EPISODE #6612: GREAT AMERICAN CITIES (CHICAGO)
$1K Tossup: PLACE
_ A _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ T
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I wonder if Tom’s been shopping in the MAGNIFICENT MILE, because he nails it. And he’s not the only man on the panel tonight…
Tom Soule: attorney and season-ticket holder for the Blackhawks and Cubs who volunteers for the United Service Organizations at O’Hare Airport from Chicago
Jasmine Chiu: PhD candidate at Oxford Univ. and dance teacher who recently danced near Wrigley Field for the World Series from Chicago
Brandon Theodore: attended championship games for all five major Chicago sports teams (Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, White Sox, and Cubs) from Addison (orig. from Melrose Park)
$2K Tossup: WAYD?
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_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ M
Brandon thinks he’s HAVING THE DREAM…nope. Tom’s LIVING THE DREAM to triple up – I think we’ve got a hot player.
FEATURED TRIP: Collette tour of Rome, Florence, Venice, and the Italian Lakes District worth $12,998
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Lawry’s (a gourmet seasoning restaurant in Chicago)
Crossword Round: MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE?
But he says an insta-dud of H on TD, and Jasmine BANKRUPTS near $650. Brandon lights up a $650 T but then buys a baddie of E. After Tom hits the same BANKRUPT, Jasmine fares better with two TD S’s, an $1,100 L pair, four A’s, and an N for the tour. Board:
—- —- —- —- (T) (A) (N) (_) (_)
(S) (A) (L) (S) (A)
—- —- —- —- (_) (_) (L) (_) (A)
She gets the missing genres of TANGO and POLKA…but leaves off the Column word of TAP, so goodbye to $19,348 cash and tour. Bummer. Brandon then says the whole thing for a $650 bonus.
DUDS: H (Tom), E (Brandon)
BANKRUPT: Brandon’s opponents
PAINFUL DQ: Jasmine’s omission
Brandon: $1K/Tom: $3K/Jasmine: $0
Mystery Round: PROPER NAME
Jasmine’s road to redemption instantly hits a roadblock – that same BANKRUPT from last round. Brandon places a $650 S on the board, but that same pesky black space gets him, too. Tom doesn’t do any better with LaT. Jasmine’s next picks are a $700 T, an E quartet, a $500 R, two $700 N’s, four A’s, four L’s for $2,600, and an O, but then the MDW’s right side costs her $4,450. Brandon lights up two D’s on the MW near $650, but declines the flip…
_ A S _ E T _ A L L
L E _ E N D
_ _ _ _ A E L
_ O R D A N
…and instead capitalizes on another one of Jasmine’s mishaps with the help of BASKETBALL LEGEND MICHAEL JORDAN; he’s multiplied his winnings by three and tied with the other man.
SOLE LaT: Tom
BANKRUPT: Brandon’s opponents (Jasmine 2x)
Men: $3K each/Jasmine: BUPKIS
Express/Prize Puzzle Round: PHRASE
Here goes Brandon with an $1,800 T duo, followed by three O’s, one U, and four E’s, but then the BANKRUPT near TD takes away the $1,050 remainder. Tom lights up two S’s on the EXPRESS and HOPS ABOARD.
Next Choices: M, H, 2 N’s, 2 G’s, V, R…Y…F…and 2 L’s (last consonant)
S O M E / T H _ N G S
Y O U ’ L L / N E V E R
F O R G E T
Hey, Tom, there are SOME THINGS YOU’LL NEVER FORGET, like $15K and a trip to SOUTH AFRICA (The Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg) worth $7,800.
SOLE BANKRUPT: Brandon
Brandon: $3K/Tom: $25,800 cash & trip/Jasmine: BAD NIGHT
$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK
_ _ E A _
_ F / W _ _ _ T
Tom sweeps ‘em with CREAM OF WHEAT.
Round 4: OCCUPATION
He fires with two $600 R’s, three $650 S, and a $550 H before the bells ring…
_ _ _ _ _ S H
_ R _ _ _ S S _ R
…he lights up a $1,500 N…
_ N _ _ _ S H
_ R _ _ _ S S _ R
…and solves ENGLISH PROFESSOR for another $5,200 and the blowout win!
Brandon: $3K/Tom: $34K cash & trip/Jasmine: $1K IN TOUGH LUCK
BANKRUPT TRASH: $5,500
$100K Bonus Round
Tom’s a pretty good player, so I like his chances here. After introducing his girlfriend Megan, he lands on the double-star.
I know it already…
T _ E / _ _ _ E R
_ _ N _
HCPI lights up two key consonants…
T H E / _ P P E R
H _ N _
…and he has THE UPPER HAND on this puzzle to double up to an even 68 grand – you go, Tom!
$5K SPIN ID: JF8964805
MY RATING: 8
The hosts tell us that Chicago is home to many firsts: the first Twinkie, the first wireless remote control, baseball’s first All-Star game, and the first World’s Fair in the U.S. (which included the first Ferris wheel and the first Juicy Fruit gum).