WoF Recap: June 1, 2016

EPISODE #6428: AMERICA’S GAME (WK. 5)

We’re on the Denver set, so after this episode, say goodbye to the log cabin (and maybe the GMC Terrain Denali).

$1K T-U: LANDMARK

K _ _ _ _ D Y

_ P _ C _ / C _ _ T _ R

Paul locates KENNEDY SPACE CENTER in Florida. Wednesday’s players…

Paul Reynolds: HS spanish climber who has climbed 31 fourteeners (14,000-ft. mountains in Colorado) from Louisville, CO

Liz Mahoney: public health researcher with parents, a brother, and a nephew all named Pat from Hermosa Beach, CA

Mandi Lengyel: full-time hairstylist & part-time bartender from Lakewood, CO

$2K T-U: LIVING THING

J _ _ K _ _ B _ T

Paul triples up w/ JACKRABBIT.

FEATURED SS: Dick’s Sporting Goods (is this another Shopping Spree week?)

Round 1: PHRASE

He’s off to a fast $5K start w/ two S’s and eight E’s, followed by a $3,200 T quartet and a $2,100 H trio before we show you this:

T H E _ E ’ S / _ _ _ E

T H _ _ / _ E E T S

T H E / E _ E

THERE’S MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE when it comes to his quick $10,050 solve, so up to $13,050 he goes.

PR

Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Here goes Liz with a $600 T, two E’s, and an R for roadblock. Mandi lights up a $700 S and two A’s before finding three L’s on the MW near LaT. Of course, she’s going for it…oops. Paul FPs an O and uncovers four N’s worth $2,400 before buying the last remaining vowels (three I’s and two U’s), calling the SL bonus of four C’s…

C I N C I N N A T I

C L E _ E L A N _ / &

C O L U _ _ U S

…and pinpoints the Ohio cities of CINCINNATI, CLEVELAND, & COLUMBUS for another $5,300. And too bad Mandi didn’t solve that one, since her parents are from that state.

SOLE DUD: R (Liz)

SOLE BANKRUPT: Mandi

Paul: $18,350/Ladies: $0

Express/Prize Puzzle Round: EVENT

Mandi instantly says S for sorry on the MDW. Paul lights up an $1,800 T trio and a $550 R, followed by two A’s and an L for the ½-CAR near $600. But he decides to give the plate right back…

T _ _

A _ _ _ _ T _ R _ / _ _

A / L _ _ _ T _ _ _

…and with another $2,600, he’ll have THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME on his $6K Caravan.com tour of PANAMA.

SOLE DUD: S (Mandi)

Paul: $26,950 cash & Panama/Ladies: ZIP

Some could compare Paul’s gameplay so far to that of Robert Santoli (from March 25).

$3K T-U: FOOD & DRINK

P _ _ _ L E _ / A N D

S A _ E R _ _ _ U _

Liz guesses PARSLEY AND SAUERKRAUTstill stuck at zero.

P _ C _ L E _ / A N D

S A _ E R _ R _ U T

And goodbye, perfectoMandi’s off the schneid with PICKLES AND SAUERKRAUT.

Sources tell me this was NOT the original puzzle – it was MAKING MONEY (WAYD?), but an audience member shouted out the answer.

Round 4: THING

She’s up first w/ a $600 N, two E’s, a $500 R, an A, and a $1,300 T pair but she then loses her turn w/ the L. Paul lights up an $800 H, an $800 M, and a $650 F before BANKRUPTING near TD to squander $2,250. Liz then SPINGLES for a $550 V…

H _ M E T _ _ N

F A V _ R _ T E

…and that last spin of hers isn’t exactly a HOMETOWN FAVORITE (last used as a BR puzzle on Leap Year Day ‘12), but she’s on the board anyway.

SOLE DUD: L (Mandi)

SOLE BANKRUPT: Paul

Liz: $1K/Mandi: $3K/Paul: $26,950 cash & Panama

Round 5: PLACE

Here goes Paul w/ a $500 T and an R for the same amount but then the sole dud vowel of E. After Liz LaTs out, Mandi lights up a $650 S, two I’s, and an A but then duds out w/ the N. After Paul gets a taste of LaT

S _ _ _ _ _

A _ _ I T _ R I _ _

…we go into a $1,500 FS. After the ladies light up the first letters of their respective names (L and M)…

S _ _ _ _ L

A _ _ I T _ R I _ M

Mandi solves SCHOOL AUDITORIUM for another $1,650.

DUDS: E (Paul), N (Mandi)

LaT: 2 (Mandi’s opponents)

FINAL SCORES

Liz: $1K/Mandi: $4,650/Paul: $26,950 cash & Panama

MAINGAME WINNINGS: $32,600

BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,700

$100,000 BONUS ROUND

Paul’s strong spin lands him on the E in GAME.

Category: PHRASE

He should focus on that third word…

_ _ _ T

T _ / _ _ _

He doesn’t get help with that at all from GHPO…

_ H _ T

T O / _ _ _

GAME OVER for him – he messes up that important word with SEE and BE. He doesn’t know WHAT TO BUY – $33K.

$5K-WINNING ID: JB8991122

EP. RATING: 7

My apologies, but tonight’s recap will be delayed until tomorrow because the episode is being pre-empted on ABC stations by the NBA Finals. May the best team win.

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2 thoughts on “WoF Recap: June 1, 2016

  1. ant0824 June 2, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    Episode was alright.

    My rating: 7

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  2. Trevor Panno June 3, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    I’m sure that if Paul had called a B, that would have done it.

    Like

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