EPISODE #6525: WHEEL & V8 SWEEPSTAKES
$1K Tossup: PHRASE
N O _ H _ _ _ / _ I K E
T _ E / O _ I _ I N _ L
Ashley knows that this show and V8 is NOTHING LIKE THE ORIGINAL. The players on this potentially unlucky day (Friday the 13th, you see)…
Ashley Klein: involved in insurance sales from Grand Rapids
Dorthula Tillery: works in the HR dept. for the nation’s largest title insurance co. from Lakeland, FL
Vito Madrid: computer tech & BINGO guy from Albuquerque
$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE
B R _ S S
_ O O _ K _ _ _ S
Dorthula blows it w/ BRASS BOOKENDS.
B R _ S S
D O O _ K _ _ B S
Vito gets BRASS DOORKNOBS.
Round 1: SHOW BIZ
A $500 R sends him on his way, but the sole dud vowel of E stops him just as quick. Second, Ashley calls up a $1,500 S trio, four A’s, and two H’s for the WC, but she then hits the MDW’s right side to lose $2,250 and that WC. Dorthula’s third in line w/ a $700 T, two I’s, a $1K M pair, and the other two vowels, after which come $700 C and L singles…
S M A S H – H I T
_ R O A _ _ A _
M U S I C A L
…and a $2,350 solve of SMASH-HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL.
SOLE DUD: E (Vito)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Ashley
Mystery Round: SAME NAME
Ashley first lights up twin N’s and goes for what’s under the MW near $650…nothing but trouble. Dorthula secondly calls up a $550 D, three A’s, and two FP E’s, followed by a $1K pair of S’s, but then the sole dud vowel of O. Vito thirdly puts up a $1,200 pair of R’s, the other two vowels, three $550 C’s, a $1K M, a $900 G, but then T for terrible. After Ashley misses again w/ H, Dorthula inserts the $650 L and $1K F to leave one letter unexposed…
C E R A M I C / A N D
F L _ I N G
S A U C E R S
…she solves CERAMIC AND FLYING SAUCERS for $2,700 and a new total of $5,050.
DUDS: O (Dorthula), T (Vito), H (Ashley)
HER SECOND BANKRUPT: Ashley
PP/Express Round: PLACES
Dorthula opens w/ two S’s while on EXPRESS and DECLINES. She follows w/ a T for the gift tag, the four non-U vowels in one sitting, a $550 N, an $800 L, but then H for hush. Vito next uncovers three $650 C’s, an M for the 1/2 CAR near $600, an $800 J…a $900 V…but then B for BIG DUD. Afterwards…
M A J E S T I C
V O L C A N I C / _ E A _ S
…Ashley will be seeing the MAJESTIC VOLCANIC PEAKS on that caravan.com CENTRAL AMERICA TOUR.
DUDS: H (Dorthula), B (Vito)
Ashley: $7K cash & tour/Dorthula: $5,050/Vito: $2K
$3K Tossup: EVENT
C _ _ _ _ L
F _ I D _ Y
Vito knows that today’s CASUAL FRIDAY.
$1,650 per consonant in another ugly affair. After Vito questionably purchases the four E’s…
_ _ _ D E M _ _
_ _ H _ E _ E M E N T
…ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT leaves him $350 short of the victory — why did you NOT call the C’s, sir?!?!
DUDS: R (Vito), S (Vito), L (Ashley), K (Dorthula)
Ashley: $7K cash & tour/Dorthula: $5,050/Vito: $6,650
BANKRUPT TRASH (WC not factored): $2,250
$100K Bonus Round
Unless Ashley can bail us out, I would NOT be surprised if we’ve been skunked. She lands on the E of AMERICA’S.
This 12-letter answer starts as…
_ _ _ _ L _
_ _ _ T E _
CMHA only adds twin H’s on top…
H _ _ H L _
_ _ _ T E _
…sure enough, we’ve been skunked for the second time this season. This not-so-HIGHLY GIFTED lady loses the Nissan JUKE, and she will go down as the lowest-winning champion in the MDW era.
LAST SWEEPSTAKES PUZZLE: LET’S GO TO THE FESTIVAL
With that, we’ve set a NEW SEASON-LOW WEEKLY TOTAL of $130,554. At least Heather did better winnigs-wise, or else we would’ve broken the weekly winning record low from Dec. 2006.
MY RATING: 1 (I NEVER done this before until NOW)