EPISODE #6563: BELLA ITALIA
$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP
_ O _ _ / &
_ L O _ E _ C E
Jesus locates ROME & FLORENCE. Our midweek panelists go by these names…
Jesus Castillo: plasma collection center mgr. from Wichita
Mary Warren: school district office worker from Bakersfield, CA
Christine Vigiano: insurance defense attorney in PHI from Westchester, PA (orig. from NJ)
$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE
W _ I T E
_ _ B _ _ _ _ _ T H
Christine gets a WHITE TABLECLOTH.
COLLETTE ITALY TRIP OF THE NIGHT: Tuscany worth $8,798
Round 1: EVENT
She starts us off w/ a $700 T, an E, but then the LaT. Second, Jesus spins up an $1,800 pair of R’s (his nametag dropped on this spin), three O’s, a $1,200 pair of N’s, two A’s, an L for the Uno Alla Volta gift tag, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $4K cash & GT. Third, Mary comes up w/ a $1,200 pair of D’s and an $800 C…
R O _ A N T _ C
_ O N D O L A / R _ D E
…a ROMANTIC GONDOLA RIDE ties her w/ the other lady for the early lead.
SOLE LaT: Christine
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jesus
Mystery Round: SAME LETTER
Jesus instantly gets the SL bonus of four T’s on the MW near $650 and takes the $5K (good call; that was BANKRUPT). Next up are four E’s, but then H for hush. After Mary BANKRUPTs near TD, Christine puts up a $1,950 S trio, the last vowel of O, and two N’s on the other MW. She…flips it over…
T O T S
T _ E E N S / &
T E E N S
…and solves TOTS, TWEENS & TEENS for $11,700.
SOLE DUD: H (Jesus)
Christine: $13,700/Jesus: $1K/Mary: 2K
PP/Express Round: RHYME TIME
Mary leads off w/ a $700 T, three E’s, a $500 N, three A’s, but then R for roadblock. Second, Christine rattles off a $2,700 S trio, three I’s, but then the sole dud vowel of O. Third for Jesus are a $500 G, two U’s, two F’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, and a $1,400 C pair. We have…
S _ I _ I N G
F A C E S:
_ E A U T I F U _
_ _ A C E S
…in addition to another $2,650, he’ll see SMILING FACES (and) BEAUTIFUL PLACES at the Crocodile Bay Resort in COSTA RICA worth $9,270.
DUDS: R (Mary), O (Christine)
Christine: $13,700/Jesus: $12,920 cash & C.R./Mary: $2K
$3K Tossup: PLACES
_ _ _ C U _ Y
& / V _ _ _ _
These are planets, but Jesus is way off w/ TUSCANY & VIENNA.
M _ _ C U R Y
& / V E _ _ _
Christine correctly IDs MERCURY & VENUS.
Round 4: WAYD?
The next letters she’s punched in are a $1K N pair, an I, five A’s, a $1,600 pair of G’s, and a $700 M, but it’s S-U time…
M A _ I N G / A
_ _ _ A N / _ _ A _ A _
…w/ a $1,600 FS. The C is later called…
M A K I N G / A
C _ E A N / G E T A _ A _
…Jesus is MAKING A CLEAN GETAWAY for the FS amount. Had he not messed up that last Tossup, he would’ve won.
SOLE AIRED DUD: S (Jesus)
Christine: $16,700/Jesus: $14,520 cash & C.R./Mary: $2K
BANKRUPT TRASH: $4K cash & GT
$100K Bonus Round
Christine lands on the I of AMERICA’S.
The right vowel is key here…
_ _ _ _ R _ T E
_ _ _ T _
She’s going w/ the CAMP strategy…
_ A _ _ R _ T E
P _ _ T _
…but she doesn’t have a FAVORITE PHOTO, so she isn’t the third straight FIAT 124 Spider owner.
$5K SPIN ID: EC4790516
MY RATING: 6