WoF Recap: February 29, 2016


$1K Tossup: WAYD?

W R I T _ N G
_ O _ T _ A R D S

Molly could be the one WRITING POSTCARDS, or maybe these opponents…

Molly Kershaw: state senator from Williamsville, IL
Tim Walsh: actor/comedian from L.A. (or (orig. from South Jersey)
Megan Danner: Southwestern Univ. chaplain from Round Rock, TX

$2K Tossup: THING

_ T A _ _ U M
S _ A _ _ _ _

Molly gets the tripler w/ STADIUM SEATING.

FEATURED TRIP: lisbon.BUZZ worth $8,150
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Bedandbreakfast.com


She gets that GT right away w/ three T’s, but that and the $1,500 are taken right back by the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Tim spins his way to four FP E’s, three $700 R’s, two A’s, two $800 H’s, and three $500 F’s. Board…

_ _ R _ _ / _ F
A / F E A T H E R
F _ _ _ _
T _ _ E T H E R

…he realizes that BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER for $4,950.


Megan: $0/Molly: $3K/Tim: $4,950


Mystery Round: SAME NAME

That man starts us off w/ a $600 S, three $650 T’s, four E’s, but then the MDW’s left side to lose $2,300. Second, Megan takes a $1,200 pair of R’s, a C four the Portugal trip, two A’s to clean out the vowels, and a G while on the MW near $650 before she obviously declines (good move; that’s the BANKRUPT one). But she then ends up BANKRUPTing near $650 anyway to throw away $10,600 cash & trip. Molly then picks up the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ a V and a $700 N…

T R A V E _ / &

…she solves TRAVEL & SECRET AGENT for $1,200.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Molly’s opponents)

Megan: ZILCH/Molly: $4,200 1/2 CAR/Tim: $4,950


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Megan’s next turn doesn’t start well w/ a dud of T. Second in Molly’s direction are a $700 H, four E’s, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to forfeit $450 and her plate. Third for Tim are $600 V and W singles plus a $1,200 pair of R’s, but then a bad I buy. Megan tries again w/ a $1,400 pair of Y’s, three O’s, a $700 L, and two U’s to clean out the vowels. But after a K for the WC is a critical dud of P. Molly then SPINGLES for an $800 N…

_ U N / E V E R Y W H E R E
Y O U / L O O K

…have FUN EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, ma’am, on your trip to the  RIU Palace Peninsula in CANCUN worth $6,900.

DUDS: T (Megan), I (Tim), P (Megan)

Megan: WC/Molly: $11,900 cash & Cancun/Tim: $4,950



S _ A _ P _ N G
_ _ _ T _ E

Molly acts like a SNAPPING TURTLE on all those Tossups.


Starting her off are a $1,300 pair of S’s, but then a worthless E buy. Second, Tim also strikes out w/ R. Third, Megan insta-BANKRUPTs near $650 to hand over the WC. Molly follows suit w/ two H’s and G’s at $1K a pair, two I’s, three $700 N’s, three $600 T’s…

_ _ T _ H I N G
N I G H T S T _ N _ S

…she’s won another $6,700 towards buying MATCHING NIGHTSTANDS.

DUDS: E (Molly), R (Tim)

Megan: VERY BAD SHAPE/Molly: $21,600 cash & Cancun/Tim: $4,950

Speed-Up: PEOPLE

It’s $1,500 per consonant in this part of the game. After the first letters of two F’s appear in each word (excluding &, of course)…

F R _ _ N _ S
& / F _ _ _ _ _

Molly’sFRIENDS & FAMILY are here to see her go for more in the BR after she makes the $3K solve.

DUDS: T (Tim), H (Molly)

Megan: $1K ROTTEN LUCK GOOSEEGG/Molly: $24,600 cash & Cancun/Tim: $4,950

GT: $30,550
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. extras): $15,850 cash & prizes


$100K Bonus Round
The MINI Cooper in play this week is the S Countryman. Molly’s envelope will be the E of GAME.

Category: THING
Two letters in the bottom to start…

_ _ / _ _ _
_ R E _ _

HDGA is her combination (though she was gonna originally go for the B’s)…

_ _ / _ _ G
_ R E A _

why did you change your mind, lady? And your guess of MY BAG BREAD won’t win you the $33K. This would’ve been MY BIG BREAK if I were there instead of her.

$5K SPIN ID: MA4297503



Week 24 Stats

Pretty good week, IMO.

Total this Week: $287,968
Total for the Season: $5,512,334
BR Win Record: 33-87 (.275)
Total Car Wins
-Ford Fiestas: 5
-BR Car: 4 (MINI Cooper, Ford Flex, Nissan Rogue, Lincoln MKC)
Prize Wedge Wins: 29
Gift Tag Wins: 33
Mystery Wedge Wins: 9
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 39-10 
MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 23-16
$10K MW was next to LaT: 21
$10K MW was next to $650: 25
Express was Played-Passed: 25-8
-Successes: 10
-Crashes: 15
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 5 (1 on $500, 3 on $3,500, 1 on $5K)
-BR: 9
FP Vowels/Consonants: 100/27
5-Round Games: 43
6-Round Games: 7 (two went to a 7-round game on Oct. 9 and Dec. 23)
Gooseegg Victims: 31
Red Winners: 41
Yellow Winners: 38
Blue Winners: 41
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash
: $30,900
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season
: $639,186*
Biggest Bankrupt
: $20,815 (Dec. 9), $20,415 (Dec. 21), $15,698 (Jan. 11)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night
: $32,515 (Dec. 21), $22,548 (Jan. 11), $22,315 (Dec. 9)
Top 3 Winning Totals
: $110,100 (Oct. 21), $80,860 (Oct. 28), $74,700 (Oct. 7)  
Lowest Winning Totals: $10,550 (Oct. 22), $10,500 (Feb. 1), $10,050 (Nov. 12)
Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $80,100 (Oct. 21), $68,678 (Nov. 18), $67,550 (Feb. 22)
Season-High Week
: $307,708 (SSS Family Week)
Season-Low Week
: $152,050 (Beaches Resorts Family Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 3
$1M Bonus Rounds: 6

$33K: 23/77
$40K: 2/9
$45K: 3/10
$50K: 1/5
$100K (or $1M): 0/1
CAR: 4/18

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: February 26, 2016


$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ H _ _ / _
B A _ _ A _ N !

Sharmara replies “WHAT A BARGAIN!”. We wrap up the week w/ these folks…

Sharmara Williams: pharmaceutical co. worker in Plainsboro from Ewing, NJ
Ryan Martinson: acct. exec. originally from MN from Playa Del Rey, CA
Christine Rankin: realtor from San Diego

$2K Tossup: PERSON

U _ _ T _ D / _ T _ _ _ S
_ M _ A _ S _ D _ R

Mission success for Christine on solving UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR.

LAST SS OF THE WEEK: Furniture of America


She opens w/ a $2,400 T quartet, three E’s and two A’s, but then the LaT. Second, Sharmara calls up a $1,200 pair of H’s, a $600 R, a $650 Y, and two $600 N’s. Board…

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

…she solves the “Grease” song “YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT” for $3,650.

SOLE LaT: Christine

Ryan: $0/Christine: $2K/Sharmara: $4,650


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Sharmara the early leader is off to a bad start w/ T. Second, Ryan picks up the ticketmaster gift tag w/ an N, but also duds out w/ R. Third, Christine takes the SS w/ an M, buys E and A singles, lights up a $650 S, and makes the O purchase, after which she uncovers a $650 B, buys the other two vowels, and BANKRUPTs near TD to forfeit $6,550 cash & SS. Sharmara tries again w/ a $500 L, but the other normal one nails her. Ryan follows w/ three $550 C’s, but then P for phooey. Christine then digs up the $1,800 D duo…

C O M E D _
S A N D _ I C _

…and eats up a COMEDY CLUB SANDWICH for that much money.

DUDS: T (Sharmara), R (Ryan), P (Ryan)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Ryan: NOTHING/Christine: $3,800/Sharmara: $4,650


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Ryan BANKRUPTs near TD on the spot. Christine secondly spins her way to a $1,200 N pair, double I’s, but then her second LaT of the game. Third for Sharmara are a $7K pair of G’s, three $500 S’s, an M for that 1/2 CAR near $600, four A’s, but then L for loss of turn. Ryan then captures a C and goes aboard the EXPRESS.

Next Choices: 4 E’s…O (NMV)…D…H…J, Y and B

This man is $5,500 richer and will be…

E N J O Y I N G / A

…at the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort in ARUBA worth $6,290.

SOLE DUD: L (Sharmara)
SOLE LaT: Christine

Ryan: $12,790 cash & Aruba/Christine: $3,800/Sharmara: $4,650


$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ _ _ _ E / _ S
_ / _ O O _ _

Christine’s LOOSE AS A GOOSE.

Round 4: THINGS

First up are a $500 S, three E’s, but then her third LaT of the night. Second down Sharmara’s road are a $1K pair of T’s, two R’s to double up, a FP A, a $900 H, but then a bad O buy. Third for Ryan are a $700 N, the last vowel of two I’s, FPs of L and a dud of D, and a $1,300 pair of P’s. The near-complete layout…

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

…he sees the RIPPLES IN THE WATER for $2,250

DUDS: O (Sharmara), D (Ryan)
SOLE LaT: Christine

Ryan: $15,040 cash & trip/Christine: $6,800/Sharmara: $4,650

Speed-Up: FUN & GAMES

$1,650 per consonant here. One S, two R’s, and two T’s in…

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

Christine solves TRIVIAL PURSUIT for $3,300.

Ryan: $15,040 cash & trip/Christine: $10,100/Sharmara: $4,650

GT: $29,790
BANKRUPT TRASH: $7,050 cash & SS


$100K Bonus Round
Ryan has landed on the A of GAME.

Category: PERSON
Limited RSTLNE help…

_ _ _ _ _ N _
_ _ _

CPB are no good, but two A’s appear on top…

A _ A _ _ N _
_ _ _

…but he doesn’t prove to be an AMAZING KID at this game for $33K, thanks to botching the first word w/ AFGHAN.

$5K SPIN ID: LR4685392


WoF Recap: February 25, 2016


$1K Tossup: PHRASE

N O / _ A L E S

Some items today have NO SALES TAX, and Jessica has just made it in time w/ that solve. Meeting the Thursday panel…

Jessica Nadeau: director of a community & employment support program from Fair Haven, VT
Tracy Bagwell: certified married personal trainer for two decades from Jarrell, TX
Ryan Turner: cost analyst for a government contractor whose grandfather was on the show in the ’80s (but he thought Cleveland began w/ a K then — UGH) from Worcester, MA


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

Ryan IDs Welsh actor CHRISTIAN BALE.

TONIGHT’S SS: ticketmaster


A $900 T sends him on his way, but the BANKRUPT near TD stops him. Second, Jessica wastes a turn w/ the MDW’s right side. Third, Tracy calls up a $500 H, which she uses to buy three E’s and A’s. Those are followed by an $1,100 pair of S’s, two I’s to clean out the vowels, a $500 N, but then the same MDW BANKRUPT to rid her of $1,350. Ryan restarts w/ a $600 D, a W for the Beyond the Rack gift tag, a $600 L, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to take away $2,700 cash & GT. Jessica then puts up a $1,500 C trio and two $700 K’s…

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

…she fixes the CRACKS IN THE SIDEWALK CAFE for $2,900.

BANKRUPTS: 4 (Ryan 2x, one each by the ladies)

Ryan: $2K/Jessica: $3,900/Tracy: $0


Mystery Round: FOOD & DRINK

First on Jessica’s radar are a $650 T, four E’s, two H’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, and two A’s before she chooses S while on the MW near LaT and gambles $1,150 and her plate…$$$. After she then picks off four R’s for the other 1/2 CAR

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

…in addition to another $13,150, she’ll be putting all the FRESH BREAD FROM THE BAKERY in her new Fiesta; that was a $28,115 round for her!


Ryan: $2K/Jessica: $32,015 cash & Fiesta/Tracy: NIL

Repeating Classic Bonus Puzzle: RAINY DAY


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Tracy first gets that MDW w/ an N, but the BANKRUPT near $650 takes it right back. Ryan secondly LaTs out. Third for Jessica are a G for the WC, two I’s, two $500 S’s, but then a bad E buy. After Tracy duds out w/ R, Ryan rattles off a $500 L, two A’s, a $3,500 D, an O to clean out the vowels, two $650 F’s, but then T for terrible. Jessica then says a $700 M, a $500 Y, but P for phooey. Afterwards…

_ I _ _ I N G / O F F
M Y / S A N D A L S

Tracy replies “KICKING OFF MY SANDALS” for a $6,960 trip to The Verandah Resort & Spa in ANTIGUA.

DUDS: E (Jessica), R (Tracy), T (Ryan)
SOLE LaT: Ryan

Ryan: $2K/Jessica: $32,015 cash & Fiesta WC/Tracy: $6,960 trip


$3K Tossup: THING

R O _ _ _ G:
M A _ H I N E

Jessica uses a ROWING MACHINE to up her total of $35,015 in cash & Fiesta.

Speed-Up: PERSON

$1,500 FS time. Two R’s, an S, and three T’s in…

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

Ryan was literally facing a STRONG COMPETITOR in Jessica, but he’s solved for $4,500.

Ryan: $6,500/Jessica: $32,015 cash & Fiesta WC/Tracy: $6,960 trip

GT: $45,475
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. MDW): $4,950 cash & GT


$100K Bonus Round
Jessica’s got the G envelope.

Category: PHRASE
I’ve got this, but can she defeat that QU- trick?

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

HCMO and give her…

_ _ _ T E
C _ R _ O _ S

…she has defeated the QU- trick, and she’s QUITE CURIOUS about what she’s won…it’s the damn $33K, but she’s going home w/ $68,015 cash & Fiesta!

$5K SPIN ID: CH9226823


WoF Recap: February 24, 2016


$1K Tossup: PERSON

_ R I _ N D L Y
C A S H _ _ _

Tom’s got some dough from a FRIENDLY CASHIER. Bring in the next three customers…

Tom Moran: aerospace co. engineer married for 33 yrs. (his wife’s also in that field & is a retired flight attendant) from Lake Stevens, WA
Wendy Flanagan: Catholic HS chemistry teacher & HR assistant at a theme park from Penndel, PA
Aisha King: paralegal whose parents are Trinidadian from Staten Island

$2K Tossup: PLACE

F A S _ I _ N
B O _ _ T I _ _ E

Tom triples up w/ FASHION BOUTIQUE.

TONIGHT’S SS: Beyond the Rack

Round 1: THINGS

He gets started w/ a $2,400 S quartet, a $600 T, two A’s, but then a bad I buy. Second, Wendi calls up a $500 N, but the BANKRUPT near TD takes it right back. Third, Aisha says C for crud. Tom’s next turn as well as $2,500 is taken away by the other normal BANKRUPT. After Wendi says L for loss, Aisha puts up an R for that MDW, an M for the SS, three E’s, and a $600 H. We have…

_ A _ S
_ E E _ S
M _ N T H S
_ E A R S

…after waiting DAYS, WEEKS, MONTHS (and) YEARS, she’s made it on this show and is on the board w/ $6,850 cash & spree.

DUDS: I (Tom), C (Aisha), L (Wendi)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Wendi, Tom)

Wendi: $0/Aisha: $6,850 cash & SS MDW/Tom: $3K

Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Wendi‘s first call of T is no good. Second, Aisha lights up two N’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900, an A, three D’s for the ticketmaster gift tag, and three O’s, before the LaT strikes. Third, Tom strikes out w/ R. Wendi‘s next w/ an S while on the MW near $650 and under that is…$$$. But after a FP E, the L fails her again. Aisha then uncovers a $650 B…

O D D / A N D
_ O B

…she solves ODD AND NOSE JOB for $3,650 cash & GT.

DUDS: T (Wendi), R (Tom), L (Wendi)
SOLE LaT: Aisha

Wendi: ZIP/Aisha: $10,500 cash & prizes 1/2 CAR MDW/Tom: $3K


PP/Express Round: FOOD & DRINK

Our current leader is off and running w/ a $500 R, a $650 S, three E’s, and five A’s, followed by a $650 T, three FP O’s, and four C’s for the WC, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $3,300 and all her cardboard pieces. Tom won’t take any chances…

C _ O C O _ A T E –
C O _ E R E _
_ A C A _ A _ _ A S

…he’ll probably be eating some CHOCOLATE-COVERED MACADAMIAS at the Napili Kai Beach Resort in MAUI worth $7,948.


Wendi: ZILCH/Aisha: $10,500 cash & prizes/Tom: $10,948 cash & Maui


$3K Tossup: EVENT

_ R T / G _ L L E _ Y
O P _ _ _ _ _

Wendi’s off the schneid w/ ART GALLERY OPENING.

Round 4: PHRASE

But her S call is an instant strikeout. Second for Aisha are a $1K pair of N’s, two E’s, a $700 R, three O’s, but then her second LaT of the game. Third for Tom are a $650 V, but then a worthless I buy. Wendi then takes the $700 D, two $650 L’s, and two $600 G’s…

L O N G / L O N G
O V E R D _ E

…we’re LONG, LONG OVERDUE for a $100K win this season, but she’s $3,200 richer.

DUDS: S (Wendy), I  (Tom)
SOLE LaT: Aisha

Wendi: $6,200/Aisha: $10,500 cash & prizes/Tom: $10,948 cash & Maui


Speed-Up: WAYD?

It’s a $1,600 FS. Following the obvious is a single D at the end…

_ _ _ _ N I N G
_ _ _ _ N D

Aisha wasn’t CLOWNING AROUND — she’s sealed the deal w/ $6,400 extra.

Wendi: $6,200/Aisha: $16,900 cash & prizes/Tom: $10,948 cash & Maui

GT: $34,048
BANKRUPT TRASH (w/o extras): $6,300


$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the & for Aisha.

Category: PLACE
The ending letters as follows…

_ _ _ _ _ E
_ _ _ _ _ L E

CDMO does her…

O _ _ _ C E
C _ _ _ C L E

…she’s nailed it and she’ll quickly get to her OFFICE CUBICLE in this Lincoln MKC Select worth $39,115! That gives her $56,015 cash & prizes.

$5K SPIN ID: KF5920153


WoF Recap: February 23, 2016


$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ _ T T _ _ G
R O _ _

Every clothing store has at least one of these, but Ashley doesn’t know it.

_ _ T T I _ G
R O O _

Nathaniel blows it w/ SITTING ROOF.

F _ T T I N G

Lauren finally gets FITTING ROOM. The Tuesday trio…

Lauren Brockman: grad student in Audiology who’s also working at an area Children’s Hospital from Philly
Ashley Inman: cosmetics/fragrance counter mgr. who does special-effects makeup from Newbury Park, CA
Nathaniel Isler-Williams: pastor from New Braunfels, TX

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ I _ _ – S I _ E
_ A N _ Y

Nathaniel takes some BITE-SIZE CANDY.

FEATURED SS: Sleep.com
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Beyond the Rack

Round 1: PHRASE

He first calls a $900 R, but BANKRUPTs near TD just as quick. Second, Lauren puts up a $500 T, but the same BANKRUPT gets her too. Third, Ashley digs up a $2,400 N quartet, buys a U, but spins the other normal BANKRUPT to lose $2,150. Nathaniel then puts up a $650 G and a B for the WC…

N _ / T U R N _ N G
B _ _ _ / N _ _

…there’s NO TURNING BACK NOW — he’s solved for $1,150. 

BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole group)

Ashley: $0/Nathaniel: $3,150 WC/Lauren: $1K


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Lauren leads off on a bad note w/ the same BANKRUPT Ashley spun in the last round (the one near $650). Said red player is second in line w/ the LaT. Third, Nathaniel picks up the SS wedge w/ two T’s, but he buys a bad vowel in E. Lauren next spins her third consecutive BANKRUPT w/ the MDW’s left side. After Ashley squanders another turn w/ the BANKRUPT near $650, Nathaniel proceeds to say three $800 N’s, three A’s, two I’s, a $650 D and an O to clean out the vowels, but here comes the BANKRUPT near TD to take away $9,050 cash & SS plus his WC. Once Lauren says S for sorry while on the 1/2 CAR near $600, Ashley gets her second LaT of the round. Nathaniel then lights up an $1,800 R double, a $3,500 G, a $500 H, and a $1,300 B pair before solving w/ the following…

B A T _ A N / A N D
_ R I G H T

BATMAN AND ROBIN WRIGHT bring him another $7,100.

DUDS: E (Nathaniel), S (Lauren)
LaTs: 2 (Ashley)
BANKRUPTS: 4 (Lauren 2x, one each by the others)

Ashley: BAD LUCK/Nathaniel: $10,250/Lauren: $1K

Repeating Classic Bonus Puzzle: A PASSING FANCY


PP/Express Round: PERSON

Ashley insta-BANKRUPTs on the other side of the MDW (both ladies now have three of those). Nathaniel secondly takes a $600 T, three E’s, an A, the sole dud vowel of O via FP, two $700 R’s, and a $600 S…

_ E R T _ _ _ E _
S _ _ _ A / _ _ _ E R

…he may have left out the C’s and D’s, but he’s solve for $2,100 and the chance to meet a CERTIFIED SCUBA DIVER on his trip to Villa Being in TOBAGO worth $9,240.

SOLE DUD: O (Nathaniel)

Ashley: ROTTEN LUCK/Nathaniel: $21,590 cash & Tobago/Lauren: $1K


$3K Tossup: THING

T H _ / D E _ _ D I _ G
_ _ _ _ _ _

I don’t think this is THE DECIDING FACTOR of the game, but Nathaniel’s got that one.

Round 4: WAYD?

This round’s all Nathaniel — he calls a $5K G, an I, two E’s, the obvious $700 N, an O, three $600 T’s, three A’s to finish off the vowels, a FP K, a $650 H a $700 R and a $550 L.

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

He’s TAKING THE ESCALATOR to $8,900 and $33,490 overall.



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

S _ _ T T _ _
S P _ _ N

Ashley gets out a SLOTTED SPOON to eradicate the gooseegg threat for $4,500.

SOLE DUD: R (Lauren)

Ashley: $4,500/Nathaniel: $33,490 cash &Tobago/Lauren: $1K

GT: $38,990
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC not factored): $12,600 cash & SS


$100K Bonus Round
The * envelope calls out Nathaniel’s name.

Category: THING
I think I know the first word already…

_ _ _ S L E _
_ _ _ R _ _

CHDA gives him…

_ A _ S L E _
_ A _ R _ C

…unfortunately for him, the $45K will stay wrapped up inside some PAISLEY FABRIC.

$5K SPIN ID: WE7110486


WoF Recap: February 22, 2016


$1K Tossup: THING

_ _ F T
_ _ C _ I P T

Sara gets a GIFT RECEIPT redeemable for a grand. The first solo players we see in a while…

Sara Scoville-Weaver: works for a nonprofit that helps refugees & immigrants from Glendale, AZ
Marci Germak: from Twinsburg, OH
Steven Smedshammer: training supervisor for plasma donation facility from Fargo, ND

$2K Tossup: PERSON

_ E Y B _ A _ D
_ L _ _ _ R

Steven solves KEYBOARD PLAYER.

TONIGHT’S SS: Caruso Affiliated (this is a private real estate company according to Wikipedia)
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: ticketmaster


Here he goes w/ a $1,300 R pair, two E’s and A’s, a $500 T, and an I to clean out the vowels, followed by a FP dud of G, two $650 D’s, and the SL bonus of five C’s for $13,500 more! Board…

C A _ _
C _ E C _ _
C R E D I T / C A R D _

…he solves CASH, CHECKS, CREDIT CARDS for $15,850!

SOLE DUD: G (Steven)

Sara: $1K/Marci: $0/Steven: $17,850


Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

Sara’s first call of S is no good. Second, Marci’s chosen three $650 T’s, four E’s, three $600 H’s, and two I’s, after which she says three N’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, three $650 G’s, but then a possibly fatal purchase of O. Steven then lights up twin L’s, and goes for what’s under the MW near $650…$$$. Following a $1K pair of J’s…

I N / T H E
J _ N G L E
T H E / _ I G H T _
J _ N G L E

…he exactly recites “IN THE JUNGLE, THE MIGHTY JUNGLE” (from “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”) for another 11 grand.

DUDS: S (Sara), O (Marci)

Sara: $1K/Marci: ZIP/Steven: $28,850


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

This round’s all Marci — she picks three $700 S’s, an A, three $650 T’s, two I’s, the last vowel of O and an N while on the other 1/2 CAR…

T _ A T ‘ S / O N / _ _
_ I S _ / _ I S T

…she admits “THAT’S ON MY WISH LIST” for $3,800 and a trip to the Grand Oasis Sens in CANCUN worth $8,600.


Sara: $1K/Marci: $12,400 cash & MX/Steven: $28,850



T _ O _ O U _ _ B R _ D
R A _ E _ O _ S E

Sara’s found a winner in a THOROUGHBRED RACEHORSE.

Round 4: WAYD?

She spins her way to a $1K pair of G’s, two O’s, two I’s, an E, two $500 N’s, and a $500 S before the LaT gets her. After Marci flunks out w/ F…

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

…we’re NOT GOING OUT IN STYLE just yet, but Steven’s solved to be $150 shy of the $30K mark.

SOLE DUD: F (Marci)
SOLE LaT: Sara


Marci opens up w/ a $1,100 pair of N’s, an A, but then the LaT. Second for Steven are a $600 F, two $500 K’s, a $700 D, and a $1K pair of S’s…

F _ _ K S / A N D
K N _ _ _ S

…he gets out these FORKS AND KNIVES for $3,300.

SOLE LaT: Marci

Sara: $4K/Marci: $12,400 cash & MX/Steven: $33,150


That man’s first pick of R isn’t there. After Sara‘s $700 T and non-existing E, it’s S-U time…

_ _ _ _
_ T _ _ _ _

…w/ a $6K Final Spin! Two S’s and a N in…

_ _ _ N
S T _ _ _ S

Steven forgets the fact that R was a dud, as he incorrectly responds w/ Canadian actor/Comedian RYAN STILES. After Sara repeats that R, Marci says the M…

_ _ _ N
S T _ M _ S

…she IDs former “Full House” star (now on FOX’s “Grandfathered”) JOHN STAMOS for $18K! Too bad she fell a little short, though…

DUDS (before FS): R (Steven; repeated by Sara), E (Sara)

Sara: $4K/Marci: $30,400 cash & MX/Steven: $33,150

GT: $67,550:


$100K Bonus Round
They’re finally offering a luxury car this season, and the one in the studio this week is a dark red Lincoln MKC (they previously had an MKX back in S25). Steven lands on the P.

Category: THING
The last two letters of this answer…

_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ E R

I think it’s some kind of POWER. GHFO gives him…

_ _ G _ _
_ O _ E R

…he doesn’t have the MAGIC POWER to make the $33K solve.

$5K SPIN ID: BD4440625


Week 23 Stats

Total this Week: $214,392
Total for the Season: $5,224,366
BR Win Record: 31-84 (.270)
Total Car Wins
-Ford Fiestas: 4
-BR Car: 3 (MINI Cooper, Ford Flex, Nissan Rogue)
Prize Wedge Wins: 28
Gift Tag Wins: 33
Mystery Wedge Wins: 7
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 36-10 
MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 20-16
$10K MW was next to LaT: 20
$10K MW was next to $650: 23
Express was Played-Passed: 24-8
-Successes: 9
-Crashes: 15
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 5 (1 on $500, 3 on $3,500, 1 on $5K)
-BR: 9
FP Vowels/Consonants: 96/23
5-Round Games: 40
6-Round Games: 6 (two went to a 7-round game on Oct. 9 and Dec. 23)
Gooseegg Victims: 31
Red Winners: 40
Yellow Winners: 35
Blue Winners: 40
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash
: $20,800
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season
: $608,286*
Biggest Bankrupt
: $20,815 (Dec. 9), $20,415 (Dec. 21), $15,698 (Jan. 11)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night
: $32,515 (Dec. 21), $22,548 (Jan. 11), $22,315 (Dec. 9)
Top 3 Winning Totals
: $110,100 (Oct. 21), $80,860 (Oct. 28), $74,700 (Oct. 7)  
Lowest Winning Totals: $10,550 (Oct. 22), $10,500 (Feb. 1), $10,050 (Nov. 12)
Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $80,100 (Oct. 21), $68,678 (Nov. 18), $67,398 (Jan. 15)
Season-High Week
: $307,708 (SSS Family Week)
Season-Low Week
: $152,050 (Beaches Resorts Family Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 3
$1M Bonus Rounds: 6

$33K: 22/74
$40K: 2/9
$45K: 3/9
$50K: 1/5
$100K (or $1M): 0/1
CAR: 3/17

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: February 19, 2016


$1K Tossup: PLACE

S A N _ Y
_ _ O R _ L I N E

Marianita & Troy could soon be relaxing on a SANDY SHORELINE at the expense of these opponents…

Marianita & Troy: worked in youth ministry for 13+ yrs.
Melissa & Mike Brown (Willow Springs, IL): she’s a flight attendant for a large airline while he’s a polka rm. supervisor in Joliet
Cheryl & Rudy Vlasak: she’s a stylist while he’s a telephone lineman for 18 yrs.

$5K SPIN ID: DW1883745

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ R E _ K
_ _ L A _

Marianita & Troy triple up w/ a GREEK SALAD.

Round 1: FUN & GAMES

Their openers are a $900 T, an E, but then R for roadblock. Second, the Browns call up a $2,700 S trio, buy two A’s, but then BANKRUPT near TD to lose $2,450. Third, the Vlasaks dig up a $900 D, but then buy a worthless U. M & T then say a $1,500 trio of N’s and buy an I…

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

…they solve TAP DANCING LESSONS for just the $2K minimum.

DUDS: R (M & T), U (Vlasaks)



Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

The Browns go for the obvious gamble after starting w/ an N while on the MW near $650…nothing there. Second, the Vlasaks put up two $650 R’s, two A’s, but then S for sorry. Third, M & T try a $500 C, a $650 P, an E, a $600 L, but then the sole dud vowel of I. The Browns follow w/ a FP B, but then the LaT. The Vlasaks then light up a $1K M to leave only two vowels remaining…

B _ M P E R
L _ A N

…we give ’em a BUMPER CAR LOAN in the amount of $2,050 to start the next round.

DUDS: S (Vlasaks), I (M & T)
SOLE LaT: Browns


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Here go the Vlasaks w/ two $700 S’s, two I’s, two $500 N’s, three E’s and a G while on EXPRESS. They’ll hop aboard.

Current Bank: $2,900
Next Choices: 3 R’s…D…2 A’s…2 T’s…2 Y’s…and two H’s (vowels remaining)

A N Y T H I N G / Y _ _ R
H E A R T / D E S I R E S

…these are also Song Lyrics from “When You Wish Upon a Star”, and they’ve solved “ANYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES” for $12,650 plus an Adventures by Disney trip to NYC worth $6,230.


M & T: $3K/Browns: NIL/Vlasaks: $20,930 cash & trip


$3K Tossup: THING

S _ _ _ _ N G
P O _ _ _

Rudy doesn’t know it (he was gonna go for SWIMMING POOLS from what I’ve heard).

S T _ Y I N G

The Browns are finally off the schenid w/ STAYING POWER.


After the Browns start w/ a $1,400 pair of S’s, it’s S-U time…

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ S
_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ S _

…w/ a $1,700 FS. After the frontloading P pops up…

P R _ _ R _ _ / D _ G S
_ N D / _ _ T _ _ S _

Marianita & Troy catch these PRAIRIE DOGS AND CATFISH for $5,100.

M & T: $10,100/Browns: $3K/Vlasaks: $20,930 cash & trip

GT: $34,030


$100K Bonus Round
Cheryl’s strong spin lands on the W.

Category: PERSON
Some end letters to start…

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

Unfortunately, they WIPE OUT of the game w/ BGHI, and they don’t realize that Mozart was a FAMOUS COMPOSER for the $33K.