EPISODE #6404: DESERT OASIS
$1K Tossup: THINGS
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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
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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.
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…
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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)
Dina: $14,550/Mike: $17,550 cash & HI/Stephanie: $1K
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).
Leading us off…
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HDGO are all up there…
H _ G H L _
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…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!