Circumstances were beyond my control yesterday, but better late than never.
EPISODE #6403: DESERT OASIS
$1K Tossup: PLACE
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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.
Jonathan: $13,600 cash & trip/Tallie: $10,100/Jamie: $2,300 cash & GT
$3K Tossup: CHARACTER
W O N _ _ R
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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.
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
Jonathan: $13,600 cash & trip/Tallie: $10,100/Jamie: $18,150 cash & GT
BANKRUPT TRASH: $950
$100K Bonus Round
Jamie lands on A #2 of AMERICA’S.
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