WoF Recap: April 29, 2015


Mickey has returned to do the intro — looks like you know the pattern this week.

$1K Tossup: PERSON

_ Y
T E A M M _ _ E

Joshua & Barbara are on the board w/ MY TEAMMATE. Wed.’s couples…

Joshua & Barbara Perlman: own a church (from Phoenix)
James & Jen Valera: from HI
Noelle & Timmy Raymond: he works for a leading floor manufacturer while she’s a speech/language pathologist at North Syracuse Junior HS; they’re from Syracuse, NY

$5K SPIN ID: RR8199360


_ A _ M _ T _ A N S

There were 101 of these guys and the Raymonds know that they’re DALMATIANS.


Round 1: FUN & GAMES

They get that MDW right away w/ three T’s, call up an $1,800 pair of H’s and buy two E’s, after which they say a $700 N, two $600 R’s, six A’s, two K’s for the Zappos gift tag, two $500 P’s and the last vowel of I, then we’ve displayed…

_ A K I N _ / A
_ P _ A _ H / A T / T H E
_ A T E R / P A R K

…I wasn’t MAKING A SPLASH AT THE WATER PARK on my most recent visit to Disney World, but they’ve secured another $5,950 cash & GT ($7,950 overall).



Mystery Round: FOOD & DRINK

The Perlmans are up first w/ two S’s for a grand, an A buy, two $600 L’s, and four FP O’s, then come three R’s for $1,950 an I, and three E’s to clean out the vowels…

S L O _ – R O A S _ E _
_ O R _
_ E _ _ E R L O I _

…they smell a SLOW-ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN $3,400.

PR #2

Valeras: $0/Ramymonds: $7,950 cash & GT MDW/Perlmans: $4,400


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Now that we finally hear from the Valeras, they pick off four T’s for two grand, two I’s, a $900 S, a $500 M, and four E’s before we turn to Vanna’s board…

I T ‘ S / T I M E / T _
_ E _ E _ _ _ T E

IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE you two — you’ve won $2,900 and this DISNEY WORLD trip worth $7,308.

PR #3

Valeras: $10,208 cash & trip/Ramymonds: $7,950 cash & GT MDW/Perlmans: $4,400


$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ / _ R I _ _ _
T O / _ _ _ / _ _ D

Timmy says A FRIEND TO THE END to take back the lead.

Round 4: SHOW BIZ

They’ve first uncovered a T, S and two N’s all at $700 apiece, buy an O and two I’s, light up a $700 R, but next is the first mistake all night long w/ W (they’ve spun that red $700 space every time). Second for the Perlmans are a $500 Y, a $700 L, a U, a $650 G, and a $900 H before we finally get into S-U mode…

Y O U R / N _ _ _
I N / L I G H T S

…w/ the last consonant worth $1,500. They call that out (the M)…

Y O U R / N _ M _
I N / L I G H T S

…and solve YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS for four grand.


Valeras: $10,208 cash & trip/Ramymonds: $10,950 cash & GT MDW/Perlmans: $8,400

GT: $29,558


Pat’s holding their MDW since they didn’t bring anybody along w/ them and Noelle takes the BW to the ***.

Category: PHRASE
Just this one little old letter to start in this one-liner…

_ _ _ _ _ N _ / _ _

They CDMA OUT of the game, and it wasn’t something ending in UP according to them. Time was literally ZIPPING BY, and is this playing a TOTAL TRAINWRECK?…
















well, almost — the super big one was under the N of WIN. Their envelope had $32K, so they leave as the lowest-winning champions this season by just $50.



WoF Recap: April 28, 2015


Minnie’s introducing the hosts this time

$1K Tossup: PERSON

_ L _ _ H I N G
_ R I _ E

Anna & Jim solve BLUSHING BRIDE. Tuesday’s couples are all grandparents…

Anna & Jim Murphy (50 yrs.): the man’s a retired electrician from Chicago
Peggy & Ken Kerstein (34 yrs.): retired from Spokane, WA
Drew & Lisa Solberg (about 29 yrs.): he’s a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer; they’re from Bovey, MN

$5K SPIN ID: MS1876341

$2K Tossup: PLACE (also a Phrase)

_ _ M E / _ W A Y
_ _ _ _ / _ _ M _

Drew takes control w/ HOME AWAY FROM HOME.

FEATURED DISNEY TRIP: Disneyland again (this one worth $6,152)
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: TravelSmith


The Solbergs are off to a nice $5K start w/ two N’s, buy two A’s and E’s, pick up the WC w/ two T’s, light up a $700 H, and buy two I’s, after which they say two $800 G’s, an O, three $800 L’s, and three $700 S’s before they…

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



Solbergs: $13,800 WC/Murphys: $1K/Kersteins: $0


Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

The Murphys start their wheel-spinning journey w/ a $700 N, two T’s for $1,200 more, three E’s, but then a dud of K. Second, the Kersteins waste a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near TD. Third, the Solbergs put up a $1,300 pair of M’s, buy and I and three O’s, but then get the exact same fate as the blue couple to lose their WC and the $800 remainder. Back to the Murphys who buy five A’s to clean out the vowels and pick up the TravelSmith gift tag w/ three L’s, then they put in $500 S’s plus two D’s and a G at $650 apiece before we display all of this…

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

Peggy exactly recites “TALE AS OLD AS TIME, SONG AS OLD AS RHYME” for $8,350 cash & GT.

SOLE DUD: K (Murphys)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (other couples)

Solbergs: $13,800/Murphys: $9,350 cash & GT/Kersteins: ZERO


PP/Express Round: EVENT

The Kersteins are off to a bad start w/ a T call. Second, the Solbergs insert three N’s for $1,500, five E’s, a $600 R, five I’s, and a $1K pair of D’s…

D E _ I _ I _ _ _
D I N I N _
E _ _ E R I E N _ E

…they’ve won another $2,600 plus a DELICIOUS DINING EXPERIENCE on their $11,706 trip to DISNEY WORLD.

SOLE DUD: T (Kersteins)

Solbergs: $28,106 cash & Disney World/Murphys: $9,350 cash & GT/Kersteins: ZILCH


$3K Tossup: (MOVIE) TITLE

_ _ E / _ _ _ G _ E
_ _ O _

Peggy solves “THE JUNGLE BOOK”.

Speed-Up Round: FOOD & DRINK

$1,500 per consonant this time. After Lisa picks off the double D’s…

M _ D _ – T _ – _ R D _ R
_ M _ _ _ T

…she gets a MADE-TO-ORDER OMELET for another three grand.

DUDS: S (Solbergs), G (Kersteins)

Solbergs: $31,106 cash & trip/Murphys: $12,350 cash & GT/Kersteins: $2K GOOSEEGG

GT: $45,456
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC not factored): $800


$100K Bonus Round
Lisa lands on the C.

Category: THING
Just this much to start…

_ _ S _ / _ _
_ _ _ R

MPKO doesn’t add much besides the obvious O…

_ _ S P / O _
_ _ _ R

but Lisa plucks a WISP OF HAIR to win her team…

….$45K for a final total of $76,106 cash & trip! Nicely done!


WoF Recap: April 27, 2015

Their last Disney week wasn’t so magical, but maybe this one will — it’s “Show Your Disney Side”. Remember, there are NO cars used on these particular weeks.


Mickey’s doing the intro.

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ R E _ _
_ _ A _ _ W

Nick & Lesley goof w/ FRESH MEADOW.

_ R E E _
M _ A _ O W

Carolina & Sergio solve GREEN MEADOW. Meeting the first three family teams this week…

Carolina & Sergio Felix (9 yrs.): he’s an Army Staff Sgt. for 13 yrs.; they recently moved to HI
Nick & Lesley Sharkey (4.5 yrs.): he works in sales for a Christian publishing co. while she’s an ES music teacher; they’re from Glen Ellyn, CA
Eric & Kristie Metler (12.5 yrs.): she ran the Tinkerbell Half-Marathon in Disneyland last yr.; they’re from Fresno

$5K SPIN ID: OH4107894

$2K Tossup: PEOPLE

_ A _ P Y
_ _ _ _ Y W _ D S

Nick rightly says they’re HAPPY NEWLYWEDS.

FIRST DISNEY TRIP OF THE WEEK: Disneyland worth $6,988
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Zappos


Both the Sharkeys and Metlers strike out right away w/ T and R, respectively. Third in line, the Felixes call up a $550 N, two D’s for a grand, four E’s, and a $1K pair of Y’s, then we have… 

_ _ E Y
D E _ E Y
_ N D / _ _ _ _ E

…they ID HUEY, DEWEY AND LOUIE (Donald Duck’s nephews) for $2,300.

DUDS: T (Sharkeys), R (Metlers)

Felixes: $3,300/Sharkeys: $2K/Metlers: $0


Mystery Round: EVENT

Here go the Metlers w/ three R’s for $2,700, two S’s for the WC, an E, and an while on the MW near $800. They risk $3,450 and the WC to find…$$$! Next up are an A, two L’s for the Zappos gift tag, two O’s, a $700 H, a T for that MDW, three I’s to finish off the vowels, and two W’s for $1,200 more before we finally show you…

_ R I L L I A N T
_ I R E W O R _ S

…I’ve seen a BRILLIANT FIREWORKS SHOW on New Year’s Eve last year and they make the solve for $16,600 cash & GT!


Felixes: $3,300/Sharkeys: $2K/Metlers: $16,600 cash & GT MDW WC


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

The Felixes‘ first consonants here are a $1,950 trio of N’s, but then a dud of R. Second, the Sharkeys come up w/ an $1,800 trio of T’s, three E’s, two $900 H’s, and two I’s before BANKRUPTing near $650 to lose the $3,100 remainder. Third, the Metlers insert a $700 G, a FP O, a $650 L, and three S’s for $2,700 more…

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

…in addition to another $4,050, they’ll be LOVING THE SUNSHINE STATE because they’ve won a trip to DISNEYWORLD worth $7,518!

SOLE DUD: R (Felixes)

Felixes: $3,300/Sharkeys: $2K/Metlers: $28,168 cash & prizes MDW WC



_ _ E
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ B _ _ S

Carolina doesn’t waste much time in coming up w/ “THE INCREDIBLES”.

Speed-Up Round: THINGS

It’s a $1,900 FS. Midway in the round, the Metlers light up an M but flub w/ WORDS OF ENDEARMENT. The Felixes then call out that C…

_ _ R _ S / _ _
_ N C _ _ R _ _ _ M _ N T

…they have some WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT to finish strong w/ another $7,600.

SOLE DUD: L (Metlers)
SOLE DQ: blown solve by that same team

Felixes: $13,900/Sharkeys: $2K/Metlers: $28,168 cash & prizes MDW WC

GT: $44,068


MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #14 (a new record for most MDBRs in a single season)
Enter each week’s bonus puzzle for your chance to win a trip to Disneyworld (I’m in on the contest, too). Kristie spins up the P.

Category: THINGS
I think you know what the first line is already…

_ / _ E _
_ _ _ _ _ E S

CDMA and H give them besides the obvious vowel…

A / _ E _
C H _ _ C E S

…they blow the second word w/ NEW, when they literally had A FEW CHOICES in mind, so they don’t win…




Who Won Tonight’s 2015 Daytime Emmys?

Outstanding game show Directing: Lenn Goodside for “Let’s Make a Deal”.

Outstanding Lighting Direction award: Ellen

Outstanding GS Host: Craig Ferguson (wha?) for “Celebrity Name Game”

Outstanding GS Emmy: “J!” of course

And let’s not forget former “Golden Girl” Betty White who got her Lifetime Achievement Award.

Week 32 Stats

Total this Week: $264,410
Total for the Season: $9,688,485
BR Win Record: 59-101 (.368)
Total Car Wins: 23
-1/2 Car: 20 (10 Ford Fiestas, 9 Nissa Versa Note Ss, 1 Chevy Spark)
-BR Car: 3 (Chevy Camaro, BMW x3, VW Beetle Conv.)
Prize Wedge Wins: 43
Gift Tag Wins: 46
Mystery Wedge Wins: 13
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 59-20
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 29-30
$10K MW was next to LaT: 29
$10K MW was next to $800: 46
Express was Played-Passed: 31-4
-Successes: 16
-Crashes: 15
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 9 (7 on $3,500, 1 on $900, 1 on $5,000)
-BR: 19
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 115/66/0
5-Round Games: 40
6-Round Games: 3
Gooseegg Victims: 38
Red Winners: 52
Yellow Winners: 60
Blue Winners: 48
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $35,900 / 1
WC  / 3 ½ CAR
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $1,066,787* / 48 WC / 52 ½ CAR 

Biggest Bankrupt: $20,625* (Jan. 8), $20,600* (Sept. 16), $18,175 (April 3)  
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $49,175* (Jan 8.), $29,625* (April 3), $27,980* (March 10)
Top 3 Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $130,565 (Feb. 23), $100,623 (Jan. 29)
Bottom 3 Winning Totals: $13,006 (April 23), $12,400 (Feb. 16), $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)  
Season-Low Week: $171,789 (Disney Sand & Shore Wk.)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 2
$1M Bonus Rounds: 13

$32K: 45/116
$40K: 3/12
$45K: 5/14
$50K: 1/5
$100K (or $1M): 2/6 (one of each win, three $100K losses, one $1M loss) 
CAR: 3/7

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: April 24, 2015


The last set of this week is the one from Sandals.

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

J A _ _ _ _ _ V _ _ _ E
F _ _ R _ _ A

Suzanne locates JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA. The end-of-week players…

Suzanne Geckler: attorney for prod. of children’s TV from Valencia, CA
Curtis Cooney: financial analyst an 12-man relay team cpt. from Longview, WA
Paula Saff: professor of Accounting from Brooklyn

$2K Tossup: THING

W _ _ _ I _ G
_ E _ _

Curtis solves WISHING WELL.

FEATURED $6K TRIP: Beaches Resort of your choice

Round 1: SHOW BIZ

He gets the WC right away w/ a T, buys five E’s, and calls up an $800 Y, followed by an A and two I’s, four $550 P’s…

E Y E – P _ P P I _ _
_ P E _ I A _
E _ _ E _ T _

…and his $2,750 solve of EYE-POPPING SPECIAL EFFECTS to go to $4,750.



Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Paula’s chance at greatness starts w/ a $900 T, two I’s, but then the BANKRUPT near TD. Second, Suzanne picks up the 1/2 CAR next to the pink $900 w/ two S’s, buys two A’s, but she and Curtis both spin up that same BANKRUPT, so she loses the $750 remainder and her plate while he must give back that WC. After Paula wastes another turn w/ the other normal one, Suzanne picks off a $500 M, three K’s, and R for the other 1/2 CAR, and the remaining vowels of an O and two E’s. She follows w/ a $1,400 pair of D’s and three W’s while on the MW near LaT before taking the money for those…

I T ‘ S / A / S M A L L
W I D E / W E _

…and says “IT’S A SMALL WORLD WIDE WEB” for another $6,400. She did the right thing in not going for that MW, because that’s the BANKRUPT one.

BANKRUPTS: 4 (Paula 2x)

Curtis: $4,750/Paula: $0/Suzanne: $7,400 1/2 CAR


PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES 

Suzanne’s first moves are an $1,800 pair of S’s, two E’s, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to forfeit $1,550 and her plate. Second, Curtis retrieves the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 w/ two R’s, but then buys the sole dud vowel of A. Third, Paula gets into BANKRUPT trouble for the third time tonight w/ the one near $650. After Suzanne misses w/ B, Curtis lights up a $2,100 trio of N’s, two I’s, and a G for the other 1/2 CAR (Pat mistakenly said the first plate he got is no good since Suzanne just lost hers). After he buys the other two good vowels…

_ R E _ E N _ O U S
_ I N _ S U R _ I N G

…he’s won another $17,290 cash & Fiesta, and will have to do some TREMENDOUS WINDSURFING on his trip to the Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa in JAMAICA!

DUDS: A (Curtis), B (Suzanne)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Curtis: $28,040 cash & prizes/Paula: ROTTEN LUCK/Suzanne: $7,400


$3K Tossup: PHRASE

T _ _ / L A _ T
_ _ R _ W

Paula rightly said that was THE LAST STRAW she had w/ those BANKRUPTs she got.


Well, maybe she spoke too soon, because she’s instantly BANKRUPTed near $650. Suzanne secondly spots a $900 N, buys five A’s, but gets the exact same fate as her (that’s her third one tonight). Third for Curtis are a $900 D, but than a faulty E purchase. Paula next puts up a $500 R, but that same BANKRUPT gets her again (and it’s her FIFTH one tonight). After Suzanne puts up a TD T and repeats the A, we mercifully go into S-U mode…

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

…w/ the leftover consonants worth $1,900 each. After the last vowel of two I’s have been lit up by Vanna…

_ A S T R A _ I
A N D / S A L A _ I

Curtis eats up some PASTRAMI AND SALAMI for $2,550.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (women again, two by Paula)
SOLE DQ: Suzanne’s A repeat

Curtis: $30,590 cash & prizes/Paula: $3K/Suzanne: $7,400 

GT: $40,990
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $4,100 (I’m surprised it wasn’t that high given all those BANKRUPTs)


$100K Bonus Round
Let’s hope Curtis can end this week on a good note as he spins up the A of GAME.

Category: PERSON
I got this one already…

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

GCDI pretty much gives him the first word…

_ _ I L D I N G
_ _ N E R

…but he STILL DOESN’T get either part of BUILDING OWNER for the $32K. 

$5K SPIN ID: GM6780429


WoF Recap: April 23, 2015


Our next stop’s the set of “Leave Winter Behind”. And the BR car up for grabs this night is a FIAT 500c.

$1K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ _ I V _ – I N
_ _ _ A T _ _

Asiah apparently has been to a DRIVE-IN THEATER (and I don’t think you’ll see many of them these days). This time, the interviews start w/ the lady in the middle…

Asiah Manning: Miami Carol City Sr. HS law magnet program teacher and teen motivation/inspiration writer from Miramar, FL
Judy Wheeler: marketing consultant who’s trying to play golf in every state w/ hubby Tom of 23 yrs. (they’ve visited 43 so far) from Springboro, OH
Chris White: A.F. fighter pilot stationed at Edwards A.F. Base from Palmdale, CA

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ O T / _ _ _ _ _ L O
W I _ G S

Asiah eats up some HOT BUFFALO WINGS for the tripler.

FEATURED $6K SS: hayneedle

Round 1: PERSON

Her lead-off letters are a $600 T, two E’s, but then the LaT. Second, Judy fills in a $600 R, three A’s, a $650 S, and three TD L’s. But after an O buy, the sole dud vowel of I stops her. Third, Chris sees in his future a TD P, the last vowel of U, an $800 Y, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $3,050. After Asiah spins up the other normal one to give back $350…

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

Judy makes the $8K solve, though she isn’t the MOST VALUABLE PLAYER.

SOLE DUD: I (Judy)
SOLE LaT: Asiah
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Asiah & Chris)


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Judy first picks up the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 w/ an S, buys an I, calls up a $1,950 trio of T’s, and buys triple E’s. But after a $700 R, she makes a bad purchase for the second time tonight, this time w/ the O. Chris secondly spots a $1,200 pair of H’s and the last vowel of A, before getting into LaT trouble. Asiah thirdly makes a B appear while on the MW near $800 and sees under there…$$$! But after a $650 F, the BANKRUPT near TD shoots her down to the tune of $10,650…

H E ‘ S / _ _
H A _ F –
_ I T

…and Judy takes advantage of another Asiah downfall — she says “HE’S MY BETTER HALF-WIT” for another $2,400.

SOLE DUD: O (Judy)
SOLE LaT: Chris

Chris: NOTHING/Asiah: $3K/Judy: $10,400 1/2 CAR

Repeating BP Flashback: GRUMPY


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Chris starts this important round w/ two obvious G’s for the WC, two I’s and E’s, four $550 N’s, but the O lets somebody down again for the second round in a row (and it’s the only bad vowel of this board). Asiah secondly plugs in two S’s for the other 1/2 CAR, a P for the gas cards, two A’s, a U, and two $700 D’s…

S P E N D I N G / _ _ E
D A _ / S U N _ A _ _ I N G

…she’s won another $3,400 in cash and gas cards are hers, but she should also be SPENDING THE DAY SUNBATHING at the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort in ARUBA worth $6,606.

SOLE DUD: O (Chris)

Chris: WC/Asiah: $13,006 cash & prizes/Judy: $10,400


$3K Tossup: THING

_ A R R I _ G E
_ I _ E N S _

Chris finally has some money w/ a MARRIAGE LICENSE.

Round 4: PHRASE

Two $600 T’s get him started, but S for sorry follows. Second, Asiah LaTs out. Third for Judy are an $800 R, three A’s, but then the S-U signal…

R _ _ _ _ _ _ / A T
_ _ _ _ / _ A _ A _ _ T _

…w/ a $1,700 FS. Three N’s and two L’s later…

R _ N N _ N _ / A T
_ _ L L / _ A _ A _ _ T _

Chris is RUNNING AT FULL CAPACITY for another $4,600.

SOLE DUD (before FS): S (Chris)
SOLE LaT: Asiah

Chris: $7,600/Asiah: $13,006 cash & prizes/Judy: $10,400

GT: $31,006


$100K Bonus Round
Asiah lands on the S of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
This is all the RSTLNE can give her…

_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ N _

CDMA does for her…

_ _ _ D
_ A C _ A _ _ N _

…so much for my thought of FOAM PACKAGING (I thought they would reuse that because they used this in late S25)…and time has expired just as she started to say the right one of FOOD PACKAGING, so she doesn’t win $32K. It also she means she goes down as one of the bottom three totals this season.

$5K SPIN ID: JA3913501

To end this ep., Vanna lights up her initials at the far right side of the puzzleboard.


WoF Recap: April 22, 2015


We’re on the “Spa Getaway” set.

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

_ O _ _ G / _ O
T H E / R _ D E O

I don’t know if Donna is planning on GOING TO THE RODEO, but she’s on the board. Yet again, the interviews go from left to right…

Donna Lakinger: fitness coord. in retirement community from Chicago
Brian Alexander: planning dir. for jewelery co. from Shawnee, KS
Sharon Brandon: English teacher at Harvey Rice Wraparound School, community theater actress and church singer who has bowled two perfect games from Cleveland


H _ U S _
P A _ N _ _ R

Brian solves HOUSE PAINTER.

FEATURED $6K TRIP: Ireland from Aer Lingus


He calls an automatic dud of T. Second, Sharon FPs three N’s, buys an A, but then strikes out w/ S. Third, Donna has found two obvious G’s for $1,200, an I, and a D for the Ireland trip, but an L call takes away her turn. Brian then puts up a $1,400 pair of B’s, and a $1,200 pair of R’s…

B R _ A _ I N G / N _ _
G R _ _ N D
B _ _ _

…he’s BREAKING NEW GROUND BEEF for 26 more Benjamins.

DUDS: T (Brian), S (Sharon), L (Donna)

Donna: $1K/Brian: $4,600/Sharon: $0


Mystery Round: STAR & ROLE

Sharon insta-BANKRUPTs next to $650. Second, Donna captures a $1,300 pair of T’s and an H for the overstock gift tag, then she buys an E and two O’s before LOSING A TURN. Brian then gets up there a $7K pair of R’s, and three $900 S’s…

T O _ / H _ _ _ S / _ S
_ O R R E S T / _ _ _ _

…he IDs TOM HANKS AS “FORREST GUMP” for another $9,700.

SOLE LaT: Donna

Donna: $1K/Brian: $14,300/Sharon: NIL


PP/Express Round: EVENT

With a big deficit to overcome, Donna starts this answer w/ an $1,800 trio of R’s, a $500 T, four E’s, two $700 H’s, three I’s, and the same number of A’s to finish off the vowels. She follows w/ a $700 P, two N’s for the WC, a $900 M, and two S’s for twice the amount she last spun before she looks at…

A / R E _ R E S H I N _
_ I P / I N / T H E
_ A R M / S E A

…she wins another $7,350 and will take A REFRESHING DIP IN THE WARM SEA while at The Verandah Resort & Spa in ANTIGUA worth $7,060.


Donna: $15,410 cash & Antigua WC/Brian: $14,300/Sharon: BUPKIS


$3K Tossup: THINGS

Z _ _ _ _
S T R I _ E S

Donna has some more breathing room w/ ZEBRA STRIPES.

Round 4: PHRASE

Her first call of R doesn’t get her anywhere. Second for Brian are a $700 T, two E’s, an H and three N’s at $800 apiece, and vowel singles of I and A, before the S stops him. Third in line, Sharon has the same result w/ a D. After Donna LaTs out, Brian BANKRUPTs next to TD to give up the $3,150 in his bank. Sharon doesn’t do any better w/ an L. Donna’s third try sees her putting in a $500 B, but then goofing w/ the G. After Brian runs into the other BANKRUPT, Sharon tacks on a $900 K and the last vowel of O, but next is C for critical dud. Donna then frontloads the $700 M…

M O N E _ / I N
T H E / B A N K

…she mercifully puts some more MONEY IN THE BANK in the amount of $1,200.

DUDS: R (Donna), S (Brian), D (Sharon), L (Sharon), G (Donna), C (Sharon)
SOLE LaT: Donna
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both by Brian)

Donna: $19,610 cash & Antigua WC/Brian: $14,300/Sharon: TERRIBLE SHAPE


Speed-Up Round: ON THE MAP 

$1,500‘s the FS on this Hump Day. Brian puts up the N at the start, but is way off w/ DUBLIN, IRELAND. He later gets up the backloading G…

_ _ S _ _ R
_ _ _ M _ N G

…and he’s right w/ CASPER, WYOMING for another three grand.

DUDS: T (Brian), L (Sharon)

Donna: $19,610 cash & Antigua WC/Brian: $17,300/Sharon: DESERVING $1K GOOSEEGG

Not meaning to be rude to Sharon, but that C call in R4 really sealed her fate.

GT: $37,910
BANKRUPT TRASH (all by Brian): $3,150


$100K Bonus Round
Replacing the Winnebago Travato for tonight is a red Ford Mustang. Donna’s gotta take the M envelope of GAME.

Category: THINGS
The company Apple makes these…

_ _ _ _ – T E _ _
_ _ _ _ E T S

DHBA should do it for her, even though her extra letter of M is no good…

H _ _ H – T E _ H
_ A D _ E T S

…she gets HIGH-TECH GADGETS! And good news, Wheel watchers…

we have our first $50K payoff all season long!!! Her final total’s $69,610 cash & trip!

$5K SPIN ID: NB4992326

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WoF Recap: April 21, 2015

I had no idea about this, but today is announcer Jim Thornton’s 50th birthday!


Our next stop is the “Wheel Around the WORLD” set.

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ A T I O N A L
_ O R _ S _

Courtney strikes first blood w/ NATIONAL FOREST. Once again, meeting them in order…

Courtney Gibbs: former BINGO player from Sacramento
Sarah Beatty: Ross School of Business student from Ann Arbor, MI
Jack Gilbride: works for an insurance co. that sells pension plans from Stockertown, PA

$2K Tossup: PERSON

A / G O O D
S P O _ _

Jack proves to be A GOOD SPORT.

FEATURED $6K SS: Beyond the Rack
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: gas cards (the conoco logo is used)


That man kicks off w/ a $600 R, two M’s to go to two grand, but then the BANKRUPT near TD. Second, Courtney calls out three T’s for $2,400, buys three O’s, but then LaTs out. Third, Sarah spots two H’s for $1,200 and three S’s to add $1,950…

M R . / S M _ T H
_ O _ S / T O
_ _ S H _ _ _ T O _

…then she IDs “MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON” for her first $3,150.

SOLE LaT: Courtney

Courtney: $1K/Sarah: $3,150/Jack: $2K


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Courtney’s first letters in this go-around are a $700 N, two A’s, an $800 S, and two O’s followed by an $800 R, five E’s, and an F while on the MW near LaT. She gambles $1,550…and BANKRUPTs. Second, Sarah has a $700 M but then the other normal BANKRUPT. Third, Jack spins up the same BANKRUPT he got before. Courtney next picks three $800 T’s, buys the I, but then gets her second LaT of the night. Sarah then picks off a $3K trio of L’s…

L E A _ _ E
_ A M E
O F / T _ R O N E S

…and solves “LITTLE LEAGUE GAME OF THRONES” to nearly double her winnings.

SOLE LaT: Courtney
BANKRUPTS: 3 (everybody)

Courtney: $1K/Sarah: $6,150/Jack: $2K


PP/Express Round: THINGS

Here goes Sarah w/ an $1,100 pair of S’s, four E’s, two $500 T’s, two $900 L’s, and three A’s, then come two R’s for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, two $500 P’s, two $600 N’s…but the BANKRUPT near $650 shoots her down again to the tune of $6,600 and her plate. Jack then lights up a $2,700 M trio…

A M P L E / S _ N
A N _ / M _ L _
T E M P E R A T _ R E S

…he’ll enjoy the AMPLE SUN AND MILD TEMPERATURES on his $6,700 trip to the Long Bay Beach Club on the island of Tortola in the VIRGIN ISLANDS.


Courtney: $1K/Sarah: $6,150/Jack: $11,400 cash & Tortola


$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ _ F _ R _
C _ _ N _ C _ _ _ U T

Sarah locates HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT to close the gap to $2,250.

Round 4: PHRASE

Next on her letter list are a $500 T, five N’s to x9 her total, two I’s, two G’s and an H at $900 apiece, and three O’s to clean out the vowels. Following a $500 R…

_ O R N I N G
N O O N / & / N I G H T

…she solves MORNING NOON & NIGHT to take back the lead.


Courtney: $1K/Sarah: $16,350/Jack: $11,400 cash & Tortola

Speed-Up Round: EVENT

Consonants each pay off at $1,600. After Jack requests the V to leave only vowels remaining…

P _ _ L / R _ V _ R _ ‘ S
R _ D _

…he recalls PAUL REVERE’S RIDE for $4,800, but he still loses by just $150. If only Pat spun up the $1,700… 

DUDS: T (Courtney), N (Jack), M (Sarah), H (Courtney)

Courtney: $1K/Sarah: $16,350/Jack: $16,200 cash & Tortola

GT: $33,550
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $10,850


$100K Bonus Round
Sarah takes the BW to the M of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
This 16-letter answer starts like this…

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

HGMA gives her some more help…

T H _ R _ _ G H
_ _ E R H A _ L

…her bank account’s getting a THOROUGH OVERHAUL to the tune of…





























…the damn minimum for a final total of $48,350. We still haven’t given away something that isn’t $32K since that $100K win on this particular set back in February.

: VK9570823

They don’t have the cake for Jim, but they do show a picture of Pat and Harry’s wives (Lesly and Judy).


WoF Recap: April 20, 2015


This latest AG Week starts on the set of “Fun & Fit”.

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ N N _ _ _ _ _ _ I A
_ _ _ _ U _

Mark solves PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. In order, meet…

Mark Schatz: architect & winery host from Novato, CA
Lauren Dohanish: accountant from Fairfield, NJ
Ariana Goulbourne: site director for Pro-Youth/H.E.A.R.T. who studied abroad in Rome from Visalia, CA

$2K Tossup: THING

C _ L C _ _ _ T _ D
R I _ K

Mark took a CALCULATED RISK to triple up.

FEATURED $9K TRIP: Chongwe River Camp courtesy of South African Airways


He starts us off w/ a $600 T, but then the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Lauren calls out a $700 S, buys three A’s and E’s, lights up two $700 H’s and two $800 R’s, but then buys a worthless Y. Third, Ariana FPs a single P and picks up the WC w/ a C…

C H A _ _ E
_ _ / H E A R T

…she has a SPARE CHANGE OF HEART for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: U (Lauren)


Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

Lauren leads off w/ three $900 T’s, five E’s, two TD H’s, and two A’s, followed by an $1,800 pair of R’s, two O’s, but then an unfortunate dud of B while on TD to likely cost her $10,750. Ariana next picks up both 1/2 CARs (she got the one near the pink $900 first) w/ an L and two S’s, respectively, then she buys two I’s to clean out the vowels and we have…

A L _ A _ S
S O _ E T H I _ _
T H E R E / T O
R E _ I _ _ / _ E

…she nails the 1983 Naked Eyes song “ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME” for another $16,225 cash & Nissan Versa Note! And this is the fourth straight Mon. the 1/2 CAR’s been won.

SOLE DUD: B (Lauren)

Mark: $3K/Lauren: ZERO/Ariana: $17,225 cash & Versa WC


PP/Express Round: PLACES

Our big leader’s letter selections here are a $500 T, three S’s to x4 up, three O’s and triple E’s, but after a $700 F comes the LaT. Mark secondly strikes out w/ the R. Third for Lauren are an $1,100 pair of N’s, a single A, a $900 C, and three E’s, but after a $1,650 pair of L’s is the other normal BANKRUPT to take away $3,150…

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

…and Ariana capitalizes on another Lauren downfall for another $2,200 plus a trip to where she’ll see MILES OF UNSPOILED COASTLINE…the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $6,429. 

SOLE DUD: R (Mark)
SOLE LaT: Ariana

Mark: $3K/Lauren: ZILCH/Ariana: $25,854 cash & prizes WC



S _ _ V E R _ A R E
D _ A _ E R

Mark sweeps the Tossups w/ a SILVERWARE DRAWER.

Round 4: PHRASE

He and Lauren instantly dud out w/ S and T, respectively. Third in line, Ariana gets up there a $1K pair of N’s, five A’s and two I’s, a $700 H, two $900 R’s, but no more w/ a bad O buy. Mark then inserts a $1K pair of M’s and FPs four E’s to finish off the vowels…

A / M A R R I A _ E
M A _ E / I N / H E A _ E N

…he says he has A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN.

DUDS: S (Mark), T (Lauren), O (Ariana)

Mark: $7K/Lauren: BAD SHAPE/Ariana: $25,854 cash & prizes WC


Speed-Up Round: PERSON

Consonants will pay off at $1,700 each time it appears. After an H appears at the start of the bottom word…

_ R _ S _ _ _ N T _ _ L
H _ S T _ R _ _ N

Mark solves PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN for another $5,100.

Mark: $12,100/Lauren: $1K GOOSEEGG/Ariana: $25,854 cash & prizes WC  

GT: $38,954


$100K Bonus Round
Ariana’s got the I of WIN.

Category: THING
I smell a compound word in Harry’s arsenal…

_ _ T _ _ _ L _ T

HDCO and G adds nothing but two of the key vowel…

_ _ T O _ _ L O T

…her mind went AUTOPILOT in a bad way, so she loses $45K.
$5K SPIN ID: SC3977759