EPISODE #5483: DESERT HIDEAWAYS
$1K Tossup: LIVING THING
_ _ _ A _ _ _ L O
Asher identifies the desert animal as an ARMADILLO. Meeting them in order…
Asher Rohan: licensed skydiver who’s been living in L.A. for 5 yrs. (originally from IL)
Jeni Kester: stay-at-home mom from S.F.
Naida Dzafic: Northern Arizona University student who’s been watching this program nightly w/ her dad from Flagstaff, AZ (originally from Bosnia)
$2K Tossup: SHOW BIZ
_ R A S S
_ _ N D
Naida’s right w/ BRASS BAND.
FEATURED DH (courtesy of Hotwire): J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA worth $5,165
Jackpot Round: LANDMARK
Our LfaT is off and running w/ two T’s for $1,800, a pair of E’s, two R’s for $600, and a couple O’s, followed by a $5K pair of N’s and four A’s before we’re looking at…
_ O _ _ _ A / T R E E
N A T _ O N A _ / _ A R _
…she solves JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK for $6,650.
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,700
Scores after R1
Asher: $1K/Jeni: $0/Naida: $8,650
Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER
Asher gets this round going w/ two T’s for $600, a pair of E’s, but then the BANKRUPT near TD. Second, Jeni picks up four R’s for $3,600, a pair of A’s, and two S’s while on the MW near LaT. She adds the $2K to the $3,350 she currently has (that was the $10K, however). Next up are two I’s, but then an unfortunate dud of N while on TD. Third, Naida spots a $300 D an O, a B for the Palm Desert trip, and a V while on the other MW…but she then forfeits $5,215 cash & trip for flipping it over. Back to Asher who puts up a $500 L, the last vowel of two U’s, a $600 pair of M’s, and a $500 G, but the MDW’s left-side BANKRUPT erases the $1,100 on his screen. Jeni then takes a stab at this…
M A G I _ A L
M _ S T E R _
T O U R
B U S / D R I V E R
…she imagines a MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR BUS DRIVER for $5,100.
SOLE DUD: N (Jeni)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Asher 2x, Naida)
Scores after R2
Asher: $1K/Jeni: $5,100/Naida: $8,650
PP Round: QUOTATION
Jeni instantly gets the other MDW BANKRUPT. Second, Naida LOSES A TURN. Third, Asher picks up the WC w/ a T, but he’s forced to give it right back to the other normal BANKRUPT; that’s his third one this game. Jeni next picks a $300 H, four E’s, four S’s for $1,200 more, an I, a $400 N and three R’s for $1,800 extra…
T H E / _ R _ S S
I S / _ _ _ _ _ S
_ R E E N E R
…she says “THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER” for $3,200 plus a $5,500 Aer Lingus trip to IRELAND.
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Jeni, Asher)
SOLE LaT: Naida
Scores after R3
Asher: $1K/Jeni: $13,800 cash & Ireland/Naida: $8,650
$3K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN
C _ _ E S E
_ R _ T _ R
Asher quadruples up w/ CHEESE GRATER.
Round 4: PHRASE (full $1,600 speed-up)
After an M call…
_ R _ N _ H _ N G / T H _
N _ M _ _ R S
…we’re CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS, and Asher makes the $8K solve. Even if he called the C’s, he still would’ve lost by $200.
Asher: $12K/Jeni: $13,800 cash & Ireland/Naida: $8,650
GRAND TOTAL: $34,450
BANKRUPT TRASH: $6,665 cash & trip
$100K Bonus Round
Jeni’s envelope will be the *.
Here’s the middle column of letters…
_ _ N _ _
_ _ S _ _
HCFI gives her the last two letters of the answer…
_ _ N _ _
_ _ S I C
…but DANCE MUSIC is soooo wrong. The right one for $30K was BANJO MUSIC.
MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10