WoF Recap: September 12, 2016 — SEASON 34 PREMIERE


This is the third premiere week in a row w/ a salute to teachers. And this season is using the animated intro early in S31 w/ the logo replaced by the theme week.

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

G I V _ _ _ / _ H E
C _ R _ _ _ T / A _ _ _ _ R

GIVING THE CORRECT ANSWER first is Jamie. Here are the first players of S34…

Jaime Griggs: taught HS for 18 yrs. from Choctaw, OK

Charlene Calaunan: 4th-6th Grade science teacher and 7th-8th Grade math for 12 yrs. from Daly City, CA

Matt McMahan: Grand Avenue ES teacher for two yrs. and will soon be teaching 3rd Grade instead of 2nd Grade (he also owns a dog named Buddha) from NY

$2K Tossup: PERSON

_ A L _
M _ _ _ T O R

Matt solves HALL MONITOR.

TRIP WEDGE: Crowne Plaza Santiago in Chile
$$$ Gift Tag: Pilot Pen

Round 1: FUN & GAMES

He begins the proceedings w/ a $600 N, an I, a G for the Wild Card, a single E, two $600 R’s, a $600 P, but then the first DQ of the season w/ the I repeat. Second, Jaime’s the first BANKRUPT victim of the season w/ the one near $650. Third, Charlene LaTs out. Matt tries again w/ two $650 L’s, but then buys the only dud vowel of this board (A). After Jaime hits the MDW’s right side, Charlene gets the same normal BANKRUPT. Matt then says a FP dud of M, a $700 D, three O’s, and four $700 S’s.  Here’s the board…

S O L _ I N G
_ R O S S _ O R D
P _ _ _ L E S

We’re gonna be SOLVING CROSSWORD PUZZLES as of the finale week of S33 and he has solved this puzzle for $6,450.

DUDS (both by Matt): A, M
SOLE LaT: Charlene
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Jaime 2x, Charlene)
SOLE DQ: Matt’s I repeat

Charlene: $0/Matt: $8,450 WC/Jaime: $1K


Mystery Round: THING

1/2 CAR: ’17 Ford Fiesta S sedan (Star Ford is listed in the end)

Jaime leads off w/ an $1,800 N trio, four E’s, three A’s, but then a bad O buy. Second, Charlene’s got her second LaT of the night. Third in Matt’s direction are five T’s for $4K, two I’s to rid the vowel shop, four $800 R’s and an M for the Chile trip. Board right now…

_ E A R T _ A R M I N _
_ A N _ _ R I T T E N
_ E T T E R

He may want to send a HEARTWARMING HANDWRITTEN LETTER to his family while he’s in Chile (that’s worth $7K), because he’s won a total of $14,450 cash and trip this round.

SOLE DUD: O (Jaime)
SOLE LaT: Charlene (2nd of game)

Charlene: ZIP/Matt: $22,900 cash & trip WC/Jaime: $1K


Crossword/PP Round: WELCOME ABOARD!

Charlene’s next chance to strike pay dirt begins w/ three N’s for the $$$ gift tag, three I’s, an A, a FP O, and a G while on EXPRESS. She will…GO ABOARD.

Current Bank: $3K
Next Choices: D…R…other two vowels…P…S…T for TRAINWRECK (she loses $6,500)

Matt then SPINGLES for a $500 B, and here’s the crossword board…

/     /    /    /     /     / (D)(I)(N)(I)(N)(G):
/   (E)(U)(R)(O)(P)(E)
/      /    /    /     /    /  (_)(A)(B)(I)(N)(S)
/     /    /    /     /     /  (_)

DINING, EUROPE, CABINS, DECK win him an Emerald Waterways EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE worth $8,300. BTW, Pat mentions that you can say the words in any order you wish (and you must NOT add anything extra in between).


Charlene: ZILCH/Matt: $31,700 cash & trips WC/Jaime: $1K



_ H E _ _ N _ T
_ R _ _

Jaime solves CHESTNUT TREE to x4 her total.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

The first FS of the season is set at $1,600. Jaime calls the two S’s on her second turn, but goofs w/ ADD THAT TO MY WISH LIST. Charlene then puts up the M…

_ _ _ / _ T / T _ / M _
_ _ S H / L _ S T

… she replies “ADD IT TO MY WISH LIST” for her only $3,200 on the night.


Charlene: $3,200/Matt: $31,700 cash & trips WC/Jaime: $4K

GT: $38,900


$100K Bonus Round
Our first car offered here this season is a ’17 Ford Escape Titanium. Matt lands on the W.

Category: PHRASE
RSTLNE gives us…

T _ _ _ / _ _
T _ E / _ _ _ S E

CPBI and G don’t add too much more…

T I _ _ / _ P
T _ E / _ _ _ S E

He doesn’t TIDY UP THE HOUSE for the $34K minimum.

(END NOTE: They NO LONGER show the $5K SPIN IDs as of this season.)



4 thoughts on “WoF Recap: September 12, 2016 — SEASON 34 PREMIERE

  1. ant0824 September 13, 2016 / 12:18 am

    This episode was a Start to great Maingame until the BR loss to kick off Season 34. Minimum in the BR is $34K, Big Highlights: Matt winning $31,700, Most Letters appear in one Round was 5 T’s, First Consonant called was N, First Vowel Called was I, First Dud was a O in Round 2. and Jamie “Add that to my wish list”?.

    My rating: 7


  2. colin roley September 13, 2016 / 4:11 am

    I Hope Jade Greene-Grant From Bronx, NY Wins $1,000,000 This Week On Wednesday September 14 2016 For This Life Changing Episode Of Wheel of Fortune


    • jpgenius September 13, 2016 / 10:32 pm

      Look, if this is a potential spoiler, I will be FURIOUS. JK.


  3. jpgenius September 13, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    OK start to the season – and like season 30, a teacher named Matt dominates.

    My rating: 7


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