I had no idea about this, but today is announcer Jim Thornton’s 50th birthday!
EPISODE #6202: AMERICA’S GAME
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)
Round 1: MOVIE TITLE
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
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jack
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 I T T L E
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.
HER SECOND BANKRUPT: Sarah
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
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $10,850
$100K Bonus Round
Sarah takes the BW to the M of AMERICA’S.
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.
$5K SPIN ID: VK9570823
They don’t have the cake for Jim, but they do show a picture of Pat and Harry’s wives (Lesly and Judy).
MY EP. RATING: 7