EPISODE #5595: WEEKEND GETAWAYS
$1K Tossup: MOVIE QUOTE
S _ _ _ _ / _ _
P L _ Y / _ / _ _ M E ?
Joe asks “SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?” (from the 1983 film “WarGames”) and we definitely are. Two men on the panel to round out the week…
Joe Lourenco: project mgr. for non-profit health care organization from Arlington, MA
Daveon Swan: retail company executive who’s also an online program worker for Villanova University and getting his Master’s of Science in Church Management from L.A.; at times, when they can’t solve a “Wheel” puzzle at home, they hang up the phone on grandma (LOL!)
Jenny Scott: Brooklyn Law School student who backpacked in Europe for five months from NYC
$2K Tossup: LIVING THING
G R _ _ _ N G
S H _ E P
Jenny falls for the trap w/ GROWING SHEEP.
G R A _ _ N G
S H _ E P
Joe sees some GRAZING SHEEP to triple his money.
FEATURED WG: Voyagaire Lodge & Houseboats houseboat ride on Crane Lake in Minnesota worth $6,327
Jackpot Round: AROUND THE HOUSE
He kicks off w/ a $500 R, two E’s, and two $500 N before buying the only bad vowel of this puzzle (A). Second, Daveon calls up two T’s for $600, two S’s to add $5K, but then re-purchases the A. Third, Jenny calls up an H for the blue 1/2 KIA, buys the U to complete the last word of SHUTTERS, and lights up two $450 D”s and three $550 W’s to leave only vowels remaining…
W _ _ D E N
W _ N D _ W
S H U T T E R S
…she opens up these WOODEN WINDOW SHUTTERS for $2,800.
SOLE DUD: A (Joe)
SOLE DQ: Daveon’s A rebuy
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $10,300
Daveon: $0/Jenny: $2,800 1/2 KIA/Joe: $3K
Mystery Round: FICTIONAL FAMILY
First from Daveon are four R’s for $1,800, three S’s for the houseboat trip, five A’s, but then the sole dud vowel of O. Jenny secondly picks up the Vegas.com gift tag w/ a T and takes two $1K T’s via the MW near LaT (bad move; that’s the $10K one). But after a $1,500 N trio is her own DQ for repeating the O, so that was probably a blessing in disguise that she didn’t gamble for the $10K. Anyway, we go over to Joe w/ three K’s for $900, a $500 H, and three L’s to add $10,500…
D A R T H / _ A D _ R
L _ K _ / S K _ _ A L K _ R
A N D / _ R _ N _ _ S S
L _ _ A
…he solves the “Star Wars” characeters, DARTH VADER, LUKE SKYWALKER AND PRINCESS LEIA, for $11,900.
SOLE DUD: O (Daveon)
SOLE DQ: Jenny’s O repeat
Daveon: NIL/Jenny: $2,800 1/2 KIA/Joe: $14,900
PP Round: WAYD?
Jenny’s first letters are four N’s for $3,600, two I’s, an $800 G, and three O’s, then come a $1K T pairing, a $600 S at the end, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to wipe out $3,900 and her plate. Second, Joe’s lit up a $1,200 pair of C’s, the rest of the vowels, and a $600 B, but that same BANKRUPT gets him to the tune of $1,050. Following Daveon’s $800 R and two M’s to triple up…
C O U N T I N G / M _
N U M B E R / O _
_ A C A T I O N / _ A _ S
…he’s “COUNTING MY NUMBER OF VACATION DAYS” for the $2,400 and the $5,500 caravan.com PANAMA TOUR.
BANKRUPTS: 2 (the J’s)
Daveon: $7,900 cash and tour/Jenny: $2,800/Joe: $14,900
$3K Tossup: THINGS
U _ W R I _ T E N
_ U _ E S
Daveon can’t get the second word in time.
U N W R I _ T E N
_ U _ E S
Joe knows some UNWRITTEN RULES in life to move to $17,900.
Round 4: PERSON (full $1,500 speed-up)
After Joe calls up the D to leave only vowels remaining (we don’t hear the vowel beeps, though)…
_ M M E D _ _ T E
S _ P E R V _ S _ R
…he solves IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR for $4,500.
(NOTES: Pat mistakenly said the S was a dud on Daveon’s first turn; also, a null cycle was edited out after Jenny called the R’s.)
(AIRED) DUDS: N (Joe), C (Daveon)
VIDEO BONUS: 2nd Tossup and entire S-U Round (w/ the blooper)
Daveon: $7,900 cash and tour/Jenny: $2,800/Joe: $22,400
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $4,950
$100K Bonus Round
Joe lands on that G.
This big puzzle starts out as…
_ / _ _ _ L _ / _ E
_ E L _ _ _ T E _
BPHA won’t add much…
_ / _ _ _ L _ / B E
_ E L _ _ H T E _
…BUT HE’S A HERO! And I WOULD BE DELIGHTED if he’s won something that isn’t the $30K…
…it’s the $40K for a final all-cash total of $62,400!
MY EP. RATING: 8