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

 

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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

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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

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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

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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, Kathy’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.

$5K SPIN ID: RS2968496

MY RATING: 6