Week 29 Stats

Total this Week: $331,021

Total for the Season: $7,512,475

BR Win Record: 56-89 (.386)

Car Wins

-Ford Fiestas: 8

-BR Car: 16

  • 7 Fords (2 Escapes, 3 Explorers, 1 C-MAX, 1 Mustang)
  • 1 Jeep Compass
  • 4 FIATs (1 500x, 3 Spiders)
  • 1 GMC Terrain
  • 2 Volkswagens (1 Golf, 1 Passatt)
  • 1 Toyota RAV4

Prize Wedge Wins: 51

Gift Tag Wins: 41

Mystery Wedge Wins: 10

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 50-19

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 25-25

$10K MW was next to LaT: 27

$10K MW was next to $650: 40

Express was Played-Passed: 37-6

-Successes: 20

-Crashes: 17

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 8 (2 on $2,500, 5 on $3,500, 1 on $5,000)

-BR: 15

FP Vowels/Consonants: 85/43

5-Round Games: 33

6-Round Games: 6

$6K FINAL SPINS: 18

Gooseegg Victims: 31

Red Winners: 47

Yellow Winners: 50

Blue Winners: 48

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $19,750

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $829,129 + 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: 31/64

$40K: 2/12

$45K: 4/13

$50K: 2/8

$100K (or $1M): 1/7

CAR: 16/41

WoF Recap: March 31, 2017

EPISODE #6580: WHEEL LOVES NY

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ H _ / _ _ _ Y / _ _ _ T
N _ _ E _ / S _ _ _ _ _

This lady named Ellison knows that NY is THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS. Final players to wrap up March…

Ellison Thomas: IT project mgr. from Austin

Pamela Jenkins: team lead support worker for hospital registers from Wagner, OK

Colton Christensen: right of way real estate agent from Grover Beach, CA

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

S _ / M _ N Y

_ _ S _ _ _ S

Pamela doesn’t have an answer ready.

S O / M A N Y
M _ S E U _ S

Ellison realizes that there are SO MANY MUSEUMS all over the world.

Round 1: WAYD?

All Ellison here — she calls up a $1K pair of N’s, a $900 G, three I’s, an O, a $600 T, an S for the NYC trip, an E, a $1,200 pair of R’s, a $1,300 pair of L’s, and four A’s to clean out the vowels.

A R R I _ I N G
_ A S _ I O N A _ L _
L A T E

She’ll be ARRIVING FASHIONABLY LATE at The Kimberly Hotel ($6,350) and will receive tickets to the “Gazillion Bubble Show”, so that PR was worth $10,850 and her new subtotal is $13,850.

 

Crossword/Mystery Round: LONG ______

Pamela leads off w/ a $1,200 pair of R’s, two E’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to lose the $950 remainder. Second, Colton digs up a $900 S, but then the sole dud vowel of O. Third, Ellison picks off a $1,200 pair of N’s, two D’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900, two A’s and an I, an L for that ticketmaster gift tag and two U’s. But after a $650 H is the same normal BANKRUPT to hand over $3,600 cash & GT. After Pamela wastes another turn w/ the other normal BANKRUPT, Colton puts up a W on the MW near LaT and obviously gambles…$$$. But next is a critical dud of T to leave $10,650 on the table. Ellison then SPINGLES for a $550 P…

(_)  –    –    –     –     –  (H)
(U)(N)(D)(E)(R)(W)(E)(A)(R)
(_)  –     –    –    –     – (U)
(P) –    –    –   –  (I)(S)(L)(A)(N)(D)

…this lady did a long JUMP for a $450 bonus, and she’s up to $14,850.

DUDS (both by Colton): O & T
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Pamela 2x, Ellison)

 

PP/Express Round: THING

Here goes Colton w/ a $900 R, two E’s, four $700 T’s, two I’s, but then L for loss on the other 1/2 CAR. Second for Ellison are two H’s for the same 1/2 CAR she lost in the last round, four A’s, three N’s for that MDW, but then the LaT. Pamela then says a $650 G, a $700 F, an $1,800 pair of S’s, and a $600 C before she tries to get on the board…

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

…she’ll like the FANTASTIC SUNBATHING WEATHER in PUERTO VALLARTA worth $6,350 (no hotel mentioned).

SOLE DUD: L (Colton)
SOLE LaT: Ellison

Colton: ZILCH/Ellison: $14,850 cash & NYC/Pamela: $10,750 cash & Mexico

 

$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

B O _ T _ E
O P _ _ E _

Colton’s scoreless no more w/ a BOTTLE OPENER.

Speed-Up: SHOW BIZ

$1,600’s what Pat spins on this Friday. Two S’s are said about midway through…

S _ T _ _ _ _ _ / N _ G H T
_ _ _ _ / H _ S T

…Alec Baldwin is one prominent example of a “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” HOST, and Ellison has pocketed another $4,800.

FINAL SCORES
Colton: $3K/Ellison: $19,650 cash & NYC/Pamela: $10,750 cash & Mexico

GT: $33,400
BANKRUPT TRASH (sans plate): $4,550 cash & GT

 

$100K Bonus Round
Ellison lands on the S of SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
This biggie starts like this…

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

PGH won’t work, but six O’s do pop up…

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

We’re glad you were OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE, Ellison, so your final total’s $53,650 cash & trip. And Kim from Monday is probably shaking her head for denying us the PBRW.

$5K SPIN ID: JG3784009

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: March 30, 2017

EPISODE #6579: WHEEL LOVES NY

$1K Tossup: LANDMARK

G _ _ _ D / C E _ _ _ _ L
_ _ _ M _ _ _ _

This is the largest train station in NY, and Gery knows that’s GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL. Thursday’s trio go by these names…

Gery Hirsch: customer service mgr. for a utility co. from Marysville, MD

Claudia Meiling: retired English teacher, boater & women’s a capella barbershop chorus member from Tulsa

Missy Baker: English teacher at a juvenile detention facility from Grand Rapids, MI

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

_ I G H _ / O N
_ _ _ / _ _ _ E Y

Once again, Gery is RIGHT ON THE MONEY.

Round 1: FUN & GAMES

He begins the proceedings w/ a T for the WC, three E’s, a $600 H, two A’s, a $1,300 pair of S’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $1,900 and the WC. Second, Claudia calls up an $,1800 pair of N’s, a $600 L, three O’s, a $900 C, and four I’s to clean out the vowel shop. Next are four R’s for $2,400, a $1,300 pair of D’s, but then P for phooey. After Missy wastes a turn w/ the MDW’s right side, Gery takes the $1,950 B trio…

R I D I N _ / A
B I _ E / A C R O S S
T H E / B R O O _ L _ N
B R I D _ E

…and solves RIDING A BIKE ACROSS THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE to go to $4,950.

SOLE DUD: P (Claudia)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Gery & Missy)

 

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Both women instantly get a penalty space (Claudia on the BANKRUPT near TD, Missy on LaT). Third in line, Gery puts up five T’s for $3,250, three R’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900, three E’s and A’s, a $1K pair of S’s, but then the sole dud vowel of I. Claudia tries again w/ two L’s for $1,100, a $500 W, two O’s, a $700 N, and two U’s, but the LaT gets her. Missy follows w/ an $800 H, a $500 D, two P’s for the Mrs. Prindable’s gift tag, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to forfeit $3,300 cash & GT. After Gery gets his first taste of LaT, Claudia picks up that MDW w/ two M’s and tries to solve all of this…

H U M P T _
D U M P T _ / S A T / O N
A / W A L L / S T R E E T
_ R O _ E R

I really don’t want to hear that HUMPTY DUMPTY SAT ON A WALL STREET BROKER, but she’s successful for $1,800.

SOLE DUD: I (Gery)
LaTs: 3 (everybody)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

UNCLAIMED NY TRIP: NY Hilton Midtown

 

PP/Express Round: PLACE

Missy’s going aboard the EXPRESS right away after starting w/ an S.

Next Choices: two T’s…two E’s…R…two A’s…CRASH w/ N ($3,500 loss)

Gery then says a $500 H and two I’s to clean out the vowel shop.

_ I _ E R S E
H A _ I T A T

He may have solved for just $250, but he’ll see a DIVERSE HABITAT at the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort in ARUBA.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Missy

Missy: BAD LUCK/Gery: $11,290 cash & Aruba/Claudia: $1,800 MDW

 

$3K Tossup: PERSON

_ _ _ L _ T
D A N _ _ _

Gery’s swept those Tossups w/ a BALLET DANCER.

Speed-Up: THING

Here’s another $1,500 FS for you. The G is inserted at the end of the first word…

S T _ _ _ _ _ T _ N G
C _ N _ _ R S _ T _ _ N

Missy gets STIMULATING CONVERSATION for her only $3K.

FINAL SCORES
Missy: $3K/Gery: $14,290 cash & Aruba/Claudia: $1,800

GT: a pitiful $19,090
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. WC): $8,700 cash & GT

 

$100K Bonus Round
The & is what Gery must take.

Category: WAYD?
Reveal the RSTLNE legend…

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

GMCI only gives him the obvious…

_ E I G _ I N G
_ _ T I _ N S

actually, the obvious was all he needed for this $34K solve, and he’s gonna be WEIGHING OPTIONS on what to do with his final total of $49,290.

$5K SPIN ID: GM0830030

MY RATING: 6

 

 

WoF Recap: March 29, 2017

EPISODE #6578: WHEEL LOVES NY

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

P _ _ _ / _ V E N _ E

Kristen locates PARK AVENUE. This lady at the end will be interviewed first…

Kristen Kincanon: bartender from Naples, FL and by way of Chicago

Cindy Gonzales: works in a District Attorney’s office from L.A.

Matthew Gillispie: 9th Grade English teacher at Milford HS from Union, KY

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ _ T R  _ I
_ _ _ _ W _ _ _

Matthew takes a bite of a PASTRAMI SANDWICH.

Crossword Round: DON’T BREAK IT

He kicks off w/ a $600 T, two E’s and A’s, but then the LaT. Second, Kristen spins her way to a $1,200 pair of R’s, a $650 H, a single O, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to lose $1,600. Third, Cindy calls up a $650 W, a FP U, a $700 L, and the last vowel of I, but next is B for bad. After Matthew hits the same normal BANKRUPT to lose his Benjamin, Kristen puts up a $550 P, an $800 M, and a $600 S to complete the grid…

–    – –   (H)(E)(A)(R)(T)
–   –      –   –    –   (U)
–     –    –     –   –  (L)(A)(W)
(P)(R)(O)(M)(I)(S)(E)

…and take a $950 lead over the man.

SOLE DUD: B (Cindy)
SOLE LaT: Matthew
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Kristen and Matthew)

 

Mystery Round: FUN & GAMES

All Kristen here — she picks an $1,100 pair of N’s, an $800 S, six E’s, three T’s for the WC, two A’s, an $1,800 R trio, and three C’s for that NYC trip.

_ C E – S _ A T _ N _
A T / R _ C _ E _ E _ _ E R
C E N T E R

She could soon be ICE-SKATING AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER, because she’s won $6,200 and a trip to the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel w/ tickets to “Drunk Shakespeare” worth $6,178.

PR

Cindy: ZIP/Matthew: $2K/Kristen: $15,328 cash & NYC WC

 

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Cindy gets that MDW right away w/ three T’s, but the LaT nails her just as quick. Matthew secondly finds four N’s for the ticketmaster gift tag, four A’s, and three FP E’s, after which come a $1K pair of M’s, two I’s, a $550 G, but then the LaT. Afterwards…

A M A _ I N G / I _ / A N
_ N _ E _ _ T A T E M E N T

Kristen says “AMAZING IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT” for her second trip to the IBEROSTAR Playa Mita in MEXICO worth $6,500.

LaTs: 2 (opposition)

Cindy: ZILCH/Matthew: $2K/Kristen: $21,828 cash & trips WC

 

$3K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ I _ _ R I C T
_ _ N _ G E R

Naturally, Cindy answers w/ DISTRICT MANAGER to finally strike pay dirt.

Speed-Up: THINGS

$1,500 per consonant here. Midway through, Kristen inserts the twin G’s, but she’s way off w/ GETTING-HUGE COMPLIMENTS. Two D’s are later put up…

C _ T T I N G – _ D G _
D _ _ _ L _ _ _ _ N T S

Matthew gets CUTTING-EDGE DEVELOPMENTS for $8K.

DUDS: R (Kristen), H (Cindy), A (Matt)
SOLE DQ: Kristen’s botched solve

FINAL SCORES
Cindy: $3K/Matthew: $10K/Kristen: $21,828 cash & trips WC

GT: $34,828
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,700

 

$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the & envelope for Kristen.

Category: THING
Opening layout…

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

HCDO and F will only add the vowel…

_ O _ _ L _ R
_ _ O T E

but she somehow defeats the QU-trick w/ a POPULAR QUOTE for $45K and a final total of $66,828 cash & trips!

$5K SPIN ID: DD3390166

MY RATING: 8

WoF Recap: March 28, 2017

EPISODE #6577: WHEEL LOVES NY

$1K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ O _ / _ O G
_ _ _ _ _ _

Kathleen nails HOT DOG VENDOR. Like last night, we start in the middle for the interviewing…

Kathleen Hutson: works at a nonprofit focused on advocating for & defending children’s rights from Charlotte, NC

Nic Pope: Sequoia Church pastor who proposed to Katie on top of the Empire State Building from Fresno, CA

Cassie Bradley: steel drum player & sports mgmt. worker from Chicago

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

_ _ _ K _ N _ / F _ R
M _ / _ E _ S

I’m NOT actually LOOKING FOR MY KEYS, but Cassie has solved for control.

Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Mrs. Prindables

Round 1: PERSON

It’s all Cassie — she calls up a $1,300 pair of T’s, a $600 S, two E’s and A’s, five N’s for the NYC trip (this one is from collette), and four O’s.

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

I’m A MAN WHO NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION, and this lady has solved for $3,650 and that NYC trip worth $7,798.

PR

Cassie: $13,448 cash & NYC/Kathleen: $1K/Nic: $0

 

Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Kathleen’s up first w/ three L’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, two A’s, a $900 N, a $550 T, and vowel singles of E and I, then she says an M for the other 1/2 CAR, the last vowel of O…a $600 S…and a $1,300 pair of C’s before she goes for the big solve…

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

She sure had one of the latter, didn’t she? MATING & CLOSE CALL wins her $19,340 in cash & Fiesta!

PR #2

Cassie: $13,448 cash & NYC/Kathleen: $20,340 cash & Fiesta/Nic: $0

 

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Now that we finally get to hear from Nic, he opens w/ three T’s for the WC, two A’s, a $1K H pair, and an E, followed by an $1,800 R pair, two I’s, a $650 P, the other two vowels, and two W’s while on EXPRESS before he GOES ABOARD.

Current Bank: $5,700
Next Choices: N…S…two L’s…D…F…Y

He asks that burning question for $12,700…

W H A T / A I R P O R T
S H O U L D / W E / F L Y
I N T O ?

…and he’ll be flying into the one near The Westin Ka’anapali in MAUI worth $10K.

THIRD PR IN A ROW!

Cassie: $13,448 cash & NYC/Kathleen: $20,340 cash & Fiesta/Nic: $22,700 cash & HI WC

 

$3K Tossup: PLACE

_ A _ _ / L O _ B Y

Up over $16K Cassie goes, because she’s solved MAIN LOBBY.

Speed-Up: THING

Look out, it’s a $6K FS! Late in this round, the A is bought for free, but Kathleen goofs w/ REALITY COMPETITION. Nic then buys the twin I’s…

_ E A L T _ _
C O M _ E T I T I O N

…I was hoping he would say the H’s instead, but he was truly a part of some HEALTHY COMPETITION and has solved for another $18K!

DUDS: S (Cassie), R (Kathleen), D (Cassie)
SOLE DQ: Kathleen’s missolve

FINAL SCORES
Cassie: $16,448 cash & NYC/Kathleen: $20,340 cash & Fiesta/Nic: $40,700 cash & HI WC

GT: $77,488!
NO BANKRUPTS!

 

$100K Bonus Round
Nic lands on the I of SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
Two letters on the bottom to start…

_ _ _ _
_ N / T _ _

PBHO and G will give him at least the entire bottom line…

B _ _ _
O N / T O P

but it was the B that helped him get BACK ON TOP, and he just won the Passat SE (technology pkg. included) worth $29,265, giving him a final total of $69,965 cash & prizes! BTW, that’s the first time in over three yrs. when two different players have won an automobile.

$5K SPIN ID: TN5248899

MY RATING: 9

WoF Recap: March 27, 2017

EPISODE #6576: WHEEL LOVES NY

$1K Tossup: LANDMARK

_ M _ _ _ E / _ T A _ E
_ U _ _ _ _ _ _

Kim locates the EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.

Kim Battaile: sporting goods worker by day and MBA-seeking student by night from San Diego

Lisa Noyes: volunteer for school & church from Plano, TX

Daniel Masters: security worker for Cleveland Indians from Olmsted Falls, OH

$2K Tossup: PLACES

H I _
N E _ G _ B _ R H O _ _ S

Daniel flubs by a letter w/ HIS NEIGHBORHOODS, which allows Lisa to solve HIP NEIGHBORHOODS.

FIRST NYC TRIP ON OFFER: Conrad New York w/ tickets to “Cagney the Musical”

Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: ticketmaster

Round 1: HEADLINE

Her first moves are a $700 T, but then the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Daniel calls up two H’s for $1,200, a couple E’s, a $1,300 pair of N’s, an I, and two O’s. Those are followed by a $700 S, the other two vowels, a $500 D, a $700 L, and a $600 R before he tries to solve this…

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

This happened in January 2009, and Daniel knows that’s the “MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON” for $3,750.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Lisa

 

Crossword/Mystery Round: BIG _______

That man loses control right away w/ T.  Second, Kim also whiffs w/ R. Third, Lisa digs up a $600 D, two E’s, and three A’s before she says two L’s on the MW near LaT and risks a Benjamin…BANKRUPT. After Daniel repeats the same dud consonant he said before, Kim proceeds to call a FP I, an $1,800 P pair, a $650 S, and the last vowel of O, but the same normal BANKRUPT takes away $2,200. Lisa follows w/ a $1,600 M pair, a K for the 1/2 CAR near $900, but then N for nothing while on the WC. Once Daniel hits the same normal BANKRUPT

(M) –   –    –  (D)
(A)(P)(P)(L)(E)
(M) –   –    –  (A)
(A) –   –    –   (L)(E)(_)(O)(_)(S)(K)(I)

Kim says “LEBOWSKI” to double her $1K.

DUDS: T (Daniel; repeated by him), R (Lisa), N (Lisa)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole panel)

 

PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Kim picks up that MDW right away w/ two R’s, FPs triple E’s, but then gives up that sparkly green wedge to the other normal BANKRUPT. Second for Lisa are an $1,800 N trio, a $500 G, two I’s and an A, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to surrender $1,800. Third in Daniel’s favor are two T’s for the WC, but then S for sorry. Kim then SPINGLES for a $500 B…

R E N T I N G / A
_ _ N _ E R T I B _ E

…she could be RENTING A CONVERTIBLE at the Rincon Beach Resort in PUERTO RICO worth $6,300.

SOLE DUD: S (Daniel)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Daniel: $3,750 WC/Kim: $8,800 cash & P.R./Lisa: $2K

 

$3K Tossup: THINGS

W A L _ _ N G
S _ O _ _

Lisa’s feeling comfortable in her WALKING SHOES.

Speed-Up: FUN & GAMES

$1,600’s the consonant payoff. The F is said late…

T _ X T _ N G / _
S _ _ L _ _ / F _ C _

Kim will be TEXTING A SMILEY FACE, because she solves for $6,400 and a ticket to Bonusland.

INSTA-DUD: R (Lisa)

FINAL SCORES
Daniel: $3,750/Kim: $15,200 cash & P.R./Lisa: $5K

GT: $23,950
BANKRUPT TRASH (MDW not factored): $4,800

 

$100K Bonus Round
The next car waiting to be won is a Volkswagen Passat SE. Kim lands on that W.

Category: PHRASE
Only the vowel to start…

_ _ _ E
_ _ _

BMDO gives her…

M _ _ E
_ _ _

…a GAME OVER, and we’re not gonna MAKE WAY for her winning $34K.

$5K SPIN ID: CA5431227

MY RATING: 5

Week 28 Stats

Total this Week: $233,175

Total for the Season: $7,181,454

BR Win Record: 52-88 (.371)

Car Wins

-Ford Fiestas: 7

-BR Car: 15 (2 Ford Escapes, 3 Ford Explorers, 1 Ford C-MAX, 1 Ford Mustang, 1 Jeep Compass, 1 FIAT 500x, 3 FIAT Spiders, 1 GMC Terrain, 1  VW Golf, 1 Toyota RAV4)

Prize Wedge Wins: 48

Gift Tag Wins: 41

Mystery Wedge Wins: 10

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 48-19

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 24-24

$10K MW was next to LaT: 26

$10K MW was next to $650: 39

Express was Played-Passed: 35-6

-Successes: 19

-Crashes: 16

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 8 (2 on $2,500, 5 on $3,500, 1 on $5,000)

-BR: 13

FP Vowels/Consonants: 81/43

5-Round Games: 33

6-Round Games: 6

$6K FINAL SPINS: 17

Gooseegg Victims: 31

Red Winners: 47

Yellow Winners: 47

Blue Winners: 46

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $23,200

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $809,379 + 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: 29/61

$40K: 2/12

$45K: 3/12

$50K: 2/8

$100K (or $1M): 1/7

CAR: 15/40

WoF Recap: March 24, 2017

EPISODE #6575: SOUTHERN CHARM

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

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

Ben’s hoping we’re RETURNING THE FAVOR in a good way after he solves this puzzle first among this end-of-week panel…

Ben Dombroski: HS math teacher & church youth sponsor from Quincy, IL

Amy West: office mgr. for a plumbing/drain cleaning co. from Milwaukie, OR

Annmarie Aiken: CPA accountant & aunt w/ NO children from Hempstead, NY (orig. from Jamaica)

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

S T _ _ D / U P
_ T _ _ I G _ _

Amy only gets the first line.

S T _ _ D / U P
_ T R _ I G _ T

Annmarie is able to STAND UP STRAIGHT.

LAST SOUTHERN CHARM TRIP: American Queen Steamboat Co. river cruise

Round 1: THING

All Annmarie here — she calls up two T’s for that MDW, a $650 N, two E’s, an R for the Southern Living $ GT, a $1,400 pair of S’s, a G for the WC, two O’s, and a U.

G E N E R O U S
_ O S _ _ T _ _ _ T _

We give her $3,300 for her GENEROUS HOSPITALITY, so she’s up to $5,300.

PR

 

Mystery/Crossword Round: THINGS YOU RIDE

Ben’s off to a bad start w/ T. Second, Amy comes up w/ a $500 B, a FP I, a $900 K, three E’s, but then S for sorry. Third, Annmarie finds a $600 N, three A’s to clean out the vowels, $3,500 R and P singles (latter via the WC), and two L’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, but next is a critical dud of H to leave $8,350 on the table. Ben then says a $500 M, a $900 C, and a W for the other 1/2 CAR

–  –  –   (B)  –  –    –  (W )
–   –  -(A)(I)(R)(P)(L)(A)(N)(E)
–   –    – (K) –    –   – (_)
(C)(A)(M)(E)(L) –   – (E)

…he rides a WAVE to another $1,900.

DUDS: T (Ben), S (Amy), H (Annmarie)

 

PP/Express Round: PEOPLE

Here goes Amy w/ a couple R’s for $1,100, a $1,600 S pair, three E’s, two A’s, but then F for flunk. Annmarie secondly picks a $1,500 N trio, but then L for loss on the 1/2 CAR near $900. Third for Ben are the T for the same 1/2 CAR Annmarie failed to get and the remaining vowels of I and four O’s before he tries to become the latest Fiesta winner…

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

he certainly is after solving VACATIONERS & HONEYMOONERS, but he’s also won a $7,800 trip to the Sandals Royal Bahamian in the BAHAMAS.

DUDS: F (Amy), L (Annmarie)

Annmarie: $5,300 MDW/Ben: $25,790 cash & prizes/Amy: ZILCH

 

$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

S _ A _ _
C O L L _ _ _ _ _ N

Ben gets STAMP COLLECTION to go to $28,790.

Speed-Up: LIVING THINGS

Annmarie can say goodbye to her MDW hopes, because the FS is $1,500. A P is said late…

S H E E P D _ _
A N D / C A T F I S H

….Annmarie catches a SHEEPDOG AND CATFISH for $6K.

SOLE DUD: R (Amy)

FINAL SCORES
Annmarie: $11,300/Ben: $28,790 cash & prizes/Amy: $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $41,090
NO BANKRUPT TRASH

 

$100K Bonus Round
The N in WIN calls Ben’s name.

Category: PHRASE
Stingy RSTLNE help in this fairly big one…

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

CDMO gives him…

_ _ _ _ / _ O _ N T
O _ / M _ / D _ _

This would the HIGH POINT OF MY DAY if he solves without any help in the first word…but he says BEST instead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND HE’S THE SIXTH $100,000 LOSER THIS SEASON. Doggone it.

$5K SPIN ID: MW5525497

MY RATING: 5

WoF Recap: March 23, 2017

EPISODE #6574: SOUTHERN CHARM

$1K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ _ O W E R _
_ N / _ / _ _ S E

Amie finds some FLOWERS IN A VASE. The Thursday trio…

Amie Brenner: reg. nurse for 18 yrs. and also volunteers for an animal shelter (hubby Kevin of 17 yrs. have a rescue dog & cat) from San Diego

Lenny Cataudella: Naval reservist who went to Afghanistan as a drone pilot and volunteered for the Gary Sinise Foundation and his hometown’s police dept. from Hermosa Beach

Jeanne Miele: mgr. for health info dept. at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance from Edmonds, WA

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ U M _ _ / I N
_ Y / _ _ _ _ Y

Amie also solves YUMMY IN MY TUMMY.

Round 1: FOOD & DRINK

She begins the proceedings w/ a $1K T pair, five E’s, an N for the Southern Charm wedge (Green Palm Inn in Savannah), a $1,300 pair of H’s, and an A, followed by a $650 S, a  $1,500 B trio, but then L for loss to leave $10,450 cash & trip on the table. Second, Lenny calls up a $650 R, buys an I, but the sole dud vowel of O stops him. Jeanne then inserts a $1,500 C trio…

T H E / B E S T
B A R B E C _ E
C H I C _ E N

…I’m not sure where you can eat THE BEST BARBECUE CHICKEN is in America, but she’s on the board anyway.

DUDS: L (Amie), O (Lenny)

 

Crossword/Mystery Round: ON MY DESK

Lenny strikes out right away w/ T. Second, Jeanne FPs a pair of E’s, but she repeats that dud consonant. Third, Amie finds a $1,200 pair of L’s, but then buys the one dud vowel of A. After Lenny wastes another turn w/ the BANKRUPT near $650, Jeanne puts up a $1,400 pair of N’s, two I’s, an I, a FP U, a $700 M, two FP S’s, and a $700 P. Grid…

/    /     /    /   (P)(_)(O)(N)(E)
(M)(O)(U)(S)(E)
/     /     /    /  (N)
(_) (I)  (L)(L)(S)

PHONE and BILLS are the leftover words for $3,300; she now has $4,800.

DUDS: T (Lenny; repeated by Jeanne), A (Amie)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Lenny

 

PP/Express Round: THINGS

Jeanne gets started w/ a $600 T, an E, but the sole dud vowel of A fails a lady again. Amie secondly duds out w/ N. Down Lenny’s road third are a $500 S, two I’s and three O’s for his five Benjamins, and a D on EXPRESS before he goes aboard.

Next Choices: V…F…three R’s…M…P (NMC)

V I D E O S / F R O M
O _ R / T R I P

He solves VIDEOS FROM OUR TRIP for $8K and the caravan.com COSTA RICA TOUR, so he’s finally on the board w/ $14K.

DUDS: A (Jeanne), N (Amie)

 

$3K Tossup: PERSON

_ _ _ _ _ / H _ S T

Lenny’s one letter short w/ SHOW HOST.

P A R _ _ / H O S T

Jeanne capitalizes PARTY HOST.

Round 4: PHRASE

Her next rundown is made up of a $1,200 T pair, a $1,600 H pair, three E’s and O’s, a $700 S, but then N for nada. Second for Amie are a $10K pair of T’s, but the K ends her turn almost immediately. After Lenny goofs w/ R…

T _ _ _ / T H E / _ O _ S
_ O M E / H O M E

Jeanne says “TILL THE COWS COME HOME” for three more grand.

Lenny: $14K cash & tour/Jeanne: $10,800/Amie: $3K

Speed-Up: OCCUPATION

$1,500’s the FS value. Amie starts w/ twin R’s, but is incorrect w/ TRUCK ENGINEER. Lenny’s next w/ two T’s, but he flubs three times w/ TRAIN ENGINEER, TRUCK OPERATOR and TRAIN OPERATOR. A dud of P and two N’s later…

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

Amie solves TRAIN CONDUCTOR for $6K.

SOLE DUD: P (Jeanne)
DQs: 4 missolves (Lenny 3x, Amie)

FINAL SCORES
Lenny: $14K cash & tour/Jeanne: $10,800/Amie: $9K

GT: $33,800
NO BANKRUPT TRASH

 

$100K Bonus Round
The * is what Lenny needs to take.

Category: THING
Leading him off…

_ _ T _
_ _ R _ _ L _

PGHO gives him…

_ _ T H
_ O R _ _ L _

He doesn’t use this MATH FORMULA to his advantage (I would’ve been one letter off w/ BATH), so he loses $45K.

$5K SPIN ID: EP2145032

MY RATING: 5

WoF Recap: March 22, 2017

EPISODE #6573: SOUTHERN CHARM

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

P _ _ T T _ / _
_ / P _ _ _ H

Brittany blanks out.

P _ _ T T Y / _ S
A / P _ _ _ H

Paris rightly says she’s PRETTY AS A PEACH. Bios of this midweek panel…

Paris Mayhew: clinical admin. and recent Portland State grad from Portland, OR

Jeff Cordoba-Harig: dlight attendant & former HS teacher who previously taught in Russia after the revolution from Lynn, MA

Brittany Branch: certified holistic health coach from Pittsburgh

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

S _ I N
_ _ D / W _ N

These are words you see on the Bonus Wheel, but Paris doesn’t even know it.

S _ I N
_ _ D / W I N

Turnabout is fair play here — Brittany’s ready to SPIN AND WIN like her opponents.

Round 1: SONG LYRICS

She gets the Southern Living $ gift tag right away w/ two R’s, then she picks an E, a FP dud of A, two TD T’s, two I’s, but then a baddie of Y. Second, Paris calls up an $800 H, buys three O’s to clean out the vowel shop, but the BANKRUPT near $2,500 takes away the $550 remainder. Third, Jeff wastes a turn w/ the MDW’s left side. Back to Brittany who inserts a $600 F, an M for the Southern Charm wedge (Goodstone Inn and Restaurant in Middleburg, VA), and three $650 S’s, but she painfully LaTs out. Paris then puts up a $7,500 W trio…

W H I S _ E R / W O R D S
O F / W I S D O M

…she correctly recites “WHISPER WORDS OF WISDOM” (from The Beatles’ “Let It Be”), and her new total is now $8,500.

DUDS (both by Brittany): A & Y
SOLE LaT: Brittany
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Paris and Jeff)

 

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

First on Paris’ road are a $650 S, two A’s, a $550 L, three E’s, and the last vowel of O, followed by a FP R, but then a negative of K on the 1/2 CAR near $900. Jeff follows suit w/ a $1,400 T pair, $650 C and H singles, a W for that WC, a $700 B and a $650 P before he tries to solve all of this…

C H A R L O T T E ‘ S
W E B
P A _ E

…I doubt you’re gonna find a book called “CHARLOTTE’S WEB PAGE”, but he’s on the board w/ $4,550.

SOLE DUD: K (Paris)

 

PP/Express Round: EVENT

Jeff unfortunately has to give up his WC to the same MDW BANKRUPT. Second for Brittany are an $1,800 T trio, two E’s, a $1,300 pair of H’s, an A, two I’s, a $1,950 G trio, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to lose $4,300. Third in Paris’ favor are three N’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900, three O’s, a $600 L, and that last vowel of U, after which she spins up a $600 M, a $1,600 R pair, a $900 S, but that left BANKRUPT of the MDW nails her to the tune of $4,700 and her plate. Afterwards…

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

Jeff will be TOURING THE GARDENS OF MOONLIGHT at the Renaissance ST. CROIX Carambola Beach Resort & Spa.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole panel)

Brittany: $2K/Paris: $8,500/Jeff: $10,850 cash & trip

 

$3K Tossup: THING

C _ _ N G E
_ U _ S _

More money is coming to Jeff’s CHANGE PURSE.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

Next from his mouth are four T’s for $2,600, three S’s to add $1,800, a couple I’s, but it’s S-U time…

S _ _ _ T / _ _ T _ T _
_ I S _ _ I T S

…w/ the remaining consonants worth $1,600 apiece. Two E’s are bought late…

S W E E T / _ _ T _ T _
B I S C _ I T S

Paris munches on SWEET POTATO BISCUITS for the house minimum.

DUDS: H (Paris), M (Brittany), K (Paris), R (Jeff), D (Brittany)

FINAL SCORES
Brittany: $2K/Paris: $9,500/Jeff: $13,850 cash & trip

GT: $25,350
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. extras): $9,550

 

$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the *** for Jeff.

Category: PHRASE
I think I know it, but I’m not sure…

_ N _ _ E R S _ L
_ _ _ E _ L

CVDI is good for…

_ N I V E R S _ L
_ _ _ E _ L

…only the first word, and he loses the $50K because he didn’t have much UNIVERSAL APPEAL.

$5K SPIN ID: PP8015939

MY RATING: 4