EPISODE #5500: SECRET SANTA SWEEPSTAKES
$1K Tossup: PERSON
S _ T I S _ I E D
_ U _ T _ M E R
Sheila proves to be a SATISFIED CUSTOMER. The next Secret Santas are..
Sheila Capoziello: self-storage business owner who was once a finalist in a yarn contest conducted by Vanna from Long Island, NY
Mike Techner: salesman/sports junkie/foodie who recently went to Barcelona, Dublin & Paris for the first time from San Diego
Caitlin Ursini: Indiana University senior studying journalism who has written for their student newspaper’s sports desk for four years and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta from Glenview, IL
$2K Tossup: MOVIE TITLE
T _ _
_ I O _ / _ I _ G
Caitlin solves the ’94 Disney film “THE LION KING”.
Jackpot Round: PHRASE
Her opening letters are two Jackpot N’s, six E’s, four T’s to add $2,200 and three I’s, followed by two H’s for the WC, two H’s to throw in $900, but then a bad purchase in O. Sheila secondly inserts a $600 pair of R’s, and a $1,500 trio of S’s for the green 1/2 KIA…
T H E / G R E _ T E S T
T H I N G / S I N _ E
S _ I _ E _ / _ R E _ _
…she says that this show is “THE GREATEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD” for $2,100 when she could’ve gone for the D’s.
SOLE DUD: O (Caitlin)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,300
Scores after R1
Caitlin: $2K/Sheila: $3,100/Mike: $0
Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER
Two T’s for $1,800 get Sheila started, followed by two N’s for $7K more, an I and four O’s, but then R for roadblock. Second, Mike puts up a $600 F but then buys the sole dud vowel of A. Third, Caitlin FPs the three U’s, picks up the sears wedge w/ a D, lights up a $900 trio of G’s and buys the last vowel of E. After a $2,700 trio of S’s…
S U G G E S T I O N
_ O _
O F / D O U G _ N U T _
…she takes out a SUGGESTION BOX OF DOUGHNUTS for $8,350 cash & GC.
DUDS: R (Sheila), A (Mike)
Scores after R2
Caitlin: $10,350 cash & GC/Sheila: $3,100/Mike: SCORELESS
PP Round: PLACES
Coming Mike’s way first are two obvious S’s for $1K, an E, a $550 T, and A and four I’s to clean out the vowel shop. Next up are a $900 R, two N’s for the Shindigz gift tag, and double C’s for $1,800 more, then we have…
S C E N I C
_ I _ I N _
T R A I _ S
…he’s won $4,500 cash & party supplies and will be taking the SCENIC HIKING TRAILS on the Caravan.com CENTRAL AMERICA TOUR (w/ ORBITZ airfare) for a total of $10K in that round alone.
Scores after R3
Caitlin: $2K/Sheila: $3,100/Mike: $10K cash & gifts
$3K Tossup: THING
_ F _ I C I A L
W _ _ S I T _
Sheila knows that this show has an OFFICIAL WEBSITE, so she’s up to $6,100.
Round 4: WAYD?
The middle lady starts us off w/ a $900 N, two G’s to throw in $10K, two I’s, and an O, but next is the BANKRUPT near $900 to flush away $10,400. Mike secondly FPs three E’s and takes a $600 pair of T’s, but it’s time for Speed-Up Mode…
G O I N G / T _ E
E _ T _ _ / _ I _ E
…and the leftover consonants are worth $1,300 each. His next call is an H…
G O I N G / T H E
E _ T _ _ / _ I _ E
…he’ll be GOING THE EXTRA MILE, because he’s won the game w/ another $1,900.
SOLE BANKRUPT OF THE GAME: Sheila
Caitlin: $10,350 cash & GC/Sheila: $6,100/Mike: $11,900 cash & gifts
CAITLIN SPIN ID: DS7793760 (Dianne S.)
SHEILA SPIN ID: TM5450137 (Tara M.)
$100K Bonus Round
Mike also lands on an I, but this one’s under SPIN.
I think I know the first word already…
_ R _ _ N
_ _ _
CDHA only adds the vowel at the bottom…
_ R _ _ N
_ A _
…he loses, and this will stay in Harry’s BROWN BAG…the $30K. BGHO would’ve killed it almost completely.
MIKE SPIN ID: CL07450 (Carol L.)
MY EP. RATING: 5