WoF Recap: May 31, 2016

EPISODE #6427: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 5)

We end the month of May on the not-so Big Money set, so welcome back, Cadillac SRX.

$1K T-U: PROPER NAME

_ _ _ _ _ _ W

W _ _ S O _

Doesn’t take long for Tony to ID the 28th President, WOODROW WILSON. And he’s got a designated spinner…

Tony Andrews: restaurant host involved in theater who recently donated hair to charity from Peru, NY (his DS is college buddy Karl)

Betty Hendergart: patient services rep at a local medical facility from East Wenatchee, WA

Becky Combs: child life specialist in pediatric oncology at a children’s hospital from York, PA

Also, Becky’s dad Bill Kepner and sister Alison Gregory were on this show on 6/5/13 and 12/10/15, respectively. Bill won $47,102 cash & Belize (inc. a $30K BR) while Alison took home $10,650 cash & Mexico. I don’t think I’ve seen three relatives appear on separate episodes before.

$2K T-U: THING

L _ F _

L _ _ S O N

Becky’s learned way more than one LIFE LESSON.

FEATURED SS: Shop.com

Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Furniture of America

Round 1: PEOPLE

She hits the MDW’s right side while Tony lands on the BANKRUPT near $650. Betty kicks things off with an $800 T, four E’s, and an A, followed by a $2,100 R trio and the rest of the vowels (one each in alphabetical order). She then lights up two $600 L’s, a $500 M, and two C’s for the gift tag (she got pretty excited about that), and here’s the board…

R E C E _ T L _

M A R R I E _ / C O U _ L E

I wish Becky solved this one given she’s been married for a couple of years, but Betty solves RECENTLY MARRIED COUPLE for $5,350 cash and furniture.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Betty’s opponents)

Betty: $5,350 cash & furniture/Becky: $2K/Tony: $1K

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Tony starts off with an N on the MW near $650 and Karl’s flip is worth…NADA. Betty calls two $600 T’s and the same number of E’s before buying the sole dud vowel of A. Becky’s next spins all land on $650 – two R’s, an I, an S, an O, two L’s, and a G…

R _ L E / O _

T _ _ _ _

_ R E S T L I N G

…and she obeys the $3,400 RULE OF THUMB WRESTLING to take a $50 lead over the other lady.

SOLE DUD: A (Betty)

SOLE BANKRUPT: Tony

Betty: $5,350 cash & furniture/Becky: $5,400/Tony: $1K

Repeating Classic Bonus Puzzle: FLY-FISHING

Express/Prize Puzzle Round: PHRASE

Betty instantly falls into a trap of T, while Becky lights up a $700 N and three E’s before hitting the BANKRUPT near TD to lose $450. Tony’s up next with a $600 L and two O’s before Karl nabs the MDW with an F. After lighting up four $600 R’s, an A, and a $600 C, Tony FPs the last vowel of two U’s…

_ U R R O U N _ E _ / _ _

C O R A L / R E E F _

…and with $3,100, he’ll visit a place that’s SURROUNDED BY CORAL REEFS – the Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (a trip worth $7,254).

SOLE DUD: T (Betty)

SOLE BANKRUPT: Becky

Betty: $5,350 cash & furniture/Becky: $5,400/Tony: $11,354 cash & BVI + MDW

$3K T-U: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ _ N O _ Y

B _ D

Becky creeps closer with CANOPY BED.

Round 4: WAYD?

Here she goes with a $1,500 trio of N’s, an I, four O’s, and the last vowel of two FP E’s. After she lights up a $900 G and a $500 T…

_ N O _ _ I N G / O N

T _ E / _ O O _

…we have a $1,550 FS to deal with. Her next picks are two K’s…

K N O _ K I N G / O N

T _ E / _ O O _

sorry, TonyBecky’s KNOCKING ON THE DOOR to $5,500 and the win.

PR

FINAL SCORES

Betty: $5,350 cash & furniture/Becky: $13,900/Tony: $11,354 cash & BVI

MAINGAME WINNINGS: $30,604

BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding the MW risk): $450

$100,000 BONUS ROUND

Besides her dad Bill, we see Becky’s husband Troy, mom Phyllis, and sister Kim in the audience. Hopefully, a big amount is in the M in GAME.

Category: THING

RSTLNE fills in half the puzzle…

_ _ N E S T

_ _ R _

FDPO only lights up the vowel…

_ O N E S T

_ O R _

…but it’s enough HONEST WORK for the minimum, so she departs with an all-cash total of $46,900. Nice work following in your family’s footsteps, ma’am!

$5K-WINNING ID: BK1979983

EP. RATING: 7

Also, LaToya’s big win was the first taped grand prize win this season. And once again, my recap for tomorrow’s episode will have to come Thursday.

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WoF Recap: Memorial Day 2016

EPISODE #6426: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 5)

As we salute our troops tonight, we’re on the Seattle set.

$1K T-U: PHRASE

_ A _ _ _ F _ C T _ _ N

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Phil (who’s in the Navy) nails this puzzle, SATISFACTION GUARANTEED. And he’s not the only man on this panel:

Phil Shaffer: Navy nuclear machinist mate stationed on the USS Nimitz from Bremerton, WA (orig. from West Palm Beach)

Ravina Kullar: infectious disease researcher from Santa Monica (orig. from England)

Justin Robinson : producer and on-air talent for a local rock radio station who has a beard from Seattle (orig. from Tacoma)

$2K T-U: THING

_ N C _ E _ T

H _ S _ O R _

Phil knows a thing or two about ANCIENT HISTORY.

FEATURED SS: likely Sierra Trading Post (I hear they mixed up the prize info for this episode and the one on April 15)

Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Maui Jim

Category wipe: Statue of Liberty

Round 1: TV QUOTE

It’s all Phil here – an $1,800 T trio, an E, three $550 H’s, two I’s, three O’s, a $1,400 pair of N’s, an A, a $1K duo of S’s…

T H E / S H O _

I S / A _ O _ T

N O T H I N _

…and a $4,850 recital of the “Seinfeld” quote “THE SHOW IS ABOUT NOTHING”, so he’s up to $7,850.

PR

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Ravina’s up first with a $650 T but she repeats it right away on the WILD CARD (got a little too excited there). Justin lights up a $600 H and two E’s but can’t pick up the MDW with an N. After Phil FPs 2 I’s and says S for sorry, Ravina duds out with the R on the ½-CAR near $600. Justin calls a $1,200 L pair and picks up the SS with two F’s before buying two O’s. But after an M for the WC and the last vowel of A, he hits the MDW’s right side to kiss $8,550 cash and SS as well as the WC goodbye. Phil uncovers two Y’s for $1,300…

T H E / M I L _ Y

_ A Y

O F / L I F E

…and follows THE MILKY WAY OF LIFE for said amount.

DUDS: N (Justin), S (Phil), R (Ravina)

SOLE BANKRUPT: Justin

SOLE DQ: Ravina’s T repeat

Phil: $9,150/Others: $0

Express/Prize Puzzle Round: PLACE

The N fails Justin again, while Phil lights up a $700 R, four E’s, two I’s, four $650 S’s, and two A’s before buying the sole dud vowel of O. Ravina calls a $650 D and the last vowel of U, but she and Justin hit LaT back-to-back…

_ U _ _ – S E R _ I _ E

S E A S I D E / S _ A

…and Phil might go to a FULL-SERVICE SEASIDE SPA on his $6,900 getaway to the Breezes BAHAMAS Resort & Spa; he’s also won $2,300.

DUDS: N (Justin), O (Phil) – also the title of a Meghan Trainor song

LaT: 2 (Phil’s opponents)

Phil: $18,350 cash & Bahamas/Others: ZIP

$3K T-U: RHYME TIME

T H E / _ _ A Y

O _ / _ H _ / D A Y

It might not be THE PLAY OF THE DAY, but Phil’s still perfect.

Round 4: WAYD?

His first letters are three $600 N’s, an I, and three A’s, but then T for terrible. Ravina lights up a $500 G and three E’s before FPing two O’s and saying S for sorry. Justin lights up a $1,300 pair of R’s but then BANKRUPTS that amount near $650. Phil’s up next with a $650 D, a $600 M, and a $500 C, but then he hits the same BANKRUPT to lose $3,050…and his bid for a sweep because Ravina fills in the board with an L and a V (both $700 each)…

R E A D I N G / A

R O M A N C E / N O V E L

…and she does the above for $1,650.

DUDS: T (Phil), S (Ravina)

BANKRUPTS: 2 (men)

Justin: BAD LUCK/Phil: $21,350 cash & Bahamas/Ravina: $1,650

Speed-Up Round: AROUND THE HOUSE

It’s a $1,500 FS. Phil lights up three R’s midway but misses with ELECTRIC ROADER. After a dud of S and a Z are called…

_ _ _ _ T R _ _

R _ Z _ R

…I wish Justin said the C’s instead, but he ironically breaks through with ELECTRIC RAZOR.

DUDS: N (Justin), S (Ravina)

DQ: Phil’s missolve

FINAL SCORES

Justin: $1,500/Phil: $21,350 cash & Bahamas/Ravina: $1,650

MAINGAME WINNINGS: $24,500

BANKRUPT TRASH (WC excluded): $12,900 cash & SS

$100,000 BONUS ROUND

The BMW X1 is back in play tonight. After we see his wife Catherine and sister Tara Reid (probably the actress), I like Phil‘s chances here as he lands on the W in WIN. (Also, Kevin Slattery from the Mar. 28 episode is in the audience.)

Category: PHRASE

I know it already (the second word was used on Jan. 12, 2011)…

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

Phil’s got a shot with CHBA (the C was a precaution again)…

B _ / N _ _ H T _ A L L

…and he solves this puzzle BY NIGHTFALL, so he’s sent back to base with $54,350 cash & Bahamas.

$5K-WINNING ID: SN7809305

EP. RATING: 7

Week 37 Stats

Thanks, LaToya, for making this week awesome!

Total this Week: $361,611

Total for the Season: $8,947,609

BR Win Record: 60-125 (.324)

Car Wins

-Ford Fiestas: 11

-BR Car: 5 (MINI Cooper Hardtop, Ford Flex, Nissan Rogue, Lincoln MKC, FIAT 500x Trekking)

Prize Wedge Wins: 39

Gift Tag Wins: 50

Mystery Wedge Wins: 17

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 67-17

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 34-33

$10K MW was next to LaT: 36

$10K MW was next to $650: 44

Express was Played-Passed: 39-10

-Successes: 17

-Crashes: 22

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 7 (1 on $500, 5 on $3,500, 1 on $5K)

-BR: 13

FP Vowels/Consonants: 150/44

5-Round Games: 70 (one went to a Tiebreaker on May 25)

6-Round Games: 9 (two went to a 7-round game on Oct. 9 and Dec. 23)

$6K FINAL SPINS: 13

Gooseegg Victims: 45

Red Winners: 65

Yellow Winners: 61

Blue Winners: 59

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $30,495*

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $1,039,305*

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: $125,000 (May 25), $117,550 (April 28), $110,100 (Oct. 21)

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: 40/117

$40K: 4/13

$45K: 6/15

$50K: 3/12

$100K (or $1M): 2/3

CAR: 5/25

 

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: May 27, 2016

EPISODE #6425: WHEEL AROUND THE WORLD

The final greetings this week come from Turkey, Croatia, and Romania.

$1K T-U: LANDMARK

_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ M A

_ A _ A _

Caridad (a woman) quickly locates THE PANAMA CANAL. Final travelers this week go by these names…

Caridad Pfeiffer: certified Spanish interpreter who loves Cuban cuisine from St. George, UT (originally from Vegas)

Melissa Naldrin: real estate agent who owns a family photography company and plays pickleball (a combo of tennis and badminton) from Ponte Vedra, FL

Darrell Brown: financial advisor for a leading nationwide insurance company and poet from L.A.

$2K T-U: RHYME TIME

_ S E / _ _

_ R / _ _ S E / _ T

USE IT OR LOSE IT, Darrell – he uses it for control of the wheel.

TRIP WEDGE: Collette tour of Spain worth $10,338

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

He’s up and running with a $600 N, two E’s, a $1,300 pair of S’s, and a dud of A. Caridad falls for the G trap, while Melissa fares better with a $7,500 trio of T’s. But after lighting up a $700 R and the other vowel of three I’s, she BANKRUPTS near $650 to lose the remaining $7,950. Darrell calls three P’s for $2,100 and an M for $800, but the other normal BANKRUPT steals his $4,300. Caridad FPs an H, picks up the gift tag with a C, lights up a $650 K…

P E P P E R M I N T

S T I C K

S H I _ T

…and solves PEPPERMINT STICK SHIFT for $2,650 cash and jewelry.

DUDS: A (Darrell), G (Caridad)

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Cairdad’s opponents)

Melissa: $0/Darrell: $2K/Caridad: $3,650 cash & jewelry

The Greek hosts send us into commercial break.

Mystery Round: ON THE MAP (introduced by the aforementioned hosts)

Caridad instantly LaTs out. Melissa lights up a $650 T, a $700 S, an E, two A’s, and a $600 N before calling a C on the MW near LaT and risking $1,450 for…ZIPPO. Darrell follows that up with a $900 L and three I’s before calling a $700 M and two R’s for $1,100. After buying a pair of O’s, he steals a $1,400 B pair and the last remaining vowel of two U’s before attempting to solve all this…

_ A N C O U _ E R

B R I T I S _

C O L U M B I A

…and locates VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA for $3,350.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Melissa

SOLE LaT: Caridad

Melissa: $0/Darrell: $5,350/Caridad: $3,650 cash & jewelry

Express/Prize Puzzle Round: PHRASE

Melissa starts us off with an S for sorry. Darrell picks up the ½-CAR with an N and lights up a $700 T before buying a single A. After calling an L on TD, he lights up an I and two E’s before grabbing two B’s for $1,300. After he cleans out the vowels (two U’s and an O) and calls a $500 F, here’s the board:

B E _ O N _

B E A U T I F U L

Not only did you win $5,250, sir, here’s a place that’s BEYOND BEAUTIFUL – the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas in MAUI (a trip worth $10,100).

INSTA-DUD: S (Melissa)

Melissa: NOTHIN’/Darrell: $20,700 cash & HI/Caridad: $3,650 cash & jewelry

$3K T-U: LIVING THING

_ R _ _ T

_ A N E

Melissa’s scoreless no more with a GREAT DANE.

Speed-Up Round: WAYD?

It’s a $1,500 Final Spin to close out the week. Midway in the round, Melissa lights up two D’s but says ROWD- at the buzzer. A little later, Darrell calls the backloading P…

R E A D _ N G / T H E

R _ A D / _ A P

…and he’s READING THE ROAD MAP towards $3K.

DUDS: S (Darrell), L (Caridad)

SOLE DQ: Melissa’s partial missolve

FINAL SCORES

Melissa: $3K/Darrell: $23,700 cash & HI/Caridad: $3,650 cash & jewelry

MAINGAME WINNINGS: $30,350

BANKRUPT TRASH: $13,700

$100,000 BONUS ROUND

Hoping for a big payday, Darrell lands on the I in WIN (what’s up with that space lately?).

Category: PERSON

He’ll need some serious help on the top word…

_ _ _ R _ _

_ _ _ R _ _ T E R

PCMO will NOT do much…

_ _ _ R _ _

C _ _ R _ C T E R

GAME OVER for him – I don’t know if he’s a QUIRKY CHARACTER, but he loses the BMW.

$5K-WINNING ID: DG1251397

EP. RATING: 6

We end this week with a glimpse of the Romanian version.

WoF Recap: May 26, 2016

EPISODE #6424: WHEEL AROUND THE WORLD

The Pipeworks intro is used again (and it’s actually from season 28’s “Vacation of a Lifetime” rather than “Wheel Around the World” as I initially thought).

$1K T-U: ON THE MAP

M _ L B O _ _ N E

A U _ _ _ _ _ I A

April locates MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. Let’s see how much damage tonight’s players can do after last night’s massive win…

April Gamble: instructional designer and football fan from Orlando

Ben Hoover: insurance broker and golf pro from Bluffton, SC

Monica Dalmia: kindergarten teacher whose dad unfortunately passed away from L.A.

$2K T-U: LIVING THING

K O _ O D O

_ _ _ _ _ _

Ben spots a KOMODO DRAGON.

TRIP WEDGE: TurkeyHome tour of Istanbul worth $6,145

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

He’s off to a fast $12,500 start with five S’s before picking three E’s and A’s but then says T for terrible on the WILD CARD. Monica picks up the trip with an M and $600 with a G but then BANKRUPTS near TD to lose $7,245 cash and trip. April uncovers a TD H, an O, a $1,200 pair of D’s, and an I before lighting up a $700 W, a TD P, and a $700 Y before attempting to solve all this…

D O / Y O _ / S P E A _

S W E D I S H

M A S S A G E

DO YOU SPEAK SWEDISH MASSAGE, ma’am? Probably not, but she’s won another $7,100.

SOLE DUD: T (Ben)

SOLE BANKRUPT: Monica

April: $8,100/Ben: $2K/Monica: $0

The Georgian hosts send us into commercial break.

Mystery Round: FUN & GAMES (introduced by the Spanish hosts)

Monica lights up an $800 T and an E before lighting up a $1,200 R pair and four A’s, but then she duplicates the T on the WILD CARD. April calls a $700 S but then gives it right back to the BANKRUPT near $650. Ben makes triple use of FP by cleaning out the vowels (an O and an I) and dudding out with the B before hitting LaT. Monica picks up the ½-CAR next to $600 with two N’s and lights up a $700 G before losing another turn with the L. April calls an $1,800 M duo and a $700 F…

_ R A _ I N G / N A M E S

F R O M / A / _ A T

…and after the contestants were DRAWING NAMES FROM A HAT to pick their podiums, April’s just racked up another $2,500.

DUDS: B (Ben on FP), L (Monica)

SOLE BANKRUPT: April

SOLE LaT: Ben

SOLE DQ: Monica’s T repeat

April: $10,600/Ben: $2K/Monica: ZIP

Express/Prize Puzzle Round: WAYD?

Here goes April with a $650 N, two I’s, four A’s, a $650 S, and two E’s…but then the BANKRUPT near TD takes away the $550 remainder. Ben lights up six T’s for $5,400 and buys an O before picking up the WILD CARD this time with two H’s. Board…

T A _ I N _ / A

S H _ T T _ E / A T

T H E / A I _ _ O _ T

With another $6,150, he’ll be TAKING A SHUTTLE AT THE AIRPORT near Morritt’s Tortuga Club Grand Resort in GRAND CAYMAN, a getaway worth $8K.

SOLE BANKRUPT: April

April: $10,600/Ben: $16,150 cash & Caribbean + WC/Monica: ZERO

$3K T-U: FOOD & DRINK

S I N _ A P O _ E

S L I _ G

Monica is absolutely unsure about her guess of SINGAPORE SLINGbut why worry? She’s off the schneid.

Speed-Up Round: RHYME TIME

Consonants are worth $1,700 apiece. Late in the round, April lights up three P’s but misses the $13,600 solve by a letter with LIPS, TIPS, AND FINGERTIPS. Ben uncovers the F…

L _ P S / _ _ P S / _ N D

F _ N _ _ R T _ P S

…and solves LIPS, HIPS, AND FINGERTIPS to seal his win with another $5,100.

SOLE DUD: M (Monica)

FATAL DQ: April’s one-letter mistake

FINAL SCORES

April: $10,600/Ben: $21,250 cash & Caribbean + WC/Monica: $3K

MAINGAME WINNINGS: $34,850

BANKRUPT TRASH: $8,495 cash and trip

$100,000 BONUS ROUND

Ben lands on the N in WIN (landed on last night), so the $100K is out of the picture tonight.

Category: THINGS

The vowel is key here…

_ _ E T _ _

_ _ R _ S

GHPO and D will do just that and a whole lot more…

P O E T _ _

_ O R D S

…and he’ll enjoy the POETIC WORDS of a $33K win and a final score of $54,250 cash and Caribbean.

$5K-WINNING ID: SS0585192

EP. RATING: 7

WoF Recap: May 25, 2016

EPISODE: #6423: WHEEL AROUND THE WORLD

We hear greetings from Georgia, Greece, Serbia, and Turkey.

$1K T-U: ON THE MAP

S _ _ _ _

_ O _ _ H / _ _ R E A

Dylan screws this one up with SOUTH NORTH KOREA (really?).

S _ _ _ L

_ O _ _ H / _ _ R E A

LaToya locates SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA. Tonight’s vacationers…

LaToya Williams: loan term support services coordinator for a local major health plan and shoe collector from Henrico, VA

Danielle Gilseth: accountant for a firm providing energy and technology solutions from West Fargo, ND

Dylan Simons: bartender who’s applying to the University of Washington to study business administration and performed as a woman in his own play from Seattle

$2K T-U: THING

_ R E A S U R E

_ R O _ E

LaToya triples up her TREASURE TROVE.

TRIP WEDGE: Collette tour of Greece worth $11,498 (too bad it wasn’t offered Tues. night)

Round 1: WAYD?

Her first letters this evening are a $1,200 N pair, an obvious $650 G, and an I to establish the gerund. Up next are a $700 R and the LaT, while Danielle instantly says L for lose on the gift tag. After Dylan lights up a $2,100 trio of T’s and two E’s, he lights up a $650 H, a $1,200 M duo, and two Y’s for the same amount before going for the solve…

G E T T I N G / M Y

M _ N E Y ’ _ / _ _ R T H

…and I sure am GETTING MY MONEY’S WORTH, because he wins his first $4,900.

SOLE DUD: L (Danielle)

SOLE LaT: LaToya

LaToya: $3K/Danielle: $0/Dylan: $4,900

The Romanian hosts send us into commercial break.

Mystery Round: EVENT (introduced by the Serbian hosts)

Danielle picks up the ½-CAR near $600 with two T’s and spends $500 on two A’s and an E before lighting up a $1,950 trio of R’s (just slipped past the other plate). After cleaning out the vowels with three O’s and two I’s, she calls a $2,100 pair of N’s…but she too gets a dose of LaT. Dylan then SPINGLES for a $650 D…

A / R O _ A N T I _

D I N N E R

_ O R / T _ O

…and might want to spend the extra $350 on A ROMANTIC DINNER FOR TWO.

SOLE LaT: Danielle

LaToya: $3K/Danielle: $0/Dylan: $5,900

Express/Prize Puzzle Round: LIVING THINGS

Dylan’s up first with a $1,400 pair of T’s, then goes vowel-buying with three E’s and the sole dud vowel of A. LaToya lights up a $1,950 S trio, an $2,700 R trio, a FP pair of I’s, an $1,800 B duo, a $650 D, an $1,800 L pair, and a $1,300 F duo before finally buying the last remaining vowels of a U and an O. Board…

B I R D S

B U T T E R F L I E S

F L O _ E R S

With another $9,700, she’ll sight some BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, (&) FLOWERS on her $6,100 getaway to the Peace Lodge in COSTA RICA.

SOLE DUD: A (Dylan)

LaToya: $18,800 cash & C.R./Danielle: NADA/Dylan: $5,900

$3K T-U: AROUND THE HOUSE

V _ D E O / _ A M E

_ _ _ _ _ _ _

Dylan misses a Toss-Up for the second time tonight with VIDEO GAME SYSTEM.

V _ D E O / _ A M E

_ _ N _ _ _ _

Danielle’s also wrong with VIDEO GAME CONTROL.

V _ D E O / _ A M E

_ O N S O _ _

LaToya finally sweeps ’em with VIDEO GAME CONSOLE.

Round 4: PHRASE

First up for our big leader are a $1,500 T trio but then we get an intact null cycle – her dud of H, Danielle’s dud of S, and Dylan’s LaT landing (everybody’s hit that space once this episode). After LaToya BANKRUPTS near TD, her opponents dud out with R and N, respectively (and Dylan barely hung on to TD). LaToya restarts with a $2K L quartet, buys two E’s and two A’s, then lights up a $700 B. Board at this point…

T E L L / _ E / A L L

A B _ _ T / _ T

TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT – she’s won another $2,200.

DUDS: H (LaToya), S (Danielle), R (Danielle), N (Dylan)

SOLE BANKRUPT: LaToya

SOLE LaT: Dylan

LaToya: $24K cash & C.R./Danielle: ZIP/Dylan: $5,900

Speed-Up Round: FOOD & DRINK

It’s a $6K FS this time! If Danielle finally breaks through for $24K, we could have our first Tiebreaker Toss-Up in over 10 years. After somebody lights up the frontloading H…

H _ L L _ N _ _ _ S _

S _ _ _ _

Danielle eats up some HOLLANDAISE SAUCE for said amount and makes the tie happen!

DUDS: T (Dylan), G (Dylan), M (LaToya)

Ladies: $24K each/Dylan: $5,900

$1K Tiebreaker T-U: OCCUPATION

The woman advancing to the Bonus Round is…

C _ M _ _ T E R

_ _ O _ R A _ _ _ R

LaToya with COMPUTER PROGRAMMER!

FINAL SCORES

LaToya: $25K cash & C.R./Danielle: $24K/Dylan: $5,900

VB: First tie in a decade

MAINGAME WINNINGS: $54,900

BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,500

$100,000 BONUS ROUND

After we meet LaToya’s fiancé Barry, I can tell you right now that the minimum is NOT in the N in WIN.

Category: PHRASE

I know it already…

_ _ _ R / _ _ _ R

_ E _ R T / _ _ T

PHCO is a great combination (she called the C as a precaution)…

P O _ R / _ O _ R

H E _ R T / O _ T

You won’t have to POUR YOUR HEART OUT, LaToya, because you’ve just won…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…CAN YOU BELIEVE IT – SHE’S THE SECOND $100K WINNER IN LESS THAN A MONTH (Jim: “LaToya, here’s thousands of reasons to celebrate!”)!!! SHE DEPARTS WITH A GRAND TOTAL OF AN EVEN $125K!!! WTG, ma’am!

VB: Our second grand prize win this season!

$5K-WINNING ID: CB5451331

EP. RATING: 10! (But I’d personally give it an 11.)

Talk about a NAIL BITER…

WoF Recap: May 24, 2016

EPISODE #6422: WHEEL AROUND THE WORLD

The Pipeworks animation’s used tonight.

$1K T-U: FOOD & DRINK

G _ _ _ _

Y _ _ _ _ T

Peter eats up some GREEK YOGURT. Could he or his female competition win a trip to said country tonight?

Peter Murray: American Red cross worker (he even wears the badge tonight) and baseball coach from Seattle

Kim Schiavo: former kindergarten teacher turned SAHM from Long Island

Laura Raden: major cruise line worker and waitress from Saugus, CA (that’s near L.A.)

$2K T-U: THINGS

_ U _ T _ _ – _ _ _ E

S _ O _ S

Time runs out for Laura, but she blows the first word with BUTTER.

_ U _ T O M – M A _ E

S _ O _ S

Peter triples up with CUSTOM-MADE SHOES.

FEATURED TRIP: A CheapTickets trip to Romania worth $7,900

Round 1: SAME LETTER

He oddly starts with the first letter of his name, and it’s unsurprisingly a dud. Kim lights up a non-negative $550 N but then hits LaT. Laura calls a $700 R and three E’s but strikes out with the S. Peter lights up a $500 L, two A’s, a $700 B, and an I before missing again with the T. After Kim loses that $550 to the MDW’s left side, Laura picks up the Romania trip with the SL bonus of three C’s…

C _ L _ _ B I A N

C _ _ _ E E / &

C R E A _

…and smells the COLOMBIAN COFFEE & CREAM for $10,850 cash and trip.

DUDS: P (Peter), S (Laura), T (Peter)

SOLE BANKRUPT and LaT: Kim

Peter: $3K/Kim: $0/Laura: $10,850 cash & Romania

The Spanish hosts send us to commercial break.

Mystery Round: AROUND THE HOUSE (announced by the hosts from Georgia)

Hoping for better luck, Kim lights up a $2,400 N quartet and two E’s before lighting up a T on the MW near LaT…but she’ll regret flipping it over. Laura‘s next picks are a $700 M, three I’s, a $1,200 L pair, four A’s, a $1,600 C pair, and a $700 B, but then she BANKRUPTS near $650 to lose $3,700. Peter lights up three $600 F’s and two $700 H’s…

M A H _ _ A N _

C A B I N E T / F _ L L

_ F / F I N E / C H I N A

…and he can buy a MAHOGANY CABINET FULL OF FINE CHINA with the $3,200 he’s just pocketed.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Peter: $6,200/Kim: ZIP/Laura: $10,850 cash & Romania

Repeating Classic Bonus Puzzle: FORGE AHEAD

Express/Prize Puzzle Round: WAYD?

Laura picks up the ½-CAR near $600 with a pair of T’s before buying two E’s and an I. After picking up the other plate with two H’s, she lights up two S’s for $1,400 and painfully LaTs out to leave $2,900 and the Fiesta on the table. Peter FPs three O’s and lights up a $500 N but then BANKRUPTS near TD almost immediately. Kim calls the obvious G for $550 and an $800 M before clearing out the vowels with two A’s. She then picks up the gift tag with two C’s and lights up an $800 R before going for the solve…

C A T C H I N G

S O M E / R A _ S

_ _ / T H E / _ O O _

…with another $3,900 cash and jewelry , she’ll be CATCHING SOME RAYS BY THE POOL on her $6,203 trip to the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in ST. MAARTEN.

SOLE LaT: Laura

SOLE BANKRUPT:  Peter

Peter: $6,200/Kim: $10,103 cash & prizes /Laura: $10,850 cash & Romania

$3K T-U: ON THE MAP

T _ _

_ A R / _ _ S T

Laura locates THE FAR EAST.

Speed-Up Round: PHRASE

Final Spin’s worth $1,700 tonight. After the hot letter of three C’s are called by someone…

C _ _ L / _ S / _

C _ C _ M _ _ R

Peter‘s COOL AS A CUCUMBER, but that $6,800 solve is just not enough for the win .

AIRED INSTA-DUD: N (Laura)

FINAL SCORES

Peter: $13K/Kim: $10,103 cash & prizes/Laura: $13,850 cash & Romania

MAINGAME WINNINGS : $36,957

BANKRUPT TRASH: $6,800

$100,000 BONUS ROUND

Laura lands on the S in SPIN.

Category: THING

RSTLNE is quite stingy tonight…

_ _ N _ _

_ _ _

DCYA are great picks…

_ _ N D Y

D A Y

So much for my guess of  CANDY now – she scares us a bit with CRANDY and SANDY, but then gets the right answer of WINDY DAY for $45K and a final score of $58,850 cash and trip!

MY RATING: 7

$5K-WINNING ID: SL1723509

I’ll be busy tomorrow, so my recap of that episode will come on Thursday.

WoF Recap: May 23, 2016

EPISODE #6421: WHEEL AROUND THE WORLD

The hosts from Romania, Serbia, and Spain send their greetings.

$1K T-U: WAYD?

G L _ _ _ T _ O T _ _ N G

Gerry could be GLOBETROTTING to a foreign land, or maybe one of these travelers:

Gerry Doyle: data analyst for an insurance company from Macclenny, FL

Nikki Berry: clinical pharmacist at a large prescription benefit management company from Cave Creek, AZ

Stacy Landry: pre-K teacher who met her husband Joe while taking up archery from Austin, TX

$2K T-U: PEOPLE

_ _ F _ _ O _ G

_ R _ E _ D _

Stacy recalls her LIFELONG FRIENDS.

WatW TRIP (all the trips this week are plugged by the hosts of said countries): Collette tour of Croatia worth $10,798

Weeklong Gift Tag: Novica gifts and jewelry

Category wipe: Pat in a gondola

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

She begins her journey with a $500 T but then crashes just as quickly with the E. After Gerry BANKRUPTS on the MDW’s right side and Nikki strikes out with the S on the trip, Stacy restarts with a $650 R and the sole vowel of three A’s before losing her turn again with the L. Gerry hits the same black space while Nikki lights up two $800 N’s and duds out with the D. Stacy puts up a $650 F…

F A N N _

_ A _ _

R A T

…and imagines a FANNY PACK RAT for $1,300.

DUDS: E (Stacy), S (Nikki), L (Stacy), D (Nikki)

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Gerry)

Gerry: $1K/Nikki: $0/Stacy: $3,300

The Serbian hosts take us into commercial break.

Mystery Round: FOOD & DRINK (the Croatian hosts announce the category in that language)

Gerry starts out with a TD N, then buys three E’s and a baddie of I. Nikki calls a $600 T and three A’s before hitting LaT. Stacy lands on the MW near $650, lights up an L, and flips it…whoops. Gerry retries with a $2,100 C trio…

_ E _ _ A N

C _ _ C _ L A T E

C A _ E

…and eats up a $5,100 GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE.

DUD: I (Gerry)

SOLE BANKRUPT: Stacy

SOLE LaT: Nikki

Gerry: $6,100/Nikki: $0/Stacy: $3,300

Express/PRIZE PUZZLE Round: THINGS

Nikki duds out on the spot with the T. Stacy calls a non-negative $650 N and purchases five A’s before picking up the gift tag with a D. But after buying two E’s, she makes a costly purchase in O. Gerry grabs the WILD CARD with three L’s but the I fails him again. Nikki picks up the ½-CAR near $600 with two V’s and buys the last remaining vowel of U before calling a $650 C (she slipped past the other plate) and going for the trip…

_ L A C _ / L A V A

A N D / _ L U E / _ A V E S

…but BLACK LAVA AND BLUE CAVES is off by a letter, so goodbye $1,400. Stacy then steals BLACK LAVA AND BLUE WAVES for that amount, the gift tag, and a stay at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows in HAWAII’S BIG ISLAND worth $7,254.

DUDS: T (Nikki), O (Stacy), I (Gerry)

SOLE MISSOLVE: Nikki

Gerry: $6,100 + WC/Nikki: BAD SHAPE/Stacy: $11,954 cash & prizes

$3K T-U: ON THE MAP

_ _ E _ _ O

_ _ _ _

Gerry’s way off with TOLEDO, OHIO (this isn’t Wheel Across America, sir).

_ U E _ T O

_ _ _ _

Nikki’s off the schneid this time with PUERTO RICO.

Round 4: LIVING THING

But she learns the T doesn’t exist here either. Stacy’s picks are a $500 R, an E, a $1,300 S pair, an A, and a $650 H…but the O fails her again. Gerry lights up an N and cleans out the vowels (two I’s and a U) before completing the board with a $500 B, a $550 K, and a $500 Y…

S I B E R I A N

H U S K Y

…and spotting the above for $1,550.

DUDS: T (Nikki), O (Stacy)

Gerry: $7,650 + WC/Nikki: $3K/Stacy: $11,954 cash & prizes

Speed-Up Round: PHRASE

It’s a $1,650 Final Spin to kick off the week. After Stacy lights up an M duo…

D _ N ’ T / M _ _ E

_ / M _ S _ L _

DON’T MOVE A MUSCLE, ma’am – you’ve won tickets to the Bonus Round with an extra $4,950.

SOLE DUD: Y (Stacy)

FINAL SCORES

Gerry: $7,650/Nikki: $3K/Stacy: $16,904 cash & prizes

MAINGAME WINNINGS: $26,554

NO BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding the MW risk)

$100,000 BONUS ROUND

The 2016 BMW 228i is up for grabs this week; Stacy could find it in the A in GAME.

Category: THING

RSTLNE lights up just a pair of something…

_ E _ _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ E

Her picks of MCD aren’t there, but maybe a trio of A’s will save her…

_ E A _ _

_ A _ _ A _ E

nope – she messes up with PEACE, PEACH, and PART. She loses the $33K from this HEAVY BAGGAGE (I thought it was PACKAGE at first).

$5K-WINNING ID: AN4310834 (Andy’s initials)

The Turkish hosts show us how they play in the end.

EP. RATING: 5

JP’s Recap Example

Hello. This is JP Genius, your sub recapper for Andy for the next couple of weeks. I’m just getting used to WordPress, so here’s an exemplar of my posts. This one comes from an XBOX 360 game played by YouTuber Pat Bonfig.

GREAT AMERICAN CITIES – LAS VEGAS: DAY 3

$1,000 Toss-Up: PROPER NAME

_ A N C E

_ U R _ O N

Courtney IDs magician LANCE BURTON. Tonight’s Nevadans…

Courtney Kleinman: insurance broker from Vegas

Rose Geronimo: registered nurse from Henderson

Randy Peters: youth minister from Elko

$2,000 Toss-Up: LIVING THING

K _ N G A R O _

R A T

Randy spots a KANGAROO RAT.

FEATURED PRIZE: a $5,500 trip to Seattle

Jackpot Round: BEFORE & AFTER

He picks up the gift tag with two R’s but duds out with the D, and Courtney hits LaT. Up next for Rose are a $1,000 T pair, a $600 N, and a $2,400 S trio, then buys all four vowels (an E, two A’s, three O’s, and an I) before lighting up two B’s on the JACKPOT. Board…

I N / T O T A _

S _ O _ _

A B S O R B E R S

set off those fireworks – she’s IN TOTAL SHOCK ABSORBERS for $12,700 (including an $8,700 pot)!

DUD: D (Randy)

LaT: 1 (Courtney)

Courtney: $1K/Rose: $12,700/Randy: $2K

Mystery Round: STAR & ROLE

Courtney plays catch-up with a $300 S, a $500 R, a $600 N duo, but then gets another bite from the wicked white wedge, while Rose BANKRUPTS near TD. Randy lights up three L’s for $1,500 and the same number of E’s, but then misses out on the trip with a T. Courtney then calls four A’s, two I’s, and three O’s to clean out the vowels, then lights up three TD C’s and a $550 P before…

A L / P A C I N O

A S

_ I C _ A E L

C O R L E O N E

…tying up the match between her and Rose with a solve of AL PACINO AS MICHAEL CORLEONE.

DUD: T (Randy)

BANKRUPT: 1 (Rose)

LaT: 1 (Courtney)

Ladies: $12,700 each/Randy: $2K

PRIZE PUZZLE Round: PHRASE

Rose picks up the ½-CAR on $500 with two T’s but then gets her own dose of LaT. Randy lights up an R for the same amount but then misses with the M, while Courtney hits the other normal BANKRUPT. Rose retries with two E’s and an A before lighting up a TD N pair and cleaning out the vowels (an O, an I, and two U’s). Her next picks a $500 F, a $350 C, a $500 L, and two $900 L’s before sacrificing her ½-CAR opportunity…

A / _ L E N _ I N _

O F / C U L T U R E S

…to experience A BLENDING OF CULTURES on her $6K trip to MONTREAL; that’s a $15,400 round for her.

DUD: M (Randy)

BANKRUPT: 1 (Courtney)

LaT: 1 (Rose)

Courtney: $12,700/Rose: $28,100 cash & Canada/Randy: $2K

$3,000 Toss-Up: PLACE

A / F A R A W A _

_ A N D

Randy moves up to $5K with A FARAWAY LAND.

Round 4: PROPER NAME

His turn begins with an $1,800 R pair but ends just as quickly with the L. Courtney lights up two $900 S’s…

R & _ / S _ _ _ _ R

_ S _ _ _ _ _

…before we head into a $1,700 Final Spin. After picking two N’s…

R & _ / S _ N _ _ R

_ S _ _ N _ _

…she IDs R&B SINGER ASHANTI for $5,200.

SOLE DUD: L (Randy)

Courtney: $17,900/Rose: $28,100 cash & Canada/Randy: $5K

MAINGAME TOTAL: $53K

NO BANKRUPT TRASH!

$100,000 BONUS ROUND

Rose’s potential prize could be in the W in WIN.

Category: LIVING THING

RSTLNE lights up a pair of letters…

_ L _ _ L _ _

Her picks of CDGO are completely useless…and BLAPL- and ALABLAM are not gonna cut it. She doesn’t find this ALFALFA for the $35K DC stage.

EP. RATING: 7