EPISODE #6587: AMERICA’S GAME
We’re on the Bella Italia set.
$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP
_ _ T _ _ E
I _ A L _
This is part of Manhattan, but Meron blows it w/ LITTLE ISLAND.
_ _ T T _ E
I _ A L _
Ray IDs LITTLE ITALY. And he’s not the only man on this panel…
Ray Traube: state census supervisor from Abingdon, MD
Meron Misgun: Kindergarten teacher from Oakland
Mike Andrews: operations mgr. from Orcutt, CA (orig. from Ontario, Canada)
$2K Tossup: WAYD?
G E T T _ _ G
O _ G A N _ Z _ D
Meron knows she’s GETTING ORGANIZED like everybody else at her school.
Tonight’s Gift Tag: igourmet.com (last night was the Foodydirect)
Round 1: SHOW BIZ
She gets started w/ a $1,300 pair of T’s, four A’s, an R for that WC, two O’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose her starting amount and the WC. Second, Mike calls up a $700 S, but then buys the sole dud vowel of E. Third, Ray wastes a spin w/ the MDW’s right side. Back to Meron who lights up a $500 S, buys three I’s, but then repeats the S while on the MDW. Mike follows suit w/ a $5K pair of L’s, the last vowel of U, an $1,800 M pair, a $650 C, but then the LaT. Ray then puts up an $1,800 pair of H’s…
H I T / _ R O A _ _ A _
M U S I C A L
H A M I L T O N
…he solves the HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL “HAMILTON” for the 18 Benjamins and a new total of $2,800.
SOLE DUD: E (Mike)
SOLE LaT: Mike
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Meron & Ray)
SOLE DQ: Meron’s S repeat
Mystery/Crossword Round: LAST ______
Mike leads the way w/ a T for the $10K Slots wedge, three E’s and A’s, but then the same normal BANKRUPT to forfeit that wedge. Ray secondly spots three N’s for $2,400, three C’s for another $1,950, but the sole dud vowel of O stops him. Meron then comes up w/ a $550 H, a $900 D, and a $550 M to clean out the consonants…
– – – (A)
– – – (M)(_)(N)(_)(T)(E)
…she just doubled her two grand in roughly a MINUTE of play here.
SOLE DUD: O (Ray)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Mike
Classic Bonus Puzzle (1999): PLACE
Christian chose CHMA…
_ _ R _ _ L A C E
…but he was stumped on WORKPLACE.
PP/Express Round: PHRASE
Ray’s going aboard the EXPRESS right away after starting w/ an N.
Next Choices: four H’s…five E’s…A…V…four T’s…Y…S…B…I…R…three O’s…L…two D’s…W…and F
He says this for $18K…
T H E Y / H A V E
T H E / B E S T / F O O D
I N / T H E / W O R L D
…and he’s off to the Azienda Agricola Marciano in ITALY worth $6,485.
Mike: BAD LUCK/Ray: $27,285 cash & Italy/Meron: $4K
$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK
_ _ _ L / _ F
_ H _ _ _ I _ S
Meron gives a good guess of BOWL OF CHEERIOS…but it’s incorrect.
_ _ W L / _ F
_ H _ R R I _ S
Mike’s still on the gooseegg bench.
_ O W L / _ F
_ H E R R I E S
Ray’s buzzer doesn’t sound, but he still gets BOWL OF CHERRIES to crack the $30K mark.
Consonants are worth $1,700 a pop. The hot consonant of three C’s appear…
_ _ R _ _ C T
T R _ C _ / R _ C _ R _
…Ray may NOT have a PERFECT TRACK RECORD in tonight’s match, but he’s won another $5,100.
DUDS: N (Ray; repeated by Meron), S (Ray), L (Mike)
Mike: $1K GOOSEEGG/Ray: $35,385 cash & Italy/Meron: $4K
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus WC): $11,300
$100K Bonus Round
Here’s the & envelope for Ray.
He needs some first word help…
_ _ _ N _ / _ T _ E R
T _ _ N _ S
HMCU gives him a key letter in that first word besides the H’s…
_ M _ N _ / _ T H E R
T H _ N _ S
…that FIAT Spider is NOT gonna count in his winnings AMONG OTHER THINGS; he actually wins the minimum for a final tally of $69,385 cash & Italy.
$5K SPIN ID: DM7497448
MY RATING: 8