BTW, the opening animation for this week is Pat and Vanna driving the Wheelmobile.
EPISODE #6252: WHEEL ACROSS AMERICA
$1K Tossup: LANDMARK
D _ _ _ S _ _ R
_ A _ _
Natalie solves DINOSAUR PARK, even though Pat asked her to clarify her answer. There’s a designated spinner among this trio…
Natalie Crow: part-time movie/TV studio teacher & archer from Burbank
Tiger Coffman: motivational Christian speaker who has neurofibromatosis from Tomball, TX (DS: his dad Tommy)
Courtney Caldwell: has degree in Elementary Education & is going to Canada w/ her fiance from Hillsboro, MO
$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE
_ _ _ S S Y
M _ G A _ _ N E S
Natalie goofs this time w/ SASSY MAGAZINES.
_ _ _ S S Y
M _ G A Z I N E S
Tiger is incorrect w/ CLASSY MAGAZINES…and Courtney doesn’t press her buzzer in time, so we have our first TRIPLE STUMPER since near the end of S31 — the answer was GLOSSY MAGAZINES.
TRIP WEDGE: BEACON Hotel in Miami
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Cooper Tires
Round 1: (SONG) TITLE
I no lettered this one.
Courtney’s first letter of N stands for negative. Second, Natalie calls up four T’s for $2,800, two O’s and a U, followed by a $650 H and two M’s for the WC…
T _ _ _ / M _ / O U T / T O
T H _ / _ _ _ _ / _ _ M _
…she solves “TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME” for $3,950 and a new total of $4,950.
SOLE DUD: N (Courtney)
Mystery Round: HEADLINE
Natalie’s off and running w/ two T’s for $1,300, three E’s, two H’s for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $600, two A’s, two I’s, and two FP O’s. Next up are three N’s fort the Florida trip, a $500 G, the last vowel of U, a $550 L…a $650 B…but then the LaT to likely squander $5,200 plus that FL trip. Moving on to Tiger who says a $700 S, $500 K and Y singles, but then P for phooey. After Courtney squanders her turn w/ a D, the light bulb goes on in Natalie’s head…
A / _ A _ E / B L U E
M O O N / I N / T H E
N I G H T / S K Y
…she solves “A RARE BLUE MOON IN THE NIGHT SKY” for the 52 Benjamins plus the Miami trip worth six grand.
DUDS: P (Tiger), D (Courtney)
SOLE LaT: Natalie
Natalie: $16,150 cash & Miami WC 1/2 CAR/Everybody else: $0 each
PP/Express Round: THINGS
Tiger’s first moves are two S’s for $1,200, three A’s, but then the LaT. Courtney secondly plugs in a $7K T pair, two E’s, a $650 H, and the rest of the vowels (I and three O’s). She follows w/ an $1,800 L pair, a FP G, two $600 N’s, two FP C’s…a $600 R…but then a PAINFUL LaT to let $12K go to waste…
L A _ A / R O C _ S / O N
T H E / C O A S T L I N E
…and Natalie will be seeing LAVA ROCKS ON THE COASTLINE at the Sheraton Kona in HAWAII worth $8,800.
LaTs: 2 (everyone else)
Natalie: $24,950 cash & trips WC/Everybody else: $0 each
$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP
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Tiger has nothing.
H _ N N I B A L
M I _ _ _ _ _ I
Natalie locates HANNIBAL, MISSOURI.
Speed-Up Round: FUN & GAMES
$1,500 is the consonant value. After somebody requests for two G’s…
_ L _ _ _ _ G
L _ _ _ R / T _ G
…Tiger spoils Natalie’s technical maingame sweep bid w/ PLAYING LAZER TAG for his only three grand on the night.
SOLE DUD: H (Tiger)
Courtney: $1K GOOSEEGG/Natalie: $27,950 cash & trips WC/Tiger: $3K
NO BANKRUPTS HIT!
$100K Bonus Round
The BW stops on the N of SPIN (and as in Natalie).
I don’t wear one of these, but I know it already…
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CHGA and Y give her…
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_ A T C H
…she only gets the second word before going off track, so time has expired on Harry’s OVERSIZED WATCH and she doesn’t win the Winnebago Travato (as of this season, the non-Winnebago vehicle is in the studio regardless; these envelopes have the round show logo on top and the Winnebago logo on the bottom).
$5K SPIN ID: HM6635161
MY EP. RATING: 6