EPISODE #5499: SECRET SANTA SWEEPSTAKES
$1K Tossup: PLACE
_ O V E _ N O R ‘ S
_ A _ _ _ _ N
Chris gets out of this GOVERNOR’S MANSION to strike first blood among this panel…
Chris Hennessy: A recent massage school graduate who can speak French even though he hasn’t gone to France from Chicago
Charita Deveraux : food service director for the Nuview Union School District from Homeland, CA
Amaris Crawford: health care policy analyst who’s preparing for a 15K marathon titled “Hot Chocolate” also from Chicago
$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE
S _ _ _ I _ N _ L
_ O F _
Amaris shouldn’t get comfortable on a SECTIONAL SOFA, because she’s spinning first.
Jackpot Round: PHRASE
She’s off and running w/ two R’s for $1K, two A’s and three E’s, three Jackpot S’s, and an I buy, then she puts up two T’s, an H and two N’s (the last two calls were on Jackpot). We now have…
A _ T I _ N S
S _ E A _ / _ _ _ _ E R
T H A N / _ _ R _ S
…ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS, as she claims a $7,500 pot; that round was worth $11,750 to her.
Scores after R1
Chris: $1K/Charita: $0/Amaris: $13,750
Mystery Round: RHYME TIME
Chris says an instant negative of T. Second, Charita claims $4,500 worth of S’s but then buys the sole dud vowel of A. Third, Amaris picks up the WC w/ an N, four R’s for $2,400, and eight E’s, but next is a dud of M as in the MW near LaT. Chris tries again w/ two P’s for $600 and a $900 K, but he then BANKRUPTS next to the invisible WC to lose the $1,500 almost immediately. Afterwards…
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K E E P E R S
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W E E P E R S
…FINDERS KEEPERS, LOSERS WEEPERS — Charita’s won her first $4,250.
DUDS: T (Chris), A (Charita), M (Amaris)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Chris
Scores after R2
Chris: $1K/Charita: $4,250/Amaris: $13,750
PP Round: WAYD?
Charita, who just got on the board in the last round, gets going w/ two T’s for the blue 1/2 KIA, four E’s, four R’s for $1,800 more, three I’s and two A’s, but then comes trouble in the form of the MDW’s left-side BANKRUPT to render the KIA Soul null and void and take away $2,050. Amaris‘ second in line w/ three W’s for $1,500, two N’s for that MDW, and an obvious $300 G. But after a $1,200 pair of H’s is a pitiful call of M while on TD. Chris then SPINGLES for a $300 T…
W R I T I N G
W I _ H / _ _ _
W E R E / H E R E / _ N
A / P _ _ T _ A R _
…he’ll be WRITING “WISH YOU WERE HERE” ON A POSTCARD, because he’s won a $6,100 ORBITZ.com trip to the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort in ARUBA.
SOLE DUD: M (Amaris)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Charita
Scores after R3
Chris: $7,400 cash & Aruba/Charita: $4,250/Amaris: $13,750
$3K Tossup: PERSON
T _ _ _
H _ A R _ _ _ _ O B
Chris knows about a TEEN HEARTTHROB, so he’s in five-figure territory.
Round 4: LIVING THINGS (full $1,600 speed-up)
Two F’s have been called by Chris…
F L _ T T _ R I N G
_ _ T T _ R F L I _ S
…he captures these FLUTTERING BUTTERFLIES for $6,400 more and the win. Charita left behind a game-winning $12,800 despite calling those T’s.
DUDS (both by Amaris): C and P
Chris: $16,800 cash & Aruba/Charita: $4,250/Amaris: $13,750
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,550
CHARITA SPIN ID: HO6885895 (Harriet O.)
AMARIS SPIN ID: DG4888224 (David G.)
$100K Bonus Round
Chris’ envelope will be the I of AMERICA’S.
The RSTLNE provides…
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_ N _ T
MDBA gives him at least the first word…
D _ _ B L E
_ N _ T
…he unties this DOUBLE KNOT of a gift box containing another $40K for a final total of $56,800 cash & trip!
FINAL SPIN ID: JL9869284 (James L.)
MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10