Week 33 Stats

Total this Week: $224,421

Total for the Season: $8,385,128

BR Win Record: 63-102 (.381)

Car Wins

-Ford Fiestas: 8

-BR Car: 18

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

Prize Wedge Wins: 57

Gift Tag Wins: 46

Mystery Wedge Wins: 10

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 57-19

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 27-30

$10K MW was next to LaT: 32

$10K MW was next to $650: 42

Express was Played-Passed: 42-7

-Successes: 24

-Crashes: 18

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 9 (1 on $600, 2 on $2,500, 5 on $3,500, 1 on $5,000)

-BR: 16

FP Vowels/Consonants: 101/45

5-Round Games: 40

6-Round Games: 6


Gooseegg Victims: 36

Red Winners: 53

Yellow Winners: 56

Blue Winners: 56

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $28,900

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $963,200 + five trips of unknown value

Biggest Bankrupt: $13,600 + a trip worth over $9K (Sept. 22), $16,248 (Jan. 26), $15,500 (April 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: 4
MDBRs: 10

$34K: 36/75

$40K: 2/13

$45K: 4/13

$50K: 2/9

$100K (or $1M): 1/9

CAR: 18/46


WoF Recap: April 28, 2017


$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

T _ E
_ _ E _ G L _ _ _ S

Brandon spots THE EVERGLADES. These Floridians will wrap up April with us…

Brandon Holt: Algebra teacher who raps on occasion & is also a wedding officiant from Homestead

Michelle Kramers: real estate agent & part-time marketing consultant for an apparel co. that promotes up and coming artists from Delray Beach (born in Miami and moved to NY)

Alyssa LaBlanc: 3rd Grade teacher at Kipp Voice ES from Jacksonville


P _ R S O _ _ L
T R _ _ _ _ _

Brandon’s two for two w/ PERSONAL TRAINER.

FINAL FL TRIP THIS WEEK: Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee

Round 1: FUN & GAMES

He starts w/ T as in Tuga.com gift tag, two E’s, but then A for awful. Second, Michelle calls up three S’s for $1,800, buys two I’s, but BANKRUPTs near $2,500 to lose $1,550. Third, Alyssa takes a $550 R, the last vowel of two O’s, a $2,100 H trio, and a $600 C. We have…

_ I T C H I _ _

…she’s PITCHING HORSESHOES to tie the man for the early lead.

SOLE DUD: A (Brandon)


Crossword/Mystery Round: THE EYES HAVE IT

Off Michelle goes w/ three S’s for $1,800, two A’s and an E, an H for the 1/2 CAR near $900, an $1,100 L pair, and two I’s. But after a $900 D is the sole dud vowel of O. Alyssa secondly tries a $1,200 P pair, the last vowel of U, but then R for roadblock on the FL trip. After Brandon strikes out w/ N on the WC, Michelle lights up a $550 B and a $650 G to complete the grid…

P U P I L S    B
.            I        A
.            D       G
.     L A S H E S

…and win her first $4,500.

DUDS: O (Michelle), R (Alyssa), N (Brandon)

Michelle: $4,500 1/2 CAR/Others: $3K apiece


PP/Express Round: FOOD & DRINK

Alyssa wastes her turn w/ the MDW’s right side. From here, it’s all Brandon — he picks three T’s for $1,950, E and three O’s, a $1,600 R pair, three I’s, and a $900 M.

T R O _ I _ _ _
_ R _ I T
_ M O O T _ I E

He makes the $3,700 solve and will try a TROPICAL FRUIT SMOOTHIE on a trip to the Napili Kai Beach Resort in MAUI (includes a Trilogy sailing excursion) worth $8,668.


Michelle: $4,500/Alyssa: $3K/Brandon: $15,368 cash & HI



E R N _ _ T
H _ _ _ _ _ _ A Y

Michelle IDs author ERNEST HEMINGWAY.

Round 4: THINGS

Her next set of letters is made up of a $700 S, three E’s, a $2,400 N trio, one I, a $500 D, an A, but then the LaT. Alyssa then puts up an $1,800 C trio, the last vowel of two O’s, and a $600 T before she…

S C I E N C E / A N D
T E C _ N O _ O _ _

…solves SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY for another $2,150.

SOLE LaT: Michelle

Michelle: $7,500/Alyssa: $5,150/Brandon: $15,368 cash & HI

Speed-Up: PHRASE

The last FS of the month is $1,500. Three E’s are bought for free…

L E T ‘ S
_ _ _ P E R _ T E

LET’S COOPERATE on seeing Brandon go for more in Bonusland after he solves for another $4,500.

DUDS: N (Michelle), H (Alyssa)

Michelle: $7,500/Alyssa: $5,150/Brandon: $19,868 cash & HI

GT: $32,518


$100K Bonus Round
Brandon gets the G envelope.

Category: PHRASE

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

HDFO doesn’t add much besides the obvious D and O…

_ O _ S E D
T O / _ _ N

…he was all around it…and was not POISED TO WIN the Beetle Convertible.

$5K SPIN ID: TN5684410


I’m not sure if next week’s Hawaii shows will be a technical “Great American State” week just like this one.

WoF Recap: April 27, 2017



T _ M _ _ / B A _
_ _ _ C _ N _ _ R S

Karline solves the NFL’s TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS. Info on Thursday’s Floridians…

Karline Saintus: Barry University grad student in biomedical science from Sunrise

Rainie Dasch: 20-yr. Navy vet & current defense analyst married for 37 yrs. from Plant City

Edward Irani: flight attendant from Wilton Manors

$2K Tossup: THINGS

_ T O C K _
& / _ _ _ _ S

Rainie has her first two grand in STOCKS & BONDS.

FEATURED FL TRIP: Beacon South Beach in Miami

Crossword Round: ON FIRE!

Here she goes w/ a T for the MDW, three S’s for $2,400, an E and three A’s, a $650 R, two O’s, and an I to clean out the vowel shop. She follows w/ three FP M’s, a $1,200 pair of H’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to forfeit $4,750 and the MDW. Over to Edward w/ an $1,800 pair of C’s, two L’s for the WC, a $700 W, but then the same normal BANKRUPT to give up $3,500 and the WC. Karline then SPINGLES for a $900 G…

.                          O         I
.                          G         C
.    M A T C H E S         _

…she lights a WICK for a $100 bonus.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (those before Karline)


Mystery Round: WAYD?

Edward instantly lands on the MW near $650 and call up an R before taking the obvious gamble…OOPS. Second, Karline gets the same normal BANKRUPT she got before. Third, Rainie lights up three N’s for the Miami trip, I and O singles, two obvious G’s for $1,400 more, and the remaining non-U vowels. We have…

_ E E _ I N G
A N / O R A N G E

…she may be PEELING AN ORANGE in Miami, because she’s won that trip plus another $1,900.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (again, those before Karline)

Rainie: $10,400 cash & Miami/Edward: ZIP/Karline: $2K


PP/Express Round: ON THE MAP

Karline leads off w/ two T’s for the SwimOutlet.com gift tag, but then R for roadblock. Rainie secondly spots an $800 S, buys an E and four A’s, but then repeats the R. Edward thirdly puts up a $600 C, buys an O, but the same normal BANKRUPT strikes again to the tune of $350. Afterwards…

A T L A _ T _ _ / &

_ A _ _ _ _ _
O _ E A _ S

Karline wins another $2K cash & GT plus a trip to a place that borders the ATLANTIC & PACIFIC OCEANSPANAMA on that caravan.com tour.

SOLE DUD: R (Karline; repeated by Rainie)

Rainie: $10,400 cash & Miami/Edward: ZILCH/Karline: $10K cash & prizes


$3K Tossup: PERSON

_ R O _ _ _ N G
G U A R _

Up to $13K Karline goes after she solves CROSSING GUARD.


Next from her mouth are four T’s for $2,400, three E’s, four FP A’s to quickly clean out the vowel shop, $1K pairs of H’s and K’s, a $550 C, but then a CRITICAL DUD of P to leave $4,700 on the table. As for Rainie…

T H A T / _ A _ / T A K E

T H E / C A K E

…she says “THAT MAY TAKE THE CAKE” to be $1,600 off the other lady.

SOLE DUD: P (Karline)


This $1,500 FS will decide the match between the two ladies. A C is lit up on top…

D _ C _ R _ T _ _ _
P _ L L _ _ S

Karline gets DECORATIVE PILLOWS for three grand and the win.

DUDS: N (Karline), M (Edward)

Rainie: $11,400 cash & Miami/Edward: $1K GOOSEEGG/Karline: $16K cash & prizes

GT: $28,400
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. extras and MW risk): $8,600


$100K Bonus Round
The C envelope is what Karline must take.

Category: PHRASE
To start this biggie…

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

PMCO might do it for her…

_ N _ O R M _ T _ _ N
O _ E R L O _ _

…she’s able to solve the INFORMATION OVERLOAD problem (though she didn’t get the first word right away), so she ends up w/ exactly 50 grand.

$5K SPIN ID: YB1931673


WoF Recap: April 26, 2017


$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ O _ _ / S W _ _ T
_ O M E

Angel says Florida is HOME SWEET HOME. Next three Floridians go by these names…

Angel Myers: GM for major women’s fashion retailer who’s also into yoga from Ft. Myers

Japharrius Perry: dispatcher for the state’s Fish/Wildlife dept. from Miami

Theresa Antoniello: business consultant by day & fitness class teacher from Ft. Lauderdale (orig. from NJ)

$2K Tossup: EVENT

_ _ _ E E T
_ _ _ T I V _ L

Angel’s two for two w/ STREET FESTIVAL.

TONIGHT’S FL TRIP: aboard an American Cruise Line


All Angel here — she calls up a $600 T, two O’s, three N’s for $2,400, two I’s and A’s, two D’s for the WC, and four E’s to clean out the vowels.

I / D O / N O T
_ I _ E / _ _ E E N
E _ _ _ / A N D / _ A _

Even though she left out the G’s, she exactly recites the Dr. Seuss classic “I DO NOT LIKE GREEN EGGS AND HAM” to double her three grand — PR.


Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Japharrius oddly starts w/ a D, and it’s not there. Theresa secondly picks off a $600 T, an N for the Florida cruise, three E’s and an A, a $650 R, and the last vowel of O via FP. But her next call of S will probably cost her $7,750 cash & cruise. Third in line, Angel uncovers the SL bonus of five $650 W’s, but next is the BANKRUPT near TD to lose $4,250 and her WC. Japharrius then inserts five H’s on the MW near $650 and goes for double or nothing…it’s the latter, unfortunately. That opens the door for Theresa

W H E N / & / W H _

…she says the five W’s of WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN & WHY for the $7,750 cash & cruise.

DUDS: D (Japharrius), S (Theresa)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Angel & Japharrius)


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Current leader Theresa gets going w/ a $1,400 pair of N’s, but then the LaT. Down Angel’s path second are the obvious $600 G and two I’s, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to give back the $350 remainder. Third for Japharrius are a $500 S, a $7K K pair, but then a baddie of K. Theresa follows suit w/ a $600 T, four A’s, an L for the 1/2 CAR near $900, an E, a V for that MDW, but then a possibly fatal misstep w/ M. Angel then puts up a $500 D, and the last vowel of two O’s…

_ _ O O S I N G / A N
A R R I V A L / D A T E

…she solves for just $450 but she’ll be CHOOSING AN ARRIVAL DATE for her trip to Ramon’s Village Resort in BELIZE worth $6K.

DUDS: K (Japharrius), M (Theresa)
SOLE LaT: Theresa

Theresa: $7,750 cash & FL/Angel: $12,450 cash & Belize/Japharrius: BAD LUCK



_ _ O _ _ – _ R D _ R
_ _ _ _

Angel quickly gets SHORT-ORDER COOK. Speaking of cooks, take a look at our next category.


Her next moves are a $700 R, three E’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $450 (that’s probably her third and final one of the game). Second for Japharrius is a dud of S, and it’s S-U time…

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

…this is gonna help — a $6K FS! Theresa lights up triple C’s but falls for the CERAMIC COFFEE CUP trap. Angel then puts up two F’s…

C E R _ _ _ C
C _ F F E E / _ _ _

…she gets CERAMIC COFFEE MUG for $12K.

SOLE DUD: S (Japharrius)
SOLE DQ: Theresa’s missolve

Theresa: $7,750 cash & FL/Angel: $27,450 cash & Belize/Japharrius: $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $36,200
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. WC and Mystery risk): $5,050


$100K Bonus Round
Angel’s envelope of truth is the S of SPIN.

Category: THING
She needs some help in the top word…

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

GDPI adds besides the vowel on the bottom…

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

Do we break the seven-episode losing streak? GOOD QUESTIONyes we do, so she leaves w/ $61,450 cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: MW0302188


WoF Recap: April 25, 2017


$1K Tossup: PLACE

T E R R I _ I _
T _ L _ _ _ A S S _ E

This can also be classified as SAME LETTER, and Tammy has solved TERRIFIC TALLAHASSEE. Going down the line in meeting them…

Tammy Lombardi: country club beverage cart attendant from Valrico

Nathalie Medina: PR worker for major dept. store & photographer who’s a newlywed (they tied the knot in Orlando) from Miami

Karl Stahl: systems analyst and 20-yr. Navy vet from Key West

This is technically a “Great American State” week since all the players this week are from Florida, but it’s rather weird that the producers are offering trips to said state. Really? -_-

$2K Tossup: THING

_ _ L _ _ _ _ G
_ O _ K

Nathalie solves COLORING BOOK.

FEATURED FL TRIP: Hawks Cay Resort (all of the FL trips this week will be worth $6,500)
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: SwimOutlet.com

And from what I’ve heard, if a FL trip is won like last night’s, it’s to the resort of the player’s choice.

Crossword Round: HEAD OVER HEELS

Nathalie kicks off w/ a $1,200 pair of R’s, O and A singles, a $1,300 pair of S’s, an I, but then N for negative on the GT. Second, Karl calls up a $1,400 pair of T’s, two E’s, three L’s for the GT, and a $1,300 pair of M’s before he tries to complete this grid…

.             R                       _
.          S O M E R S A _ L T
.             L                       I
T _ M _ L E                    _

SOMERSAULT, TUMBLE & FLIP are the remaining words for $4,950 cash & GT.

SOLE DUD: N (Nathalie)


Mystery Round: LIVING THING

Karl starts w/ three R’s and turns down the $3K buyout for what’s under the MW near $650$$$. Next up are a $700 S, four E’s, three T’s for the WC, two A’s, four G’s for another $2K, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to forfeit $13,700 and his WC. Tammy then puts up a $1,300 pair of N’s, and an O…

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

…should’ve gone for the L’s, ma’am — she solves GOLDEN RETRIEVER WAGGING ITS TAIL to inch up to $2,050.



PP/Express Round: FOOD & DRINK

Tammy’s off and running w/ an $1,100 N pair, three E’s, three D’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900, two A’s, but then T for terrible. Second in Nathalie’s favor are a $500 W, three I’s, but then a not-so-victorious call of V. Karl then uncovers a $650 L, a C and two S’s to add $2,700, and three O’s before we see…

D E L I C I O _ S / W I N E
A N D / S E A _ O O D

…he makes the $3,100 solve and will have DELICIOUS WINE AND SEAFOOD in LA RIOJA, SPAIN worth $7,375.

DUDS: T (Tammy), V (Nathalie)

Tammy: $2,050/Nathalie: $2K/Karl: $15,425 cash & prizes


$3K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ / M O _ E N T
O _ / _ R _ T H

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH might be coming for Karl, but it’s Nathalie who solves this one.


Her next search begins w/ a $600 R, two E’s, an $800 N, but then a worthless I. Second for Karl a $650 T, a $2,400 S trio, but then A for awful. After Tammy misses w/ H, Nathalie buys the two O’s…

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

…more consonativity here — she solves NOODLES & STRUDELS.

DUDS: I (Nathalie), A (Karl), H (Tammy)

Tammy: $2,050/Nathalie: $6K/Karl: $15,425 cash & prizes

Speed-Up: WAYD?

It’s a $1,650 FS. Two R’s are said by somebody…

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

Tammy’s won another $4,950 towards MAKING RESERVATIONS.

Tammy: $7K/Nathalie: $6K/Karl: $15,425 cash & prizes

GT: $28,425
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. WC): $13,700


$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the E in GAME for Karl.

Category: PHRASE
This should be easy…

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

PYMA fills in…

_ _ _ N / T _ E

…the entire bottom word…but he still doesn’t know the first, so he won’t JOIN THE PARTY of those who won $34K.

$5K SPIN ID: CK3516336


WoF Recap: April 24, 2017

Let’s try to recover from last week’s trainwreck as we salute the state of Florida all week long.


$1K Tossup: TV TITLE

_ _ _ _ I / _ _ C E

This was previously solved as a bonus puzzle when they were in Ft. Lauderdale; Bethanie IDs the show as “MIAMI VICE”. And she’s the only female among this panel, all of whom are from Florida…

Bethanie Marquez: ES teacher for 11 yrs. and Girl Scouts leader from St. Cloud

Matt Dimick: electronics tech. in the Navy for nine yrs. and hockey player from Jacksonville

Eric Stinnett: professional musician for eight yrs. from Miami


S _ _ _ _ _ / G _ L

Matt goofs w/ SHAVING GEL.

S _ _ _ E _ / G _ L

Eric takes control w/ SHOWER GEL.

FIRST FL TRIP THIS WEEK: Amelia Island Plantation
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Tuga.com

Round 1: THING

He gets started w/ four N’s for the Wild Card, a $500 R, two A’s and E’s, but then M for mistake. Second, Bethanie also duds out w/ S. Third, Matt calls up four T’s for $2,400, two O’s, and two H’s for the FL trip before he…

H A N _ _ R _ T T E N
T H A N _ – _ O _ / N O T E

…writes a HANDWRITTEN THANK-YOU NOTE for a total of $9,650 cash & trip.

DUDS: M (Eric), S (Bethanie)


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Bethanie’s up to bat first w/ a $550 S, but then the LaT. Matt secondly takes four N’s for $2K, four E’s, an A, a $1K pair of T’s, and three O’s, after which he digs up two D’s for the Tuga.com gift tag, and two L’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600. Board…

_ E N _ E / _ N / A
_ O T T L E –
N O S E D / D O L _ _ _ N

Christina Aguilera would probably NOT write a song titled “GENIE IN A BOTTLE-NOSED DOLPHIN”, but this man has solved for another $5,250 cash & GT.

SOLE LaT: Bethanie

Matt: $14,900 cash & prizes 1/2 CAR/Eric: $2K WC/Bethanie: $1K


PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

Matt gets the other 1/2 CAR right away w/ S, but he unfortunately buys the one dud vowel of this puzzle (E). Second in line, Eric’s spins all land on TD — three L’s, the other four vowels, two D’s, but then H for hush. Bethanie then SPINGLES for a B and that MDW

S _ U B A / D I _ I _ _
A L L / D A _ / L O _ _

…she’s earned the right to be SCUBA DIVING ALL DAY LONG at the Presidente InterContinental COZUMEL Resort & Spa worth $6,678.

AIRED DUDS: E (Matt), H (Eric)(there had to be a null cycle, because we DON’T see Eric’s WC on his podium)

Matt: $14,900 cash & prizes/Eric: $2K/Bethanie: $7,678 cash & Cozumel MDW



T _ _ / C _ _ A _ _ L Y
L I _ N

Eric captures THE COWARDLY LION for a new total of $5K.

Round 4: WAYD?

There he goes w/ a $500 N, an I, the obvious $600 G, but then F for flunk. Second for Bethanie is that BANKRUPT near $650 to lose that MDW. Third in Matt’s favor are a FP E, but then L for loss. Eric then says a $500 T, two A’s and an O, a $600 S, the last vowel of U, and a $500 P. We have…

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

…he was WORKING UP A SWEAT for $1,700, but he should’ve gone for the W’s.

DUDS: F (Eric), L (Matt)


Speed-Up: PHRASE

$1,600’s the consonant value. Three T’s an an N in…

_ _ N ‘ T / _ _ _ _
T _ _ / _ _ _ T

DON’T ROCK THE BOAT, boys and girls, but Matt has solved for the FS value.

Matt: $16,500 cash & prizes/Eric: $6,700/Bethanie: $7,678 cash & Cozumel

GT: $30,878


$100K Bonus Round
This next car’s perfect for driving along the Florida coastline — a 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. Matt lands on the P.

Category: THING
The last letter(s) of each word is/are…

_ _ _ _ R
_ _ _ _ _ T

BGMO adds…

M _ _ O R
_ M _ _ _ T

He doesn’t make a MAJOR IMPACT for the convertible, because he said MAJOR IMPORT instead.

$5K SPIN ID: MS5980719


Week 32 Stats

I kinda wish this season would end right then and there after this TRAINWRECK of a week, but no.

Total this Week: $151,555

Total for the Season: $8,160,707

BR Win Record: 61-99 (.381)

Car Wins

-Ford Fiestas: 8

-BR Car: 18

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

Prize Wedge Wins: 54

Gift Tag Wins: 44

Mystery Wedge Wins: 10

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 54-19

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 26-28

$10K MW was next to LaT: 30

$10K MW was next to $650: 41

Express was Played-Passed: 42-7

-Successes: 24

-Crashes: 18

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 9 (1 on $600, 2 on $2,500, 5 on $3,500, 1 on $5,000)

-BR: 16

FP Vowels/Consonants: 98/44

5-Round Games: 36

6-Round Games: 6


Gooseegg Victims: 34

Red Winners: 52

Yellow Winners: 55

Blue Winners: 53

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $38,800

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $934,300 + five trips of unknown value

Biggest Bankrupt: $13,600 + a trip worth over $9K (Sept. 22), $16,248 (Jan. 26), $15,500 (April 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: 4
MDBRs: 10

$34K: 34/72

$40K: 2/13

$45K: 4/13

$50K: 2/9

$100K (or $1M): 1/9

CAR: 18/44

WoF Recap: April 21, 2017 — SHUTOUT ALERT #6

Even though this is our favorite theme week w/ all the clips from the international versions of the show, things are really taking a turn for the worse this week. Can someone salvage it on Lesley Sajak and Judy Friedman’s birthday?


$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP (one-liner alert)

M E _ _ _ O / C _ _ Y

We say si to Mike’s response of MEXICO CITY. Trying to save this week are…

Mike Bowers: this guy from North L.A. has lived all over the nation and loves karaoke

Sara Fowler: receptionist at a technology co. from San Diego (orig. from Kalamazoo)

Candi Gauff: former scholarship athlete at Florida State who’s the learning coach of a 13-yr.-old tennis player from Delray Beach, FL

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ R _ S P _

G A R L I _ / _ _ E _ D

Sara gets a piece of some CRISPY GARLIC BREAD.

FINAL smarTour OF THE WEEK: Greece worth $8K

Round 1: WAYD?

It’s all Sara — she calls up a $650 N, a $700 G, an I, four T’s for another $2,800, an E, three O’s, a $600 S, and the other two vowels.

_ U T T I N G / _ _
_ E S T / _ O O T

_ O _ _ A _ _

I’m PUTTING MY BEST FOOT FORWARD and so does she for another $3,500.



Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Candi’s off to a bad start w/ T on the MW near $650. Second, Mike’s lit up two N’s for the Luggage Factory gift tag, an A, a $1,200 pair of D’s, two E’s an an O, after which he says a $600 R, but then M for mistake. Sara then takes a $1K pair of C’s, an $800 V, a U, and a $1,400 pair of K’s before she…

_ E K _ N _
A N D / C O V E R

…wins another $2,950 in a little game of PEKING DUCK AND COVER.

DUDS: T (Candi), M (Mike)

Candi: NOTHING/Mike: $1K/Sara: $8,450



First on Mike’s list are a $900 S, but then T for terrible. Sara secondly also duds out w/ N. Third in Candi’s future are three R’s for $1,950, two E’s, an A, three O’s, and two C’s before she goes aboard the EXPRESS.

Current Bank: $3,200
Next Choices: three L’s and two F’s to clean out the consonants

C O L O R F _ L
C O R A L / R E E F S

…she’s won her first $8,200 and will see the COLORFUL CORAL REEFS at The Westin ST. MAARTEN Dawn Beach Resort worth $8,365.

DUDS: T (Mike), N (Sara)

Candi: $16,565 cash & trip/Mike: $1K/Sara: $8,450


$3K Tossup: THING

_ R A V E _
H A I R / D R Y E R

Mike gets out a TRAVEL HAIR DRYER to quadruple up.

Round 4: EVENT

Next from his mouth are a $700 S, a $650 T, three A’s, but then a worthless E buy. Second for Sara are three N’s for $2,400, the last vowels of O and three I’s, but then C for crud. After Candi goofs w/ L, Mike puts up the $1,400 H pair…

_ I N I S H I N _
A / _ A _ A T H O N

…he solves FINISHING A MARATHON for $2,250.

DUDS: E (Mike), C (Sara), L (Candi)

Candi: $16,565 cash & trip/Mike: $6,250/Sara: $8,450

Speed-Up: PERSON

$1,900’s the last FS of the week. The D appears on the bottom…

P _ R T – T _ M _
_ T _ D _ N T

Mike makes the $3,800 solve of PART-TIME STUDENT.

Candi: $16,565 cash & trip/Mike: $10,050/Sara: $8,450

GT: $35,065


$100K Bonus Round
Candi almost hits that E of GAME, but it hangs on to the **.

Category: THING
Opening layout…

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

CDGO will NOT do much besides the obvious G…

_ L _ C _ E R _ N G
_ _ L _

The FLICKERING BULB in her head…has burned out, so we’ve been SKUNKED for the fourth time this season (my fears of this week becoming a carbon copy of “Show You the World” were realized)…

























































…AND ADDING INSULT TO INJURY, SHE’S THE OTHER $100,000 LOSER THIS WEEK — THAT’S THE FIFTH TIME IN HISTORY WE HAVE TWO SUCH LOSSES IN A SINGLE WEEK (previous was S29’s Big Money Week in March 2012 w/ the big losses on Tues. and Fri.). Get out the Advil again, people.

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WoF Recap: April 20, 2017


$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

C _ P _ / _ O _ N
_ O U T _ / _ _ _ I C A

Larina doesn’t say it immediately, but makes it in time w/ CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA. Who are Thursday’s players you might ask?

Larina McCoy: bank loan specialist who enjoys working w/ small businesses and has been on 15 different cruises from Charlotte, NC (orig. from NY)

John Stencel: mechanical engineer for 21 yrs. from Chicago

Gila Ogle: 7th Grade teacher at C12 Miami from Hollywood, FL

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

P A C _
_ / _ _ _ _ K

Gila rightly says “PACK A SNACK”.

TONIGHT’S smarTour: Germany worth $8K

Round 1: PHRASE

She first spins her way to a $500 S, six T’s for another $15K, six E’s, a $500 R, a single A, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to flush away $15,500. Larina then puts up a $1,200 pair of G’s, and a $2,700 N trio…

G E T T _ N G / T _ E
A T T E N T _ _ N
_ / _ E S E R _ E

I need to be GETTING THE ATTENTION I DESERVE and she’s won another $3,900, giving her a new total of $4,900.



Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

All Larina here — she picks off a $1,200 pair of T’s, an $1,800 pair of S’s, three O’s, two A’s, a $600 R, a $650 Y, two E’s, an N for the MDW, an $800 C, the last vowel of U, a $500 H, and an F for the 1/2 CAR near $900.

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

DO YOU SPEAK FRENCH TOAST, ma’am? Probably not, but that’s a $5,050 PR for her.

John: $0/Gila: $2K/Larina: $9,950 MDW 1/2 CAR


PP/Express Round: THINGS

Now that we finally get to hear from John, he starts us off w/ an $800 R, but then the other normal BANKRUPT. Second for Gila are a D for the WC, an $1,800 N trio, two A’s and E’s, two T’s for the same 1/2 CAR, but then the sole dud vowel of O. After the other players strike out w/ S and C, respectively, Gila buys the last vowel of U, but she BANKRUPTs near $650 to hand over $2,050 and the WC. Larina won’t take a chance…

N A T U R E / A N D
N I _ _ T _ I _ E

…she’ll enjoy NATURE AND NIGHTLIFE at the InterContinental San Juan in PUERTO RICO worth $8,400.

DUDS: O (Gila), S (Larina), C (John)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (those not named Larina)

John: HARD LUCK/Gila: $2K/Larina: $18,350 cash & P.R. MDW


$3K Tossup: PERSON

B O S _ _ / B U _ D Y

John the BOSOM BUDDY is scoreless no more.


$1,650’s the FS value this time. Larina puts up a couple R’s midway, but she blows it w/ DON’T WORRY, MY DEAR. John then inserts the B…

D O N ‘ T / _ O R R _
B _ / _ _ _ _ _

…he solves Bobby McFerrin’s 1988 chart-topping one-hit wonder “DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY” for $3,300.


John: $6,300/Gila: $2K/Larina: $18,350 cash & P.R. MDW

GT: $26,650
BANKRUPT TRASH: same as Larina’s pre-BR total


Her boyfriend Isaiah is holding her potential key to a million. And the envelope she needs to take is the **.

Category: PERSON
Huey Lewis is one example of this…

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

We have another oddball combination for the second time this week — this time, it’s FYQA (she was thinking of FREQUENT FLYER, which makes NO sense at all)…

_ A R _ _ N _ _ A
_ L A Y E R

Even with the A’s, she doesn’t solve HARMONICA PLAYER. If the million is in there, we just made bad history of having both grand prizes lost in the same week…























































































WELL, ALMOST — IT WAS UNDER THE E IN GAME. She loses the $34K instead.

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WoF Recap: April 19, 2017


$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ A N _ _ _ K
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ D

Deanna quickly locates BANGKOK, THAILAND. Midweek panel…

Deanna Jacoby: residential interior designer who recently got engaged atop Machu
Picchu (her grandfather and two uncles appeared on this show before she was born) from L.A.

Lauren Whan: peer support specialist from Eugene, OR

Nizam Baksh: pharmaceutical research scientist from Paramus, NJ


N _ _ _ _ E
_ N D / T _ _ _ _ D

Deanna triples up w/ some NEEDLE AND THREAD.

TONIGHT’S smarTour: Romania worth $7,500


She opens w/ a $650 T, but then S for sorry. Second, Lauren calls up two N’s for the Luggage Factory gift tag, buys two O’s, and FPs three E’s, after which she says three R’s for $2,100, a FP A, the last vowel of U, and an $1,800 B trio before she…

B A B _ / _ E / _ E R E
B O R N / T O / R U N

…exactly recites “BABY, WE WERE BORN TO RUN” (by Bruce Springsteen) for $5,400 cash & GT.

SOLE DUD: S (Deanna)


Crossword/Mystery Round: I’M THIRSTY

Lauren’s initial picks are a $500 N, but then a baddie of R. Nizam secondly also duds out w/ T while he’s on the WC. Third, Deanna uncovers three FP A’s, a $650 S, two O’s, a $1,600 pair of L’s, and a D for that MDW. Next up are a $1,300 pair of M’s, a $550 P, and the other three vowels before she tries to complete this grid…

_        M I L _ S _ A _ E
U                    O
P                     A

MILKSHAKE and (Big) GULP are right for $3,100.

DUDS: R (Lauren), T (Nizam)

Lauren: $5,400 cash & GT/Nizam: ZIP/Deanna: $6,100 MDW


PP/Express Round: THING

Both Nizam and Deanna instantly strike out w/ S and R, respectively (second time tonight the latter letter fails a lady). Down Lauren’s path third are two N’s for that WC, two E’s, but then M for mistake. Nizam tries again w/ an $800 T, but the a not-so-good consonant of G. After Deanna misses again w/ D, Lauren puts up three C’s for $1,500, two A’s, an O, and two L’s on the EXPRESS before she goes aboard.

Current Bank: $3,750 and WC
Next Choices: other two vowels and Q to complete the board

She solves for $4,250 and will hear a…

U N I Q U E / L O C A L

…of those people in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC on a $7,280 trip to the Viva Wyndham V Samana.

DUDS: S (Nizam), R (Deanna), M (Lauren), G (Nizam), D (Deanna)

Lauren: $16,930 cash & prizes WC/Nizam: ZILCH/Deanna: $6,100 MDW


$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

E _ _ L _ _ H
M _ _ F _ _

Deanna takes a bite out of an ENGLISH MUFFIN.

Speed-Up: PLACE

$1,700 per consonant here. Two C’s are said midway…

_ _ _ / _ _ N N _ R ‘ S
C _ R C _ _

Deanna will NOT be going to THE WINNER’S CIRCLE, even though she makes the $5,100 solve.

Lauren: $16,930 cash & prizes WC/Nizam: $1K GOOSEEGG/Deanna: $14,200

GT: $32,130


$100K Bonus Round
Lauren lands on the second A of AMERICA’S.

Category: PLACE
If it’s what I think it is, she’s in trouble already…

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

MPDO and C are pretty much gonna seal her fate…

_ _ N T _ _ E
_ O _ T _ _ _ E

…she WON’T be driving up to a VINTAGE BOUTIQUE in the Mercedes.

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