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 REPORT…right 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)
Jeremy: $4,900/Ladies: $0 apiece
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)
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.
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 — a $900 T, two E’s, three $350 P’s, two I’s, two $500 L’s, the other two vowels (she wanted to say U first, but it was good either way), and a $900 R.
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 LaT: Jeremy
SOLE BANKRUPT: Kelly
Jeremy: $4,900/Melody: $14,733 cash & HI WC/Kelly: NO LUCK
$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)
Jeremy: $7,900/Melody: $38,733 cash & prizes + WC/Kelly: $1K GOOSEEGG
GRAND TOTAL: $47,633
BANKRUPT TRASH: $650
$100K Bonus Round
The ** envelope is Melody’s potential reward.
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