EPISODE #5605: BACK TO THE BEACH
$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES
_ O _ L E C T I N G
S E A _ _ _ _ _ S
Greg isn’t COLLECTING SEASHELLS, but rather his first bit of money. And for the third time in the four Friday’s, two men are competing…
Greg Stevens: Pepperdine Univ. graduate student in a 5-year MBA program from Malibu, CA (orig. from Hanover, PA)
Sarah Atkins: account manager for commercial cleaning products co. in Philly from Media, PA
Joe Lardaro: branch manager for a comm/data distributor from St. James, NY
$2K Tossup: PLACE
P _ _ L _ C
_ _ _ _
Sarah takes too long and was about to say PUBLIC AREA.
P _ _ L I C
_ _ _ _
Greg says her guess…it’s not right.
P _ _ L I C
P _ _ K
Joe finally gets PUBLIC PARK.
LAST BEACH TRIP OF THE WEEK: EZItaly trip worth $9,500
Jackpot Round: FOOD & DRINK
T for terrible gets him started. Greg secondly has the same fate w/ an R. Third, Sarah calls two N’s for $600 but LOSES A TURN just as quick. Joe tries again w/ a $550 N bu next is a dud vowel of A. Greg then picks up the WC w/ an M, a $500 D at the end of the second line, and three O’s to clean out the vowels, but next is W for worthless. Wanted by Sarah next are two S’s for $1,100, a $600 C, but nothing else w/ H. Joe then puts up triple P’s for $1,350…
L E M O N
P O P P _ / S E E D
S C O N E
…and solves LEMON POPPY SEED SCONE for another $1,650.
DUDS: T (Joe), R (Greg), A (Joe), W (Greg), H (Sarah)
SOLE LaT: Sarah
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,850
Joe: $3,650/Greg: $1K WC/Sarah: $0
Mystery Round: RHYME TIME (big puzzle alert)
Greg starts w/ an S via the MW near LaT and may be about to lose his WC…he does. Second for Sarah are a $600 N, three R’s for the Maui Jim gift tag, three E’s, and two I’s, followed by two $800 T’s, three $600 H’s, and the rest of the vowel shop. But after a $900 M is her second LaT of the game. Joe then puts up a $3K C quintet and tries to add that amount to his lead…
H I C _ O R _
_ I C _ O R _ / _ O C _
T H E / M O U S E / R A N
U _ / T H E / C _ O C _
..he was way too cononative, because he solves “HICKORY DICKORY DOCK, THE MOUSE RAN UP THE CLOCK”.
SOLE BANKRUPT: Greg
SOLE LaT: Sarah
Joe: $6,650/Greg: $1K/Sarah: NOTHING
PP Round: THING
Sarah’s off to a $600 start w/ two N’s, followed by two R’s for $900, four E’s, an A, three T’s for the MDW, and a $600 H, but then comes the BANKRUPT near TD to wipe her out of $1,600 and said wedge. Joe then puts up an S pairing for the green 1/2 KIA, two D’s to double up, and a pair of U’s before he sees…
T H E / S _ _ T
S A N D / U N D E R
_ _ U R / F E E T
…not only did you win another $1,750, Joe, you’ll feel THE SOFT SAND UNDER YOUR FEET during your stay at the LaSource in GRENADA courtesy of Hotwire worth $7,500.
SOLE BANKRUPT: Sarah
Joe: $15,900 cash & trip/Greg: $1K/Sarah: BAD LUCK
$3K Tossup: LIVING THINGS
W H _ _ E
G A R _ _ N _ A S
Greg plucks some WHITE GARDENIAS to go to $4K.
Round 4: PHRASE (full $1,500 speed-up)
After two C’s pop up…
S T R _ C T L _
C _ N _ _ D _ N T _ _ L
…it’s not STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL for me to report that Joe’s won another $7,500 worth of icing on his cake.
DUDS (both by Sarah): H and M
Joe: $23,400 cash & trip/Greg: $4K/Sarah: $1K GOOSEEGG
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $1,600
$100K Bonus Round
We’ll find out later if Joe has something nice under the ‘.
Another good dose of RSTLNE on this one…
T _ _ E / T _ E
_ _ _ T
He picks a good time to frontload the alphabet…
T A _ E / T _ E
B A _ T
…and he does indeed TAKE THE BAIT for $35K and a final total of $58,400 cash & trip!
MY EP. RATING: 8