It’s the return of “Wheel Across America” week w/ that Winnebago Access back in play.
EPISODE #5611: WHEEL ACROSS AMERICA
$1K Tossup: PLACE
R _ A D S I _ E
_ R U I T / _ _ A _ D
Terry COMPLETELY BOTCHES the last word w/ a dumb guess of ROADSIDE FRUIT SALAD, allowing Holly to solve ROADSIDE FRUIT STAND. Opening panel of the week…
Holly Owens: major hotel chain worker in Downtown Eugene from Springfield, OR
Janet Selby: preschool teacher for autism children 3-5 from Carbondale, IL
Terry Long: banking customer service rep from Boston
$2K Tossup: THING
_ E _ _ – K E P T
_ E _ R E _
Janet has her BEST-KEPT SECRET at a good time.
FEATURED TRIP: Grand Canyon/Great American West Tour worth $5K
Jackpot Round: LANDMARK (the Wheelmobile wipe’s back, naturally)
She’s off to a bad start w/ R. Second, Terry takes the blue 1/2 KIA w/ three T’s, two H’s for the WC, two E’s, and an A, then he says a $900 W and a $500 S before we see…
T H E
W A S H _ _ _ T _ _
_ _ _ _ _ E _ T
…him solving THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT for $2,400.
SOLE DUD OF THE ROUND: R (Janet)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,400
Janet: $2K/Terry: $2,400 WC 1/2 KIA/Holly: $1K
Mystery Round: FOOD & DRINK
Terry instantly calls up $10,500 trios of T’s and N’s (the latter coming on his WC use), buys five E’s and two I’s, before hitting the MDW’s left side to burn up $20,500 and his plate. Darn. After seeing that bad moment, Holly picks up that same 1/2 KIA w/ three C’s, three FP H’s to double her $1,500, and two A’s, then come an $800 K, a $600 D pair, the remaining vowel singles, and a $1,500 R trio…
C H I C K E N
T E N D E R _ / _ I T H
C R E A _ _ / H O N E _
M U _ T A R D
…she eats some CHICKEN TENDERS W/ CREAMY HONEY MUSTARD for another $5,150.
SOLE BANKRUPT: Terry
Janet: $2K/Terry: $2,400/Holly: $6,150 1/2 KIA
PP Round: WAYD?
Two T’s for the Red Roof Inn get Holly started, followed by a $900 H, three E’s, two FP A’s, and three N’s for the other 1/2 KIA. But after buying three I’s, the other MDW BANKRUPT strikes to take away $17,900 cash & prizes; oh boy. Janet follows w/ three R’s, a P and two G’s for $300 a pop, buys the rest of the vowels (two O’s and a U)…
R E _ A _ I N G / I N
T H E / A I R P O R T
_ O U N G E
…she’s won another $1,900 and will be RELAXING IN THE AIRPORT LOUNGE for her flight to the Maruba Resort Jungle Spa in BELIZE worth $8,220.
SOLE BANKRUPT: Holly
Janet: $12,120 cash & Belize/Terry: $2,400/Holly: $6,150
$3K Tossup: LIVING THING
_ _ I _ _ _ Y / _ E _ R
_ _ _
Janet catches a GRIZZLY BEAR CUB to be over $15K.
Round 4: PHRASE
First up are two R’s at $800 apiece, four E’s, and a $600 N for both lines…
N E _ E R / _ _ _
N E _ E R
…she says “NEVER SAY NEVER” for another $2,550.
Janet: $17,670 cash & Belize/Terry: $2,400/Holly: $6,150
Round 5: OCCUPATION (full $1,500 speed-up)
After an R request by Terry…
L _ N D S _ _ P _
_ R _ _ _ T _ _ T
…he solves LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT for $6K more.
Janet: $17,670 cash & Belize/Terry: $8,400/Holly: $6,150
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extra plate): new SEASON-WORST of $38,400 cash & prizes
$100K Bonus Round
Janet’s got the * envelope.
Let’s start this 18-letter answer…
_ _ R _ E L _ _ N
_ _ _ _ R _ N E S
BMCA’s good for…
_ _ R C E L A _ N
_ _ _ _ R _ N E S
…only the first word; she could’ve bought plenty of PORCELAIN FIGURINES w/ another $45K.
MY EP. RATING: 5