Week 11 Stats

Total this Week: $216,078
Total for the Season: $2,461,852
BR Win Record: 15-40 (.272)
Total Car Wins: 3
-Ford Fiestas: 2 
-BR Car: 1 (MINI Cooper) 
Prize Wedge Wins: 16
Gift Tag Wins: 17
Mystery Wedge Wins: 2
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 15-7
MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 10-5
$10K MW was next to LaT: 11
$10K MW was next to $650: 9
Express was Played-Passed: 9-4
-Successes: 3
-Crashes: 6
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 2 (1 on $3,500, 1 on $5K)
-BR: 6
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 44/11/0
5-Round Games: 18
6-Round Games: 3 (one went to a 7-round game on Oct. 9)
$6K FINAL SPINS: 2
Gooseegg Victims: 13
Red Winners: 19
Yellow Winners: 16
Blue Winners: 20
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash
: $22,850* / 2
WC
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season
: $264,958* / 18 WC / 14 ½ CAR  / 3 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt
: $12,850 (Oct. 30), $12K (Sept. 18), $11,800 (Oct. 22)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night
: $19,700 (Sept. 21), $16,450 (Oct. 30), $16,050 (Oct. 22)

Top 3 Winning Totals
: $110,100 (Oct. 21), $80,860 (Oct. 28), $74,700 (Oct. 7) 

Lowest Winning Totals: $12,350 (Nov. 25), $10,550 (Oct. 22), $10,050 (Nov. 12)
Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $80,100 (Oct. 21), $68,678 (Nov. 18), $52,150 (Oct. 26)
Season-High Week
: $302,987 (Teachers Week)
Season-Low Week
:
$168,088 (Veterans Week)

Bonus Round Stats

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

$33K: 9/34
$40K: 2/6
$45K: 2/4
$50K: 1/2
$100K (or $1M):
CAR: 1/9

* includes prizes 

And for the record, the “Weekend Getaways” extra episode will appear on the next AG week towards the end of this year.

WoF Recap: November 27, 2015

EPISODE #6295: AMERICA’S GAME  

So much for my thought of the “Weekend Geatways” set appearing this week — we’re actually on “Veterans Week”. 


$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

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

Taryn locates BILLINGS, MONTANA. There’s nothing but females from California tonight…

Taryn Ontiveros: grad student who can yodel from Riverside
Danielle Guzman: creator/owner of wedding stationery co. from Dana Point
Courtney Bowman: medical assistant & marathon runner from Huntington Beach

$2K Tossup: PHRASE 

_ _ _ N G
T _ E / N O _ S E !

Danielle shall BRING THE NOISE!

TONIGHT’S SS: shop.com

Round 1: THING

This round’s all Danielle — she picks three $700 T’s, five E’s, five $650 N’s, three I’s, two C’s for the WC, two $500 R’s, and two O’s to clean out the vowels. Board…

_ I R E _ E _ _
I N T E R N E T
C O N N E C T I O N

…she makes a WIRELESS INTERNET CONNECTION to power her score by $6,600.

PR

Danielle: $8,600 WC/Courtney: $0/Taryn: $1K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Courtney picks up the 1/2 Fiesta near the pink $600 right away w/ two T’s, buys five E’s, and quickly gets the other 1/2 Fiesta w/ two H’s. Next up are an O, three $700 F’s, but then a PAINFUL LaT to likely squander $18,565 cash & Fiesta. Moving on to Taryn who calls up a $1,400 pair of R’s, but then C for crud. Danielle then puts in a $700 N, an A, and three $650 L’s…

T H E / L A N _
O F / T H E
F R E E
R E F _ L L _

…she finds herself in THE LAND OF THE FREE REFILLS & now her money’s filled to 11 large.

SOLE DUD: C (Taryn)
SOLE LaT: Courtney

Danielle: $11K/Courtney: NO LUCK/Taryn: $1K

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PP/Express Round: FOOD & DRINK

Taryn insta-BANKRUPTs next to $650. Second, Danielle picks an $800 L, but then N for no while on EXPRESS. Second, Courtney uncovers three FP A’s, three $650 M’s, but then the sole dud vowel of I. Once Taryn wastes another spin w/ the MDW’s right side, Danielle hits the same normal BANKRUPT to fork over the WC. Courtney next can’t capitalize on TD w/ a Y. Taryn then hits her third straight BANKRUPT w/ the same normal one. Danielle then puts up an $800 D and buys three E’s…

_ _ M E M A D E
_ _ A _ A M _ L E

…she’ll sample some HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE at the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa MAZATLAN worth $6K.

DUDS: N (Danielle), I (Courtney), Y (Courtney)
BANKRUPTS: 4 (Taryn thrice, Danielle)

Danielle: $17,550 cash & Mexico/Courtney: BAD SHAPE/Taryn: $1K

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$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

B E _ T / _ E E T

Danielle’s cracked the $20K mark w/ her BEAT FEET.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES

A $500 R and the LaT are her first moves. Second for Courtney are a $500 N, but then E for error. Third for Taryn are a $650 G, one A and three I’s, but then S for sorry. Danielle follows w/ a $500 L, the last vowel of O, two $900 T’s, a $550 P, but then a non-existing Y. Courtney then exposes a $500 D and two $900 W’s….

T _ R O W I N G / A
W I L D / P I T _ _

…she’s THROWING A WILD PITCH to finally win her first $2,550.

DUDS: E (Courtney), S (Taryn), Y (Danielle)
SOLE LaT: Danielle
 
Danielle: $20,550 cash & Mexico/Courtney: $2,550/Taryn: $1K

Round 5: CHARACTER

After Courtney starts w/ a $1,500 N trio and an O…

_ O N _ N / _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

…we shift to a $1,600 FS. Two R’s appear on the bottom next…

_ O N _ N / _ _ _
_ _ R _ _ R _ _ _

…she IDs CONAN THE BARBARIAN for $4,450.

PR #2

FINAL SCORES
Danielle: $20,550 cash & Mexico/Courtney: $7K/Taryn: $1K

GT: $28,550
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. WC): $800

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$100K Bonus Round
Danielle picks up the C envelope.

Category: THING
For starters…

_ _ R _ _
_ _ N _ N _

DMHA gives her…

_ _ R _ H
A _ N _ N _

….the top word stumps her, so the $40K stays behind on Harry’s PORCH AWNING.
 
$5K SPIN ID
: JL0557090

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: Thanksgiving 2015

Interestingly enough, I had an early showing of this episode in my area at noon (yes, you read that right).

EPISODE #6294: AMERICA’S GAME  

On this Turkey day, we’re on the set where Sheri Blank cleaned up big time in the maingame (Fall Fun). 
 
$1K Tossup: EVENT

_ _ _ N K _ _ _ _ _ _ G
_ _ _ / _ A _ _ _ _

I saw the Macy’s THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE this morning, and Stephen is the first to score w/ that response. And he’s not the only guy on this Turkey day panel…

Stephen Pyles: global cloud services co. recruiter from Atlanta
Allison Truesdell : tutor & newlywed who plays the guitar from Arroyo Grande, CA
Dale Eldridge: poker dealer & floor supervisor who grew up watching this game w/ his grandma from Vegas

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ R _ _ _ / _ _ D
S _ _ F _ _ _ _

Dale quickly gets TURKEY AND STUFFING.

TONIGHT’S SS: Furniture of America

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

Dale gets started w/ a $2,700 T trio, an E, an N for the SS, two A’s, then come a $650 R, three O’s and S for sorry to leave $9,100 cash & SS sitting there. Stephen follows w/ a $600 L, the sole dud vowel of I while on FP, two U’s, two $650 H’s and three TD C’s, then we have…

T O U C H _ O _ N
C A T C H
_ O U / L A T E R

…he solves TOUCHDOWN CATCH YOU LATER for $9,150.

SOLE DUD: S (Dale)

Stephen: $10,150/Allison: $0/Dale: $2K

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Mystery Round: SHOW BIZ

Stephen’s first choices are a TD S, but then the sole dud vowel of A for awful. Second, Allison picks a $650 T, two E’s, but then N for no while she’s on the MW near LaT. Third, Dale takes out a $650 R, three O’s, two $600 F’s, three $650 B’s, and two $900 C’s. We now have…

B O _ / O F F _ C E
B _ O C _ B _ S T E R

…”Titanic” is one example of a BOX OFFICE BLOCKBUSTER, and he makes the $5,350 solve.

DUDS: A (Stephen), N (Allison)

Stephen: $10,150/Allison: ZERO/Dale: $7,350

Repeating Classic BP: ZIPPER

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PP/Express Round: WAYD?

The scoreless Allison fires off a $700 N, two I’s, a dud of E via FP, a $900 G, two A’s and an O to clean out the vowels. She follows w/ a $1,300 pair of S’s, a $600 R, a $650 T, an L for the WC, and a $600 M before she sees…  

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

…she’s won her first $4,500 and she’ll probably be MAILING POSTCARDS from the ARUBA Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.

Stephen: $10,150/Allison: $10,800 cash & Aruba WC/Dale: $7,350

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$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ _ _ I G _ E R
P E R F _ M E

Dale just made this game really tight as a result of solving DESIGNER PERFUME.

Round 4: PHRASE

His first pick of T is not there. Second for Stephen are a $500 S, two I’s, and a $1,500 trio of L’s…

I ‘ L L / _ _ / _ _ _ _
I _ / _ / _ L _ S _

…take out the first two words and you’ve got the bonus puzzle that produced a $100K winner twice (Elyse Thomas from May 2006 in Denver and Sharon Adams in late April 2012) — Stephen rightly replies “I’LL BE BACK IN A FLASH” for $1,750. 

SOLE DUD: T (Dale)

Stephen: $11,900/Allison: $10,800 cash & Aruba WC/Dale: $10,350

Round 5: FUN & GAMES

After Stephen’s $1,300 pair of T’s and a dud buy of O, it’s S-U time…

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

…w/ a $1,550 FS. The R has been filled in next…

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

…and Allison solves “CAPTURE THE FLAG” to win the match.

SOLE DUD (before bell): O (Stephen)

FINAL SCORES
Stephen: $11,900/Allison: $12,350 cash & Aruba WC/Dale: $10,350

GT: $34,600
NO PENALTY SPINS!

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$100K Bonus Round
Allison lands on the W.

Category: WAYD?
Opening board…

_ _ _ _ S _ N _
_ / _ _ _ _ R

PGHO and D give her besides the obvious G…

_ H O O S _ N G
_ / _ _ _ O R

….any college student would know about CHOOSING A MAJOR, but she gets the last word wrong w/ FAVOR and MANOR, costing her $45K.
 
$5K SPIN ID: JC8096188

MY RATING: 5

WoF Recap: November 25, 2015

EPISODE #6293: AMERICA’S GAME

The Jeep Wrangler Sport is in play tonight, meaning we’re on the Hawaii set.

$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ O U I S _ A N A
_ _ _ A N / _ I _

Jenny doesn’t realize the -AN ending in the second word as she blows the solve w/ LOUISIANA CAJUN DIP.

_ O U I S I A N A
_ E C A N / P I _

Lisa smells some LOUISIANA PECAN PIE. Before they eat their turkey, we need to play the game with…

Lisa Alexander: aspiring model & sports analyst from Vegas
Jenny Reddehase: insurance verification specialist from Round Rock, TX
Drake Dixon: hotel mgr. in PHX and adoption advocate who was formerly a swimmer holding a Junior Olympic record in ’97 from Chandler, AZ

$2K Tossup: PLACE

_ _ _ _ I _
L _ _ R _ _ Y

Jenny solves PUBLIC LIBRARY no doubt.

FEATURED TRIP: Costa Rica’s Si Como No Resort

Round 1: PERSON

Her initial choices are a FP E, two $700 R’s, and two A’s, then she spins up three $650 N’s, two I’s, a G for the WC, and the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $3,350 and the WC. Drake secondly calls up a $1K pair of W’s, but that same BANKRUPT nails him too. Third, Lisa wastes a spin w/ the other normal one. Make that three in a row as Jenny spins up the same BANKRUPT she got before. Drake next puts in a $500 D, buys two O’s to clean up the vowels, but gets the exact same fate. Lisa then comes up w/ a $2,500 C, but the MDW’s right side takes it all right back…

A W A R D – W I N N I N G
C O _ _ O _ E R

…and Jenny mercifully solves AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER.

BANKRUPTS: 6 (two each player)

Drake: $0/Lisa: $1K/Jenny: $3K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Drake’s next chance for better luck begins w/ a $1K pair of S’s, two $700 N’s, two E’s, and four A’s, followed by two R’s for the Beef Bucks debit card, a $550 T, but then that BANKRUPT near $650 to cost him $4,450 cash & card that time. Lisa secondly runs into the BANKRUPT near TD. Jenny then puts up a $1,200 pair of D’s and a $3,500 H…

_ A _ E N T _ N E ‘ S
D A _
_ A R D
S H A R _

…she solves VALENTINE’S DAY CARD SHARK for another $4,700.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Drake and Lisa; they both have three to their credit)

Drake: NO LUCK/Lisa: $1K/Jenny: $7,700 

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PP/Express Round: THINGS

Lisa takes the MDW right away w/ two S’s, but the T ends her turn just as quick. Jenny secondly strikes out w/ R. Third, Drake picks off three N’s while on EXPRESS but declines (wha?). Next up are a $500 D, two E’s, an A, a W for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $600, an O, a $700 L, the last vowel of I and a $650 F. Board…

N E W / _ O _ _ L E S
A N D / F I N S

…not only does he win his first $4,350, he’s gonna need some NEW GOGGLES AND FINS for his trip to the Divi Carina Bay in ST. CROIX. I really wish he wasn’t that chicken…

DUDS: T (Lisa), R (Jenny)

Drake: $10,378 cash & trip/Lisa: $1K/Jenny: $7,700 

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$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ H _ / _ R _ _ T
L _ K _ _

Lisa IDs THE GREAT LAKES.

Round 4: PHRASE

S for sorry is how she starts. Second for Jenny are a $1K pair of M’s, two E’s, a $600 T, two I’s, a $900 N, but then A for awful. Drake then puts in a $900 F but it’s S-U time…

_ _ _ _ E _ T / M E
I F / I ‘ M / _ _ _ N _

…w/ a $1,500 FS. After that man puts up three R’s on his next turn…

_ _ R R E _ T / M E
I F / I ‘ M / _ R _ N G

…you could CORRECT ME IF I’M WRONG, but Drake has sealed the deal w/ a $5,400 solve.

DUDS BEFORE FS: S (Lisa), A (Jenny)
DUDS DURING S-U: L (Drake), D (Jenny)

FINAL SCORES
Drake: $15,778 cash & trip/Lisa: $4K/Jenny: $7,700

GT: $27,478
BANKRUPT TRASH (sans WC): $11,550 cash & debit card

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$100K Bonus Round
He spins up the N of SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
This biggie’s easy…

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

CDMI brings him…

_ _ E R _ _ E L M I N _
_ _ _ _ R I T E

…he ain’t gonna be an OVERWHELMING FAVORITE back in AZ, because he has no guess and loses the Wrangler (the envelope said SUV rather than JEEP).

$5K SPIN ID: HG0003515

MY RATING: 4

I’m most likely gonna be doing some Black Friday shopping for tomorrow and Friday so I will be late for those next recaps. Just a heads-up for you all.

WoF Recap: November 24, 2015

EPISODE #6292: AMERICA’S GAME

We’re on the dreaded Home Sweet Home set.

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

D _ _ _ R
_ _ L _ W _ _ E

Brenna locates DOVER, DELAWARE (the man next to her said it but he forgot to ring in). Interviewing them in order…

Brenna Schulter: nurse practitioner who’s learning Spanish from Ludlow, IL
Ron Bernard: former aerospace worker of 32 yrs. from Long Beach
Lindsey Nichelson: attends the Univ. of the Incarnate Word Pharmacy School from San Antonio

$2K Tossup: LIVING THING

G O _ D _ _
_ E T _ I _ _ _ R

Brenna didn’t need any help from anyone to get GOLDEN RETRIEVER.

TONIGHT’S SS: Zappos
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Gas cards

Round 1: WAYD?

She starts w/ three N’s for $2,100, a FP O, and three G’s for the WC, then she buys four I’s and an E, and picks a $1,200 pair of S’s before she’s…

S I N G I N G
_ _ O N G / _ I _ _
_ _ E / _ _ S I _

SINGING ALONG WITH THE MUSIC for $4,300.

PR
 
Brenna: $7,300 WC/Others: $0 each

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Ron’s up first w/ a $1,400 pair of N’s, but then R for roadblock. Second, Lindsey calls up four S’s for the SS, four E’s, an L for the gas cards (76 logo on the tag), three I’s, and a U, followed by a $1,600 pair of C’s, a $650 B, but then the sole critical dud purchase of A to likely squander $10,750 cash & prizes. Brenna then semi-spingles for the T while she’s on the 1/2 CAR near the pink $600 and a single O…

B U S I N E S S / &
_ O E T I C
L I C E N S E

…she solves BUSINESS & POETIC LICENSE.

DUDS: R (Ron), A (Lindsey)

Brenna: $8,300 WC/Others: $0 each

Repeating Classic BP: VIDEO GAMES

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PP/Express Round: PEOPLE

Lindsey’s next chance to score begins w/ a $650 T, three E’s, two $900 R’s, and an A, but after a $600 N is the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to give back $2,550. Second for Brenna are a $650 D but then the LaT. Third, Ron spins up that same BANKRUPT. Lindsey next plugs in a $1,800 trio of S’s, buys an I, but the same BANKRUPT gets her again and costs her $1,550. After Brenna’s dud of L, Ron puts up an $1,100 pair of C’s, a $600 W, an O, and a $1,300 pair of F’s. After he then buys the last vowel of U…

O F F I C E R S
C R E W / A N D
_ U E S T S

…he’ll meet the OFFICERS, CREW AND GUESTS on the Costa CARIBBEAN CRUISE, and he’s on the board w/ $8,500.

SOLE DUD: L (Brenna)
SOLE LaT: Brenna
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Lindsey 2x; Ron)

Brenna: $8,300 WC/Ron: $8,500 cash & cruise/Lindsey: ZIP

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$3K Tossup: THING

_ E _ _ _ _ G
R E G I S _ R Y

Ron ups his lead w/ WEDDING REGISTRY.

Speed-Up Round: PHRASE

Here’s another one of those $1,600 FSs. Three R’s, and N and three T’s in…

_ _ _ ‘ R _ / _ N / T _ _
R _ _ _ T / T R _ _ _

YOU’RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK, Brenna, and you’ve just won this game by just one consonant.

FINAL SCORES
Brenna: $13,100 WC/Ron: $11,500 cash & cruise/Lindsey: $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $25,600
BANKRUPT TRASH: $4,100

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$100K Bonus Round
Brenna lands on the N of SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
This looks easy to me…

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

CDMO and P fill in something completely…

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

just the second wordbut she did HAVE SOME FUN and nailed it even though her envelope is no good at all, meaning her final total’s $46,100.

$5K SPIN ID: JR3471747

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: November 23, 2015

EPISODE #6291: AMERICA’S GAME

The first set of what I think may be a potentially big week is the Teachers one.

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ U _ A _ _ O
C O _ _ R A _ O

We’ve seen a trip to this place offered on the show, but Cari blows it w/ BUFFALO, COLORADO.

_ U _ A _ _ O
C O _ O R A _ O

Beth solves DURANGO, COLORADO. Here are those educators…

Beth Abramowitz: 3rd Grade teacher at Alvin Dunn ES & spin instructor (has also lived in NYC pursuing musical theatre) from S.D.
Cari Pittleman: Teaches 4th Grade from Arlington, VA
Shane Triano: math teacher & former engineer of 25 yrs. from Staten Island

$2K Tossup: THINGS

V _ _ E L S / &
C _ _ _ O N _ N _ S

Cari knows that this game is all about VOWELS & CONSONANTS.

TONIGHT’S SS: choxi
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Beef Bucks

Round 1: PHRASE

She gets going w/ three $600 T’s, five O’s, but then LaT. Shane secondly calls out three $500 N’s, four A’s, two U’s, and a $900 F, then he buys the remaining two vowels and lights up a $2,700 M trio before we see…

_ O N ‘ T / M A _ E / A
M O U N T A I N / O U T
O F / A / M O _ E _ I _ _

…he says “DON’T MAKE A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL” to take the early lead at $4,100.

SOLE LaT: Cari

Beth: $1K/Cari: $2K/Shane: $4,100

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

That same man gets to work here w/ a $900 T, two E’s, an A, and two I’s, followed by a $1,300 pair of N’s, the last vowels of two O’s and a U, but then a baddie of V. After Beth LaTs out, Cari uncovers a $700 B, two R’s for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, an $800 S, a $900 M, a $600 X, and a P for that SS…

B R U N O
M A R S
E X P E _ I T I O N

…she solves BRUNO MARS EXPEDITION for $10,500 cash & SS.

SOLE DUD: V (Shane)
SOLE LaT: Beth

Beth: $1K/Cari: $12,500 cash & SS 1/2 CAR/Shane: $4,100

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PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Beth’s first letters are the obvious $900 G, two I’s, and two N’s while on EXPRESS before she GOES ABOARD.

Current Bank: $2,650
Next Choices: R…S…2 T’s…4 E’s…CRASH w/ M (she loses $6,400)

Cari secondly misses w/ H. Third, Shane picks off a $700 L, buys an A, but everybody now has gotten their taste of LaT. Beth then chooses a D while on the same 1/2 CAR, and exchanges the $500 for those last two vowels…

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

…she should be FEELING QUITE ADVENTUROUS for that CENTRAL AMERICAN TOUR from caravan.com.

SOLE NON-BANKRUPT DUD: H (Cari)
SOLE LaT: Shane
SOLE BANKRUPT: Beth

Beth: $7K cash & tour/Cari: $12,500 cash & SS/Shane: $4,100

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$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ _ _ _ Y
B U _ _ _

Shane is way off w/ WOOLY BULLY.

S T _ _ Y
B U _ _ Y

Beth knows her STUDY BUDDY.

Round 4: PERSON

She opens w/ a $500 T, three E’s, but then S for sorry. Second for Cari are a $1K pair of R’s, but then her second LaT of the game. Third for Shane are a $900 G, an A, but then a bad I buy. Beth continues on w/ two $900 L, but the other dud vowel of U stops her. After Cari’s non-existing N call, Shane spins once more for a $650 M…

G R E A T
R _ L E / M _ _ E L

…he solves GREAT ROLE MODEL for $1,050.

DUDS: S (Beth), I (Shane), U (Beth), N (Cari)
LaT: Cari

Beth: $10K cash & tour/Cari: $12,500 cash & SS/Shane: $5,150

Speed-Up Round: FOOD & DRINK

Consonants are worth $1,550 apiece. Midway in the round, Beth requests the two C’s…

C _ _ C _ L _ T _
_ R _ S T _ N _

…she may very well have given up the match, because she blows the $4,650 solve w/ CHOCOLATE CROISSANT and CHOCOLATE  ICING. Cari then says the H…

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

Cari seals the deal w/ her $6,200 solve of CHOCOLATE FROSTING.

BLOWN SOLVES: 2 (Beth)

FINAL SCORES
Beth: $10K cash & tour/Cari: $18,700 cash & SS/Shane: $5,150

GT: $33,850
BANKRUPT TRASH: $6,400

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$100K Bonus Round
Cari lands on the G.

Category: THING
This one-wordy is about promoting the welfare of others…

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

DGCA only adds the vowel…

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

…but she still gets PHILANTHROPY to leave w/ $51,700 cash & SS.

$5K SPIN ID: AG7858467

MY RATING: 6

Week 10 Stats

Excluding the $40K win and that nice Wednesday maingame this week, there’s just nothing to write home about.

Total this Week: $239,831
Total for the Season: $2,245,774
BR Win Record: 13-37 (.26)
Total Car Wins: 3
-Ford Fiestas: 2 
-BR Car: 1 (MINI Cooper) 
Prize Wedge Wins: 15
Gift Tag Wins: 17
Mystery Wedge Wins: 2
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 15-7
MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 10-5
$10K MW was next to LaT: 11
$10K MW was next to $650: 9
Express was Played-Passed: 5-3
-Successes: 3
-Crashes: 5
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 2 (1 on $3,500, 1 on $5K)
-BR: 4
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 39/11/0
5-Round Games: 15
6-Round Games: 2 (but we went to a 7-round game on Oct. 9)
$6K FINAL SPINS: 2
Gooseegg Victims: 12
Red Winners: 16
Yellow Winners: 14
Blue Winners: 20
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash
: $11,950* / 1
WC
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season
: $242,108* / 16 WC / 14 ½ CAR  / 3 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt
: $12,850 (Oct. 30), $12K (Sept. 18), $11,800 (Oct. 22)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night
: $19,700 (Sept. 21), $16,450 (Oct. 30), $16,050 (Oct. 22)

Top 3 Winning Totals
: $110,100 (Oct. 21), $80,860 (Oct. 28), $74,700 (Oct. 7) 

Lowest Winning Total: $10,550 (Oct. 22), $10,050 (Nov. 12)
Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $80,100 (Oct. 21), $68,678 (Nov. 18), $52,150 (Oct. 26)
Season-High Week
: $302,987 (Teachers Week)
Season-Low Week
:
$168,088 (Veterans Week)

Bonus Round Stats

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

$33K: 7/32
$40K: 2/5
$45K: 2/3
$50K: 1/2
$100K (or $1M):
CAR: 1/8

* includes prizes 

And now, the potentially big week coming up…

WoF Recap: November 20, 2015

EPISODE #6290: GREAT OUTDOORS

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

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

Amy goofs on the last word w/ PARK after the time’s up singal; Jennifer then solves GOING ON A NATURE WALK. Our end-of-wk. players…

Jennifer Forbes: acct. exec. for a publication co. & new beekeeper from New Orleans
Amy Plotts: ICU nurse/transfusion safety officer from Bel Air, MD
Craig Spoth: freelance video editor who enjoys playing/recording music from Milton, VT

$2K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

R _ D _ N G / _
_ _ A T E B _ A _ D

Amy’s not RIDING A SKATEBOARD now, but she’s in control of the wheel.

FEATURED TRIP: The Springs Resort & Spa in Costa Rica

Round 1: PHRASE

Her starters are a $500 N, two A’s, a $500 R, and five E’s to quickly clear out the vowels. Three $700 S’s later…

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

THAT (kinda) MAKES PERFECT SENSE for her to make the $2,600 solve (she left out the T’s).

PR

Craig: $0/Jennifer: $1K/Amy: $4,600

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Craig’s off and running w/ two $900 T’s, six E’s, an A, three $600 R’s, three I’s, and an O to finish off the vowels. Following a $1,300 pair of M’s and an L for that MDW
 
_ A _ I _ _ / T _ E
T I M E / O _ / M _
L I _ E
_ R E _ E R _ E R

…he’s “HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE PRESERVER” for $3,900.

PR #2

Craig: $3,900 MDW/Jennifer: $1K/Amy: $4,600

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PP/Express Round: THING

Jennifer’s first moves are a $500 S, but then the LaT. Second, Amy duds out w/ N. Third, Craig chooses a $900 T, buys three E’s and an A, calls up a $1,400 pair of R’s, but then strikes out w/ the sole dud vowel of I. After Jennifer’s non-existing L call, Amy gets two $600 G’s up there…

G _ R G E _ _ S
_ E A T _ E R

…she’ll enjoy the GORGEOUS WEATHER at the Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa in CABO worth $7,300.

DUDS: N (Amy), I (Craig), L (Jennifer)
SOLE LaT: Jennifer

Craig: $3,900 MDW/Jennifer: $1K/Amy: $13,100 cash & Cabo

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$3K Tossup: TITLE

_ _ E / _ E C _ E T
_ A _ D _ N

Amy IDs “THE SECRET GARDEN”.

Round 4: PERSON

S for sorry is how she starts. Craig secondly takes a $1,400 N pair, an O, but then A for awful (it’s the only bad vowel in this short puzzle). Jennifer thirdly has been let down again by the L. Amy then tacks on a $1,400 R pair, a $700 W, and two I’s…

O _ R / _ I _
W I N N _ R

…she’s not OUR BIG WINNER just yet since she’s made another $1,850.

DUDS: S (Amy), A (Craig), L (Jennifer)

Craig: $3,900 MDW/Jennifer: $1K/Amy: $17,950 cash & Cabo

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Round 5: PROPER NAME

Craig opens w/ a $600 T, two E’s, an A, but then R for roadblock. Second in Jenny’s direction are three $500 N’s, a FP I, a $5K S and an O to clean out the vowels. But after a $500 D is a critical dud of P to leave $6,750 on the table. Amy then puts up $600 H and L singles…

D E N _ E _
_ A S H I N _ T O N

…she IDs actor DENZEL WASHINGTON.

DUDS: R (Craig), P (Jennifer)

Craig: $3,900 MDW/Jennifer: $1K/Amy: $19,150 cash & Cabo

Speed-Up Round: FOOD & DRINK

It’s a $1,600 FS to close out the week. Following an instant and intact null cycle, the N, L and M pop up in the top word..

L _ M _ N
_ _ _ _ _

…and Craig solves LEMON WEDGE.

DUDS: R (Jennifer), T (Amy), S (Craig)

FINAL SCORES
Craig: $5,500/Jennifer: $1K/Amy: $19,150 cash & Cabo

GT: $25,650
ZERO BANKRUPTS!

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$100K Bonus Round
Will there be something really good in the & envelope for Amy?

Category: THING
At the lead-off portion…

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

CHMA doesn’t add much besides the obvious A…

A / _ _ R _ _ N _
M _ _ E L

…she doesn’t have A WORKING MODEL of anything, so she’s the last $33K loser this week.

$5K SPIN ID: LC5700471

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: November 19, 2015

EPISODE #6289: GREAT OUTDOORS

$1K Tossup: SONG LYRICS

_ _ _ _ O M _ / T O
T _ E / J U _ G _ _

Renee solves Guns N’ Roses’ “WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE”. Thursday’s contesti…

Renee Fozouni: school volunteer married to a man who works for a pharmaceutical co. (they move a lot) from Ridgefield, CT
Amanda O’Toole: infant/toddler teacher from Boston (orig. from Medfield, MA)
John Busby III: USCG commissioned Officer who’s big on tech. from Long Beach

$2K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

_ R I _ Z L _ / B E _ R
_ _ _ _

Renee triples up w/ GRIZZLY BEAR CUBS.

TONIGHT’S TRIP: caravan.com American Southwest Tour

Round 1: SHOW BIZ

She first rattles off two $600 S’s, five T’s for that tour, an E, and five A’s, then she says two $650 R’s, a $600 H, two I’s, and three $500 M’s before we see…

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

…she knows that MATT DAMON STARS IN “THE MARTIAN” for a total of $12,350 cash & tour.

PR

Amanda: $0/John: $0/Renee: $15,350

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Mystery Round: WAYD?

Amanda is off and running w/ a $550 G, four obvious $900 N’s, a $550 T, and four E’s, but her next buy of O is no good. Second, John wastes a turn w/ the BANKRUPT near $650. Third, Renee tacks on a TD H, four I’s, two S’s for the MDW, and the last vowel of A before the LaT stops her. Amanda then takes a TD L and two $600 R’s, then we have…

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

…she solves WANDERING IN THE WILDERNESS for her first $8,900.

SOLE DUD: O (Amanda)
SOLE LaT: Renee
SOLE BANKRUPT: John

Amanda: $8,900/John: ZIP/Renee: $15,350

Repeating Classic Bonus Puzzle: SPICK AND SPAN

PP/Express Round: PLACES

John’s next chance for better luck begins w/ two $900 R’s, two E’s, a $900 T, two O’s and an I, after which he says four $900 S’s, the last vowel of A, and a $900 H (he’s been spinning that yellow $900 four straight times) before striking out w/ N while on EXPRESS. Renee then puts up three $650 C’s and a TD K…

R O C K _ / C O A S T S
& / S H E E R / C _ I _ _ S

…I wish she chose those F’s, but she’s won $5,450 and a trip to a place w/ ROCKY COASTS & SHEER CLIFFS — the Divi Little Bay in ST. MAARTEN worth $6,203.

SOLE DUD: N (John)

Amanda: $8,900/John: NO LUCK/Renee: $27,003 cash & trips

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$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

G L A C _ _ _ / _ A Y
A L _ S K _

Amanda locates GLACIER BAY, ALASKA.

Round 4: EVENT

She instantly duds out w/ T. Second, John spins up the same BANKRUPT. Third for Renee are a $500 S, but then a DQ for repeating the T. After Amanda says another baddie of H, John puts up a $1K pair of R’s, buys five E’s, but then purchases a non-existing I. After Renee gets caught by that same BANKRUPT to lose the 5 Benjamins…

_ E _ R – E _ _
_ _ E _ R _ _ _ E / S _ _ E

…we go into an $1,800 FS. Two N’s, two L’s and two C’s later…

_ E _ R – E N _
C L E _ R _ N C E / S _ L E

Renee solves YEAR-END CLEARANCE SALE for $3,600 worth of icing.

DUDS (all before S-U): T (Amanda; repeated by Renee), H (Amanda), I (John)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (John & Renee)

FINAL SCORES
Amanda: $11,900/John: $1K GOOSEEGG/Renee: $30,603 cash & trips

GT: $43,503
BANKRUPT TRASH: $500

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$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the E in AMERICA’S for Renee.

Category: THINGS
We should know what the first word is already…

_ _ R N _ N _
_ E _ _ R _ _ S

MGCO pretty much gives her that first word…

M O R N _ N G
_ E _ _ R O _ S

…and little help in the bottom means she’s the third straight $33K loser; they were MORNING DEWDROPS.

$5K SPIN ID: OE2938052

MY RATING: 7

BTW, I forgot to mention that Thursday Night Football has stopped airing on CBS a couple weeks ago, so I’m not pre-empted…at least right now.

WoF Recap: November 18, 2015

Upon further review, the vehicle for this week is actually the Winnebago Travato (and it makes sense since you can take that outdoors). The Ford Flex, which I mistakenly said after taking the virtual set tour, should be used for an upcoming “America’s Game” episode.

EPISODE #6288: GREAT OUTDOORS

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ H E / _ R E G _ N
_ _ A _ _

I’ve played the computer game about this when I was young, and Courtney knows that’s THE OREGON TRAIL. Meeting everybody now…

Courtney Canant: former kindergarten teacher from Cypress, TX
Michael Varino: retired MUD engineer from Kenner, LA
Gemina Stroud: traffic coord. who has a fascination w/ twins from Stockbridge, GA

$2K Tossup: TITLE

N A _ _ _ N _ L
G _ O G _ _ P _ _ C

Courtney’s two for two w/ “NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC”.

TONIGHT’S TRIP: Ireland

Round 1: SAME LETTER

She gets to work w/ two $700 T’s, one E and two A’s, three N’s for the Victorinox gift tag, and two I’s, followed by the SL Bonus of three $650 N’s, the last vowels of two O’s and U’s, a $550 R, and two TD S’s before she finally goes for the solve…

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

…this MYSTERIOUS MOUNTAIN MAN must award her $11,150 cash & GT.

PR!

Courtney: $14,150 cash & GT/Others: $0 each

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Mystery Round: FUN & GAMES

Both Michael and Gemina strike out instantly w/ T and R, respectively. We’re going to Courtney already, and she’s chosen five N’s for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $600, four I’s, and two O’s and a $600 G before the M stops her while she’s on the MW near LaT. Michael next picks an $800 H, a K for that WC but then L for loss. Gemina follows w/ a $650 C, the last vowel of A, but then the MDW’s right side. Courtney then plugs in a TD Y and a FP Z to complete the board…

H I K I N G / I N
Z I O N / C A N Y O N

…she correctly reads it for $6,600 more.

DUDS: T (Michael), R (Gemina), M (Courtney), L (Michael)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Gemina

Courtney: $20,750 cash & GT 1/2 CAR/Others: $0 each (Michael w/ the WC)

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PP/Express Round: THINGS

This round’s all Gemina — she chooses two S’s for the same 1/2 CAR, an A, a TD L, an I, a $600 N, and three E’s to clean out the vowels…

I S L A N _
_ _ E E _ E S

…in addition to her first $4,350, she’ll feel the ISLAND BREEZES during her stay at the ARUBA Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino worth $9,128, presented by the new movie “LOVE the COOPERS”.

PR #2

Michael: WC/Gemina: $13,478 cash & Aruba/Courtney: $20,750 cash & GT

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$3K Tossup: PERSON

S O C I _ _
B U T _ E R F L Y

Courtney sweeps ’em w/ SOCIAL BUTTERFLY.

Round 4: LIVING THINGS

A $1,300 pair of S’s gets her started, then she buys a single E and A for awful. Michael secondly wants a $700 I, but he buys the other bad vowel of this board (I). Gemina thirdly spins up a $650 R, four O’s, but then the LaT. Courtney next tacks on two $600 N’s and the two remaining U’s before the BANKRUPT near TD shoots her down to the tune of $1,750. Michael then uncovers three $5K D’s and two H’s courtesy of his WC

_ L O O D H O U N D S
& / _ R E _ H O U N D S

…he can thank these BLOODHOUNDS & GREYHOUNDS for taking him all the way from zero to first place at $25,450!

DUDS: A (Courtney), I (Michael)
SOLE LaT: Gemina
SOLE BANKRUPT: Courtney

Michael: $25,450/Gemina: $13,478 cash & Aruba/Courtney: $23,750 cash & GT

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Speed-Up Round: WAYD?

Here’s another $1,500 FS. Gemina takes out the twin F’s late in this round…

F _ N N _ N G
T H _ / F L _ _ _ S

 …and she’s FANNING THE FLAMES for $6K more.

DUDS: C (Courtney), R (Gemina), U (Courtney), W (Michael)

FINAL SCORES
Michael: $25,450/Gemina: $19,478 cash & Aruba/Courtney: $23,750 cash & GT

GT: $68,678
BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,150

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$100K Bonus Round
Mike’s landed on the I of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
Lead-offs…

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

GPMI adds a couple of letters…

_ R _ _ E N
I _ E / P _ _ _

…at this point, FROZEN ICE PICK would be wrong…and he unfortunately says that instead of FROZEN ICE PACK for the $33K.

$5K SPIN ID: TE8202191

EP. RATING: 7