Week 37 Stats

Well, JP was right in predicting that Nick from Tuesday’s ep. would be the big winner this week — it wasn’t that great.

Total this Week: a pitiful $178,487
Total for the Season: $8,982,693
BR Win Record: 74-111 (.4)
Total Car Wins: 21
-1/2 Car: 12
-BR Car: 9
$100,000 Wins-Losses: still 0-1  
$1M Bonus Rounds: 11
Perfect BR Weeks: 0
Prize Wedge Wins: 47
Gift Tag Wins: 36
Mystery Wedge Wins: 13
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 31-27
$10K MW was on $700: 30
$10K MW was on $300: 46
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 58-18
Express was Played-Passed: 44-9
Express Successes-Fails: 25-19
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 11 (1 on $2,500, 1 on $5K, 6 on $3,500, 2 on $500, 1 on $450)
BR: 17
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 107/51/0
5-Round Games: 41
6-Round Games: 2
Gooseegg Victims: 29
Red Winners: 60
Yellow Winners: 51
Blue Winners: 74
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $20,950*
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $837,751*
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), $24,845* (May 6) 
Highest-Winning Totals: $87,050 (Apr. 21), $85,849 (April 15), $81,999 (Feb. 24) 
Lowest-Winning Totals: $10,550 (May 5), $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: May 30, 2014

Today is Autumn Erhard’s one-yr. anniversary of her $1M win! I doubt we’re gonna see a repeat, but you’ll never know.


$1K Tossup: WAYD?

M _ K I N _
_ _ _ V _ L / _ _ A N S

Brian could be MAKING TRAVEL PLANS if he wins a trip to someplace exotic, but we need to interview him and the ladies from left to right…

Brian Dombrowski: 50th Aerial Port A.F. Squadron member and construction security fence salesman from Newhall, CA

Mary Magiera: pet-sitter and dog walker from Phoenix (orig. from WI)

Natalie Jacko: asst. operations manager for an electrical industrial supply co. and animal lover from New Haven, CT (orig. from Woodridge, NJ)

$2K Tossup: THING

C A L E _ D A R
O _ / _ _ _ _ T S

Brian flubs this time w/ CALENDAR OF MONTHS.

O _ / _ V E _ T S


TONIGHT’S HOTWIRE TRIP: $6,500 Costa Mediterranean Cruise


Mary kicks things off w/ an $800 T, two S’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900, three A’s and five I’s, but then the LaT. Second, Natalie claims a $400 N, two C’s for $1,600, a pair of O’s, and five L’s for the gas cards. But after buying two E’s and a U to wipe out the vowel shop, she also LaTs out. Third, Brian finds a $350 F, two R’s for $1,200, and a W for that MDW

I / W I S _ / T _ E _
A L L / C O U L _ / _ E
_ I R L S

….he initially says “I WISH THEY COULD ALL BE” but catches himself and correctly recites “I WISH THEY ALL COULD BE CALIFORNIA GIRLS(by the Beach Boys and covered by David Lee Roth) for $1,550.

LaTs: 2 (ladies)

Brian: $2,550 + MDW/Mary: $2K/Natalie: $0


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Natalie’s up first w/ a $650 T, three E’s, a $900 H, three S’s for $1,950 more, but then a bad O purchase. Second, Brian exchanges $500 from an N to buy the leftover triple A’s and twin I’s. Two $500 L’s later is a dud of M (and the audience applauded for no reason). Mary then FPs a W and picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ two C’s…

C _ A C _ S
I N / T H E
S I _ E W A L _

She finds some CRACKS IN THE SIDEWALK SALE for $1,500 when she could’ve gone for the K’s.

DUDS: O (Natalie), M (Brian)

Brian: $2,550 + MDW/Mary: $3,500 + 1/2 CAR/Natalie: ZERO


PP/Express Round: THE 80’s

Brian first gets the 1/2 CAR from the same location Natalie got in the last round w/ an S, two T’s for a grand, two I’s and four O’s, followed by $2K worth of N’s and five A’s, then we have…

N A T I O N A _
_ A _ _ O O N ‘ S
_ A _ A T I O N

He IDs the film as “NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION” for $2,750 plus a trip package to the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $7,128 — PR.

Brian: $12,428 cash & prizes + MDW/Mary: $3,500/Natalie: ZILCH


$3K Tossup: PHRASE

L O _ _ / W _ O ‘ S
I N / T _ _ / _ E _ D

Mary says “LOOK WHO’S IN THE LEAD” to get closer to Brian.

Round 4: EVENT

First from her are a $500 S but then the sole dud vowel of E. Second for Natalie are two N’s for a grand, two A’s, but then L for loss. Third, Brian lights up a $600 pair of G’s, buys two I’s, but we hear the bells for Speed-Up Mode…

G _ A _ _ A _ I N G
_ I _ _ / _ _ N _ _ S

…the consonant value’s $1,500. Two T’s and R’s later…

G R A _ _ A T I N G
_ I T _ / _ _ N _ R S

Mary’s GRADUATING WITH HONORS for another $3,250.

DUDS (before FS): E (Mary), L (Natalie)

Brian: $12,428 cash & prizes + MDW/Mary: $9,750/Natalie: $1K GOOSEEGG

GRAND TOTAL: $23,178

His wife Amber, mother Charlotte, and Marcus are holding that sparkly green wedge as he lands on the C.

Category: PHRASE
The RSTLNE aid…

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

GFMI brings him…

F I N _ / _ _ _ R
G R _ _ _ E

Let’s see if you can FIND YOUR GROOVE in less than 10 sec., Brian...he doesn’t get the last word























































…and he loses the Wrangler.


$5K SPIN ID: MR4109854


WOF Recap: May 29, 2014


$1K Tossup: THINGS

S _ O R T S
_ _ D / S _ _ _ A _ S

Ambar’s a letter short w/ SHORTS AND SWEATS, whereas Marcus is right w/ SHORTS AND SANDALS. Thursday’s contesti…

Marcus Brewer: major shipping firm for a package handler who collects vintage TV Guides from Palmetto, FL

Janelle Geesling: massage therapist from Mesa, AZ

Ambar Chavez: consumer-protection attorney who attends improv classes from L.A.

$2K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ _ _ _ _ T _ _ L L
_ O _ P

Ambar scores this time on a BASKETBALL HOOP.

FEATURED HOTWIRE TRIP: Fiji’s Treasure Island Resort worth $7,800

Round 1: PHRASE

Ambar gets us started w/ a five T’s for $2K, an E, three H’s for another $2,100, but then N for no while on the WC. Second, Marcus wastes a turn w/ the BANKRUPT near TD. Third, Janelle puts up a $350 G, an I, an $800 S, but no more w/ L. Ambar next lights up two R’s for $1,600, and buys the remaining vowels of seven O’s and three U’s…

_ O U / T O O _
T H E / _ O R _ S
R I G H T / O U T
O _ / _ _ / _ O U T H

Hey lady, YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH and picked up another $4,950 (could’ve gone for the Y’s and M’s).

DUDS: N (Ambar), L (Janelle)

Ambar: $6,950/Marcus: $1K/Janelle: $0


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

First, Marcus takes two N’s for $900, three T’s for another $2,400, two O’s and E’s, three FP A’s, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to forfeit the $2,800 leftover. Second, Janelle can’t capitalize on TD w/ S for sorry. Third, Ambar makes triple G’s appear while on the MW near $800 and goes for a much bigger lead…there’s the $10K

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


SOLE DUD: S (Janelle)

Ambar: $16,950/Marcus: $1K/Janelle: ZERO

Repeating Bonus Puzzle Flashback (Fall 2001): FLY-FISHING (first aired on 10/22/12; Harriet won after calling GIPC)


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Still trying to strike pay dirt, Janelle begins this board w/ two N’s for 1/2 CAR near $900, a $450 G, two I’s and an A, but the S fails her again. Ambar secondly captures a $400 R, two O’s and E’s (the latter via FP), two T’s for $600, and two U’s, followed by three C’s for another $2,400, but then a baddie of H. Marcus next puts up a $350 P and an L for that MDW (he thought he landed on it when he wasn’t watching his arrow on the last spin)…

C L I _ _ I N G / U P
A / C O C O N U T

He’s probably gonna be CLIMBING UP A COCONUT TREE during his stay at the Coconut Bay Resort in ST. LUCIA; that round was worth $9,652 to him.

DUDS: S (Janelle), H (Ambar)

Ambar: $16,950/Marcus: $10,652 cash & prizes + MDW/Janelle: BAD SHAPE


$3K Tossup: TITLE

V _ _ _ _ Y/ _ A _ R

This triggered the first of four $100K losses during S23 in Dec. 2005, and Ambar gets “VANITY FAIR” to be $50 shy of $20K.

Speed-Up: EVENT

Consonants are worth $1,700 each. Two M’s are said by said lady closest to Pat…

T _ _ _ N _ M _ N T
_ _ / _ _ _ M _ _ _ N _

This program isn’t gonna do a TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS anytime soon, but she seals the deal w/ another $8,500.

SOLE DUD: G (Marcus)

Ambar: $28,450/Marcus: $10,652 cash & prizes/Janelle: $1K GOOSEEGG

GRAND TOTAL: $40,102


$100K Bonus Round
She lands on that E of GAME, where the sole $100K loss so far this season came from that spot.

Category: PEOPLE
One-wordy alert…

_ _ _ N _ _ _ E R S

MBGA strikes out completely, so the game is over. They were PICNICKERS
























































…and we almost had a TOTAL TRAINWRECKshe loses the $50K.

$5K SPIN ID: JJ3026114


WOF Recap: May 28, 2014



_ _ E S _
D A I _ _ E S

Jeffrey picks some FRESH DAISIES. Let’s get to know these three better…

Jeffrey Dziedzic: major arts org. worker in CI and foodie (his mom played this game in the ’70s) from Arlington Heights, IL

LaTasha Thompson: transportation industry worker from L.A. (orig. from Austin)

Gina Sloman: online advertising co. worker from NYC

$2K Tossup: THING

F _ R _ A L
I N _ _ T A T _ O N

LaTasha knows full well that she received a FORMAL INVITATION to come out to Culver City and play this game (Pat mistakenly had the wrong card for this puzzle).

FEATURED $7,500 TRIP: Pelican Eyes Resort in Nicaragua

Round 1: FOOD & DRINK

LaTasha quickly duds out w/ N while on the gas cards. Second, Gina calls up a $800 R, but then S for sorry. Third, Jeffrey picks up the MDW and 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ two T’s and L’s, respectively. After he buys three E’s (one at the end of each line) and two O’s…

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

…he takes a bite of this TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CAKE when he could’ve gone for the C’s.

DUDS: N (LaTasha), S (Gina)

LaTasha: $2K/Gina: $0/Jeffrey: $2K + MDW + 1/2 CAR


Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

For the second round in a row, the N fails a lady at the start (in this case, Gina was on the same 1/2 CAR. Second, Jeffrey LOSES A TURN. Third, LaTasha picks two T’s for $600, buys two E’s, but still can’t pick up the gas cards w/ a dud of R. On Gina’s second try, she uncovers the SL of five L’s for the Nicaragua trip, an an I, but she too duds out on the gas cards w/ M. Jeffrey follows w/ two Y’s for $1,800, an O, and a $650 V, then we have…

L _ _ Y _ _ _ _

…he spots these LOVELY LITTLE LADYBUGS for $2,200.

DUDS: N (Gina), R (LaTasha), M (Gina)
SOLE LaT: Jeffrey

LaTasha: $2K/Gina: SCORELESS/Jeffrey: $4,200 + MDW + 1/2 CAR


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

A $300 T gets Jeffrey started, but the S ends his turn almost as quick. Second, LaTasha picks up that same 1/2 CAR w/ two R’s, buys three E’s, and two A’s, but says a baddie of V. Third, Gina has four N’s for $2K, buys three O’s, two I’s and two U’s, and lights up two L’s for $1,600. Board now…

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

Gina, YOU’LL NEED A CONFIRMATION NUMBER, because you’ve won your first $2,850 plus a Hotwire trip package to the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa in HAWAII.

DUDS: S (Jeffrey), V (LaTasha)

LaTasha: $2K/Gina: $8,569 cash & prizes/Jeffrey: $4,200 + MDW



_ A _ _ O
_ _ _ _ I _ U R E

Jeffrey says PATIO FURNITURE to get closer to Gina’s lead.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES

T for terrible is how he starts this round. Second for LaTasha are two N’s for $1,800, and E for error. Third in Gina’s favor are a $500 G, the obvious I, a $350 P, a $450 S, and the rest of this puzzle vowel’s. Following two B’s for a grand…

B _ O _ I N G / U P
B A _ _ O O N S

…she’s BLOWING UP BALLOONS to up her lead by $1,300 when she could’ve gone for the L’s.

DUDS: T (Jeffrey), E (LaTasha)

LaTasha: $2K/Gina: $9,869 cash & prizes/Jeffrey: $7,200 + MDW



Another $1,500 FS for your pleasure. Two G’s are said by somebody…

_ N _ _ _ _ T _ R
G _ D G _ T

I grew up watching the TV cartoon of this guy, and Gina captures INSPECTOR GADGET for $4,500 and the win.

LaTasha: $2K/Gina: $14,369 cash & prizes/Jeffrey: $7,200

GRAND TOTAL: $23,569


$100K Bonus Round
She’s landed on that W.

Category: THING
They should have added the word PIANO at the end of this answer…

_ _ _ _
_ R _ N _

PCGI only adds…

_ _ _ _
G R _ N _

Whether she owns a BABY GRAND or not, she doesn’t win the $30K.

$5K SPIN ID: BV0989921


WOF Recap: May 27, 2014


$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ _ R _ _ – _ _ – _ _ U N D

Nick doesn’t even know it.

_ E R _ Y – _ _ – _ _ U N D

Emily has taken a spin on the MERRY-GO-ROUND, but she and these two will be spinning their way to big winnings…

Emily Maskell: bridal consultant from Laguna Beach

Ruth Hill Bro: privacy attorney and fiction/screenplay writer from Terre Haute

Nick Bambick: drive-in restaurant consumer insights analyst and Oklahoma Sports HoF executive counsel member from Yukon, OK (orig. from Fredonia, KS)

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME (but also SONG TITLE)

_ U _ _ I –
F _ _ _ _ _

Ruth IDs “TUTTI-FRUTTI” (by Little Richard from ’55).

FEATURED HOTWIRE TRIP: New Kuta Hotel in Bali worth $6,344

Round 1: TV TITLE

She picks up the Activist Eyewear gift tag right away w/ four T’s, then she buys an E, calls up three H’s for $2,100, and purchases three O’s. Following a $2,100 trio of N’s…

T H E / T O N _ _ H T
_ H O _ / _ T _ _ _ _ N _
_ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ O N

…she quickly solves “THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON” for $6,700 cash and eyewear — PR.

Ruth: $8,700 cash & eyewear/Nick: $0/Emily: $1K


Mystery Round: THING

Nick begins his journey w/ an N for the WC, a $700 R and three O’s, then she puts up two L’s for $800, a D for the 1/2 CAR near $900 and a couple E’s before BANKRUPTING near $650 to lose $2K and those cardboard pieces. Second, Emily puts up a $900 M and three T’s for another $1,950…

M _ L T _ – _ O L O R E D
_ O N _ E T T _

It’s a shame they couldn’t spray the MULTI-COLORED CONFETTI at the end of last Friday’s episode, but Emily’s won another $2,850.


Ruth: $8,700 cash & eyewear/Nick: NOTHING/Emily: $3,850

The repeating bonus puzzle flashback (first aired on 3/25/13) is from NFL Player’s Wk. ’98 (they couldn’t solve HOLD THE MAYO).


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

Here goes Emily w/ the calling of two N’s for $1,200, an A, three FP O’s, and an E, but the other normal BANKRUPT costs her the leftover $700. Second for Ruth are a $400 H, but then the LaT. Third, Nick inserts two W’s for $600 and a B while on EXPRESS. He’s TAKING THE RIDE.

His Current Bank: $1,600
Next Choices: 2 Y’s…U…two I’s (NMV)…3 L’s…solve attempt (huh?)

H O W / L O N _
W I L L / Y O U / B E
_ _ A Y I N _ ?

He asks “HOW LONG WILL YOU BE STAYING?”, and I respond “Probably a week, but you’ve won $6,100 plus a trip package to ANTIGUA’S St. James’s Club”; that puts him on the board w/ $14,039.

SOLE LaT: Ruth

Note to future contesti — this is NOT a great EXPRESS playing; always go for every consonant available!

Ruth: $8,700 cash & eyewear/Nick: $14,039 cash & Antigua/Emily: $3,850


$3K Tossup: PLACE

_ _ _ _ _ I N _ / G O _ D S
_ T O _ _

Nick gets SPORTING GOODS STORE, to go over the $17K mark.


His opening letters are a $700 N, a $500 G, an I, three O’s, but then a baddie of U. Second, Emily LaTs out. Third, Ruth finds triple T’s for $15K, but she also buys a worthless vowel in A (no buzzer, but murmurs from the audience). After Nick gets the whistle blow for repeating the T, Emily picks a $300 L and three H’s for $1,500…

_ _ _ L I N G
H O T / H O T / H O T

…she solves “FEELING HOT, HOT, HOT” (by Arrow from ’83 and covered most notably by Buster Poindexter) for $1,800.

DUDS: U (Nick), A (Ruth)
SOLE LaT: Emily
SOLE DQ: Nick’s T duplication

 Ruth: $8,700 cash & GT/Nick: $17,039 cash & prizes/Emily: $5,650


Speed-Up: WAYD?

Consonants are worth $1,600 apiece. The H’s are said by Ruth

L _ N D _ N G / _
H _ L _ _ N G / H _ N D

I wish I was LENDING A HELPING HAND to Ruth late last round (she would’ve gone to Bonusland), but she makes the solve for $6,400.

DUDS: T (Emily), R (Ruth), C (Emily)

Ruth: $15,100 cash & GT/Nick: $17,039 cash & prizes/Emily: $5,650

GRAND TOTAL: $37,789
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $2,700


$100K Bonus Round
He spins up the C.

Category: PHRASE
This is all he gets to start this seven-letter answer…

_ _ _ / _ T
_ _

MBHI puts him in great shape w/ this…

M I _ / I T
_ _

Even w/ that successful solve, we couldn’t MIX IT UP in regards to him winning $30K, so he leaves w/ $47,039 cash & prizes.

$5K SPIN ID: JH3198437

FINAL NOTE: The Wrangler’s provided by Motor Village LA instead of Buerge Motors


WOF Recap: May 26, 2014 — HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY

Summer’s around the corner, so this week is aptly titled “Here Comes Summer!”.


VTR: March 14

They’re using the animated intro from S28’s “World’s Best Beaches” — Pat builds a sandcastle, only to have it washed away while Vanna shows off the giant sandy Wheel logo


S _ H _ _ _ ‘ _ / O U T
_ _ R / _ U _ _ _ _

Joe solves the Alice Cooper line “SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER”  (from ’72). Monday’s gang…

Joe Piarulli: writer’s assistant, hockey player and swimmer/snowboarder from L.A. (orig. from Cherry Hill, NJ)

Valencia White: HR manager from ATL

Wendy Parker: 2-yr.+ cancer survivor thanks to a bone-marrow transplant from her brother from Vegas (orig. from Orange County)

$2K Tossup: PLACE

C _ _ _ E _ S I O N
S _ _ _ D

Valencia isn’t going to a CONCESSION STAND, because she’s won the right to spin first.

FEATURED COLLETTE TOUR: French Riviera worth $9,398
1/2 CAR: Fiesta

Round 1: SAME LETTER (watercraft wipe)

She’s off to a bad start w/ N for no while on the 1/2 CAR near $300. Second, Wendy calls a $400 R, five E’s, three S’s for $900 and four A’s, followed by five B’s for $3,250, two L’s for $1,600, but then a pathetic vowel call of O. Joe then FPs twin C’s…

B E A C _ E S
B A S E B A L L / &
B A R B E C _ E S

…he knows that many people are enjoying BEACHES, BASEBALL & BARBECUES on this particular holiday.

DUDS: N (Valencia), O (Wendy)

Wendy: $0/Others: $2K each


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Wendy instantly BANKRUPTS near $650. Second, Joe picks two T’s for $600, but the N fails somebody again. Third, Valencia also duds out w/ L. Wendy’s second turn has her calling an S while on the MW near $800 and she takes the obvious gamble…$10K! But next is R for roadblock. Joe follows w/ an $800 M but then D for dud. Valencia next puts up a $700 C, buys an I and FPs a dud of E before picking up the WC w/ two P’s and BANKRUPTING the same Wendy did to forfeit $1,450 and the WC. After said red player gets the other normal BANKRUPT to give up the $10K, Joe proceeds to light up three O’s, a $900 H, an F for the same 1/2 CAR and two A’s to clean out the vowels. Following a $400 B and two $1K G’s…

G _ M
O F / P O T A T O

…he exchanges a GYM BAG OF POTATO CHIPS for $4,700.

DUDS: N (Joe), L (Valencia), R (Wendy), D (Joe), E (Valencia)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Wendy 2x, Valencia)

Wendy: ZILCH/Joe: $6,700 + 1/2 CAR/Valencia: $2K



Current leader Joe begins w/ a $1,200 pair of S’s, but then the LaT. Second for Valencia are two T’s for $1,600, three E’s, and two U’s, but she also LaTs out. Third, Wendy finds a pair of R’s while on EXPRESS and HOPS ABOARD.

Next Letters: two L’s, CRASH w/ I (that costs her $4K)

After Joe FPs a dud of O and buys two A’s…

_ R A _ E _ U L
S E A / T U R T L E S

…he banks another $950 and a $6,699 OneTravel trip package to where he’ll see some GRACEFUL SEA TURTLES — the island of BARBADOS.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Wendy (third overall)

Wendy: ROTTEN LUCK/Joe: $14,349 cash & trip/Valencia: $2K



_ _ _ C T _ I _
L _ W _ / _ O W _ R


Speed-Up: PHRASE 

It’s a $1,500 FS to start the week. Ms. White pus up the B…

S L _ _ L _ / B _ T
S _ R _ L _

SLOWLY BUT SURELY, Wendy barely beats the buzzer for her only $4,500 payoff on the night.

SOLE DUD: N (Valencia)

Wendy: $4,500/Joe: $17,349 cash & trip/Valencia: $2K

GRAND TOTAL: $23,849
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $15,450


$100K Bonus Round
The summer-friendly vehicle this week is a Jeep Wrangler Sport. He lands on the I of WIN.

Category: THING
There are two possibilities for this one…

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

DGHO gives him two of the vowel…

_ N _ N _ _ O _ S
_ O T E 

ANONYMOUS NOTE is not gonna cut it. He loses the $45K by a UNANIMOUS VOTE.

$5K SPIN ID: SF8189084


Week 36 Stats

Total this Week: $254,855 (we would’ve set a new S-H had Mike and Carol got lucky)
Total for the Season: $8,804,206
BR Win Record: 73-107 (.406)
Total Car Wins: 21
-1/2 Car: 12
-BR Car: 9
$100,000 Wins-Losses: 0-1 (better than nothing at all, but not the way we wanted)
$1M Bonus Rounds: 10
Perfect BR Weeks: 0
Prize Wedge Wins: 47
Gift Tag Wins: 35
Mystery Wedge Wins: 12
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 29-27
$10K MW was on $700: 30
$10K MW was on $300: 44
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 56-18
Express was Played-Passed: 42-9
Express Successes-Fails: 24-18
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 11 (1 on $2,500, 1 on $5K, 6 on $3,500, 2 on $500, 1 on $450)
BR: 17
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 103/49/0
5-Round Games: 39
6-Round Games: 2
Gooseegg Victims: 27
Red Winners: 58
Yellow Winners: 48
Blue Winners: 74
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $26,805*
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $816,801*
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), $24,845* (May 6) 
Highest-Winning Totals: $87,050 (Apr. 21), $85,849 (April 15), $81,999 (Feb. 24) 
Lowest-Winning Totals: $10,550 (May 5), $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: May 23, 2014


$1K Tossup: PHRASE

A / _ _ _ A T
V _ _ U E

Robert’s solve is A GREAT VALUE. Rounding out the week are…

Robert Doyle: financial fraud prevention and education worker who’s collected 400+ Adam Wainwright baseball cards (b/c he’s a Cardinals fan) from Alton, IL

Anita Gambill: pro musician and accompanist from Terre Haute, IN

Carol Tom: math/English tutor (w/ a degree in the former) from Diamond Bar, CA

$2K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ _ O _ K – _ _ _ _ K
J _ _ _

Carol comes up w/ a KNOCK-KNOCK JOKE (last used on 9/23/2008 during Teen Best Friends and not solved for $25K).


Three R’s for $1,800 get Carol started, but she LOSES A TURN almost instantly. Second, Robert picks up the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ five T’s, calls four H’s for $2K and buys three E’s, then he puts up three N’s and a D at $350 a pop, and an $800 pair of G’s. We now have…

_ _ N G / _ R T H _ R
& / T H E / _ N _ G H T _
_ _ / T H E / R _ _ N D
T _ _ _ E

…he IDs KING ARTHUR & THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE for $6,450, though he could’ve gone for the K’s.

SOLE LaT: Carol

Robert: $7,450 + 1/2 CAR/Anita: $0/Carol: $2K


Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Robert’s forced to give up his plate right away due to the BANKRUPT near TD. Second, Anita speaks a dud of T. Third, Carol finds a $500 N, a $700 N and two A’s, followed by a $350 D, three E’s, but then S for sorry while on the SYW wedge. Robert next FPs an I, plugs in a $650 B, and buys O and U singles to clean out the vowels, but he then repeats the D. After Anita BANKRUPTS the same way as him, Carol gets the MDW’s right-side BANKRUPT to lose $1,050. Robert then lights up two K’s for $1,800, a Y for the WC, and a $1K pair of F’s…

_ O F F E E / A N D
_ U _ K Y

That second half is ironic — he catches a COFFEE AND LUCKY BREAK for another $3,450.

DUDS: T (Anita), S (Carol)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole gang)
SOLE DQ: Robert’s D repeat

Robert: $10,900 + WC/Anita: BAD LUCK/Carol: $2K


PP/Express Round: PLACE

Anita continues her quest to finally score by starting w/ three T’s for $1,800, two E’s, three N’s for $2,100, a $500 S, and four A’s. Next up are four R’s for $2,400, two I’s, but then LaT to cost her $6,050…

R _ _ A N T I _
_ _ E N – A I R
R E S T A _ R A N T

…because Carol will be dining at a ROMANTIC OPEN-AIR RESTAURANT during her stay at ANTIGUA’S Galley Bay Resort from Hotwire.com, a package worth $9,339.

SOLE LaT: Anita

Robert: $10,900 + WC/Anita: STILL ZIP/Carol: $11,339 cash & Antigua


$3K Tossup: THING

C A R D I _ A N
_ W _ A T _ R

Carol pulls out a CARDIGAN SWEATER.

Speed-Up: PERSON

The last FS of the week is $1,900. After Carol puts up a P on her next turn…

_ _ N T _ _ P _ _ _ _ _
_ _ T _ S T

…she gets CONTEMPORARY ARTIST for $3,800 worth of icing.

Robert: $10,900/Anita: $1K HARD LUCK GOOSEEGG/Carol: $18,139 cash & prizes

GRAND TOTAL: $30,039
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $1,050


$100K Bonus Round
Carol’s envelope is the E of GAME.

Category: PHRASE
The first letters to appear…

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

HMPA only gives her the vowel…

_ _ _ N _
_ _ E R _ _ A R _ 

…and Mike McClellin from last night is off the hook, because she was GOING OVERBOARD in a bad way w/ those choices. And guess what showed up tonight…




















































…THAT’S RIGHT — IT WAS $100,000; SHE’S THE FIRST GRAND PRIZE LOSER ALL SEASON LONG. DARN. At least we won’t make history of it not showing up at all this season, but let’s hope somebody’s won that in our final three weeks coming up. She would’ve won big time had she went w/ my BGHO combo.

$5K SPIN ID: JK7909287


WOF Recap: May 22, 2014


$1K Tossup: PHRASE

W H A T / A
D _ A _ !

WHAT A DRAG! Sheila just gave an incorrect response.

W H A T / A
D _ A L!

Amy just makes it in time w/ “WHAT A DEAL!”. Thursday’s threesome…

Amy Kinder: Drexel Univ. Online worker who helpes her husband in an e-commerce business from Pennsauken, NJ

Sheila Looney: fitness instructor and SAHM from Greensboro, NC (orig. from Reno, NV)

Mike McClellin: kidney recipient from 13 yrs. ago who does organ donor awareness from OKC 


Y _ _ L _ W
J A _ _ E _ S

Sheila avoids getting stung by some YELLOW JACKETS.


First, she FPs three E’s, calls a $300 N and picks up the SYW GC w/ a D. But after her buy of two A’s is the MDW’s right-side BANKRUPT to lose $8,050 cash & GC. Second, Mike loses his first turn w/ H. Third, Amy makes two S’s appear for $1,400 and FPs three O’s to clean out the vowels. After those picks are two R’s for $600, a $650 L, and a $900 M, then we see…

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

She solves SLOW COOKER AND STEAMER for $3,550.

SOLE DUD: H (Mike)

Mike: $0/Amy: $4,550/Sheila: $2K


Mystery Round: FUN & GAMES

Mike instantly BANKRUPTS the same way Sheila did in the last round. Second, Amy picks up the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ four T’s and buys three A’s, then she puts up three S’s for $1,200, two E’s, two R’s for another grand, and two H’s to throw in $1,600. We now have…

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

She’s LOOKING AT STARS THROUGH A TELESCOPE (she could’ve gone for the L’s and G’s) for $5,300.


Scores after R2
Mike: BUPKIS/Amy: $9,850 + 1/2 CAR/Sheila: $2K

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1998 and used on 3/31/10): EVENT
This lady had to work w/ this after calling PMCA…

P _ _ T _
_ _ N _ S _

…there was no PHOTO FINISH for her nor Oren Margolis in ’10 (he only got the second word after striking out w/ MCYA and lost $30K).


PP/Express Round: PLACE

Current leader Amy kicks things off w/ a $600 S and two T’s for her second 1/2 CAR from the same location, but after buying three E’s, the same MDW BANKRUPT strikes again to the tune of $15,655 cash & Spark. Doggone it. Sheila secondly loses another turn w/ the BANKRUPT near TD. Third, Mike picks up the gift tag w/ three N’s, buys an O and five I’s, picks off two D’s for $1,400 and buys an A to shut down the vowel shop. Following a $1,600 pair of R’s…

_ R E _ I E R
D I _ I N _

He’s finally on the board w/ $4,750 cash & GT plus a trip package to a PREMIER DIVING DESTINATION, Ramon’s Village Resort in BELIZE worth $6,699.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Mike: $11,449 cash & prizes/Amy: $9,850/Sheila: $2K


$3K Tossup: WAYD?

_ _ _ G _ _ _ _
_ P / A / S T O _ M

Mike has nothing.

_ A _ G _ _ _ _
_ P / A / S T O _ M

Amy’s LAUGHING UP A STORM to take back the lead.

Round 4: THING

First from Amy’s mouth are a $600 T and S for sorry. Second for Sheila are $350 R and N for no while on $5K, and we go into Speed-Up Mode w/ the following…

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ T T _ R _ _ _ _

…for the first time since Feb. 27, we have a $6K Final Spin! After an H gets called up…

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ L
L _ T T _ R H _ _ D

Mike solves OFFICIAL LETTERHEAD for $18K and the win!

DUDS BEFORE FS: S (Amy), N (Sheila)

Mike: $29,449 cash & prizes/Amy: $12,850/Sheila: $2K

GRAND TOTAL: $44,299
BANKRUPT TRASH (including Spark): $23,705 cash & prizes


$100K Bonus Round
His stopping point is the ‘.

Category: PHRASE
Last letters of each line…

_ _ N ‘ T
_ _ _ _ _ L E

GHDA gives him besides the obvious D…

D _ N ‘ T
_ _ _ _ _ L E

nothing more, and DON’T QUIBBLE about this — Vanna did indeed jinx the PBRW bid and he loses $40K after saying DON’T TROUBLE and DON’T DAWDLE. I really wished you kept your mouth shut, ma’am.

$5K SPIN ID: ML9403986


WOF Recap: May 21, 2014


$1K Tossup: WAYD?

_ R O W S I N G
_ R O _ N _

Angela won’t be BROWSING AROUND in the studio, because we’re playing the game for real. Let’s meet these winner wannabes…

Amanda Healan: infectious diseases researcher and bass player from Chicago

Sarah Jackson: sales assoc. and concert fan from Inglewood, CA

Marc Rushing: industrial chemical supplier worker from Vacaville, CA

$2K Tossup: PLACE

_ E C _ _ _ I N G
_ T _ _ _ _

Marc solves RECORDING STUDIO for control.

Round 1: PHRASE

He begins the letter-calling spree w/ three T’s for $2,700, three E’s, an $800 H, a $400 R, but then I for invalid. Second, Amanda picks up the SYW SS (it’s placed on the red $800 all week long) and the WC w/ N and L respectively, calls a $350 S…

T _ _
_ N E
_ L _ S T – _ _ _

…and says “THREE, TWO, ONE, BLAST-OFF” for $8,850 cash & spree.

SOLE DUD: I (Marc)

Sarah: $0/Marc: $2K/Amanda: $9,850 cash & SS + WC


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Amanda first picks up the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ two T’s, calls up a $500 N, and buys an E, A, and two I’s, then she says an obvious $700 G, two S’s for another grand, but then the sole dud vowel of U. Sarah secondly FPs the last vowel of two O’s, but then BANKRUPTS near the big one. Third, Marc gets up there an $800 P, two F’s for another $700, and three C’s for $2,700 extra. Board, please…

S C _ A T C _ I N G

…he gets SCRATCHING POST OFFICE for $4,200.

SOLE DUD: U (Amanda)

Sarah: NOTHING/Marc: $6,200/Amanda: $9,850 cash & SS + WC


PP/Express Round: THINGS

The scoreless Sarah begins a crucial round w/ two S’s for $1,600, a $650 N, three I’s, but then the same BANKRUPT to give back $2K. Second, Marc says a not-so-good consonant of G (he didn’t even realize the I and the N on the middle line were not together). Third in Amanda’s future are two T’s for $1,300, a $300 H, four E’s, and R for the gift tag, an O, a $650 F, but then D for dummy. After Sarah craps out w/ C, Marc takes two B’s for $700, two A’s, three L’s for $1,950 more, and a U to clean out the vowels...but we then hear three straight duds from everybody (null cycle alert) — him w/ M, Amanda w/ P, and Sarah w/ Y while on the same 1/2 CAR. Marc has the light bulb go on…

_ I E _ S / O F / T H E
B L U E / S E A

…he will enjoy the VIEWS OF THE BRILLIANT BLUE SEA, because he’s won $2,100 plus a trip package  to the Royal Palm Beach Resort ST. MAARTEN worth $7,255.

DUDS: G (Marc), D (Amanda), C (Sarah), M (Marc), P (Amanda), Y (Sarah)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Sarah (likely her other one of the game)

Sarah: BAD LUCK/Marc: $15,605 cash & trip/Amanda: $9,850 cash & SS + WC


$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ _ _ _ / Z _ R O
T O / H E _ _

Too bad this doesn’t apply to Sarah, because Amanda solves FROM ZERO TO HERO to get closer in taking back the lead.

Speed-Up: EVENT

It’s another $1,500 FS. A W is said by somebody…

_ / N _ C _ / L _ N G
W _ _ _ _ N D

Before Marc enjoys A NICE, LONG WEEKEND, he’s moving on w/ another $3K.

DUDS: T (Amanda), S (Marc), R (Amanda)

Sarah: $1K GOOSEEGG/Marc: $18,605 cash & prizes/Amanda: $12,850 cash & SS

GRAND TOTAL: $32,455


$100K Bonus Round
Let’s hope he’s not “Rushing” in this part of the game after he gets that G envelope.

Category: PHRASE
The bottom word’s important like Monday’s bonus puzzle…

S T _ T E / _ _
E _ _ _ _ R _ _

CFPO puts in besides the obvious second word…

S T _ T E / O F
E _ P _ O R _ _

He’ll be in a STATE OF EUPHORIA (but NOT us), because he’s you-know-what richer for a total of $48,605 cash & prizes.

$5K SPIN ID: JM01605

And don’t you jinx the PBRW bid, Vanna…