EPISODE #5579: HAWAII WEEK
$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK
S _ I C _ D
P _ _ _ _ _ _ L E
Jennifer eats up some SLICED PINEAPPLE. Thursday’s trio…
Jennifer Thomason: ICU registered nurse for 7 yrs. from Chesterton, IN
Kenny Blunt: piano teacher as well as an English/math tutor for underprivileged kids from L.A. (orig. from Arvada, CO)
Maurissa Smith: senior opening claims rep for an auto/home insurance company from San Diego
$2K Tossup: OCCUPATION
_ R S _ _ U R A _ T
_ O _ _ _ S S
Kenny IDs the job as a RESTAURANT HOSTESS.
FEATURED HAWAII TRIP: Turtle Bay Resort w/ North Shore Shark Adventure worth $7,150
Jackpot Round: PHRASE
He first says a negative of R while on the green 1/2 KIA. Second, Maurissa has the same fate w/ an S call while on the Maui Jim gift tag. Third, Jennifer picks up the WC w/ two T’s, two N’s for $600 and four L’s to add $3,200, then she buys two E’s, A’s and I’s, picks up the same 1/2 KIA w/ a D, and calls up two M’s and F’s w/ that WC for another $10K…
F _ L L – L E N _ T _
A N I M A T E D
F I L M
…she solves FULL-LENGTH ANIMATED FILM for a $13,550 payoff.
DUDS: R (Kenny), S (Maurissa)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,600
Kenny: $2K/Maurissa: $0/Jennifer: $14,550 1/2 KIA
Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER
Maurissa gets started w/ a $900 T but then the LaT. Second, Jennifer calls up a $450 H, two N’s for her second 1/2 KIA from the same location, but then an unfortunate negative of L while on TD. Third, Kenny claims two R’s for $900, three E’s and a $450 D, but he then buys the A twice in a row. Maurissa next picks up the MDW w/ two B’s…
B E N D_ _ E R
T H E / R A _ N B _ _
…and is able to BEND “OVER THE RAINBOW” for a $100 bonus.
SOLE DUD: L (Jennifer)
SOLE LaT: Maurissa
SOLE DQ: Kenny’s A repeat
Kenny: $2K/Maurissa: $1K MDW/Jennifer: $14,550 1/2 KIA
PP Round: THINGS
Still w/ a big lead, Jennifer goes first w/ two N’s for $600, a $400 G, a $500 T for the other 1/2 KIA, an I and three E’s. She follows up w/ four H’s for $3,600, the other vowels of this answer, a $600 B, a $300 C, and an $800 P…but then a FATAL DUD of D while on the green 1/2 KIA to likely throw away at least $20,550 cash & KIA Soul that time. Kenny doesn’t do any better w/ the LaT. Maurissa then puts up the W and three S’s at $300 apiece…
S H E _ _ S
W A S H I N G / U P
O N / T H E / B E A C H
…she makes the $1,200 solve and will she some SHELLS WASHING UP ON THE BEACH during her $6K stay at the Lapaz Waterfall Gardens in COSTA RICA from Hotwire.com.
Oh, and I think that’s the first time ever that somebody misses out on the complete 1/2 CAR more than once.
SOLE DUD: D (Jennifer)
SOLE LaT: Kenny
Kenny: $2K/Maurissa: $8,200 cash & C.R. MDW/Jennifer: $14,550
$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME
N E _ _ / _ N D
D E A _
Jennifer’s won some more money that’s NEAR AND DEAR to her heart.
Round 4: PERSON
A $1,650 T trio gets her started, followed by a $600 H pairing, and an E trio before we go into S-U Mode…
T H E / _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _
T H E / _ _ E _ _ T _ _ _
…and the leftover consonants are worth $1,900 apiece. Following a P request by Maurissa…
T H E / _ R _ _ N S / O F
T H E / O P E R _ T _ O N
…she’s THE BRAINS OF THE OPERATION, but it’s too bad that she was held to only $5,700.
DUDS (during S-U): L (Kenny), C (Jennifer), D (Kenny)
Kenny: $2K/Maurissa: $13,900 cash & C.R./Jennifer: $17,550
NO BANKRUPT TRASH THIS GAME!
$100K Bonus Round
Perhaps the third time’s the charm for Jennifer to win a car after all after she spins up the first A in AMERICA’S.
This puzzle, last used on the opener of Halloween Week 2008 (and not solved for $25K), starts out as…
_ L _ _ _ N _
_ / _ _ N _ _
DGBA puts in besides the obvious…
_ L A _ _ N G
A / _ _ N _ _
…not much else — she’s PLAYING A HUNCH in a bad way, and loses the $30K.
MY EP. RATING: 6