EPISODE #6444: NATIONAL PARKS
$1K Tossup: LANDMARKS
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.
INSTA-DUD: R (Dan)
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 plus 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)
He solves SHAKESPEARE, PLAY, ACTORS, COMEDY for $2,300.
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
BANKRUPT TRASH (not including plates): $23,800 plus tour
$100K Bonus Round
The & is where he lands.
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.
MY RATING: 3