WOF Recap: April 29, 2014

EPISODE #6012: WHEEL 6000

Once again in the intro, the closing of Ep. 3K is shown. And all week long, the category strips are green w/ 6,000 in them.

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

H _ _ T O _ Y / _ N
T _ E / _ _ K I N G

Andre knows that this week is HISTORY IN THE MAKING. We start the interviews w/ the man in the middle…

Andre Caldwell: attorney/runner from OKC
Summer Brazeli: Meridian MS special ed teacher and personal trainer from Boise

Jennifer Jackson: USAO grad in Elementary Education from Norman, OK

$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

S E C _ _ _ _ _ L
_ O _ A

Don’t relax on your SECTIONAL SOFA, Jennifer — you’ve won the right to spin first.

Round 1: THE 80’s

She begins her letter-calling spree w/ two S’s for $1,600, an E, but then T for trouble while on the 1/2 CAR near $900. Secondly, Andre calls out a $700 R, buys an A, but then LOSES A TURN. Third, Summer picks a $400 N, two I’s, but then D for dud. Jennifer’s second turn sees her putting up a $2,500 G, the leftover vowels of an O and two U’s, and a $600 L…

S O L _ I N G / A
R U _ I _ ‘ S / _ U _ E

…she’s not SOLVING A RUBIK’S CUBE, but actually this puzzle for $3,950.

DUDS: T (Jennifer), D (Summer)
SOLE LaT: Andre

Scores after R1
Jennifer: $5,950/Andre: $1K/Summer: $0

MMS Puzzle #13: CONCERT IN THE PARK

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Mystery Round: FOOD & DRINK 

The man is off and running w/ an S for the WC, two R’s for $1,800, three A’s and E’s, and triple T’s while on the MW near $800. He gambles his remaining $1,800 and the WC…money! Three $400 H’s and four O’s later…

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

…he blows the second word w/ CHOCOLATE SHAKE WITH A CHERRY ON TOP to likely throw away $12,750. After that bad moment, Summer fills in three C’s for $900 and two N’s for the same 1/2 CAR, but she then BANKRUPTS near $650 to lose $1,900 and her plate. After a $300 W and a $900 L by Jennifer

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

…she eats a CHOCOLATE SUNDAE WITH A CHERRY ON TOP for $1,200.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Summer
SOLE DQ: Andre’s blown solve

Scores after R2
Jennifer: $7,150/Andre: $1K + WC/Summer: NOTHING

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PP/Express Round: LANDMARKS

Hoping for a big round, Summer FPs a baddie of S and finds two T’s while on EXPRESS. Let’s ride…

Next Letters: H, 5 E’s, 2 N’s, D, A…L…W…R…2 I’s…2 B’s…G… and 2 F’s

B I G / B E N / A N D
T H E / E I F F E L
T _ W E R

She’ll be visiting BIG BEN AND THE EIFFEL TOWER, because she just won $13,250 plus a TOUR OF LONDON AND PARIS w/ the NEX-5T courtesy of Collette worth $11,197; she’s on the board in a big way w/ $24,447 cash & prizes! Not quite a PR, but still a great one!

SOLE DUD: S (Summer)

Scores after R3
Jennifer: $7,150/Andre: $1K + WC/Summer: $24,447 cash & goodies

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$3K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ _ _ K E _ / K O _ G

Andre beats “DONKEY KONG” to quadruple up.

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

B _ T _ _ N
_ N D / _ _ T _ _ _ _ N

Jennifer solves BATMAN AND CATWOMAN for another $3,400.

FINAL SCORES
Jennifer: $10,550/Andre: $4K/Summer: $24,447 cash & goodies

GRAND TOTAL: $38,997
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $1,900

MMS Puzzle #14: KEY LIME PIE

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$100K Bonus Round
Summer takes out the C.

Category: PHRASE
We hope this opening setup leads her in the right direction…

_ E _ _ _ _ N _ / _ _
_ _ T _ _ N S

FGPO adds besides the obvious G…

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

…she BLOWS IT w/ MAKING MY OPTIONS when there’s no A in the first word. The $30K isn’t won this time, because she wasn’t WEIGHING MY OPTIONS.

$6K SPIN IDs: DR9214064 and CB6328226

The 1K clip montage is shown to round out this episode.

MY EP. RATING: 6

WOF Recap: April 28, 2014

It’s time to begin this special week of episodes. Here are some notes about this week before we get started:

-a $6,000 wedge on the wheel in place of the silver $5K
-two $6,000 SPIN IDs appear at the end of each broadcast
-the Chevy Spark is available in the maingame while the Lexus CT 200h is up for grabs in Bonusland

And there better be NO EXCUSE for the $100K to NOT show up this week.  

EPISODE #6011: WHEEL 6000

In the intro, there’s a signoff of the 3,000th show followed by a photo montage of past moments similar to what you saw back in S25.

$1,000 Tossup: THINGS

S _ _ / _ _ O _ _ _ N D
_ _ _ W _ !

Josh says “SIX THOUSAND SHOWS!” w/ authority. Two men on tonight’s panel, both w/ the same first name (according to Bobby McBride, it’s the first time since Dec. 1997)…

Josh Baer: associate pastor/music minister at Cramerton Free Will Baptist Church and Cramerton Christian Academy choir director from Gastonia, NC (he even won a contest to sing the national anthem solo w/ the Charlotte Symphony a few years ago)
Josh Woo: “Mind Games” host and EP at USC who’s been practicing some Japanese swordsmanship called Shinkendo from River Ridge, LA
Rachel Brill: does sourcing for a large food distribution co. (mainly pies and cobblers these days) and visits new restaurants in the area (she even created an iPhone app around those restaurants) from my city of Houston

$2K Tossup: THE 90’s

A C _ _ / _ _ E A _ Y
H E _ _ T

Woo solves the Billy Ray Cyrus hit “ACHY BREAKY HEART”.

FEATURED TRIP ALL WEEK LONG: Caesar’s Palace in Vegas worth $7,500 (a $1K cash GT from that place is also on the wheel)

Round 1: PHRASE

He’s off to a $1,200 start w/ four T’s, then he buys three E’s, calls up three R’s for another $900, and BANKRUPTS next to TD to lose $1,850. Rachel secondly says the first dud of the week in H. Third, Baer finds two X’s for $1,400, a D for the 1/2 CAR near $900 and two L’s for the gift tag. We now have…

E X T R _ / E X T R _
R E _ D / _ L L
_ _ _ _ T / _ T

“EXTRA EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT” — Mr. Baer just won another $3,900. 

SOLE DUD: H (Rachel)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Woo

Scores after R1
Woo: $2K/Rachel: $0/Baer: $4,900 + 1/2 CAR

MMS Puzzle #11: BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Rachel leads off w/ five T’s for $1,750, three E”s and A’s, two H’s for the Vegas trip and two O’s. But after a $500 N is S for stop while on the MW near LaT. Second, Baer BANKRUPTS near $650 to forfeit his plate. Third, Woo takes P and B singles ($400 apiece), an $800 R, a $900 C and a $500 F before he…

A / P A T / O N / T H E
B A C _
T O / T H E / F _ T _ R E

…gets A PAT ON THE “BACK TO THE FUTURE” for $3K and a $100 lead over Baer.

SOLE DUD: S (Rachel)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Baer

Scores after R2
Woo: $5K/Rachel: ZERO/Baer: $4,900 

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PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Trying to take back the lead, Baer begins w/ two N’s for $600, a pair of I’s, and a G while on EXPRESS. He hops aboard…but his next call of T triggers a $1,350 loss. Second for Woo are two S’s for the other 1/2 CAR, four O’s, but then L for lose. Third in Rachel’s direction are two R’s for a grand, two E’s, an $800 H, a $500 B, and a U to clean out the vowels. After that are a FP C, a $900 X, and an M to take the Spark out of play. The board now…

B O O _ I N G
M _ / S H O R E
E X C U R S I O N

…but she blows the $3,700 solve by one letter w/ “BOOZING MY SHORE EXCURSION” — this is a G-rated show, ma’am! Baer then capitalizes w/ “BOOKING MY SHORE EXCURSION” for the NEX-5T and the MSC CARIBBEAN CRUISE from Hotwire totaling $6,099.

DUDS: T (Baer), L (Woo)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Baer (second of game)
DQ: Rachel’s blown solve

VIDEO BONUS (from TVLubber): Rachel’s dumb response (it has gone viral)

Scores after R3
Woo: $5K/Rachel: BAD SHAPE/Baer: $10,999 cash & prizes

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$3K Tossup: CHARACTER

_ _ _ R _ O _ K
_ _ _ M _ _

Woo IDs SHERLOCK HOLMES.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES (full $1,700 speed-up)

_ L _ _ _ N G / _ L _ N G
_ T / H _ _ _

As I’m PLAYING ALONG AT HOME, Woo makes the $3,400 solve and wins the game by just $401.

DUDS: R (Woo), S (Rachel)

FINAL SCORES
Woo: $11,400/Rachel: DESERVING $1K GOOSEEGG/Baer: $10,999 cash & prizes

You really disappointed me, Rachel. 😡

GRAND TOTAL: $23,399
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus plate): $3,200

MMS Puzzle #12: HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

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$100K Bonus Round
Mr. Woo lands on the M of AMERICA’S.

Category: PERSON
This one-liner begins as (and the A wasn’t necessary, IMO)…

_ / S _ _ _ _ _ _ R E

MPDO look like good choices…

_ / S O P _ O M O _ E

I don’t know if he’s A SOPHOMORE at USC, but I do know that he just won that damned amount for a final all-cash total of $41,400.

$6K SPIN IDs: LP0362878 and RB9087411

Final Chat: Pat & Vanna talk about the cheap dollar amounts and vowel costs on the daytime version of the show

MY EP. RATING: 6

Week 32 Stats

Total this Week: $286,233
Total for the Season: $7,782,004
BR Win Record: 62-98 (.388)
Total Car Wins: 20
-1/2 Car: 12
-BR Car: 8
$100,000 Wins-Losses: you know the bad record
$1M Bonus Rounds: 10
Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR SHUTOUTS: 3
Prize Wedge Wins: 41
Gift Tag Wins: 30
Mystery Wedge Wins: 11
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 25-25
$10K MW was on $700: 27
$10K MW was on $300: 38
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 50-16
Express was Played-Passed: 37-8
Express Successes-Fails: 21-16
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 11 (1 on $2,500, 1 on $5K, 6 on $3,500, 2 on $500, 1 on $450)
BR: 16
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 97/42/0
5-Round Games: 37
6-Round Games: 2
$6K FINAL SPINS: 14
Gooseegg Victims: 22
Red Winners: 50
Yellow Winners: 42
Blue Winners: 63
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $44,150 / 2 WC / 2 ½ CAR tags
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $704,501* / 38 WC / 59 ½ CAR tags / 10 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupt: $22,750 (April 9), $22,495 (Oct. 18), $18,390 (Mar. 14)     
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $36,845* (Oct. 18), $25,600* (Nov. 12), $23,100 (April 9) 
Highest-Winning Totals: $87,050 (Apr. 21), $85,849 (April 15), $81,999 (Feb. 24) 
Lowest-Winning Totals: $10,850 (Jan. 31), $10,400 (Nov. 26), $8,712 (Jan. 20)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $75,988 (Apr. 21), $65,444 (Mar. 17), $64,745 (Oct. 2) 
Season-High Week: $346,921 (Disney Cruise Line Week)
Season-Low Week: $156,567 (College Week)

* includes prizes

WOF Recap: April 25, 2014

EPISODE #6010: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 4)

For the next six episodes including this one, we’re on the generic set. As for tonight, this one’s from “Shop Your Way”.

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ W / _ _ _ _ _ _ I _ E

Jordan solves NEW HAMPSHIRE.The end-of-week panel…

Jordan Moeller: software co. worker and bridal stylist from Richmond, VA
Michael Groover: performing arts student who’s watched this show w/ his mom’s bf Arlene from San Juan Capistrano

Jen Ecklund: 1st grade teacher, part-time casino worker, retail store worker, and independent sales rep (hometown unknown)

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

B _ N D _ _ _ / _ _ E
R U _ E S

Jordan isn’t BENDING THE RULES, so she’s tripled up.

FEATURED PRIZE (sponsored by “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”): $7,500
1/2 CAR: Ford Fiesta

Round 1: IN THE KITCHEN

She picks up that MDW right away w/ an R, calls two N’s for $1,300, buys four E’s and picks up the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ two T’s, then coming her way are four S’s for $1,600, two A’s, three L’s for another $2,100, a $700 D, and a single I before the light bulb comes on…

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

…she solves STAINLESS STEEL COLANDER for $5,950.

PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R1
Jordan: $8,950 + 1/2 CAR + MDW/Others: $0 each

MMS Puzzle #9: SPARE SET OF KEYS

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Michael begins his wheel-spinning journey w/ a $450 T, a $300 L, but then R for roadblock. Second, Jen calls up a $900 S, but then N for negative while on the same 1/2 CAR. Third, Jordan craps out w/ C while on The Cheesecake Factory gift tag. Michael next picks up the WC w/ the SL of four B’s, buys two E’s, and fills in a $700 Y to leave only vowels remaining…

B L _ E
B _ B Y
B _ _ T _ E S

…he recalls putting on some BLUE BABY BOOTIES for $3,200.

DUDS: R (Michael), N (Jen), C (Jordan)

Scores after R2
Michael: $3,200 + WC/Jen: NIL/Jordan: $8,950 + 1/2 CAR + MDW

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PP/Express Round: FOOD & DRINK

The scoreless Jen is off to a bad start by calling a T on the other 1/2 CAR . Second, Jordan can’t complete the Fiesta w/ a dud of R while on the plate near $300. Third for Michael are two S’s for $1,600 and a couple A’s, but the N fails somebody again. Jen tries again w/ a $600 F, four O’s, an E, a $450 H and two I’s. One $400 D later, though, is the LaT. Jordan then puts up a B while on EXPRESS and GOES FOR IT (this is only the second time this season somebody’s risking a MDW while on the train).

Next Letters: 3 L’s, C, G and W

A / B O _ L / O F
D E L I C I O _ S
G O _ L A S H

She’s won another $7K plus a $7,699 Hotwire trip package to where she can try A BOWL OF DELICIOUS GOULASH — the Corinthia Hotel in BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.

DUDS: T (Jen), R (Jordan), N (Michael)
SOLE LaT: Jen

Scores after R3
Michael: $3,200 + WC/Jen: ZILCH/Jordan: $23,649 cash & Hungary + MDW

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$3K Tossup: THING

_ _ I R A _
_ T _ I R C _ S E

Jen gets off a SPIRAL STAIRCASE and the gooseegg bench.

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

Two C’s including one at the front have been put up…

C R _ S S – C _ _ _ T R _
R _ _ _ _ R

…but Jen flubs w/ CROSS-COUNTRY RACER. Jordan then buys two O’s for free…

C R O S S – C O _ _ T R _
R _ _ _ _ R

…but she too messes up w/ CROSS-COUNTRY ROADER. Michael then makes three N’s appear…

C R O S S – C O _ N T R _
R _ N N _ R

…he’s right w/ CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNER for $7,500.

DQs: 2 (ladies’ blown solves)

FINAL SCORES
Michael: $10,700/Jen: $3K/Jordan: $23,649 cash & Hungary + MDW

GRAND TOTAL: $37,349
ZERO BANKRUPTS!

MMS Puzzle #10: BIG TIPPER

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #10
The car for this episode and that upcoming week will be a ’14 Ford Flex SEL. And we have a first in “Wheel” history — Jordan has NO supporters, because she’s holding the MDW at the start of this round and hands it over to Pat. She then lands on the ***, after which Pat throws it down on the floor.

Category: PERSON
Another biggie puzzle begins as…

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

CDMO sounds like a bad idea to us…

_ E _ _ T _ / _ _ _ E _ N T
_ _ D _ E

…and this BEAUTY PAGEANT JUDGE will have to give her low marks, because she doesn’t get either part of the answer…

…and she loses the $30K.

$1M LOCATION: S of AMERICA’S

$5K SPIN ID: DA5111207

MY EP. RATING: 7 (because of having a MDBR)

WOF Recap: April 24, 2014

EPISODE #6009: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 4)

We’re on the “Wheel Across America” set.

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

O _ F / T _ / _
_ L Y _ N G / _ T _ R T

Jay’s OFF TO A FLYING START in terms of winnings. Thursday’s trio…

Jay O’Neill: police officer from Glendale, AZ
Mandy Gray: mom and former 5th grade teacher from Omaha

Melissa Logsdon: program officer & Weimaraner Rescue volunteer from St. Louis

$2K Tossup: THING

A _ _ _ T U _ E
_ _ J _ S _ M _ _ T

Jay doesn’t need an ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT just yet; he’s tripled up.

FEATURED TRIP: NY’s Roosevelt Hotel w/ tickets and a workshop package from Broadway.com worth $6,410

Round 1: TV TITLE

He leads the way w/ two T’s for the 1/2 CAR near $300, three S’s for another $2,400, an O and four E’s, then come a $900 R, an A buy, but then D for dud. Second, Mandy cashes in three N’s for $7,500

_ S _ :
_ R _ _ E / S _ E N E
_ N _ E S T _ _ A T _ O N

…and keeps that amount by solving “CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION”.

SOLE DUD: D (Jay)

Scores after R1
Melissa: $0/Jay: $3K/Mandy: $7,500

MMS Puzzle #7: HEARTY LAUGH (the same one that wasn’t solved for $25K on Dec. 4, 2009 during “Pet Lovers Week”)

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Mystery Round: QUOTATION

Mandy BANKRUPTS near $650 right out of the gate. Second, Melissa calls up two S’s for $600, two E’s, two R’s for the other 1/2 CAR and a pair of A’s before running into the other normal BANKRUPT to lose the $1,100 remainder and her plate. Third, Jay takes two N’s for $600, three H’s for another $1,350, and four T’s for another $3,200, but he then LaTs out. Mandy’s second turn sees her picking up the Bed Bath & Beyond gift tag w/ two D’s, buying two O’s and three I’s, and getting the exact same fate as Jay. Melissa then picks up the WC w/ two C’s, but she’s forced to give it right back along w/ the $1K to the same BANKRUPT Mandy got before. Jay then goes for the solve…

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

He recites “AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS” (from “The Pledge of Allegiance”) for $5,150.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (ladies; Melissa 2x)
LaTs: 2 (Jay, Mandy)

Scores after R2
Melissa: BAD LUCK/Jay: $8,150/Mandy: $7,500

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PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Melissa first puts up a $900 G, but the BANKRUPT near $3,500 takes it right back; that’s her third one this evening. Second, Jay picks up the 1/2 CAR  near $300 w/ three N’s, buys an I, lights up a $1K pair of S’s, and purchases two O’s and A’s. All of that’s followed by a FP U, a $900 T, three R’s for another $1,050, two C’s for another grand, three E’s, a $300 W, two P’s for another $1,800, and a $3,500 F. But he decides to go the distance w/ only the K unexposed…and he pays the price of $10,050 and his plate to that same BANKRUPT. Oh boy. That means Mandy

P A C _ I N G
W A T E R P R O O F
S U N S C R E E N

…will be PACKING WATERPROOF SUNSCREEN for her flight to the RIU Bambu in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC courtesy of Funjet Vacations, a trip package worth $7,199.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (her opponents)

Scores after R3
Melissa: NO LUCK/Jay: $8,150/Mandy: $14,699 cash & prizes

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$3K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

T _ N – P I E C E
B _ A S S / _ A N D

Melissa hears the sound of a TEN-PIECE BRASS BAND to finally score.

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

After a V has been lit up to leave only vowels remaining…

T _ L _ V _ S _ _ N
C R _ T _ C

…Mandy gets TELEVISION CRITIC for $2,600 worth of icing.

DUDS: P (Jay), M (Mandy)

FINAL SCORES
Melissa: $3K/Jay: $8,150/Mandy: $17,299 cash & prizes

GRAND TOTAL: $28,449
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $13,050

MMS Puzzle #8: WINNING STREAK

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$100K Bonus Round
The R is where Mandy stops on.

Category: PEOPLE
Here we go w/ another biggie…

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

CMPA gives her at least the second word…

_ _ A L _ _ _ E _
A P P L _ C A N T S

…but QU- claims another victim — she’s not one of the QUALIFIED APPLICANTS to win the $30K. 

$5K SPIN ID: CA0962478

MY EP. RATING: 5

WOF Recap: April 23, 2014

EPISODE #6008: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 4)

Let’s give one last group of students a chance to make the grade after their College Week went very badly.

$1K Tossup: CHARACTER

_ U _ K L E _ E R _ Y
F I N N

Jake IDs HUCKLEBERRY FINN. Info on him and the girls…

Jake Orens (UCSB Jr.): economics, accounting and communications student involved in student government
Symone Wiggins (Temple Jr.): speech, language and hearing student hoping to go to grad school to become a speech therapist and does AmeriCordps for JumpStart Philadelphia
Jenna Manelli (FSU Sr.): psychology and communications major who’s a member of Kappa Delta

$2K Tossup: THINGS

_ V _ _ _ U E
_ I _ _ _ R Y / _ O O K S

Symone turns in these OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOKS.

FEATURED TRIP: Alaskan Cruise from American Cruise Lines worth $9K

Round 1: SAME NAME

She kicks things off w/ three N’s for $1,200, three A’s, a $700 D, and five E’s, then she puts up a $5K pair of R’s and an $1,800 M triplet before LOSING A TURN. Jenna secondly calls up a $700 T and three C’s for $1,050…

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

but she blanks out on the last word. After Jake wastes a spin w/ BANKRUPT near $650, Symone squanders her second turn w/ the Y to let $8,200 go to waste. Jenna then gets COMMENCEMENT AND CAR SPEAKERS this time for $1,750.

SOLE DUD: Y (Symone)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jake
SOLE LaT: Symone
SOLE DQ: Jenna’s blank-out

Scores after R1
Symone: $2K/Jenna: $1,750/Jake: $1K

MMS Puzzle #5: SOFT FLUFFY TOWELS

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Mystery Round: PHRASE

Jenna instantly BANKRUPTS on the MDW’s right side. Second, Jake takes three T’s for $1,050, five E’s, a $600 H, two R’s for another $1,200, four O’s, and a U; followed by a $400 Y, two S’s for another $1,600, but then the sole dud vowel of A. Symone next plugs in three N’s for $1,800, the leftover I, an $800 P, and a $700 K, but she calls another critical dud in M. After Jenna craps out w/ C while on the 1/2 CAR near $300, Jake spins once for the $450 D…

K E E P / Y O U R
N O S E / T O / T H E
_ R I N D S T O N E

KEEP YOUR NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE, ladies and gentlemen — he’s won another $4,300 and will begin the next round.

DUDS: A (Jake), M (Symone), C (Jenna)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jenna

Scores after R2
Symone: $2K/Jenna: $1,750/Jake: $5,300

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PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

He first picks up the WC w/ a T and buys two E’s, then coming his way next are a $1,200 N quartet, two A’s, a $900 pair of R’s, four I’s, but then the LaT. Symone secondly spins her way to a $1K pair of B’s, a $500 C, but then the other MDW BANKRUPT to lose the $1,500 almost instantly. After Jenna and Jake LaT out back-to-back, Symone requests a $450 H and the sole dud vowel of O. Jenna then captures a $800 G, buys the leftover U, but then BANKRUPTS near $650. Jake follows w/ a $900 D and a $350 S… 

_ I N D S U R _ I N G / I N
T H E / C A R I B B E A N

…he’s won another $3,100 and will be WINDSURFING IN THE CARIBBEAN while at the Melia Nassau Beach in THE BAHAMAS courtesy of Hotwire; this trip package (including the NEX-5T) is worth $7,399.

SOLE DUD: O (Symone)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)
LaTs: 3 (Jake 2x, Jenna)

Scores after R3
Symone: $2K/Jenna: $1,750/Jake: $15,799 cash & prizes + WC

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$3K Tossup: PLACE

M _ _ N
_ T _ E E T

Symone wrongly finds herself on MEAN STREET.

M _ _ N
S T _ E E T

Jenna crosses MAIN STREET to move to $4,750.

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

S _ _ I N G / _ _ / F _ R
_ / R _ I N _ / D _ _

Jake’s SAVING UP FOR A RAINY DAY w/ another $3,900.

SOLE DUD: T (Jake)

FINAL SCORES
Symone: $2K/Jenna: $4,750/Jake: $19,699 cash & prizes + WC

GRAND TOTAL: $26,449
BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,050

MMS Puzzle #6: ATLANTIC CITY

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$100K Bonus Round
His envelope will be the E of AMERICA’S.

Category: PHRASE 
This biggie should have fit under THINGS…

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

After calling CDMA, he makes his WC pick G…

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

He proves to be a guy of good DIVERSE BACKGROUNDSbut he’ll have to settle for a final total of just less than 50 grand.

$5K SPIN ID: LM4394838

MY EP. RATING: 6

WOF Recap: April 22, 2014

EPISODE #6007: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 4)

We’re on the “Girlfriend Getaways” set, where we had our second BR SHUTOUT this season.

$1K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ U _ A _ / B .
_ N _ _ _ N _

Becky & Amanda solve SUSAN B. ANTHONY. These should be the last teams of this season…

Becky Albers & Amanda Fox: Becky’s from Germantown, IL while Amanda’s from Jefferson City, MO (originally from Highland, IL)
Starlie Chinen & Meoshe Williams: Starlie’s originally from Honolulu while Meoshe’s from Mobile, AL; they’re HS math teachers at Grand Arts/VAPA
Kathy McEnroe & Heidi Stephens: Kathy from Torrance, CA attended UCSD and frew up in Orange County

$2K Tossup: PEOPLE

H U M A _
_ _ R A _ I D

Meoshe solves HUMAN PYRAMID.

TONIGHT’S COLLETTE VACATION: tour of D.C. worth $11K

Round 1: THINGS

Their first letters this evening are two S’s for a grand, three T’s for the WC, two A’s, and four FP E’s, then they fill in two M’s for $600, four N’s for the D.C. trip, and a single I before they…

_ E _ A _ T M E N T
S T _ _ E
M A N N E _ _ I N S

…solve DEPARTMENT STORE MANNEQUINS for a total of $15,600 cash & trip.

PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R1
S & M: $17,600 cash & D.C. + WC/K & H: $0/B & A: $1K

MMS Puzzle #3: I’M SO SURPRISED

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER


K & H lead off w/ three N’s for $1,500, four E’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to lose the $1,250 remainder. Second, B & A spin up the other normal BANKRUPT. Third, S & M get the exact same fate as K & H, so there goes their WC. Speaking of the middle team, they put up a $650 T, two H’s for a grand, and a couple A’s, followed by a $650 R, two O’s, four S’s for another $2K, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to wipe them out of $3,800 that time. B & A then pick off two Y’s for $1,400, three FP I’s, and twin F’s while on the MW near $800. Despite the fact they’re way behind, they take the money for the F’s and go for the solve…

Y O _ / A R E / T H E
S _ N S H I N E / O F
_ Y / _ I F E
S A _ I N _ S

They correctly say “YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE SAVINGS” for an additional $3,400…and their non-risk was a good move after all.

BANKRUPTS: 4 (two by K & H)

Scores after R2
S & M: $17,600 cash & D.C./K & H: NADA/B & A: $4,400

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PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

B & A start this crucial round w/ two FP O’s, two T’s for $600, three E’s, four FP A’s, an $800 H, and three I’s to clean out the vowels. After they then FP an S, they call up an R while on EXPRESS…and they’re GOING FOR IT.

Their Current Bank: $2,400
Next Letters: 3 N’s, C, G, 2 L’s…P…X…BIG CRASH w/ M (they lose $11,400)

E X P L O R I N G
T H E / C O A S T L I N E
I N / A / _ A _ A _

That means S & M will be EXPLORING THE COASTLINE IN A KAYAK while at The Buccaneer in ST. CROIX; this trip package is worth $11,998. 

SOLE DUD & BANKRUPT: M (B & A)

Scores after R3
S & M: $29,598 cash & prizes./K & H: BUPKIS/B & A: $4,400

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$3K Tossup: MOVIE TITLE

L E G _ _ L Y
_ L O _ _ E

K & H ID “LEGALLY BLONDE” to finally get off the schneid.

Round 4: LIVING THINGS (full $1,400 speed-up)

F R _ _ R _ N T
W _ L D F L _ W _ R S

S & M pluck these FRAGRANT WILDFLOWERS for another $11,200.

DUDS: C (B & A), P (K & H), M (B & A), B (K & H)

FINAL SCORES
S & M: $40,598 cash & prizes/K & H: $3K/B & A: $4,400

GRAND TOTAL: $47,998
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $16,450

MMS Puzzle #4: BARBEQUE SAUCE

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$100K Bonus Round
Meoshe takes that BW to the ***.

Category: THING
Last three letters of this one-wordy…

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ R S E

I don’t like their chances after they call CDMO…

_ O _ _ _ _ O R S E

…and this is where BGHO would have done it for them — they can’t get HOBBYHORSE (a children’s toy or one’s favorite topic) for $45K.
 
$5K SPIN ID: CS6181895


MY EP. RATING: 7

WOF Recap: April 21, 2014

EPISODE #6006: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 4)

We’re kicking things off on the set of “Beaches Resorts Family Week”.

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

L _ _ _ _ I _ _  A

Scott & Jim know that the state to the east of my home of Texas is LOUISIANA. Tonight’s family duos…

Scott and Jim Sanzaro: Jim is a retail manager in Southern CA while Scott’s a firefighter in Orange County (Station 64); they’re from Los Alamitos
Ariel & Linda Keener (grandmother/granddaughter): Ariel’s an English/creative writing major at the Univ. of Nevada-Reno who’s been an intern and studied abroad while the grandma has worked in Vegas casinos for 41 yrs.
Christopher & Kathryn Stroh (mom/son): he’s a 7th & 8th grade history teacher at Rio Norte Junior HS and a carsity swimming coach for Valencia HS while she’s a guidance counselor and swimming coach (she even taught Christopher) who’s been in education for 33 yrs.

Ariel never mentioned her last name on the air, so I’ll use Keener in this recap.

$2K Tossup: LIVING THING

_ Y _ A M _ R E
T R E E

The Sanzaros triple up w/ SYCAMORE TREE.

Round 1: TITLE

The guys first pick up the WC w/ two R’s, buy three E’s, call up an $800 L, and buy two A’s, then they fill in two Y’s for $700, a $650 P, a T for that super expensive $16,640 trip to the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort, two $2,500 F’s, and the frontloading B courtesy of their WC usage. We now have…

B _ F F Y / T _ E
_ A _ P _ R E
_ L A Y E R

They solve “BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER” for $10,650 plus that trip for a total of $27,290 cash & trip!

MAJOR PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R1
Sanzaros: $30,290 cash & trips/Others: $0 each

MMS Puzzle #1: A BIG PROMOTION (remember, if you have a matching puzzle like this one, you could win one of twenty $50K prizes and a trip to Caesars Las Vegas for a chance at an additional $1M)

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Mystery Round: TV QUOTE

Knowing that they’re already in a deep hole, the Keeners start this one w/ two N’s for $700, an R to make that a grand, two O’s, two $500 S’s, but then A for awful. Second, the Strohs find a couple T’s while on the MW near LaT and wisely take the gamble…to find $10K! But after an $800 M and their purchase of six E’s is the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to take away the leftover $10,550. Third, the Sanzaros put up four L’s for $14K, buy four I’s to clean out the vowels…

_ E / _ I L L / S E L L
N O / _ I N E
_ E _ O R E / I T S
T I M E

…and recite “WE WILL SELL NO WINE BEFORE ITS TIME” from the Paul Masson Mountain Winery ads for another $13,750!  $13,750, $44,040 now!

SOLE DUD: A (Keeners)
SOLE BANKRUPT OF THE GAME: Strohs 

Scores after R2
Sanzaros: $44,040 cash & trips/Others: $0 each

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

The Strohs first plug in three T’s while on EXPRESS and they wisely HOP ABOARD.

Next Letters: H, 5 E’s, G, O, 2 N’s, 2 I’s, 2 B’s, 2 L’s…R…and C

L E T / T H E
C E L E B R _ T I O N
B E G I N

LET THE CELEBRATION BEGIN — they’ve just won their first $12,250 plus a trip for each of them to the Royal Bahamian in THE BAHAMAS w/ the ActionCams for a total of $25,948 cash & prizes!

MAJOR PR #2! 

Scores after R3
Sanzaros: $44,040 cash & T & C/Keeners: $0/Strohs: $25,948 cash & prizes

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$3K Tossup: CHARACTER

P E _ _ R
_ _ _ _ O _ T A I L

Ariel catches PETER COTTONTAIL to finally get her team on the scoreboard.

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

_ _ W N L _ _ _ _ N G
M _ S _ _

Looks like the men will be DOWNLOADING MUSIC forever, because they’ve pocketed another three grand!

DUDS: T (Keeners), R (Sanzaros), B (Strohs)

FINAL SCORES
Sanzaros: $47,040 cash & T & C/Keeners: $3K/Strohs: $25,948 cash & prizes

GRAND TOTAL: $75,988 – NEW S-H!

MMS Puzzle #2: BASEBALL SEASON  

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

Category: PHRASE
Almost half the puzzle has been spotted already…

S _ _ _ T
_ _ E R

CDHO fills in all but one letter…

S C O O T
O _ E R

SCOOT OVER, Lauren Fairfax — we have NEW S31 LEADERS FOR THE SECOND WEEK IN A ROW, because they’ve won…


…the $40K for a final total of $87,040 cash & trips!

$5K SPIN ID: VH3755759

Lesly Sajak and Judy Friedman (wives of Pat and Harry, respectively) celebrated their birthdays at the time of this taping (a special graphic is shown on our screens).

MY EP. RATING: 9

Week 31 Stats

Total this Week: $225,345
Total for the Season: $7,495,771
BR Win Record: 60-95 (.387)
Total Car Wins: 20
-1/2 Car: 12
-BR Car: 8

$100,000 Wins-Losses: do I even have to say it again?!
$1M Bonus Rounds: 9
Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR SHUTOUTS: 3
Prize Wedge Wins: 39
Gift Tag Wins: 30
Mystery Wedge Wins: 11
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 24-25
$10K MW was on $700: 25
$10K MW was on $300: 38
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 49-15
Express was Played-Passed: 34-8
Express Successes-Fails: 19-15
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 10 (1 on $5K, 6 on $3,500, 2 on $500, 1 on $450)
BR: 15

FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 92/41/0
5-Round Games: 37
6-Round Games: 2
$6K FINAL SPINS: 14

Gooseegg Victims: 22
Red Winners: 48
Yellow Winners: 42
Blue Winners: 60
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $22,650* / 1 WC / 2 ½ CAR tags / 1 MDW
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $660,351* / 36 WC / 57 ½ CAR tags / 10 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupt: $22,750 (April 9), $22,495 (Oct. 18), $18,390 (Mar. 14)     
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $36,845* (Oct. 18), $25,600* (Nov. 12), $23,100 (April 9) 

Highest-Winning Totals: $85,849 (April 15), $81,999 (Feb. 24), $77,898 (Mar. 11)
Lowest-Winning Totals: $10,850 (Jan. 31), $10,400 (Nov. 26), $8,712 (Jan. 20)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $65,444 (Mar. 17), $64,745 (Oct. 2), $63,798 (Nov. 29)

Season-High Week: $346,921 (Disney Cruise Line Week)
Season-Low Week: $156,567 (College Week)

* includes prizes