Week 16 Stats

Total this Week: $362,101

Total for the Season: $4,221,764

BR Win Record: 31-49 (.3875)

Car Wins

-Ford Fiestas: 5

-BR Car: 11 (2 Ford Escapes, 3 Ford Explorers, 1 Ford C-MAX, 1 Jeep Compass, 1 FIAT 500x, 1 GMC Terrain, 1  VW Golf, 1 Toyota RAV4)

Prize Wedge Wins: 32

Gift Tag Wins: 25

Mystery Wedge Wins: 4

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 25-8

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 15-10

$10K MW was next to LaT: 12

$10K MW was next to $650: 21

Express was Played-Passed: 23-3

-Successes: 12

-Crashes: 11

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 4 (2 on $2,500, 2 on $3,500)

-BR: 9

FP Vowels/Consonants: 48/26

5-Round Games: 18

6-Round Games: 3

$6K FINAL SPINS: 10

Gooseegg Victims: 17

Red Winners: 21

Yellow Winners: 30

Blue Winners: 29

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $39,750 + 1 unknown trip value

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $479,950 + four trips of unknown value

Biggest Bankrupt: $13,600 + $9K+ trip (Sept. 22), $14,850 (Sept. 20), $14,400 (Dec. 23)

Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night: $32,800+ (Sept. 22), $32,250 (Dec. 26), $18,700 (Sept. 20), $18,350 (Dec. 23)

Top 3 Winning Totals: $132,800 (Dec. 1), $99,224 (Dec. 2), $96,860 (Dec. 19)

Lowest Winning Totals: $13,337 (Dec. 28), $11,600 (Sept. 22), $10,740 (Sept. 30)

Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $89,274 (Dec. 2)

Season-High Week: $469,570 (Sears Secret Santa Family Week)

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

 

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0

BR Shutouts: 1
MDBRs: 5

$34K: 15/37

$40K: 1/6

$45K: 2/5

$50K: 1/3

$100K (or $1M): 1/4

CAR: 11/25

WoF Recap: December 30, 2016 — LAST EPISODE OF ’16

EPISODE #6515: AMERICA’S GAME

This happens to be the sixth episode of “Weekend Getaways”, and the car up for grabs is a 2017 Mustang Fastback.

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ O _ I _ A
K E Y _

Victoria IDs the FLORIDA KEYS. Closing out ’16 with us…

Victoria Gruenberg: family mgr. from Claremore, OK

Carmen Quinn: deposit operations dept. worker for an online bank from Elkins Park, PA (born and raised in Philly)

Michael Stascavage: banquet mgr. at casino from Murrieta, CA

$2K Tossup: EVENT

_ _ N _ A L
_ _ N V E _ T _ _ N

Michael has nothing, whereas Carmen solves ANNUAL CONVENTION.

TRIP WEDGE: REI national park adventure

Round 1: SHOW BIZ

Two $600 T’s get her started, but the LaT nails both her and Michael. Victoria’s third in line w/ a $700 H, but then the sole dud vowel of E. Carmen resumes her play w/ a $600 R, two A’s, four S’s for the National Parks wedge, two N’s for that WC, and the other three vowels. Following singles of an M (Victorinox gift tag), a $600 K, and an $800 Y…

T O M / H A N K S

S T A R S / I N
S U _ _ Y

…she realizes TOM HANKS STARS IN “SULLY” for $6,700 and the REI Adventure to Zion & Bryce National Park worth $6,200; she now has $14,900 to her credit.

SOLE DUD: E (Victoria)
LaTs: 2 (Carmen & Michael)

 

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Michael’s off and running w/ a $700 N, two E’s, a $600 T, but then S for sorry while on the 1/2 CAR near $900. Second, Victoria takes a $600 R, two $800 L’s, and the last vowel of I, after which she says a $700 B, a K for the other 1/2 CAR, but then C for crud. After Carmen misses w/ M while on the MW near $650, Michael puts up twin G’s for $1,400, and we have…

_ I G G _
B A N K
T E L L E R

…this PIGGY BANK TELLER hands him his first $2,200 of the game.

DUDS: S (Michael), C (Victoria), M (Carmen)

 

PP/Express Round: WAYD?

At the start, both women spin up penalties (Victoria on the MDW’s left side, Carmen on the LaT). From here, it’s all Michael — three $900 N’s, two I’s, four E’s, two $600 T’s, two H’s for the same 1/2 CAR that Victoria couldn’t keep, four A’s, a $500 R, the last vowel of O, a $600 F, and $500 singles in G and S.

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

He’s won $6,000 and will be NAPPING IN THE SHADE OF A PALM TREE at the Si Como No in COSTA RICA worth $6,928.

INSTA-LAT: Carmen
INSTA-BANKRUPT: Victoria

Michael: $15,128 cash & C.R./Victoria: $1K/Carmen: $14,900 cash & prizes WC

$3K Tossup: PLACE

A I _ / F _ R C E
B _ _ _

Victoria has the x4 w/ an AIR FORCE BASE.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

Now this how you close out ’16 — a $6K Final Spin! After the frontloading W appears…

W _ _ T / _
G R E _ T / _ E _ R

WHAT A GREAT (and maybe crazy) YEAR it was as Carmen makes the $18K solve!

DUDS: D (Michael), S (Michael), N (Victoria)

FINAL SCORES
Michael: $15,128 cash & C.R./Victoria: $4K/Carmen: $32,900 cash & prizes WC

GT: $52,028
NO BANKRUPT TRASH!

$100K Bonus Round
The BW lands on the C (and as in Carmen).

Category: PHRASE
Third word help needed…

L _ _ E R
T _ E / _ _ _ _

MHCO might do it even though D isn’t there…

L O _ E R
T H E / _ O O M

…does she LOWER THE BOOMyes in about half the time and a final tally of $66,900 cash & prizes! Charlene from Wednesday has no one to blame except herself for costing us the PBRW…

MY RATING: 8

WoF Recap: December 29, 2016

EPISODE #6514: AMERICA’S GAME

“Fabulous Food” is the set on this Thursday. Jimmy Wales (founder of Wiki) is in the audience and the hosts were laughing about their muscles when they came out.

$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ A H O
_ _ _ A T _ _ S

Lauren solves IDAHO POTATOES, even though she mispronounced the second word as PO-TAH-TOES.

Lauren Fritz: attorney from Le Roy, NY (orig. from Grand Haven, MI)

Leo Choi: finance worker for a software co. from S.F.

Judy Koegeboehn: office mgr. for a travel co. from Wichita

$2K Tossup: PROPER NAME

J _ _ _ _
F _ L _ _ N

Judy IDs the current “The Tonight Show” show host as JIMMY FALLON.

TRIP WEDGE: Beech Mountain Resort in NC

Round 1: LANDMARK

Judy gets the Beef Bucks gift tag right away w/ three T’s, then she says a $1,400 pair of H’s, E, four A’s, five $700 N’s, three I’s, and two O’s to clean out the vowels. We have…

T H E / N A T I O N A _
_ A _ _ / I N
_ A _ H I N _ T O N

…but she blows the $6,400 solve w/ THE NATIONAL PARK IN WASHINGTON. Moving on to Lauren w/ three L’s for $1,950, but then the BANKRUPT near $2,500. Leo then puts up a $600 W, a $650 S, and a $700 G to leave one letter unexposed…

T H E / N A T I O N A L
_ A L L / I N
W A S H I N G T O N

…he messes up the $1,950 solve w/ THE NATIONAL BALL IN WASHINGTON. Judy then gives the right one of THE NATIONAL MALL IN WASHINGTON.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Lauren
DQs: 2 blown solves by other players

Judy: $8,400 cash & debit card/Lauren: $1K/Leo: $0

 

Crossword/Mystery Round: NEW YEAR’S _____

Lauren goes first w/ three $550 S’s, an A, three T’s for the NC trip, but then a baddie of E. Leo secondly gets the 1/2 CAR near $900 w/ an R, but then repeats the E. Judy thirdly spots a $700 K, buys twin I’s, but runs into the other normal BANKRUPT to give back $450. Lauren follows w/ a TD N, a $600 D, three O’s to wipe out the vowel shop and a $650 H. Crossword board reads…

/    /  (_)  /    /    / (K)
(T)(R)(A)(D)(I)(T)(I)(O)(N)
/    /  (S)   /   /    /   (S)
/   (_)(H)(O)(T)(O)(S)

TRADITION, BASH, KISS, and PHOTOS are the words for $7,150 plus that trip.

SOLE DUD: E (Lauren; repeated by Leo)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Judy

Judy: $8,400 cash & debit card/Lauren: $14,346 cash & NC/Leo: NOTHING

 

PP/Express Round: LIVING THINGS

Leo immediately goes aboard the EXPRESS after starting w/ a T.

Next Choices: E…A…two S’s…two N’s…two R’s…three I’s…G…O (NMV)…L…two D’s…W…C…H and F

He’ll see the…

W I L D / O R C H I D S
& / G I A N T / F E R N S

…while at Nick Troubetzkoy’s Anse Chastanet ST. LUCIA ($9,500), and this was a MAJOR PR for him at $23,500!

Judy: $8,400 cash & debit card/Lauren: $14,346 cash & NC/Leo: $23,500 cash & trip

 

$3K Tossup: THING

_ _ _ _ R N
A R _

Lauren looks at MODERN ART.

Speed-Up: WAYD?

$1,650 per consonant this time. That man puts up the S (first letter in last word of four)…

R _ _ _ _ N G / _
_ _ _ T _ _ _ / S T _ R _

…he’s READING A BEDTIME STORY at the buzzer to win $3,300.

FINAL SCORES
Judy: $8,400 cash & debit card/Lauren: $17,346 cash & NC/Leo: $26,800 cash & trip

GT: $52,546
BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,400

 

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

Category: WAYD?
Easy one…

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

PGHO gives him…

P R _ _ N G
_ T / O P E N

Pat’s PRYING IT OPEN and showing Leo that he just won the minimum; he leaves w/ $60,800 cash & trip.

MY RATING: 8

WoF Recap: December 28, 2016

EPISODE #6513: AMERICA’S GAME

It’s “Home For the Holidays” on this Hump Day.

$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

G E _ _ _ I A
_ E A _ _

Kyle gets a GEORGIA PEACH. Meeting them in order…

Kyle Hirshon: studying Radio/TV at Suffolk County Community College and does occasional voiceover work from Commack, NY

Ashley Mendoza: part of a group that enjoys fishing from McPherson, KS

Charlene Irwin: exec. assistant for a technology co. from Van Nuys (grew up in Brainerd, MN)

$2K Tossup: PLACE

_ _ R N _ R
S _ O _ E

Kyle triples up w/ CORNER STORE.

TRIP WEDGE: Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland

Round 1: SONG TITLE

But he says an instant dud of S while on the WC. Second, Ashley calls up a $550 N, two $700 R’s, E, a $900 Y, two $650 L’s, two O’s, and a U. Following a $1,200 pair of G’s…

Y O U ‘ R E / _
G R _ N _ / O L _
_ L _ G

…she solves “YOU’RE A GRAND OLD FLAG” for $4,600.

INSTA-DUD: S (Kyle)

 

Crossword/Mystery Round: FULL ______

Ashley leads off w/ an N for the Victorinox gift tag, four FP O’s, but then a baddie of R while on the WC. Second, Charlene picks off a $1,200 pair of M’s, E, a FP A, two $650 S’s, two H’s for the WC, and the rest of the vowel shop. Crossword board, Vanna…

/     /   /  (S)(_)(O)(M)(A)(_)(H)
/    /     /    /  (I)
/     /     /    /  (M)(O)(O)(N)
(H)(O)(U)(S)(E)

STOMACH, TIME, MOON and HOUSE are the words for $2,750.

SOLE DUD: R (Ashley)

Kyle: $3K/Ashley: $4,600/Charlene: $2,750 WC

 

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

All Charlene here — she takes a $1,200 pair of S’s, three I’s and A’s, three $700 T’s, two $900 N’s, an O, and the last vowel of two E’s.

I T ‘ S / A / _ _ E A _
_ E S T I N A T I O N

IT’S A DREAM DESTINATION for her — the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in MAUI worth $6,487.

PR

Kyle: $3K/Ashley: $4,600/Charlene: $13,337 cash & HI WC

 

$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ L _ _ _ M A
_ _ _ _

Kyle sweeps ’em w/ OKLAHOMA CITY.

Round 4: WAYD?

Next from his mouth are five N’s for three grand, three G’s to add $2,100, three I’s, two $500 D’s, but then a baddie of E. Ashley then puts up the last consonants of a $500 S and a $650 C…

S I N G I N G
_ N D / D _ N C I N G

…she’s SINGING AND DANCING for making the $1,150 solve.

SOLE DUD: E (Kyle)

Round 5: LIVING THING

D for dud is how Ashley starts. Charlene secondly BANKRUPTs near the big money to lose her WC. Third, Kyle strikes out w/ S. Ashley tries again w/ a $500 B, but the O fails her. After Charlene whiffs w/ T, Kyle puts up a $1,300 pair of L’s, two E’s, a $650 H, and the last consonant of a $700 W..

B L _ E
W H _ L E

…a BLUE WHALE gives him $2,400.

DUDS: D (Ashley), S (Kyle), O (Ashley), T (Charlene)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Charlene

Kyle: $8,400/Ashley: $4,600/Charlene: $13,337 cash & HI 

Speed-Up: PROPER NAME

$1,500 per consonant in this fairly low-scoring affair. The H appears in the last name of this actor…

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

Ashley IDs former 24 star KIEFER SUTHERLAND for three grand.

FINAL SCORES
Kyle: $8,400/Ashley: $8,750/Charlene: $13,337 cash & HI

GT: $30,487
BANKRUPT TRASH: ZIP

 

$100K Bonus Round
Charlene lands on the M of GAME.

Category: PLACE
Reveal the RSTLNE legend…

_ _ _ _ E _
_ _ _ _ T _ R _ _ M

DGMO gives her…

_ _ _ _ E D
_ _ D _ T O R _ _ M

…she only gets the second word, so the $34K gets lost in this PACKED AUDITORIUM.

MY RATING: 5

WoF Recap: December 27, 2016

EPISODE #6512: AMERICA’S GAME

“Great Escapes” is our second stop this week.

$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

N _ W / Y O _ K
S _ _ _ P / S _ E _ K

Mandy chomps up a NEW YORK STRIP STEAK. Meeting the lady in the middle first…

Mandy Meister: allergy immunotherapy pharmacist from Jupiter, FL

Patrick Garvey: parking & transportation mgr. for a sports venue who also does standup and golf (also a Cubs fan) from Oakland

Ashley Callis: O. Henry ES counselor newlywed from Dallas

$2K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

F I _ _
F E S T I _ A L

Mandy also solves FILM FESTIVAL.

TRIP WEDGE: OMNI royal orleans

Round 1: WAYD?

She gets the obvious out of the way first (two $650 N’s, two I’s, two $600 G’s), then she picks off two E’s, three A’s, two T’s for the N.O. trip, and a V for the WC before hitting the MDW’s right side to forfeit $3,250 plus that trip. Patrick secondly LaTs out. Third, Ashley digs up a $2,700 R trio, and originally wants to solve, but she gets buzzed out before making a decision. Mandy then SPINGLES for a $650 S…

R E S T _ R I N G / A

V I N T A G E / _ A R

…she’s RESTORING A VINTAGE CAR for a $350 bonus.

SOLE LaT: Patrick
SOLE BANKRUPT: Mandy
SOLE DQ: Ashley’s T.O.

 

Crossword/Mystery Round: BIG _____

Patrick instantly hits the same MDW BANKRUPT Mandy got in the last round. Secondly, Ashley falls victim to the one near $650. Third in Mandy’s favor are two $650 T’s, three E’s, A, a $700 S, a $550 Y, I and O to clean out the vowel shop. But next is the LaT. Patrick tries again w/ an $1,800 R pair, but then L for loss. Ashley follows suit w/ two $700 H’s, but the LaT gets her too. Mandy then puts up two TD B’s and a $550 N…

(E)(A)(S)(Y)  /    /   (B)(E)(N)
/    /  (H)  /    /    /   (I)
(B)(R)(O)(T)(H)(E)(R)
/   /   (T)  /     /    /  (_)

EASY, SHOT, BROTHER, BIRD and BEN win her $9,100; she’s still perfect at $13,100.

SOLE DUD: L (Patrick)
LaTs: 2 (women)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Patrick and Ashley)

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Ashley first hits the other side of that MDW. Second for Mandy are a $2,100 T trio, four O’s, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to lose $1,850. Patrick then digs up four N’s for the Beef Bucks gift tag and the rest of the vowel shop…

O N E / I _ _ A N _
_ O U / _ O N ‘ T
_ A N T / T O / _ E A _ E

ONE ISLAND YOU WON’T WANT TO LEAVE, sir, is BARBADOS at the Divi Southwinds worth $6K.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Ashley: NO LUCK/Mandy: $13,100/Patrick: $8K cash & prizes

 

$3K Tossup: CHARACTER

H _ R _ _
P O _ T _ R

HARRY POTTER turns Mandy’s total into $16,100.

Speed-Up: SONG LYRICS

$1,650 per consonant here. After an L request…

S _ _ _ / T H _ / L _ S T
_ _ N _ _ / _ _ _ / _ _

Patrick solves “SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME” for $3,300.

FINAL SCORES
Ashley: $1K GOOSEEGG/Mandy: $16,100/Patrick: $11,300 cash & prizes

GT: $28,400
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC excluded): $5,100 plus N.O. trip

 

$100K Bonus Round
Mandy lands on the C.

Category: WAYD?
I know this already…

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

GPDI adds besides the obvious…

_ _ _ I N G / _ N
_ P P _ I N T _ E N T

I’ve been MAKING AN APPOINTMENT to report each episode of this show in my spare time…and this lady somehow gets the right answer for $45K and a final take of $61,100!

MY RATING: 8

WoF Recap: December 26, 2016

EPISODE #6511: AMERICA’S GAME

We kick off the last week of ’16 on the set of Veterans Week.

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

J E _ _ E _ S _ N / C _ _ Y
_ _ _ _ O U _ _

Charlie pinpoints JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI. In order, tonight’s Californian vets…

Charlie Jasper: security administrator for a major real-estate property mgmt. co. (& was in the Army) from Beverly Hills

Sir Lloyd Rawls: Navy Reserves member & bowling nerd from Woodland Hills (his mother named him that way though it sounds like a knight)

Zarina Jadwet: just got Master’s in Social Work from Azusa Pacific from Mission Viejo

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

_ O U / D E _ E R _ E
A / _ R E _ _

Sir Lloyd is incorrect w/ “YOU DESERVE A DREAM.

_ O U / D E _ E R _ E
A / _ R E _ K

Zarina says “YOU DESERVE A BREAK.

PRIZE WEDGE: DICK’S SS

Round 1: WAYD?

She starts w/ a $600 S, two T’s to x4 her initial amount, and four A’s, after which come four A’s, two $700 R’s, an O, three I’s, but then C for crud. Charlie then gets the DICK’S SS w/ three D’s…

_ A T I _ _ / A T
A / R O A D S I D _
D I _ _ R

…he solves EATING AT A ROADSIDE DINER’s right for $7,500 cash & SS

SOLE DUD: C (Zarina)

Tonight’s Gift Tag: Victorinox

Charlie: $8,500 cash & SS/Sir Lloyd: $0/Zarina: $2K

 

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Charlie rattles off an R for the Victorinox GT, three FP E’s, four $3,500 T’s, and a $500 L. But after two A’s is the MDW’s left side to have $15,750 blown up to pieces. Sir Lloyd follows w/ an $1,100 N pair, two $500 D’s, three O’s, and a B for the WC. We have…

O _ E R B O O _ E D
_ L _ _ _ T
A T T E N D A N T

…he’s won $2,550 from an OVERBOOKED FLIGHT ATTENDANT.

PAINFUL BANKRUPT: Charlie

Charlie: $8,500 cash & SS/Sir Lloyd: $2,550/Zarina: $2K

 

PP/Express Round: THING

Sir Lloyd uses his WC right away on $3,500 to call three T’s and two H’s, then he buys most of the vowel shop (didn’t pick the U) before BANKRUPTing near TD to have $16,500 go down the drain. Zarina’s next w/ two N’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, two TD R’s, a $600 L, and a C while on EXPRESS. She GOES ABOARD.

Current Bank: $9,600
Next Choices: G…U…two F’s and two B’s

She’s won $15,350 and will enjoy…

T H E / G E N T L E
S U R F / O F / T H E
C A R I B B E A N

…at the Long Bay Beach Club in TORTOLA worth $6,900..

PAINFUL BANKRUPT: Sir Lloyd

Charlie: $8,500 cash & SS/Sir Lloyd: $2,550/Zarina: $24,250 cash & Tortola

 

$3K Tossup: PERSON

_ A L L / _ _ / _ A M E R

Zarina blows it by a letter w/ WALL OF FAMER, whereas Charlie gets HALL OF FAMER.

Speed-Up: FUN & GAMES

A $1,700 FS to start the week. The H is spotted as the last letter in second word of three…

_ L _ _ _ N _
T _ _ C H / _ _ _ T _ _ L L

Charlie solves PLAYING TOUCH FOOTBALL for $6,800.

DUDS: R (Charlie), S (Zarina)

FINAL SCORES
Charlie: $18,300 cash & SS/Sir Lloyd: $2,550/Zarina: $24,250 cash & Tortola

GT: $45,100
BANKRUPT TRASH: $32,250 cash & GT

 

$100K Bonus Round
Zarina lands on the P.

Category: THING
Generous RSTLNE help…

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

Oh great, she’s going w/ CDMA…

S _ _ E R _
T E C _ N _ _ _ E

…yeah, she DOESN’T give us a SUPERB TECHNIQUE on her playing skills and she left out the B right from the gate…BUT she does become the latest ’17 Ford Explorer XLT owner (she had quite a reaction on winning her dream vehicle) and she leaves w/ $64,790 cash & prizes.

MY RATING: 7

Week 15 Stats

Total this Week: $276,714

Total for the Season: $3,859,663

BR Win Record: 27-48 (.36)

Car Wins

-Ford Fiestas: 5

-BR Car: 10 (2 Ford Escapes, 2 Ford Explorers, 1 Ford C-MAX, 1 Jeep Compass, 1 FIAT 500x, 1 GMC Terrain, 1  VW Golf, 1 Toyota RAV4)

Prize Wedge Wins: 29

Gift Tag Wins: 22

Mystery Wedge Wins: 4

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 25-8

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 15-10

$10K MW was next to LaT: 12

$10K MW was next to $650: 21

Express was Played-Passed: 21-3

-Successes: 10

-Crashes: 11

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 3 (2 on $2,500, 1 on $3,500)

-BR: 8

FP Vowels/Consonants: 45/26

5-Round Games: 18

6-Round Games: 2

$6K FINAL SPINS: 9

Gooseegg Victims: 16

Red Winners: 21

Yellow Winners: 29

Blue Winners: 25

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $48,450

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $440,200 + three trips of unknown value

Biggest Bankrupt: $13,600 + $9K+ trip (Sept. 22), $14,850 (Sept. 20), $14,400 (Dec. 23)

Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night: $32,800+ (Sept. 22), $18,700 (Sept. 20), $18,350 (Dec. 23)

Top 3 Winning Totals: $132,800 (Dec. 1), $99,224 (Dec. 2), 96,860 (Dec. 19)

Lowest Winning Totals: $14,450 (Oct. 28), $11,600 (Sept. 22), $10,740 (Sept. 30)

Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $89,274 (Dec. 2)

Season-High Week: $469,570 (Sears Secret Santa Family Week)

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

 

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0

BR Shutouts: 1

MDBRs: 5

$34K: 13/34

$40K: 1/6

$45K: 1/4

$50K: 1/3

$100K (or $1M): 1/4

CAR: 10/24

WoF Recap: December 23, 2016

EPISODE #6510: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

$1K Tossup: MOVIE TITLE

_ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ S
S _ _ _ _

Immani quickly solves “A CHRISTMAS STORY”. Wrapping up our Christmas week are these people…

Immani Brown-Turner: erotic poet from Cocoa Beach, FL

Jesse Romero: chef who’s looking to open up a restaurant & watched this show at the gym from New Orleans

Mandi Rhodes: physician’s assistant from Newcastle, OK

$2K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ _ _ / R O _ _ / _ F
A / L _ F E _ _ _ _

Immani has THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME.

Crossword Round: OUTSIDE THE BOX

She opens w/ two N’s for the Home Depot gift tag, two I’s, a $600 T, two R’s for the SS wedge, an E, and two O’s, after which she says a $1,400 B pair and a $500 W…

(R)(I)(B)(B)(O)(N)  /  (T)
/   /    /  (O)  /     /    /   (_)
/   /    /  (W)(R)(_)(_)(_)(I)(N)(_)
/   /    /    /     /    /     /   (E)

RIBBON, BOW, WRAPPING & TAPE are the words for $10,750 cash & sprees (the larger one was from CreditCard.com); she now has $13,750 to her credit.

PR

 

Mystery Round: RHYME TIME

The man at the end digs up 10 T’s while on the MW near $650 and automatically declines though he said he wanted to go for it at first (it would’ve been a push, either way). He follows w/ four I’s, seven E’s, three L’s and H’s at $650 apiece, two R’s for the WC but then the BANKRUPT near TD to throw away $14,400 and his WC — ouch. Mandi then puts up a $1K pair of N’s…

T H R E E / L I T T L E
_ I T T E N _ / T H E _
L _ _ T / T H E I R

_ I T T E N _

…she exactly recits “THREE LITTLE KITTENS, THEY LOST THEIR MITTENS”.

PAINFUL BANKRUPT: Jesse

 

PP/Express Round: WAYD?

All Mandi here — she says five N’s for $3,250, four A’s, an S for the 1/2 CAR near $600, two $800 T’s, three E’s, a $3,500 G, and three O’s.

E N _ O _ _ N G / A N
A _ T E _ N O O N
A T / S E A

PR #2 — she’s won $8,100 and will be ENJOYING AN AFTERNOON AT SEA at the Amsterdam Manor in ARUBA worth $6,300.

Mandi: $15,400 cash & trip/Immani: $13,750 cash & SS/Jesse: BAD LUCK

 

$3K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

P _ _ Y I _ _
_ _ _ – _ A _ – _ O E

Mandi’s PLAYING TIC-TAC-TOE to increase her lead.

Round 4: EVENT

She rattles off a $1,200 T pair, E, two $600 S’s, A, and two I’s, then come an $800 L, the other two vowels, two $700 N’s, a $600 M and the same normal BANKRUPT to hand over $3,950. Immani then puts up the $1,100 P pair…

L A S T – M I N U T E
S _ O P P I N _

…she wins that amount towards some LAST-MINUTE SHOPPING.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Mandi

 

Speed-Up: PERSON

$1,500’s the consonant payoff. Three S’s are exposed on top…

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

Jesse’s $4,500 richer after solving BUSINESS OWNER.

DUDS: C (Jesse), T (Mandi)

FINAL SCORES
Mandi: $18,400 cash & trip/Immani: $14,850 cash & SS/Jesse: $4,500

GT: $37,750
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC not included): $18,350

 

$100K Bonus Round
Mandi lands on the N of WIN.

Category: THING
This is NOT gonna be that easy…

_ _ _ _ _ _ L _ R _
_ _ _ _

MCHA won’t do much…

_ _ C A _ _ L A R _
_ _ _ _

…she FLUNKS this VOCABULARY QUIZ and loses $34K.

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: December 22, 2016

EPISODE #6509: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

$1K Tossup: THING

G E N _ _ _
_ A _ L I _ _ / _ N _ W

Christine just misses by a letter w/ GENTLE FALLING SNOW.

G E N T _ _
F A L L I _ _ / _ N _ W

Adam solves GENTLY FALLING SNOW. Introducing him and the ladies in order…

Adam Marchese: dentist from Starke, FL

Danielle Rumple: part-time group exercise instructor from Birmingham, MI

Christine Scalese: works in outside sales for a national payroll provider (she also has a fashion blog) from West Hartford, CT

$2K Tossup: ON THE MAP

A _ N _ _ _ _ I S
M _ R _ L A N _

Danielle locates ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND.

TONIGHT’S SS: NOVICA

Round 1: FOOD & DRINK

She strikes out on the spot w/ T. Second, Christine instantly LOSES A TURN. Third, Adam comes up w/ three FP E’s, a $650 R, three A’s, but then a baddie of O. Danielle then puts up a $1,400 pair of S’s, the last vowel of I, and three $700 P’s before she…

S P I _ E _
_ A R A _ E _

A P P _ E S

…munches on some SPICED CARAMEL APPLES for $3,250 and $6,250 overall.

DUDS: T (Danielle), O (Adam)
SOLE LaT: Christine

 

Crossword/Mystery Round: HOLIDAY DINNER

Christine wastes a spin w/ the MDW’s right side. Second, Adam fills in a $1,400 pair of S’s, E, four O’s, three $550 K’s, and a FP I, followed by a C for the SS, three A’s to clean out the vowels, but then the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to forfeit $8,800 cash & spree. Danielle follows w/ two N’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, an $800 V, a $600 B, a $500 P, two $500 L’s, and a T while on the MW near $650 before she takes the money for it (she would’ve gotten the big one, though)…

(S)  /   (C)(O)(O)(K)(B)(O)(O)(K)
(A) /     /     /  (V)
(L)(A)(_)(L)(E)
(T)  /    /    /  (N)(A)(P)(K)(I)(N)(S)

…she completes that incomplete second across word w/ LADLE for $4,900 extra; she now has $10,150.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (those before Danielle)

(NOTE: The ’17 Fiesta now has a starting price of $14,535 per Ford’s website.)

 

PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Adam first lights up a $2,700 N trio and buys all the vowels in one fell swoop, then he says a $900 G, a $700 S, two C’s for the same 1/2 CAR and two FP L’s. We now have…

_ A L _ I N G / O N
A / _ L A C _ / S A N _
_ E A C _

He’s won $5,300 and will be WALKING ON A BLACK SAND BEACH at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows in HAWAII worth $7,254.

PR

Adam: $13,554 cash & HI/Danielle: $10,150/Christine: NO LUCK

 

$3K Tossup: PERSON

L _ _ G – D _ _ T _ N _ E
_ _ N N _ _

This would’ve put Danielle much closer to Adam, but she blanks out and he extends his lead w/ LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER.

Round 4: RHYME TIME

He opens w/ a $5K N, an A and four E’s to quickly wipe out the vowel shop, then he picks a $700 D and T for trouble. Second for Danielle are an $800 C, a $600 H, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to give back $1,400. Christine then fills in a $1K pair of S’s but craps out w/ K…

C H E E _ S
A N D / _ E E _ S

…and Adam solves CHEERS AND JEERS for $5,200 more.

DUDS: T (Adam), K (Christine)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Danielle

Speed-Up: AROUND THE HOUSE

$1,700 per consonant here. Two L’s are said by a lady…

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

Christine swings on the CRYSTAL CHANDELIER to finally score $5,100.

FINAL SCORES
Adam: $21,754 cash & HI/Danielle: $10,150/Christine: $5,100

GT: $37,004
BANKRUPT TRASH: $10,200 cash & SS

 

$100K Bonus Round
Adam lands on the C.

Category: PHRASE
This four-word answer starts as…

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

CPGO’s a pretty good combo…

_ N / _ / G O O _
G R O O _ E

…he’s really IN A GOOD GROOVE, and the third time’s the charm to give away the ’17 Toyota RAV4 XLE worth $28,500! He leaves w/ $50,254 in cash & prizes.

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: December 21, 2016

EPISODE #6508: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

G _ _ G _ _ _ R E _ D
_ _ _ _ _

Kelsey gets a GINGERBREAD HOUSE. Meeting them in order…

Kelsey Reaves: church volunteer from Newton, NC

Tricia McClendon: hospice chaplain who enjoys traveling from Portland, OR

Jason Rindehau: lawyer from NYC

$2K Tossup: PERSON

C A P T _ I N / O F
_ H E / T E _ _

Looks like Kelsey’s proving to be CAPTAIN OF THE TEAM.

PRIZE WEDGE: Caruso Affiliated

Round 1: SAME NAME

There she goes w/ a $700 S, two R’s to triple up, E and I singles, three $2,500 T’s, and the rest of the vowel shop, but she then says a potentially fatal call of N to leave $8,350 sitting there. Tricia then puts up a $1,300 pair of B’s, a $700 J, two $800 L’s, and a $1K pair of C’s before she faces…

B A S K E T B A L L
& / T R A _ _ I C
C O U R T

…she solves BASKETBALL & TRAFFIC COURT for the early lead at $4,600.

SOLE DUD: N  (Kelsey)

 

Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

Tricia kicks off w/ a $1,400 pair of N’s, two A’s, a $650 D, an E, three O’s, two U’s, but then the MDW’s right side to lose $1,050. Jason then puts up three Y’s for that MDW and a $650 R…

_ _ / Y O U ‘ R E
_ A _ _ Y / A N D
Y O U / _ N O _ / _ _

…he recites “IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT” for a $350 bonus.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Tricia

 

PP/Express Round: WAYD?

That man unfortunately BANKRUPTs next to TD on the spot to give back the MDW. Kesley secondly goes aboard the EXPRESS after digging up three S’s.

Next Choices: T…A…three E’s…five I’s…four G’s…H…three N’s…D for dud (she loses $11,250)

After Tricia misses w/ C, Jason says a $500 R, a $650 L, a $900 X, and two M’s while on the 1/2 CAR near $900. We have…

R E L A X I N G
S _ I M M I N G
S I G H T S E E I N G

He’s won $3,050 and will be RELAXING, SWIMMING, SIGHTSEEING at Sandals Royal Bahamian in THE BAHAMAS worth $7,900.

SOLE NON-BANKRUPT DUD: C (Tricia)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Jason & Kelsey)

Kelsey: $3K/Tricia: $4,600/Jason: $11,950 cash & trip

 

$3K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

A C T _ N G
_ _ _ _ _ _ S

Jason is incorrect w/ ACTING CLASSES.

A C T I N G
L _ _ S O _ S

Tricia solves ACTING LESSONS to go to $7,600.

Speed-Up: THINGS

This should pick us up — a $6K Final Spin! The P is said by somebody…

N E W / P _ _ R / _ _
_ _ E / S _ _ T E S

Jason gets a NEW PAIR OF ICE SKATES for $12K.

SOLE DUD: H (Jason)

FINAL SCORES
Kelsey: $3K/Tricia: $7,600/Jason: $23,950 cash & trip

GT: $34,550
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. MDW): $12,300

 

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

Category: THING
Here’s the third column of letters…

_ _ L _
_ _ E _

CMHO only adds …

_ O L _
_ _ E _

…he doesn’t have a BOLD IDEA and he also loses the RAV4.

MY RATING: 6