EPISODE #6562: BELLA ITALIA
$1K Tossup: PROPER NAME
_ _ _ _ E L _ _ G E _ O
He was the painter behind the Sistine Chapel, and Nicole knows that’s MICHELANGELO. Let’s find out who she and everybody else are…
Nicole Graham: nonprofit worker from Tulsa
Kelly Scullian: does storage unit thing w/ her mom from Rohnert Park, CA
Chris Viola: firefighter of 15 yrs. (he’s also played hockey since he was four) from Floral Park, NY
$2K Tossup: THINGS
_ _ T H _ / &
L E G _ _ D S
Nicole triples up w/ MYTHS & LEGENDS.
COLLETTE TRIP: Rome worth $10,798 (so it wasn’t gonna be a tour of the entire country all week long)
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: igourmet.com
Crossword Round: FEELING FUZZY
T for trouble is how Nicole starts. Second, Kelly calls up a $1K S pair, an E, but then the one dud vowel of A. Third, Chris takes an $1,800 R pair, an O, two I’s, a $1,200 pair of L’s, and the final vowel of U, followed by a $1,300 pair of G’s, an $1,100 P pair, and a $1,300 pair of C’s. The near-complete grid…
(R) / / / / (_)
(U) / (L)(O)(G)(I)(C)
(G) / / / / (C)
He successfully rolls the DICE for $5,950.
DUDS: T (Nicole), A (Kelly)
Mystery Round: RHYME TIME
Kelly’s list of letters here are a T for the 1/2 CAR near $600, two E’s, four I’s, three R’s as in the Rome trip, and three N’s on the MW near $650; no way is she risking $1,500 plus her Rome trip (very good call; that’s the BANKRUPT one). Next up are a $600 G and the last vowels of three O’s and A’s before she sees this…
_ A _ A R O N I
R I G A T O N I
_ E _ _ E R O N I
…she can eat MACARONI, RIGATONI (and) PEPPERONI in Rome, so she’s on the board in a big way w/ $15,398.
Classic Bonus Puzzle (1988): THING
CDPA was chosen by Myrna…
_ _ N _ E R
P A _ N T _ N _
…but she DIDN’T know FINGER PAINTING.
PP/Express Round: PLACE
The T fails Chris while he’s on the EXPRESS. Second in Nicole’s direction are a FP E, a $7K S pair, four A’s, a $600 R, but then a bad O buy. Third, Kelly gets the other 1/2 CAR w/ L, buys three I’s to wipe out the vowel shop, and lights up a $1,200 N pair. We have…
_ A _ A I I ‘ S
_ A R _ E N
I S L A N _
…she’s won $16,440 cash & Fiesta plus a trip to HAWAII’S GARDEN ISLAND at the Whaler’s Cove Resort worth $6,533.
DUDS: T (Chris), O (Nicole)
Chris: $5,950/Nicole: $3K/Kelly: $38,371 cash & prizes
$3K Tossup: WAYD?
C _ T _ H I N G / _ Y
S E _ _ N D / _ I N D
As I’m CATCHING MY SECOND WIND, Kelly’s up over $41K+.
Round 4: EVENT
Next from her mouth are an $1,100 S pair, two A’s, but then a baddie of E. After Chris fails again w/ the T, Nicole puts up the $1,800 H pair, three I’s, and a $1,500 N trio…
_ A S H I _ N / S H _ _
I N / _ I _ A N
…she solves FASHION SHOW IN MILAN for $3,050 more.
DUDS: E (Kelly), T (Chris)
Chris: $5,950/Nicole: $6,050/Kelly: $41,371 cash & prizes
$1,500 per consonant here. Two R’s are said by somebody…
_ N _ / T H E / R E _ T
_ _ / H _ _ T _ R _
….AND THE REST IS HISTORY — Nicole nearly double her winnings w/ that solve.
Chris: $5,950/Nicole: $12,050/Kelly: $41,371 cash & prizes
NO PENALTY HITS!
$100K Bonus Round
Kelly has the *** envelope.
Here’s 1/3 of the answer…
_ R _ _ N
_ _ _ S
GCWO pretty much gives her the first word…
G R O W N
_ _ _ S
…thank goodness she knows her GROWN KIDS, and she’s also won that FIAT 124 Spider Lusso (only the second double-car winner this season)! Her final tally: $69,861 cash & prizes.
$5K SPIN ID: RJ2540104
MY RATING: 9