WoF Recap: March 31, 2016

I’m sorry for the delay of this recap, but I’m very upset that the troll whocares775 wrote a threatening message and wanted to kill me, so I had no choice but to report this incident to the police in the area where he lives. This has gone way too far. I will NOT rest easy until this guy is captured, period.

EPISODE #6384: COLLEGE ROAD TRIP

$1K Tossup: COLLEGE LIFE

I _ T R A M U R A L
_ C T I V I _ _ E _

Alice solves INTRAMURAL ACTIVITIES, and these were your classmates on this Thursday…

Alice Kim: USC student studying business administration with a minor in Chinese (she also speaks Korean and Spanish) who interns at an event planning company
Jacob Heddings: College of Southern Maryland studying computer science and works at church youth group
Elizabeth Kirk: University of Delaware double majoring in psychology and communications and in a Public Relations Student Society

$2K Tossup: THING

S T _ _ A M I N G
_ U _ I C

I’m STREAMING MUSIC from an app such as Spotify, and Jacob has the right answer for control.

TRIP WEDGE: Gates Hotel in Key West

Round 1: PERSON

He quickly strikes out w/ T. Second, Elizabeth calls up a $650 S, but has the same fate w/ an L call. Third, Alice also duds out w/ R. Back to Jacob who picks two $800 N’s, buys an O, but then BANKRUPTs near TD to lose $1,350. Elizabeth next tries a $1,300 pair of M’s and buys two A’s before she tries to solve this…

_ _ _ / M A N
O N / _ A M _ _ S

…she may not be the BIG (wo)MAN ON CAMPUS, but she’s solved for $1,700.

DUDS: T (Jacob), L (Elizabeth), R (Alice)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jacob

Elizabeth: $1,700/Alice: $1K/Jacob: $2K

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

We have an insta-dud, this time w/ Elizabeth and her R call. Second Alice comes up w/ a two $650 T’s, and a triple S’s while on the MW next to $650. Her $1,300 gamble…is NO GOOD. Third, Jacob uncovers an N for the 1/2 CAR next to $600, but then buys the sole dud vowel of A. But he quickly gets his turn back after both girls say baddies while they’re on a prize (Elizabeth said C on Florida, Alice chose L on the Phillips 66 gift tag). He buys two O’s to clean out the cash, and gives back his plate to the BANKRUPT near $650. After Elizabeth says her third straight dud of M, Alice BANKRUPTs on the MDW’s right side. Jacob then uncovers the SL of three Q’s via the MW next to LaT, and buys the other three vowels. The near-complete board…

Q U E S T I O N S
Q U O T E S / &
Q U I _ _ E S

…he solves QUESTIONS, QUOTES & QUIZZES for $3,250.

DUDS: R (Elizabeth), A (Jacob), C (Elizabeth), L (Alice), M (Elizabeth)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Alice 2x, Jacob)

Elizabeth: $1,700/Alice: $1K/Jacob: $5,250

Classic Bonus Puzzle: PHRASE (1997)
Here’s a man who chose HMGA…

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

…but he still didn’t get HUGS THE ROAD.

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PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

Alice gets started w/ a $1,200 pair of N’s, an $800 G, two I’s, and an O, followed by a $900 L, three $600 S’s, a $500 T, an E, but then the sole dud vowel of A for awful. Jacob then picks up the WC w/ a couple R’s, two $600 F’s and the last vowel of U…

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

…I’m not gonna have MY FIRST SURFING LESSON anytime soon, but this guy will soon get one on his trip to the Kaanapali Beach Hotel in MAUI worth $6,274.

SOLE DUD: A (Alice; $4,700 left behind)

Elizabeth: $1,700/Alice: $1K/Jacob: $13,474 cash & trip WC

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$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

D _ _ _ _ _ A / _ _ _ _ H
_ _ _ R _ _ _

Jacob blows it w/ DAYTONA BEACH, GEORGIA (really, buddy?).

D _ _ _ O _ A / _ _ _ _ H
_ _ _ R _ _ _

Elizabeth solves DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA.

Round 4: WAYD?

It’s all Elizabeth — she picks four N’s for $2,400, three E’s and I’s, two obvious G’s and three T’s at $500 apiece, and a couple O’s to clean out the vowels…

_ I G N I N G / O N / T _ E
_ O T T E _ / _ I N E

…she’s SIGNING ON THE DOTTED LINE for $4,150.

PR

Elizabeth: $8,850/Alice: $1K/Jacob: $13,474 cash & trip WC

Round 5: PHRASE

Another $1,500 FS for your pleasre. Three T’s and a couple S’s in…

T _ _ S / _ _ S T / _ _
T _ _ / _ _ _ _ _

…he admits “THIS MUST BE THE PLACE” for $3,000 worth of icing.

FINAL SCORES
Elizabeth: $8,850/Alice: $1K/Jacob: $16,474 cash & trip WC

GT: $26,324
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. plate): $2,650

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$100K Bonus Round
Jacob lands on the P of SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
Leading us off…

_ _ S T
_ _ _ _ _ N _

CHDA and M just add a pair of this…

_ _ S T
_ _ D D _ N _

…I wish I was JUST KIDDING about this…he misses the second word by one lousy letter w/ BIDDING, and he’s the second Jeep Wrangler Unlimited loser this week.

$5K SPIN ID: ME5438243

MY RATING: 5

WoF Recap: March 30, 2016

EPISODE #6383: COLLEGE ROAD TRIP

$1K Tossup: COLLEGE LIFE

B _ _ _ _ _
_ E _ _ _ _ _ _ S

Abby solves BUYING TEXTBOOKS. Meeting Wednesday’s classmates from left to right…

Abby Chapin: Univ. of TX Jr. studying Marketing who’s a Young Life leader in Austin
Matthew Velasquez: Temple sophomore majoring in tourism & hospitality mgmt. from Bethlehem, PA
Michelle Jacoby: Rowan Univ. Sr. & ES student-teacher from Hamilton, NJ

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

I _ _ _ O U D C I _ G
_ M _ S E L F

I already did the honors of INTRODUCING MYSELF to you, and Abby has tripled up.

FEATURED SS: Zappos

Round 1: QUOTATION

She says an automatic dud of N while on the ticketmaster gift tag. Second, Matthew calls up a $1,400 pair of S’s, but then A for awful (and it’s the sole dud vowel of the board). Third, Michelle has chosen a $1,300 pair of T’s, a $700 H, two E’s, three $600 R’s, but then P for phooey. Back to Abby who fills in an $800 D, an I, three O’s, and a $600 L, but the MDW’s right side forces her to give back $900. Matthew then spins once for an $800 W…

T H E / W O R L D / I S
_ O _ R / O _ S T E R

…he says “THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER” for $1,950 when he could’ve gone for the Y’s.

DUDS: N (Abby), A (Matthew), P (Michelle)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Abby

Abby: $3K/Matthew: $1,950/Michelle: $0

 

Mystery Round: SAME NAME

It’s all Matthew — he picks a $1,400 pair of S’s, an A, three $650 R’s, two E’s, four O’s, and a $650 P…

S O R O R _ _ _ / &
O P E R A
_ O _ S E

SORORITY & OPERA HOUSE is right for $3,250.

PR

Abby: $3K/Matthew: $5,200/Michelle: ZIP

 

PP/Express Round: THINGS

Michelle insta-BANKRUPTs near $650. Second for Abby are a $1,300 pair of R’s, three E’s, a $500 T, an O, and three A’s, followed by H for the WC, two I’s to finish off the vowels, a $600 F, but then the LaT. Matthew next spins up a $900 N, but then the other MDW BANKRUPT. Michelle then just solves…

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

…she’ll have AMAZING VIEWS OF THE SEA at the Divi Carina Bay in ST. CROIX worth $6,028.

SOLE LaT: Abby
BANKRUPTS: 2 (other students)

Abby: $3K WC/Matthew: $5,200/Michelle: $6,028 St. Croix trip

 

$3K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ H _ M I C _ L
_ _ _ _ _ E E R

Abby sweeps ’em w/ CHEMICAL ENGINEER and technically ties the other girl.

Round 4: EVENT

Next from her mouth are a $700 S, but then F for flunk. Second for Matthew are a $900 N, two $650 R’s, two I’s and O’s, and three $550 T’s…

R _ _ I S T _ R I N _
T O / _ O T _

…we should REGISTERING TO VOTE this year, and he’s added another $3,250 to his total (two G’s left behind, unfortunately).

SOLE DUD: F (Abby)

Abby: $6K WC/Matthew: $8,450/Michelle: $6,028 cash St. Croix trip

 

Round 5: ON THE MAP

That man leads off w/ a $700 T, a $900 S, four A’s, but then a bad E buy. Michelle secondly takes a $600 L, but then a baddie of K while on TD. Abby then says a $600 N and the remaining vowels of I and O…

_ L A _ S T A _ _
A _ I _ O N A

..she pinpoints FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA to take second place (but she should’ve gone for the F’s).

DUDS: E (Matthew), K (Michelle)

Abby: $7K WC/Matthew: $8,450/Michelle: $6,028 cash St. Croix trip

 

Speed-Up: SONG TITLE

$1,600 per consonant here. After Abby lights up the F’s to leave vowels remaining…

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

…she IDs the Eagles’ “LIFE IN THE FAST LANE” for $8K and the win (and that band has called it quits this year following the death of Glen Frey).

DUDS (both by Michelle): R & B

FINAL SCORES
Abby: $15K WC/Matthew: $8,450/Michelle: $6,028 cash St. Croix trip

GT: $29,478
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,800

 

$100K Bonus Round:
The E in AMERICA’S is where Abby stops on.

Category: PHRASE
I’ve got this already…

_ R _ _
_ T / _ _

MHDO and B…causes a GAME OVER, so she doesn’t WRAP IT UP w/ a $33K win.

$5K SPIN ID: RW1336474

MY RATING: 4

WoF Recap: March 29, 2016

EPISODE #6382: COLLEGE ROAD TRIP

$1K Tossup: COLLEGE LIFE

P _ _ D _ _ N _ / A
_ _ A _ _ _ _ _ T _

Matthew’s rightly PLEDGING A FRATERNITY. Next three students go by these names…

Matthew Epstein: Brooklyn College Sr. majoring in P.E. who’ll be student-teaching next semester from Marine Parker, NY
Ryan Southwood: Bradley Univ. Sr. majoring in TV Arts from Peoria, IL
Saskia Kercy: Temple sophomore majoring in Economics & Global Studies who’s in an organization for Caribbean Awareness from Philadelphia

$2K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

A M P _ _ _ _ _ _ S
& / _ _ _ _ _ L _ _

Ryan solves AMPHIBIANS & REPTILES.

FEATURED COLLETTE TRIP: Australia & Fiji
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Gas cards

Round 1: SAME NAME

He insta-BANKRUPTs near TD. Second, Saskia calls up a $1,400 pair of S’s but runs into the other normal BANKRUPT, as does Matthew. Ryan tries again w/ a $650 T, a $1,300 pair of R’s, two E’s, and a single A, but that same BANKRUPT also gets him and takes away $1,450. After Saskia loses another turn w/ M, Matthew picks a $600 N and buys the other two non-U vowels…

_ O R _ E R _ / &
_ E A N ‘ S
_ I S T

…he solves GROCERY & DEAN’S LIST and ties the other man for the early lead.

SOLE DUD: M (Saskia)
BANKRUPTS: 4 (Ryan 2x, one each by other players)

 

Mystery Round: PERSON

Saskia wastes a turn w/ the MDW’s right side. Second, Matthew puts in four T’s for $2,600, a $650 H, and six E’s before calling up five R’s while on the MW near $650. He turns down the $5K bailout to risk three grand…$$$. Following his buys of two O’s an A, he picks up the gas cards (Route 66 on the front) w/ three P’s, but makes the one critical dud purchase of I. Over to Ryan who says a $1,400 pair of S’s, but that same MDW BANKRUPT gets him too. Saskia BANKRUPTs again w/ the one near $650, so she and Ryan have three BANKRUPTs apiece. After Matthew buys that U…

R E P O R T E R / _ O R
T H E / S T U _ E _ T
_ E _ S P A P E R

…some REPORTER FOR THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER will be happy to hear that he’s solved for $14,500 cash & gas.

SOLE DUD: I (Matthew)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Saskia 2x, Ryan)

Saskia: BAD LUCK/Matthew: $16,500 cash & gas/Ryan: $2K

Classic BR Puzzle (Sept. 27, 2007): THINGS
Ruth didn’t get much help w/ DHCA…

_ _ _ A _ _ T E S

…she lost $45K for not knowing GIGABYTES.

 

PP/Express Round: THING

Matthew strikes out on the spot w/ R while on the WC. Second, Ryan gets said cardboard piece w/ two T’s, three $600 L’s, four A’s, and an O, followed by $600 C and D singles, the other two non-U vowels, and a B while on the 1/2 CAR near $600. Board…

A / T O T A L L _
L A I D – B A C _ / _ I B E

…in addition to another $3,500, he’ll have A TOTALLY LAID-BACK VIBE at The Springs Resort & Spa in COSTA RICA worth $7,300.

INSTA-DUD: R (Matthew)

Saskia: BAD LUCK/Matthew: $16,500 cash & gas/Ryan: $12,800 cash & C.R.

 

$3K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

S _ O R T _ N G
_ V _ N _

Ryan’s now $700 off the lead w/ SPORTING EVENT.

Round 4: WAYD?

First from his mouth are two N’s and G at $600 a pop, the obvious I, a single E, but then L for loss. Second for Saskia are a $550 T, but it’s S-U time…

_ _ _ _ _ _ I N G

N _ T E _

…w/ an $1,800 FS. She next chooses the S, but flubs w/ COPYING NOTES. But she gets another shot after calling the M…

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

….she’s COMPARING NOTES at the last second for her only $4,150 on the night.

SOLE DUD (before S-U): L (Ryan)
SOLE MISSOLVE: Saskia

FINAL SCORES
Saskia: $4,150/Matthew: $16,500 cash & gas/Ryan: $15,800 cash & C.R.

GT: $36,450
BANKRUPT TRASH: $4,250

 

$100K Bonus Round
The first A of AMERICA’S calls out Matthew’s name.

Category: THING
I’ve got the second word already…

_ _ _ L _ _ _
E _ _ _

DPCA only adds…

_ _ _ L _ _ _
E _ A _

…he names off every EXAM except the right one of BIOLOGY, and he loses $33K.

$5K SPIN ID: BL8329979

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: March 28, 2016

EPISODE #6381: COLLEGE ROAD TRIP

$1K Tossup: EVENT

S _ _ E S _ _ R
B R _ A _

Lindsey could be going on a SEMESTER BREAK courtesy of this program, or maybe one of these students…

Lindsey Hans: Marist College sophomore majoring in Business Human Resources who’s planning to study abroad in Florence (she’s originally from Loudinville, NY)
Emily Williams: UCSB Jr. majoring in Math from Northridge, CA
Kevin Slattery: Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis Jr. & part-time mad scientist studying MS Science Education & hoping to become a teacher from Florissant, MO

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

M _ _ I N _
P _ E _ I _ T _ _ _ S

Were you MAKING PREDICTIONS that Lindsey could win this game? Well, she’s 2 for 2 thus far.

FEATURED PRIZE (sponsored by “Daddy’s Home”): $6K plus a Blu-Ray combo of said movie:
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag
: ticketmaster

Round 1: SAME LETTER

She gets the MDW right away w/ R, but LaTs out just as quick. Second, Emily calls up a $1,200 pair of T’s and the SL Bonus of four $600 H’s, but the LaT gets her too. Third, Kevin BANKRUPTs near TD. Lindsey next gets the same fate as the man, so there goes the sparkly green wedge. Emily then puts up a $1,400 pair of D’s…

G _ T T _ _ G
G _ _ D
G R _ D _ _

…I sure hope she’s GETTING GOOD GRADES, as she’s won twice as much as Lindsey’s current total.

LaTs: 2 (ladies)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Kevin & Lindsey)

Kevin: $0/Lindsey: $3K/Emily: $6K

 

Mystery Round: THINGS

Here goes Emily w/ the calling of three S’s for $1,500, a FP dud of I, three $900 T’s, and four O’s. But after $2,600 worth of quad N’s, she repeats said dud vowel. Kevin then puts in a $1,950 R trio…

_ R O T O N S
N _ _ T R O N S / &
_ _ _ _ T R O N S

…sure enough, he gets PROTONS, NEUTRONS & ELECTRONS.

SOLE DUD: I (Emily who repeats it again)

Kevin: $1,950/Lindsey: $3K/Emily: $6K

 

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

T for trouble is how Kevin starts while he’s on the ticketmaster gift tag. Second, Lindsey spins her second LaT of the game. Third, Emily digs up four N’s for $3,600, a $600 S, three A’s, two $700 D’s, and two U’s, but the same normal BANKRUPT nails both her and Kevin, costing the girl $5,100. Lindsey next lights up a pair of Y’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, a single E, and three R’s for the other 1/2 CAR. But after buying the leftover O, she says C for critical dud. Emily then SPINGLES for the $800 M…

_ A R M / A N D / S U N N Y
Y E A R – R O U N D

…it’s WARM AND SUNNY YEAR-ROUND in TORTOLA, and she’s going to that Long Bay Beach Club worth $6,900.

DUDS: T (Kevin), C (Lindsey)
LaT: Lindsey
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Emily & Kevin)

Kevin: $1,950/Lindsey: $3K/Emily: $13,700 cash & Tortola

 

$3K Tossup: CHARACTER

_ _ M _ _
_ _ _ _ S O N

D’oh — Lindsey’s got HOMER SIMPSON for the Tossup sweep.

Round 4: COLLEGE LIFE

It’s all Lindsey — she picks three S’s for $1,650, a $500 N, two O’s, a $650 F, an A, two I’s, a FP E, a $1K pairs of R’s and T’s, and two $900 C’s. Board…

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

…we’re not giving her COPIES OF MY TRANSCRIPTS, but rather $5,850 (she left the P’s, though).

PR

Kevin: $1,950/Lindsey: $11,850/Emily: $13,700 cash & Tortola

 

Speed-Up: ON THE MAP

Consonant value’s $1,600. Two R’s, an N and a questionable T call in —

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

Lindsey IDs BOSTON HARBOR and loses to the other girl by the cost of a vowel.

FINAL SCORES
Kevin: $1,950/Lindsey: $13,450/Emily: $13,700 cash & Tortola

GT: $29,100
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. MDW): $5,100

 

$100K Bonus Round
The Jeep in play this week is a Wrangler Unlimited Sahara (worth over $34K). Emily lands on the E of GAME.

Category: THING
Just the last letter to start…

_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ S

CDMO gives her…

C O _ _
_ _ _ _ M _ S

…she will NOT be storing her COZY PAJAMAS in the back of the Jeep.

$5K SPIN ID: SL8640134

MY RATING: 4

Week 28 Stats

Fine week, but it would’ve been better had it not been for those bad BR losses in the middle.

Total this Week: $256,318
Total for the Season: $6,493,987
BR Win Record: 41-99 (.293)
Car Wins
-Ford Fiestas: 5
-BR Car: 4 (MINI Cooper, Ford Flex, Nissan Rogue, Lincoln MKC)
Prize Wedge Wins: 32
Gift Tag Wins: 37
Mystery Wedge Wins: 11
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 46-13
MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 26-20
$10K MW was next to LaT: 25
$10K MW was next to $650: 30
Express was Played-Passed: 30-9
-Successes: 12
-Crashes: 18
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 5 (1 on $500, 3 on $3,500, 1 on $5K)
-BR: 9
FP Vowels/Consonants: 117/36
5-Round Games: 52
6-Round Games: 8 (two went to a 7-round game on Oct. 9 and Dec. 23)
$6K FINAL SPINS: 10
Gooseegg Victims: 36
Red Winners: 47
Yellow Winners: 47
Blue Winners: 46
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash
: $23,859*
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season
: $762,495*
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), $76,086 (Mar. 25)
Lowest Winning Totals: $10,500 (Feb. 1), $10,050 (Nov. 12), $8,400 (Mar. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $80,100 (Oct. 21), $68,678 (Nov. 18), $67,550 (Feb. 22)
Season-High Week
: $321,015 (America’s Game III)
Season-Low Week
: $152,050 (Beaches Resorts Family Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 3
$1M Bonus Rounds: 7

$33K: 27/87
$40K: 3/11
$45K: 4/12
$50K: 3/9
$100K (or $1M): 0/1
CAR: 4/20

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: March 25, 2016

EPISODE #6380: CARNIVAL SPIN & SAIL SWEEPSTAKES

$1K Tossup: PLACES

_ _ _ _ / &
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ D

The ladies really need to step up their game, because Robert has nailed PORT & STARBOARD and gets to be interviewed first…

Robert Santoli: Fordham Univ. grad who’s interested in classic cars (his father owns a ’67 Corvette Stingray) from Yorktown Heights, NY (orig. from Brooklyn)
Bonnie Dredla: works at a nonprofit agriculture demonstration farm from Lulling, TX
Noelle Richardson: assistant to the CEO at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta who likes going out to concerts from Atlanta

Robert happens to be the admin MarioGS on the Buy a Vowel Message boards. I had absolutely NO IDEA he would be playing this game for real.

$2K Tossup: SONG LYRICS

O H / _ _ _ T
_ / _ _ _ _ _

Robert’s done it again w/ “OH WHAT A NIGHT” (from “December 1963” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons).

Round 1: PHRASE

He calls out six T’s for a $4,200 start, buys three E’s, and picks up the Caribbean Cruise w/ two H’s, then he goes for another quick solve…

_ _ _ ‘ T / _ E T
T H E / _ _ T / _ _ T
_ _ / T H E / _ _ _

DON’T LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG now, people — he’s nailed this puzzle for $10,959 cash & Caribbean.

PR!

Ladies: $0 each/Robert: $13,959 cash & cruise

 

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Bonnie first calls up a $700 T, but that amount’s taken right back by the MDW’s left side. Second, Noelle takes two H’s for a grand, buys five E’s, but duds out w/ R. Third, Robert spins his way to a $1,600 pair of M’s, two O’s, a $700 S, an A to clean out the vowels, a $600 W and a FP dud of L before saying C for crud. Bonnie then puts up the $600 P and $700 G singles to complete the board…

H O M E / S W E E T
H O M E
P A G E

…and get on the board w/ 13 Benjamins.

DUDS: R (Noelle), L (Robert), C (Robert)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Bonnie

Bonnie: $1,300/Noelle: ZERO/Robert: $13,959 cash & cruise

 

PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

The scoreless Noelle leads off w/ a $600 N, buys three E’s and A’s, but says B for bad. Robert secondly spots a $1,300 pair of T’s and buys three I’s to clean out the vowels…

E _ _ I _ A _ A T I N _
_ A T E _ / _ _ I _ E

…he’ll be enjoying an EXHILARATING WATER SLIDE on the Carnival Victory cruise to BERMUDA worth $6,077.

SOLE DUD: B (Noelle)

Bonnie: $1,300/Noelle: ZILCH/Robert: $21,086 cash & cruises

 

$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

E _ S _
_ R E _ _ Y

These are the first two words in a slogan of a brand of cosmetics, and Robert knows that’s “EASY, BREEZY, beautiful — CoverGirl”.

Round 4: WAYD?

He’s off and running w/ an $1,800 N trio, three I’s, two E’s, a $1K pair of T’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $5K to lose $2,300. Second for Bonnie are a $500 H, a $700 G, the last vowel of O, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to give back $950. After Noelle strikes out w/ R, Robert plugs in a $700 L, an $800 V and a $1K pair of M’s to complete the board. He definitely is…

L I V I N G / I N
T H E / M O M E N T

…and has earned another $2,500.

SOLE DUD: R (Noelle)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (everybody else)

Bonnie: $1,300/Noelle: HARD LUCK/Robert: $26,586 cash & cruises

 

Speed-Up: THINGS

$1,500 per consonant this time. After that big leader’s chosen two H’s..

T H R _ _
_ _ S H _ S

…he didn’t need THREE WISHES to finish the maingame strong  w/ another $4,500.

DUDS: N (Bonnie), C (Noelle)

FINAL SCORES
Bonnie: $1,300/Noelle: $1K GOOSEEGG/Robert: $31,086 cash & cruises

GT: $33,386
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,950

 

$100K Bonus Round
In addition to his parents (Sandy and Robert Sr.), he also brought along…of all people…THAT Emil! His envelope’s the ‘.

Category: THINGS
He needs some first word help…

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

YGHO looks like a clear winner (and it’s not FUZZY as we originally thought)…

G O O _ Y
_ _ _ T _ R E S

…this guy will be taking GOOFY PICTURES of himself and his gang on his $45K win (Emil won that exact same amount), making him the biggest winner this year w/ $76,086 cash & cruises! You are REALLY GOOD, man…REALLY GOOD.

FINAL SWEEPSTAKES PUZZLE: WORLD CHAMPION
$5K SPIN ID: SG0619921

They had an outtake reel of Pat and Vanna doing the closed captioning plugs.

MY RATING: 8

WoF Recap: March 24, 2016

EPISODE #6379: CARNIVAL SPIN & SAIL SWEEPSTAKES

$1K Tossup: PLACE

T H E / S _ _ P ‘ S
B R I D _ E

The captain and his officers control things here, and Liz knows that’s THE SHIP’S BRIDGE. Meeting her and everybody else from left to right…

Liz Beckson: science geek at heart & hula hooper from L.A. (orig. from KS)
Amanda Dahlin: OB nurse from Moorhead, MN

Bill Parker: enjoys traveling & recently opened a donut shop from Pottsgrove, PA

$2K Tossup: THING

_ _ _ O R _ _
& / _ X P _ R _ S

Bill solves IMPORTS & EXPORTS.

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

He picks up the Travelers’ Club gift tag right away w/ a T, buys three A’s, calls up a $500 S, and buys three E’s, after which he spins up a $650 F, three R’s for the Caribbean Cruise, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to forfeit $9,659 cash & prizes. Over to Liz who puts in a $600 B, buys the last vowel of I, but then LaTs out. Amanda then inserts $600 D and W singles…

F R E E / A S / A
B I R D
W A T _ _ E R

…she’s FREE AS A BIRD WATCHER to have everybody on the board.

SOLE LaT: Liz
SOLE BANKRUPT: Bill

Liz: $1K/Amanda: $1,200/Bill: $2K

 

Mystery Round: WAYD?

Liz insta-BANKRUPTs on the MDW’s right side. Going down Amanda’s road second are two N’s for $1,600, two I’s, a G for that WC, and an O, followed by a $3K T quinter, an A, but then the LaT. After Bill spins up the same BANKRUPT he got before, Liz finds a $1K pair of L’s and a V while on the MW near LaT. Under that is…$$$

T A _ I N G / I T
T O / T _ _
N _ _ T / L _ V _ L

…and she’s TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL for another $11K.

SOLE LaT: Amanda
BANKRUPTS: 2 (everybody else)

Liz: $12K/Amanda: $1,200 WC/Bill: $2K

 

PP/Express Round: LIVING THINGS

Off Amanda goes w/ four S’s for two grand, two E’s, but then the first dud all night long w/ R. Bill secondly takes a $1K pair of N’s, two $3,500 D’s, and the rest of the non-U vowels, but next is T for trouble. Liz then lights up three L’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600 and a $650 W…

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

…in addition to another $2,150, she’ll see WHALES, DOLPHINS AND SEALS on an ALASKAN CRUISE aboard the Carnival Miracle worth $6,075.

DUDS: R (Amanda), T (Bill)

Liz: $20,225 cash & Alaska/Amanda: $1,200 WC/Bill: $2K

 

$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

D I G I T _ _
_ _ _ _ M O _ _ _ T

Amanda blows it w/ DIGITAL THERMOMETER, whereas Bill has solved DIGITAL THERMOSTAT.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

We have yet another $1,600 FS. Following an L request…

_ T / S _ _ _ S / L _ _ _
_ _ S T _ R D _ _

IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY, eh? Amanda has solved for $3,200.

SOLE DUD: N (Liz)

FINAL SCORES
Liz: $20,225 cash & Alaska/Amanda: $4,400/Bill: $5K

GT: $29,625
BANKRUPT TRASH: $9,659 cash & prizes

 

$100K Bonus Round
The M in AMERICA’S landed on again.

Category: THINGS
At the lead-off portion…

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

She’s another PGHOer…

E _ H O _ N G
_ O _ _ E S

…she can’t hear any ECHOING VOICES w/o those C’s, and she’s the second $50K loser this week.

Carnival Sweepstakes Puzzle: GOOD FORTUNE
$5K SPIN ID: FD3288308

MY RATING: 5

WoF Recap: March 23, 2016

EPISODE #6378: CARNIVAL SPIN & SAIL SWEEPSTAKES

$1K Tossup: OCCUPATION (can also be SAME LETTER)

_ T A _ _ _ O O M
S T E W _ _ _

At least one of these people, maybe Noelani, could be meeting a STATEROOM STEWARD in the future…

Noelani Kauhane: corp. flight attendant, church volunteer & volleyball player from Denver (orig. from Kaneohe, HI)
Zach Huddleston: freelance writer from L.A. (orig. from FL)
Heather Boyle: HS French teacher from South Williamsport, PA

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

Y _ U / _ A I D
_ / M _ U T _ _ _ L

Heather rightly says “YOU SAID A MOUTHFUL”.

Round 1: PLACE

Two T’s for $1,100 get her started, but the N stops her just as quick. Second, Noelani calls up a $1,200 pair of R’s, buys A, E and I, but the I is the only bad vowel of this board. Third, Zach spins up a $1,300 pair of S’s, buys the other two vowels, but LaTs out. Heather then picks up a $7,500 P trio…

P A R T _
S U P P _ _
S T O R E

…she’s won $8,600 towards buying some things at a PARTY SUPPLY STORE like PartyCity (one of the gift tags offered on the show).

DUDS: N (Heather), I (Noelani)
SOLE LaT: Zach

Heather: $10,600/Noelani: $1K/Zach: $0

 

Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Noelani’s initial choices are a $1,200 pair of S’s, an E, two I’s, but the sole dud vowel of A stops her. Zach secondly FPs a couple O’s, lights up a $650 L, buys two U’s, and uncovers the SL Bonus of three $900 M’s. He then tries to solve this…

M O _ I E / &
M U S I _
M O _ U L S

MOVIE & MUSIC MOGULS for $4,100.

SOLE DUD: A (Noelani)

Heather: $10,600/Noelani: $1K/Zach: $4,100

 

PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Zach leads off w/ a $1,200 pair of N’s, an I, two A’s, and two obvious $600 G’s, followed by an O, three E’s to wipe out the vowel shop, a T for the RICARDO Luggage gift tag, a $550 H, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to clean him out of $3,450 and luggage. Afterwards…

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

Heather will be PLAYING GAMES ON THE DECK of the Carnival Breeze Cruise to MEXICO worth $6,099.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Zach

Heather: $16,699 cash & MX/Noelani: $1K/Zach: $4,100

 

$3K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

T R A I L
R _ _ _ _ _ G

Zach goofs w/ TRAIL RACING.

T R A I L
R U _ N I _ G

Heather’s TRAIL RUNNING to almost break the $20K barrier.

 

Round 4: THING

First up are a $550 T, two E’s, an A, three $900 S’s, and two O’s to clean out the vowels, but next is F for flunk. Noelani secondly strikes out w/ P, and it’s S-U time…

_ A S T – S E _ O _ _
S _ O _ E

…w/ another $1,600 FS (this one’s the yellow one closest to $5K). Zach then requests the two C’s…

_ A S T – S E C O _ _
S C O _ E

…he makes a LAST-SECOND SCORE of $3,200.

DUDS (before final bells): F (Heather), P (Noelani)

FINAL SCORES
Heather: $19,699 cash & MX/Noelani: $1K/Zach: $7,300

GT: $27,999
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,450 cash & luggage

 

$100K Bonus Round
Heather spins up the M of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
Some of you like me might know what the second word is…

_ _ N _ _ _
_ R _ _ E

She’s CDMA conservative…

_ _ N D _ _
_ R A M E

…she blows the first word w/ SUNDAY and MONDAY rather than installing this WINDOW FRAME for $33K.

Tonight’s Carnival Sweepstakes Puzzle: FEELING LUCKY (I hope I am)
$5K SPIN ID: WA2228253

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: March 22, 2016

I’m lucky enough to not get pre-empted by coverage of the Brussels terror attacks that happened this morning. Prayers for said city.

EPISODE #6377: CARNIVAL SPIN & SAIL SWEEPSTAKES

$1K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ _ _ _ S E
D _ R _ _ _  O R

Kim knows that every Carnival ship has to have a CRUISE DIRECTOR. It’s bio time…

Kim Emery: chef instructor of hotel, restaurant and tourism management at Plattsburgh State Univ. from Plattsburgh, NY

Aaron Chun: from Ventura, CA (born and raised in San Francisco)

Karissa Schultz: newlywed, student at Northampton Comm College studying social work from Bethlehem, PA (orig. from Blackwood, NJ)

$2K Tossup: PLACE

_ _ A U T Y
_ _ L O N

Kim triples up w/ BEAUTY SALON.

Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Travelers Club

Round 1: THINGS

Her first letters of the night are a $1,300 pair of S’s, two E’s, two $600 T’s, and an I, followed by three $800 R’s, an A, but then L for loss of turn. Second, Aaron has the same result w/ C. Third, Karissa calls up a $700 P, three $900 M’s, and three $500 N’s before she tries to solve…

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

…this should’ve been under EVENTS, but she IDs the four seasons of SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN (and) WINTER for $4,900.

DUDS: L (Kim), C (Aaron)

Karissa: $4,900/Kim: $3K/Aaron: $0

 

Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Aaron insta-BANKRUPTs near $650. Karissa secondly finds a $900 T, a single E, but nothing else w/ R. Kim thirdly takes a $600 S, four FP A’s, a $650 N, and a D while on the MW near LaT. She risks the $1,250…ZERO. Back to Aaron who digs up a $1,300 pair of B’s, a FP dud of I (the only bad one of this board), three $3,500 L’s, and a P for the 1/2 CAR near $600. We have at this moment…

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

…he scores his first $12,300 w/ a BASKETBALL AND HULA HOOP.

SOLE DUD: R (Karissa)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (the other players)

Karissa: $4,900/Kim: $3K/Aaron: $12,300 1/2 CAR

 

PP/Express Round: EVENT

Here goes Karissa w/ the calling of a $600 T, three E’s, and two R’s while on EXPRESS. She goes aboard…but BANKRUPTs out on her very next pick of S to lose $2,350. Second, Kim spins up two $800 L’s, a couple A’s, but then the MDW’s right side to forfeit $1,350. Moving on to Aaron who puts in two N’s for $1,800, a $550 P, the other three vowels (two O’s and I’s included), and a $900 H. On Vanna’s board…

T H R I L L  I N _
E U R O P E A N
_ O _ A _ E

…in addition to another $2,500, he’ll be in for a THRILLING EUROPEAN VOYAGE on a 12-day Carnival Vista MEDITERRANEAN cruise worth $7,298 (and I’m gonna be on that ship for 10 days this coming May through early June!).

BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Karissa: $4,900/Kim: $3K/Aaron: $22,098 cash & cruise

 

$3K Tossup: PHRASE

_T ‘ _ / _
_ _ _ _ / _ E A L

Aaron, IT’S A GOOD DEAL, but not good enough for this puzzle.

_ T ‘ S   A
_ O N _ / _ E A L

IT’S A DONE DEAL for Kim — she’s swept the Tossups.

Speed-Up: WAYD?

$1,600 per consonant here.

Chosen: N (2), G, R, H (DUD), S (2), T (2), I (2), H repeat, L

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

Karissa blows the solve w/ MAKING A SHORT SOLUTION. Kim‘s next w/ the C, but she also flubs w/ MAKING A SHORT SELECTION). Aaron then buys the E’s for free…

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

…IMO, he wasn’t MAKING A SMART SELECTION of not calling the M’s, but he’s right for $4,800 worth of icing.

SOLE DUD: H (Kim)
DQs: 3 (Aaron’s H repeat, blown solves by the ladies)

FINAL SCORES
Karissa: $4,900/Kim: $6K/Aaron: $26,898 cash & cruise

GT: $37,798
BANKRUPT TRASH: $4,950

 

$100K Bonus Round
Aaron needs to take the envelope from the single-star space.

Category: THINGS
RSTLNE reveals…

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

GDCI adds besides the obvious…

_ _ L I _ T I N G
_ _ R D S

…I really wish I could provide him some UPLIFTING WORDS, because he gets the answer ONE SECOND TOO LATE and loses the $50K. Ouch.

Carnival Puzzle of the Day: BIG WINNER

$5K SPIN ID: MB3563665

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: March 21, 2016

EPISODE #6376: CARNIVAL SPIN & SAIL SWEEPSTAKES

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

L O O K I N _ / O U T
T H _ / _ O _ T H O _ E

Scott might be the one LOOKING OUT THE PORTHOLE on a Carnival Cruise, or maybe these women…

Scott Schomer: Harrison HS science teacher from Acworth, GA
Janekia Jefferson: Army & A.F. vet from Bogalusa, LA
Emily Wilson-Hussem: empowerment speaker for young women from Tarzana, CA

$2K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ _ _ P U _ _ R
T _ C _ N _ C _ _ N

Emily solves COMPUTER TECHNICIAN.

CRUISE WEDGE ALL WEEK LONG: Carnival Magic to the Caribbean (I’ve been on there!) worth $6,009
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: RICARDO Luggage

Round 1: PHRASE

She gets the ball rolling w/ three $700 T’s, two I’s, three A’s, two O’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $1,350. Second, Scott calls up a $2,400 G trio and a $900 B…

I T ‘ _ / G O I _ G
T O / B _ / A
G _ _ A T / _ A _

IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY (we hope), as this guy solves for $3,300.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Emily

Janeika: $0/Emily: $2K/Scott: $4,300

 

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Scott opens up w/ a $700 S, three E’s, and a single A, followed by four N’s for $2,200, three I’s, but then the LaT. Second, Janeika spins up the BANKRUPT near $3,500. Third, Emily tacks on a $700 L, $650 D and C singles, a $700 G, and a V for that MDW

_ _ _ E N S I V E
L I N E
D A N C I N G

…she solves OFFENSIVE LINE DANCING for $2,700.

SOLE LaT: Scott
INSTA-BANKRUPT: Janekia

Janeika: ZILCH/Emily: $4,700 MDW/Scott: $4,300

 

PP/Express Round: PLACES

Janeika’s next chance to strike pay dirt begins w/ an $1,100 pair of N’s, three I’s, a $3,500 T, four A’s, but then a bad E buy. Emily secondly seeks out two $700 S’s, two $650 L’s, a D for the 1/2 CAR near $900, a single H, and two C’s ($600 each for those three) before we see…

A / C H A I N / _ _
T _ _ _ I C A L
I S L A N D S

…in addition to another $5K, she’ll see A CHAIN OF TROPICAL ISLANDS on a Carnival Miracle cruise to HAWAII worth $6,510.

SOLE DUD: E (Janekia)

Janeika: NO LUCK/Emily: $16,210 cash & HI MDW/Scott: $4,300

 

$3K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

_ A R V _ N G
K _ I _ _

Emily strikes again w/ CARVING KNIFE.

Round 4: RHYME TIME

A $500 T pops up first, but the BANKRUPT near $650 forces to give up the 5 Benjamins and her MDW. Second for Scott are a $500 N, but it’s S-U time…

_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ / &
_ _ T _ _ _ _ _ _ _

…w/ the remaining consonants worth $6K each! Late in this round, Emily uncovers the L…

_ _ _ / _ _ L K S / &
A R T _ C H _ K _ S

BUT SHE BLOWS THE $18K SOLVE BIG TIME w/ OLD FOLKS & ARTICHOKES. Scott then picks off the twin G’s…

_ G G / _ _ L K S / &
A R T _ C H _ K _ S

…he solves EGG YOLKS & ARTICHOKES for $18K and the comeback wine!

DUDS (both by Scott): N (before S-U), M (after FS)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Emily
CRITICAL BLOWN SOLVE: Emily

FINAL SCORES
Janeika: $1K GOOSEEGG/Emily: $19,210 cash & HI MDW/Scott: $22,300

GT: $42,510
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. MDW): $1,850

 

$100K Bonus Round
Like the Disney week earlier this year, there’s only cash offered here. Scott spins up the R.

Category: THING
Easy, at least IMO…

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

PGHO doesn’t add much…

_ E R _ / _ _ S _
S _ H E _ _ L E

but he nails it right away, and the producers on his VERY BUSY SCHEDULE will have to award him the $40K for a final total of $62,300!

SWEEPSTAKES PUZZLE: SLOT MACHINES
$5K SPIN ID: RH5999088

MY RATING: 8