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.
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 SAUERKRAUT…still stuck at zero.
P _ C _ L E _ / A N D
S A _ E R _ R _ U T
And goodbye, perfecto – Mandi’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)
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.
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.