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

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