$1K Tossup: RHYME TIME
_ _ _ E _ S
_ _ D / B _ K _ R S
Ahna knows there’s HIKERS AND BIKERS getting around Denver. The first two of these three are from Denver…
Ahna Schulte: Bradley International kindergarten teacher & ’14 fish toss champion (originally from Grand Marais, MN)
Mike Marotta: retired electrical eng. (orig. from NY)
Akilah Batiste: tech. consulting & PM married to James (her grandma’s 102 yrs. old) from Parker
$2K Tossup: PHRASE
T _ U S T / _ O _ R
I _ _ _ I N _ _ S
Ahna blows the tripler w/ TRUST YOUR INTUITION.
T _ U S T / _ O U R
I _ _ _ I N _ _ S
Akilah, it’s a good idea you should TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS.
FEATURED TRIP: The Gates Hotel Key West
New Gift Tag: The Molecule Effect coffee & wine
Round 1: HEADLINE
Her first call of T is no good. Second, Ahna FPs an A, picks up the WC w/ an R, but then buys a bad vowel in E. Third, Mike spins his way to two H’s for the gift tag, two $550 P’s, and two $650 S’s. After he buys the other non-U vowels…
_ R O _ _ O S
_ I _ / _ O R _ _
_ H A _ P I O _ S H I P
…he’s way too consonative, because he solves “BRONCOS WIN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP” for just $3,900 cash & GT.
DUDS: T (Akilah), E (Ahna)
Ahna: $1K WC/Mike: $3,900 cash & GT/Akilah: $2K
Mystery Round: SAME LETTER
Ahna leads off w/ three T’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, an E, a $900 R, and two A’s. But after she picks up the MDW w/ three S’s, the sole dud vowel of O stops her. Over to Mike w/ the SL bonus of three $650 C’s, the other two vowels, and triple F’s while on the MW near LaT. Does his $2,450 gamble pay off…NO. Akilah then uncovers a $1,500 H trio…
C R A _ F I S H
C A T F I S H / &
C U T T _ E F I S H
…she catches some CRAWFISH, CATFISH & CUTTLEFISH.
SOLE DUD: O (Ahna)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Mike
Ahna: $1K WC/Mike: $3,900 cash & GT/Akilah: $3,500
PP/Express Round: WAYD?
Mike’s first moves are a $600 N, two G’s to go to grand, three $550 T’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to clean him out of $3,650. Akilah secondly runs into the other normal one. Third for Ahna are a $700 H, three E’s, I, a $500 R, and three A’s, after which she takes a $500 S, two $800 Z’s, and the last vowel of two O’s. The near-complete board…
G A Z I N G / A T / T H E
S E A / O _ / _ O R T E Z
…she’s won $2,300 and will be GAZING AT THE SEA OF CORTEZ while at the Pubelo Bonito Rose Resort & Spa in CABO SAN LUCAS worth $7,360.
BANKRUPTS: 2 (those before Ahna)
Ahna: $10,660 cash & MX WC/Mike: $3,900 cash & GT/Akilah: $3,500
$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE
N _ _ _ _ _ P _ _ _ T
_ _ L L O W _
Mike almost left out the S in NEEDLEPOINT PILLOWS, but he got it.
Speed-Up: FOOD & DRINK
$1,600’s the consonant payoff. Early on, Akilah picks the R, but is way off w/ SWEET GREEN TEA. The P is later said…
_ _ N _ N _
C R _ _ M / P _ _
…Mike gets BANANA CREAM PIE, but falls $560 short of the title.
DUDS: T (Mike), S (Ahna)
SOLE DQ: Akilah’s missolve
Ahna: $10,660 cash & MX WC/Mike: $10,100 cash & GT/Akilah: $3,500
BANKRUPT TRASH: $6,100
$100K Bonus Round
Ahna lands on the E of GAME.
The first word’s the decider here…
_ _ _ _ / _ N
T _ E / _ R _ _ _ E
HCMOP gives her besides the obvious H…
_ _ C _ / _ N
T H E / _ R O O _ E
…but she never gets BACK IN THE GROOVE, because she misses the first word w/ KICK; she too loses $33K.
$5K SPIN ID: JG0517439
MY RATING: 4