & trip

GRAND TOTAL: $33,549
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding three extras): $21,350 cash & Canada

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$100K Bonus Round
The I in AMERICA’S is where Charity lands on.

Category: PHRASE
At the lead-off portion…

_ ‘ _ E / _ _ T
_ _ _ _ / _ _ _ E S

CDMO adds only two of the vowel…

_ ‘ _ E / _ O T
_ _ _ _ / _ O _ E S

I’VE GOT HIGH HOPES for her to pull this one off…but it doesn’t happen for $35K. BGHO was the clear winner here.

$5K SPIN ID: CR9165281

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10 (thanks to those painful BANKRUPTS)

WOF Recap: February 24, 2014

EPISODE #5966: SPA GETAWAY

This was their first taping of  ’14 (Jan. 16). Also, they’re using the animated intro like the first Culver City week back in S28.

$1K Tossup: THINGS

_ I N _ R A L
S _ R _ N G _

Allyson solves MINERAL SPRINGS, and let’s start the interviewing w/ the lady at the end…

Allyson Geliberte: insurance agent from Davis, CA
Barbara Jean Crow: flamenco dancer who does community theater (and has a mom that’s 92 yrs. old) from Plant City, FL
Lane McMahan: resident physician specializing in radiology from Avon, IN

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

_ ‘ M / _ N
_ H _ / _ _ _ E

Allyson rightly says “I’M IN THE ZONE” for the tripler.

FEATURED SPA TRIP (from Hotwire): Grand Mirage Resort Thalasso Bali worth $6,992
THIS WEEK’S 1/2 CAR: Chevy Sonic

Round 1: SONG LYRICS

Both ladies immediately dud out w/ T and S, respectively. Third in line, Lane FPs two E’s, lights up a $300 R (he called that immediately after putting up those E’s), but then buys the sole dud vowel of A. Allyson wastes her second spin w/ the BANKRUPT near $650. Barbara Jean next calls a $450 C, two I’s, a K for that MDW, but then M for mistake while on the Bali trip. Lane then inserts four L’s for $3,600, four W’s to add $1,600…

W E / W I L L
W E / W I L L
R _ C K / _ _ _

He solves “WE WILL, WE WILL ROCK YOU” by Queen for  $5,250.

DUDS: T (Allyson), S (Barbara Jean), A (Lane), M (Barbara Jean)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Alyson

Scores after R1
B.J.: $0/Lane: $5,250/Allyson: $3K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER (there’s a new scoreboard intro wipe for it)

For the second round in a row, a lady like Barbara Jean duds out immediately w/ T. Second, Lane selects three S’s while on the MW near LaT, takes the gamble…and BANKRUPTS. Third, Allyson finds a $400 R, five E’s, four N’s for the 1/2 CAR near $300, U and I singles,…

_ _ N _ E _
_ U S I N E S S
_ _ N _ E R E N _ E

…and she avoids a MONKEY BUSINESS CONFERENCE for $1,650 when she could’ve gone for those C’s.

SOLE DUD: T (Barbara Jean)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Lane

Scores after R2
B.J.: NOTHING/Lane: $5,250/Alyson: $4,650 + 1/2 CAR

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PP/Express Round: SAME LETTER

Now w/ a $600 lead, Lane begins w/ three T’s for $2,400, but the A lets him down again. Second, Allyson has a duplicate of the 1/2 CAR from the same spot w/ an R, buys four E’s, and spots the SL of three S’s to add $1,050, followed by two I’s, three N’s for $10,500, and a couple G’s for $1,300. Here we go…

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

She nails this puzzle for $27,850 (including that $15K Sonic) plus a trip to a SOOTHING SERENE SETTING like the Bolongo Bay Resort in the U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS w/ the NEX-5T worth $6,499, a total of $34,349 in that round alone!!!

SOLE DUD: A (Lane)

Scores after R3
B.J.: GOOSEEGG ALERT/Lane: $5,250/Allyson: $38,999 cash & prizes

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$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

B U T T E _ _ _ _ _ C H
_ O _ K _ E _

The last time they used this on May 13, 2008 during that Chicago road trip, Kevin Reardon blew three puzzles including this one (he said BUTTERSCOTCH CANDIES). As for Allyson, she solves BUTTERSCOTCH COOKIES to be just off the $42K mark.

Round 4: PEOPLE

Her first letters are a $700 N, two A’s and E’s, an $800 D, and an O to clean out the vowels, then come three S’s for $1,500 but then L for lose. Barbara Jean secondly puts up M and H singles for $1,400 ($700 apiece)…

M O _ E _ S / A N D
S H A _ E _ S

…and solves MOVERS AND SHAKERS to finally get on the board.

SOLE DUD: L (Allyson)

Scores after R4
B.J.: $1,400/Lane: $5,250/Allyson: $41,999 cash & prizes

Round 5: WAYD?

A $650 S and vowel singles of E and A is how Barbara Jean starts, but it’s time for Speed-Up Mode…

_ _ A _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ E _ S

…and the leftover consonants each pay off at $1,500. Two L’s are called up…

_ L A N _ _ N G
_ L _ _ E R S

…and Lane’s PLANTING FLOWERS for $6K.

SOLE DUD (during Speed-Up): D (Barbara Jean)

FINAL SCORES
B.J.: $1,400/Lane: $11,250/Allyson: $41,999 cash & prizes

GRAND TOTAL: $54,649
BANKRUPT TRASH: ZIP! (remember, I don’t count the offer not taken for MW gambles)

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$100K Bonus Round
Will Allyson add a second car like a Ford Mustang coupe? She lands on the E in GAME.

Category: THING
Only the next-to-last letter to start…

_ _ _ _ / _ _
_ _ R _

CDPO gives her…

_ O D _ / O _
_ O R _

She completes this BODY OF WORK for…

…the $40K — we have a NEW S31 LEADER w/ $81,999 cash & prizes! Great job, Allyson!

$5K SPIN ID: CW7669974

MY EP. RATING: 9

WOF Retro Recap: April 8, 2011 — My 24th Birthday

EPISODE #5415: GOING GREEN

$1,000 Tossup – AROUND THE HOUSE

W A _ E _

F I _ _ E R

Danielle totally blows it at the time’s up signal w/ WAFFLE FIXER just before she corrected the second word.

W A T E _

F I _ T E R

Dan solves WATER FILTER. The last solvers of the week…

Dan Madigan: NYC DVD producer from New Hyde Park, NY
Audrey Schmedes: corporate communications worker and indoor cycling teacher from Pasadena, CA (orig. from Denmark)
Danielle Clemens: real-estate worker who collects butterflies and a fan of the NY Giants from Rio Rancho, NM
$2,000 Tossup – PROPER NAME

T O R O N _ O

_ L _ E / _ A _ S
Audrey IDs the TORONTO BLUE JAYS
ECO-FRIENDLY TRIP ON THE WHEEL: Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL worth $6,490

Jackpot Round – THING

This round’s all Audrey…

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

_ E / B _ E A T H E

This is THE AIR THAT WE BREATHE on Earth, and Audrey has collected another $3,500.
PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,500

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Danielle: $0
Dan: $1K
Audrey: $5,500

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Round 2 – FOOD & DRINK (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Danielle’s first w/ a $550 S, two A’s (one at each end of this puzzle), but then N for no. Dan also has the same fate w/ R. Third, Audrey takes a $900 T, buys an E and two I’s, but then duds out w/ M. Danielle next BANKRUPTS near $900 to give back three Benjamins. Dan tries again w/ a $400 D, but the other normal BANKRUPT gets him. Audrey next lights up a $500 L, four C’s for another two grand, and five O’s, then we show you…

A / D E L I C I O _ S

C _ _ / O _

_ O T / C O C O A

She’s won $2,650 and the right to drink a DELICIOUS CUP OF HOT COCOA on a $5,100 ski trip to the Ober Gatlingburg Resort in the Smoky Mountains of TENNESSEE.
DUDS: N (Danielle), R (Dan), M (Audrey)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (the D’s)
Pre-Round 3 Scores
Danielle: ZIP
Dan: $1K
Audrey: $13,250 cash & ski trip
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Mystery Round – WAYD?

Dan leads off w/ an N for the FL trip, a $900 G, and an obvious I, then come four R’s for $2,200, two S’s for the WC, two L’s for $700, two O’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $900 to give up $8,790 cash and FL (that’s his second one of the game). Secondly, Audrey puts up three T’s while on the MW near LaT. She turns down the $3K offer for…the BANKRUPT. Third, Danielle tries an $800 H, three E’s, a $1,200 M pairing, and the leftover vowels before solving w/ all of this…
S U _ _ O R T I N G

T H E / L O _ A L

_ A R M E R S

M A R _ E T

…and she’s SUPPORTING THE LOCAL FARMERS MARKET for her first $1,250.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Dan, Audrey) 

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Danielle: $1,250
Dan: $1K
Audrey: $13,250 cash & ski trip

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$3,000 Tossup – PEOPLE

D I S _ _ N T

C O U _ _ N _

Danielle doesn’t have anything just before she started to say the correct answer.
D I S T _ N T

C O U _ _ N _
Dan solves DISTANT COUSINS to quadruple up.

Round 4 – PHRASE 

Two FP T’s get him going, but he gives that $1K right back to the same BANKRUPT he got before; that’s his third and final one of the night as we go into Speed-Up Mode…

T _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _ / T _ _ _ _

…and the leftover consonants will be worth $1,300 a pop. Audrey requests three E’s…

T H E / R _ _ _ R S

_ R E / T R _ E

THE RUMORS ARE TRUE — she’s won the game w/ said Final Spin amount. 

FINAL SCORES
Danielle: $1,250
Dan: $4K
Audrey: $14,550 cash & ski trip

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: a pitiful $19,800

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Whatever she does, Audrey needs to avoid that E of AMERICA’S…but she does land on it, so the $100K is out of the question.

Category: PHRASE
Again, only one letter to start…

_ / _ _ _ E _
_ _ _

CDMA is helpful for once…

A / M _ _ E D
_ A _


…but she’s off by two letters w/ A MOVED BAG. The answer was A MIXED BAG and she loses the $30K.

MY EP. RATING: 5 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: April 7, 2011

EPISODE #5414: GOING GREEN

$1,000 Tossup – PLACE

P O _ A _
I _ E / _ _ P

Alexa solves POLAR ICE CAP. The Thursday panel at hand…

Alexa Miller: sales VP for a medical software technology company from St. Louis
Candice Gray: physical therapist & professional live dance crew member in Chicago from Evergreen Park, IL
Daniel Mull: HS religion teacher (10th/11th grade) who’s part of a walking group called Crossroads that formed in Seattle from Jacksonville, FL

$2,000 Tossup – PROPER NAME

_ N T _ _ N Y
_ _ _ _ _ _ S

Candice blows it with BRITNEY SPEARS, while Daniel solves British actor ANTHONY HOPKINS.

ECO-FRIENDLY TRIP ON THE WHEEL: to the Peace Lodge and La Paz Waterfall Gardens in Costa Rica worth $5,800

Jackpot Round – WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

He immediately picks up that trip w/ four N’s, calls up a $600 G, buys two E’s and four I’s, and picks up the Sierra Trading Post gift tag w/ four T’s, then he puts up two R’s for a grand, a V for the WC

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

…and he’s PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT for $1,100, the gift tag, and the trip, a total of $7,900 that round.

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,100

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Candice: $0
Daniel: $9,900 cash and goodies + WC
Alexa: $1,000

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Round 2 – SAME NAME

Alexa leads off w/ two R’s for $800, triple E’s, two T’s for $600 but then the sole dud vowel of I. Second, Candice has a similar fate w/ an S call. Third, Daniel takes two N’s for $600, an O, two L’s to establish the last word of TELLER and add $1,800, but then BANKRUPTS on the MDW’s left side to burn up $2,150 and his WC. Alexa then puts up the fronloading $300 B…

B _ N _ / &
_ O R T _ N E –
T E L L E R

…and solves BANK & FORTUNE-TELLER for $1,200.

DUDS: I (Alexa), S (Candice)
BANKRUPT: Daniel

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Candice: NOTHING
Daniel: $9,900 cash and prizes
Alexa: $2,200

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Mystery Round – SONG LYRICS (PRIZE PUZZLE)

The scoreless Candice kicks off w/ a $500 S, two E’s, three T’s for $1,60, a $900 H and five O’s, then come a FP N, two U’s to finish off the vowels, but then BANKRUPT near top dollar to erase the $2,800 off his screen. Second, Daniel tries two L’s at the end of the first line for $700, but the other normal BANKRUPT stops him dead in his tracks. As for Alexa…

T H E / S U N ‘ L L
_ O _ E / O _ T
T O _ O _ _ O _

…she’s correct with “THE SUN’LL COME OUT TOMORROW” (from “Annie”) for a trip to JAMAICA (Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa) worth $6,700.

BANKRUPT HITS: 2 (Candice, Daniel) 

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Candice: GOOSEEGG ALERT
Daniel: $9,900 cash and prizes
Alexa: $8,900 cash and Jamaica

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$3,000 Tossup – THING

_ C I E _ T I F _ C
_ T _ _ _

Daniel flubs with SCIENTIFIC STUFF. One letter later…

_ C I E _ T I F _ C
_ T U _ _

Candice finally gets off the schneid with SCIENTIFIC STUDY.

Round 4 – PHRASE

First from Candice are two N’s for $600, an O and three I’s, a $600 pair of S’s, but then the same BANKRUPT that was hit late last round to give up $700 (she and Daniel have two of ’em so far this game). Over to said man in the middle w/ two L’s for a grand, the leftover A’s, a $550 M, a $5K G, an $800 B and a FP D. Going to the board…

A / B I G / _ I S _ / I N
A / S M A L L / _ O N D

….he proves to be A BIG FISH IN A SMALL POND for $7,600. He now has $17,500.

BANKRUPT: Candice

Round 5 – AROUND THE HOUSE (full $1,800 speed-up round)

_ _ _ N
_ _ R N _ T _ R _

Daniel solves LAWN FURNITURE to seal the deal for said final spin amount.

SOLE DUD
: S (Daniel)

FINAL SCORES
Candice: $3,000
Daniel: $19,300 cash and prizes
Alexa: $8,900 cash and trip

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $31,200

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Daniel’s big spin lands him on the E in AMERICA’S.

Category: PHRASE
This is all he gets to start…

_ _ _ T / _ _
_ _ _

CMHO aren’t very helpful, either…

_ _ _ T / O _
_ _ _

…and he loses this GIFT OF GAB worth…

…$100,000 — NUMBER 11 ON THE SEASON THAT’S BEEN LOST. OUCH. He’ll have to settle for $19,300 cash and prizes.

MY EP. RATING: 5 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: April 6, 2011

EPISODE #5413: GOING GREEN

$1,000 Tossup – THING

T _P E W R I _ _R
_ _B B _ _

Kanika solves TYPEWRITER RIBBON. These players have the daunting task to follow up Lauren Snyder’s TOTAL CLEAN SWEEP episode from the previous episode…

Kanika Evans: physical therapist from Dallas, TX
Matt Dalberto: six-year firefighter & paramedic from Plainfield, IL
Mandie Fleming: health educator from Whitefish, MT

(Note: Before Pat talked with the players, he mentioned that some of the maingame puzzles on this week’s shows do not fit in with the theme — they’re actually previously used puzzles from past episodes.)

$2,000 Tossup – PEOPLE

_ L O _ _ _
_ H _ L _ _ _ N

Mandie solves FLOWER CHILDREN to begin the night’s spinning.

ECO-FRIENDLY TRIP ON THE WHEEL
: to The Inn At Bowman’s Hill in New Hope, PA worth $7,125

Jackpot Round – HEADLINE

This is one of the repeated boards (w/ the same layout) from a clip of a 1996 episode with the old mechanical puzzle board. Anyway, this round is all Mandie…

N E I L

A _ _ S _ _ _ N _ ‘ S

_ _ _ N / L A N _ I N _

…she solves NEIL ARMSTRONG’S MOON LANDING for $3,750.

PERFECT ROUND!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,500

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Mandie: $5,750
Kanika: $1,000
Matt: $0

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Round 2 – THE ’60s (PRIZE PUZZLE)

This board was also used in 1996, and it appeared on a road trip episode taking place in San Francisco, if we’re not mistaken.

Here goes Kanika w/ six N’s for $1,800, five E’s, a $450, but then S for sorry while on the PA trip. Second, Matt takes three T’s for $1,500, buys four A’s and three I’s, but goes BANKRUPT near $3,500 to lose the $1K leftover. Third, Mandie gets the exact same fate. Back to Kanika who puts up a $3,500 F, the leftover O, and three B’s to add $10,500, then we see…

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

She solves FRANKIE & ANNETTE IN “BEACH BLANKET BINGO” for $15,750 and a trip to MAZATLAN at the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay worth $5,655, a total of $21,405 that round!

SOLE DUD
: S (Kanika)
BANKRUPT: 2 (opponents)

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Mandie: $5,750
Kanika: $22,405 cash and Mazatlan
Matt: NADA

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Mystery Round – BEFORE AND AFTER

This board is similar to that of a 1990 episode.

Matt first calls and N while on the MW near LaT and he takes the obvious gamble…but it’s his second BANKRUPT of the game. Both ladies LaT out back-to-back, so we’re quickly back to Matt. He gets up there three T’s for $2,700 (his nametag fell off at this point), buys four E’s and two A’s, plugs in a $300 H, and buys two O’s to clean out the vowels. After a $2,700 trio of B’s…

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

…he solves “SAVED BY THE BELL”-BOTTOM JEANS for $4,950.

BANKRUPT: Matt
LaTs: 2 (both ladies)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Mandie: $5,750
Kanika: $22,405 cash and Mexico
Matt: $4,950

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$3,000 Tossup – OCCUPATION

_ _ _ _ – _ O – _ O _ R
S _ L _ S _ _ _

Kanika nails DOOR-TO-DOOR SALESMAN for a new total of $25,405.

Round 4 – STAR AND ROLE

This one had a similar setup to that of a 1998 episode.

Kanika’s first letters are a $300 S, an A buy, but then T for terrible. Second, Matt FPs three E’s, calls up two R’s for $1,600, but then digs up D for dummy. Third in line, Mandie finds a $300 L, an O, a $1,200 N trio and the last vowel of two I’s, but the other normal BANKRUPT cleans her out to the tune of a grand. Kanika then FPs a W, but that’s it as she BANKRUPTS near $900 to toss aside $550 and we go into Speed-Up Mode w/ the following…

_ E N R _ / W I N _ L E R
A S / _ O N _ I E

After Pat initially BANKRUPTS, each of the remaining consonants are worth $1,700. Matt puts up the H…

H E N R _ / W I N _ L E R
A S / _ O N _ I E

…and solves HENRY WINKER AS FONZIE for $3,300.

DUDS (both before Final Spin): T (Kanika), D (Matt)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both ladies)

FINAL SCORES
Mandie: $5,750
Kanika: $25,405 cash and trip
Matt: $8,250

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $39,405

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$100,000 Bonus Round

Kanika lands on the N in WIN.

Category: PHRASE
Decent help at the bottom…

_ _
_ _ _ E T L _

HFMO adds just the O at the top…

_ O
_ _ _ E T L _

She goofs with DO LIGHTLY. That means she will GO QUIETLY from the studio with $25,405 cash and trip, when she could have had $35,000 more.

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: April 5, 2011

EPISODE #5412: GOING GREEN

$1,000 Tossup – THING

_ I N D
P _ _ _ R

Lauren gets her WIND POWER going for the first grand. Tuesday’s panel…

Lauren Snyder: 3rd grade teacher, running team coach, and competitive kickball player from Charlotte, NC
James Hilgreen: advertising sales manager from Long Island, NY
Ayumi Cardoza: physician’s assistant from Jacksonville, FL

$2,000 Tossup – THING

_ _ O T H E S
_ _ M P E _

Lauren’s two for two with CLOTHES HAMPER.

ECO-FRIENDLY TRIP ON THE WHEEL: to the Red Mountain Resort & Spa in Utah worth $6,670

Jackpot Round – EVENT

Lauren gets going w/ a $500 N, followed by a single E, but then the sole dud vowel of A. Second, James fits in two R’s for $1,600, two O’s, but then a baddie in L. Third, Ayumi BANKRUPTS near $900. On Lauren’s second try, she calls up five T’s for $4K, three H’s to add $7,500, the leftover vowels (U and three I’s), and an S for the MDW. Now to the board…

T H R O _ I N _

O U T / T H E

_ I R S T / _ I T _ H

…she’s THROWING OUT THE FIRST PITCH for $11K.

DUDS: A (Lauren), L (James)
BANKRUPT: Ayumi
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $10,100

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Lauren: $14,000 + MDW
Others: $0 each

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Round 2 – BEFORE AND AFTER

James calls an automatic dud of N. Second, Ayumi picks off three T’s for $1,350, buys four E’s, puts up a $500 S, but then BANKRUPTS the same way she did before to lose $1,600. Third for Lauren are three S’s for $2,400, an I buy, two H’s for the WC

L E T / T H E _ E / _ E
L I _ H T
_ _ L _ S

…and her response of “LET THERE BE LIGHT BULBS” for $2,150.

SOLE DUD: N (James)
BANKRUPT: Ayumi (second so far)

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Lauren: $16,150 + WC + MDW
Others: ZERO
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Mystery Round – FOOD AND DRINK (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Ayumi starts a critical round w/ two T’s for $1,100, six E’s, but then that same BANKRUPT for the third time this game to lose $850. Second, Lauren digs up two S’s and H’s for $2,200 ($800 apiece for the S’s, $300 apiece for the H’s), but after her buy of two I’s is a dud of O. Third, James LOSES A TURN. Ayumi next plugs in a $700 R, an $800 F, and the remaining vowels of A and U, but that same pesky BANKRUPT strikes again to take away $1K that time. Lauren won’t take any chances…

T H E / F R E S H E S T

_ I _ E A _ _ _ E

_ U I _ E

…she’s won $1,700 and will try THE FRESHEST PINEAPPLE JUICE on her trip to the Outrigger Reef on the Beach in OAHU worth $6,345.

SOLE DUD: O (Lauren)LaT: James
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both by Ayumi)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Lauren: $24,195 cash and trip + WC + MDW
Others: BAD SHAPE

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$3,000 Tossup – PLACE

C _ _ _ O O L
_ _ _ E

Lauren drives down this CARPOOL LANE for the Tossup sweep and $27,195 total! More importantly, she still has that perfect record.

Round 4 – PHRASE

We don’t want our leader to BANKRUPT painfully in this round. She starts w/ a $500 T, an E, but then R for roadblock. That might be a good thing. Second for James are a $550 H, but then S for sorry. Third in Ayumi’s favor are two N’s for $1,100, twin L’s for $1,200, but then the sole dud vowel of U. Lauren buys the remaining I’s…

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

…and she’s LIVING OFF THE LAND to maintain her perfect record; she now has $28,195. The next round will decide whether she’s the first player to sweep the maingame since Chicago’s Asya Muhammad did it on January 28, 2009.

DUDS: R (Lauren), S (James), U (Ayumi)

Round 5 – OCCUPATION (full $1,450 speed-up round)

_ _ D D _ N _
_ L _ N N _ R

Lauren…COMPLETES THE MAINGAME SWEEP BY SOLVING WEDDING PLANER FOR $4,350!!!

DUDS: S (James), T (Ayumi)

FINAL SCORES
Lauren: $32,545 cash and trip + WC + MDW!
Others: $1K GOOSEEGG EACH

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $34,545

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #8
Aysa pulled off a TOTAL CLEAN SWEEP in this segment despite not getting any help. Let’s see if Lauren can do the same. Her all-important spin lands her on the * space.

Category: THING
The end letters of each word…

_ _ _ _ E ‘ S
_ _ _ E L

FGHA and M give her…

_ _ _ G E ‘ S
G A _ E L

With about four seconds left, she bangs the JUDGE’S GAVEL and proves that she has COMPLETED THE CLEAN SWEEP!!! But do we have a new all-time top winner on the show?…

…I’M AFRAID NOT; THAT SOLVE WAS ONLY WORTH $30,000. But she still leaves with $62,545 cash and trip! Way to go, Lauren!

MILLION DOLLAR ENVELOPE LOCATION: I in WIN

MY EP. RATING: 9 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: April 4, 2011

They kicked off the first full week of April w/ another edition of “Going Green”. 

EPISODE #5411: GOING GREEN

There is no animated intro featuring the Pat and Vanna Miis this week, but we do know that John Cramer is in his second week of guest announcing.
$1,000 Tossup – THINGS

_ _ L _ R
P _ N _ L S

Ben installs these SOLAR PANELS. Our first players this week are…

Ben Fuller: shop manager at an equipment rental house from West Los Angeles (originally from Boston, MA)
Monica Roybal: deputy children’s court executive officer from Albuquerque, NM
Sarah Allen: Title I elementary school teacher & group home worker who also formerly competed in gymnastics, swimming, and triathlons from Detroit Lakes, MN

$2,000 Tossup – PLACES

N A T I _ N _ L
_ A _ _ _

They’re also the name of a theme week we had in December of last year, and Ben is two for two with “NATIONAL PARKS”.

ECO-FRIENDLY TRIP ON THE WHEEL: to the Chaa Creek Resort Inland Expedition in Belize worth $8,150

Jackpot Round – SAME LETTER

He BANKRUPTS right out of the gate near $900. Second, Monica picks off the SL of three R’s for $1,650 and buys six E’s, then she puts up triple C’s for $900, a $300 D…

R E D _ C E

R E _ _ E
R E C _ C _ E

…and says the three R’s of REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE for $2,600.

BANKRUPT: Ben
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,150

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Sarah: $0
Ben: $3,000
Monica: $2,600

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Round 2 – LANDMARK (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Monica’s up first w/ two T’s for a grand, the buying of three E’s, an S for the Seventh Generation detergent gift tag, a FP R, and an A buy. Next up are an M for the Belize trip and a solve attempt…

E M _ _ R E

S T A T E
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

She’s won $2K cash and detergent, the Belize vacation, and a second trip where she might see the EMPIRE STATE BUILDING — it’s NYC at the Kimberly Hotel from worldhotels.com worth $7,900; that was an $18,050 round for her! 

PERFECT ROUND! 

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Sarah: NOTHING
Ben: $3,000
Monica: $20,650 cash and prizes

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Mystery Round – BEFORE AND AFTER

Now that we finally get a chance to hear from Sarah, she’s off and running w/ an $800 R, her purchases of E and A (the latter via FP), but then the same BANKRUPT Ben got to lose the $550 remainder. Ben’s second in line w/ twin T’s for $1,100, two I’s, a $3,500 S, two O’s, a $450 M, and a FP F before he gets that same BANKRUPT for the second time this game to give up $5,050. Third, Monica says N for no while on the WC. Sarah next FPs an H, buys the last vowel of U, and puts a $900 W, but that same BANKRUPT gets her again to the tune of $1,150. Ben next puts up the last consonant of X while on the MW near the MDW and here’s the complete board.

W A X
F R U I T
S M O O T H I E

He’s definitely going for it since he’s way behind…but it doesn’t pay off (his 3rd of the game). Too bad. Monica then reads the above for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: N (Monica)
BANKRUPTS: 4 (Sarah 2x, Ben 2x)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Sarah: NO LUCK

Ben: $3,000
Monica: $21,650 cash and prizers

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$3,000 Tossup – EVENTS

_ P R _ _
S _ O _ E R S

These bring May flowers, and Ben sweeps the Tossups with APRIL SHOWERS.

Round 4 – FOOD AND DRINK 

He’s off to a bad start w/ the LaT. Second, Monica finds two R’s for $1,600 and an E, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to take away $1,350. Third, Sarah wants an N, but it’s a dud for the second main round in a row. Ben tries again w/ a $900 L, two A’s, a $900 B, and a $500 C before he…
 
_ A R L _ C
B R E A _

…eats up this piece of GARLIC BREAD for another $2,050, and $8,050 overall.

SOLE DUD: N (Sarah)
LaT: Ben
BANKRUPT: Monica

Round 5 – PHRASE (full $1,500 speed-up round)

_ / _ _ _ L T H / _ _

_ N _ _ R _ _ T _ _ N

Sarah finally has A WEALTH OF INFORMATION for her only $4,500 on the night.

FINAL SCORES
Sarah: $4,500
Ben: $8,050
Monica: $21,650 cash and prizes

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $34,200

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$100,000 Bonus Round
The hybrid car at stake this week is the all-new Chevrolet Volt. Monica lands on the N in SPIN.

Category: PHRASE

The RSTLNE can only give her this…

_ _ _
_ _ N _

Unfortunately, I can say the same thing for DPBA…

_ _ _
_ _ N D
 

HOW KIND it would have been for her to have gotten more help and win the Volt, but she’s out w/ $21,650 cash & prizes.

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

Week 23 Stats

Total this Week: $202,739
Total for the Season: $5,667,706
BR Win Record: 49-66 (.426)
Total Car Wins: 16
-1/2 Car: 8
-BR Car: 8

$100,000 Wins-Losses: 0-0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 7
Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR SHUTOUTS: 1
Prize Wedge Wins: 31
Gift Tag Wins: 28
Mystery Wedge Wins: 8
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 20-19
$10K MW was on $700: 20
$10K MW was on $300: 29
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 39-12
Express was Played-Passed: 24-7
Express Successes-Fails: 15-9
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 8 (1 on $5K, 4 on $3,500, 2 on $500, 1 on $450)
BR: 9

FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 72/33/0
5-Round Games: 30
6-Round Games: 2
$6K FINAL SPINS: 13

Gooseegg Victims: 16
Red Winners: 34
Yellow Winners: 32
Blue Winners: 49
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $26,700* / 2 WC / 2 ½ CAR tags  
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $482,671* / 31 WC / 43 ½ CAR tags / 5 MDWs 
Biggest Bankrupt: $22,495 (Oct. 18), $14,750 (Jan. 6), $12,500 (Nov. 18)  
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $36,845* (Oct. 18), $25,600 (Nov. 12), $20,550* (Dec. 25)
 
Highest-Winning Totals: $76,300 (Feb. 10), $76,099 (Nov. 4), $75,649 (Feb. 6) 
Lowest-Winning Totals: $10,850 (Jan. 31), $10,400 (Nov. 26), $8,712 (Jan. 20)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $64,745 (Oct. 2), $63,798 (Nov. 29), $58,349 (Dec. 3)

Season-High Week: $346,921 (Disney Cruise Line Week)
Season-Low Week: $179,178 (Wheel Around the World)

* includes prizes