Week 33 Stats

Once again, thank you Mike for giving us that much needed grand prize win we desperately needed!

Total this Week: $376,260
Total for the Season: $7,792,281
BR Win Record: 50-115 (.303)
Car Wins
-Ford Fiestas: 9
-BR Car: 5 (MINI Cooper Hardtop, Ford Flex, Nissan Rogue, Lincoln MKC, FIAT 500x Trekking)
Prize Wedge Wins: 34
Gift Tag Wins: 43
Mystery Wedge Wins: 15
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 57-17
MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 31-26
$10K MW was next to LaT: 33
$10K MW was next to $650: 37
Express was Played-Passed: 33-9
-Successes: 13
-Crashes: 20
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 6 (1 on $500, 4 on $3,500, 1 on $5K)
-BR: 12
FP Vowels/Consonants: 130/40
5-Round Games: 64
6-Round Games: 9 (two went to a 7-round game on Oct. 9 and Dec. 23)
$6K FINAL SPINS: 12
Gooseegg Victims: 42
Red Winners: 56
Yellow Winners: 57
Blue Winners: 52
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $33,465*
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season
: $890,710*
Biggest Bankrupt
: $20,815 (Dec. 9), $20,415 (Dec. 21), $18,065 (April 29)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night
: $32,515 (Dec. 21), $22,548 (Jan. 11), $22,315 (Dec. 9)
Top 3 Winning Totals
: $117,550 (April 28), $110,100 (Oct. 21), $80,860 (Oct. 28)
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
: $376,260 (Desert Oasis)
Season-Low Week
: $152,050 (Beaches Resorts Family Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 3
MDBRs: 8

$33K: 34/101
$40K: 3/12
$45K: 4/13
$50K: 3/12
$100K (or $1M): 1/2
CAR: 5/25

* includes prizes

 

WoF Recap: April 29, 2016

Thanks to Mike’s $100K win last night, the weekly total thus far is $326,380 and we’ve already topped the third “America’s Game” of the season. Let’s see if we can end the month w/ a $400K+ weekly total.

EPISODE #6405: DESERT OASIS

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

R E D / _ O C K
C _ _ _ _ _

Jack spots RED ROCK CANYON. Last players this month…

Jack Lechner: film professor at Columbia Univ., documentary producer and song/playwriter from NYC
Kristen Schuerle: physician from Redondo Beach (one of her daughters, Clara, shares a birthday w/ Vanna)
Tasha Easter: sr. mgr. for a large banking organization from Glen Allen, VA

$2K Tossup: THING

O _ _ R I C H
E _ _

Kristen gathers an OSTRICH EGG.

TONIGHT’S TRIP: Tanque Verde Ranch in AZ

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

Both women BANKRUPT right out of the gate (Kristen near $650, Tasha near TD). Going to Jack already who calls up a T for the WC, four E’s, I, three $500 N’s, four O’s, three $650 F’s, and two A’s to clean out the vowels. But after a $700 S is the LaT. Kristen next picks a $550 L, but she then spins the same BANKRUPT Tasha got. That lady at the end then puts up a $550 D, an R for the AZ trip, and an $1,800 C trio. Board…

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

…nobody should be doing some activity called FOOTLOOSE AND FANCY-FREE CHECKING,  but she’s solved for a total of $9,140 cash & AZ (the trip’s worth $6,290).

SOLE LaT: Jack
BANKRUPTS: 3 (ladies including two by Kristen)

Jack: $1K WC/Kristen: $2K/Tasha: $9,140 cash & AZ

 

Mystery Round: LIVING THINGS

Tasha picks up the 1/2 CAR near $600 right away w/ N, buys three A’s, and quickly gets the other 1/2 CAR w/ a D. Next on her road are a $1,300 T’s, two E’s, a $1,300 R pair, but then the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to let $18,065 cash & Fiesta go up in smoke. Jack then says a pair of S’s and goes for what’s under the MW near $650$$$

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

…and solves MEERKATS AND WARTHOGS to win it.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Tasha

Jack: $11K WC/Kristen: $2K/Tasha: $9,140 cash & AZ

 

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

It’s all Jack here — he picks a $1,400 pair of T’s, all five vowels in one fell swoop, four $700 N’s and three $500 R’s…

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

…not only did you win $4,450, sir, you should START PLANNING YOUR BREAK NOW — you’ve won a trip Divi Dutch Village in ARUBA worth  $7,290.

PR

Jack: $22,740 cash & Aruba WC/Kristen: $2K/Tasha: $9,140 cash & AZ

 

$3K Tossup: TV TITLE

A _ _ _ _ _ _ ‘ _
_ _ _ / _ _ L _ _ T

Jack quickly IDs “AMERICA’S GOT TALENT”.

 

Round 4: EVENT

Next from his mouth are a $500 T, four E’s, but then A for awful. Kristen secondly finds a $900 S, a $500 R, but then buys the other dud vowel of this board (O). Third, Tasha wastes a turn w/ the BANKRUPT near $5K. After Jack says another baddie of D, Kristen fills in an $800 L, buys three I’s, but then craps out w/ P…

E _ _ L _ S I _ E
I _ T E R _ I E _

…and Tasha doesn’t need to do an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, because she’s now in five-figure territory.

DUDS: A (Jack), O (Kristen), D (Jack)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Tasha

Jack: $25,740 cash & Aruba WC/Kristen: $2K/Tasha: $10,140 cash & AZ

 

Speed-Up: RHYME TIME

We’ve hit the big one this time!  Two Y’s show their faces in this 10-letter hyphenated answer…

L _ _ _ Y –
D _ _ _ Y

…and that LOVEY-DOVEY man named Jack has added another $12K to his big haul.

AIRED DUDS: T (Kristen), H (Jack), F (Tasha)

FINAL SCORES
Jack
: $37,740 cash & Aruba WC/Kristen: $2K/Tasha: $10,140 cash & AZ

GT: $49,880
BANKRUPT TRASH: $18,615 cash & Fiesta

 

$100K Bonus Round
Please don’t land on the *, sir…he actually lands on the M of GAME.

Category: THINGS
I smell big trouble here…

_ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ E S

GHPOD…results in a GAME OVER, and he couldn’t get any QUICK FIXES to win the $45K. That means Andrea from Monday is off the hook.

$5K SPIN ID: BT7274519

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: April 28, 2016

EPISODE #6404: DESERT OASIS

$1K Tossup: THINGS

_ _ _ _ S _ _ R
F O S S _ _ _

Mike realizes that you can find some DINOSAUR FOSSILS out in the desert. Getting to know him and his female opposition…

Mike Brannen: local TV station mgr. who plays volleyball from Albuquerque (orig. from WI)
Stephanie Lee: speech pathologist at nursing home and a capella singer from Queens, NY
Dina Jablonski: energy trader for utility from Samammish, WA

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ _ _ / _ E _ L
_ _ _ _

This game you’re playing is THE REAL DEAL, Mike.

DESERT TRIP: Green Valley Ranch Resort

Round 1: WAYD?

His initial choices are a couple T’s for the WC, two I’s, three $600 N’s, and the obvious $650 G, followed by an E a $500 H, the other three vowels, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $2,700 and the WC. Second, Stephanie spins up the other normal one. Third, Dina puts up a $700 R, but gets the same BANKRUPT Mike got. Said middle player picks up the Vegas trip w/ a W, but that and the $500 are taken right back by the same BANKRUPT Stephanie got. That lady at the end puts up a $1K pair of M’s…

_ O M M U N I N G
W I T H / N A T U R E

…and she’s COMMUNING WITH NATURE.

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

 

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Stephanie picks up the 1/2 CAR near $600 right away w/ three N’s, buys an O, but strikes out w/ R. Second, Dina puts up a $500 T and exchanges the money for a couple A’s and I, but here comes trouble in the form of the MDW’s right side. Third, Mike puts up a $650 F, but the LaT nails him just as quick. After Stephanie loses another turn w/ M as in the MW near $650, Dina spins up the good part of the MDW and picks it up w/ two P’s, but she unfortunately LaTs out. Mike then finds the last consonant of a $900 L…

F O _ N T A I N
P _ N
P A L

…and solves FOUNTAIN PEN PAL for $1,550.

DUDS (both by Stephanie): R and M
LaTs: 2 (Mike, Dina)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Dina

Dina: NIL/Mike: $4,550/Stephanie: $1K

 

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Dina’s off and running w/ a $650 T, two A’s, two S’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900, four E’s, but then S for sorry while on the other 1/2 CAR. Mike then lights up a $1,200 pair of M’s and a $500 L…

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

…this is LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE — he’s won $1,700 plus a trip to The Westin Ka’anapali in MAUI worth $11,300.

SOLE DUD: S (Dina)

Dina: NADA/Mike: $17,550 cash & HI/Stephanie: $1K

 

$3K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

W I L _ _ L _ W E _S

Mike doesn’t know it.

W I L D _ L _ W E _ S

That’s really too bad, because he had the answer of WILDFLOWERS after the time’s up signal; Dina then solves it to get off the schneid.

Round 4: CHARACTER

She rattles off a $1,500 T trio, two E’s, an $1,850 H trio, an A, and two I’s, after which she says an $1,800 pair of N’s, two O’s to clean out the vowels, three $700 F’s and an S worth the amount she last spun. Now we have…

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

…she robs THE SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM for $7,050.

PR

Dina: $10,050/Mike: $17,550 cash & HI/Stephanie: $1K

 

Speed-Up: SHOW BIZ

We just fell short of hitting the big one, because the consonants are worth $1,500 (and Pat tried to blow at the wheel to no avail). The H is said late in this round…

_ _ R D R _ B _
C H _ N G _

Dina didn’t need a WARDROBE CHANGE to solve for $4,500.

DUDS: T (Mike), S (Stephanie), P (Stephanie), L (Dina), M (Stephanie)

FINAL SCORES
Dina: $14,550/Mike: $17,550 cash & HI/Stephanie: $1K

GT: $33,100
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC not factored): $9,900 cash & Vegas

 

$100K Bonus Round
Mike needs to get the * envelope (though he nearly hit Pat on that spin).

Category: PHRASE
Leading us off…

_ _ _ _ L _
_ _ T _ _ _ T E _

HDGO are all up there…

H _ G H L _
_ O T _ _ _ T E D

…and he proves to be HIGHLY MOTIVATED like we are…

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…FOR A VERY GOOD REASON — OUR NIGHTMARE OF NOT HAVING A $100K WINNER THIS SEASON IS FINALLY OVER (Jim: “Look out Mike, here comes the confetti”)!!!!! He is now your biggest winner this season w/ $117,550 cash & trip!

$5K SPIN ID: PG1649190

MY RATING: 10! (even w/ the early bad luck)

VIDEO BONUS: At long last, we’ve broken the bank!

 

WoF Recap: April 27, 2016

Circumstances were beyond my control yesterday, but better late than never.

EPISODE #6403: DESERT OASIS

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ _ _ _ R I N G
_ _ _ _

Tallie nails WATERING HOLE. Wednesday’s winner wannabes…

Tallie Kinzler: reg. nurse & crossword fan from Fargo
Jamie Silvers: foster care social worker who volunteers for the Comfort Zone Camp from West L.A.
Jonathan Mondrey: weigh station operation mgr. and HS basketball from Midlothian, VA

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ R _ _ S / _ _ R
_ U C _ _ _ _

Tallie also knows to DRESS FOR SUCCESS.

COLETTE TRIP: South Pacific/Fiji

Round 1: LIVING THINGS

She first calls a $1,200 pair of N’s, buys three A’s, but then BANKRUPTs near TD to lose $950. Second, Jamie calls up a $550 D, three E’s, a $500 R, O, two S’s for Mario Badescu gift tag, and the last vowel of I…

A N _ E _ O _ E S / A N D
_ I R A _ _ E S

…she solves ANTELOPES AND GIRAFFES for $2,300 cash & skincare.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Tallie

Jonathan: $0/Tallie: $3K/Jamie: $2,300 cash & GT

 

Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Jamie strikes out on the spot w/ S. Second, Jonathan puts in a $500 T, two $650 N’s, an R for that MDW, A and three E’s, but then C for crud. Tallie thirdly digs up a $3,500 D, the two non-U vowels, a $600 L, and a $3,500 H…

D I N N E R / &
H O _ E
_ L A T E

…she slides onto DINNER & HOME PLATE for $7,100.

DUDS: S (Jamie), C (Jonathan)

Jonathan: ZIP/Tallie: $10,100/Jamie: $2,300 cash & GT

 

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

The scoreless Jonathan kicks off w/ an $1,800 pair of S’s, three A’s, four E’s, two N’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900, and the other two non-U vowels, after which he spins up three $500 H’s, two $650 T’s, a $500 R, a $650 V, a $650 L and a $900 P to leave one letter remaining…

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

…he admits that THIS PLACE IS HEAVEN ON EARTH — the ST. CROIX Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa in ST. CROIX worth $6,300; he’s also won his first $7,300.

PR

Jonathan: $13,600 cash & trip/Tallie: $10,100/Jamie: $2,300 cash & GT

 

$3K Tossup: CHARACTER

W O N _ _ R
_ _ _ _ _

Jamie solves WONDER WOMAN.

Round 4: THINGS

All Jamie here — she picks a $1,200 pair of S’s, two E’s, a $500 T, A and I, $500 L and M singles, and a $700 P…

P _ E _ I _ _ S
M E T A L S

…these were offered as a Bonus prize back in the 90s, as she solves PRECIOUS METALS for $2,650 more.

PR #2

Jonathan: $13,600 cash & trip/Tallie: $10,100/Jamie: $7,950 cash & GT

 

Round 5: FOOD & DRINK

First for that man are a $650 S, but then N for no. Tallie secondly can’t find any T’s, and time is running out…

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

…consonants are worth $1,700 each. Two F’s are chosen late in this round, but Jonathan goofs w/ ORDER OF CURLY FRIES. Two I’s and a G later…

_ R D _ R / _ F
G _ R L I _ / F R I _ S

Jamie has an ORDER OF GARLIC FRIES for $10,200 and the comeback win.

DUDS BEFORE FS: N (Jonathan), T (Tallie)
SOLE DUD AFTER FS: M (Tallie)
SOLE MISSOLVE: Jonathan

FINAL SCORES
Jonathan: $13,600 cash & trip/Tallie: $10,100/Jamie: $18,150 cash & GT

GT: $41,850
BANKRUPT TRASH: $950

 

$100K Bonus Round
Jamie lands on A #2 of AMERICA’S.

Category: PHRASE
This five-word answer starts like this…

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

PGHO are all up there (though the G and O are wastes)…

L _ _ _ N G / _ P
T O / T H E / H _ _ E

…is she LIVING UP TO THE HYPE here…yes (she originally said “…HOPE”) to leave w/ $51,150 cash & GT.

$5K SPIN ID: BS7593775

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: April 26, 2016

EPISODE #6402: DESERT OASIS

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ U _ _ _ _
A _ _ _ _ _ A

Matt zips through TUCSON, ARIZONA. Going in order once again in meeting them…

Matt Dols: trader for national precious metal & rare coin investment dealer from Fargo (orig. from Twin Cities)
Chelsea Brown: dementia care coord. for an assisted living facility in Stafford from Bumpass, VA
Eleni Antoniou: para-professional teacher assistant to special needs children from Flushing, NY

$2K Tossup: EVENT

G _ I N G / O N
_ A F A _ I

Chelsea might be GOING ON SAFARI.

DESERT TRIP: Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: hawaiian springs Water

Round 1: FOOD & DRINK

She gets the MDW right away w/ two T’s, but then duds out w/ H while on the California wedge. Second, Eleni calls up a $700 N, two $800 S’s, a $600 R, four A’s, and three FP E’s; those are followed by a $600 C, three I’s and O’s to clean out the vowels (the latter via FP), a $600 K, but then the LaT. Matt then puts up the L, M and D singles (first worth $600, other two worth $500 each) to complete the board…

R A I S I N / O A T M E A L
D A T E / C O O K I E S

…and earn another $1,600.

SOLE DUD: H (Chelsea)
SOLE LaT: Eleni

Matt: $2,600/Chelsea: $2K/Eleni: $0

———

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Eleni first picks a $600 N but then BANKRUPTs near TD just as quick. Matt secondly spins his way to a FP E, a T for the 1/2 CAR near $600, an A, a $600 S, a $700 D, and the rest of the vowel shop, then he takes a $550 P, an $1,100 pair of C’s and a $500 B before he…

S T A N D – U P
C O _ I C
B O O _

…picks up a STAND-UP COMIC BOOK for $2,950.

SOLE DUD: E (Matt)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Eleni

Matt: $5,550 1/2 CAR/Chelsea: $2K/Eleni: ZERO

———

PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Current leader Matt gets the other 1/2 CAR right away w/ two N’s,  an I, and the obvious $500 G, then he says an A, two O’s, two $700 R’s, the other two vowels, $1K pairs of M’s and S’s, and three T’s to tack on $1,500 before he goes for the big solve…

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

…in addition to another $5,750 and the Fiesta, he’ll be “PUTTING ON MY BERMUDA SHORTS” at the Reefs Resort & Club in BERMUDA worth $6,965; that was a $27,680 round for him!

MAJOR PR!

Matt: $33,230 cash & prizes/Chelsea: $2K/Eleni: NO LUCK

————-

$3K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

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

That man is up over $36K+ thanks to an ADVANCE SCREENING.

Round 4: LIVING THING

First pickings are an $800 T, a $1,300 pair of E’s, a couple E’s, but it’s S-U time…

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

…and the consonant payoff is $1,500. Two D’s (one at each end) are requested…

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

…and he catches this TEXAS HORNED LIZARD for another $6,350.

DUDS (both after FS): M (Matt), B (Eleni)

FINAL SCORES
Matt: $42,580 cash & prizes/Chelsea: $2K/Eleni: $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $45,580
BANKRUPT TRASH: $600

———-

$100K Bonus Round
Matt takes that BW to then N of SPIN.

Category: THING
Almost 1/2 the letters already…

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

He’s looking pretty good after calling FMCI…

_ E R F E C T
_ I S _ _ I S E

…too bad his PERFECT DISGUISE wasn’t good enough for the big one, but he still ends up a very nice haul of $75,580 cash & prizes!

$5K SPIN ID: JV7521446

MY RATING: 8

WoF Recap: April 25, 2016

Well, at least we’re not doing a Mother’s Day week prematurely at this time — it’s actually “Desert Oasis” (first time since S28 we’re doing this theme week).

EPISODE #6401: DESERT OASIS

VTR: March 18

$1K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

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

Andrea blows it by a letter w/ PRICKLY BEAR CACTUS.

P _ I _ _ L Y / P E A R
_ A C T _ S

Marcus doesn’t get poked by a PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS. First players this week…

Marcus McBride: group acct. director for an e-commerce firm and kickball/football co-ed from L.A.
Andrea Richardson: Soul Food Bistro line leader who’s been a “WHEEL Watcher” ever since this show began in ’75 from Jacksonville, FL
Teal Kane: Univ. of North FL Sr. studying Child Psychology and Early Childhood Education, a call center supervisor there, as well as an owner of an online makeup business from the same city as Andrea

$2K Tossup: SONG TITLE

G _ _ D
V _ B _ A _ I _ _ S

Andrea has some “GOOD VIBRATIONS” (by The Beach Boys) this time.

DESERT TRIP: caravan.com southwest tour
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Mario Badescu

Round 1: THING

A $2,100 N trio gets her started, followed by an A buy, but then the sole dud vowel of E. Second, Teal calls up a $2,400 T trio, three I’s, two $600 G’s, a $650 H, and an O, after which she says a $2,500 R, three S’s and L’s at $1,500 per trio, and a $1,400 pair of F’s. We have…

N I G H T / S _ _
F _ L L / O F
T _ I N _ L I N G
S T A R S

…she gazes at the NIGHT SKY FULL OF TWINKLING STARS for $10,650 and the lead just like that.

SOLE DUD: E (Andrea)

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Teal instantly duds out w/ T. Marcus secondly picks a $1,200 pair of R’s, E and A singles, but then N for no. Andrea thirdly puts up a $1,300 pair of L’s, and the other three vowels; those are followed by the SL bonus of four $700 F’s, a $600 V, but then C for crud while on the 1/2 CAR near $900. After Teal wastes another turn w/ the MDW’s left side, Marcus takes a $1,400 pair of S’s and an H while on the MW near $650. He risks the 21 Benjamins…OOPS. Afterwards…

F L A V O R F U L
F R E S H
F I _ S

…Andrea picks some FLAVORFUL FRESH FIGS for $4,950.

DUDS: T (Teal), N (Marcus), C (Andrea)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (everyone else)

Marcus: $1K/Andrea: $6,950/Teal: $10,650

———-

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Marcus insta-BANKRUPTs near TD. Second for Andrea are a $1,200 pair of S’s, but then the LaT. Going down Teal’s road third are an $1,800 L trio, I and five A’s, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to lose $1,300. Next for Marcus are a $550 R, a $1,200 pair of T’s, three E’s, a $600 X, the other two vowels, but the N fails him again…

_ A _ _ E / I ‘ L L
S T A _ / A / _ O U _ L E
E X T R A / _ A _ S

…and Andrea says “MAYBE I’LL STAY A COUPLE EXTRA DAYS” for a trip to that Sandals Whitehouse in JAMAICA worth $7,800.

SOLE DUD: N (Marcus)
SOLE LaT: Andrea
BANKRUPTS: 2 (those not named Andrea)

Marcus: $1K/Andrea: $15,950 cash & Jamaica/Teal: $10,650

———-

$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

C A S A B _ A _ _ A
M _ R _ _ _ O

Marcus locates CASABLANCA, MOROCCO.

Round 4: RHYME TIME

For likely the other time, a player like him strikes out right away w/ T. Second for Andrea are a $700 R, a $1,300 pair of N’s, an A, but then the S-U signal…

_ _ _ _ N / _ R _ _ _
A N _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

…and the FS is set at $1,500. Three P’s are later said…

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

…and Andrea grabs some LEMON DROPS AND LOLLIPOPS for $9,250 and the win.

SOLE DUD (before FS): T (Marcus)

FINAL SCORES
Marcus: $4K/Andrea: $25,200 cash & Jamaica/Teal: $10,650

GT: $39,850
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,400

———-

$100K Bonus Round
Here’s another desert-friendly vehicle that a lucky player could win — a Ford Escape Titanium. Andrea lands on the W.

Category: PERSON
Shawn Johnson is one example of this…

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

CDMA brings her…

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

…but she doesn’t realize that Shawn was a FORMER OLYMPIAN for $33K (she was afraid she would lose the Escape instead).

$5K SPIN ID: TF0323359

MY RATING: 6

Week 32 Stats

An OK week, but it would have been so much better had it not been for those bad losses by Katie and Kathy.

Total this Week: $222,312
Total for the Season: 7,416,021
BR Win Record: 47-113 (.294)
Car Wins
-Ford Fiestas: 8
-BR Car: 5 (MINI Cooper Hardtop, Ford Flex, Nissan Rogue, Lincoln MKC, FIAT 500x Trekking)
Prize Wedge Wins: 33
Gift Tag Wins: 42
Mystery Wedge Wins: 14
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 55-17
MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 30-25
$10K MW was next to LaT: 32
$10K MW was next to $650: 36
Express was Played-Passed: 33-9
-Successes: 13
-Crashes: 20
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 6 (1 on $500, 4 on $3,500, 1 on $5K)
-BR: 12
FP Vowels/Consonants: 127/40
5-Round Games: 61
6-Round Games: 9 (two went to a 7-round game on Oct. 9 and Dec. 23)
$6K FINAL SPINS: 11
Gooseegg Victims: 41
Red Winners: 54
Yellow Winners: 55
Blue Winners: 51
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $31,950*
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season
: $857,245*
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
MDBRs: 8

$33K: 32/98
$40K: 3/12
$45K: 4/12
$50K: 3/12
$100K (or $1M): 0/1
CAR: 5/25

WoF Recap: April 22, 2016

EPISODE #6400: BIG MONEY WEEK

$1K Tossup: PERSON

K I _ _ / O F
T _ E / _ A S _ L E

For now, Dave is KING OF THE CASTLE among this trio…

Dave Lara: Vietnam vet for the Navy from L.A.
Kyle Altier: Special Ed teacher who does yoga from Jacksonville, FL
Stephanie Gonzalez: nurse’s assistant at St. David’s Hospital who was born there from Georgetown, TX

$2K Tossup: TV TITLE

S _ A R _ / _ A N K

Dave draws a blank this time, but Stephanie has watched “SHARK TANK”. Sure enough, the vegas.BUZZ wedge is in play for the last time this week.

Round 1: THING

Here she goes w/ $600 N and R singles, three $800 T’s, but then S for sorry while on the WC. Second, Dave calls out a $550 D, but then a baddie of G. Third, Kyle picks up that WC w/ two M’s, buys four E’s and three A’s, but then runs into the MDW’s right side to lose $500 and her WC. After Stephanie flunks out w/ F, Dave takes an $800 C, a single O, and a couple L’s for $1,800 more…

A _ T O M A T E D
T E L L E R
M A C _ _ N E

…the AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINE dispenses another $2,900 for this guy.

DUDS: S (Stephanie), G (Dave), F (Stephanie)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Kyle

Stephanie: $2K/Dave: $3,900/Kyle: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Dave picks up the playing cards gift tag w/ an S, only to lose that and the $500 to the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Kyle digs up three T’s for $2,700, four E’s, a $1K pair of R’s, a $1,300 H pair, and a couple A’s, after which she says two $900 N’s, two O’s, and $2K worth of four L’s before she solves all of this…

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

HOLE IN THE “WALL STREET JOURNAL” is right for $8,050.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Dave

Stephanie: $2K/Dave: $3,900/Kyle: $8,050

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PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

A $600 S gets Kyle started, but the E stops her. Second in Stephanie’s future are an $1,100 pair of N’s, a $700 R, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to lose $1,800. Third for Dave are a $1,400 pair of T’s, three I’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to forfeit $1,150. Kyle follows w/ a $900 G, a $700 H, three A’s to clean out the vowels, but then the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to wipe her out of $1,700. Stephanie then hops aboard the EXPRESS after picking an M.

Next Choices: Y, W, V and D to complete the board.

Another $5K is hers and the chance to be…

D I V I N G / W I T H
M A N T A / R A Y S

…at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in HAWAII worth $7,014.

SOLE DUD: E (Kyle)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole gang)

Stephanie: $14,014 cash & HI/Dave: $3,900/Kyle: $8,050

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$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ _ N _ _ _ _ N
_ _ A _ _ _ I _

Stephanie’s got 30 more pictures of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN to take her over $17K.

Speed-Up: WAYD?

$1,650 is the payoff for each consonant. The M is said late in this round..

B A L A N C _ N G
M _ / C _ _ C _ B _ _ _

…Kyle isn’t BALANCING MY CHECKBOOK (I don’t have one), but she’s won $3,300 more.

AIRED DUDS: S (Kyle), F (Dave)

FINAL SCORES
Stephanie: $17,014 cash & HI/Dave: $3,900/Kyle: $11,350

GT: $32,264
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC disregarded): $6,650

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$100K Bonus Round:
Stephanie takes the BW to the *.

Category: PHRASE
Just a pair of this on top for starters…

_ _ _ N _ _ N _
_ _ _ _

CYVO is an interesting combo…

_ O _ N C _ N _
_ _ C _

…but she is BOUNCING BACK to become the other $33K winner this week (there was an edit when that money amount was shown) and leave w/ $50,014 cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: KS1185448

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: April 21, 2016

EPISODE #6399: BIG MONEY WEEK

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

S _ R _ K _ _ G
I T / R _ _ _

Susi or one of these players will be STRIKING IT RICH

Susi Larson: retired from family river-rafting business after about four decades from Phoenix
John Jackson: certified athletic trainer from Mill Creek, WA
Montana Rose: student double majoring in music/theater at Citrus College & is a part-time vocal instructor from Covina, CA

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

L O N _ O N
_ _ _ _ _

John nails LONDON BROIL.

VEGAS TRIP: Green Valley Ranch Resort (the vegas.BUZZ one should be offered tomorrow)

Round 1: CHARACTER

John and Montana BANKRUPT right out of the gate (him near TD, her on MDW’s right side). Third in line already, Susi calls up a $1,400 pair of S’s, two E’s, three $700 N’s, three A’s and O’s, and the last vowel of I via FP. She follows w/ an $1,800 R trio, a FP M, three $600 T’s and a G at $600 a pop, and a $650 L…

T O N _ / S T A R _ ‘ S
A L T E R / E G O
I R O N / M A N

…she solves TONY STARK’S ALTER EGO “IRON MAN” for $8,100.

QUICK BANKRUPTS: 2 (opponents)

Susi: $8,100/John: $2K/Montana: $0

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Montana gets started w/ a $1,200 pair of N’s, three $650 S’s, four E’s, but then D for dud while on the MW near $650. Second, Susi uncovers a $1,100 pair of R’s, buys the other non-U vowels, but then strikes out w/ L. Third, John gets the 1/2 CAR near $900 and Vegas trip w/ M and three T’s, respectively, lights up the SL bonus of three $800 P’s, and FPs a single F before calling a C while on the MW near LaT. Believe it or not, he’s risking $11,900 cash & trip plus his plate…YOU FOOL. Montana then picks off the $600 Y and G for the other 1/2 CAR to complete the board…

P A Y M E N T S
P R O F I T S / &
P E R C E N T A G E S

…and solve for her first four grand.

DUDS: D (Montana), L (Susi)
HIS SECOND BANKRUPT THANKS TO A DUMB MOVE: John

Susi: $8,100/John: $2K/Montana: $4K 1/2 CAR

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Susi leads off w/ a $2,100 trio of T’s, two O’s, three E’s, but then the LaT. Second for John are a $1,400 pair of S’s, two FP A’s, two $650 N’s, but the D fails somebody again. Third, Montana spins the same normal BANKRUPT to forfeit her plate. Susi then buys the three I’s to clean out the vowels, lights up a $1,200 pair of V’s and FPs double H’s…

H A V E / A N _
T I _ S / O N / _ H E _ E
T O / V I S I T ?

Do you HAVE ANY TIPS ON WHERE TO VISIT? She’s gonna need some on her trip to the Divi Dutch Village in ARUBA worth $7,028.

SOLE DUD: D (John)
SOLE LaT: Susi
HER SECOND BANKRUPT: Montana

Susi: $18,678 cash & trip/John: $2K/Montana: $4K

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$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME

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

Montana IDs ALEXANDER HAMILTON.

Speed-Up: PLACE

$1,500 per consonant here. Late in this round, Susi puts up the frontloading F…

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

…and solves FINANCIAL DISTRICT for $4,500.

SOLE DUD: P (Susi)

FINAL SCORES
Susi: $23,178 cash & trip/John: $2K/Montana: $7K

GT: $32,178
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. plates): $11,900 cash & Vegas

$100K Bonus Round
Susi’s envelope of destiny is the I of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
This one-wordy starts like this…

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

HGCO is reasonable enough…

_ _ T E R T H O _ G H T

…this is an AFTERTHOUGHT — she’s won the minimum to leave w/ $56,178 cash & Aruba.

$5K SPIN ID: AM0020646

Let’s not forget that Pat and Harry’s wives are celebrating a birthday.

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: April 20, 2016

EPISODE #6398: BIG MONEY WEEK

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

B E _ _ _ L Y
H _ _ _ _

Chris realizes that SPS is near BEVERLY HILLS. Introducing these people in order…

Chris Webb: sommelier from Tarzana, CA (orig. from Atlanta)
Julia Shuman: VP of a commercial construction co. from Phoenix, MD
Kathy Fogelsonger: owns a co. that makes police safety products from Jacksonville, FL

$2K Tossup: SONG TITLE

_ _ _ ‘ T / _ U Y
M _ / L _ _ _

Kathy solves the Beatles’ “CAN’T BUY ME LOVE”.

PRIZE WEDGE: same one from Mon. night (vegas.BUZZ)

Round 1: SHOW BIZ

She rattles off a $1,200 pair of R’s, an A, two L’s for the Vegas trip, two S’s and M’s at $1,200 apiece, and a $650 P before she…

S _ P _ R / _ _ _ L
_ _ M M _ R _ _ A L S

…solves SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS for $11K cash & Vegas (the trip was worth $6K).

PR

Chris: $1K/Julia: $0/Kathy: $13K cash & Vegas

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Chris’ first picks are a $900 R, but then S for sorry while on the WC. Second, Julia picks a $650 N, a T for that WC, triple E’s, but then repeats the N. Third, Kathy can’t capitalize on TD w/ D for dud. Chris’s second turn sees him getting the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ two C’s, but then losing a turn w/ M. After Julia LaTs out, Kathy lights up twin L’s while on the MW near $650 and tries to multiply the $2K buyout by five…got it. But after a $1,300 pair of B’s and a U buy is the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to flush away $11,050. Chris then says a $900 K…

C _ N _ E _ _ R
B E L T
B U C K L E

…I doubt that people would buy a  CONVEYOR BELT BUCKLE, but he’s solved for $2,800.

DUDS: S (Chris), D (Kathy), M (Chris)
SOLE LaT: Julia
SOLE BANKRUPT: Kathy
SOLE DQ: Julia’s N repeat

Chris: $3,800 1/2 CAR/Julia: WC/Kathy: $13K cash & Vegas

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PP/Express Round: PLACES

The struggling Julia starts this crucial round w/ three S’s for the other 1/2 CAR, buys three E’s, but then duds out w/ N. Kathy secondly takes a $1,200 R pair, two A’s, but she also gets the whistle blow for repeating the N. Chris thirdly uncovers an $800 T, and buys the rest of the vowel shop…

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

…but he blows the solve w/ CAR, BOUTIQUES, GALLERIES. Julia tries again w/ an $1,800 pair of B’s, but here comes LaT. Kathy then picks off a $1,200 L pair….

B A R S
B O U T I _ U E S
_ A L L E R I E S

…she’s won another $2,150 and will visit the BARS, BOUTIQUES (and) GALLERIES of the Sheraton Buganvillas Resort & Convention Center in PUERTO VALLARTA worth $6,800.

SOLE DUD: N (Julia)
SOLE LaT: Julia
DQs: 2 (Chris’ blown solve, Julia’s N repeat)

Chris: $3,800/Julia: WC/Kathy: $21,950 cash & trips

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$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

D _ _ P L A Y
C _ _ I _ _ _

Julia doesn’t even know it, allowing Kathy to be $50 away from $25K by solving DISPLAY CABINET.

Round 4: THINGS

Kathy spins up the BANKRUPT near $650. Second for Chris are a $1,200 pair of S’s, two A’s, five E’s, a $650 R, but then the S-U signal…

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

…and the remaining consonants are worth $1,650 each. One T, three L’s and two P’s later…

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

Kathy’s won another $3,300 towards getting a PERSONALIZED LICENSE PLATE.

INSTA-BANKRUPT: Kathy

FINAL SCORES
Chris: $3,800/Julia: $1K GOOSEEGG/Kathy: $28,250 cash & trips

GT: $33,050
BANKRUPT TRASH: $11,050

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$100K Bonus Round
Kathy lands on the E of AMERICA’S.

Category: THINGS
Should know what the second word is already…

_ _ L _ _
_ T E _ S

MBHI adds a key letter on top besides the obvious…

B _ L _ _
I T E M S

…but she still doesn’t know that first word, and won’t be placing BULKY ITEMS in the back of the Cadillac SRX. She’s yet another player who chokes bad after setting themselves up for a win.

$5K SPIN ID: RS2968496

MY RATING: 6