WoF Recap: September 29, 2015

BTW, the opening animation for this week is Pat and Vanna driving the Wheelmobile.


$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


_ _ _ 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.

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

_ _ N _ I _ _ L
_ I _ _ _ _ _ _

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

GT: $31,950


$100K Bonus Round
The BW stops on the N of SPIN (and as in Natalie).

Category: THING
I don’t wear one of these, but I know it already…

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

CHGA and Y give her…

_ _ E R S _ _ E _
_ 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



WoF Recap: September 28, 2015


$1K Tossup: WAYD?

_ _ _ _ _ G / _ H _
_ M E _ _ _ _ _ / D R _ _ M

Kenny’s LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM like many of us. Leading the week off are…

Kenny Lander: litigation attorney for a small firm from St. Louis

Tammy Wong-Bigelow: independent business owner & College Bound Dorchester humanities instructor from Waltham, MA

Alessandra Fedorka: cellphone-provider co. sales rep from San Diego


C A C _ _ S
F _ O _ _ R S

Alessandra solves CACTUS FLOWERS.

TRIP WEDGE: The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Sierra Trading Post (new logo for it)


She kicks off w/ a $700 T, an A, a $700 N, a $600 S, and two E’s. But after a FP I, she says the first dud of the week in B. Second, Kenny calls up three R’s for $2,100, but LOSES A TURN just as quick. Third, Tammy inserts a $500 M, two O’s to finish off the vowels, but her turn’s done w/ an H call. After Alessandra says another baddie in L…

_ A R _ I N _
S _ O T
R E M O _ E R

Kenny solves PARKING SPOT REMOVER for the 21 Benjamins.

DUDS: B (Alessandra), H (Tammy), L (Alessandra)
SOLE LaT: Kenny

Tammy: $0/Alessandra: $2K/Kenny: $3,100


Mystery Round: LANDMARK

1/2 CAR: ’16 Ford Fiesta S

Kenny’s up first w/ four T’s for $2,400, three E’s, but then the LaT. Coming Tammy’s way second are a $900 H, a $600 N, three O’s, three $800 M’s, and a $650 S, then we have…

M E T _ O _ O _ _ T _ N
M _ S E _ M / O _ / _ _ T

…she solves THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART for her first $4,300 (could’ve gone for the R’s)

2ND LaT: Kenny

Tammy: $4,300/Alessandra: $2K/Kenny: $3,100


PP/Express Round: THING

Tammy gets going w/ two N’s for the Sierra gift tag, an E, but then A for awful. Second, Alessandra wastes a turn w/ the BANKRUPT near $650. Third, Kenny’s got a $650 M, three O’s, a W for that MDW, but then the other dud vowel of the board (I). Tammy tries again w/ a FP U, but then B for bad while on the WC. Alessandra next finds a $500 Y, but no S’s while she’s on the 1/2 CAR near the pink $600. Kenny then fills in two L’s for the WC, a $650 G, and two $500 P’s to complete the board…

M Y / O W N
P L U N G E / P O O L

…I have this thing in my backyard, and Kenny will have one when he’s off to the Galley Bay Resort in ANTIGUA; he’s also picked up another $2,800.

DUDS: A (Tammy), I (Kenny), B (Tammy), S (Alessandra)

Tammy: $4,300/Alessandra: $2K/Kenny: $14,720 cash & Antigua WC MDW



_ _ _ T _ _ _ A N T
H _ _ _ E _ S

Kenny’s padded his lead w/ RESTAURANT HOSTESS.


His first call of R is no good. Second for Tammy are a $600 T, two E’s, two $900 N’s, a $500 L, and two O’s, then come two D’s and an H at $500 apiece before the S-U bell sounds…

O L D – _ _ _ H _ O N E D
_ _ _ N _ _ / _ _ _ _ E T

…we pay them $1,550 for each consonant. After Kenny catches the C’s…

O L D – F _ S H _ O N E D
_ _ C N _ C / _ _ S _ E T

…he finds another $3,100 in an OLD-FASHIONED PICNIC BASKET.

SOLE DUD (before final bell): R (Kenny)

Tammy: $4,300/Alessandra: $2K/Kenny: $20,820 cash & Antigua WC MDW

GT: $27,120


In addition to the in-studio vehicle of a ’16 Ford C-MAX Hybrid SEL, they’re also offering the Winnebago Travato. Kenny lands on the first A of AMERICA’S.

Just two letters in the top to start…

_ _ _ T _ _ _ L
_ _ _

HCDA and P gives him…

_ A _ T H _ _ L
D _ _

…I may not have a FAITHFUL DOG, but he nails it! Now, do we finally have the first-ever male millionaire on this program?…



















































…NO; AS IT TURNS OUT, THE OTHER A OF THAT SAME WORD HAD THE SUPER BIG ONE. He’ll have to settle w/ the damned $33K for a final total of $53,820 cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: CC8511489


Week 2 Stats

I’m impressed that we’ve landed on the non-$33K envelopes for most of this week, but overall, it wasn’t that great. And our search for a BR car winner still continues…

Total this Week: $181,158
Total for the Season: $484,145
BR Win Record: 3-7 (.3)
Total Car Wins: 1
-1/2 Car: 1 (Ford Fiesta)
-BR Car: 0  
Prize Wedge Wins: 5
Gift Tag Wins: 5
Mystery Wedge Wins: 0
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 0-1
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 0-0
$10K MW was next to LaT: 1
$10K MW was next to $650: 0
Express was Played-Passed: 2-0
-Successes: 1
-Crashes: 1
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 0
-BR: 0
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 10/2/0
5-Round Games: 2
6-Round Games: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 3
Red Winners: 6
Yellow Winners: 3
Blue Winners: 1
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $45,350 
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $75,850
Biggest Bankrupt: $12K (Sept. 18), $11,300 (Sept. 21), $6,750 (Sept. 24)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night: $19,700 (Sept. 21), $15,100 (Sept. 24), $12K (Sept. 18)
Top 3 Winning Totals: $65,515 (Sept. 18), $57,960 (Sept. 14), $50,300 (Sept. 17)
Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $48,810 (Sept. 14), $45,529 (Sept. 23), $43,898 (Sept. 15)
Season-High Week: $302,987 (Teachers Week)
Season-Low Week: $181,158 (Home Sweet Home)

Bonus Round Stats

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

$33K: 3/6
$40K: 0/1
$100K (or $1M):  
CAR: 0/3

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: September 25, 2015 — BR SHUTOUT ALERT #1 (already!)



_ _ N T U _ K Y
_ L _ E G R _ S S

Mike solves KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS. Friday’s trio…

Mike Enenbach: child psychologist from West L.A.

Kimberly Pusateri: community college public speaker working on doctorate at Univ. of IL from Champaign (orig. from Pallatine)

Jeanette James-Newsome: retired from air travel customer service from Henderson, NV

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ N A _ K
_ _ _ _ _

Mike’s thinking SNACK ATTACK, but he has no guess.

_ N A C K
S H _ _ K

Jeanette capitalizes w/ SNACK SHACK.

$6K SS WEDGE: Choxi


Jeanette’s off to a bad start w/ the MDW’s left side. Second, Mike calls a dud of T. Third, Kimberly spots two $500 B’s and three N’s for the Yankee Candle gift tag, buys an O and four I’s, but then LaTs out. After Jeanette gets her second straight BANKRUPT near TD, Mike picks a $700 G, two E’s, two $600 R’s, a $700 L, and three A’s to clean out the vowels, but the other MDW BANKRUPT comes by to take away $2,100. Kimberly then fills in two $900 M’s, a $600 T, a $650 C and a $700 W before she…

L I _ I N G / I N
B Y / _ A M E _

…solves the 1985 hit “LIVING IN AMERICA” BY JAMES BROWN for $6,750 cash & candle.

SOLE DUD: T (Mike)
SOLE LaT: Kimberly
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Jeanette 2x, Mike)

Jeanette: $2K/Mike: $1K/Kimberly: $6,750 cash & candle


Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Mike insta-BANKRUPTs next to TD. Second, Kimberly captures the 1/2 CAR near the pink $600 w/ the SL Bonus of four T’s, buys two E’s and an O, calls up an $1,800 N pair, but then runs into the MDW’s right side to forfeit $4,300 and her plate. Jeanette thirdly hits the other normal BANKRUPT; that’s her third one tonight. After Mike LaTs out, Kimberly lights up a $500 R, but gets the exact same fate as the manJeanette then takes the other 1/2 CAR w/ a G, the leftover vowels (two A’s and an I), and a $1,400 pair of S’s. We have…

T _ O
T A S T _

…her eating TWO TASTY TANGERINES for the 14 Benjamins.

LaTs: 2 (Mike & Kimberly)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (everybody)

Jeanette: $3,400 1/2 CAR/Mike: $1K/Kimberly: $6,750 cash & candle


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Kimberly first retrieves the same 1/2 CAR she lost before w/ an N, a single I, and two obvious $500 G’s. Next up are triple A’s, three $650 S’s, but then a trap in P (she was thinking PASSAGE for the third word). Jeanette secondly gets the other 1/2 CAR w/ an M, buys two E’s, but then duds out w/ R. Mike thirdly has the same result w/ T. After Kimberly buys the one bad vowel of O, Jeanette tacks on a $500 L, the last vowel of U, and a $500 C. Board…

S C _ E _ U L I N G
A / M A S S A G E

we have out first 1/2 CAR win this season! In addition to a grand and the $14,965 ’16 Ford Fiesta, she needs to be SCHEDULING A MASSAGE on her trip to the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $6,429.

DUDS: P (Kimberly), R (Jeanette), T (Mike), O (Kimberly)

Jeanette: $25,794 cash & prizes/Mike: $1K/Kimberly: $6,750 cash & candle


$3K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

T _ _ _ T _ R
C U _ T _ I N

Mike opens up a THEATER CURTAIN to x4 up.

Speed-Up Round: THING

$1,500 per consonant on this Friday. Midway in the round, Kim lights up the twin B’s, but blows the solve w/ BRAND NEW BRACELET and BRAND NEW BRACKETS. Later, Jeanette buys the A for free…

B R A N D / N E W
B _ C _ C _ E

…she’s won some more money towards buying a BRAND NEW BICYCLE.

DUDS: T (Kimberly), G (Jeanette), O (Mike), S (Jeanette)
DQs: 2 blown solves (Kimberly)

Jeanette: $27,294 cash & prizes/Mike: $4K/Kimberly: $6,750 cash & candle

GT: $38,044
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. plate): $6,400


$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the I in WIN for Jeanette.

Category: THING
Vanna can only provide this much at the start…

S _ _ _ _ N _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _

GHCI all make it, but I have to stick a fork in her…

S _ _ _ I N G
H _ _ _ _ C _

for good reason — she’s way off w/ SMOKING HUTCH when it was actually SWAYING HAMMOCK, and we have our first BR SHUTOUT of the season. It also means she’s the third and final player this week to lose the Jeep Cherokee.

$5K SPIN ID: TW8270383


WoF Recap: September 24, 2015



B R I _ _
F _ R _ P L A _ E

Monica warms up by a BRICK FIREPLACE to get on the board among this panel…

Monica Partch: married to Don for 25 yrs. from Prescott, AZ

David Elber: John Hopkins Univ. grad student who spends the first yr. of his program in China from Hartsdale, NY

Miranda Sutton: marketer/leaser for a commercial real estate co. (she also does karate & is obsessed w/ ketchup) from Baltimore

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

F _ O R I D _
G R A _ E F R U I T

Monica triples up w/ a FLORIDA GRAPEFRUIT.

SS WEDGE: Furniture of America


She initially calls a $700 T, two E’s, two $650 R’s and four A’s before she says S for sorry. Second, David calls out a $650 N, buys the I and O singles to clean out the vowels, but then BANKRUPTs near $650 to lose 150 bucks. Third, Miranda captures a $5K L pair, a FP C, a $700 T, but nothing more w/ P. Monica resumes her play w/ a $1,300 pair of M’s, a $550 K, a $700 X, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to rid her of $4,050. After David says D for dud, Miranda lights up the $800 G and a $600 B to leave only one letter unexposed…

_ A H L B E R G

…she solves EXCLAMATION MARK WAHLBERG for her first $7,600.

DUDS: S (Monica), P (Miranda), D (David)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (David & Monica)


Mystery Round: HEADLINE

David grabs that 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 right away w/ two T’s, buys six E’s, but then LaTs out. Second, Miranda spots a $7K pair of R’s, buys five O’s, but then loses the remaining $6,750 to the BANKRUPT near $650. Third for Monica are an $1,800 N pair, a $1,300 F couple, but then the same BANKRUPT to give back $3,100. David next picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ two S’s, and lights up a B while on the MW near the orange $650; no way is he risking the whole Fiesta and $1,750 (that’s the BANKRUPT one). But after a $600 H, he makes a CRITICAL VOWEL PURCHASE of A to likely throw away $18,065 cash & car. Miranda then takes the double P’s for $1,300 and a $500 L…

N E _ E R –
B E F O R E – S E E N
P H O T O S / O F
P L _ T O

…she solves “NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN PHOTOS OF PLUTO” for 18 more Benjamins.

MAJOR DUD: A (David)
SOLE LaT: David
BANKRUPTS: 2 (women)

Miranda: $9,400/Monica: $3K/David: ZIP


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Miranda instantly gets the MDW w/ three T’s, but an R call stops her just as quick. Monica secondly lights up a $1,300 N pair, buys three O’s, but the BANKRUPT near $650 strikes her again to the tune of $1,050. David thirdly runs into the other normal one. Miranda next finds a $1,950 S trio, buys an I, but the LaT nails her. Monica then digs up a $900 H, a $500 G, a $700 D, an E, and a TD L before we see this…

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

…she wins another $5,350 and will have COUNTLESS THINGS TO DO on her trip to The Westin ST. MAARTEN Dawn Beach Resort worth $8,365.

SOLE DUD: R (Miranda)
SOLE LaT: Miranda
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Monica & David)

Miranda: $9,400/Monica: $16,715 cash & trip/David: BAD SHAPE



C H E M _ _ T _ Y
T _ A C _ _ R


Speed-Up Round: WAYD?

Here’s another $1,600 FS for ya. After Miranda plugs in the M (the first letter of the bottom line)….

S _ R _ _ _ L _ N G / _ N
M _ / N _ T _ _ _ _ _

…she goofs at first w/ SCROLLING IN MY NOTEBOOK but then rebounds w/ ” SCRIBBLING IN MY NOTEBOOK” for $8K (could’ve gotten more from the B’s instead).

Miranda: $20,400/Monica: $16,715 cash & trip/David: DESERVING $1K GOOSEEGG

David — you really disappointed me; you could’ve gone on for the P’s in R2 and they would’ve done it for you.

GT: $38,115


$100K Bonus Round
Miranda has spun the E of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
I know what the second word is already…

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

GPHO gives her at least the first word…

G L O _ _ N G
R E _ _ E _

but no help on the bottom dooms her — I will NOT be giving this episode a GLOWING REVIEW as she loses $33K.

$5K SPIN ID: ED6043934


WoF Recap: September 23, 2015


$1K Tossup: PEOPLE

B _ O T H _ _ S
& / _ _ _ _ _ R S

Andrew solves BROTHERS & SISTERS. Meeting them in order…

Andrew Roley: Navy construction mgr. in Civil Engineer Corps stationed in Guantanamo Bay from Woodinville, WA

Dekenia Norfleet: registered ICU nurse who’s working on getting into grad school at USC from Pasadena

Sherrie Breuker: early childhood Special Ed teacher (who’s lost approx. 105 lbs. since last yr.) at Zeeland Christian School from Zeeland, MI


R A _ H E L
M _ _ D A _ S

Dekenia IDs Canadian actress RACHEL MCADAMS.

FEATURED SS: shop.com

Round 1: SAME NAME

Her first moves are calling a $700 L, but then A for awful. Second, Sherrie selects a $500 S, but LOSES A TURN just as quick. Third, Andrew FPs four E’s, but gets the same fate as Sherrie. After Dekenia says B for bad, Sherrie picks up the Yankee Candle gift tag w/ four N’s and buys three I’s to clean out the vowels…

_ N I _ _ I N _ / &
_ I N E
N E E _ L E S

…she solves KNITTING & PINE NEEDLES for $3,250 cash & candle but she could’ve gone for the T’s.

DUDS: A & B (both by Dekenia)
LaTs: 2 (Sherrie & Andrew)


Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Sherrie insta-BANKRUPTs on the MDW’s left side. Second, Andrew captures a $600 T, buys two E’s and four A’s, but can’t capitalize on TD w/ N for no. Going down Dekenia’s road third are a $500 F, two O’s, two $550 H’s, three $650 S’s and a U, then come an $800 L, a TD D, two $700 M’s, but then a baddie of P to likely cost her $8,750. Sherrie then speaks three Z’s for $1,950 and four Y’s to add $14K

T H O S E / L A Z Y
H A Z Y / _ _ A Z Y
D A Y S / O F
S U M M E _

…she exactly recites “THOSE LAZY, HAZY, CRAZY DAYS OF SUMMER” (by Nat King Cole from ’63) for $15,950.

DUDS: N (Andrew), P (Dekenia)

Andrew: $1K/Dekenia: $2K/Sherrie: $19,200 cash & candle


PP/Express Round: OCCUPATION

There goes Andrew w/ two T’s for seven grand, E and A singles, two $500 N’s, and two O’s. He follows up w/ four R’s for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $600, a $550 L, three $600 S’s, a $650 P and the leftover vowels before he finally solves w/ all of this…

P E R S O N A L / S U R _
I N S T R U _ T O R

…he’s gonna need a PERSONAL SURF INSTRUCTOR real soon, because he’s won $11,750 plus a trip to the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort in HAWAII worth $7,579.


Andrew: $20,329 cash & HI/Dekenia: $2K/Sherrie: $19,200 cash & candle


$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

B _ _ _ K _ A _ T
B U R _ _ T _

Andrew chomps up a BREAKFAST BURRITO.

Round 4: THING

He picks off two $500 T’s, triple E’s, an N, two R’s and a D at $500 each, and a $650 S before we shift into S-U mode…

_ R E _ T
S E _ _ N D / E _ _ _ R T

…w/ a $1,600 FS. He buys two O’s for free…

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

…but he blows the solve w/ GREAT SECOND EXPORT (I don’t think I’ve heard such a thing called that). Dekenia then forgoes calling the C’s or F’s and just says GREAT SECOND EFFORT.

SOLE DUD (during S-U): M (Sherrie)
SOLE DQ: Andrew’s blown solve

Andrew: $23,329 cash & HI/Dekenia: $3K/Sherrie: $19,200 cash & candle

GT: $45,529


$100K Bonus Round
Will the third time be the charm tonight to give away that Jeep Cherokee Latitude? Let’s find out after he picks up the R envelope.

Category: PHRASE
I have a feeling what this one-liner is…

_ _ / _ _ L _ S

MYGO is his combo…

_ _ / _ O L _ S

…as soon as he said those first two consonants, I knew he fell for it — he’ll be saying “HI FOLKS” after waving $40K goodbye.

$5K SPIN ID: GH8947617


WoF Recap: September 22, 2015


$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ L A S _ / O F
_ C _ D / _ _ A

Marcus has sipped a GLASS OF ICED TEA. Meeting him and the ladies right now…

Marcus Stein: training dir. for an education tech. co. from N.O.

Rebecca Terlesky: kindergarten teacher at the same school she attended while she was in kindergarten (and former volleyball player/coach) from St. Clairsville, OH

Lydia Burgess: registered nurse at a privately-owned psychiatric hospital from Vegas (orig. from NC)

$2K Tossup: EVENT

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

Rebecca solves FAMILY REUNION.

PRIZE WEDGE: Furniture of America SS
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Bed, Bath & Beyond

Round 1: WAYD?

She gets going w/ a $1,300 pair of N’s, five A’s, a $600 D, two O’s, and a $500 F, followed by two E’s, a single I, the obvious two G’s for $1,300 more, a $700 S, the last vowel of U, and a $1,400 pair of M’s before we show you…

_ _ A _ I N G / A
G A M E / O F
_ A _ / A N D / M O U S E

…she’s not PLAYING A GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE, because she makes the $4,550 solve.


Rebecca: $6,550/Lydia: $0/Marcus: $1K


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Lydia first spins her way to a $700 T, an E, but then S for sorry. Second, Marcus calls out a $700 R, an I, and a $700 G before hitting the MDW’s right side to lose the $1,150 remainder. Third, Rebecca BANKRUPTs near $650. Lydia’s second turn sees her choosing an $800 H, but then A for awful. Following Marcus non-existing C call, Rebecca says an N for the WC, three O’s to clean out the vowels, and three $600 F’s (too bad this doesn’t give her the SL Bonus)

F R O _ E N
F O O _

…she’s the winner of this FROZEN FOOD FIGHT is her to bring her total to $8,600.

DUDS: S (Lydia), A (Lydia), C (Marcus)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Marcus and Rebecca)

Rebecca: $8,600/Lydia: ZERO/Marcus: $1K

Repeating Classic Bonus Puzzle: I GET YOUR DRIFT


PP/Express Round: THINGS

Marcus leads off w/ two $500 R’s, two E’s, two $500 N’s, a single A, and twin T’s for another grand. But after an I buy is the BANKRUPT near TD to take away $2,250. Over to Rebecca who rattles off a $650 G, three O’s, a dud of M while on FP, the last vowel of U, and triple S’s for $2,700 extra…

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

…she pockets another $2,850 and will listen to the SOUNDS OF THE RAIN FOREST during her stay at the Crocodile Bay Resort in COSTA RICA worth $9,270.

SOLE DUD: M (Rebecca)

Rebecca: $20,720 cash & trip WC/Lydia: ZILCH/Marcus: $1K


$3K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ H
_ _ _ _ _ T A _ _ _ _ S

Rebecca knows she has HIGH EXPECTATIONS to win this game.


She starts w/ a $1K pair of S’s, but then a bad E purchase. Second, Lydia BANKRUPTs near $650. Third for Marcus are four FP O’s, a $700 T, two U’s, but then the LaT. After Rebecca BANKRUPTs near TD to give up her WC and $750…

O U T _ O O _ / _ _ _ _ _
_ U S _ _ O _ S

…the leftover consonants in S-U mode are each worth $1,650. A dud of L and two C’s later…

O U T _ O O _ / C _ _ _ _
C U S _ _ O _ S

Marcus gets another $3,650 from these OUTDOOR CHAIR CUSHIONS.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Rebecca: $23,720 cash & trip/Lydia: $1K GOOSEEGG/Marcus: $4,650

GT: $29,370
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. WC): $4,150


$100K Bonus Round
I hope Rebecca doesn’t need that WC right now as she lands on the I of AMERICA’S.

Category: PHRASE
She needs some serious help in that top word when we show her…

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

GDHO only adds…

_ _ _ _ _
T _ R N _ R O _ N D 

the obvious — she can’t make a QUICK TURNAROUND without the I and C on top, so she’s the first QU- victim of the season and she also loses the Jeep Cherokee.

$5K SPIN ID: CS6218073


WoF Recap: September 21, 2015


$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ _ M
A _ _ L _ / _ I E

Sarah tastes some WARM APPLE PIE. Opening panel of the week…

Sarah Larson: has known her hubby of six years (Stephen; he would later appear on May 16, 2018) since 4th Grade from Houston

David Lucas: acct. & runner married to Navy officer Erin for 10 yrs. from Escondido, CA

Alice Yu: litigation attorney who attended Duke from Boston (orig. from Chapel Hill, NC)


_ E _
_ _ _ _ U A _ U A

Alice solves PET CHIHUAHUA.

Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Yankee Candle

Round 1: PHRASE

She wastes a spin w/ the MDW’s left side. Second, Sarah calls up four T’s for $2,600, buys five E’s, calls out quad H’s for $3,200, but then buys a bad vowel in I. Third, David LaTs out. Alice’s second turn ends quickly w/ S for sorry while on TD. Sarah and David then both BANKRUPT on the MDW (her on the left, him on the right), costing that lady $5,300, so we’re quickly back to Alice…but she says another baddie of R. Sarah then takes two N’s for $1,300, the last vowel of A, and a $1,400 pair of M’s before she…

T H E / M A N
T H E / M _ T H
T H E / _ E _ E N _

…solves “THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND” for $2,450.

DUDS: I (Sarah), S (Alice), R (Alice)
SOLE LaT: David
BANKRUPTS: 3 (everybody)

Alice: $2K/Sarah: $3,450/David: $0


Mystery Round: PHRASE

1/2 CAR: ’16 Fiesta S

Sarah’s starters here are a $1,400 T pairing, four E’s, and two A’s, but next is N for no. David secondly hits the MDW’s left side. Third, Alice inserts a $650 S, two R’s for that WC, the last vowel of I, but then the BANKRUPT next to where she first spun to lose $1,400 and the WC. Sarah then gets the SS w/ two P’s…

P R A _ T I _ E
_ A _ E S / P E R _ E _ T

…she says “PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT” to add $7,900 in cash & SS to her total.

SOLE DUD: N (Sarah)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (everyone else)

Alice: $2K/Sarah: $11,350 cash & SS/David: BAD LUCK


PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

David’s next chance for greatness begins w/ a $10,500 T trio, an E, two $650 H’s, an A, but then the LaT to leave $11,300 on the table. Second, Alice finds a $900 S, but the MDW’s left side gets her for the second time tonight. Third in Sarah’s favor are a $700 L, the last vowels of two I’s and three O’s, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to give back two Benjamins. David then gets the exact same fate as the lady before him, so his $11,300 is gone for good (he and Sarah now have three of those apiece). Alice then takes out a $600 C, but the BANKRUPT near $650 strikes (and that’s her FOURTH one overall). Sarah then lights up an $1,800 N double and three G’s for the candle gift tag…

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

…she adds another $4,300 in cash & candle plus she may be GOLFING RIGHT ON THE COAST in BARBADOS at the Divi Southwinds Beach Resort worth $6,250

SOLE LaT: David
BANKRUPTS: 4 (two by Alice)

Alice: $2K/Sarah: $21,900 cash & gifts/David: ROTTEN LUCK



C _ A S _ I C
_ _ E N _ H / C O _ T

Alice gets some more money from a CLASSIC TRENCH COAT.

Round 4: WAYD?

She opens up w/ a $1,500 G trio, two I’s, double A’s, two FP E’s, and the obvious twin N’s for $10K. But her next call of S is no good, and it’s time for S-U mode…

G E _ _ I N G / A / G _ _ _
E _ _ _ A _ I _ N

…w/ the consonant value at $1,600. Three T’s and two D’s in…

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

David’s GETTING A GOOD EDUCATION to finally avoid being gooseegged.

SOLE DUD (before FS): S (Alice)

Alice: $5K/Sarah: $21,900 cash & gifts/David: $3,200

GT: $30,100
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. WC): $19,700


$100K Bonus Round
I’m rooting for my hometown girl real hard as she has a chance to hopefully break the drought on landing on the envelopes that say “CAR & $5000”. For this week, it’s a Jeep Cherokee (the envelopes should say “SUV & $5000”). The envelope she needs to take out is the C.

Category: PHRASE
Not much to begin w/…

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

CDFA is also of limited help…

_ / _ _ _ _ E D 
F _ R / _ _ _

…she doesn’t admit “I JUMPED FOR JOY”, so she loses the Cherokee (this season, the envelopes don’t include “& $5000”).

: JM1759747

EP. RATING: 5 (thanks to those no good BANKRUPTS)

First Stats of Season 33

Nice start to begin the season, but that pesky BR minimum popping up is gonna be just as annoying as the one from last season.

Total this Week: $302,987
Total for the Season: $302,987
BR Win Record: 3-2 (.6)
Total Car Wins: 0
-1/2 Car: 0
-BR Car: 0  
Prize Wedge Wins: 4
Gift Tag Wins: 2
Mystery Wedge Wins: 0
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 0-0
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 0-0
$10K MW was next to LaT: 0
$10K MW was next to $800: 0
Express was Played-Passed: 2-0
-Successes: 1
-Crashes: 1
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 0
-BR: 0
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 7/0/0
5-Round Games: 2
6-Round Games: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 1
Red Winners: 2
Yellow Winners: 2
Blue Winners: 1
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $30,500
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $30,500
Biggest Bankrupt: $12K (Sept. 18), $5,850 (Sept. 17), $4,950 (Sept. 15)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night: $12K (Sept. 18)
Top 3 Winning Totals: $65,515 (Sept. 18), $57,960 (Sept. 14), $50,300 (Sept. 17)
Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $48,810 (Sept. 14), $43,898 (Sept. 15), $41,915 (Sept. 18)
Season-High Week: $302,987

Bonus Round Stats

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

$33K: 3/5
$100K (or $1M):

* includes prizes