This is their first-ever “Secret Santa Sweepstakes” sponsored by Sears. Whatever each player wins is what their respective at-home partner wins.
EPISODE #5496: SECRET SANTA SWEEPSTAKES
$1K Tossup: PEOPLE
F O _ _ B A _ L
P L A _ E _ S
Ali’s on the board first w/ FOOTBALL PLAYERS. Kicking off this 12-night period are…
Ali Bagbey: LSU senior studying theater and a karaoke DJ from Baton Rouge
Sharon Hakimfar: attorney, real-estate broker, and gin rummy player from L.A.
Brandon Yasses: Mercyhurst College water polo player from Weston, FL
$2K Tossup: PLACE
_ H E / E _ _ I R E
_ T A T E
Brandon knows that NY is nicknamed THE EMPIRE STATE.
FEATURED PRIZE ALL SWEEPSTAKES LONG: $5K Sears gift certificate
Jackpot Round: EVENT
He kicks things off w/ two R’s for $1,600, and buys three E’s and four A’s to clean out the vowels already, then come a $300 T and two D’s for the WC. We now have…
_ E T E R A _ _ / D A _
_ A R A D E
…he solves VETERANS DAY PARADE for $1,400.
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,100
Scores after R1
Ali: $1K/Sharon: $0/Brandon: $3,400 + WC
Mystery Round: SAME NAME
Ali’s off to a sour start w/ the MDW’s left-side BANKRUPT. Second, Sharon calls up three N’s for $900, buys two O’s, but she and Brandon LaT out back-to-back. Ali next picks up the sears GC w/ two T’s and a $600 R, buys an A, lights up two G’s for $1,800 more, and buys three easy I’s before putting up a $1K P while on the MW near LaT (that’s the BANKRUPT one). Following a $500 K for the green 1/2 KIA, she buys the last vowel of E, and picks up that MDW w/ a W…
N O – P A R K I N G / &
T W I _ I G _ T
_ O N E
…she’s correct w/ NO-PARKING & “TWILIGHT ZONE” for $8,150 cash & SS.
SOLE BANKRUPT: Ali
LaTs: 2 (Sharon, Brandon)
Scores after R2
Ali: $9,150 cash & GC + MDW/Sharon: ZERO/Brandon: $3,400
PP Round: WAYD?
The scoreless Sharon begins w/ two N’s for $1,600, a $900 G, and two obvious I’s, then she inerts three E’s, two T’s for $1,200 more, two H’s to add $1,600, and the last vowel of two O’s. But after a $7K pair of K’s…
_ H E _ K I N G / T H E
_ K I / & / _ N O _
_ E _ O _ T
…she blows the solve by a letter w/ CHECKING THE SKI & SNOW RESORT, possibly costing her at least $11,550. Brandon then lights up three pairs of S’s, R’s, and C’s all worth $1K apiece…
C H E C K I N G / T H E
S K I / & / S N O _
R E _ O R T
…he banks the $3K and will be CHECKING THE SKI & SNOW REPORT on his $5K ORBITZ.com trip to The Inn at Round Barn Farm in WAITSFIELD, VT.
SOLE DQ: Sharon’s blown solve (that costs her $16,550 cash & trip)
Scores after R3
Ali: $9,150 cash & GC + MDW/Sharon: BAD SHAPE/Brandon: $11,400 cash & skiing
$3K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN
W _ O D _ _
_ P _ C _ / _ _ _ K
Sharon’s finally off the schneid w/ WOODEN SPICE RACK.
Round 4: SHOW BIZ
First from Sharon’s mouth are an $800 T but then the first dud all night long in R. Second for Brandon are a $600 H, a $300 S, five E’s, but then P for phooey. Third, Ali’s lit up a $600 pair of L’s, but it’s time for Speed-Up Mode…
T H E / E L E _ E _
_ ‘ _ L _ _ _ / _ E _ S
…and the leftover consonants are worth $1,300 each. She then puts up the double N’s…
T H E / E L E _ E N
_ ‘ _ L _ _ _ / N E _ S
…and she may be appearing on THE ELEVEN O’CLOCK NEWS in her area after solving this one for $3,200 and the win.
DUDS (both before S-U): R (Sharon), P (Brandon)
Ali: $12,350 cash & GC + MDW/Sharon: $3K/Brandon: $11,400 cash & skiing
GRAND TOTAL: $26,750
BANKRUPT TRASH: NONE!
SHARON SPIN ID: KF7929028 (Kay F.)
BRANDON SPIN ID: KF8042489 (Karl F.)
MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #4
The in-studio car for all of this sweepstakes period is a Chevrolet Camaro Covertible. Ali’s all-important spin lands her on the A of GAME.
This looks easy on paper…
_ _ / _ _ R
_ R _ _ S
_ P / _ _ R
_ R A _ S
…she’s won this prize that was UP FOR GRABS…
…that damned amount for a final total of $42,350 and she was TWO SPACES OFF THE SUPER BIG ONE — IT WAS UNDER THE *. Drat.
LAST SPIN ID: MS08524 (Marlene S.)
MY EP. RATING: 6