WoF Recap: December 30, 2015

EPISODE #6318: AMERICA’S GAME   

We’re on the “Wheel Across America” set.

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ _ K A
K _ _ _ _ _

Nicholas pinpoints TOPEKA, KANSAS. Bring in the next three players…

Nicholas Busuioc: former mechanical eng. turned sugar-free vitamin-enriched candy maker (he’s also a sneaker collector w/ 1K+ pairs) from Franklin Lakes, NJ
Andrea Brown: worker w/ Volunteers of America from Austin, TX
Lindsay Young: Yale economics dept. worker who’s also a fan of UCONN basketball from West Haven, CT

$2K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

H _ _ D / _ F
B _ G _ O _ N / S H _ E P

Nicholas triples up w/ some HERD OF BIGHORN SHEEP.

TONIGHT’S SS: Beyond the Rack

Round 1: THING

The search begins w/ him calling two $900 S’s, three E’s, two $500 R’s, a U and two I’s, followed by two $900 T’s, two A’s, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to lose $3,600. Andrea then puts up a $550 N and a $700 C…


A N T I _ U E
C A S _
R E _ I S T E R

…she claims $1,250 from an ANTIQUE CASH REGISTER.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Nicholas

Nicholas: $3K/Andrea: $1,250/Lindsay: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Andrea’s first moves are a $700 T, three E’s, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to give back $450. Second, Lindsay spins her way to two N’s for the WC, three $6500 R’s, two A’s, and two TD C’s, then she uses the WC to earn another $7K w/ two D’s and buys the one dud vowel of I to leave $16,300 sitting there. Third, Nicholas comes up w/ a $650 Y, two O’s, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to fork over 4 Benjamins. After Andrea takes a beating from the MDW’s right side

_ R O _ N D _ O _
D A Y
C A R E / C E N T E R

Lindsay solves GROUNDHOG DAY CARE CENTER to keep the $16,300!

SOLE DUD: I (Lindsay)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Andrea 2x, Nicholas)

Nicholas: $3K/Andrea: $1,250/Lindsay: $16,300

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Our current leader can’t pick up the 1/2 CAR near the pink $600 w/ an instant dud of T. Nicholas secondly has the same result w/ a D call. Andrea thirdly picks three N’s for $2,100, buys three A’s and E’s, lights up a $1K pair of L’s, and buys two O’s. But after a $550 G is the LaT. Lindsay then selects a $1,300 pair of C’s and the last vowel of U via FP…

_ N O _ N / _ O _
C A _ U A L
E L E G A N C E

…she wins the 13 Benjasmins plus a trip to a resort KNOWN FOR CASUAL ELEGANCE, the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort in CABO SAN LUCAS worth $8,380.

DUDS: T (Lindsay), D (Nicholas)
SOLE LaT: Andrea

Nicholas: $3K/Andrea: $1,250/Lindsay: $25,980 cash & CSL

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$3K Tossup: PEOPLE

C I _ C L _ / _ F
_ _ I _ N _ _

Lindsay has her  CIRCLE OF FRIENDS.

Round 4: WAYD?

First up for this lady are three $600 N’s, a $900 G, the obvious I, but then S for sorry. Afterwards, it’s all Nicholas (and he goes all the way) — he chooses two $500 T’s, two E’s, a $500 H, an O, a $700 P, the other two good vowels (two A’s included), and $500 singles in B, K, V and L…

O P E N I N G / T H E
B A N K / V A U L T

…he’s doing said activity to add another $3,200.

SOLE DUD: S (Lindsay)

Nicholas: $6,200/Andrea: $1,250/Lindsay: $28,980 cash & CSL

Speed-Up: AROUND THE HOUSE

Here’s another $1,500 FS. Once the fronloading C appears…

C _ S _ M _ R _
S _ _ _ T _ R

Lindsay puts on a CASHMERE SWEATER for another $4,500.

SOLE DUD: N (Andrea)

FINAL SCORES
Nicholas: $6,200/Andrea: $1,250/Lindsay: $33,480 cash & CSL

GT: $40,930
BANKRUPT TRASH: $4,450

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$100K Bonus Round
Lindsay lands on the I in AMERICA’S.

Category: WAYD?
This is what I’m literally doing right now…

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

She’s going w/ the PGHO combo like last night’s champ…

_ P _ _ T _ N G
_ _ / _ E _ S _ T E

…as I’m UPDATING MY WEBSITE, I’m afraid that she loses the C-MAX Hybrid.

$5K SPIN ID: UN5980490

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: December 29, 2015

EPISODE #6317: AMERICA’S GAME

Let’s see how much good we can do on this extra episode from “Great Escapes”.

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ N / _ _ _ _ _ _ O
T E _ A _

Kevin locates SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. Info on him and the ladies…

Kevin Bovino: graphic designer for a local newspaper, active member at Zarephath Christian Church and animal rescue person who’s watched this program ever since Chuck hosted it from North Brunswick, NJ
Diana Salsone: meatball specialist & volunteer at one of her daughters’ schools from Dix Hills, NY
Anita Smith: church choir singer from Pflugerville, TX

$2K Tossup: PERSON

M _ / _ A V _ R _ _ E
_ _ A _ H _ R

MY FAVORITE TEACHER from HS works in the Math department, and Anita has gained control w/ that solve.

TRIP WEDGE: Marriott Marquis in S.F.
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Gas cards

Round 1: FOOD & DRINK

Her first call of T is no good while she’s on the gas cards (CONOCO logo used). Second, Kevin calls up two R’s for $1,200, five E’s, a $700 N, two O’s, and S for the S.F. trip, but then the sole dud vowel of I. Third, Diana takes a $600 H, two C’s to go to $1,900, two U’s, and three $700 B’s. On the menu is…

_ O U B _ E / B _ C O N
C H E E S E B U R _ E R

…a DOUBLE BACON CHEESEBURGER good for $3750.

DUDS: T (Anita), I (Kevin)

Anita: $2K/Kevin: $1K/Diana: $3,750

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Kevin’s next chance for redemption starts w/ six N’s for $3,900, three A’s, two $650 D’s, six E’s and three I’s before he lights up an R while on the MW near LaT. He gambles the remaining $4,250…$$$. Unfortunately, he then BANKRUPTs near $3,500 to have $14,250 torn to pieces. Moving on to Diana who puts in four L’s for $2,400, two $3,500 T’s, three C’s for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $600, and three $900 G’s (almost landed on the other 1/2 CAR there)…

C E N T R A L
I N T E L L I G E N C E
A N D / _ _ D E L I N G
A G E N C _

…she solves CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AND MODELING AGENCY for $13,600.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Kevin

Anita: $2K/Kevin: $1K/Diana: $17,350 1/2 CAR 

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PP/Express Round: THING

1/2 CAR holder Diana is gonna have to give up that plate right away to the BANKRUPT near $650. Second in Anita’s future are a $1,300 pair of N’s, an I, a $600 G, buys of E and two A’s, but then the MDW’s right side to forfeit $1,150. Third, Kevin spins up a $1K pair of L’s, a $900 P, a single U, but then the same MDW BANKRUPT to hand over $1,650. Diana then semi-spingles for a $900 M and the last vowel of O…

M O _ N I N G
_ A _ E – U P / _ A L L

…ina ddition to the $650 remainder, she’ll get a MORNING WAKE-UP CALL at the IBEROSTAR Dominicana in the D.R. worth $6,429.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole panel)

Anita: $2K/Kevin: $1K/Diana: $24,429 cash & D.R.

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$3K Tossup: QUOTATION

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

“TO BE OR NOT TO BE”, that is the question Kevin just got.

Round 4: WAYD?

A $700 N sends him on his way, followed by two I’s and A’s, but then his third BANKRUPT of the game (this one next to $650) to lose the 2 Benjamins. Second, Diana lights up a $600 G, but nothing more w/ an E buy. Third for Anita are a $1K pair of T’s, three FP R’s, the last vowel of O, and a $500 D…

D R I _ I N G
A / T R A _ T O R

…she’s DRIVING A TRACTOR for $2,750.

SOLE DUD: E (Diana)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Kevin

Anita: $4,750/Kevin: $4K/Diana: $24,429 cash & D.R.

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Speed-Up: PHRASE

Look out, folks — it’s a $6K FS! After an N request…

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

…this is certainly A NIGHT TO REMEMBER for Diana — she’s sealed the deal w/ another $18K!

SOLE DUD: S (Diana)

Anita: $4,750/Kevin: $4K/Diana: $42,429 cash & D.R.

GT: $51,179
BANKRUPT TRASH (plate not included): $17,250

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$100K Bonus Round
Diana needs to get that ** envelope.

Category: THING
Not much in this very long one…

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

PHGO does her…

_ / P _ _ _ _ G E / _ N
_ O _ R / _ _ _ L _ O _

…so sorry, Diana, but there won’t be A PACKAGE IN YOUR MAILBOX containing $33K.

$5K SPIN ID: JB7644522

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: December 28, 2015

EPISODE #6316: AMERICA’S GAME

We are finally gonna learn if the rumors of a possible fourth $1M winner are true, since this is the sixth episode of “Weekend Getaways”. Also, this is the last time that you get to see the orange $800 and pink $900.

$1K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ _ I _
_ _ _ _ T _ O _ G

This is a famous astronaut, but Sarah doesn’t know it. 

N _ I L
_ _ _ S T _ O _ G

Laronda IDs NEIL ARMSTRONG. Meeting them now…

Laronda Anderson: billing supervisor for an organization supporting children from Wyncote, PA
Sarah Schultz: owner of a women’s golf apparel co. from Livingston, NJ
Troy Roe: member of an international music outreach program from L.A. (orig. from Bay City, MI)

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

G A R L _ _
A N _ / O _ _ O _ S

Sarah scores this time w/ some GARLIC AND ONIONS.

TONIGHT’S TRIP: caravan.com Canada tour
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: eBags

Round 1: SONG & ARTIST

She gets started w/ three $900 T’s, four E’s, a $500 H, three $700 N’s, but then A for awful. Second, Troy spins up an $800 R, four I’s, two $550 M’s, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to lose $1,650. Third, Laronda calls up a $550 B, four S’s for the Canada tour, three O’s to clean out the vowels, and two $700 L’s. We have…

T I M E / I S / O N
M _ / S I _ E / B _
T H E / R O L L I N _
S T O N E S

…her solving “TIME IS ON MY SIDE” BY THE ROLLING STONES for $9,700 cash & tour.

SOLE DUD: A (Sarah)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Troy

Troy: $0/Laronda: $10,700 cash & tour/Sarah: $2K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Troy first has a run-in w/ the other normal BANKRUPT. Laronda secondly has the same fate w/ the one near TD. Third, Sarah comes up w/ two $600 T’s, but then S for sorry. Troy’s second turn goes by the wayside w/ a dud of H while he’s on the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900. Laronda follows suit w/ an N for the other 1/2 CAR, an $800 R, buys of I and three E’s, but then Troy’s latest BANKRUPT to hand over the plate and 8 Benjamins. Sarah then retrieves the WC w/ two L’s, and the 1/2 CAR Troy didn’t get w/ an F…

T E E N
_ _ L F
_ L I T _ E R

…she solves “TEEN WOLF BLITZER” for $2,700.

DUDS: S (Sarah), H (Troy)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Laronda 2x, Troy)

Troy: ZIPPO/Laronda: $10,700 cash & tour/Sarah: $4,700 WC

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

This round’s all Laronda — she picks three and an H at $700 apiece, two I’s and A’s, a $500 M, a $550 G, an $800 N, and the remaining vowels that isn’t a U, and two $600 F’s…

I ‘ M / T A _ I N G
T H A T / _ E E _ / O F F

…I may have to call for an investigation on whoever let out those FALSE $1M rumors, but she replies “I’M TAKING THAT WEEK OFF” for $4,850 and a trip to the Divi Dutch Village in ARUBA worth $6,069.

PR

Troy: ZILCH/Laronda: $21,619 cash & tour/Sarah: $4,700 WC

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$3K Tossup: PERSON

_ _ _ I Q _ E
_ O _ _ _ _ _ _ R

Sarah blanks out for the second time tonight.

_ _ T I Q _ E
_ O _ L E C _ O R

Troy doesn’t do any better w/ a bad response of BOUTIQUE COLLECTOR.

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

Laronda solves ANTIQUE COLLECTOR.

Round 4: THING

First up are two $600 T’s, but then the LaT. Going down Sarah’s road second are an $800 N, two $700 G’s, an I, but the S fails her again. Third for Troy are an $800 R, two E’s, but then the LaT. After Laronda’s dud of L, Sarah puts in two $700 C’s…

E _ E – C _ T C _ I N G
_ _ _ T _ G R _ _ _ _

…and solves EYE-CATCHING PHOTOGRAPHY for another $3,350.

DUDS: S (Sarah), L (Laronda)
LaTs: 2 (Laronda & Troy)

Troy: NO LUCK/Laronda: $21,619 cash & tour/Sarah: $8,050 WC

Speed-Up: LIVING THINGS

$1,500 per consonant. After a P appears in the bottom word…

_ _ _ _ S / A N D
T A D P _ L _ S

Sarah catches some FROGS AND TADPOLES for $7,500.

FINAL SCORES
Troy: $1K GOOSEEGG/Laronda: $21,619 cash & tour/Sarah: $15,550

GT: $38,169
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus plate): $2,450

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$100K Bonus Round
Laronda takes that BW to the ***.

Category: THING
I think I’ve got this already…

_ _ S T
_ _ / _ _ R

HMCA adds just the vowel…

_ _ S T
_ _ / A _ R

…she never gets the top word, so the keys to the Beetle Convertible are blown away by a GUST OF AIR.

$5K SPIN ID
: JH4211605

MY RATING: 6

Week 15 Stats

This year’s Christmas week could’ve been much better had Tiffani got lucky at the end of Wednesday’s show.

Total this Week: $283,671
Total for the Season: $3,484,650
BR Win Record: 23-52 (.301)
Total Car Wins: 5
-Ford Fiestas: 3
-BR Car: 2 (MINI Cooper, Ford Flex) 
Prize Wedge Wins: 19
Gift Tag Wins: 24
Mystery Wedge Wins: 5
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 23-10
 
MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 15-8   
$10K MW was next to LaT: 13
$10K MW was next to $650: 17
Express was Played-Passed: 13-5
-Successes: 4
-Crashes: 9
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 2 (1 on $3,500, 1 on $5K)
-BR: 7
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 62/13/0
5-Round Games: 25
6-Round Games: 6 (two went to a 7-round game on Oct. 9 and Dec. 23)
$6K FINAL SPINS: 2
Gooseegg Victims: 18
Red Winners: 29
Yellow Winners: 21
Blue Winners: 25
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash
: $39,365* / 1 WC / 1 MDW

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season
: $382,438* / 22 WC / 16 ½ CAR  / 4 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt
: $20,815 (Dec. 9), $20,415 (Dec. 21), $12,850 (Oct. 30)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night
: $32,515 (Dec. 21), $22,315 (Dec. 9), $21,650 (Dec. 14)
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), $67,146 (Dec. 23)
Season-High Week
: $307,708 (SSS Family Week)
Season-Low Week
: $168,088 (Veterans Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 1
$1M Bonus Rounds: 6

$33K: 15/46
$40K: 2/6
$45K: 3/8
$50K: 1/2
$100K (or $1M): 0/1
CAR: 2/12

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: Christmas Day 2015

EPISODE #6315: WINTER BREAK

$1K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

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

Mandee solves A WREATH ON THE FRONT DOOR. Now let’s see if any of these people will get a big gift on their front door… 

Mandee Poe: prevention and outreach specialist from San Luis Obispo, CA
Paul Morgan: works in a tech company and sometimes does stand-up comedy from Los Angeles, CA (originally from Seattle)
Rosalind Snyder: Sunday school teacher who’s retired from the housing commission and also writes poetry/fiction from Pasadena, MD

$2K Tossup: PERSON

C _ _ _ B _ I _ Y
C H E _

One example of a CELEBRITY CHEF is Guy Fieri, and Paul has solved it.

TONIGHT’S TRIP: Strater Hotel & Purgatory Resort in Durango

Round 1: SONG TITLE

He kicks off w/ three $700 S’s, four R’s for that MDW, three A’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to wipe out $1,850 and his MDW. Second, Rosalind duds out w/ D. Third, Mandee spins up the LaT. As we start fresh again w/ Paul, he calls two H’s for the Colorado trip, a $600 V, four E’s, two $600 M’s, and three $700 T’s. Board, Vanna…

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

…he solves “HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS” for $4,650 and the trip worth $6,016.

SOLE DUD: D (Rosalind)
SOLE LaT: Mandee
SOLE BANKRUPT: Paul

Paul: $12,666 cash & CO/Rosalind: $0/Mandee: $1K

Holiday Greeting: Art

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Rosalind’s next chance to score begins w/ two $650 T’s, two I’s, but then S for sorry while on the MW near $650. Second, Mandee runs into the LaT again. Third, Paul’s chosen two $500 R’s, two $700 H’s, two E’s, two C’s for that 1/2 CAR near the pink $600, two $500 N’s, and three L’s while on that same MW before taking the money for those (that was the 10 grand one, however). Following a $600 K…

R _ N / L I K E / T H E
_ I N _ –
C H I L L / _ A C T _ R

…he manages to RUN LIKE THE WIND-CHILL FACTOR for $7,750.

SOLE DUD: S (Rosalind)
SOLE LaT: Mandee

Paul: $20,416 cash & CO/Rosalind: ZIP/Mandee: $1K

HG #2: Licensing/clearance

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

It’s all Mandee — she picks a $550 S, four $500 T’s, four E’s and an I….

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

IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER for her to add $2,550 plus a trip to St. James’s Club MORGAN BAY in ST. LUCIA worth $7,150.

PR

Paul: $20,416 cash & CO/Rosalind: ZILCH/Mandee: $10,700 cash & St. Lucia

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$3K Tossup: THING

_ _ A R T – _ _ A P E D
_ _ A M O _ D

Mandee solves HEART-SHAPED DIAMOND.

Round 4: CHARACTERS

Once again, it’s all Mandee — here’s a $600 S, a $500 D, an A, two E’s, two $500 N’s, a $700 T, two $500 H’s, two O’s, and two $500 R’s…

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

SCROOGE AND THE GRINCH were bad to Tiffani on Wednesday, but not Mandee as they give her another $4,050.

PR #2

Paul: $20,416 cash & CO/Rosalind: NO LUCK/Mandee: $17,750 cash & St. Lucia

Round 5: WAYD?

Paul insta-BANKRUPTs next to $650. Second for Rosalind are a $500 G, but then the S-U signal…

_ _ _ _ _ _ G / _ _
_ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _

…and it’s a $1,600 FS. Paul puts up the twin M’s late in this round…

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

…he won’t be  SETTING MY ALARM CLOCK, but he will win this game w/ another $6,400.

DUDS (during S-U): P (Paul), H (Rosalind)

FINAL SCORES
Paul: $26,816 cash & CO/Rosalind: $1K COAL/Mandee: $17,750 cash & St. Lucia

Yep, four unfortunate coal victims.

GT: $45,566
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. MDW): $1,850

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$100K Bonus Round
He’s all alone and spins up the I of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
Vanna can only give him this much to start…

_ R _ _ _ _ _
_ _ L _ _ _

MDBA is also of limited help…

_ R _ _ A _ _
_ _ L _ _ _

…he loses and the $45K will stay safe under Harry’s PRIVACY POLICY.

$5K SPIN ID: JM5964797

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: Christmas Eve 2015

EPISODE #6314: WINTER BREAK

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

L I _ _ T I N G
A / C A N _ _ E

Marissa’s LIGHTING A CANDLE to strike first blood among these panelists…

Marissa Silver: marketing mgr. for the San Jose Earthquakes (this is a soccer team) from San Jose
Meg Archambault: Sign language interpreter & fantasy sports player from Chatham, IL
Dan Bruton: UNLV film student & professional (Irish) dabbler from Vegas

$2K Tossup: THING

_ _ _ D _ N
O P P _ _ _ _ _ _ T Y

Meg’s the next to score on a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY.

TONIGHT’S TRIP: honolulu.BUZZ

Round 1: AROUND THE HOUSE

Her first pickings are a $1,200 R pair, two T’s for that HI trip, two E’s, and an A, followed by two N’s for the Travelers Club gift tag, a U, an $800 S, the other two vowels (three O’s included), and four $500 C’s. Board…

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

…she solves COLLECTION OF NUTCRACKERS for $5,750 cash & GT plus that HI trip worth $7,455.

PR!

Meg: $15,205 cash & prizes/Dan: $0/Marissa: $1K

Holiday Greeting: Production staff

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Dan’s list of letters is made up of a $650 N, two E’s and O’s, two $600 T’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $1,350. Second, Marissa calls up a $600 H, wastes a FP usage by repeating the E, and striking out w/ R while on the MW near $650. Third, Meg uncovers a $550 S, two A’s, an L for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 and three I’s to finish off the vowels, after which she says a $600 C, two $650 K’s, a Y for the MDW, and $500 D and G singles before we finally display all of this…

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

…she solves ALICIA KEYS TO THE KINGDOM for $3,450.

WASTED FP: Marissa
SOLE DUD: R (Marissa)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Dan

Meg: $18,655 cash & prizes MDW/Dan: ZIPPO/Marissa: $1K

Classic Bonus Puzzle (1990): THING
David of the USMC struck out w/ CDMO…

L _ _ _ _ _ E

…but he miraculously solved LUGGAGE.

HG #2: post-production

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PP/Express Round: LIVING THING

This crucial round begins w/ Marissa calling a $650 R, a $900 T, but then the sole dud vowel of O. Meg secondly spots a $500 H, three E’s, two $500 N’s, and two A’s…

T H E / _ R E E N
_ _ _ A N A

…she’s won another $1K and the $6K caravan.com PANAMA TOUR where she can see THE GREEN IGUANA.

SOLE DUD: O (Marissa)

Meg: $25,655 cash & prizes MDW/Dan: NO LUCK/Marissa: $1K

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$3K Tossup: PERSON

F _ I T _ _ U L
S _ _ _ _ _ _ K

Previously used as a bonus puzzle in late S27 on May 27, 2010 (and not solved for $25K), Marissa has solved FAITHFUL SIDEKICK.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

First up for the lady at the end are a $650 T, a $600 S, and three E’s, then come a $650 H, an A, three I’s, and M for mistake. Second for Meg are an $1,800 N trio, but then the S-U signal…

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

…w/ an $1,800 FS. She then calls the G…

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

…and smells some COOKIES BAKING IN THE OVEN for $3,600.

SOLE DUD (before FS): M (Marissa)

FINAL SCORES
Meg: $29,255 cash & prizes MDW/Dan: $1K COAL/Marissa: $4K

GT: $34,255
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,350

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #6
After we see her boyfriend Ken holding the MDW, she needs to avoid the S in SPIN…she actually lands on the E of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
1/3 of the answer to start…

_ _ T T _
_ _ _ E

CDMO only adds…

_ _ T T _
_ O _ E

…we’re NOT gonna be making a WITTY JOKE, because she was nowhere close to winning…

…the Rogue SV.

$1M LOCATION: G
$5K SPIN ID: TT02944

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: December 23, 2015

EPISODE #6313: WINTER BREAK

$1K Tossup: CHARACTER 

_ _ D / M _ N
W I _ _ _ R

Leanna solves OLD MAN WINTER. Now let’s meet this pretty young lady and everybody else…

Leanna Vesper: event coord. and MS Language Arts tutor from Frederick, MD
Dick Stolpe: part of a family who went to the ’84 Olympics from Carlsbad
Tiffani Thorne: hospital admin. from Culver City

$2K Tossup: THINGS

M _ T _ R C Y C L E
B _ O T S

Dick’s got his MOTORCYCLE BOOTS ready.

SKI TRIP: Beech Mountain Resort in North Carolina

Round 1: SONG LYRICS

His starters are two $700 S’s, four I’s, an A, and two T’s for the…what else…DICK’S Sporting Goods gift tag, followed by two $500 M’s, five E’s to clean out the vowels, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $3,650 cash & sporting goods. Over to Tiffani who puts in five $650 L’s, and a J for the NC trip…

J I _ _ L E / _ E L L
T I M E / I S / A
S _ E L L / T I M E

…she exactly recites “JINGLE BELL TIME IS A SWELL TIME” (from “Jingle Bell Rock” originally done by Bobby Helms) for $3,750 and the trip worth $6,196.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Dick

Tiffani: $9,946 cash & NC/Leanna: $1K/Dick: $2K

Holiday Greeting: stage crew

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Tiffani first gets a hold of two $700 R’s, three E’s, a $600 S, and an I, after which she says three $800 N’s, two O’s, the big SL Bonus of three $3,500 P’s, and the other two vowels (two U’s included). Board…

P U _ S E –
P O U N _ I N _
P E R _ O R _ A N _ E

…now this is a PULSE-POUNDING PERFORMANCE — her winning another $14,650!

PR!

Tiffani: $24,596 cash & NC/Leanna: $1K/Dick: $2K

HG #2: sound dept./control room (especially Jim)

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Knowing that she’s in a deep hole, Leanna starts this crucial answer two $600 S’s, but the sole dud vowel of I stops her just as quick. Dick secondly finds three $700 T’s, an A and four O’s, two $900 P’s, an E and three $3,500 R’s, then he sees…

_ O _ ‘ T / _ O R _ E T
 _ O _ R / P A S S P O R T

…not only did you win another $13,650, sir, DON’T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT for your trip to the Lapaz Waterfall Gardens in COSTA RICA worth $6,100.

SOLE DUD: I (Leanna)

Tiffani: $24,596 cash & NC/Leanna: $1K/Dick: $21,750 cash & C.R.

Don’t give up hope yet, Leanna. You could still end your night w/ more than $10K.

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$3K Tossup: PERSON

T R U _ _ E D
F _ I _ _ _

I don’t know who Tiffani’s TRUSTED FRIEND is, but she’s up over $27.5K.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

First on her radar are a $600 R, two E’s, two $500 S’s, but then the LaT. Second for Leanna are a $500 L, two $900 T’s, and a $600 P…

S _ _ T
P R E T _ E L S

…she munches on some SOFT PRETZELS for $2,900 more.

SOLE LaT: Tiffani

Tiffani: $27,596 cash & NC/Leanna: $3,900/Dick: $21,750 cash & C.R.

Round 5: AROUND THE HOUSE

This round’s all Leanna — she picks a $5K R, an E, three $600 T’s, three O’s, and two $500 B’s…

_ O T T O _
B _ T _ R O B E

…she stuffs another $7,300 inside her COTTON BATHROBE.

PR #2!

Tiffani: $27,596 cash & NC/Leanna: $11,200/Dick: $21,750 cash & C.R.

See, Leanna, I knew you could do it!
 
Round 6: PROPER NAME

That man at the end has chosen two $500 S’s, two A’s, and the same number of E’s to clean out the vowels already. But after a $500 C is P for phooey. Tiffani then says two $800 R’s and a $500 T…

R _ A _
S E A C R E S T

…he’s about to end his time hosting “American Idol” next season (and it’s also the show’s very last season), as Tiffani solves RYAN SEACREST for another $2,100. And guess what, we’re going into a Round 7 for just the second time this season!

SOLE DUD: P (Dick)

Tiffani: $29,696 cash & NC/Leanna: $11,200/Dick: $21,750 cash & C.R.

Speed-Up: THING

Here’s another $1,500 FS for ya. After an H comes up late in this round…

_ _ S H _ O N
S T _ T _ _ _ N T

Tiffani makes her FASHION STATEMENT for another $4,500.

DUDS: R (Tiffani), D (Leanna)

FINAL SCORES
Tiffani: $34,196 cash & NC/Leanna: $11,200/Dick: $21,750 cash & C.R. 

GT: $67,146
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,650 cash & GT

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$100K Bonus Round
That was an excellent maingame tonight. Now let’s see if Tiffani can win herself a really big present after she lands on the S of SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
Just these two letters to start…

_ _ T / _ N _
_ _ _ _ _

DHMA isn’t very helpful…

H _ T / A N D
_ _ _ _ _

…thanks to wasting both the A and D, she only gets the top line. And this doesn’t sound HOT AND JUICY to us…

A $100,000 LUMP OF COAL — SHE’S THE FIRST GRAND PRIZE LOSER ALL SEASON LONG. OUCH. Merry Christmas to her, anyway.

$5K SPIN ID
: JS9862222

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: December 22, 2015

EPISODE #6312: WINTER BREAK

$1K Tossup: THINGS

_ / B U _ D _ E
_ _ / _ _ Y S

Jason’s one off on the last word w/ A BUNDLE OF JOYS, but one of these players like Kathleen could buy A BUNDLE OF TOYS w/ their winnings…

Kathleen Donlon: single parent in computer industry from Oakdale, NY
Nicole Kab: public accountant from Agora Hills, CA
Jason Wilson: customer engineer for a semiconductor co. who’s also a newlywed from Waterbury, CT

$2K Tossup: PEOPLE

M A R C _ _ N G
_ A _ D

Kathleen’s tripled w/ a MARCHING BAND.

TONIGHT’S TRIP: Ramon’s Village in Belize
Tues./Thus. Gift Tag: Travelers Club

Round 1: CHARACTER

Kathleen’s first letters this evening are two $600 T’s, four E’s, two A’s, an H for the WC, a FP I, and three O’s, followed by two S’s for the TC gift tag, the last vowel of U, and two $500 M’s. Board…

T H E / M O ST
_ A M O U S
_ E I _ _ E E _
O _ / A _ _

…she IDs “THE MOST FAMOUS REINDEER OF ALL” (Rudolph) for $3,700 cash & GT.

PR

Kathleen: $6,700 cash & GT WC/Others: $0 each

Holiday Greeting: Production

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Nicole’s wheel-spinning journey begins w/ four FP E’s, and a T while on the MW near $650. Under that is…the $$$. Next up are three $800 R’s, three A’s, four $700 S’s, but then H for hush. Second, Jason wastes a turn w/ the BANKRUPT near $3,500. Third, Kathleen picks off three $650 N’s, a $700 P, and a $1K Q. We have at this moment…

_ _ S _ N E S S / &
S Q _ A R E / _ A N _ E
P A R T N E R

…she didn’t need a BUSINESS & SQUARE DANCE PARTNER to help her win another $3,650.

SOLE DUD: H (Nicole)
SOLE INSTA-BANKRUPT: Jason

Kathleen: $10,350 cash & GT WC/Others: $0 each

Repeating Classic Bonus Puzzle: HOCKEY GAME
HG #2: contestant dept.

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PP/Express Round: PLACE

Jason’s first pickings are a $600 R but then D for dud. Kathleen secondly calls up a $2,700 N trio, but then buys a worthless I. Nicole thirdly tries an $800 T, an E, but then S for sorry. After Jason says another baddie of M, Kathleen buys the leftover two A’s and six O’s, and says a C while on EXPRESS. She wisely GOES ABOARD….

Her Current Bank: $2,950
Next Choices: F…2 L’s…P and G

O C E A N F R O N T
L A G O O N / P O O L

…this will be awaiting her at the Sheraton MAUI courtesy of Pleasant Holidays worth $6,754

DUDS: D (Jason), I (Kathleen), S (Nicole), M (Jason)

Kathleen: $25,054 cash & GT WC/Others: $0 each

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$3K Tossup: WAYD?

_ _ _ I _ G / A
F _ _ _ H / S T A R T

Kathleen isn’t MAKING A FRESH START, but rather adding even more money.

Round 4: AROUND THE HOUSE

Unfortunately, she hits the BANKRUPT near $650 to finally lose her WC (thought it wasn’t taken away at first). Second for Nicole are two $600 R’s, three E’s, but then the LaT. Third for Jason are $500 S and B singles, and three $650 T’s…

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

…he needed the EXTRA BATTERIES to spoil Kathleen’s perfect maingame bid and finally win his first $2,950.

SOLE LaT: Nicole
SOLE INSTA-BANKRUPT: Kathleen

Speed-Up: FOOD & DRINK

Another $1,500 FS for your pleasure. After the frontloading G appears…

G _ _ R _ _ T
P _ S T R _ _ S

Kathleen gets GOURMET PASTRIES for $4,500.

SOLE DUD: H (Jason)

FINAL SCORES
Jason: $2,950/Kathleen: $32,554 cash & GT/Nicole: $1K LUMP OF COAL

GT: $36,504
BANKRUPT TRASH: WC


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$100K Bonus Round
By this point, Kathleen’s WC is finally confiscated. Anyway, she lands on the ‘.

Category: PHRASE
This four-word answer initially reads…

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

MCDI only adds two of this…

_ N / M _
_ _ _ / _ _ M E

…but she’s nailed it and will reply “I’m ON MY WAY HOME as a $33K BR winner”. Her final total is $65,554 cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: MB825979786

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: December 21, 2015

This week’s contestants might be off to a place for their “Winter Break”.

EPISODE #6311: WINTER BREAK

VTR: Sept. 25 (taped before last week’s shows)

$1K Tossup: SONG TITLE

_ _ / Y _ _ / _ E _ R
_ _ _ _ / _ / _ _ _ R ?

Amy solves “DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?” by the Harry Simeone choir. Tonight’s contesti from left to right…

Amy Lustig: loan officer for a large mortgage co. who also bowls from Santa Clarita, CA
Kyndall Edwards: office mgr. and corporate secretary for an environment contractor from Mattoon, IL
Henry Ha: recent law school grad who works in corporate insurance and is a “WHEEL Watcher” from NYC

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ / K _ N D
O _ / _ _ W N

Amy is correct in saying that Culver City is “MY KIND OF TOWN”.

WINTER TRIP: Lexington at Jackson Hole
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: DICK’S Sporting Goods

Round 1: QUOTATION

She leads off w/ three S’s for $1,800, eight E’s, three T’s for another $1,800, triple H’s for $2,100, but then the first dud of the week in O (and it’s the only bad vowel of the puzzle). Second, Kyndall calls up three R’s for $1,800, buys three I’s, but then BANKRUPTs near $650 to lose the $1,550 remainder. Third, Henry finds four N’s for $2K, four L’s for $2,600 more, and a $600 C before the same BANKRUPT strikes him to the tune of $5,200…

T H E / C H I L _ R E N
_ E R E / N E S T L E _
_ L L / S N _ _ / I N
T H E I R / _ E _ S

…and Amy correctly recites “THE CHILDREN WERE NESTLED ALL SNUG IN THEIR BEDS” (from “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”) for that same amount Henry just lost.

SOLE DUD: O (Amy)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (opposition)

Amy: $8,200/Others: $0 each

Holiday Greeting: Production

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Kyndall gets to work and locates a $550 T, two L’s for $1,300, five E’s, a single O, and two R’s for the DICK’S gift tag before calling two S’s while on the MW near LaT. She risks $3,350 cash & GT…ZERO. Over to Henry who puts up a $900 G, two $600 N’s, a $500 V, and the remaining vowels that isn’t U. Following a $600 H and a K for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $600…

S H A K E _ E A R E
I N
L O V E
T R I A N G L E

…he solves “SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE TRIANGLE” for his first $3,200.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Kyndall

Amy: $8,200/Kyndall: ZERO/Henry: $3,200 1/2 CAR 

HG #2: Marketing/Promotions/Publicity

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PP/Express Round: THING

Henry opens w/ four T’s for $2K, an R for his second 1/2 CAR from the same location, and A and three E’s, then he says a $700 M, four N’s for another plate, two I’s to clean out the vowels and an L while on EXPRESS. Believe it or not, he’s GOING ABOARD. Oh boy…

At Stake: $20,415 cash & Fiesta
Next Choice(s): MAJOR CRASH w/ S

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

That means Amy will enjoy some NIGHTLY ENTERTAINMENT on her $7,800 trip to the Sandals Whitehouse Village & Spa in JAMAICA.

AGONIZING BANKRUPT: Henry (you are a  STUPID IDIOT for taking your car on the train, sir!)

Amy: $16K cash & Jamaica/Kyndall: ZILCH/Henry: $3,200

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$3K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

_ U R _ I _ G
K _ T _ E _ _

Henry somehow softens the blow of his epic fail w/ some PURRING KITTENS.

Round 4: CHARACTER

Here he goes w/ two $500 T’s, a $500 H, an E, two $700 N’s, an an A, after which he says a $650 R, two O’s to clean out the vowels, a $900 W, a $600 M, a $650 Y, and two $700 S’s to leave only the first letter unrevealed…

_ R O S T Y / T H E
S N O W M A N

…he IDs the “jolly, happy soul” FROSTY THE SNOWMAN for $6,350.

PR

Amy: $16K cash & Jamaica/Kyndall: COAL ALERT/Henry: $12,550

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Speed-Up: ON THE MAP

$1,550 per consonant here. After an R appears late in this round…

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

Amy seals the deal by locating THE NETHERLANDS for another $4,650.

FINAL SCORES
Amy: $20,650 cash & Jamaica/Kyndall: $1K LUMP OF COAL/Henry: $12,550

GT: $34,200
SEASON-WORST BANKRUPT TRASH: $32,515 cash & prizes

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$100K Bonus Round
The next SUV in play this week is a Nissan Rogue SV. Amy lands on the G.

Category: PHRASE
Here’s how we begin…

_ _ _ / _ _ E N
T _ E / _ _ _ _

HPDA gives her….

P _ P / _ P E N
T H E / H _ _ D

…we almost had a clean sweep, but she will POP OPEN THE HOOD of that SUV and take the $33K inside (if Harry placed it in there), giving her $52,650 cash & trip to take home.

$5K SPIN ID: DL8857010

MY RATING
: 6

Week 14 Stats

Total this Week: $235,192
Total for the Season: $3,200,979
BR Win Record: 21-49 (.3)
Total Car Wins: 5
-Ford Fiestas: 3
-BR Car: 2 (MINI Cooper, Ford Flex) 
Prize Wedge Wins: 16
Gift Tag Wins: 22
Mystery Wedge Wins: 5
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 21-9
 
MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 14-7 
$10K MW was next to LaT: 13
$10K MW was next to $650: 14
Express was Played-Passed: 11-5
-Successes: 3
-Crashes: 8
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 2 (1 on $3,500, 1 on $5K)
-BR: 7
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 59/13/0
5-Round Games: 22
6-Round Games: 5 (one went to a 7-round game on Oct. 9)
$6K FINAL SPINS: 2
Gooseegg Victims: 14
Red Winners: 25
Yellow Winners: 20
Blue Winners: 25
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash
: $29,400* / 2
½ CAR
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season
: $343,073* / 21 WC / 16 ½ CAR  / 3 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt
: $20,815 (Dec. 9), $12,850 (Oct. 30), $12K (Sept. 18)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night
: $22,315 (Dec. 9), $21,650 (Dec. 14), $19,700 (Sept. 21)
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), $57,873 (Dec. 7)
Season-High Week
: $307,708 (SSS Family Week)
Season-Low Week
: $168,088 (Veterans Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 1
$1M Bonus Rounds: 5
$33K: 13/44
$40K: 2/6
$45K: 3/7
$50K: 1/2
$100K (or $1M):
CAR: 2/11

* includes prizes