WoF Recap: January 31, 2017

EPISODE #6537: LEAVE WINTER BEHIND

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

T U _ _ / U P / _ _ E
_ E M _ E R _ T U _ _

Bani could TURN UP THE TEMPERATURE if she can defeat these men…

Bani Singh: advertising worker in media agency from Chicago (born in England, worked in Australia and studied abroad in Hungary)

Ray Frisbee (orig. from Long Island): tax consultant who also plays drums/percussion, sometimes for a circus’ hippopotamus from L.A. (orig. from Long Island)

Matthew Joss: attorney whose kids are competitive Irish folk dancers from Richmond, VA

$2K Tossup: THING

C O M _ _ N _
L E T _ E R _ E A D

Matthew solves COMPANY LETTERHEAD.

Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Maui Jim

Round 1: WAYD?

He opens w/ a $700 T, three $600 N’s, three I’s, a G for the M.J. gift tag, O, but then F for flunk. Bani secondly also misses w/ L. Third, Ray comes up w/ a $1,300 S pair, two E’s, a $1,200 R pair, and a $650 W…

R E N E W I N G / _ _
S _ _ S _ R I _ T I O N

…he ain’t gonna be RENEWING MY SUBSCRIPTION, but he’s $2,900 richer and everybody’s on the board.

DUDS: F (Matthew), L (Bani)

 

Crossword/Mystery Round: ________ RING

All Bani here — she picks a $600 T, five E’s, a $650 R, three O’s, four $700 N’s, an I, two $800 G’s, two A’s to wipe out the vowel shop, and a $1,300 pair of M’s.

(E)(N)(G)(A)(G)(E)(M)(E)(N)(T)
/      /    /    /     /    /   (O)
/      /   /     /    /     /   (O)(N)(I)(O)(N)
(E)(M)(E)(R)(A)(_)(_)

EMERALD & MOOD are the missing rings for $5,950 — PR.

Bani: $6,950/Ray: $2,900/Matthew: $2K

 

PP/Express Round: PLACE

Ray leads off w/ a $1,300 T pair, a $600 N, an E, a $550 S, three A’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $1,950. Matthew secondly FPs a G but LaTs out just as quick. After Bani hits the other normal BANKRUPT, Ray uncovers two R’s and goes aboard the EXPRESS.

Next Choices: two P’s…two O’s…F…two C’s

A / G R E A T / S P O T
F O R / A / P _ C N _ C

In addition to another $6,750, he’s found A GREAT SPOT FOR A PICNIC — the Wyndham V Samana in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $7,280.

SOLE LaT: Matthew
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Bani and Ray)

Bani: $6,950/Ray: $16,930 cash & D.R./Matthew: $2K

 

$3K Tossup: PEOPLE

_ _ M _ U S
C _ U _ L _ S

Bani’s $50 shy of 10 grand after solving FAMOUS COUPLES.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES

But she and Ray strike out right away w/ T and S, respectively. Matthew then calls up four $900 R’s, a $5K M, and a $1,300 pair of G’s. We have…

R _ _ _ _ G / _
M _ R R _ – G _ – R _ _ _ _

…he’s RIDING A MERRY-GO-ROUND for $9,900.

INSTA-DUDS: T (Bani), S (Ray)

Bani: $9,950/Ray: $16,930 cash & D.R./Matthew: $11,900

 

Round 5: AROUND THE HOUSE

After Ray’s initial pick of a $700 S, it’s S-U time…

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ S

…w/ a $1,550 FS. The B is later put up to leave only vowels remaining…

_ M B R _ _ D _ R _ D
T _ W _ L S

…that man in the middle solves EMBROIDERED TOWELS for another $6,900.

DUDS: N (Bani), G (Ray), H (Matthew)

FINAL SCORES
Bani: $9,950/Ray: $23,830 cash & D.R./Matthew: $11,900

GT: $45,680
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,950

 

$100K Bonus Round
The second A of AMERICA’S is where we stop on.

Category: PHRASE
Here are the end letters off all four words…

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

DMHO gives him…

_ N / _ _ O _ T
_ N / H O _ R

…he blows the second word w/ SHORT and SPORT, so he won’t be getting the $34K IN ABOUT AN HOUR.

$5K SPIN ID: TW6815880

UNCLAIMED TRIP WEDGE: Ker & Downey Aftican safari courtesy of Let’s Go Travel

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: January 30, 2017

EPISODE #6536: LEAVE WINTER BEHIND

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

H E _ _ O
S U _ S _ _ _ E !

Elsa (obviously not the one from “Frozen”) says “HELLO SUNSHINE!”. First players this week…

Elsa Kune: acct. director married from Stamford, CT

Karol Bose: CPA from Austin, TX

Toby Moore: bond trader & HS PA announcer from Tulsa

$2K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ I S _ O
D _ N _ I N G

Toby has control w/DISCO DANCING.

TRIP WEDGE: La Paz Waterfall Gardens/Peace Lodge in Costa Rica
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Tuga.com (this is UV protective swimwear)

Round 1: LIVING THINGS

All Toby this round — he picks two $650 S’s, three E’s, A, a $500 T, an R for the C.R. trip, two $700 N’s, four I’s, and three $500 L’s.

_ A N _ E L I _ N S / &
T I _ E R / L I L I E S

With another $4,450, he might be seeing DANDELIONS & TIGER LILIES in C.R.; that PR was worth $10,550.

Toby: $12,550 cash & C.R./Elsa: $1K/Karol: $0

 

Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Here goes Elsa w/ three $600 N’s, three A’s, a $500 D, three E’s, and two R’s for the Tuga gift tag. She follows w/ a $500 Y, the last vowels of I and O, two $500 S’s, but then B for bad. Karol follows w/ three $700 T’s, but then the LaT. Toby then SPINGLES for a $650 H…

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

…he solves SEATTLE AND KERRY WASHINGTON for a $350 bonus.

SOLE DUD: B (Elsa)
SOLE LaT: Karol

 

PP/Express Round: PLACE

Karol insta-BANKRUPTs next to $650. From here, it’s all Toby — a $650 T, two E’s, three A’s, $650 R and S singles, O and two I’s to wipe out the vowel shop, a $3,500 N, a $550 M, two $650 C’s, and an L for the MDW.

R O M A N T I C
S I _ E _ A L _ / C A _ E

In addition to another $6,300, he could find a ROMANTIC SIDEWALK CAFE at the IBEROSTAR COZUMEL worth $6,400.

QUICK BANKRUPT: Karol

Toby: $26,250 cash & trips MDW/Elsa: $1K/Karol: ZILCH

 

$3K Tossup: CHARACTERS

_ A _ _ _ L
_ _ D / _ _ _ _ E L

Toby catches “HANSEL & GRETEL” to get closer to the $30K mark.

Round 4: SONG LYRICS

He LaTs out right out of the gate. Second for Elsa are four $500 L’s, and two I’s…

I / _ I L L / _ L _ _ _ _
L _ _ _ / _ _ _

…she quickly recites Whitney Houston’s “I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU” for $1,750 and a new total of $2,750.

INSTA-LaT: Toby

Round 5: PERSON

The middle lady begins w/ an $800 R, two E’s, a $700 S, two $650 S’s, but then a baddie of O. Karol then SEMI-SPINGLES for a $600 L and two U’s…

_ _ _ T E U R

S L E U T _

…she solves AMATEUR SLEUTH to finally get on the board.

SOLE DUD: O (Elsa)

Speed-Up: EVENT

$1,550’s the FS value on this Monday. After an L appears on top…

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

Toby solves SILENT AUCTION for another $4,650.

SOLE DUD: R (Elsa)

FINAL SCORES
Toby: $33,900 cash & trips MDW/Elsa: $2,750/Karol: $1K

GT: $37,650
NO BANKRUPT TRASH

 

MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #9
The next SUV waiting to be won is a 2017 Jeep Cherokee Latitude. After we see son Robert holding the MDW, Toby lands on the M of AMERICA’S.

Category: WAYD?
I know it already…

_ _ _ _ N _
_ / _ _ S _ T

But he CDMOs out, so he won’t be PAYING A VISIT to the bank and cashing in the $34K.

$1M SPOT: A of GAME

$5K SPIN ID: SK9233812

MY RATING: 7

Week 20 Stats

Well, it’s not often that we never landed on the cash minimum in a single week. Still, a mostly painful week.

Total this Week: $193,350

Total for the Season: $5,079,654

BR Win Record: 36-64 (.36)

Car Wins

-Ford Fiestas: 5

-BR Car: 12 (2 Ford Escapes, 3 Ford Explorers, 1 Ford C-MAX, 1 Ford Mustang, 1 Jeep Compass, 1 FIAT 500x, 1 GMC Terrain, 1  VW Golf, 1 Toyota RAV4)

Prize Wedge Wins: 34

Gift Tag Wins: 33

Mystery Wedge Wins: 6

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 37-11

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 19-18

$10K MW was next to LaT: 19

$10K MW was next to $650: 28

Express was Played-Passed: 28-5

-Successes: 16

-Crashes: 12

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 5 (2 on $2,500, 3 on $3,500)

-BR: 10

FP Vowels/Consonants: 58/31

5-Round Games: 23

6-Round Games: 4

$6K FINAL SPINS: 12

Gooseegg Victims: 20

Red Winners: 31

Yellow Winners: 37

Blue Winners: 32

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $60,546

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $668,496 + five trips of unknown value

Biggest Bankrupt: $13,600 + $9K+ trip (Sept. 22), $16,248 (Jan. 26), $14,850 (Sept. 20)

Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night: $32,800+ (Sept. 22), $32,250 (Dec. 26), $27,598 (Jan. 23)

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

Lowest Winning Totals: $11,600 (Sept. 22), $10,740 (Sept. 30), $7,000 (Jan. 13)

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

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

Season-Low Week: $130,554 (Always Great! Wheel & V8)

 

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 3
MDBRs: 8

$34K: 18/42

$40K: 1/9

$45K: 3/9

$50K: 1/5

$100K (or $1M): 1/5

CAR: 12/30

WoF Recap: January 27, 2017 — SKUNK THREAT #4

You know, I’m feeling really bad for Bobby McBride — given that his 31st birthday was yesterday, a skunking w/ a $100K loss would be very disheartening. Let’s really hope this doesn’t happen.

EPISODE #6535: SHOW YOU THE WORLD

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

T _ _ Y _ / & / K Y O _ O
_ A P A _

Syd’s one letter off on the second city w/ KYOKO.

T _ _ Y O / & / _ Y O _ O
_ A P A _

Samantha solves TOKYO & KYOTO JAPAN. The potential heroes…

Samantha Philio: project mgr. for a co. that designs & supplies restaurants from White Center, WA

Trista Huntley: from Bixby, OK

Syd Church: overseeing all transit advertising in San Bernardino Co. (he’s also a volleyball ref) from Beaumont, CA

$2K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

S C E N E – _ _ E A L _ R

Syd’s the SCENE-STEALER for now.

COLETTE TRIP: NYC worth $7,798

Crossword Round: ________ LIST

S for sorry is how he starts. Samantha secondly also duds out w/ T. Third, Trista puts up two $650 N’s, an E, two A’s, and an I, then come a $500 L, a $700 D, the other two vowels in singles, three FP R’s, a P for the WC, two $500 Y’s, a $650 G, and a C for the eBags gift tag. The near complete grid…

/    /     /    /  (_) / (P)
/   /     /     /  (I)   /  (L)(A)(U)(N)(D)(R)(Y)
/   /     /    /  (N)  /  (A)
(G)(R)(O)(C)(E)(R)(Y)

…she finishes it off w/ WINE for $6,400 cash & GT.

INSTA-DUDS: S (Syd), T (Samantha)

 

Mystery Round: RHYME TIME

Samantha wastes a spin w/ the MDW’s left side. Second in Trista’s favor are a $650 T, three E’s, two A’s, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to lose the $150 remainder. Syd’s third in line w/ three $650 S’s, two I’s to clean out the vowels, an $1,800 N trio, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to give back $3,5000. Samantha then puts up twin R’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900.

S A R _ I N E S / &
T A N _ E R I N E S

SARDINES & TANGERINES gives her a tie w/ Syd.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (everyone)

 

PP/Express Round: THINGS

Going down Trista’s road first are three $700 S’s, four E’s, three A’s, a $650 T, three I’s to wipe out the vowels, but she’s wiped out of $2K by the BANKRUPT near TD. Second for Syd are a $650 D but then M for mistake. Third, Samantha takes a $1,600 pair of F’s, four $3,500 L’s, a $700 W, and $1,300 pairs of R’s and C’s to leave only one letter unexposed…

I C E / F I E L D S
W A T E R F A L L S
_ L A C I E R S

but she just threw away $18,900 for leaving out the second half of WATERFALLS in her answer. That means Trista will be seeing the ICE FIELDS, WATERFALLS, and GLACIERS on a CANADIAN ROCKIES tour worth $10,998.

SOLE DUD: M (Syd)
SOLE DQ: Samantha’s botched solve

Trista: $17,398 cash & prizes/Others: $2K a head

 

$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

G _ _ _ Y / _ O _ T
A N D / L _ D _ E

Trista’s over the $20K mark w/ GRAVY BOAT AND LADLE.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

This is certainly gonna help — $6K per consonant! Midway in the round, Samantha purchases the I’s for free, but she flubs w/ RIGHT WITH THE TIME. Trista then puts up the D…

R _ _ _ / _ I T H
T H _ / T I D _

Trista’s ROLL(ing) WITH THE TIDE for $24K more.

DUDS: N (Trista), S (Syd)

SECOND (and final) DQ: Samantha

FINAL SCORES
Trista: $44,398 cash & prizes/Others: $2K a head

GT: $48,398
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. WC): $5,650

 

$100K Bonus Round
Trista lands on the &.

Category: PHRASE
I have an idea what this might be…

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

FCDI gives her…

_ _ R / F I R S T
_ _ _ _ _ E

… so much for OUR FIRST CHOICE, we’ve beeen skunked for the second time in three weeks (also the first one w/ a $100K loss since the last NYC week in S30) and she loses the $50K. It was OUR FIRST VOYAGE.

$5K SPIN ID: AG9273722

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: January 26, 2017

EPISODE #6534: SHOW YOU THE WORLD

$1K Tossup: RHYME TIME/ON THE MAP

C U _ A
& / _ R U _ A

Jimmy locates CUBA & ARUBA. Meeting the man at the end first…

Jimmy Weinstein: Beverly Hills firefighter from Canyon Country, CA

Regina Childen: global food ambassador who does REVERSE panhandling from Denver

Katie Belotti: works in campus recruiting for an accounting firm from Charlotte, NC

$2K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN (but also EVENT)

S _ G _ R
B _ _ L

Jimmy triples up w/ the SUGAR BOWL.

collette WEDGE: Peru worth $10,598

Round 1: WAYD?

He’s off to a $5K start w/ two N’s, then he calls up two I’s, two $900 G’s, two O’s, but then the sole dud vowel of A for awful. Regina also strikes out w/ S. Third in line, Katie puts up a $1,200 T pair, buys two E’s, but hits the MDW’s left side to lose $950. Next for Jimmy are the U, a $1,200 H pair, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to forfeit $7K. After Regina gets the exact same fate as the man, Katie puts up the $1,600 R pair…

_ R I G H T E N I N G / U _
T H E / R O O M

…she’s BRIGHTENING UP THE ROOM to get on the board.

DUDS: A (Jimmy), S (Regina)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (everybody)

 

Crossword/Mystery Round: IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME

Regina gets going w/ a $1,400 T pair, four E’s, two I’s, but the other MDW BANKRUPT to give back the $900 remainder. Second, Katie’s bitten by the same normal BANKRUPT she got before. Third, Jimmy uncovers two R’s and obviously gambles for the MW near LaT$$$. But the LaT stops him just as quick. Regina tries again w/ two N’s for the collette wedge, the other three vowels, a $3,500 M, a $650 S, a $550 L, a $700 D, but then the MDW’s right side to flush away $16,248 cash & trip. After Katie picks up the Ricardo trip w/ a Z and BANKRUPTs near $650, Jimmy tries to capitalize…

/   (_)   /   /    /    /    /    /    /     /  (Z)
(M)(E)(D)(I)(T)(E)(R)(R)(A)(N)(E)(A)(N)
/    (T)  /    /    /   /    /     /    /    /  (U)
/   (A) /    /     /  (O)(L)(I)(_)(E)(S)

…he thinks FETA (as in the Greek cheese) and OLIVES will do it…NO! Darn. Regina then puts up the $500 B…

/   (B)   /   /    /    /    /    /    /     /  (Z)
(M)(E)(D)(I)(T)(E)(R)(R)(A)(N)(E)(A)(N)
/    (T)  /     /    /   /    /     /    /    /  (U)
/   (A) /    /     /  (O)(L)(I)(_)(E)(S)

BETA & OLIVES wins her another $500.

SOLE LaT: Jimmy
SOLE DQ: Jimmy’s unfortunate missolve
BANKRUPTS: 4 (two by each lady)

 

PP/Express Round: PLACE

Katie opens w/ a $600 T, three E’s, a $600 R, three I’s, but then the same pesky normal BANKRUPT to give back $700. Jimmy’s second in line w/ three $650 S’s, a $600 H, an O, three A’s to clean out the vowels, three N’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, a $650 F, but he and Regina LaT out back-to-back. Katie then puts up a $3,500 L, a $1K D pair, and a $650 W…

T H E / W I L D E R N E S S
O F / S _ A N D I N A _ I A

…in addition to another $5,150, she’ll see THE WILDERNESS OF SCANDINAVIA on her $12,798 trip to said place.

LaTs: 2 (Jimmy & Regina)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Katie

Regina: $1K/Katie: $19,548 cash & trip/Jimmy: $3K

 

$3K Tossup: PEOPLE

A U _ _ _ _ S
& / _ O E T _

Jimmy sweeps ’em w/ AUTHORS & POETS.

Speed-Up: THING

$1,500’s the FS amount. After the last consonant of H is filled in…

_ D R _ N _ L _ N _
R _ S H

Katie’s gonna experience the ADRENALINE RUSH of Bonusland after solving for three grand more.

DUDS: T (Jimmy), G (Katie), M (Regina)

FINAL SCORES
Regina: $1K/Katie: $22,548 cash & trip/Jimmy: $6K

GT: $29,548
BANKRUPT TRASH: $27,298 cash & prizes

 

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

Category: PHRASE
This fairly big one starts as…

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

PGHO gives her…

_ / _ O _ G H T / _
_ E _ / G _ _ T S

I BOUGHT A FEW GIFTS during Black Friday, but she blows the next-to-last word w/ NEW and loses the $40K.

$5K SPIN ID: JL5087969

MY RATING: 5

WoF Recap: January 25, 2017

EPISODE #6533: SHOW YOU THE WORLD

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ _ R I _ / &
_ U _ _ R _ _ _ A

Tina solves AUSTRIA & AUSTRALIA. The midweek panel is made up of…

Tina Ferguson: lawyer from Inglewood, CA

Don Overcash: paramedic & operations supervisor w/ the EMS agency for 33 yrs. from Charlotte, NC

Lauren Pirrone: recent grad from the Univ. of Toledo studying Health Care Administration and currently works for a large healthcare provider from Temperance, MI

$2K Tossup: THING

S W _ A _ E R
V _ S _

Tina doesn’t know it this time, but Lauren dons a SWEATER VEST.

colette WEDGE: national parks tour worth $10,298

Round 1: AROUND THE HOUSE

She BANKRUPTs near $650 right out of the gate. Second, Tina calls up a $1,300 T pair, three E’s, three $700 R’s, and an A, then she picks a $1K pair of L’s, a $650 P, two I’s to wipe out the vowel shop, but then D for dud. After Don craps out w/ C, Lauren puts up a $1,200 pair of S’s…

S I L _ E R
S E R _ I _ _
P L A T T E R

…and the 12 Benjamins are handed to her on a SILVER SERVING PLATTER.

DUDS: D (Tina), C (Don)
INSTA-BANKRUPT: Lauren

 

 

Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

T for trouble is how Tina starts. Second, Don puts up five S’s while on the MW near $650 and goes for the doubler…it backfires. Third, Lauren misses w/ R while on the collette wedge. After Tina strikes out again w/ an N, Don puts up an M for the 1/2 CAR near $900, but then buys a worthless E. Lauren then lights up a $600 D, two O’s, four B’s for the WC (also the SL), and two U’s to clean out the vowels…

B U D S
B U _ B S / &
B _ O S S O M S

BUDS, BULBS & BLOSSOMS are worth $3,100.

DUDS: T (Tina), R (Lauren), N (Tina), E (Don)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Don

Don: ZILCH/Lauren: $6,300 WC/Tina: $1K

 

PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Don leads off w/ a $1K pair of N’s, three I’s, the obvious $650 G, three E’s, and an O, then come a $550 T, the last vowel of three A’s, three R’s for the eBags and an M while on EXPRESS before going aboard.

Current Bank: $4,700 cash & ebags
Next Choices: three C’s…L…D…S and V

This man solves for his first $11,700 cash & eBags and he’ll be…

D I S C O V E R I N G
C E N T R A L
A M E R I C A

…in COSTA RICA worth $8,098, so that PR was worth $19,798 cash & prizes.

 

$3K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ ‘ R E / _ A C K
I N / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ S

WE’RE BACK IN BUSINESS and Don’s got another solve.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

Don’s next round of letters is made up of four $500 T’s, two E’s, a FP A, a $600 R, but then the S-U signal…

_ _ _ _ T _
_ E A _ _ T / B _ T T E R

…it’s a $1,650 FS from Pat. Tina puts up an N but goofs w/ TASTY PEANUT BUTTER. An M is put up later…

S M _ _ T _
P E A N _ T / B _ T T E R

Don seals his win w/ some SMOOTH PEANUT BUTTER for $5,650.

DUDS (during S-U): D (Don), L (Tina)
SOLE DQ: Tina’s missolve

FINAL SCORES
Don: $28,448 cash & prizes/Lauren: $6,300/Tina: $1K

GT: $35,748
BANKRUPT TRASH (doesn’t include MW risk): ZERO

 

$100K Bonus Round
Don’s landed on the A of GAME.

Category: PHRASE
Here’s a trio of letters to get him started…

_ L _ _
T _ E / _ _ _

Stick a fork in him, because he’s another CDMAer…

_ L _ _
T _ E / _ A _

He doesn’t PLUG THE GAP, and also loses the Lincoln (he surprisingly got the first word, though).

$5K SPIN ID: BS8416080

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: January 24, 2017

EPISODE #6532: SHOW YOU THE WORLD

$1K Tossup: THINGS

_ A _ _ L I A R
_ _ C _ S

We don’t often see any FAMILIAR FACES on this show, but a guy named K.A.J. solves. Let’s find out who he really is first…

Antoine “K.A.J.” Goolsby: lyrical architect/all-around entertainer who also works in a health pet care food manufacturing facility from L.A.

Melissa MacDonald: deputy clerk for Lincoln Co. & musical theatre vocalist from Newport, OR

Janna Jensen: business teacher & technology coord. at Warwick School from Devil’s Lake, ND

$2K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ _ _ A _ / A
_ _ _

BREAK A LEG (that means “good luck), K.A.J.

colette WEDGE: Alaska worth $11,248
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: RICARDO Luggage

Round 1: SONG LYRICS (w/ a ! at the end)

He leads off w/ a FP A, an R for the MDW, two $600 T’s, five E’s, a $900 L, and four FP O’s, after which he says two $700 C’s, a $2,500 B, the last vowel of I, and a $1,600 pair of M’s. Board…

C E L E B R A T E
_ O O _ / T I M E _
C O M E / O _ !

“CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON!” (from Kool and the Gang) is correct for $7,100 and a new total of $10,100.

PR

 

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Melissa goes first w/ two T’s for the RICARDO luggage, three E’s, three $600 H’s, and two I’s, then she picks an $800 G, two A’s, two $3,500 N’s, a $700 R, but then a CRITICAL REPEAT of G to likely squander $11,550 cash & luggage. Janna then puts up a $1,200 pair of L’s, and a Y for the 1/2 CAR near $600….

_ E H I N _
T H E / E I G H T
_ A L L
_ _ / Y A R N

…she’s BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL OF YARN for $1,700.

SOLE DQ: Melissa’s G repeat

 

PP/Express Round: THING

Janna first FPs three T’s and goes aboard the EXPRESS after selecting an N.

Next Choices: five R’s…three E’s…D…three A’s…X…Y…O…two I’s…two C’s…last consonant of H

E X T R A O R D I N A R Y
A R C H I T E C T _ R E

She’s won $12,500 and the chance to see the EXTRAORDINARY ARCHITECTURE of ITALY worth $10,798.

PR #2

K.A.J.: $10,100 MDW/Melissa: ZILCH/Janna: $24,998 cash & Italy

 

$3K Tossup: PEOPLE

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

Melissa blanks out.

_ I R E _ T
A N C E _ _ _ R S

K.A.J. sweeps ’em w/ DIRECT ANCESTORS.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

Good news for K.A.J., it’s a $6K Final Spin! After the Y is said late…

_ T ‘ S / _ / W _ N – W _ N
F _ R / _ _ _ R Y _ N _

IT’S (not really) A WIN-WIN FOR EVERYONE, but K.A.J. pulls off the upset win by $102 for $12K; Janna left behind $42K.

AIRED DUDS: L (K.A.J.), C (Melissa), M (Janna)

FINAL SCORES
K.A.J.: $25,100 MDW/Melissa: $1K GOOSEEGG/Janna: $24,998 cash & Italy

GT: $51,098
NO PENALTY SPACE HITS!

 

MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #8
After we see his mom Dr. Annie holding the MDW, we’re hoping K.A.J. avoids the S of AMERICA’S…he actually lands on the M of that same word.

Category: LIVING THINGS
Here’s the last two letters…

_ _ _ _
_ _ _ E S

CBPA gives him at least the first word…

B A B _
_ _ _ E S

…but he doesn’t remember the category as he says BABY WIPES and BABY BLUES. The BABY FOXES have driven away the Lincoln MKC instead of him.

$1M LOCATION: **

$5K SPIN ID: JC5712071

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: January 23, 2017

EPISODE #6531: SHOW YOU THE WORLD

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

S _ E D E _ / &
S _ I _ _ _ R L A _ D

Carlos might be going to SWEDEN & SWITZERLAND, or possibly these female opponents…

Carlos Iglesias: kickboxing instructor from Bakersfield, CA

Page Almond: special Ed teacher & runner from Richmond, VA

Loni Nealy: lighthouse addict from Wenatchee, WA

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ O R E / T O
E _ P _ O R E

Carlos blows it by a letter w/ GORE TO EXPLORE — this is a family show, sir! For Loni, there’s MORE TO EXPLORE.

COLLETTE TRIP: Spain
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: eBags

Round 1: AROUND THE HOUSE

She opens w/ two N’s for that GT, six E’s, a $650 T, and an A, followed by two R’s, three C’s and two L’s (all at $650 apiece), and we have…

C A N _ L E _ _ L _ E R _
& / C E N T E R _ _ E C E _

…but she blows the solve w/ CANDELABRA & CENTERPIECE, possibly throwing away $6,700 cash & GT. Carlos then puts up the $1,300 S pair…

C A N _ L E _ _ L _ E R S
& / C E N T E R _ _ E C E S

…he solves CANDLEHOLDERS & CENTERPIECES for the early lead by $300.

SOLE DQ: Loni’s blown solve

 

Crossword/Mystery Round: ROCK _____

Carlos LaTs out right off the bat. Second, Page calls up a $1,600 pair of S’s, an A, a $3,500 T, E, O, and two I’s, to clean out the vowels. Next up are a $1,400 N pair, a FP G, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to lose $6K. Loni’s third in line w/ a $550 R, three L’s for the colette wedge, a $650 W, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to forfeit $11,598 cash & Spain. Carlos then SPINGLES for the $700 C…

–  ( W) –  –   –        (S)
–   (A)  –   –  –    (L)(O)(_)(S)(T)(E)(R)
–  (L)  /     /    /    –  (N)
(C)(L)(I)(_)(_)(I)(N)(G)                          

…he completes the across words w/ LOBSTER and CLIMBING for a $300 bonus, so he now has $3,300.

INSTA-LaT: Carlos
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

 

PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Page starts this crucial round w/ four N’s for $2K, three I’s, a $650 G, but then the sole dud vowel of O. Second for Loni are a $10,500 T trio, four A’s, two E’s, but then the MDW’s right side to flush away the $10K remainder. Carlos then puts up a $900 L, a U, two $700 S’s, a $500 C, and a $650 V before he sees…

V I S I T I N G / A N
E L E _ _ A N T
S A N C T U A _ _

…he wins another $3,200 and will be VISITING AN ELEPHANT SANCTUARY in SOUTH AFRICA worth $12,258.

SOLE DUD: O (Page)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Loni

Page: BAD LUCK/Loni: $2K/Carlos: $18,758 cash & trip (mistakenly said $14,300 at first)

 

$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ A N I _ H
R I _ _

Page gobbles up some SPANISH RICE to finally strike pay dirt.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

$1,600 per consonant and I no lettered this one! After the H appears as the second letter of this answer…

_ H / _ _
_ _ _ _ N _ S S

OH MY GOODNESSCarlos improves his total by $4,800.

DUDS: T (Page), L (Page), R (Loni)

FINAL SCORES
Page: $3K/Loni: $2K/Carlos: $23,558 cash & trip

GT: $28,558
BANKRUPT TRASH: $27,598 cash & Spain

 

$100K Bonus Round
Here’s another vehicle provided by Star Ford Lincoln — a ’17 Lincoln MKC. Carlos lands on the S of AMERICA’S.

Category: PHRASE
Lead-offs…

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

HCDA gives him besides the obvious…

A _ _ _ E
T H E / _ R A _

…he doesn’t prove to be ABOVE THE FRAY, because he said ABOVE THE DRAG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND HE’S THE FIRST $100K LOSER THIS YEAR (fourth overall this season).

$5K SPIN ID: JJ1967708

MY RATING: 4

Week 19 Stats

Total this Week: $233,783

Total for the Season: $4,886,304

BR Win Record: 36-59 (.379)

Car Wins

-Ford Fiestas: 5

-BR Car: 12 (2 Ford Escapes, 3 Ford Explorers, 1 Ford C-MAX, 1 Ford Mustang, 1 Jeep Compass, 1 FIAT 500x, 1 GMC Terrain, 1  VW Golf, 1 Toyota RAV4)

Prize Wedge Wins: 34

Gift Tag Wins: 31

Mystery Wedge Wins: 6

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 35-11

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 18-17

$10K MW was next to LaT: 17

$10K MW was next to $650: 28

Express was Played-Passed: 26-5

-Successes: 14

-Crashes: 12

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 5 (2 on $2,500, 3 on $3,500)

-BR: 10

FP Vowels/Consonants: 55/30

5-Round Games: 23

6-Round Games: 4

$6K FINAL SPINS: 10

Gooseegg Victims: 19

Red Winners: 28

Yellow Winners: 36

Blue Winners: 31

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $36,100 + unknown trip value

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $607,950 + five trips of unknown value

Biggest Bankrupt: $13,600 + $9K+ trip (Sept. 22), $14,850 (Sept. 20), $14,650 (Jan. 10)

Season-Worst Bankrupt Trash for One Night: $32,800+ (Sept. 22), $32,250 (Dec. 26), $20,400 (Jan. 5)

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

Lowest Winning Totals: $11,600 (Sept. 22), $10,740 (Sept. 30), $7,000 (Jan. 13)

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

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

Season-Low Week: $130,554 (Always Great! Wheel & V8)

 

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 2
MDBRs: 7

$34K: 18/42

$40K: 1/8

$45K: 3/9

$50K: 1/4

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

CAR: 12/28