Week 3 Stats

Still no magic happening on Disney weeks like this one…

Total this Week: $215,442

Total for the Season: $692,734

BR Win Record: 5-10 (.333)

Car Wins

-1/2 CAR: 2 (both Ford Fiestas)

-BR Car: 2 (both Ford Escapes)

Prize Wedge Wins: 4

Gift Tag Wins: 5

Mystery Wedge Wins:

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 6-1

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 4-2

$10K MW was next to LaT: 3

$10K MW was next to $650: 4

Express was Played-Passed: 5-0

-Successes: 3

-Crashes: 2

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 1 (on $3,500)

-BR: 5

FP Vowels/Consonants: 12/7

5-Round Games: 4

6-Round Games:


Gooseegg Victims: 3

Red Winners: 5

Yellow Winners: 6

Blue Winners: 4

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $25,350 cash & shades

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $108,050 + two trips of exact unknown value

Biggest Bankrupt: $13,600 + $9K+ trip (Sept. 22), $14,850 (Sept. 20), $12,000 (Sept. 13),

Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night: $32,800+ (Sept. 22), $18,700 (Sept. 20), $12,200 (Sept. 13)

Top 3 Winning Totals: $83,960 (Sept. 14), $54,490 (Sept. 29), $48,743 (Sept. 15)

Lowest Winning Totals: $17,020 (Sept. 16), $11,600 (Sept. 22), $10,740 (Sept. 30)

Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $55,010 (Sept. 14)

Season-High Week: $299,303 (Teachers Week)

Season-Low Week: $177,789 (National Parks)


Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0

BR Shutouts: 1

MDBRs: 1


$34K: 2/6

$40K: 1/2

$45K: 0/2

$50K: 0

$100K (or $1M): 0

CAR: 2/5


WoF Recap: September 30, 2016



W _ _ _ _ _
_ H _ / _ _ _ H

Laurie gets WINNIE THE POOH and the right for her team to be interviewed first…

Laurie & Jim White (married 28 yrs.): She’s recently retired; they’re from Madera, CA

Al & Wendy Rowder: real-estate workers who’ve known each other for nine yrs. from Newaygo, MI

Tom & Diane Schenk: he’s a retired A.F. Chaplain & pastor while she’s a church organist & ES music teacher; they’re from Enid, OK

$2K Tossup: PERSON

M _ / N E _
_ I _ E K _ _ K

I don’t have anybody right now as MY NEW SIDEKICK, but Tom has solved for control.

Round 1: SAME NAME

Their first letters this evening are four $650 N’s, three A’s, a $550 D, two E’s, but then a bad O buy. Second, the Whites call up an $800 S, a $700 H, three I’s to clean out the vowels, but next is T for trouble. After the Rowders miss w/ R, the Schenks go BANKRUPT near TD to lose $2,400. The Whites follow a/ $700 G and B singles, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to give back $2,650. The Rowders then dig up a $1,400 pair of L’s…

_ I N B A L L / A N D
S E _ I N G
_ A _ H I N E

…they get a $600 bonus on a PINBALL AND SEWING MACHINE, and everybody is now in a virtual tie for first.

DUDS: O (Schenks), T (Whites), R (Rowders)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Schenks, Whites)


Mystery Round: SHOW BIZ

From what I’ve heard, they may have stopped doing the teaser wipe of a possible Mystery Wedge gamble as of this season.

Anyway, going down the Whites’ way are a $650 T, three E’s, a $600 N, but then a bad I buy. Second in line, the Rowders pick up a $1,300 pair of H’s, five O’s, a $900 F, three $700 L’s, and a FP U, but then BANKRUPT near TD gets them to the tune of $4,050. The Schenks then put up two D’s for the Luggage Factory gift tag, and a $1,200 pair of G’s…

T H E / G O L D E N
_ G E / O F
H O L L _ _ O O D

…they recall THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD for $3,200 cash & luggage.

DUDS: I (Whites), U (Rowders)

Rowders: $2K/Schenks: $5,200 cash & luggage/Whites: $1K


PP/Express Round: EVENT

The Rowders lead off w/ a $1,400 pair of T’s, four FP A’s, but then the same BANKRUPT they got before to lose the 14 Benjamins. Second for the Schenks are three $650 N’s, a $600 C, two I’s, but then D for dud. The Whites are next w/ a $900 V, but then the D recall. The Rowders then pick off a $600 Y, two O’s, a $650 H, two E’s, a $600 R, and the last vowel of U before we finally show you…

A / V A C A T I O N
U N _ I _ E / A N Y

…they’ve won $1,100 plus A (DISNEYLAND) VACATION UNLIKE ANY OTHER worth $7,640.

SOLE DUD: D (Schenks; repeated by Whites)

Rowders: $10,740 cash & Anaheim/Schenks: $5,200 cash & luggage/Whites: $1K


$3K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

D _ _ _ G
T H _ / T _ N G O

The Whites are DOING THE TANGO.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

The last FS this week is worth $1,500. They oddly call for the W at the start, and it’s not there. After they put up the R on their next turn…

_ T ‘ S / _ _ _ R
T _ _ _ / T _ / S _ _ _ _

IT’S YOUR TIME TO SHINE now, you two…and Laurie has solved for the $2K minimum.

INSTA-DUD: W (Whites)

Rowders: $10,740 cash & Anaheim/Schenks: $5,200 cash & luggage/Whites: $6K

GT: $21,940


$100K Bonus Round
Al has landed on the E of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
Hopefully these letters will lead them in the right direction…

_ / _ E _ T _
_ _ _ N _

DHMA puts in besides the obvious A…

A / H E _ T _
_ H _ N _

…sadly, they lose A HEFTY CHUNK of money in the form of $45K.


WoF Recap: September 29, 2016


$1K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

A _ I M _ T _ _
_ _ A T U _ E / _ I L M

Georgine only gets the first word..

A _ I M _ T _ _
_ E A T U R E / _ I L M

Teri solves ANIMATED FEATURE FILM. Thursday’s couples…

Jerry & Teri Goree (married for 4.5 decades): this Bakersfield, CA couple are expecting their first great-grandchild; he retired about 10 yrs. ago as an agent from a leading insurance co. and they’re very active in church

Georgine & James Duncan (married 49 yrs.): he’s a retired die maker; she met him when she was just five

Sandy & Ad(rian) Chatigny (married 31 yrs.): from Beaumont, TX

Here’s the middle couple’s audition video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yioccIX1tRo

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

T A K I _ G
_ U R N _

Ad knows that we have to be TAKING TURNS in this game.


First up for the middle couple are a $900 N, two E’s, an S for the WDW trip, an A, but then the LaT. Second, the Gorees call up a $2,500 T, three I’s, two K’s for the Maui Jim gift tag, and three $600 C’s, but they too hit LaT. Third, the Duncans uncover a $500 B and a $700 P, but the BANKRUPT near $650 steals their $1,200. That gives the Chatignys another chance…but not for long, because they miss w/ M. Afterwards…

_ I C K E _

…the Gorees get out a WICKER PICNIC BASKET for $6,050 in cash & sunglasses and $7,050 overall.

SOLE DUD: M (Chatignys)
LaTs: 2 (Chatignys & Gorees)

Duncans: $0/Chatignys: $2K/Gorees: $7,050


Crossword/Mystery Round: “I’M A REAL BOY!”

The Gorees lead off w/ a $700 T, an E, but then R for roadblock. Second in line, the Duncans try four $500 P’s, a U and an S while on the MW near $650. They’ll risk $1,750…SORRY. Over to the Chatignys who put up a $1K pair of N’s, two I’s, a $1,300 pair of C’s, and three O’s to clean out the vowels…

.            N              _
.   P I N O C C _ I O
.             S             O
P U P P E T          _

PINOCCHIO, PUPPET, NOSE, WOOD is correct to double their two grand.

SOLE DUD: R (Gorees)

Duncans: ZERO/Chatignys: $4K/Gorees: $7,050


PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

The Duncans hit the MDW’s left side on the spot. Second for the Chatignys are a $600 N, two D’s, to triple up, three A’s, but then T for terrible while on the MDW. Third in the Gorees’ future are a FP O, two $650 S’s, two E’s, three $900 R’s, the last good vowel of I, and a $700 P. We have…

P A R A D E S / A N D
_ I R E _ O R _ S

…they’ll see PARADES AND FIREWORKS on their DISNEYLAND trip worth $9,240; they’ve also won another $4,200 in spending money.

SOLE DUD: T (Chatignys)

Duncans: ZILCH/Chatignys: $4K/Gorees: $20,490 cash & Anaheim


$3K Tossup: PERSON

T R U S _ E D
A D V _ _ O _

Georgine finally gets a solve under her team’s belt w/ TRUSTED ADVISOR.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

$1,600’s the consonant value. Triple F’s are chosen by the Gorees, but they wrongly look for A FIGHT FIT FOR A KING. A repeat of R and an S later…

_ / F _ _ S T / F _ T
F _ R / _ / _ _ _ _

$3,200 isn’t gonna make A FEAST FIT FOR A KING, but the Chatignys have solved it.

DQs: 2 (Duncans’ R repeat, Gorees’ missolve)

Duncans: $3K/Chatignys: $7,200/Gorees: $20,490 cash & Anaheim

GT: $30,690


$100K Bonus Round
Jerry lands on the M of AMERICA’S.

Category: FOOD & DRINK
Decent RSTLNE help…

_ R E S _
_ _ N E _ _ E _

FHCA’s their combo…

H _ N E _ _ E _

…they chomp up a $34K FRESH HONEYDEW to leave w/ $54,490 cash & Disneyland.


WoF Recap: September 28, 2016


$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ _ _ _ _ _ Y _ _ _ D

Doug & Annette goof w/ DISNEYLAND.

F _ _ _ _ S Y L _ N D

Tama & Randy come to my favorite area of FANTASYLAND. Wednesday’s six-pack…

Tama & Randy Dutton (married 32 yrs.): grandparents who live on a farm in northeast KS; she works for a national organization related to babies & he works for the state dept. of transportation

Marty & Walt Johnson: retired from West Palm Beach

Doug & Annette Wolff: environmental eng. firm owners from Albuquerque


I _ _ / _ _ _ _ M
_ A _ _ _

Annette gets out an ICE CREAM MAKER.

Round 1: FUN & GAMES

The Wolffs get started w/ a $650 S, an E, an $800 R, three A’s, and the same number of I’s to clean out the vowels. But after a $1,400 pair of L’s, the BANKRUPT near $650 cleans them out of $2,100. The Duttons then put up a $2,400 W trio…

_ R A W I _ _ / W I _ _
S I _ E W A L _ / _ _ A L _

…Randy should’ve listened to his wife on spinning again, because he’s very consonatively DRAWING WITH SIDEWALK CHALK.


Wolffs: $2K/Duttons: $4,400/Johnsons: $0


Crossword/Mystery Round: HOLIDAY WISH LIST

The Duttons strike out on the spot w/ R. Second, the Johnsons call up a $1,300 pair of T’s, two E’s, a $700 N, and two I’s, but M for mistake ends their turn. Third, the Wolffs also miss w/ S. The Duttons try again w/a  $700 K, but the sole dud vowel of A stops them. The Johnsons follow w/ a $650 B, the other two vowels, but then L for loss while on the MW near LaT. After a baddie of G by the Wolffs, the Duttons then FP three P’s…

B              P U P P _
I               O
E              _

…they get the $2K minimum for solving BIKE, PONY, PUPPY, KITTEN.

DUDS: R (Duttons), M (Johnsons), S (Wolffs), A (Duttons), L (Johnsons), G (Wolffs)

Wolffs: $2K/Duttons: $6,400/Johnsons: ZERO


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

The Johnsons’ first pick of S on EXPRESS stands for sorry. The Wolffs second also dud out w/ T. Third in the Duttons‘ direction are an $1,800 pair of R’s, four E’s, two A’s, a $600 M, two O’s, but then the sole dud vowel of U. The Johnsons then pick a $600 H and two I’s…

_ A _ I _ O R _ I A
H E R E / _ E / _ O M E

…somebody else changes their mind from spinning to solving — it’s Marty who says “CALIFORNIA, HERE WE COME” to get on the board w/ $9,440 in cash & DISNEYLAND.

DUDS: S (Johnsons), T (Wolffs), U (Duttons)

Wolffs: $2K/Duttons: $6,400/Johnsons: $9,440 cash & Anaheim


$3K Tossup: WAYD?

L _ A D _ _ _
B Y / E _ _ _ P L E


Speed-Up: PERSON

$1,600 per consonant. After that same couple lights up the L’s…

_ L D / _ R _ _ N D
_ _ / T H _ / _ _ _ _ L _

…they recall an OLD FRIEND OF THE FAMILY for the narrow victory by $360.

SOLE DUD: S (Wolffs)

Wolffs: $9,800/Duttons: $6,400/Johnsons: $9,440 cash & Anaheim

GT: $25,640


$100K Bonus Round
Annette lands on the E of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
Easy one, IMO…

_ _ S _ T _ _ E
_ _ _ N _ _ N

PGHO sounds like a good idea…

P O S _ T _ _ E
O P _ N _ O N

…I sure am gonna give my POSITIVE OPINION about this result, and the $34K is finally won for the first time this season.


WoF Recap: September 27, 2016



_ _ _ B I / &
T H U M _ _ R

Steve & Pattie ID BAMBI & THUMPER. Meeting the next six contestants now…

Steve & Pattie Blair (married for 10 yrs. and together for 15): he’s a general contractor while she’s a physical therapy assistant in Exeter; they’re from Hampton, NH

Michael & Jeanette Carter (married 34 yrs.): She’s a retired postal service worker of 32 yrs. who’s currently a model & fashion consultant (also a 15-yr. breast cancer survivor)

Roger & Derby Jones (married 36 yrs.): retired for two yrs. & have just taken up Pickleball; they’re from Wichita

$2K Tossup: PERSON

L I _ T _ E
S _ S _ _ _

Derby solves LITTLE SISTER.

Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Maui Jim


They call up a $650 R to start, but they and the Blairs BANKRUPT back-to-back (former next to $650, latter next to TD). Third in line already, the Carters call up a $1,950 trio of S’s, two I’s and A’s, a $1,300 pair of T’s, five E’s, a $650 Y, and an O to clean out the vowels. But after quad N’s for $2,400, the BANKRUPT near $650 bites them to the tune of $5,300. The Joneses then come up w/ two FP G’s and a $1,200 pair of B’s to complete the board…

I T ‘ S / N O T
E A S Y / B E I N G

…and solve for $2,200, giving them $4,200 overall.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (all spinners)


Mystery Round: FOOD & DRINK

The Blairs get the MJ gift tag w/ two R’s, buy three E’s, but BANKRUPT near $650 again to lose $1,750 cash & shades that time. Second in line, the Carters rattle off a $1,600 H pair, a $2,700 T trio, an I and two A’s before they call three S’s on the MW near $650 and gamble $3,800…$$$. Following a $1K pair of D’s, they buy the other two vowels, but LaT to leave $14,300 on the table. The Joneses then pick up the WDW trip w/ a Y…

T A S T Y / D I S H E S
_ R O _ / A R O U _ D
T H E / _ _ O _ E

…they can have TASTY DISHES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE on that trip they just won.

SOLE LaT: Carters

Joneses: $14,121 cash & WDW/Blairs: $1K/Carters: NO LUCK


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Trying to redeem themselves from that heartbreaker last round, the Carters lead off w/ a $550 S, three $500 T’s, three I’s, a $900 H, a $600 M, but then a worthless E buy. Second for the Joneses are a FP N, an A, a TD G, two O’s to clean out the vowels, but then D for dummy. The Blairs then put up a $1,500 L trio and a V for that WC

I ‘ M / T O T A L L _
L O V I N G / T H I S

…either one of them could be saying “I’M TOTALLY LOVING THIS” on their trip $6,540 trip to DISNEYLAND.

DUDS: E (Carters), D (Derbys)

Joneses: $14,121 cash & WDW/Blairs: $9,540 cash & Anaheim WC/Carters: GOOSEEGG ALERT


$3K Tossup: PLACES

C _ _ _ _ _ _ S

Steve solves STATE CAPITALS to get even closer to the lead.

Speed-Up: FUN & GAMES

$1,700 per consonant this time. The D’s chosen late in this round…

C _ M P _ N G / _ N
T H _ / _ _ A _ _ _ R D

Pattie gets CAMPING IN THE BACKYARD for $6,800 and the win.

SOLE DUD: S (Carters)

Joneses: $14,121 cash & WDW/Blairs: $19,340 cash & Disneyland WC/Carters: $2K IN BAD LUCK

GT: $35,461
BANKRUPT TRASH: $7,700 cash and shades


$100K Bonus Round
Steve takes the BW to the M of AMERICA’S.

Category: PHRASE
Stingy RSTLNE help in this one-liner…

_ _ _ _ E _ / _ _

GDPA and M don’t add much else…

_ _ _ _ E D / _ P

I’ll be CHOKED UP if they pull off a miracle…doesn’t happen for $40K.



WoF Recap: September 26, 2016


VTR: August 25th

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ E N T U R E
A _ _ I T S !

Pamela & Bill say “ADVENTURE AWAITS!”. Our first grand couples this week…

Pamela & Bill Estes (married 43 yrs.; the latter recently retired): from Denton, TX

Barbara & Brian Wooldridge: met in dart league from Port St. Lucie, FL (orig. from Pittsburgh)

Richard & Carol Poppoff (married 50 yrs.): met while they were serving in the Navy from Menifee, CA

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ E _ _ B A L L
_ _ N _ W _ C H

The Poppoffs order a MEATBALL SANDWICH.

PRESUMED TRIP WEDGE ALL WK. LONG: Walt Disney World parks worth $9,421
Gift Tag: Luggage Factory.com

Like the last Disney weeks, there are NO CARS at all in the front game nor the bonus round.

Round 1: WAYD?

They get us started w/ a $600 N, a $900 G, three I’s, A, but then T for trap. Second, the Esteses call up a $650 S, a FP L, $1,400 pairs of D’s and B’s, and an R for the trip. Board…

B  _ I L D I N G / A
B I R D _ _ _ S _

…they’re BUILDING A BIRDHOUSE for a total of $14,071 cash & Disney World that round.

SOLE DUD: T (Poppoffs)

Wooldridges: $0/Poppoffs: $2K/Esteses: $15,071 cash & Disney World


Crossword/Mystery Round: FAMILY REUNION

Our early leaders call up four S’s and go for what’s under the MW near $650…$$$. But their next call of T is no good. Second, the Woolridges light up a $700 R, but the BANKRUPT near $650 strikes. Third, the Poppoffs come up w/ a $700 L, but the sole dud vowel of E stops them. The Esteses then say three D’s for that MDW and C for crud. After the Woolridges BANKRUPT the same way they did before, the Poppoffs proceed to pick a $1,200 pair of G’s, buy three A’s, but then get the exact same fate to give up $1,400. With another chance to capitalize, the Esteses then rattle off an $800 N, a $500 K, an H for the WC, the other three good vowels, but then painfully strike out w/ P while on the luggage. The Woolridges then complete the crossword board w/ an $1,100 pair of M’s…

L A U G H S                   D
.              U                      A
.              G R A N D K I D S
. M O M S                       S

…and earn a $900 bonus.

DUDS: T (Esteses), E (Poppoffs), C (Esteses), P (Esteses)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Woolridges 2x, Poppoffs)

Wooldridges: $2K/Poppoffs: $2K/Esteses: $15,071 cash & Disney World WC


PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

Here go the Woolridges w/ five $650 T’s, a $500 H, three E’s, but then LaT. The Poppoffs secondly collect a $1,950 trio of S’s, but LaT gets them too. The Esteses then put up an $1,800 R pair…

T H E / _ E S T / R _ _ E S
& / _ T T R _ _ T _ _ _ S

…they’ll see THE BEST RIDES & ATTRACTIONS at DISNEYLAND worth $6,840.

LaTs: 2 (other couples)

Wooldridges: $2K/Poppoffs: $2K/Esteses: $23,711 cash & Disney trips


$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

T _ / _ _ _ E

The WoolridgesCLAIM TO FAME is going up to $5K.

Speed-Up: THING

$1,500’s the consonant payoff. After the frontloading L appears…

L _ S T _ N _
_ _ _ R _ S S _ _ N

…the Poppoffs give us a LASTING IMPRESSION for three grand and a tie for second place.

Esteses: $23,711 cash & Disney trips WC/Others: $5K each

GT: $33,711


$100K Bonus Round
Enter each of the bonus puzzles this week for your chance to win a trip to the WDW Resort. The Esteses have spun the second A of AMERICA’S.

Category: PHRASE
The first letters that go up…

_ _ _ _ L _
_ _ _ R S

PCHO and D won’t do much…

H _ _ _ L _
_ O _ R S

…a person sometimes could end a letter w/ “HUMBLY YOURS”, but they don’t know it for $34K.



Week 2 Stats

Le sigh…that’s all I can say.

Total this Week: $177,889

Total for the Season: $477,292

BR Win Record: 3-7 (.3)

Car Wins

-1/2 CAR: 2 (both Ford Fiestas)

-BR Car: 2 (both Ford Escapes)

Prize Wedge Wins: 2

Gift Tag Wins: 3

Mystery Wedge Wins:

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 3-1

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 2-1

$10K MW was next to LaT: 2

$10K MW was next to $650: 2

Express was Played-Passed: 5-0

-Successes: 3

-Crashes: 2

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 1 (on $3,500)

-BR: 3

FP Vowels/Consonants: 9/3

5-Round Games: 4

6-Round Games:


Gooseegg Victims: 2

Red Winners: 3

Yellow Winners: 5

Blue Winners: 2

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $48,900 + two trips of exact unknown value

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $82,700 + two trips of exact unknown value

Biggest Bankrupt: $13,600 + $9K+ trip (Sept. 22), $14,850 (Sept. 20), $12,000 (Sept. 13),

Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night: $32,800+ (Sept. 22), $18,700 (Sept. 20), $12,200 (Sept. 13)

Top 3 Winning Totals: $83,960 (Sept. 14), $48,743 (Sept. 15), $47,880 (Sept. 13)

Lowest Winning Totals: $17,020 (Sept. 16), $11,600 (Sept. 22)

Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $55,010 (Sept. 14)

Season-High Week: $299,303 (Teachers Week)

Season-Low Week: $177,789 (National Parks)


Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0

BR Shutouts: 1

MDBRs: 1


$34K: 0/3

$40K: 1/1

$45K: 0/1

$50K: 0

$100K (or $1M): 0

CAR: 2/5

WoF Recap: September 23, 2016 — SHUTOUT ALERT #1 ALREADY



_ _ A N _ / S E Q _ _ _ A
_ _ E E _

Reggie spots California’s GIANT SEQUOIA TREES. One of these people will try to save us from an early BR shout on week 2 for the second year in a row…

Reggie Maclin: major insurance co. worker & DJ from Oklahoma City

Leanne Harvey: marketing director who was a former Minor League Baseball GM from Huntington Beach

Kristen Gray: graphic designer whose hubby’s a flight paramedic in Black Hawk helicopters from Ft. Benning, GA

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

H _ _ _ Y
_ _ _ _ _ D _ Y !

The legendary Bruce Springsteen just turned 67 today, as Reggie says “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” to triple up.

Round 1: PLACE

The letters he calls are a $1,400 pair of S’s, two A’s, six E’s, and a T for the MDW, after which come two O’s a $1,200 M pair, and a $800 H before we look at…

H O M E / T O / M A _ _
E _ _ A _ _ E _ E _
S _ E _ _ E S

…he solves HOME TO MANY ENDANGERED SPECIES for $2,650 and a new total of $5,650, but he could’ve gone for the N’s and D’s.



Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Leanne leads the way w/ a $600 T, four E’s and two A’s, an S for the National Parks tour (Pat says it’s over $9K), and an I to clean out the vowels, followed by three R’s for the Sierra Trading Post gift tag, an $800 N, but then L for loss of turn. Kristen next selects an H and obviously goes for what’s under the MW near LaT…oops. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Reggie BANKRUPTs near TD to give up the sparkly green wedge. That gives a Leanne a second chance…but not for long, because after a $600 F is the same normal BANKRUPT to take away $5,250 cash & GT plus the tour. Kristen then puts up a $1,200 C pair and a $700 P…

_ A _ I C

…she can buy some MAGIC CARPET FRESHENER (if there is one) w/ her first $1,900.

SOLE DUD: L (Leanne)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole gang)


PP/Express Round: THING

R for roadblock is how Kristen starts on the 1/2 CAR near $600. Second in line, Reggie rattles off a $1,300 pair of S’s, an E, two A’s, but then a baddie of I. Leanne then GOES ABOARD the EXPRESS after calling up triple T’s.

Next Choices: last vowel of four O’s…M…B…C…two N’s…F…D and Y

She’ll see one of these…

S O F T / S A N D Y
O C E A N / B O T T O M

…while at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach in OAHU worth $7,848.

DUDS: R (Kristen), I (Reggie)

Reggie: $5,650/Leanne: $18,598 cash & Oahu/Kristen: $1,900



P I _ _ _ R E
F R _ _ _

Reggie gets out a PICTURE FRAME to sweep the Tossups.

Round 4: PERSON

But he says an instant dud of S for sorry. Second for Leanne are two FP E’s, a $1,200 T pair, an A, but it’s S-U time…

_ _ T _ _ _ _
A _ _ E _ T _ _ E _

…w/ another $1,500 FS. That same woman calls a V on her next turn…

_ _ T D _ _ R
A D V E N T _ R E R

…she solves OUTDOOR ADVENTURER for another $6,950 worth of icing.

INSTA-DUD: S (Reggie)

Reggie: $8,650/Leanne: $25,548 cash & Oahu/Kristen: $1,900

GT: $36,098
BANKRUPT TRASH (MDW not included): $5,250 cash & GT plus the tour


$100K Bonus Round
Leanne lands on the G.

Category: THING
The first letters Vanna shows are…

_ _ _ E R _ _ L
_ _ _ _ E

PGHO is good for…

P O _ E R _ _ L
_ _ _ G E

only the first word, and we have our first BR shutout this season. There won’t be a POWERFUL IMAGE of her winning $45K.


WoF Recap: September 22, 2016



Y _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / &
_ _ L _ _ W _ _ _ _ E

Dan says the right order of YOSEMITE & YELLOWSTONE, and we’re meeting them in order as well…

Dan Pinkston: Monarch K-8 MS band director who has three cats & an award-winning jam (he also played w/ Doc Severinsen) from Denver

Chad McNaughton: machinist who apparently has plenty of bow-ties from Callahan, FL

Denise Riebman: grad school career center director & career happiness coach who was a former environmental education teacher at Acadia Nationall Park and received the call to be on the program while in the bottom of the Grand Canyon (also once was Smokey the Bear) from D.C.

$2K Tossup: PLACE

_ U G G _ D
W _ L _ E _ _ _ S S

Dan triples up w/ RUGGED WILDERNESS.

Round 1: THING

He gets off to a bad start w/ R on $2,500. Second, Chad calls up three T’s for the DICK’s gift tag, four E’s, two A’s, three $600 L’s, two $650 H’s, and two I’s to clean out the vowels. Following an $800 C…

A C T I _ E
H E A L T H _
L I _ E _ T _ L E

…his ACTIVE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE helped him win his first $5,650 cash & GT.



Crossword/Mystery Round: ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE

Here goes Chad w/ the picking of two $700 R’s, three A’s, four E’s, three $650 S’s, an H for the 1/2 CAR near $600, and two O’s to clean out the vowels. He then calls up a P while on the MW near LaT and gambles $3,100 plus his plate…$$$. But after a K for the tour, he painfully BANKRUPTs near TD to forfeit $13,600 as well as his plate and tour. Denise follows w/ a $600 T, but gets the exact same fate. Dan then digs up an $1,800 pair of C’s, and an M for the WC. Crossword board…

.                    _
.                    A C T O R S
.  C O M E _ _


BANKRUPTS: 2 (Dan’s opponents)

Dan: $5,300 WC/Chad: $5,650 cash & GT/Denise: $0

Classic BP (1998): PLACE
GPDA wasn’t much help…

_ A R _ _ _ _ S E

FARMHOUSE wasn’t solved.


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Denise insta-BANKRUPTs next to $650. Dan secondly collects a $1,300 pair of S’s, a $2,400 T trio, but here comes BANKRUPT near TD to wipe out $3,700 and the WC. Chad thirdly picks a $1,300 L pair, six E’s, but then H for hush. Denise tries again w/ a $2,700 R trio, three A’s, an O, and the last vowel of U, after which come a $550 N, a P for the other 1/2 CAR, but then the MDW’s right side to eradicate $3K and her plate. Dan doesn’t want to take any chances…

P L E A S E / E N T E R
_ O U R / T R A _ E L
_ A T E S

PLEASE ENTER YOUR TRAVEL DATES ASAP, sir, because you and a guest will be off to the Marriott Resort Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star in ST. THOMAS worth $6,300.

SOLE DUD: H (Chad)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Denise 2x, Dan)

Dan: $11,600 cash & trip/Chad: $5,650 cash & GT/Denise: NO LUCK


$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ B _ O L _ _ E L Y
P O _ _ _ _ _ _ L _

Denise is ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY correct to finally get on the scoreboard.

Round 4: WAYD?

First up are a $600 N, but the BANKRUPT near $5K nails her and Dan (that’s her fourth one of the game). Going down Chad’s road third are a $1,300 T pair, I, four E’s, three $500 H’s, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to toss away $2,300. Denise then puts up a $1K pair of C’s…

C H E C _ I N _
T H E / _ E _ T H E _

…she’s CHECKING THE WEATHER to go to four grand.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (everybody)

Speed-Up: FOOD & DRINK

We pay them $1,500 each time a consonant appears. Midway in the round, Dan takes two R’s, but he flubs w/ TACO AND BURRITO, not counting his T’s. Chad then puts up the frontloading P…

P _ _ _ / _ N D
_ _ R R _ T _

…he eats some PEAS AND CARROTS for three grand.

SOLE DQ: Dan’s blown solve

Dan: $11,600 cash & trip/Chad: $8,650 cash & GT/Denise: $4K

GT: $24,250
BANKRUPT TRASH (not including plates): $23,800 plus tour


$100K Bonus Round
The & is where he lands.

Category: THING
The pair of letters we see…

_ R _ _ _
_ _ _ T _

Unfortunately, he WIPES OUT of the game w/ CDMA and there will be NO GROUP PHOTO of him winning the Chevy Equinox.


WoF Recap: September 21, 2016


$1K Tossup: THINGS

_ E _ S E R _ / A _ D
H O T / S _ R I N G S

Guy solves GEYSERS AND HOT SPRINGS. Next three campers…

Guy Hernandez: in-home therapist w/ children & their families from Berkeley, CA

Lauren Redus: owns a one-yr.-old Pomsky puppy named Goose from Tuttle, OK

Patricia McMicheaux: baby-whisperer from Desert Hot Springs, CA

$2K Tossup: PERSON

_ R _
_ O L L E C T O R

Sorry, Patricia, but we’re not looking for IRS COLLECTOR.

_ R T
_ O L L E C T O R

Guy triples w/ ART COLLECTOR. And the national parks tour is the prize wedge all week long.

Crossword Round: IN THE GARDEN

Guy starts us off w/ a $2,500 N, two E’s, but then the sole dud vowel of A. Second, Lauren collects three S’s for $1,650, but then T for trap. Third, Patricia picks a $900 L, the other three good vowels, an R for the Sierra Trading Post gift tag, a $700 G, and three M’s for the WC. Crossword board, please…

_ U M M I N G _ I R _ S
.      U                E         O
.      M               E          I
.      S                 S          L

She solves HUMMINGBIRDS, MUMS, BEES, SOIL for $3,850 cash & GT.

DUDS: A (Guy), T (Lauren)

Patricia: $3,850 WC/Guy: $3K/Lauren: $0

Mystery Round: WAYD?

Lauren leads off w/ three N’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, three I’s, two G’s for the N.P. tour, and two S’s while on the MW near $650 and declining the risk (that’s the BANKRUPT one). But her next call of T ends her turn. After Patricia LaTs out, Guy proceeds to call a $1,300 pair of L’s, three O’s, an A, two $900 H’s, two TD K’s, and a $1,200 pair of R’s. We have..

A L O N G / R O _ K _
S H O R _ L I N _ S

…he could soon be HIKING ALONG ROCKY SHORELINES w/ another $10,800.

SOLE DUD: T (Lauren)
SOLE LaT: Patricia

Patricia: $3,850 WC/Guy: $13,800/Lauren: NIL

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Patricia opens w/ two $900 V’s, six E’s, three O’s, a U and two FP A’s to clean out the vowels. Following a $3,500 Y, she uses the WC and gets another $10,500 w/ three L’s. Next up are an $1,100 pair of N’s, three $500 R’s, and four $600 T’s before she tries to solve all of this…

Y O U ‘ L L / N E V E R
_ A N T / T O / L E A V E
T _ E / R E _ O R T

YOU’LL NEVER WANT TO LEAVE THE RESORT now, ma’am — the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay in MAZATLAN; this round was worth $25,650 to her!


Patricia: $29,500 cash & prizes WC/Guy: $13,800/Lauren: NADA

$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

M O U _ _
R _ _ _ _ _ R

No, Guy —  MOUNT RUSHMORE ain’t gonna fit w/ an R at the very end.

R A I _ _ _ R

Patricia locates MOUNT RAINIER in Washington to move to $32,500.

Speed-Up: Round: MOVIE TITLE

$1,600 per consonant here. After a C pick by that man…

T H _ / S _ C R _ T
L _ _ _ / _ _ / _ _ T S

… he solves “THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS” for $3,200.

SOLE DUD: N (Guy; duplicated by Patricia)

Patricia: $32,500 cash & prizes WC/Guy: $17K/Lauren: $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $50,500

$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the ** for Patricia.

Category: PHRASE
Opening layout…

_ N / T _ E
_ _ _ _ _ R _ _ N _

HGDO are all up there (the H is a waste, though), but it’s no guarantee she’ll still get this…

_ N / T H E
_ _ _ _ G R O _ N D

…and she BLOWS IT w/ IN THE OVERGROUND, so the $34K will stay hidden IN THE BACKGROUND.