EPISODE #5589: BIG MONEY WEEK
$1K Tossup: PHRASE
L I _ I N _ / O _
_ A S Y / _ _ _ E E T
Andrew could be LIVING ON EASY STREET thanks to the “Wheel” staff and/or his opponents…
Andrew Racho: graphic designer from Burbank, CA (orig. from Stamford, CT)
Susan Dellio: interactive marketing manager for a Boston financial services firm from Quincy, MA
Lindsay Bowman: title clerk at a motorcycle dealership who’s an aspiring country music artist & is part of the group Smoke ‘N Guns from Nashville
$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK
G _ _ _ _ _ D
S _ O R _ _ I S H
Susan takes a piece of this GRILLED SWORDFISH.
FEATURED TRIP: Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Village, CA worth $5,790
Jackpot Round: QUOTATION
She wastes a spin on the MDW’s left side. Second, Lindsay puts in five T’s for $4K, a $550 H, and four L’s for another $1,200, then she goes for a quick solve…
_ L L / T H _ T
_ L _ T T _ _ _
_ _ / _ _ T / _ _ L _
…“ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD” is right for $5,750.
SOLE BANKRUPT: Susan
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,650
Susan: $2K/Lindsay: $5,750/Andrew: $1K
Mystery Round: SAME NAME
Lindsay quickly picks up both halves of the KIA Soul w/ N and D respectively (she got the one from the blue spot first), the she says two A’s, a $500 T, two R’s for the WC, two E’s, and two H’s before buying the sole dud vowel of O; oh no. Andrew quickly loses his first turn w/ the BANKRUPT near TD. Susan next spots a $500 Y, two B’s for another $1,800, the U, and three L’s for $1,350 more…
B L U E B E R R Y
& / _ A _ T H
H I L L
…she solves BLUEBERRY & FAITH HILL for another $3,400.
(NOTE: A null cycle was edited out just before Lindsay got that WC.)
SOLE (AIRED) DUD: O (Lindsay)
SOLE (AIRED) BANKRUPT: Andrew
Susan: $5,400/Lindsay: $5,750 WC/Andrew: $1K
PP Round: SAME LETTER
Hoping for better luck, Andrew begins this board w/ a $500 T but his fist purchase of A is no good (and it’s the only bad one of the puzzle). Second, Susan gets the other MDW BANKRUPT. Third, Lindsay puts up the SL of three S’s for $2,400, but she falls victim to the MDW’s left side, costing her that amount and the WC. Back to Andrew who puts up two N’s for $800, three E’s and an I, but the MDW’s right side gets him to the tune of $550; everybody but the middle lady has two of those to their credit. Susan next says a $400 G and W for worthless. Lindsay retries w/ a $300 R, a $1,200 L couple, two O’s, a $600 K, and the U. She hesitates for a second or two at this point, but goes for the solve…
S E _ L U _ E _
S N O R K E L I N G
S _ O T
…she’s successful for another $1,600, and she’s off to a SECLUDED SNORKELING SPOT — the JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina in HAWAII from Hotwire worth $6,110.
DUDS: A (Andrew), W (Susan)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole group)
Susan: $5,400/Lindsay: $13,460 cash & HI/Andrew: $1K
$3K Tossup: PLACE
F _ _ G R A N C E
_ O _ N T E R
Susan solves FRAGRANCE COUNTER to move to $8,400.
Round 4: WAYD?
First from her mouth are an $1,800 N trio, two I’s, and the obvious $300 G, but the A fails her too. Second for Lindsay are a $300 T, three O’s, a $900 S pairing, and twin C’s for another $600…
_ _ _ _ I N G / T O
C O N C _ _ S I O N S
…we’re not JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS, but she’s padded her lead w/ another $1,550.
SOLE DUD: A (Susan)
Susan: $8,400/Lindsay: $15,010 cash & HI/Andrew: $1K
Round 5: LIVING THINGS (full $1,500 speed-up)
Following a couple of P’s…
_ _ _ _ _ _ T S / _ N D
_ _ _ S S _ _ P P _ _ S
…Andrew catches the CRICKETS AND GRASSHOPPERS and ends his night as a five-figure winner on the nose.
Susan: $8,400/Lindsay: $15,010 cash & HI/Andrew: $10K
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $2,950
$100K Bonus Round
The BW stops on the E at the last second.
If she calls the right vowel on this one, she’ll be in a great shape…
L _ _ _ / _ _ T
_ E L _ _
CDH is no good, but four O’s are…
L O O _ / O _ T
_ E L O _
…LOOK OUT BELOW — she just jumped into this pool of cash…
…$40K for a final total of $55,010 cash & trip!
MY EP. RATING: 7