WoF Recap: February 28, 2017

EPISODE #6557: TEEN BEST FRIENDS

$1K Tossup: PEOPLE

T _ R R I F I C
T E _ _ _ _ _ E S

Ashley & Katie blow it w/ TERRIFIC TEACHERS.

T E R R I F I C
T E A _ M A _ E S

Sang & Isabella say they’re TERRIFIC TEAMMATES. Let’s see how good they are as they try to defeat…

Sang Tong & Isabella (freshmen): from San Diego

Ben Sklansky & Zach (sophomores): from Chicago

Ashley Moore & Katie McChurch (srs.): from Orange County; Ashley wants to be a teacher for the deaf

$2K Tossup: PLACE

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

Zach & Ben solve CONVENIENCE STORE.

Round1: WAYD?

The boys start us off w/ a $1,400 N pair, two I’s, a G for that MDW, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $1,150 and the MDW. Second, A&K strike out w/ P while on the WC. Third, S&I call up a $1,200 pair of H’s, a $900 S, a $600 C, but then a bad vowel in O. The boys then put up a $1K T pair and an R for the WC

_ _ _ N C H I N G
_ _ / T H I R S T

…they’re QUENCHING MY THIRST to double their money.

DUDS: P (A&K), O (S&I)
SOLE BANKRUPT: boys

 

Crossword/Mystery Round: OPPOSITES

A&K lead the way w/ five T’s for $2,750, but then L for loss. S&I are second in line w/ a $550 M, a $500 S, three O’s, a $500 B, and a $1,600 pair of P’s. Grid…

   /     /   /    /  (S)(T)(_)(_)(T)
/     /    /    /   (T)  /   /     /  (O)
(B)(O)(T)(T)(O)(M) /   /  (P)
/    /    /    /  (P)

…they know the opposite of stop is a START, so they add $2,900 to their total ($3,900 overall).

SOLE DUD: L (A&K)

TRIP GOING TO WASTE: Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, FL

Classic Bonus Puzzle (1995 during My Favorite Teacher from Disney World): THING
CDGA was of limited help…

_ _ R _ S C _ _ E

HOROSCOPE was NOT solved.

 

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

S&I BANKRUPT right away near $650 to lose their WC. Second, the boys digs up an $800 S, two A’s, but then M for mistake. Third, A&K get the exact same fate as the other girls. S&I are next w/ a T and go aboard the EXPRESS.

Next Choices: two H’s, N, five O’s, CRASH w/ R (they lose $3,750)

Z&B then put up $1K pairs of W’s and G’s…

_ O O _ / W H O ‘ S
G O _ N G / T O
H A W A _ _

LOOK WHO’S GOING TO HAWAII at the Outrigger Waikiki worth $14,696those boys w/ $2,550.

SOLE NON-BANKRUPT DUD: M (boys)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (S&I 2x; A&K)

Boys: $21,246 cash & trips/A&K: ZILCH/S&I: $3,900

Other Gift Tag of the Week: DICK’S Sporting Goods

 

$3K Tossup: STAR & ROLE

_ E _ / _ _ _ _ E _ K
_ S / B _ T M A _

Zach & Ben don’t know it.

_ E N / _ _ _ L E _ K
_ S / B _ T M A _

Ashley & Katie are one letter off w/ BEN AFFLECK IS “BATMAN”.

_ E N / A _ _ L E C K
_ S / B _ T M A N

Sang & Isabella finally ID BEN AFFLECK AS “BATMAN”.

Round 4: THINGS

They first say a $650 S, but then F for flunk. Second for the leading boys are a $500 N, but then the LaT. Third, the girls in the middle strike out w/ T. S&I resume their play w/ a $500 D, four A’s, a $500 R, but then H for hush. After the boys hit the other normal BANKRUPT to give back the $500, the girls put an $1,800 L trio, but it’s S-U time…

A L _ _ _ R A / A N D
_ A L _ _ L _ S

…w/ a $1,500 FS again. They put up those C’s…

A L _ _ _ R A / A N D
C A L C _ L _ S

…good thing they know their ALGEBRA AND CALCULUS — they’re finally getting their only $4,800 on the night.

DUDS: F (S&I), T (girls), H (S&I)
SOLE BANKRUPT and LaT: Boys

FINAL SCORES
Boys: $21,246 cash & trips/A&K: $4,800/S&I: $6,900

GT: $32,946
BANKRUPT TRASH (sans extras): $5,400

 

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

Category: PHRASE
Easy one, IMO…

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

CHDA adds besides the obvious H…

D _ R _ N _
T H E / _ R E A _

…I’d like to know where the big one was DURING THE BREAK, but the boys have solved and leave w/ $55,246 cash & trips.

$5K SPIN ID: BC6316558

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: February 27, 2017

I can’t believe Teen Best Friends has returned so soon, but I guess I got to live with it.

EPISODE #6556: TEEN BEST FRIENDS

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ / _ A V E
_ _ _ R / B _ C K

Tiara says to Melani “I HAVE YOUR BACK”. First six players this week…

Tiara Wicks & Melani Cleveland (srs.)

Adam Jones & Tyler Jones (HS freshmen)

Shiva Yagobian & Donya Mazdeyasnan (jrs.): Shiva iss also a piano player & has a black belt in karate; they’re aspiring doctors from Calabasas, CA

$2K Tossup: THING

_ S S A Y
_ U E S T _ O N

Tiara & Melani didn’t have to answer an ESSAY QUESTION to triple up.

TRIP WEDGE: Beech Mountain Resort in NC
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: ticketmaster

R1: WAYD?

It’s all T&M — they call up four S’s for $2K, five E’s, a $500 R, an A, four N’s for the North Carolina wedge, three I’s, a G for the WC, three $500 H’s, and the last vowel of O.

_ I N I S H I N G
E A _ H / O _ H E R ‘ S
S E N _ E N _ E S

…they’re FINISHING EACH OTHER’S SENTENCES for $5,900 and a pair of NC trips worth $11,392; that gives then $20,292 cash & trips.

PR

 

Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

A&T start us off w/ a $700 T, a $650 R, five $900 S’s (the SL), three E’s, and three N’s before they gamble $6,600 on the MW near $650it pays off! Next up are an $1,100 L pair, two I’s, a $1K C, a $900 G, and a $700 D before they do this…

S E N D I N G
S I L L _
S C R E E N S _ _ T S

SENDING SILLY SCREENSHOTS for $20,050!

PR #2

 

PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

S&D are up first w/ a $1,300 pair of N’s, three A’s, a $7K pair of T’s, a $1,500 H trio, but then the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to wipe out $9,550. T&M secondly goof w/ W. T&A are third in line w/ a $600 S, four E’s, but then the LaT. S&D try again w/ a C trio for the ticketmaster gift tag, a $650 G, an O, and a $1,200 pair of B’s. We have…

C A T C H _ N G / A

_ _ _ S B E E / O N
T H E / B E A C H

…one of them could be CATCHING A FRISBEE ON THE BEACH, because they’ve won $4,100 and trips to The Westin ST. MAARTEN Dawn Beach worth $15,930.

SOLE DUD: W (T&M)
SOLE LaT: T&A
SOLE BANKRUPT: S&D

T&M: $20,292 cash & NC WC/T&A: $20,050/S&D: $20,030 cash & prizes

Wow — you don’t see these scores happen every often after three rounds of play.

 

$3K Tossup: PERSON

_ U _ / _ _ V O R I _ E
T _ A C H E R

Shiva & Donya solve OUR FAVORITE TEACHER.

Round 4: RHYME TIME

They strike out on the spot w/ T, however. Second for T&M is the LaT. Third, T&A come up w/ a $600 S, a $500 L, but here’s the S-U signal…

S L _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ / &
_ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _

…w/ a $1,500 FS. The Y is said much later…

S L _ P P Y / _ _ E / &
C _ _ _ _ E / D _ _ G H

SLOPPY JOE & COOKIE DOUGH are worth another three grand to Shiva & Donya.

SOLE DUD BEFORE FS: T (S&D)
DUDS DURING S-U: R (S&D), N (boys), A (T&M)
SOLE LaT: T&M

FINAL SCORES
T&M: $20,292 cash & NC/T&A: $20,050/S&D: $26,030 cash & prizes

GT: $66,372
BANKRUPT TRASH: $9,550

 

$100K Bonus Round
Shiva of the blue team spins up the E of GAME.

Category: WAYD?
Leading us off…

_ L _ _ _ _ N _
_ / _ _ _ N

GCHA puts in besides the obvious G and A…

_ L _ _ _ _ N G
A / C _ _ N

…the end result is heads for $34K (thank goodness for that C) after they were FLIPPING A COIN, so they leave w/ $60,030 cash & prizes.

$5K SPIN ID: DD3738555

MY RATING: 9

Week 24 Stats

Total this Week: $296,890

Total for the Season: $6,099,001

BR Win Record: 44-76 (.367)

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: 39

Gift Tag Wins: 38

Mystery Wedge Wins: 8

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 43-17

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 21-22

$10K MW was next to LaT: 24

$10K MW was next to $650: 35

Express was Played-Passed: 32-5

-Successes: 18

-Crashes: 14

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 7 (2 on $2,500, 4 on $3,500, 1 on $5,000)

-BR: 11

FP Vowels/Consonants: 67/35

5-Round Games: 27

6-Round Games: 5

$6K FINAL SPINS: 14

Gooseegg Victims: 25

Red Winners: 39

Yellow Winners: 44

Blue Winners: 37

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $13,900

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $747,329 + 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: $10,740 (Sept. 30), $10,700 (Feb. 6), $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: 9

$34K: 25/55

$40K: 2/11

$45K: 3/10

$50K: 1/6

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

CAR: 12/33

WoF Recap: February 24, 2017

EPISODE #6555: GREAT AMERICAN CITIES (SAN DIEGO)

$1K Tossup: PLACE

H _ _ _ _ _ _ C
_ _ G H _ _ _ _ S E

I never knew San Diego has a HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE, but Tim’s right and let’s go down the line in meeting him and the ladies…

Tim McLean: Marine vet and works in computer science at Camp Pendleton from Oceanside

Lyssa Qualls: Army vet from Carlsbad

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

_ L A Y _ _ _ / B Y
T H E / _ U L E _

Tim and the rest of us know that we’re PLAYING BY THE RULES.

TONIGHT’S TRIP: Alaska from collette

Round 1: SONG LYRICS

He starts us off w/ four T’s for $2,400, six E’s, a $2,100 H trio, but then a bad O buy. Second, Lyssa calls up a $2,100 R trio, a W for the WC, but then N for negative. Third, Amber takes a $1K pair of F’s, a $700 M, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $1,700. Afterwards…

W H E R E / T H E / T _ R F
M E E T _ / T H E / _ _ R F

Tim exactly recites “WHERE THE TURF MEETS THE SURF” from Bing Crosby for four more grand and seven altogether.

DUDS: O (Tim), N (Lyssa)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Amber

 

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Lyssa’s up first w/ two R’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, an I and two A’s, an L for the other 1/2 CAR, twin E’s, but then a possible fatal misstep w/ F for flunk. Amber next inserts three B’s on the MW near LaT and turns down the $3K offer for…ZERO. Tim then puts up a $1,400 Y pair, an $800 C, and two O’s to clean out the vowels…

C R Y / L I _ E / A
B A B Y
B O O _ E R

Don’t CRY LIKE A BABY BOOMER — he’s won another $1,950.

SOLE DUD: F (Lyssa)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Amber

Tim: $8,950/Ladies: $0 each (Lyssa has the WC)

 

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

The N fails Amber at the start. Second for Tim are a $1,200 T pair, six E’s, an A, and the obvious $600 H, then he picks a $2,100 S trio, an $1,800 R pair, two O’s, the last vowel of U, an $1,800 Y pair, and two L’s for the Firehouse Subs gift tag. Board…

_ E E L / T H E
S T R E S S / L E A _ E
Y O U R / _ O _ Y

…not only did you win another $8,500, sir, FEEL THE STRESS LEAVE YOUR BODY when you’re off to the V Heavens Resort in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $6,100.

INSTA-DUD: N (Amber)

Tim: $23,550 cash & D.R./Ladies: $0 each (Lyssa has the WC)

 

$3K Tossup: PEOPLE

_ _ L _ N T _ D
P E R _ O R M _ R S

Amber finally gets off the schneid w/ TALENTED PERFORMERS.

Round 4: EVENT

But she instantly strikes out w/ T. Second in Tim’s direction are four N’s for $2,200, but then a bad E buy. Third, Lyssa lights up a $5K R, but the WC backfires on her when she tries for the S. Amber then puts up an $1,100 W pair, and an 800 G…

W _ N N _ N G
_ N / _ W _ R _

…before we watch the Oscars on Sunday night, she’s WINNING AN AWARD worth $1,900.

DUDS: T (Amber), E (Tim), S (Lyssa)

Speed-Up: FOOD & DRINK

$1,500’s the FS on this Friday. Two S’s are said early on…

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

Amber nails STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM for three grand.

FINAL SCORES
Tim: $23,550 cash & D.R./Lyssa: $1K GOOSEEGG/Amber: $7,950

GT: $32,500
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,700

 

$100K Bonus Round
Let’s find out if Jason from Tuesday is the latest person this season to cost us a PBRW. Tim lands on the W.

Category: PHRASE
I know it already…

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

PGHO has been a winning combination for all the bonus puzzles so far this week, but this will only add two in the last word for tonight…

_ / _ _ _ E
_ / P R O _ _ S E

I MADE A PROMISE that we could have another 4-1 week…he makes it happen w/ one second left and leaves w/ $57,550 cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: NR4085125

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: February 23, 2017

EPISODE #6554: GREAT AMERICAN CITIES (SAN DIEGO)

$1K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

S _ _ / _ _ _ _ S

Cathy nails SEA LIONS. Thursday’s panelists…

Cathy Smelser: from Fallbrook (orig. from England)

Manny Briseno: administrative aide for the Public Utilities Dept. who also enjoys running (half-)marathons from S.D. (and Mt. Woodson has a rock that’s in the shape of a potato known as “Potato Chip Rock”)

Sheana Turner: exec. assistant for a family business & San Diego Gulls girl from Chula Vista

$2K Tossup: EVENT

_ / _ _ E C I _ L
_ _ _ _ S I _ _

Today isn’t A SPECIAL OCCASION, but Manny solves for control.

Round 1: PLACES

He opens w/ four T’s for $2,400, five E’s, a $1,400 pair of R’s, and three S’s for the DICK’s gift tag, followed by an A, a $550 H, but then a bad O buy. Second, Sheana wastes a turn w/ the BANKRUPT near $2,500. Third, Cathy calls up a $500 W, the last vowel of two I’s, a $1,600 pair of L’s, and a $500 N. We have…

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

…she solves STREETS LINED WITH PALM TREES for $2,350, and $3,350 overall.

SOLE DUD: O (Manny)
INSTA-BANKRUPT: Sheana

Crossword/Mystery Round: WATER _______

Sheana strikes out on the spot w/ R. Second, Cathy calls up an S for the 1/2 CAR near $900, two E’s and A’s, but then T for terrible. Third, Manny spins up the other normal BANKRUPT. Sheana tries again w/a  $1,200 pair of D’s, an O, but then the same BANKRUPT Manny got to lose the $950 remainder. Cathy next puts up a $1,300 pair of F’s, but here comes the MDW’s left side to take away that amount and her plate. Manny then puts up a $1,500 L trio for the other 1/2 CAR and here’s the grid…

(_)(_)(F)(F)(A)(L)(O)
(E)   /   /   (A)
(D)  /    /   (L)
/    /   (S)(L)(_)(D)(E)

BUFFALO, SLIDE and BED are the missing words and he has a $150 lead over Cathy.

DUDS: R (Sheana), T (Cathy)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (everyone)

UNCLAIMED TRIP: Si Como No in Costa Rica

PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Cathy leads the way w/ an $1,800 N trio, an E, two E’s, three T’s for the same 1/2 CAR, a $600 G, but then the sole dud vowel of A for awful. Manny also duds out w/ S. Sheana thirdly goes aboard the EXPRESS after calling up an H.

Next Choices: L…five O’s…F…two R’s…W…D (NMC)

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

…she’s won her first $6,750 and will be TOURING THE TOWER OF LONDON on a trip sponsored by “ALLIED” (Blu-ray included) worth $7,040.

DUDS: A (Cathy), S (Manny)

Cathy: $3,350/Manny: $3,500/Sheana: $13,790 cash & trip

$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

A / _ _ _ R / O _
B _ N O _ _ L _ _ S

Manny solves A PAIR OF BINOCULARS.

Round 4: PHRASE

Next up are an $1,800 T trio, but then A for awful. Sheana secondly takes a $700 S, three I’s, but then another bad vowel of O. After Cathy BANKRUPTs near the biggie, it’s S-U time…

I / T _ I _ _
I T ‘ S / _ _ / T _ _ _

…w/ a $1,500 FS. Two N’s and an R later…

I / T _ I N _
I T ‘ S / _ _ / T _ R N

Sheana literally says “I THINK IT’S MY TURN” for another $1,700.

DUDS: A (Manny), O (Sheana)
INSTA-BANKRUPT: Cathy

FINAL SCORES
Cathy: $3,350/Manny: $6,500/Sheana: $15,490 cash & trip

GT: $25,340
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. plate): $2,250

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

Category: THING
The end letters for this one are…

_ _ _ _ E R
_ _ L E

PMCO’s decent…

_ O P _ E R
_ O L E

…PGHO would’ve totally owned it, but she successfully recovers the $34K from a GOPHER HOLE for a final total of $49,490 cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: SW9541808

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: February 22, 2017

EPISODE #6553: GREAT AMERICAN CITIES (SAN DIEGO)

$1K Tossup: PLACE

A M E _ _ C _ ‘ S
_ _ N _ S T / _ I _ Y

In this show’s opinion, they say San Diego is AMERICA’S FINEST CITY; Alicia has the answer will be interviewed first…

Alicia Crawford: Naval Surface Warfare Officer from S.D. (orig. from Dallas)

BJ Lawrence: SeaWorld performer for 15 yrs. from S.D.

Brandy Holmes: restaurant server who recently came back from Belize from Temeculah (orig. from Boone, IA)

$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

C _ _ _ E _ – _ _ _ L E
_ O O K

Alicia has a brain fart this time.

C _ _ _ E E – _ _ _ L E
B O O K

So does Brandy.

C _ _ _ E E – _ _ B L E
B O O K

BJ grabs a COFFEE-TABLE BOOK.

Round 1: THING

He can’t capitalize on TD w/ S for sorry. Second, Brandy calls up a $650 N, three T’s to x4 her starting amount, an O, three $600 R’s, two E’s and A’s, and three C’s to add $1,500…

_ _ I C T O R _ A N
A R C _ _ T E C T U R E

…she solves VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE for $4,900.

INSTA-DUD: S (BJ)

 

Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Brandy gets going w/ a $600 S, three R’s for the SS wedge, five E’s, an I, and the SL Bonus of four $650 C’s before she puts up two H’s and obviously declines for what’s under the MW near LaT (that’s probably the BANKRUPT one). Here’s the board…

C H _ C _ _ _ _ E –
C _ _ E R E _
C H E R R I E S

…she eats some CHOCOLATE-COVERED CHERRIES for another $13,200 in cash & spree (this one from BedandBreakfast.com).

PR

Brandy: $18,100 cash & SS/Alicia: $1K/BJ: $2K

 

Before the next round, Pat says that all of this week’s contestants will receive free tickets to the S.D. Zoo.

PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Alicia plays catch-up here w/ five N’s for $3,500, three I’s, a FP E, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to lose $3,250. Second, BJ gets the exact same fate. Third, Brandy rides the EXPRESS after selecting the obvious G.

Next Choices: two O’s…CRASH w/ S ($750 loss)

Alicia tries again w/ a $650 T, but then F for flunk. BJ follows w/ a C for the 1/2 CAR near $900, two A’s, $500 L and B singles, a $1K Y pair, a U, and $500 N and P singles (he spun that same $500 spot next to the orange $900 all in this round). We have…

U N _ I N _ I N G / O N
M Y / P _ I _ A T E
B A L C O N Y

…he’s not gonna be UNWINDING ON MY PRIVATE BALCONY, but he’s won $3K and will stay at the ARUBA Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino worth $6,300.

SOLE NON-BANKRUPT DUD: F (Alicia)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (everybody)

Brandy: $18,100 cash & SS/Alicia: $1K/BJ: $11,300 cash & Aruba

 

$3K Tossup: OCCUPATION

C _ R T I _ _ E D
_ U T _ _ _ _ _ _ I _ T

Brandy cracks the $21K mark w/ CERTIFIED NUTRITIONIST.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

$1,600’s the FS value. After an M pops up…

_ T / _ _ _ / M _ _ _ S
S _ N S _ / N _ W

IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW — BJ makes the $3,200 solve and finishes is a nice second.

SOLE AIRED DUD: C (Brandy)

FINAL SCORES
Brandy: $21,100 cash & SS/Alicia: $1K/BJ: $14,500 cash & Aruba

GT: $36,600
BANKRUPT TRASH: $4K

 

$100K Bonus Round
Brandy lands on the I of WIN.

Category: THINGS
She needs some help for the top…

_ _ _ _
_ _ N T S

PMHO gives her…

_ O _ _
P _ N T S

COZY PANTS is incorrect (that was my first thought, too), but YOGA PANTS is right for $40K and a final total of $61,100!

$5K SPIN ID: KC7343024

MY RATING: 8

WoF Recap: February 21, 2017

EPISODE #6552: GREAT AMERICAN CITIES (SAN DIEGO)

$1K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

G _ _ _ / W H A L _ S

Paul goofs w/ GIANT WHALES .

G _ A Y / W H A L E S

Tracy spots the GRAY WHALES. She’s the only female from this panel…

Tracy Ferrer: robot seller from S.D.

Paul Prelle: Tri-City Christian School teacher (wife Jennifer started a ministry in Africa in ’07) from Vista

Jason Kugler: Navy Petty Officer for 22 yrs. (as well as instructor; he also restores cars) from Chula Vista

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ / C U _ / O F
G R E E _ / T E A

Jason sips A CUP OF GREEN TEA.

Other Gift Tag of the Week: DICK’S

Round 1: PROPER NAME

He strikes out on the spot w/ R. Second, Tracy calls up a $1,200 pair of T’s, picks up the N for the WC, but BANKRUPTs near $650 to lose $1,700 and the WC. Third, Paul digs up two S’s for $1,100, two D’s to add $1,200, two A’s, two E’s, and three I’s, after which he says a $1,300 pair of M’s, G and three L’s at $700 a pop, two O’s, an $800 P, and the last vowel of U. We have…

O L _ M P I _
G O L D / M E D A L I S T
S _ A U N / _ _ I T E

…he IDs OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST SHAUN WHITE for $5,950.

INSTA-DUD: R (Jason)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Tracy

 

Crossword/Mystery Round: CORN ____

Tracy calls up two R’s and goes for what’s under the MW near LaT (she started to rip it apart when she tried to flip it over and Pat had to help out)…BANKRUPT anyway. Second, both men LaT out back-to-back (Paul tried to call for an S at that time). Tracy tries again w/ two $700 S’s, a $650 Y, but then L for loss. Paul follows w/ a C for the DICK’s gift tag, three O’s, an E, a $700 H, the last vowel of U, but then the MDW’s right side to give back $1,450 cash & GT. Jason then puts up a $600 D, a $500 W, a $1K B and a $500 P…

(C)(H)(O)(W)(D)(E)(R)
(O)  /    /     /    (O)
(B)  /     /    /    (_)
(S)  /     /    /    (S)(Y)(R)(U)(P)

…he munches on the corn DOGS for $2,600 a new total of $4,600.

SOLE DUD: L (Tracy)
LaTs: 2 (men)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Tracy and Paul)

UNCLAIMED TRIP WEDGE: Beacon Hotel in Miami

 

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Paul first can’t capitalize on TD w/ S for sorry. Second for Jason are two $900 T’s, two I’s, two A’s, an O, a $1K pair of F’s, and a $1,400 pair of H’s…

T H _ / _ H A _ _ _ / O F
A / _ I F _ T I _ _

…he’s won $3,450 and THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME on a UGANDAN SAFARI from Ker & Downey worth $11K.

INSTA-DUD: S (Paul)

Paul: $5,950/Jason: $19,050 cash & safari/Tracy: $1K

 

$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ / _ A C _ F _ C
_ _ _ _ _

Paul pinpoints THE PACIFIC OCEAN.

Speed-Up: FUN & GAMES

$1,600 per consonant on this Tuesday. After two I’s are bough for free…

R _ N N I N _
T H _ / R _ _ I _ _

Jason’sRUNNING THE RAPIDS for said FS amount.

FINAL SCORES
Paul: $8,950/Jason: $20,650 cash & safari/Tracy: $1K

GT: $30,600
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. WC): $3,150 cash & GT

 

$100K Bonus Round
Jason’s envelope will be the M of AMERICA’S.

Category: PEOPLE
Some end letters to get him started…

_ _ _ E R
_ _ _ _ L E

CMGI only adds…

_ _ _ E R
C _ _ _ L E

CUTER COUPLE and OLDER COUPLE ain’t gonna work. POWER COUPLE would’ve been right for $40K.

$5K SPIN ID: YJ3958592

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: February 20, 2017

EPISODE #6551: GREAT AMERICAN CITIES (SAN DIEGO)

$1K Tossup: RHYME TIME

L _ _ _ / _ F / S U N
L _ T _ / _ F / F _ _

Gwen blows it w/ “LIFE OF SUN, LITE OF FUN”.

L _ _ S / _ F / S U N
L _ T _ / _ F / F _ _

Chris correctly says “LOTS OF SUN, LOTS OF FUN”. In order, our first players this week…

Chris Stoddard: Marine pilot for 11 yrs. and an uncle from San Diego

Kelly Pergowitz: part-time bartender at a local hotel in Pacific Beach from S.D. (orig. from Vegas)

Gwen Holm: retired business director whose father was in the Marine Corps (and was around Camp Pendleton) from Oceanside (orig. from HI)

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

G R _ L L E _ / _ _ S H
T A _ O _

Kelly screws this one up w/ GRILLED MASH TATER. Chris capitalizes w/ GRILLED FISH TACOS.

VB: Kelly’s botched solve

TRIP WEDGE: caravan.com Canadian tour
First Gift Tag of the Week: Firehouse Subs

Crossword Round: _______ BAR

He gets started w/ a $650 R, an E, a $500 S, and two A’s, followed by a $900 D, two $500 L’s, an O, but then C for crud. Second, Kelly calls up a $500 N but then repeats the A. Third, Gwen spins up a $600 P, two I’s to clean out the vowel shop, a $1,600 T pair, but then the MDW’s left side to lose $1,950. Chris then puts up a $600 K and tries to complete the grid for $2,300…

/    /    /     / (_)  /    /  (T)

/    /  (P)(R)(O)(T)(E)(I)(N)
/    /    /    /  (L)  /     /  (K)
(S)(A)(L)(A)(D)  /     /  (I)

…you think there’s such a thing called a MOLD bar, sir? DUMB! Kelly then fills in that last remaining blank w/ a $650 G and solves for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: C (Chris)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Gwen
DQs:
2 (Kelly’s A repeat, Chris’ blown solve)

 

Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

All Kelly here — she picks a $1,200 T pair, five I’s, five $700 N’s, four $650 R’s, three E’s, and two $550 S’s.

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

…she solves Albert Hammond’s “IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA” for a PR of $7,900; she now has $8,900.

 

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Gwen tries to redeem herself here by calling three $650 T’s, five O’s, an $800 Y, a U, two E’s, but then the sole dud vowel of I. Chris secondly takes an $1,100 N pair, an A, but then the other MDW BANKRUPT to hand over $850. Afterwards…

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

Kelly says “YOU WON’T WANT TO COME HOME” for a trip to the Sheraton Kona in HAWAII worth nine grand.

SOLE DUD: I (Gwen)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Chris

Chris: $3K/Kelly: $17,900 cash & HI/Gwen: BAD SHAPE

 

$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ E _ / D _ _ S _ N

He was a former star of “Cheers”, but Chris doesn’t know him.

_ E _ / D A _ S O N

Gwen gives her second bad answer tonight w/ TED DAWSON.

T E _ / D A N S O N

Kelly finally gets TED DANSON.

Round 4: PLACE

Next from her mouth are a $600 T, but then a baddie of O. Second for Gwen are a $1,500 R trio, two E’s, two FP A’s, a $600 B, and $500 S and P singles…

P R E S _ _ E _ T _ A _
_ _ B R A R _

…she has finally redeemed herself for $2,850 — it’s a PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY we’re taking about.

SOLE DUD: O (Kelly)

Speed-Up: THINGS

$1,550’s the FS payoff. Two H’s are said by somebody…

C H _ R T S
& / _ R _ _ H S

Kelly gets CHARTS & GRAPHS for $3,100.

SOLE DUD: N (Kelly)

FINAL SCORES
Chris: $3K/Kelly: $24K cash & HI/Gwen: $2,850

GT: $29,850
BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,800

 

$100K Bonus Round
Nick Alexander MINI is providing another one of their automobiles, and this one’s a Cooper Convertible. Kelly lands on the N in WIN.

Category: PLACE
The first letters that pop up…

_ _ R
_ _ N _ _ _ T

She picks a PERFECT time to go w/ PGHO…

O _ R
H _ N G O _ T

…and takes away the $34K from OUR HANGOUT for a final total of $58K cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: SA6790371

MY RATING: 6

Week 23 Stats

Total this Week: $233,683

Total for the Season: $5,802,111

BR Win Record: 40-75 (.354)

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: 38

Gift Tag Wins: 37

Mystery Wedge Wins: 8

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 41-16

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 21-20

$10K MW was next to LaT: 24

$10K MW was next to $650: 32

Express was Played-Passed: 30-5

-Successes: 17

-Crashes: 13

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 6 (2 on $2,500, 4 on $3,500)

-BR: 11

FP Vowels/Consonants: 65/35

5-Round Games: 25

6-Round Games: 5

$6K FINAL SPINS: 14

Gooseegg Victims: 24

Red Winners: 37

Yellow Winners: 42

Blue Winners: 36

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $28,233

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $733,429 + 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: $10,740 (Sept. 30), $10,700 (Feb. 6), $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: 9

$34K: 22/52

$40K: 1/9

$45K: 3/10

$50K: 1/6

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

CAR: 12/33

WoF Recap: February 17, 2017 — SKUNK THREAT #5

EPISODE #6550: DISNEY SEA & SHORE WEEK

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

O _ / _ H _
_ I _ _ / S _ _ S

Who could be sailing ON THE HIGH SEAS? Brooke & Mark? Or maybe these other couples…

Brooke & Mark White (about to celebrate 20 yrs. of marriage): he’s a screwdriver designer who also does service at church while she’s a homeschooling mom who also sings at church; they’re from Hickory, NC

Melonie & Baron Grier: he’s a payroll professional & full-time student while she works for the state of SC (they have a dog named Michael Jackson)

Sarah & Brian Small: owner of a puppy named Durbin from Jacksonville, FL

$5K SPIN ID: LW0015867

$2K Tossup: CHARACTER

_ _ _ _
S K Y _ _ _ _ E R

The force is with Brooke, because she’s also solved LUKE SKYWALKER.

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

The opening letters for the Whites are a $700 R, but then T for trouble. Second, the Griers pick up the Luggage Factory gift tag w/ S, but then give that and the $500 right back to the BANKRUPT near TD. Third, the Smalls strike out w/ N. Back to the Whites who say a $500 L, an E, four A’s, two $600 P’s, and two $700 H’s before they…

H A P P _ / A S / A
_ L A _
_ H _ _ _ E R

…blow the $3,300 solve w/ HAPPY AS A CLAM SHUCKER, because there was just one S on top. The Griers then dig up a $700 M, a $1K C pair, an $800 Y, an O, and a $700 W…

H A P P Y / A S / A
C L A M
C H O W _ E R

…they’re HAPPY AS A CLAM CHOWDER for making the $2,950 solve.

DUDS: T (Whites), N (Smalls)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Griers
SOLE DQ: Whites’ blown solve

 

Mystery Round: SHOW BIZ

Getting the Griers started are an $800 R, but then S for sorry. The Smalls secondly find a $550 T, an E, four I’s, but then N for no. The Whites are third in line w/ four L’s before they turn down the $4K buyout for what’s under the MW near $650…it’s BAD NEWS. The Griers then put up four C’s for another $2,600…

C R I T I C _ L L _
_ C C L _ I _ E _
_ I L _

…but they blow the $3,400 solve w/ CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BILL, which doesn’t even fit the category; the Smalls then say CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FILM for the $2K minimum.

DUDS: S (Griers), N (Smalls)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Whites
SOLE DQ: Griers’ blown solve

 

PP/Express Round: PLACES

The Smalls go aboard the EXPRESS right away after an S request.

Next Choices: T…E…three N’s…G…I…C…two H’s…two A’s…O (NMV)…CRASH w/ L (they lose $8K)

The Whites then put up a $1,300 R pair…

E N C H A N T I N G
H A R _ O R S

…they’ll be seeing some ENCHANTING HARBORS on their DANUBE RIVER CRUISE from Adventures by Disney worth a whopping $14K.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Smalls

Whites: $18,300 cash & cruise/Griers: $2,950/Smalls: $2K

 

$3K Tossup: LIVING THING

L A U _ _ _ N G
H _ E _ A

The Whites silence a LAUGHING HYENA for the Tossup sweep.

Speed-Up: WAYD?

Consonants are worth $1,700 apiece. After three M’s show their faces…

M _ _ I N G
M _ M _ R I _ S

…the Griers will be MAKING MEMORIES w/ another $8,500.

DUDS: L (Smalls), T (Whites)

FINAL SCORES
Whites: $21,300 cash & cruise/Griers: $11,450/Smalls: $2K

GT: $34,750
BANKRUPT TRASH: $9,500 cash & luggage

 

$100K Bonus Round
The W’s landed on again.

Category: PHRASE
I know it already…

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

CDYO only gives them the vowel…

_ _ R / _ R O _
O _ E R

but this week is FAR FROM OVER when they’ve solved for $34K and a final total of $55,300 cash & cruise.

MY RATING: 6