WOF Retro Recap: April 20, 2012 — BR SHUTOUT ALERT #8

EPISODE #5615: WHEEL ACROSS AMERICA

$1K Tossup: PLACE

T H _ / _ E A _ T _ _ N D
_ F / A M _ _ _ C _

In THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA, Ken makes the solve. The last potential big winners of the week…

Ken Rogers: eight-year NYPD officer and four yr. Army veteran (who got out of duty in ’03) from Massapequa, NY
Cynthia Herbert: secretary for a local government office from Inglewood, CA
Brittany Young: U.S. Navy helicopter pilot who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy whose boyfriend Steve’s also a Cobra pilot for the Marine Corps from San Diego

$2K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ T A T _
_ _ O _ P _ R

Brittany beats Ken to the punch w/ STATE TROOPER.

LAST TRIP OF THE WK.: Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL from Hotwire worth $5,360

Jackpot Round: LANDMARK

Brittany instantly gets the Red Roof Inn gift tag w/ an S, FPs an A, calls up a $300 R, but then duds out w/ N. Second, Ken calls up a pair of Jackpot L’s, but loses the grand right back to the MDW’s right side. Third, Cynthia finds no M’s. Brittany next puts up a Jackpot D, buys two E’s and three I’s, and lights up a $300 F before she…

_ _ I _ A _ _ ‘ S
_ R I _ L E _
F I E L D

…solves CHICAGO’S WRIGLEY FIELD for another $1,600 cash & gift tag.

DUDS: N (Brittany), M (Cynthia)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Ken
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,450

Ken: $1K/Cynthia: $0/Brittany: $3,600 cash & GT

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

First for Ken are two $600 T’s and three H’s via the MW next to that MDW. He turns down the $3K offer for…the $10K! Following his buy of six E’s are an $800 pair of S”s, an A, a $300 N, a $1K W and three O’s before he says a possibly fatal dud of D while on the green 1/2 KIA. Cynthia then puts up a $2,700 trio of R’s…

T H E
E _ _ E R O R ‘ S / N E W
_ _ O T H E S
H A _ _ E R

…she solves “THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES” HAMPER.

SOLE DUD: D (Ken)

Ken: $1K/Cynthia: $2,700/Brittany: $3,600 cash & GT

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PP Round: SONG LYRICS

Cynthia first calls up four T’s for $1,200, five I’s, and two N’s at $550 each, but she then gets the same MDW BANKRUPT to lose $2,050. Brittany then goes for a quick solve…

I ‘ _ / _ _
_ _ _ I T _ _ / _ N _
I / _ _ _ T / _ _ N ‘ T
_ I _ _ / I T

…she nails “I’M SO EXCITED AND I JUST CAN’T HIDE IT” (by the Pointer Sisters) for a $7,900 trip to the Franklyn D. Resort in JAMAICA.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Cynthia

Ken: $1K/Cynthia: $2,700/Brittany: $11,500 cash & prizes

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$3K Tossup: THING

_ E A R V _ _ W
_ _ _ R O _

Ken looks in a REARVIEW MIRROR to x4 his money.

Round 4: PROPER NAME

He kicks off w/ four T’s for $2,400 but then E for error. Second, Cynthia also strikes out w/ L. Third, Brittany gets the same fate w/ her R request. Ken resumes his play w/ four N’s for $1,400, three S’s for $1,800 more and five I’s before this pops up…

S _ I T _ S _ N I _ N
I N S T I T _ T I _ N

…he solves the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION for $5,100.

DUDS: E (Ken), L (Cynthia), R (Brittany)

Ken: $9,100/Cynthia: $2,700/Brittany: $11,500 cash & prizes

Round 5: AROUND THE HOUSE

Wanted by Cynthia first is the R, but this puzzle doesn’t have any either. Second for Brittany are a $1,350 trio of T’s, an E, a $600 H, and an I before L for loss. Third, Ken BANKRUPTS next to the old WC spot; that’s his other one of the night as we go into S-U Mode…

_ _ _ _ _ / _ _ / T H E
_ I _ H T _ T _ _ _

…and the Final Spin is set at $1,500. After a B request…

B _ _ _ S / _ N / T H E
N I G H T S T _ N D

Brittany finds some BOOKS ON THE NIGHTSTAND for $5,950 and the win!

DUDS (both before Speed-Up): R (Cynthia), L (Brittany)

FINAL SCORES
Ken: $9,100/Cynthia: $2,700/Brittany: $17,450 cash & prizes

GT: $29,250
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,050

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$100K Bonus Round
Brittany picks up the * envelope.

Category: PHRASE
This puzzle that was last used at the end of NFL Players Week ’04 (and denied us a PBRW) begins as…

_ _ / _ _ R
_ R _ _ E

PFGI does for her…

G _ / F _ R
_ R _ _ E

…but she doesn’t really GO FOR BROKE, because she only gets the first line and we have our FOURTH 0-5 BR WEEK on the season. Did the $100K play a part in this latest shutout?…

…no, she’s the other $30K loser of the week. And after the BR ended, the studio lights went out — I guess it wasn’t meant to be this night. 

MY EP. RATING: 6

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