EPISODE #6614: GREAT AMERICAN CITIES (CHICAGO)
$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP
L _ K _ / S H O _ E
_ _ _ _ _
It’s the expressway on the shore of Lake Michigan, and David pinpoints LAKE SHORE DRIVE. Info on him and the ladies…
David Kruse: employee in marketing dept. of an IT company who travels across the Midwest with his wife to sample craft beer from Bloomingdale
Elizabeth Miller: 4th grade teacher’s aide who’s run marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons; climbed the stairs of Willis Tower, and ridden a bike across Iowa from Deer Park
Moshe Brumer: school counselor from Chicago
$2K Tossup: PHRASE
_ L E A S E D
_ S / _ _ _ _ H
Elizabeth’s PLEASED AS PUNCH.
FEATURED TRIP: The SENZA Hotel in Napa
Round 1: FOOD & DRINK
Here she goes with a $650 T and an O before BANKRUPTING near $650 to lose the $400 remainder. Moshe lights up a $500 S and a dud of R. Coming David’s way are three F’s for the Lawry’s GT, an E, a $600 N, and an A before he says M for miss on TD. Elizabeth puts three $600 P’s on the board before buying the last vowels of U and I (she tried to buy the former before spinning), adding an $1,100 Z pair…
P _ E N T _ / O F
P I Z Z A / P U F F S
…and eating PLENTY OF PIZZA PUFFS for $2,400.
DUDS: R (Moshe), M (David)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Elizabeth
Elizabeth: $4,400/Moshe: $0/David: $1K
Crossword/Mystery Round: SUPER!
Moshe’s off and running with a $700 N, two A’s, a $650 M, an E, two $650 L’s, the same number of I’s, a $700 V, and the remaining vowel of one O before calling a $550 R…an $800 H…but then a FATAL DUD of G on the WC to likely lose $2,350. David gets lucky on TD this time with a B…
—- —- —- (B)
(H) (E) (R) (O) — —- —- (M)
—- — — — (_) —- — —- (A)
—- (V) (I) (L) (L) (A) (I) (N)
…and watches the Super BOWL (and says the remaining words) to take a $100 lead over Elizabeth.
CRITICAL DUD: G (Moshe)
Elizabeth: $4,400/Moshe: NADA/David: $4,500
Express/Prize Puzzle Round: EVENT
Unfortunately, the man BANKRUPTS near TD. Elizabeth picks up the WC with three N’s, buys three A’s, lights up two D’s for $1,200, and buys an O and two E’s before hitting LaT. Moshe lights up a Y on the EXPRESS and HOPS ABOARD.
Next Choices: F…CRASH w/ the R (she loses $2K)
After that, David HOPS ABOARD after lighting up four S’s.
Next Choices: H, U, I (NMV)…another CRASH w/ the T (he loses $4,500)
That’s only the second time two different players crashed on the EXPRESS (previously, it happened on Family Week in season 32).
Anyway, Elizabeth follows that double mishap up with a $500 L…
A / D A Y / O F
S U N S H I N E
A N D / S _ I L E S
…and with $2,450, she’ll have A DAY (or two) OF SUNSHINE AND SMILES on her $6K trip to the Divi Southwinds Beach Resort in BARBADOS.
DUDS: R (Moshe), T (David)
SOLE LaT: Elizabeth
NON-DUD BANKRUPT: David
Elizabeth: $12,850 cash & trip WC/Moshe: GOOSEEGG ALERT/David: $4,500
$3K Tossup: OCCUPATION
P R _ _ _ T E
E _ _
Elizabeth moves up to $15,850 w/ PRIVATE EYE.
Speed-Up Round: THINGS
It’s a $1,700 FS. She lights up the obvious S at the start but gives a THROWAWAY GUESS of BEAUTIFUL FISHES at the buzzer. Later, Moshe lights up the hot consonant of four G’s…
_ R _ G G _ N G
R _ G H T S
…and she can claim BRAGGING RIGHTS to her only $8,500 on the night.
SOLE DQ: Elizabeth’s missolve
Elizabeth: $15,850 cash & trip WC/Moshe: $8,500/David: $4,500
BANKRUPT TRASH: $6,900
$100K Bonus Round
After we meet her mom Jan (and Pat roasts Steve Harvey), Elizabeth lands on the I in SPIN.
This long puzzle starts out with…
_ _ / _ _ T _ / _ _ _ _
_ _ R S T / _ _ _ _ _ E
DFHO are great picks, even though her WC pick of M isn’t there…
_ O / _ _ T H / _ O _ R
F _ R S T / _ H O _ _ E
…hey, Elizabeth, since you’re able to GO WITH YOUR FIRST CHOICE, you just won $45K (first non-$34K or non-car win since April 14) and a GT of $60,850! And even better, we’re going for a PBRW tomorrow!
$5K SPIN ID: DB4840607
MY RATING: 7
The hosts, in Wrigley Field, mention that the total number of home games in Chicago is a whopping 286 (including soccer team Chicago Fire and WNBA team Chicago Sky). Meaning there are seven major sports teams in Chicago instead of five as I previously stated.