WoF Recap: February 17, 2015

EPISODE #6157: HAWAIIAN ADVENTURE (HAWAII)

$1K Tossup: PLACE

W H A _ _
_ A _ _ _ _ N G

Rufus has done some WHALE WATCHING. Let’s say aloha to him and the ladies right now…

Rufus Cumberlander: liaison officer w/ the Dept. of Defense and 13-yr. Navy vet (also a Ray Charles fan) from Ewa Beach
Alana Wegel: speech therapist for Honolulu school district, yoga instructor and surfer from Honolulu (orig. from NJ)
Sharyn Taniguchi: full-time caregiver for her father from Hilo (raised in S.F.)

$2K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ _ / T _ _
_ P _ T _ I _ H T

Alana knows that everybody’s  IN THE SPOTLIGHT.

FEATURED TRIP: Hyatt Regency New Orleans worth $7,712
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Adventure in Hawaii.com

Round 1: SONG LYRICS

Her openers are a $700 S, two E’s, and a FP A, followed by four TD T’s, two $550 H’s, two D’s for that trip, a $600 N, two I’s, and four $650 L’s. We now have…

I ‘ L L / S T _ _
T H E / _ _ _ L D / A N D
_ E L T / _ I T H / _ _ _

…she solves Modern English’s “I’LL STOP THE WORLD AND MELT WITH YOU” from ’82 for $15,500 and that trip, giving her $23,212 in that round alone!

MAJOR PR!

Alana: $25,212 cash & N.O./Sharyn: $0/Rufus: $1K

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Sharyn instantly lands on the MW near LaT, calls up a T, and obviously flips it over…$$$! Next up are a $1K N, two E’s, an $800 D, three A’s, a $600 L, and two O’s to clean out the vowels, after which she says a TD C, two FP M’s, a W for the gift tag (Pat mistakenly said it was a dud)…but then a FATAL DUD of D to let $17,650 cash & GT go to waste; ugh. Rufus then lights up the remaining Y and G singles ($900 and $500, respectively)…

W E L C O M E / A N D
Y O G A
M A T

…and reads the above to keep the 14 Benjamins.

SOLE FATAL DUD: W (Sharyn)

Alana: $25,212 cash & N.O./Sharyn: TERRIBLE SHAPE/Rufus: $1K

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PP/Express Round: LIVING THINGS

Rufus begins a crucial round w/ four $900 S’s, an A buy, an N for the WC, a TD D, and a T courtesy of his WC. He follows w/ three E’s, triple R’s for $1,950 more, two O’s, and two $500 M’s. The board…

_ _ _ M / T R E E S
A N D / _ _ E R R _
_ _ O S S O M S

…sadly, he blows the solve big time w/ PALM TREES AND CHERRY BLOSSOMS not realizing there’s just one A on the board; that will likely coast him $13,300 plus the mystery trip. Alana then lights up a TD B, a $550 C, and the remaining U…

_ _ U M / T R E E S
A N D / C _ E R R _
B _ O S S O M S

…she banks another $3,800 and will see some PLUM TREES AND CHERRY BLOSSOMS on a Walk JAPAN trip courtesy of hotwire worth $9,900.

SOLE DQ: Rufus’ blown solve
 
Alana: $38,912 cash & trips/Sharyn: GOOSEEGG ALERT/Rufus: $2,400

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$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ _ C K / O N
T _ A _ _

Rufus is appropriately BACK ON TRACK.

Speed-Up Round: EVENT

$1,700’s the FS again. He puts up the T at the start…

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ T _ _

…and pulls a Caitlin Burke w/ CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.

PR #2 

FINAL SCORES
Alana: $38,912 cash & trips/Sharyn: DESERVING $1K GOOSEEGG/Rufus: $7,100

GT: $47,012
NO PENALTY SPINS THIS GAME!

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$100K Bonus Round
Alana’s envelope is the M of GAME.

Category: WAYD?
Here’s another four-word answer that starts like this…

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

GDHA guarantees the two obvious ones…

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

…but she’s wrongly WAKING UP THE KIDS when she should’ve been PICKING UP THE KIDS; that costs her $50K. The obvious I was needed in this situation.

$5K SPIN ID: OP00047

MY EP. RATING: 6

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WoF Recap: February 16, 2015

Let’s make the most of this final week from Hawaii — it’s called Hawaiian Adventure”.

EPISODE #6156: HAWAIIAN ADVENTURE (HAWAII)

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ E _ _ _ T
I S L _ N _ / _ O _ E

Colleen blows it w/ MY ISLAND HOME.

_ E _ _ _ T
I S L _ N _ / C O _ E

Sarah finds a SECRET ISLAND COVE. Interviewing time…

Sarah Souza: registered nurse w/ 11 ethnicities from Kaneohe
Colleen Mira: married for 27 yrs. from Pukalani
Shawn Watson: firefighter/EMT from Kailua Kona (he moved to HI from Australia when he was five)

$2K Tossup: EVENT

M _ _ _ N _ / A
H _ L _ / _ N / _ _ E

Shawn’s MAKING A HOLE IN ONE.

FEATURED COLLETTE TRIPS: Australia/Fiji worth $10,398 (wouldn’t it be something if Shawn won a trip back home?)
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: HYPR Hawaii surfboard

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

He gets started w/ two Ts’ for $1,600, four E’s, two A’s, and a FP O, then he says three $650 R’s, two I’s to clean out the vowels, a $650 H, but then S for sorry. Sarah secondly calls up two N’s for $1,800 and a $600 D, but the MDW’s right side strikes to the tune of $2,400. Third, Colleen inserts a $900 M and a $500 C…

M I C R O _ A _ E
D I N N E R
T H E A T E R

…she solves MICROWAVE DINNER THEATER.

SOLE DUD: S (Shawn)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Sarah

Shawn: $2K/Sarah: $1K/Colleen: $1,400

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Mystery Round: THING

First on Sarah’s letter menu are three D’s for the surfboard, two E’s, four $900 R’s, two O’s and I’s before she lights up two N’s while on the MW near LaT and takes the money for those (but that’s the $10K one). Her non-risk doesn’t matter because she then BANKRUPTs next to TD to forfeit $7,350 cash & surfboard. Down Colleen’s path second are two $650 G’s, a $900 D, a U, but then the other BANKRUPT to take away $1,950. Shawn then puts up a $500 H and two $900 H’s…

S T R I _ I N G
U N D E R _ _ T E R
_ H O T O G R _ _ H _

…he’ll enjoy some STRIKING UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY w/ another $2,300.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Shawn: $4,300/Sarah: $1K/Colleen: $1,400

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Colleen instantly gets the same BANKRUPT she got late last round. Second, Shawn spots two T’s for $1,400, E and A singles, two $800 R’s, a $600 N, and two I’s, then come a $900 G, the other two vowels, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to flush away $3,250. Afterwards…

T _ I _ / _ _ O U _ _
_ R I G _ T E N / U _
_ O U R / _ A _

THIS SHOULD BRIGHTEN UP YOUR DAY, Sarah — a trip to Hilton Orlando in FLORIDA w/ the undercovertourist.com credit worth $9,087.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Sarah’s opponents)

Shawn: $4,300/Sarah: $10,087 cash & FL/Colleen: $1,400

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$3K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

_ A R _ N _
_ _ _ _ A L S

Shawn knows there are lots of MARINE MAMMALS living in Hawaii, so up to $7,300 he goes.

Speed-Up Round: WAYD?

Each consonant will be worth $1,700. He puts up the triple T’s at the start…

T _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _
_ / T _ _ _ T _ _ _ _

…and nails TRAINING FOR A TRIATHLON to win the game.

PR 

FINAL SCORES 
Shawn: $12,400/Sarah: $10,087 cash & FL/Colleen: $1,400

GT: $23,887
BANKRUPT TRASH: $14,950 cash & surfboard

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$100K Bonus Round
I think the car for this week is a Dodge Journey since the provider listed is Cutter Chrysler, Dodge & Jeep of Honolulu and its name is another word for an adventure. Shawn lands on the N of WIN.

Category: WAYD?
For starters…

_ _ _ _ N _ / _
_ E _ / _ _ L L S

PHGA adds besides the obvious…

P A _ _ N G / A
_ E _ / _ _ L L S 

…the best guess he could muster is PAVING A FEW HILLS. He won’t be PAYING A FEW BILLS w/ the extra $32K. 

$5K SPIN ID: JP4274345

MY EP. RATING: 4

Week 22 Stats

This week wasn’t that great, period.

Total this Week: $208,590
Total for the Season: $7,157,539
BR Win Record: 46-64 (.418)
Total Car Wins: 13
-1/2 Car: 10 (5 Ford Fiestas, 4 Nissa Versa Note Ss, 1 Chevy Spark)
-BR Car: 3 (Chevy Camaro, BMW x3, VW Beetle Conv.)
Prize Wedge Wins: 26
Gift Tag Wins: 32
Mystery Wedge Wins: 11
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 41-11
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 20-21
$10K MW was next to LaT: 17
$10K MW was next to $800: 33
Express was Played-Passed: 22-4
-Successes: 12
-Crashes: 10
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 7 (6 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 13
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 72/48/0
5-Round Games: 22
6-Round Games: 1
$6K FINAL SPINS: 5
Gooseegg Victims: 26
Red Winners: 39
Yellow Winners: 40
Blue Winners: 31
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $35,650 */ 2 WC  

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $721,381* / 36 WC / 41 ½ CAR / 11 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,625* (Jan. 8), $20,600* (Sept. 16), $17,250 (Oct. 29) 
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $49,175* (Jan 8.), $27,630* (Sept. 18), $27,500 (Oct. 1)
Top 3 Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $100,623 (Jan. 29), $91,892 (Dec. 26)
Bottom 3 Winning Totals: $13,410 (Dec. 16), $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 19)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $93,892 (Dec. 26), $83,743 (Jan. 29), $77,978 (Jan. 27)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 8

$32K: 34/77
$40K: 3/9
$45K: 5/12
$50K: 0/2
$100K (or $1M): 1/3
CAR: 3/7

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: February 13, 2015

EPISODE #6155: SECOND HONEYMOON (HAWAII)

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ H E / B E _ _ / O F
_ _ T H / W _ _ L D _

Jessica says she and her hubby are “THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS”. Will any of these couples get lucky on this Friday the 13th?

Jessica & Nathan Osburn (7 yrs.): she’s an interior designer while he’s a satellite TV tech.
Kamai & Michelle Hookano (together for 17 yrs.)
Terry & Helen Trusdell (36 yrs.): has four kids & seven grandkids

$2K Tossup: TITLE

T _ _ / _ _ _ _ B O _ K

Michelle solves “THE NOTEBOOK”.

LAST UNFORGETTABLE HONEYMOON: Fairmont Chateau Whistler worth $7,500

Round 1: EVENT

T for terrible is how the Hookanos start. Second, the Trudells call up two N’s for $1,800, two A’s, a $650 G, a $700 R and two I’s, followed by two $900 B’s, two O’s, a $550 W, but then the MDW’s left side to clean them out of $4,750. The Osburns then light up a $550 S, a $600 D, and a $900 L to leave only vowels remaining…

S _ _ I N G / AD O _ B L _
R A I N B O W

…they’re SEEING A DOUBLE RAINBOW for $2,050.

SOLE DUD: T (Hookanos)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Trudells

Hookanos: $2K/Trudells: $0/Osburns: $3,050

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

The Trudells get started w/ a $650 T, but then H for hush while on the MW near LaT. Second, the Osburns run into said evil white space. Third, the Hookanos FP four A’s and a dud of E, light up two $650 N’s, but then BANKRUPT next to where they last spun. Next for the Trudells are two $500 S’s, a D and two M’s at $700 apiece, a $650 Y, a wasted FP usage w/ the E, a $900 R, and P for phooey while on the hawaiian springs water gift tag. The Osburns then call out two $550 C’s to leave the O and I singles unexposed…

C _ S M _ C / A N D
M A N T A
R A Y S

…and they catch these COSMIC AND MANTA RAYS.

DUDS: H (Trudells), E (Hookanos; repeated by the Trudells), P (Trudells)
SOLE LaT: Osburns
SOLE BANKRUPT: Hookanos

Hookanos: $2K/Trudells: BUPKIS/Osburns: $5,050

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PP/Express Round: THINGS

The Osburns lead off w/ a T for the water, two E’s, three $800 S’s, two $500 N’s, two A’s and an O, then come a $700 D, a $650 F, and five I’s to wipe out the vowel shop, but the P proves to be a critical dud for the second round in a row. The Hookanos then light up a $1,400 M pair…

M I _ E S / A N D
M I _ E S / O F
_ I _ I N _ / T _ A I _ S

…they’ll see MILES AND MILES OF HIKING TRAILS on their trip to the Hard Rock Hotel PALM SPRINGS worth $7K.

SOLE DUD: P (Osburns)

Hookanos: $10,400 cash & trip/Trudells: BAD SHAPE/Osburns: $5,050

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$3K Tossup: PERSON

 _ O O _ _ E / O F
T _ E / _ _ _ _

Michelle and her team aren’t the ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, but they’ve added some more breathing room.

Speed-Up Round: IN THE KITCHEN

The consonant payoff is $1,500. After the Hookanos put up two D’s…

_ _ _ D _ N
_ _ T T _ N _ / _ _ _ R D

….they quickly get WOODEN CUTTING BOARD for $6K.

FINAL SCORES
Hookanos: $19,400 cash & trip/Trudells: $2K GOOSEEGG/Osburns: $5,050

GT: $26,450
BANKRUPT TRASH: $6,050

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$100K Bonus Round
Michelle spins up the S of AMERICA’S (we don’t see the overhead shot until after the BW was spun).

Category: THING
1/2 the puzzle already…

_ L E _ E R
_ _ _ _ L E 

CDPO gives them the first column of letters…

C L E _ E R
P _ _ _ L E

…but Michelle solves this CLEVER PUZZLE one second too late, and $32K has slipped away.

Final SH Sweepstakes Puzzle: WITH ALL MY HEART
$5K SPIN ID: DF3163175

MY EP. RATING: 5

WoF Recap: February 12, 2015

EPISODE #6154: SECOND HONEYMOON (HAWAII)

$1K Tossup: PEOPLE

_ _ _ / P _ _ F _ _ T
C _ _ _ _ _

Amy says that she and her husband are THE PERFECT COUPLE. Thurs. night’s married duos…

Donovan & Amy Lewis: he’s a lifeguard while she works at an oceanarium
Lisa Chuang & Ben Fairfield (9 yrs.): she’s an adjunct professor; they first met in summer camp and were previously Peace Corps volunteers in Thailand
Patrick & Tesia Cabuyadao (5 yrs.): he’s a direct-sales agent and weekend DJ while she’s a kindergarten teacher 

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

_ R E A K _ _ G
_ _ _ / I _ _

Tesia’s BREAKING THE ICE for control.

FEATURED UNFORGETTABLE HONEYMOON: Stoller Family Estate in Oregon worth $6,500

Round 1: SONG LYRICS

Their opening letters are three N’s for $2,100, two A’s, a $500 S, and four E’s, followed by five $700 T’s, two $900 R’s…

_ R E T T _ / _ _ _ A N
_ A _ _ _ N _ / _ _ _ N
T _ E / S T R E E T

…and their $7,400 solve of Roy Orbinson’s “PRETTY WOMAN, WALKING DOWN THE STREET”.

PR

Cabuyadaos: $9,400/Lewises: $1K/L & B: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Here go the Lewises w/ two TD T’s, five E’s, but then the sole dud vowel of I. Second, L & B take a $700 H, three Y’s to x4 up, four O’s and a U, two $500 R’s, and the last vowel of A before the BANKRUPT near $650 strikes to the tune of $3,050. The Cabuyadaos then pick up the Tommy Bahama gift tag w/ two P’s…

Y O U ‘ R E / T H E
A P P _ E / O _ / _ Y
E Y E
_ O _ T O R

…and say “YOU’RE THE APPLE OF MY EYE DOCTOR”.

SOLE DUD: I (Lewises)
SOLE BANKRUPT: L & B

Cabuyadaos: $11,400 cash & GT/Lewises: $1K/L & B: NOTHING

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PP/Express Round: EVENT

L & B resume their quest to get on the board w/ three $800 N’s, three I’s, five E’s, two $550 T’s and three A’s, then come a $650 R, a U…

A / _ N _ E – I N –
A – _ I _ E T I _ E
A _ _ E N T U R E

…and their first $3,150 plus A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME ADVENTURE on a Viking River Cruise to CHINA provided by hotwire worth $9,700.

PR #2

Cabuyadaos: $11,400 cash & GT/Lewises: $1K/L & B: $12,850 cash & China

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$3K Tossup: PHRASE

_ I _ _ T / _ N
T A R G E _

The Lewises are RIGHT ON TARGET to quadruple up.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES

They quickly cash in $15K w/ three T’s, buy four A’s, but then say a possibly fatal dud of H. Second for L & B are an $800 N, a $900 S, an E, and two $800 F’s. Board…

F A N T A S _
F _ _ T _ A _ _ / T E A _

…they solve FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM for $3,050.

SOLE (CRITICAL) DUD: H (Lewises)

Cabuyadaos: $11,400 cash & GT/Lewises: $4K/L & B: $15,900 cash & China

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Speed-Up Round: SHOW BIZ

The FS here is $1,800. After the Lewises put up three T’s…

_ _ _ _
_ N T _ R T _ _ N _ _ N T

….Donovan missolves w/ HOME ENTERTAINMENT, as does Amy w/ SONY ENTERTAINMENT (though it’s a lovely thought). They get another shot after calling the frontloading L…

L _ _ E
E N T E R T _ _ N _ E N T

…they’ll enjoy some LIVE ENTERTAINMENT on the island after winning another $7,200.

SOLE DUD: S (L & B)
MISSOLVES: Team Lewis

FINAL SCORES
Cabuyadaos: $11,400 cash & GT/Lewises: $11,200/L & B: $15,900 cash & China

GT: $38,500
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,050

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$100K Bonus Round
Lisa lands on that E of GAME.

Category: THING
This trio of letters appear first…

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

CHPA are all up there, but it’s still no guarantee they’ll solve it…

_ A R _ A _ N _ N _
C H _ P

…well…they pick up a BARGAINING CHIP w/ two seconds to spare that’s redeemable for $32K and a final total of $47,900 cash & China.
 
SH Sweepstakes Puzzle: BOX OF CHOCOLATES
$5K SPIN ID: PT0005651

MY EP. RATING: 7

WoF Recap: February 11, 2015

EPISODE #6153: SECOND HONEYMOON (HAWAII)

$1K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

O _ E / D _ _ E N
_ _ I _ _ / _ _ S _ S

Amy & Will blank out.

O _ E / D _ _ E N
_ _ I T E / _ _ S _ S

Jashar & Riley catch a bouquet of ONE DOZEN WHITE ROSES. Going from left to right in meeting this six-pack of contestants…

Jashar & Riley Day (six mos.): work at The Letter Facility and took up stand-up paddleboarding; they’re from Hilo
Matt & Olivia (13 yrs.): he’s a longshoreman at the port of Honolulu while she’s a mobile notary for a title-and-escrow co.; they’re from Ka’a’awa
Amy & Will (16 yrs.): met in the A.F. and transitioned to government civilian life (they’ve been to 50+ countries together)

$2K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ _ _ _ L I _ A
J O _ _ E

The Days solve Brad Pitt’s lover, ANGELINA JOLIE.

FEATURED UNFORGETTABLE HONEYMOON: Belize worth $9,300

Round 1: WAYD?

The letter search begins w/ three T’s for $2,400, three E’s, and four A’s, followed by a $500 H, an I, but then the MDW’s right side to take away $2,150. Second, M & O call up two N’s for $1,400, a $600 G, and an S for the WC

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

…they were ENJOYING THE FEAST AT A LUAU, so they’re on the board w/ $2,500.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Days

Days: $3K/M & O: $2,500 WC/A & W: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

The middle couple lead the way w/ a $1,300 pair of S’s, three A’s, an $800 R, but then E for error. Second, A & W collect the Belize trip w/ an N, two TD L’s, an I, and three O’s to clean out the vowels. But they then BANKRUPT near TD to forfeit $16,300 cash & trip. Third, the Days say a D while on the MW near LaT and take the obvious gamble…BANKRUPT. M & O next FP K and W singles, but they then run into the BANKRUPT near $650 to give up $2,600 and their WC. A & W then light up $650 T and $550 Y singles….

A L L / I N
A / D A Y ‘ S
W O R K
_ O O T S

…they say ALL IN A DAY’S WORK BOOTS for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: E (M & O)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (everybody)

Days: $3K/M & O: $2,500/A & W: $2K

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PP/Express Round: PLACE

A & W’s first spin is the other MDW BANKRUPT. Second for the Days are three $900 T’s, two E’s and A’s, and an S while on EXPRESS. They’ll HOP ABOARD

Current Bank: $3,200
Next Choices: R…N…3 I’s…H…O…W…L…2 C’s…2 U’s…B, P and 2 F’s

…they win another $13,450 and a trip to the…

B E A U T I F U L
P A C I F I C
N O R T H W E S T

…at 9 Cranes Inn in SEATTLE courtesy of bedandbreakfast.com worth $6,350.

SOLE BANKRUPT: A & W

Days: $22,800 cash & Seattle/M & O: $2,500/A & W: $2K 

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$3K Tossup: EVENT

_ O N C _ R _ / I N
T H E / P _ _ _

I once saw a CONCERT IN THE PARK, and Will solves it to take his team to $5K.

Speed-Up Round: PEOPLE

Consonants are worth $1,500 a pop. After an R appears early on…

S T _ R T _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _

Matt flubs it w/ STARTING PLAYERS. The double N’s then pop up…

S T _ R T _ N _
_ _ N _ _ _

…and Will capitalizes w/ STARTING LINEUP for another $6K.

SOLE DQ: Matt’s blown solve

FINAL SCORES
Days: $22,800 cash & Seattle/M & O: $2,500/A & W: $11K 

GT: $36,300
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $21,050 cash & Belize

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$100K Bonus Round
Riley spins up the S of AMERICA’S.

Category: PERSON
Only a pair of something to start…

_ _ _ L _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ L

PGHO just adds the first column of letters…

P _ _ L _ _
O _ _ _ _ _ _ L

….and they don’t ID a PUBLIC OFFICIAL of their city for the $50K.
 
SH Sweepstakes Puzzle: DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
$5K SPIN ID: JW0706251

MY EP. RATING: 5

WoF Recap: February 10, 2015

EPISODE #6152: SECOND HONEYMOON (HAWAII)

$1K Tossup: SONG TITLE

_ E _ ‘ S / _ T A Y
T _ G _ T _ E R

Pam solves Al Green’s “LET’S STAY TOGETHER”. Tuesday’s married duos…

Bronson & Pam McGuire (2.5 yrs.): he’s a hospital dietary cook
Erich & Kaua Jackson (6 yrs.): he’s a policeman (and they met at court)
Lyle & Julia Keanini (8 yrs.): he’s a deputy prosecuting attorney while she’s an aspiring young adult author

$2K Tossup: CHARACTER

_ _ _ N C E
C _ A R M _ N G

The Keaninis solve PRINCE CHARMING.

FEATURED UNFORGETTABLE HONEYMOON: Alaska worth $9,900 (all the pre-R1 prizes will be provided by that company)
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Tommy Bahama

Round 1: FOOD & DRINK

They lead off w/ two N’s for a grand, two E”s and six A’s, two L’s for the AK trip, and two I’s before they LaT to leave $11,150 cash & trip on the table. Second, the McGuires call up a $500 T and $800 S, but they also LaT out. Third, the Jacksons pick a $650 G, the last vowel of O, and a $1,300 pair of M’s…

_ O M E M A _ E
I T A L I A N
L A S A G N A

…they eat up some HOMEMADE ITALIAN LASAGNA and we have a virtual three-way tie.

LaTs: 2 (other couples)

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

First for the McGuires are a $500 S but then T for trouble. Second, the Jacksons have their first taste of LaT like everybody else. Third, the Keaninis choose two $900 L’s, but then E for error. The McGuires’ second turn sees them taking a $650 R but then M for mistake. The Jacksons try again w/ a $600 C, three A’s, but then an E recall. After the Keaninis buy the I and two O’s to clean out the vowels, they lose their turn w/ a P call. The McGuires then pick off the SL Bonus of four $700 D’s…

D A _ C I _ _
D A S _ _ O A R D
D O L L

…and solve DANCING DASHBOARD DOLL for $4,950.

McGuires: $5,950/Everybody else: $2K apiece

DUDS: T (McGuires), E (Keaninis), M (McGuires), P (Keaninis)
SOLE LaT: Jacksons
SOLE DQ: Jacksons’ E repeat

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PP/Express Round: PROPER NAMES

The Jacksons start this critical round w/ a $900 N, two A’s, two $700 R’s, and two O’s. They follow up w/ two $650 D’s, two E’s and I’s to clean out the vowels, a $600 L, three TD S’s…but then a PAINFUL LaT to likely squander $13,700. After the Keaninis’ BANKRUPT near $650…

R E D / S O _
_ A _ R I O _ S
A N D / _ E L _ I _ S

…the McGuires ID the RED SOX, PATRIOTS AND CELTICS for a trip to the BOSTON Harbor Hotel worth $11,040.

SOLE LaT: Jacksons
SOLE BANKRUPT: Keaninis

McGuires: $16,990 cash & Boston/Everybody else: $2K apiece

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$3K Tossup: WAYD?

_ I S I T I N G
_ E L _ T I V E S

The Keaninis will soon be VISITING RELATIVES after this ep. is over.

Speed-Up Round: PHRASE

$1,600 per consonant this time. After Julia fills in the L’s early on…

_ / L _ T T L _ / _ _ R _
T _ L _ / _ _

…but Julia completely botches it w/ A LITTLE MORE TALKING. Erich buys the A, but duplicates the same bad guess Julia gave near the buzzer. The Keaninis then questionably buy the two I’s…

A / L I T T L _ / _ I R _
T _ L _ / _ _

A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME the Keaninis screwed themselves out of a spot in Bonusland because they didn’t call the D’s and only win $9,600 here.

DUDS: S and P (both by the McGuires)
BLOWN SOLVES: 2 (Julia and Erich)

FINAL SCORES
Keaninis: $14,600/McGuires: $16,990 cash & Boston/Jacksons: $2K

GT: $33,590
ZERO BANKRUPT TRASH!

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$100K Bonus Round
Pam takes the BW to the first A of AMERICA’S.

Category: FOOD & DRINK
RSTLNE reveals…

_ L _ _ _ _
_ _ N _ _ _ E S

PDMA is good for…

_ L _ _ _ _
P A N _ A _ E S 

only the second word of FLUFFY PANCAKES and they lose $32K.
 
SH Sweepstakes Puzzle: ROMANTIC GETAWAY
$5K SPIN ID: RY6948362

MY EP. RATING: 5

WoF Recap: February 9, 2015

We’re back in Hawaii ready to start “Second Honeymoon” week. And if you want to win a trip to the Hilton Waikoloa Village plus $5K, enter the designated Second Honeymoon sweepstakes puzzle of the day.

EPISODE #6151: SECOND HONEYMOON (HAWAII)

$1K Tossup: MOVIE TITLE

T _ _ / W _ D _ _ _ G
_ _ _ _ E _

Sprout (female) & Roger solve “THE WEDDING SINGER”. The first couples of the week…

Sprout & Roger Hunt (11 yrs.): he’s a retired musician

Spencer & Laura Ahuna: he’s a musician while she’s a waitress in Hilo
Jessie & Georgette Sacayanan (almost 3 yrs.): he’s a Master  Sgt. in the HI Air National Guard while she’s a secretary in the D.O.D.

$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

D I N _ E R
P _ _ _ E S

The Hunts triple up w/ DINNER PLATES.

FEATURED SECOND HONEYMOON: Cambodia courtesy of Unforgettable Honeymoon.com worth $10K
Mon./Wed./Fri. $$$ Gift Tag: hawaiian springs Water

Round 1: WAYD?

They starts us off w/ three N’s for $1,500, two I’s, and three obvious $900 G’s. But after their buys of an O and three E’s, they forfeit $3,450 to the MDW’s right side. Second, the Ahunas get the other side of that sparkly green wedge. Third, the Sacayanans spot two S’s for $1,600, three T’s for the water, a $500 B, two A’s, and two $700 L’s. Board…

_ _ T T I N G / A L L
_ _ / E G G S / I N
O N E / B A S _ E T

…they’re “PUTTING ALL MY EGGS IN ONE BASKET” to earn $5,750.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (other couples)

Sacayanans: $5,750/Hunts: $3K/Ahunas: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

At the start, the Ahunas can’t seem to get off the BANKRUPT next to TD. Second, the Sacayanans take a $1,300 pair of T’s, buy three E’s and A’s, but then get that same BANKRUPT to lose the $800 remainder. Third, the Hunts light up two N’s for $1,600, five I’s, three $600 H’s, and a FP O to close the vowel shop. After those picks are five $650 S’s, two $900 B’s, two $600 R’s, a FP K, and a $500 W before we display this big board…

H I S / B A R K / I S
W O R S E / T H A N
H I S / B I T E –
S I _ E / _ A N _ _

…they say “HIS BARK IS WORSE THAN HIS BITE-SIZE CANDY” for a nice $10,400 payoff.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (everybody else)

Sacayanans: $5,750/Hunts: $13,400/Ahunas: ZIPPO

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PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

The Sacayanans’ first letter of S stands for sorry. Second for the Hunts are three N’s for the WC, two E’s, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to toss aside $1,250 and their WC. Third, the Ahunas pick two R’s for $1,800, four $550 T’s, two A’s, a $700 H, an $800 D, and the other three vowels. They then call up a W while on EXPRESS but DECLINE (ahem!). Following a TD G (double ahem!)…

T A _ I N G / T H E
T R O _ _ E _
A R O U N D / T O W N

…they’ve won their first $9K and will be TAKING THE TROLLEY AROUND TOWN while at the Marriott Marquis SAN FRANCISCO worth $7K.

SOLE DUD: S (Sacayanans)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Hunts

Sacayanans: $5,750/Hunts: $13,400/Ahunas: $16K cash & S.F.

As you may recall, I blamed Linda during the SSS and wanted Angelo to win but she won. Now I’m rooting for the Hunts to win this match.

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$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ S _ _ _ _
K _ T _ _ _ R

The Ahunas ID ASHTON KUTCHER.

Speed-Up Round: THING

The first FS of the week is $1,800. After Roger (who said the R one turn prematurely) puts up an S…

_ _ R N _ N G
_ _ _ S T _ _ N

…he correctly answers this BURNING QUESTION for $3,600.

SOLE DUD: M (Sacayanans)

FINAL SCORES
Sacayanans: $5,750/Hunts: $17K/Ahunas: $19K cash & S.F.

GT: $41,750
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $5,500

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$100K Bonus Round
I think the car this week is a Ford Mustang Convertible given that the prize provider’s the Orchid Isle Auto Center and the fact they offered a similar convertible before (the Mazda Miata) on the previous SH week in Hawaii. Laura lands on the R.

Category: THING
Decent help on the bottom…

_ _ _ _ _
L _ T _ E R

HDMI puts in…

_ _ _ M _
L _ T H E R

but little help in the top word means they can’t solve FOAMY LATHER (it’s formed when you mix soap w/ water) for $45K.

SH Sweepstakes Puzzle: ENGAGEMENT RING
$5K SPIN ID: KC3193575

MY EP. RATING: 6

Week 21 Stats

This week could’ve been a big improvement had Kimberlee got lucky in the BR. And prepare to groan as we’re going back to HI for “Second Honeymoon” week.

Total this Week: $225,905
Total for the Season: $6,948,949
BR Win Record: 45-60 (.429)
Total Car Wins: 13
-1/2 Car: 10 (5 Ford Fiestas, 4 Nissa Versa Note Ss, 1 Chevy Spark)
-BR Car: 3 (Chevy Camaro, BMW x3, VW Beetle Conv.)
Prize Wedge Wins: 26
Gift Tag Wins: 31
Mystery Wedge Wins: 11
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 40-11
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 20-20
$10K MW was next to LaT: 17
$10K MW was next to $800: 32
Express was Played-Passed: 21-3
-Successes: 11
-Crashes: 10
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 7 (6 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 13
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 68/45/0
5-Round Games: 21
6-Round Games: 1
$6K FINAL SPINS: 5
Gooseegg Victims: 25
Red Winners: 37
Yellow Winners: 39
Blue Winners: 29
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $24,100 */ 2 WC  2
½ CAR
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $685,731* / 34 WC / 41 ½ CAR / 11 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,625* (Jan. 8), $20,600* (Sept. 16), $17,250 (Oct. 29) 
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $49,175* (Jan 8.), $27,630* (Sept. 18), $27,500 (Oct. 1)
Top 3 Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $100,623 (Jan. 29), $91,892 (Dec. 26)
Bottom 3 Winning Totals: $13,410 (Dec. 16), $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $93,892 (Dec. 26), $83,743 (Jan. 29), $77,978 (Jan. 27)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 8

$32K: 33/74
$40K: 3/9
$45K: 5/11
$50K: 0/1
$100K (or $1M): 1/3
CAR: 3/7

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: February 6, 2015

The less said about last night’s DISASTROUS episode, the better.

EPISODE #6150: FUN & FIT

$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ _ I _ G
H A N _ S T A _ D S

Pete should be DOING HANDSTANDS at his viewing party, because he’s won the right to be interviewed first…

Pete Denardo: Army vet, portable sanitation co. administrative assistant & full-time Computer Science student who’s also a “STAR WARS” fan from Shoreview, MN
Betsy Littrell: Navy wife of 14 yrs. to Keith & part-time women’s clothing store worker from Monterey (orig. from Worcester, MA)
Marlyn Cruz: Bartender/waiter from Union City, CA (orig. from Brooklyn)

$2K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ _ B _ _ K S
_ _ _ S K _

Pete triples up by locating FAIRBANKS, ALASKA.

Round 1: WAYD?

He gets going w/ two N’s for $1,800, three I’s, five E’s, and the obvious $500 G before LOSING A TURN. Second, Betsy claims the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 w/ six T’s, four A’s, two H’s for $1,400 and two O’s, but she also LaTs out. Marlyn then spins just once for a $1,200 R pair…

T A _ I N G
T H E / _ T A I R _
I N _ T E A _ / O _
T H E / E _ E _ A T O R

…and she’s TAKING THE STAIRS INSTEAD OF THE ELEVATOR on the spot when she could’ve gone for the S’s.

LaTs: 2 (Marlyn’s opponents)

Betsy: $0/Marlyn: $1,200/Pete: $3K

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

A $700 S gets Betsy started, but she hits her second LaT of the game. Second, Marlyn gets a hold of the MW near $800 after calling a T…$$$! Next up are four R’s for $3,600, buys of four E’s and an I, two C’s for another grand, two O’s and a single U…

C O _ _ U T E R
& / E _ E R C I S E
_ R O _ R _ _

…and a $13,600 solve of COMPUTER & EXERCISE PROGRAM.

SOLE LaT: Betsy

Betsy: ZIP/Marlyn: $14,800/Pete: $3K

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Our big leader picks up that MDW right away w/ two T’s, but her next call of R isn’t there. Second, Pete inserts two H’s for a grand, three A’s, two I’s, but no more w/ C. Third for Betsy are an N for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 w/ an N, two $500 S’s, but then the sole dud vowel of E. Afterwards…

I / _ A S / H _ _ I N _
_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _
S A _ / T H A T

I WAS HOPING YOU WOULD SAY THAT literally, Marlyn — that earns you a travel.BUZZ trip to JAMAICA worth $7,800.

DUDS: R (Marlyn), C (Pete), E (Betsy)

Betsy: ZILCH/Marlyn: $22,600 cash & Jamaica MDW/Pete: $3K

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$3K Tossup: PERSON

_ H E
 _ O _ _ _ A C _ / _ I D

I doubt Betsy will be THE COMEBACK KID, but she’s finally off the gooseegg mark.

Round 4: THING

Her calls here are two S’s and a T at $700 a pop, an A, and a $500 N. Board…

A / _ _ _ _
N _ _ _ T ‘ S / S _ _ _ _

…she rightly says she’s had A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP for another $2,350.

PR

Betsy: $5,350/Marlyn: $22,600 cash & Jamaica MDW/Pete: $3K

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Round 5: RHYME TIME

Marlyn’s starters are a $550 N, a $700 T and an A, then come a $900 S, two I’s and E’s to clean out the vowels, but then D for dud. Pete then puts up two C’s for $1,400 and a TD W to complete the board…

T W I C E
A S / N I C E

…making the $6,400 solve and landing on TD is certainly TWICE AS NICE for this guy.

SOLE DUD: D (Marlyn)

Betsy: $5,350/Marlyn: $22,600 cash & Jamaica MDW/Pete: $9,400

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Speed-Up Round: LIVING THINGS

It’s a $1,900 FS. After the hot consonant of three F’s pop up…

_ _ R D / _ F
B _ F F _ L _

Marlyn’s won another $7,600 courtesy of a HERD OF BUFFALO.

AIRED DUDS: T (Pete), S (Marlyn), N (Betsy), C (Betsy)

FINAL SCORES
Betsy: $5,350/Marlyn: $30,200 cash & Jamaica MDW/Pete: $9,400

GT: $44,950
BANKRUPT-FREE EPISODE!

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #8
After we see her mom w/ the same name holding that MDW, Marlyn lands on the I of WIN.

Category: THING
The Cadillac CTS is one such example of this…

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

DCPO doesn’t add much…

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

…but she gets LUXURY VEHICLE no problem! Too bad she has to settle for the $32K here and a final total of $62,200 cash & Jamaica, mon.

$1M SPOT: S of AMERICA’S
$5K SPIN ID: RT4956960

MY EP. RATING: 8