WOF Recap: September 29, 2014

It’s their “Banquet Meal of Fortune” sweepstakes. We hope you’ve purchased specially marked boxes of a Banquet frozen meal w/ a puzzle inside. If it matches the special solution, you could win one of $500 cash prizes — good luck.


VTR: July 11

$1K Tossup: EVENT

_ _ _ I L Y
N _ _ _ _

Ashlen solves FAMILY NIGHT. Mon.’s player roster…

Ashlen Johnson: fictional novel writer and Seahawks fan from Seattle

Jim Gates: celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary from Charleston, SC

Verniece Love: former runner who holds two VCU running records from Richmond, VA

(NOTE: The Banquet logo replaces the two-row logo on the host’s podium.)

$2K Tossup: THING

_ P T I _ I _ T I C
O _ T _ O O _

Verniece has an OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK thus far.

FEATURED PRIZE ALL WEEK LONG: $6K from Banquet (the gift tag from said brand is also there too)
1/2 CAR: ’15 Ford Fiesta S

Round 1: WAYD?

Her first letters this evening are a $600 N, two G’s for another $1,100, and the obvious five I’s, followed by a $700 S, five E’s, and R and D triplets at $2,700 per trio. The board…

G I _ I N G
_ R E D I _ / _ _ E R E
_ R E D I _ / I S / D _ E



Verniece: $9,300/Ashlen: $1K/Jim: $0


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER 

Ashlen’s off and running w/ a $550 S, a $900 N, three E’s, four T’s for another $2,400, and two I’s, then come two $500 H’s, triple O’s, but then M for mistake while on the gift tag. Second, Jim puts in two L’s for $1,800 but then buys the sole dud vowel of A. Over to Verniece who says a $650 D, two C’s for another $1,800, the last vowel of U, and two B’s for yet another $1,800. We now have…

T H E / O L D E S T
T _ I C _ / I N / T H E
B O O _

Could’ve gone for the K’s, but she has THE OLDEST TRICK IN THE BOOK CLUB for $4K.

DUDS: M (Ashlen), A (Jim)

Verniece: $13,300/Ashlen: $1K/Jim: NOTHING


PP Round: FUN & GAMES 

Jim picks up that GT right away w/ two S’s but then loses his turn just as quick w/ the E. Second, Verniece takes three N’s for $2,700, five A’s, and four I’s, then she picks up the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 w/ three T’s and buys the other dud vowel on the board (O). Third, Ashlen picks up the WC w/ an R, lights up a $900 M, uses the WC to call an H and two G’s while on TD, and buys the last vowel of U. But after a $900 W, the BANKRUPT near TD blows up in her face and wipes out $12,550. Afterwards, Jim puts up a $600 Y and a V, but then BANKRUPTS near $650 to let $2,950 slip away. Verniece then lights up the C and D singles at $650 each…

S C U _ A / D I V I N G
W I T H / G I A N T
M A N T A / R A Y S

…she’ll be SCUBA DIVING WITH GIANT MANTA RAYS, because she’s won $4,150 and a hotwire trip to The Fairmont Orchid in HAWAII worth $7,950.

DUDS: E (Jim), O (Verniece)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Ashlen, Jim)

Verniece: $25,400 cash & trip/Ashlen: $1K/Jim: NOTHING


$3K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ / C R _ _ _ / _ F
T _ E / _ _ _ _

Verniece says she’s THE CREAM OF THE CROP.


The consonants pay off at $1,500 per appearance. After two L’s pop up midway in the round…

S _ _ _ T S / _ N D
_ _ L L _ _ C _ S _ S

Verniece finds another $10,500 in some SHEETS AND PILLOWCASES!

SOLE DUD: R (Ashlen)

Verniece: $38,900 cash & HI/Others: $1K each (Jim was gooseegged)

GT: $40,900



$100K Bonus Round
The other Ford vehicle that can be won this week is a C-Max Hybrid. Verniece spins up the M of GAME.

Category: WAYD?
RSTLNE gives us…

_ _ _ N _
_ _ _ _ S T _ _ E

DGMA gives her at least one letter…

G _ _ N G
_ A _ _ S T A G E

and some more for the win — she’ll be GOING BACKSTAGE to collect this from the show’s producers…



































the $32K — there’s just no excuse for that to show up!!! Anyway, she leaves w/ $70,900 cash & trip!

$5K SPIN ID: KH5910572



Week 2 Stats

Total this Week: $231,284
Total for the Season: $1,431,558
BR Win Record: 4-6 (.4)
Total Car Wins: 0
-1/2 Car: 0
-BR Car: 0
Prize Wedge Wins: 4
Gift Tag Wins: 2
Mystery Wedge Wins: 1
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 2-2
$10K MW was next to LaT: 3
$10K MW was next to $800: 2
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 4-1
Express was Played-Passed: 0-0
-Successes: 0
-Crashes: 0
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 1 (1 on $3,500)
-BR: 2
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 6/7/0
5-Round Games: 1
6-Round Games: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 3
Red Winners: 4
Yellow Winners: 5
Blue Winners: 1
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $21,200 
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $86,180*
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,600* (Sept. 16), $14,380* (Sept. 18), $9,550 (Sept. 15)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $27,630* (Sept. 18), $22,050* (Sept. 16), $13,100 (Sept. 22) 
Highest-Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $62,914 (Sept. 16) 
Lowest-Winning Totals: $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $42,590 (Sept. 17), $39,334 (Sept. 18), $38,600 (Sept. 26)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 2

$32K: 3/7
$35K: 0/0
$40K: 0/0
$45K: 0/1
$50K: 0/0
$100K (or $1M): 1/1 
CAR: 0/1

* includes prizes

WOF Recap: September 26, 2014



M O O_ _
A N _ / E L K

Steph solves MOOSE AND ELK. And she’s the only female player among this panel…

Steph Meier: personal chef/caterer and larper (live-action role playing) from Brooklyn

Darius Daughtry: HS drama/creative writing teacher who works for a poetry nonprofit from Lauderhill, FL

Zach Laynor: writer and hedge fund entrepreneur who volunteers for young storytellers (hometown unknown)

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ / _Y / _ _ST
B _ H _ V I O_

I’m ON MY BEST BEHAVIOR, and so is Darius who gets to spin first.

FEATURED PN TRIP: Hotel Grand Pacific on the Inner Harbour of Victoria, BC worth $6,250

Round 1: SHOW BIZ

He starts us off w/ a $900 T, three S’s to triple up, two A’s and an I, three R’s for the Sierra gift tag, and a U, after which he says two L’s for $1,100, buys the last vowels of twin E’s and O’s…

R U S S E L L / _ R O _ E
S T A _ S / _ _ / _ O A _

…and solves RUSSELL CROWE STARS IN “NOAH” for $5,650 cash & GT


Steph: $1K/Darius: $7,650 cash & GT/Zach: $0


Mystery Round: SAME NAME

First from Zach’s mouth are two T’s for $1,600 but then a bad E purchase. Second, Steph calls up three N’s for $1,650, buys three O’s, picks up the BC wedge w/ a D and buys two A’s before saying S for sorry while on the MW near $800. Third, Darius wastes a turn w/ the MDW’s left side. Zach next captures a C while on the other MW and risks his leftover $1,350…he got the wrong one. Steph then lights up three L’s for $1,950 and a $2K pair of B’s…

C O T T O N / A N D
B O _ L _ N _

…she solves COTTON AND BOWLING BALL for $11,850 cash & Canada.

DUDS: E (Zach), S (Steph)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (men)

Steph: $12,850 cash & Canada/Darius: $7,650 cash & GT/Zach: ZILCH


PP/Express Round: PLACE

T for trap is how Steph starts. Second, Darius puts in three N’s for $1,650, two I’s, and a D for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, followed by two O’s and A’s, two S’s for another $1,800, but then the BANKRUPT next to where he last spun to take the Versa out of play and lose $3,200. Zach then inserts an F while on the last remaining plate, the leftover vowels (two E’s and a U), and a $600 L…

A N / O A S I S / O F
I N D U L _ E N _ E

…he’s won his first $600 and a hotwire trip to AN OASIS OF INDULGENCE — the Verandah Resort & Spa in ANTIGUA worth $7K.

SOLE DUD: T (Steph)

Steph: $12,850 cash & Canada/Darius: $7,650 cash & GT/Zach: $7,600 cash & Antigua


$3K Tossup: WAYD?

_ _ N N I _ G
_ _ / P L _ _ E

Zach’s RUNNING IN PLACE to take 2nd place w/ $10,600.

Round 4: THINGS

He first goes w/ the T, but this puzzle doesn’t have any either. Second for Steph are two $600 R’s, two E’s, but then the LaT and it’s S-U time…

_ E _ _ _ R _ / _ _ _
_ _ _ _ R _ _ _ _ E _

…w/ a $1,500 Final Spin. After Zach puts up the N on his next turn…

_ E _ _ _ R S / _ N _
_ _ _ _ R _ _ _ _ E S

…he goes way off the mark w/ BEGGARS AND CHOOSERS. The H later pops up…

M E M _ _ R S / _ N _
B _ _ _ R _ P H _ E S

Darius’ won $7,500 and the championship w/ MEMOIRS AND BIOGRAPHIES.

DUDS: T (Zach before FS), L (Steph after FS)
SOLE DQ OF GAME: Zach’s throwaway solve

Steph: $12,850 cash & Canada/Darius: $15,150 cash & GT/Zach: $10,600 cash & Antigua

GT: $38,600
BANKRUPT TRASH (plate excluded): $4,550


$100K Bonus Round
Darius gets the BW to the N of WIN.

Category: THINGS
Here we go w/ this one-wordy…

_ _ _ E R _ _ _ _ S

DMGI means GAME OVER for him. He won’t be buying a lot of PAPERBACKS w/ the $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: RL6397092


WOF Recap: September 25, 2014


$1K Tossup: PLACE

C A _ _ B O U
C _ _ _ _ I _ G

Scot’s aware of a CARIBOU CROSSING. Getting to know the Thurs. trio…

Scot Epling: Premiere Bank of the Midwest IT worker for 32 yrs. whose mom would tell her the show was on if he forgot from Mt. Pleasant, SC

Georgette Belair: Six Sigma design book author & engineer from Irvine, CA (orig. from Toledo)

Candace Herrero: blogger, antique collector and former ’09 Emmy-winning news reporter (for a firefighters story) from Durham, NC

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

R E _ _ _ N _ / _ H E
D _ R E _ T I _ _ _

It’s not necessary for Georgette to be READING THE DIRECTIONS, because she’s right.

FEATURED PN TRIP: American Queen Steamboat Co. ride worth $9,590

Round 1: SHOW BIZ 

Georgette picks up the eBags gift tag right away w/ a T, buys five E’s, and calls up a $650 S, followed by four R’s for the WC, an L for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, two $900 M’s, but then a bad O purchase. Second, Candace puts in a $600 P, an I, two $650 Y’s and the last vowel of four A’s…

A _ A _ E M Y
A _ A R _ / _ I _ _ E R
M E R Y L / S T R E E P

…she’s being consonative, because she solves ACADEMY AWARD WINNER MERYL STREEP for only $1,400.

SOLE DUD: O (Georgette)

Georgette: $2K WC/Candace: $1,400/Scot: $1K


Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

First for the middle lady are two R’s for $1,100, three E’s and an O, three S’s for $1,950 more, but then a bad I buy. Second, Scot picks off an $800 T and the last vowel of three A’s via FP, but he then duds out w/ H while on the other 1/2 CAR. Third, Georgette lights up a $700 C, the SL of four B’s for $2,600 plus the $1K bonus, and a $500 V…

B A _ _ E R S / &

…she IDs these BEAVERS, BADGERS & BOBCATS for $4,800.

DUDS: I (Candace), H (Scot)

Georgette: $6,800 WC/Candace: $1,400/Scot: $1K

Classic Bonus Puzzle (March 6, 2007): PHRASE

Lynda Miller didn’t get much help from MPDI…

I N / _ _ _ _ E

…but she nailed IN VOGUE for $25K and a final total of $48,650 cash & trip to Paris.


PP/Express Round: ON THE MAP 

Scot starts this solution w/ two T’s for $1,400, two H’s to add $1,800, and an E, then come three S’s for $1,500 and the leftover vowels that isn’t O…

T H E / _ _ I T I S H
_ I _ _ I _ / I S _ A _ _ S

…he wins another $3,950 and a trip to a place that’s in the THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS — the Long Bay Resort on the island on TORTOLA.


Georgette: $6,800 WC/Candace: $1,400/Scot: $11,590 cash & Tortola


$3K Tossup: EVENT

_ R _ N D – _ _ E _ I _ G

Georgette closes the gap w/ GRAND-OPENING SALE.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

N for no is how she starts. Second, Candace inserts a $500 R, two S’s for $1,200, twin E’s and three O’s, followed by two F’s for $1,300, an A, and two H’s and C’s at $1K a pair, then we have…

F R E S H / _ A _ C H
O F / C O O _ I E S

…her eating a FRESH BATCH OF COOKIES for $4K.

SOLE DUD: N (Georgette)

(NOTE: Early on this rd., Georgette’s score was mistakenly shown as $9,900.)

Georgette: $9,800 WC/Candace: $5,400/Scot: $11,590 cash & Tortola

Speed-Up Round: THINGS

Pat determines that the consonants each pay off at $1,900. After two L’s show up…

S _ L _ _ R
& / G _ L _

Georgette doesn’t win SILVER & GOLD but rather $3,800 and a trip to Bonusland.

DUDS: N (Georgette), T (Candace)

Georgette: $13,600 WC/Candace: $5,400/Scot: $11,590 cash & Tortola

GT: $30,590


$100K Bonus Round
The C of AMERICA’S is Georgette’s stopping point.

Category: WAYD?
Let’s see some RSTLNE, Vanna…

_ _ _ _ _ N _
_ R _ _ N _

DPMO should do it for her, though H is no good…

_ O O _ _ N _
_ R O _ N D

…thank goodness she isn’t GOOFING AROUND, but she wins the darn minimum anyway for a total of $45,600.
$5K SPIN ID: JS0446050


WOF Recap: September 24, 2014


$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

C _ U _ _ H Y
_ _ A N _ L _ / B _ R

Mike eats up a CRUNCHY GRANOLA BAR. There’s somebody on this panel who has a designated spinner…

Mike Hughes: likes playing/watching basketball and football from Savannah, GA (all he says for his job is he works for the city)

Darrin Revits: real estate agent and nonprofit theater worker from L.A.

Susie Keller: enjoys attending Country Western concerts from Carrollton, IL (her brother John is her DS)

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ E / M A D E
T H E / _ _ _ D E

Darrin’s off by a letter w/ HE MADE THE GRADE”, while Mike capitalizes w/ WE MADE THE GRADE”.

FEATURED PN TRIP: collette tour of S.F., Portland and Seattle worth $6,598

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER 

Mike starts the letter search w/ three T’s for $2,400, four E’s, two H’s for $1,400 more, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $3,550. Second, Darrin can’t capitalize on TD w/ N. Third, Susie calls up two R’s for $1,200, buys the rest the vowel shop has to offer (her last buy of O came via FP), and says two F’s for another $1,300, then she picks up the WC w/ an L and plugs in three P’s for $2,100 before we finally show you…

T H E / L I F E
O F / T H E
P A R T _

…she isn’t THE LIFE OF THE PARTY POOPER, because she’s the early leader.

SOLE DUD: N (Darrin)

Mike: $3K/Darrin: $0/Susie: $4,600 WC


Mystery Round: LIVING THINGS 

Darrin’s first picks here are a $600 S, two N’s for $1,600, three A’s and two I’s, followed by a $500 G, two T’s for another $1,100, but then the LaT. Second, Susie spots a $900 R, buys the other three vowels, says two H’s at $700 a pop and a $900 C, FPs the F and picks up the tour w/ four L’s. Board, Vanna…

_ I L L E R
_ H A L E S
L E A _ I N G / O U T
O F / T H E / O C E A N

…she solves KILLER WHALES LEAPING OUT OF THE OCEAN for a total of $11,548 cash & tour.

SOLE LaT: Darrin

Mike: $3K/Darrin: NOTHING/Susie: $16,148 cash & tour WC


PP/Express Round: PLACE 

Susie gets the Sierra gift tag w/ two T’s right away, spends half of her $1K for two E’s and A’s, picks off a $2,200 N quartet, and buys the other three vowels. After she spins once more for a $650 S…

A / S T U N N I N _
T _ O _ I _ A _
_ E N U E

…she’s won $3,600 cash & GC plus a hotwire trip to A STUNNING TROPICAL VENUE like that Hilton Waikoloa Village in HAWAII worth $6,964.


Mike: $3K/Darrin: NO LUCK/Susie: $26,712 cash & prizes WC


$3K Tossup: EVENT

C _ N T _ _ T

Mike sweeps ’em w/ POETRY CONTEST.

Speed-Up Round: WAYD?

Once again, a $1,600 Final Spin. After somebody puts up the C…

T _ K _ N G / C _ R _
_ _ / _ _ S _ N _ S S

Darrin’s TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS for her only $4,800 on the night.

SOLE DUD: H (Susie)

Mike: $6K/Darrin: $4,800/Susie: $26,712 cash & prizes WC

GT: $37,512


$100K Bonus Round
Susie’s able to spin that BW, and her envelope will be the N of WIN.

Category: THING
The RSTLNE assistance…

_ _ L _ _ _ L E
_ _ R _ _

CDHA and M give her…

_ A L _ A _ L E
C A R _ _

…she still doesn’t win the VALUABLE CARGO in the form of the LEAF (by this time in the tapings, the car envelopes now say “CAR + $5,000” on the bottom; why don’t they just say the name?!).

$5K SPIN ID: AT5894490


WOF Recap: September 23, 2014



_ _ L D
E A _ _ _ S

Lisa solves BALD EAGLES. Again, going down the line in meeting the trio… 

Lisa Bailey: personal trainer and health coach from Myrtle Beach (orig. from Boston)

Adam Scimone: nonprofit data entry travel worker from Lake Worth, FL

Mindy Magana: local cable co. saleswoman and skydiver who attended UCSB from Santa Monica


C _ _ _ K / K E N _
& / _ _ I _ / _ A N E

Adam solves CLARK KENT (aka Superman) & LOIS LANE.

FEATURED PN TRIP: Washington State Wine tour and tasting w/ stays at the Hotel Vintage in Seattle and Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla worth $9,937
Tues/Thurs. Gift Tag: eBags

Round 1: WAYD?

He wastes a spin w/ the MDW’s right side. Second, Mindy calls up a $650 N, an obvious G for the gift tag, and two E’s, before she becomes the first LaT victim of the night. Third, Lisa says S for sorry while on TD. Adam next has the same result w/ B, so we’re quickly back to Mindy. She puts in $700 R and T singles, two O’s, but no more w/ L. Lisa then says a $900 C, an I, four D’s for another $3,200, two A’s to round out the vowels, an F for the WA trip, an H for the MDW and a Y for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900. Here’s the board…

_ A C _ I N G

She’s PACKING DEHYDRATED FOOD for a total of $14,537 cash & WA.

DUDS: S (Lisa), B (Adam), L (Mindy)
SOLE LaT: Mindy

Lisa: $15,537 cash & WA MDW 1/2 CAR/Adam: $2K/Mindy: $0


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER 

Mindy first FPs an E, picks up the WC w/ three N’s, buys two A’s, and collects both 1/2ves of the Versa w/ four T’s and a D, respectively (she got the one near the pink $900 first). Following those picks are I and O singles, a $600 G, a $500 L, a $700 H, and the last vowel of U…but she’s still stumped on the first word, so next up are an $800 F, a $500 C, and a PAINFUL LaT to let over $21K cash & Versa slip away. Afterwards, Lisa SPINGLES for a $900 B…

B O U N C _

…and gets BOUNCY FLIGHT ATTENDANT for a $100 bonus.

SOLE LaT: Mindy

Lisa: $16,537 cash & WA MDW 1/2 CAR/Adam: $2K/Mindy: WC


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Our big leader leads off w/ two T’s for $1,200, four E’s, a $900 R and two I’s, followed by a $550 S but then the sole dud vowel of O. Adam secondly gets the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 w/ two Q’s, three U’s, a $700 P and two C’s for $1,600 before he sees…

C _ E _ _ / Q U I E T
& / P I C T U R E S Q U E

…he banks another $3,050 and a hotwire trip to a CLEAN, QUIET & PICTURESQUE locale like The Westin ST. MAARTEN Dawn Beach Resort worth $8,305.

SOLE DUD: O (Lisa)

Lisa: $16,537 cash & WA MDW/Adam: $13,355 cash & St. Maarten/Mindy: WC


$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ O _ _ _ E / W _ T _
_ R _ _ _ / & / _ U _ _ R

Adam’s much closer to the lead by drinking some COFFEE WITH CREAM & SUGAR.

Speed-Up Round: OCCUPATION

The FS is $1,600. After the frontloading M gets put up…

M _ _ _ _ / T H _ _ T _ R
_ S H _ R

Mindy IDs a MOVIE THEATER USHER to finally avoid being gooseegged.

Lisa: $16,537 cash & WA MDW/Adam: $16,355 cash & St. Maarten/Mindy: $4,800

GT: $37,692


Lisa’s the first player this season to not bring anybody, but guess who’s holding that MDW — Jim in his booth! She takes out the I envelope of WIN.

This biggie starts out as…

_ _ _ R _ _ L E
_ _ _ _ _ E S

DCHO only adds two letters at the top…

_ D O R _ _ L E
_ _ _ _ _ E S

…but she NAILS IT and she’ll buy plenty of ADORABLE PUPPIES w/…






























































that darn minimum, so she’s outta here w/ $48,537 cash & trip.


$5K SPIN ID: KH3460959


WOF Recap: September 22, 2014

We’re saluting the Pacific Northwest this week.


VTR: July 23 (5th taping day)

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ T _ _ E
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ O N

Justin locates SEATTLE, WASHINGTON. Time to meet ’em in order…

Justin Leslie: Azusa Pacific head basketball coach from Glendora, CA

Shanna Hasto: K-5 reading teacher who was married in a zoo (and the funds for her Fall-themed wedding went to that zoo) from Liverpool, NY

Rosette Renner: counselor at the Monarch Academy in Baltimore and ambassador for Big Brothers, Big Sisters from Columbia, MD


G R E A T / _ _ R _ E D
O W _

Shanna spots a GREAT HORNED OWL.

FEATURED PN TRIP: Sund’s Lodge in British Columbia, Canada worth $9,280
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Sierra Trading Post
1/2 CAR: Nissan Versa Note S

Round 1: MOVIE TITLE (pine trees wipe)

She kicks things off w/ two N’s for 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, a $900 S, three T’s for $1,800 more and four E’s, followed by two H’s for $1,300 extra, two O’s, an F for that MDW but then the first dud of the week in I. Second, Rosette LaTs out. Third, Justin strikes out w/ R, so we’re quickly back to Shanna. She buys the last vowel of three A’s and completes the fourth word of PLANET w/ two $500 P’s and an $800 L, respectively…but she then says a FATAL DUD of M to squander $5,800, her plate and that MDW. After Rosette BANKRUPTS near $650, Justin FPs the D and picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ the last consonant of W…

D A W N / O F
T H E / P L A N E T
O F / T H E / A P E S

…he reads “DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES” for $2K.

DUDS: I (Shanna), R (Justin), M (Shanna)

Justin & Shanna: $2K each (him w/ 1/2 CAR)/Rosette: $0


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Hoping for better luck, Rosette starts w/ five T’s for $3,500 but gives it all right back to the same BANKRUPT she got before. Second, Justin puts in a $900 H and buys three of the five vowels (two E’s, I’s and A’s), then he FPs a dud of R and LaTs out. Third, Shanna picks up the Sierra gift tag w/ two N’s and buys the other two vowels, but she too gets the LaT. Rosette next inserts a $900 M and two L’s to triple up…

_ O / T E L L / I T
O N / T H E
_ O A T

…but she says “GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN BOAT”, which doesn’t make sense because I’ve never heard of a MOUNTAIN BOAT. Afterwards, Justin puts up the twin G’s for a grand…

G O / T E L L / I T
O N / T H E

…and says “GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN GOAT” for $1,150.

LaTs: 2 (Justin and Shanna)
SOLE DQ: Rosette’s one-letter blown solve

Justin: $3,150 1/2 CAR/Shanna: $2K/Rosette: $0


PP/Express Round: PLACE 

Justin’s off to a nice $7K start w/ two T’s, then he buys all of the available vowels in one fell swoop, calls up four R’s for another $3,600, but then falls victim to that BANKRUPT next to TD to forfeit $9,600 and his plate. After Shanna says S for sorry…

I _ _ R E _ I _ _ E
_ E A _ _ _ R O _ T
_ R O _ E R T _

Rosette nails this puzzle for a hotwire trip to an INCREDIBLE BEACHFRONT PROPERTY like the Rincon Beach Resort in PUERTO RICO. Look at all the multiples you threw away, lady…

SOLE DUD: S (Shanna)

Justin: $3,150/Shanna: $2K/Rosette: $6,240 trip


$3K Tossup: SONG TITLE

_ _ _ N _ _ / A N D
T _ _ / J _ T S

Shanna’s up to $5K w/ Elton John’s “BENNIE AND THE JETS”.

Speed-up Round: PHRASE

The consonants each pay off at $1,700. The middle lady starts w/ four T’s but gives a THROWAWAY GUESS of THE GREATEST OF THE FALL. But she later puts up the five E’s…

T H E / E _ C E _ T _ _ N
T _ / T H E / R _ _ E

…and she’s THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULE for $8,500 and the win.

SOLE DUD: S (Justin) 
SOLE DQ: Shanna’s botched solve

Justin: $3,150/Shanna: $13,500/Rosette: $6,240 trip

GT: $22,890
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus plate): $13,100


$100K Bonus Round
Another red car is waiting to be won here this week, and it’s the all-electric Nissan LEAF. Shanna spins up the I of WIN.

Category: EVENT
She’s gonna need some serious help in the first word once we show her…

_ _ _ _
_ E S T _ _ _ L

FHMO only adds the first letter of that second word…

_ _ _ _
F E S T _ _ _ L

…she was close w/ JOKE FESTIVAL. The city of New Orleans has at least one JAZZ FESTIVAL each year, and she doesn’t win the $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: BP00536


Millionaire Recap: September 22, 2014 (w/ a former WOF contestant!)

I know I usually write WOF Recaps, but I’m doing a recap for another game show because a former WOF contestant was on today! It’s Ashley Hollier from Lafayette, LA who won $70,915 on March 5, 2012 (including $30K in the BR after she miraculously solved WIND-UP TOY w/ no help from her choices)! She’s dealing w/ what “Millionaire” fans call today the Super Mix format. There are 14 questions spread over two rounds (the first 10 have dollar amounts that are shuffled ranging from $100 to $25K). The last four questions are in a round called “Classic Millionaire”. Also, there’s a new lifeline this season called a +1 where the player can ask somebody who he/she brought along w/ for help in answering the question. It replaces one of the two Jump the Questions when this format started back in Sept. 2010. And the new host this season is none other than former football player and actor Terry Crews.

So, after I’ve said all of that, let’s see how she did…

1. Prompting jokes about Barf Vader and Puke Skywalker, Virgin Atlantic once had themed airsickness bags that promoted what video game?

C: “ROBOCOP      D: “War of the Worlds”

She’s correct w/ “STAR WARS”, and that earns her $3K.

2.   With a 2013 listing citing an “occasional ghastly visage” and “a very quiet scream at 3:13”, a Pennsylvania man tried to sell a home described as what?

A: Slightly haunted           B: Probably cozy
C: Somewhat adorable     D: Extremely sexy

She’s right again w/ slightly haunted for…the big one of $25K (and a new total of $28K)!

3. As a warning to would-be criminals, Benjamin Franklin once printed currency w/ what ominous inscription?

A: “Woe Be to Counterfeiters”         B: “Counterfeit and Suffer”
C: “To Counterfeit to Death”            D: “Thou Shalt Not Counterfeit”

She rules out D, because that would be a commandment from the 10 Commandments, but she’s torn between A and B, so she decides to Jump this one. It was actually C, and behind that Q was…$10K.

4. Selling casual wear often seen on Jay Leno, the shopping website TheCanadianTuxedo.com uses what tagline?

A: Cashmere on cashmere        B: Silk on silk
C: Denim on denim                   D: Spandex on spandex

She knows that Jay wears denim, so she locks in C…and is right for another $1K taking her to $29K.

5. According to a popular recipe on SeriousEats.com, marinating a certain candy in Bacardi produces what boozy treat?

A: Vodkandy Corn           B: Ginior Mints
C: Rummy Bears              D: Twixquila

She figures that Bacardi is a type of rum, so she goes w/ Rummy Bears…and that’s correct for another $500 ($29,500 overall).

6. You might think it’s an animal sound, but which of these actually refers to a mountain-dwelling people of Southeast Asia?

A: Miao               B: B’aa’aa’h
C: Tuete
              D: Bau-Wau

A is jumping out at her but she’s also considering D, so she uses her AtA lifeline…

A: 59% B: 14%  C: 5%  D: 22%

She may have influenced the crowd, but she’s going w/ Miaothat’s right for another $2K ($31,500).
7. Often assumed to be standing, what famous statue’s actually posed w/ its right leg bent to depict its march forward from oppression?

A: Christ the Redeemer      B: The Statue of Liberty
C: Michelangelo’s David     D: The Lincoln Memorial

She quickly jumps in w/ the SoL…nailed it for $15K ($46,500 so far)!

8. Featuring a glow-in-the-dark cover, the book Radioactive tells the story of which Nobel Prize-winning scientist?

A: Niels Bohr     B: Max Planck
C: Marie Curie  D: Richard Feynman

When the choices came up, she thought of Curie and that’s exactly what she’s going w/…yep for $100.

9. Cecil B. DeMille’s original ’23 religious epic “The Ten Commandments” is older than ALL BUT which of these actual religions?

A: Scientology        B: Nation of Islam
C: Mormonism
      D: Rastafarianism

She’s torn between B and C here, and she wants to save her +1 lifeline for R2 (which happens to be her dad Aaron), so she takes a stab at it w/ the Nation of Islam…well, she correctly eliminated A and D but she picked the wrong one. It was Mormonism, so she drops back to $1K, which is what contestants earn just for being here on the show these days. Too bad.

During the last break, they ask the viewers what they call a Question of the Day. Here it is:

When translated, what clothing article’s name means “thing to wear”?

A: Lederhosen     B: Burka 

C: Kimono           D: Dashiki

There was not much time left, so the host picks an audience member at random to answer a question for $1K. Today, it was Scott Selmer from Dix Hills, NY. 

Which of the following films is NOT based on a book by Stephen King?

A: “Stand By Me”        B: “The Lost Boys”
C: “The Green Mile”   D: “The Running Man”

He knows it’s not A, and his gut is telling him B. So, he’s going w/ that…yes! That actually is from J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan”.

Sarah Manchester Update

Click HERE to watch the segment of Sarah appearing on GMA.

And here’s her post-game blog from the show’s official website:

“My Wheel of Fortune best-case scenario was winning the Bonus Round; I didn’t think much about a particular dollar amount.  I wanted the opportunity to introduce my wonderful family on national TV, and for them to run out at the end and hug me.  When the Bonus Round Puzzle appeared, I knew instantly that scenario would come true.  I could scarcely believe the luck, at having the first letter in both words and a full syllable in the last word.  I usually need at least a few seconds to solve the Bonus Round Puzzles at home.  This puzzle’s solution was instantly clear.
Then Pat revealed the dollar amount – WOW!  Simply astonishing.  Though my children had been sitting in the audience with the sparkling green wedge, the million dollar prize still didn’t seem like a real possibility.  And yet, it happened.  The immediate aftermath is kind of a blur.  I remember balloons and confetti, hugs and jumping around.  Walking back toward the seats, I smiled as I saw my fellow teacher contestants applauding.  A short time later, audience members were congratulating my family as we exited the studio.  I remember wondering if all of them could keep this news secret, especially the large group of students on a field trip who sat behind us.
Back at the hotel, we called for room service and just relaxed.  We had never ordered room service before, so it felt like a special way to mark the occasion.  That evening, we enjoyed the sights of Hollywood Boulevard and tried out our hands in the celebrity handprints at the Chinese Theatre.  The next morning, we hopped on a plane for home, wondering if it would be hard to keep this big secret for the next four and a half months, and pondering a question that is only hypothetical for most people – “What would you do with a million dollars?”
One of the things I’m most excited about is travel.  There are many parts of the globe I have never set foot on but would love to.  Now, almost any destination seems within reach – New Zealand, Iceland, China, etc.  We have many practical plans for the money as well – college tuition, home improvement, and increasing our retirement nest egg.  I also look forward to making decisions as a family on how to help others benefit from this win, and to supporting social and environmental causes that are meaningful to us.
I will close by saying thank you once more to everyone at Wheel of Fortune who made this adventure so fantastic.  Big win or not, this would have been a truly memorable experience.  The big win has made it a life-changing experience as well, and I look forward to new opportunities ahead.”

First Stats of S32

Well, this sure was a crazy premiere week. And we would like to note that Wed.’s total winnings is a NEW RECORD for a single ep. besides the record for the quickest grand prize win.

Total this Week: $1,200,274
Total for the Season: $1,200,274
BR Win Record: 2-3 (.4)
Total Car Wins: 0
-1/2 Car: 0
-BR Car: 0
Prize Wedge Wins: 1
Gift Tag Wins: 0
Mystery Wedge Wins: 1
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 2-1
$10K MW was next to LaT: 3
$10K MW was next to $800: 1
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 3-1
Express was Played-Passed: 0-0
-Successes: 0
-Crashes: 0
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 1 (1 on $3,500)
-BR: 0
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 3/4/0
5-Round Games: 0
6-Round Games: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 1
Red Winners: 2
Yellow Winners: 3
Blue Winners: 0
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $64,980*
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $64,980*
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,600* (Sept. 16), $14,380* (Sept. 18), $9,550 (Sept. 15)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $27,630* (Sept. 18), $22,050* (Sept. 16), $10,150* (Sept. 15) 
Highest-Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $62,914 (Sept. 16) 
Lowest-Winning Totals: $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $42,590 (Sept. 17), $39,334 (Sept. 18), $34,914 (Sept. 16)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 1

$32K: 1/3 
$35K: 0/0
$40K: 0/0
$45K: 0/1
$50K: 0/0
$100K (or $1M): 1/1 
CAR: $0/0

* includes prizes