FINAL S34 STATS

Total This Week: $185,093

Total for the Season: $9,703,775

BR Win Record: 74-121 (.379) — 10 up from last season but that’s not saying much

Car Wins

-Ford Fiestas: 8

-BR Car: 21

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

Prize Wedge Wins: 64

Gift Tag Wins: 52

Mystery Wedge Wins: 11

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 67-23

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 30-36

$10K MW was next to LaT: 38

$10K MW was next to $650: 48

Express was Played-Passed: 51-7

-Successes: 29

-Crashes: 22

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 10 (1 on $600, 2 on $2,500, 6 on $3,500, 1 on $5,000)

-BR: 22

FP Vowels/Consonants: 115/55

5-Round Games: 47

6-Round Games: 7

$6K FINAL SPINS: 20

Gooseegg Victims: 45

Red Winners: 63

Yellow Winners: 64

Blue Winners: 68

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $12,700

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $1,096,350 + 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: 5
MDBRs: 12

$34K: 42/88 — at least the frequency wasn’t as bad as the last two seasons

$40K: 2/15

$45K: 6/17

$50K: 2/9

$100K (or $1M): 1/9 — thank goodness for the Kikers in SSS Family week

CAR: 21/57 — way up from last season

WoF Recap: June 9, 2017 — SEASON 34 FINALE

EPISODE #6630: SUMMER VACATION

$1K Tossup: SONG TITLE

S A T _ _ D A Y / I N
T H E / _ A R _

Michelle solves Chicago’s “SATURDAY IN THE PARK” and let’s meet our final three players this season beginning w/ her in the middle…

Michelle Rapone: Connetquot HS business teacher (she lets students spin a wheel in her classroom) from Ronkonkoma, NY

Darryl Lam: owner of three chihuahuas from San Diego

Kris Peterson: nurse coordinator at hospital who’s been a nurse for 23 yrs. from Hampton, NJ

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

P L _ _ _ N G
G U _ _ _ R

Darryl’s correct w/ PLAYING GUITAR.

TRIP WEDGE: smarTour of Spain

Crossword Round: _______ BOARD

He opens w/ a $700 S, two E’s, a T for the Maui Jim gift tag, but then H for hush on the MDW. Second, Kris calls up a $550 D, four A’s, and a $1,400 pair of R’s, but the BANKRUPT near $2,500 takes away $1,700. Third, Michelle takes a $600 K, the last vowel of I, an $800 N, and a $700 G before we see this grid…

—    —   (D)(R)(A)(_)(I)(N)(G)
—  —     (A) —   —  —  — (A)
—  —     (R) —   —  —  — (_)
(S)(K)(A)(T)(E) —  —   — (E)

DRAWING (and) GAME are the missing entries for $1,850 and $2,850 overall.

SOLE DUD: H (Darryl)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Kris

 

Mystery Round: EVENT

N for no is how Kris starts on the MW near $650. Michelle secondly uncovers five T’s on the other MW and tries to double the $5K buyout…she got the wrong one. Darryl thirdly repeats the N on the Spain trip. Kris next digs up a $1,300 R pair, a $1,200 H pair, seven E’s, an L for that MDW, three A’s, and two U’s. After a $650 F and twin O’s…

_ O U _ L E
F E A T U R E / A T
T H E / _ O _ _ E
T H E A T E R

…she solves DOUBLE FEATURE AT THE MOVIE THEATER for $2,150.

SOLE DUD: N (Kris; duplicated by Darryl)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Michelle

Kris: $2,150 MDW/Michelle: $2,850/Darryl: $2K

 

PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

We have an instant dud for the second round in a row, this time w/ Michelle and her T call. Darryl doesn’t do any better w/ the LaT. Kris then uncovers a $2,400 N trio, a $900 G, the obvious I, O, five S’s for another $3,250, and two A’s. We have…

S A _ S A
_ A N _ I N G
_ _ S S O N S

…in addition to another $5,800, she should take some SALSA DANCING LESSONS while at the InterContinental San Juan in PUERTO RICO.

SOLE DUD: T (Michelle)
SOLE LaT: Darryl

Kris: $16,350 cash & P.R. MDW/Michelle: $2,850/Darryl: $2K

 

$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME

_ M M _ / _ _ T _ O N

She was the Belle from the live-action “Beauty and the Beast”, and Michelle knows that’s EMMA WATSON.

Round 4: PHRASE

Next on her hit list are a $600 S, I, a $500 T, three A’s, but then L for loss and it’s time for the final S-U of the season…

I T ‘ S / _ _ _ _ / A
_ A _ _ _ _ / _ _ A _

…w/ the leftover consonants valued at $1,500 each. Two R’s are said by said middle lady on her next turn…

I T ‘ S / _ _ _ N / A
_ A N N _ R / _ _ A R

…she says “IT’S BEEN A BANNER YEAR” (I wish it was this season) for $3,600.

SOLE DUD BEFORE FS: L (Michelle)
SOLE DUD IN S-U: D (Darryl)

FINAL SCORES
Kris: $16,350 cash & P.R. MDW/Michelle: $9,450/Darryl: $2K

GT: $27,800
BANKRUPT TRASH (MW risk excluded): $1,700

 

MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #12 (and FINAL of season)
Kris has nobody w/ her, so Vanna is holding that MDW and she lands on the &.

Category: PHRASE
Reveal the RSTLNE legend…

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

DPOC are all up there…

_ E _ O N D
C O _ P _ R E

but her puzzle-solving skills are still NOT BEYOND COMPARE (it means greater than any other) because she blows the first word w/ SECOND and she loses…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…the Wrangler.

$1M HIDEOUT: S of SPIN (four away) — Pat mistakenly checked the * and the other S, both of which had the Jeep)

$5K SPIN ID: SH3027442

MY RATING: 5

WoF Recap: June 8, 2017

EPISODE #6629: SUMMER VACATION

$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ _ N I _ _ U R E
_ _ _ _

Amanda scores a hole in one w/ MINIATURE GOLF. For the fourth night in a row, it’s left to right in the interviewing…

Amanda Landrove: Army vet who was a medic from Burns, WY

Curtis Williams: security officer, little league football assistant coach & poet from Compton, CA

Tammy Torok: retired HS math teacher and currently an adjunct professor at Walsh Univ. from Canton, OH

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

_ L _ _ T I N G
A / G A R _ _ N

Tammy takes control w/ PLANTING A GARDEN.

TRIP WEDGE: Beacon Hotel in South Beach, FL

Round 1: PHRASE

She first chooses a $600 N, but then a baddie of R. Second, Amanda can’t capitalize on $2,500 w/ C for crud. Third, Curtis calls up a $2,700 S trio, two A’s, a $700 T, three I’s, and a $500 H. We have…

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

He says “HEADS I WIN, TAILS YOU LOSE” for $3,400.

DUDS: R (Tammy), C (Amanda)

 

Crossword/Mystery Round: BABY ________

Amanda gets the SWIMOUTLET gift tag right away w/ T, buys three E’s, but BANKRUPTs near $650 to lose $1,250 cash & GT. Curtis secondly gets the exact same fate. Tammy thirdly takes a $3,500 N, two A’s, a $550 L, a $650 H, and a $500 P, but next is LaT. Amanda quickly loses another turn w/ S on the FL trip. Curtis follows w/ an $800 R, the purchase of two O’s and a B via the MW near LaT but he doesn’t risk his $550 remainder (I’m pretty sure that was the big money). Next up are a $1,300 pair of M’s, the last vowel of U, and a C on the 1/2 CAR near $600 before we finally show you the grid…

(_)   —  (B)(O)(O)(M)(E)(R)
(A)  —   (U)
(C)  —   (M)
(E)(L)(E)(P)(H)(A)(N)(T)

…he’s putting on a happy FACE for winning another $3,100.

SOLE DUD: S (Amanda)
SOLE LaT: Tammy
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Amanda and Curtis)

Amanda: $1K/Curtis: $6,500/Tammy: $2K

Classic Bonus Puzzle (Jan. 2, 2003 in S20): PHRASE
Betty picked an interesting combination in WHPO…

_ O _ ‘ _ E / _ O T
S P _ N _

…but she doesn’t say “YOU’VE GOT SPUNK” for $40K.

 

PP/Express Round: EVENT

Here goes Curtis w/ a $7K pair of S’s, three E’s, an $1,800 T pair, and two A’s, after which come a $500 H, two I’s, a $900 R, two O’s to clean out the vowels and a $1,500 C trio for the other 1/2 CAR before he goes for the big solve…

S C E _ I C / _ R I _ E
A _ O _ _ / T H E
C O A S T

I’m afraid he’s gonna say SCENIC DRIVE AROUND THE COASTand he does, so he’s gonna have to give back $25,690 cash & Fiesta once this is over. Tammy then puts up a $600 L and a $1,600 pair of N’s…

S C E N I C / _ R I _ E
A L O N _ / T H E
C O A S T

…she’ll be taking a SCENIC DRIVE ALONG THE COAST of JAMAICA while at the Sunset at the Palms Resort worth $9K.

SOLE DQ: Curtis’ blown solve

Amanda: $1K/Curtis: $6,500/Tammy: $13,200 cash & JAM

 

$3K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ O R E S T
R _ N _ _ _

Tammy makes it in time w/ her solve of FOREST RANGER.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

Next from her mouth are a $600 N, three E’s, but then R for roadblock. Amanda has the same result w/ T and we go into S-U mode…

_ _ _ – _ _ _ _ _ _ N E _
_ _ _ _ E / _ _ E

…w/ a $1,700 FS. Three P’s are lit up at the bottom…

_ L _ – _ _ S _ _ _ N E _
_ P P L E / P _ E

Tammy gets a piece of an OLD-FASHIONED APPLE PIE for $8,850.

DUDS BEFORE FS: R (Tammy; repeated by Curtis in S-U), T (Amanda)
SOLE DUD IN S-U: C (Curtis)

FINAL SCORES
Amanda: $1K/Curtis: $6,500/Tammy: $25,050 cash & JAM

GT: $32,550
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,250 cash & GT

 

$100K Bonus Round
The second A of AMERICA’S is where Tammy lands on.

Category: THING
Should know what the second word is already…

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

DMHO gives her the entire second word…

_ _ _ _ _ R D
M O M E N T

but little help on the top turns out to be a literal AWKWARD MOMENT, so she loses $40K.

$5K SPIN ID: EU8092822

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: June 7, 2017

EPISODE #6628: SUMMER VACATION

$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ _ R _ W _ _ _
W _ _ _ _ / _ A _ L O _ _ S

Courtney loves the idea of THROWING WATER BALLOONS. She’s the only female from this midweek panel…

Courtney Morris: from San Clemente, CA

James Reed: restaurant mgr. & storm chaser from Chadron, NE (orig. from Oklahoma City)

Whitney Byrd: a male quality assurance specialist & Army vet of 24yrs from Chicago

$2K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

T _  / S _ A R _ _ N G
_ _ _ E

Courtney has THE STARRING ROLE to triple up.

TRIP WEDGE: Si Como No in Costa Rica

Round 1: SONG/ARTIST

But she says an instant negative of N. Second, James hits FP four times in a row and calls up three E’s, O, I and T. Next is a $1,300 H pair, a single A, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $1,550. Third, Whitney takes an $1,800 B trio, buys a U, but the MDW’s left side takes away his own $1,550. Courtney follows w/ a $1,200 pair of Y’s, two S’s for the C.R. trip, and a $600 C before she tries to solve this…

S U _ _ E _ / _ I _ _
B Y / T H E / B E A C H
B O Y S

“SURFER GIRL” BY THE BEACH BOYS is right for $2,800 and the C.R. trip.

Courtney: $12,728 cash & C.R./Men: $0 each

SOLE DUD: N (Courtney)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (men)

 

Crossword/Mystery Round: HOUSE _________

James is up first w/ a T for the WC, a $500 R, two E’s and an A, an $1,800 S trio, but then the sole dud vowel of O. Whitney secondly picks a $600 G, but then M for mistake on TD. Courtney thirdly digs up a $1,400 pair of R’s, the other two vowels, an $1,100 pair of L’s, and an $800 C before the same normal BANKRUPT steals $2,800. Afterwards…

— (C) —  —  — —  (_)
— (A) —  —  (G)(U)(E)(S)(T)
— (L) —  —   —  — (_)
(S)(L)(I)(P)(P)(E)(R)(S)

James has the KEYS to unlock his first $2,050.

DUDS: O (James), M (Whitney)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Courtney

Courtney: $12,728 cash & C.R./James: $2,050 WC/Whitney: ZIP

 

PP/Express Round: SAME LETTER

Whitney’s off to a $10,500 start w/ three S’s, buys three E’s and an A, but then says T for terrible. Courtney has the same result w/ N. James then uncovers the SL bonus of three L’s and goes aboard the EXPRESS.

Next Choices: the two non-O vowels and the R

He’s won another $4,500 and will enjoy the…

L E I S
L U A U S
L E I S U R E

…at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki in HAWAII.

DUDS: T (Whitney), N (Courtney)

Courtney: $12,728 cash & C.R./James: $14,329 cash & HI WC/Whitney: ZILCH

 

$3K Tossup: PERSON

M _ _ _ _ _ – _ _ – _ _ W

James quickly gets MOTHER-IN-LAW.

Round 4: WAYD?

It’s all James — he picks a $500 G, two I’s, a $500 N, a $600 L, an E, a $550 F, an $1,100 pair of D’s, and the last vowel of three A’s.

_ A _ I N G / A
F I E L D / D A _

He’s HAVING A FIELD DAY at least for the moment.

PR

Courtney: $12,728 cash & C.R./James: $19,829 cash & HI WC/Whitney: BAD SHAPE

Speed-Up: PHRASE

$1,500’s the FS. Two H’s are said late…

H _ N _ / _ N / T _

_ _ _ R / H _ T S

HANG ON TO YOUR HATSCourtney makes the $4,500 solve.

DUDS: M (Whitney), P (Courtney), D (Whitney)

FINAL SCORES
Courtney: $17,228 cash & C.R./James: $19,829 cash & HI WC/Whitney: $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $38,057
BANKRUPT TRASH: $5,900

 

$100K Bonus Round
James had landed on the M of AMERICA’S.

Category: ON THE MAP
The first letters Vanna has shown us…

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

After saying GHCO and M, I can tell you that these are two cities in Kansas…

_ _ C H _ T _
_ N _ / T O _ E _ _

but he doesn’t pinpoint WICHITA AND TOPEKA, so he won’t be driving to those in the Wrangler.

$5K SPIN ID: DH15570

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: June 6, 2017

EPISODE #6627: SUMMER VACATION

$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

B _ I L D _ N _ / A
T _ E _ / _ O U S _

John’s BUILDING A TREE HOUSE. Again, going in order in meeting the contesti…

John Major: radiology student, musician & occasional skydiver from Palatine, IL

Sheila Hubbard: attorney for civil rights organization from Boston

Lara Dates: special events mgr. who was once crowned Miss Belly Dance from Tucson

$2K Tossup: PERSON

S _ T I _ _ I E D
_ U _ T _ M _ R

John the SATISFIED CUSTOMER is now three grand richer.

TRIP WEDGE (sponsored by “Spider-Man Homecoming”): NYC worth $6,500
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: SWIMOUTLET.com

Round 1: SONG LYRICS

He strikes out right away w/ T. Second, Sheila calls up a $1,300 pair of R’s, buys six O’s and three E’s, lights up a $650 L, but buys the A for awful. Third, Lara takes an $1,800 pair of M’s, three N’s for $1,950 more, and the last vowel of I. But after a $1,200 pair of S’s is D for dud on the NY trip. John then picks off a $600 P, a $650 C, and a B for that MDW

N O / M O R E
P E N C I L S
N O / M O R E
B O O _ S

…he exactly recites “NO MORE PENCILS, NO MORE BOOKS” (from Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out”) for $1,250 and a new total of $4,250.

DUDS: T (John), A (Sheila), D (Lara)

 

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Sheila’s first picks here are an S as in SWIMOUTLET, a $650 R, four O’s and two E’s, but next is L for loss on the 1/2 CAR near $900. Lara secondly tries a $500 N, a single A, a $650 T, a $900 C, and an I. But after a $500 M is the LaT. John thirdly gets the 1/2 CAR near $600, buys the last vowel of U, but next is P for phooey. Sheila then gets the WC w/ a D…

O N E / S M A R T
C O O K I E
D O U _ _

…this ONE SMART COOKIE DOUGH is on the board w/ $2,150 cash & GT.

DUDS: L (Sheila), P (John)
SOLE LaT: Lara

John: $4,250 MDW/Sheila: $2,150 cash & GT/Lara: $0

Classic Bonus Puzzle (Fall 2005): LIVING THINGS
CDBO gave this man…

B E _ O N _ _ S

…he solved BEGONIAS for a Land Rover Freelander.

 

PP/Express Round: PLACES

Lara leads off this crucial round w/ a $500 N, a $2,700 S trio, two E’s, a $650 G, three A’s, but then T for terrible. John then decides to just solve for the trip (I wouldn’t have done that)…

S _ _ _ _ E _ _ N G
A _ _ A / S E A S

…he’ll see SHIMMERING AQUA SEAS during his stay at the Tamarijn ARUBA worth $7,616

SOLE DUD: T (Lara)

John: $11,866 cash & Aruba MDW/Sheila: $2,150 cash & GT/Lara: HARD LUCK

 

$3K Tossup: WAYD?

_ _ T T _ _ G
P R E _ _ Y

Sheila’s off by two letters w/ GETTING PRETTY.

S _ T T I N G
P R E T T Y

Lara’s off the gooseegg bench; whatever the case may be, John should not be SITTING PRETTY.

Round 4: PHRASE

Her next moves are an $1,100 pair of N’s, two O’s, but the LaT gets her for the other time tonight and here come the final bells…

_ _ _ / _ _ O O _ / _ _
_ N / _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ N _

Consonants are worth $1,650 apiece. Two T’s and an R later…

T _ _ / _ R O O _ / _ _
_ N / T _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ N _

THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING Sheila has solved for the FS amount.

SOLE LaT: Lara

FINAL SCORES
John: $11,866 cash & Aruba MDW/Sheila: $3,800 cash & GT/Lara: $3K

GT: a pitiful $18,666
NO BANKRUPTS

 

MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #11 (possibly final of S34)
After we see his parents (Diane and Phillip) holding the MDW and his girlfriend Cat, John lands on the N in WIN.

Category: THING
Here’s the last letter of each word…

_ _ _ E
_ _ _ _ R

DPGO adds another pair…

_ _ G E
_ _ _ O R

Do me a HUGE FAVOR and solve this puzzle, sir…he does, but do we finally have the first-ever male millionaire on the program?…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOT AT ALL — he’ll have to settle for a final total of $45,866 cash & trip. The history maker was under the *.

$5K SPIN ID: DR6317547

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: June 5, 2017

EPISODE #6626: SUMMER VACATION

$1K Tossup: SONG TITLE

U _ _ _ R / _ _ E
_ _ _ _ D _ _ _ _

This is by the Drifters, but Jeremy blows it w/ “UNDER THE BRIDGE (that’s by Red Hot Chili Peppers)

U _ _ _ R / T _ E
_ _ _ _ D _ _ _ _

Della solves “UNDER THE BOARDWALK. Leading off the season finale week are these Californians…

Della Hodson: local United Way president/CEO w/ rescue dog Murphy from Bakersfield

Jeremy Roos: solar consultant, board of education member for a nonprofit that serves public education and writer from Palm Springs

Katie Bain: shareholder for the Packers & music journalist from L.A. (orig. from Green Bay)

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

M A _ _ / _ / G O
_ F / I _

Della can MAKE A GO OF IT, so she’s tripled up.

TRIP WEDGE: Tuscany from collette
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Maui Jim

Round 1: WAYD?

It’s all Della — she calls up two N’s and a G at $700 a pop, two obvious I’s, three A’s, two E’s, four C’s for another $2,800, a $1,300 pair of R’s, an M for the WC, and a $600 H.

C H A _ I N G / A N
I C E / C R E A M
_ R _ C _

Little kids love to do this, and she has solved CHASING AN ICE CREAM TRUCK for $6,550.

PR

Della: $9,550 WC/Others: $0 each

 

Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Jeremy first picks up the Italy trip w/ a T, but a dud O buy stops him cold. Second, Katie lights up two R’s for the M.J. gift tag, two E’s, three A’s, a $650 N, and the last vowel of three I’s, but the BANKRUPT near $3,500 snatches $1,900 cash & shades. Third, Della picks off the SL bonus of three $650 P’s, and a $2,400 S trio…

P A R A _ E S
P I _ N I _ S
P A R T I E S

July 4th is gonna be a day of PARADES, PICNICS (and) PARTIES, and this lady has won another $5,350.

SOLE DUD: O (Jeremy)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Katie

Della: $14,900 WC/Others: $0 each

 

PP/Express Round: FOOD & DRINK

Katie leads off w/ a $550 S, two E’s, but then T for terrible. Della’s second in line w/ a $900 N, but then a bad vowel of I. Third, Jeremy can’t board the EXPRESS w/ a dud in R. After Katie misses again w/ C, Della tries an L for the 1/2 CAR near $900, four A’s to clean out the vowels, but then D for dud. Jeremy loses another turn w/ the MDW’s right side. Katie follows w/ a $500 H, a $650 V, a FP F, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to forfeit $1,950. Della then digs up a $1K pair of Y’s, and a $1,600 pair of P’s to complete the board…

H E A V E N L Y
P A P A Y A S

…she’ll have those on her trip to Pineapple Beach Club in ANTIGUA worth $8,470.

DUDS: T (Katie), I (Della), R (Jeremy), C (Katie), D (Della), F (Katie)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Della’s opposition)

Della: $26,220 cash & trip WC/Others: $0 each

 

$3K Tossup: EVENT

H _ _ _ / _ C H O _ L
R E _ _ I _ _

I wish I had the money to attend my 10-year HIGH SCHOOL REUNION two years ago, but Katie’s finally on the board.

Round 4: THING

Next on her letter list are a $500 T, two E’s, a $500 R, but it’s S-U time…

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

…w/ a $1,600 FS. Della puts up the V late but botches the solve w/ EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOVE. Jeremy then uncovers the K…

E _ C L _ S I V E
F I R S T / L _ _ K

…he gets an EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK for his only $4,800 on the night instead of the pity $1K.

DUDS (both by Della): N and D
SOLE DQ: Della’s botched solve

FINAL SCORES
Della: $26,220 cash & trip WC/Jeremy: $4,800/Katie: $3K

GT: $34,020
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,850 cash & shades

 

$100K Bonus Round
Remember, the vehicle up for grabs on this set is the Jeep Wrangler. Della lands on the I of WIN.

Category: THING
Not much RSTLNE help…

_ _ _ _ E _ T
_ _ _ R _ _ _ _

CHDI and G only add the last two letters of the answer…

_ _ _ _ E _ T
_ _ _ R _ _ C H

…she doesn’t have the OFFBEAT APPROACH to win $34K.

$5K SPIN ID: JD1404026

MY RATING: 7

Penultimate Week Stats

Total This Week: $285,055

Total for the Season: $9,518,682

BR Win Record: 73-117 (.384)

Car Wins

-Ford Fiestas: 8

-BR Car: 21

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

Prize Wedge Wins: 63

Gift Tag Wins: 52

Mystery Wedge Wins: 11

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 66-22

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 30-35

$10K MW was next to LaT: 37

$10K MW was next to $650: 47

Express was Played-Passed: 50-7

-Successes: 28

-Crashes: 22

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 10 (1 on $600, 2 on $2,500, 6 on $3,500, 1 on $5,000)

-BR: 20

FP Vowels/Consonants: 112/53

5-Round Games: 46

6-Round Games: 7

$6K FINAL SPINS: 20

Gooseegg Victims: 44

Red Winners: 60

Yellow Winners: 63

Blue Winners: 67

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $16,550

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $1,083,650 + 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: 5
MDBRs: 10

$34K: 41/86

$40K: 2/14

$45K: 6/17

$50K: 2/9

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

CAR: 21/55

WoF Recap: June 2, 2017

EPISODE #6625: AMERICA’S GAME

Thank goodness we’re not on “Wheel Around the World” — we’re actually on next week’s season finale set of “Summer Vacation”.

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

M _ _ _ / I N
A _ _ R _ _ _

Tami realized that this program’s MADE IN AMERICA. Wrapping up the last AG week of the season are…

Tami West: freelance writer of children’s books engaged for 30 yrs. (really?) from Florence, OR

Nate Kaczor: exercise science student at Bowling Green Univ. from Norwalk, OH

Darralyn Hooker: married to a geneticist named Dr. Stanley from Tucson (orig. from Brooklyn w/ roots in Bamberg, SC)

$2K Tossup: TV TITLE

G _ E _ ‘ S
A _ A _ O _ Y

Tami’s two for two w/ “GREY’S ANATOMY”.

Round 1: PEOPLE

First on her letter list are a $600 T, two A’s, an E, but then the LaT. Second, Nate calls up a $500 N, an O, a $700 S, and the other two vowels (the two I’s were via FP). But after a $700 J is the BANKRUPT near $2,500 to lose $1,400. Third, Darralyn tries a $600 L but then D for dud. Tami follows suit w/ $500 B and G singles, a $600 M, and two P’s for the SS wedge before she tries to solve…

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

JUST ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY is right for $2,800 and a spree from The AMERICANA at Brand (aka Caruso Affiliated) in Glendale, CA .

SOLE DUD: D (Darralyn)
SOLE LaT: Tami
SOLE BANKRUPT: Nate

Tami: $11,800 cash & SS/Others: $0 each

 

Mystery/Crossword Round: THINGS THAT FLOAT

A $1,300 pair of T’s get Nate started, but he buys a bad vowel in E. Darralyn secondly retrieves the WC w/ three S’s, buys two O’s and four A’s, but the MDW’s right side steals $1K and her WC. Tami thirdly LaTs out. Nate tries again w/ a $600 B, but the other dud vowel of I stops him cold. Darralyn then inserts a $1,300 pair of R’s, two U’s, a $900 F, an N for the Peter Thomas Roth gift tag, and an L on the MW near LaT before she gambles $3,450 cash & GT…$$$

–   –  (R) –    –    –     –   (B)
–   –  (A) –    –       (_)(L)(O)(U)(_)(S)
–   –  (F)  –    –    –     –  (A)
(A)(S)(T)(R)(O)(N)(A)(U)(T)(S)

…and she’s won $13,450 cash & GT that rained from the CLOUDS.

DUDS (both by Nate): E & I
SOLE LaT: Tami
SOLE BANKRUPT: Darralyn

Darralyn: $13,450 cash & GT/Tami: $11,850 cash & SS/Nate: ZIP

 

PP/Express Round: PLACES

Darralyn kicks off w/ four T’s for $2,400, two E’s and an O, three S’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, and five A’s. But after a $1,500 N trio is the sole dud vowel of I. Tami then puts up five R’s for $2,500…

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

…she might be seeing WATERFRONT RESTAURANTS AND BARS at The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa in ST. MAARTEN worth $8,315.

SOLE DUD: I (Darralyn)

Darralyn: $13,450 cash & GT/Tami: $22,665 cash & prizes/Nate: HARD LUCK

 

$3K Tossup: WAYD?

_ _ _ _ _ _ G
_ / C _ _

Nate (as well as yours truly) thinks it’s DRIVING A CARincorrect.

_ _ _ K _ _ G
_ / C O _

Tami’s also wrong thinking it’s PARKING.

_ I L K _ N G
_ / C O _

Darralyn gets MILKING A COW to go to $16,450.

Speed-Up: RHYME TIME

We fall just short of the big one, because the FS is $1,500. A W is lit up late…

C H I C _ _ _ A S / A N D
S W I S S / C H _ _ S _

Darralyn gets CHICKPEAS AND SWISS CHEESE for $6K, though she still loses by $215.

DUDS: T (Nate), L (Darralyn)

FINAL SCORES
Darralyn: $22,450 cash & GT/Tami: $22,665 cash & prizes/Nate: $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $46,115
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus WC): $2,400

 

$100K Bonus Round
The last car offered this season is a Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition (this has a base price of almost $31K per jeep.com). Tami lands on the M in AMERICA’S.

Category: FOOD & DRINK
Only one letter out of ten to start…

_ _ _ _ _
_ E _ _ _

CPMO gives her…

_ _ _ C _
P E _ C _ (they were late in lighting up the P)

…she doesn’t even get the second word right w/ PEACE. It was JUICY PEACH and she loses the Wrangler.

$5K SPIN ID: LG03608

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: June 1, 2017

EPISODE #6624: AMERICA’S GAME

We’re on the Boston set.

$1K Tossup: RHYME TIME

A _ I _  O N A
& / _ A _ _ _ N A

Davira only gets the first word.

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

Alex has the same fate, then Karen solves ARIZONA & DAYTONA. She’s the only female from this Thursday panel…

Karen Baskid: retired kindergarten teacher after 32 yrs. from Calabasas, CA

Alex Wolf: recently got his MBA and runs a manufacturer of handmade greeting cards via quilling (a Fair Trade-Certified co.) from Ashland, MA

Davira Kuy: Mill City bartender at a Chinese restaurant who’s part of a charity cosplay organization from Lowell, MA

$2K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ L _ Y I _ G
_ C _ _ B B _ E

Alex isn’t PLAYING “SCRABBLE”, but he’s right anyway.

TRIP WEDGE: caravan.com Canadian tour

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

T for terrible is how he starts on the WC. Second, Davira has the same result w/ S. Third, Karen calls up a $600 N, an I, a $5K pair of G’s, three A’s, an $1,800 R trio, and two E’s, after which come a $2,500 M, a $600 K, the other two vowels as singles, and two L’s for that WC. We have at this moment…

L E A _ I N G
_ O U R
M A R K
_ A _ L _ E R G

I can’t imagine anybody LEAVING YOUR MARK WAHLBERG, but she has solved for $10,250.

QUICK DUDS: T (Alex) and S (Davira)

Davira: $0/Karen: $11,250 WC/Alex: $2K

Mystery Round: PHRASE

Davira’s first choices are a $650 R, but then R for roadblock. Karen secondly takes a $600 H, but the sole dud vowel of A stops her cold. From here, it’s all Alex — he picks five S’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, four E’s, four C’s for $2K more, two U’s, a $600 D, two I’s, a $1K pair of N’s, and an O.

N O T H I N _
S U C C E E D S
_ I _ E
S U C C E S S

NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS when he’s won another $5,100.

DUDS: R (Davira), A (Karen)

Davira: NIL/Karen: $11,250 WC/Alex: $7,100

Classic Bonus Puzzle (October 5, 2006): THING
Zack only got this from CDMA…

_ _ N D S _ _ _ T

Neither he nor Holli Rowan from Dec. 20, 2010 (her combo was CDMOB; the B was her WC pick) were able to solve HINDSIGHT. The former lost out on a Beetle Convertible while Holli couldn’t cash in on $35K.

 

PP/Express Round: EVENT

Karen opens this crucial round w/ a $600 T, three E’s, a $3,500 R, two N’s courtesy of her WC, and an A. But after a $1,200 pair of D’s, she says an unfortunate dud of B on TD to likely lose at least $11,800. Alex then puts up four S’s for $3,600 and buys twin U’s…

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

…he solves for $3,350 and might like A SPLENDID SUNSET CRUISE near the ARUBA Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.

SOLE CRITICAL DUD: B (Karen)

Davira: NADA/Karen: $11,250/Alex: $16,750 cash & trip

 

$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

H O _ _ _ – G L _ _ _ D
_ _ M

Karen eats up some HONEY-GLAZED HAM to cut the deficit to $2,500.

Round 4: THING

Her next actions are a $1,200 pair of T’s, two E’s, but the BANKRUPT near big bucks nails both her and Alex, costing the woman $950. After Davira LaTs out, Karen lights up a $1,400 pair of H’s, but it’s S-U time…

T H E / _ _ _ _ E _
T _ _ _ H

…w/ a $1,550 FS. Alex later puts up the D, but flubs w/ THE GOLDEN TRUTH. Davira then uncovers the N (last letter of the first line)…

T H E / G _ _ D E N
T _ _ _ H

…he finally has THE GOLDEN TOUCH on some money.

DUDS (all part of a null cycle): R (Karen), P (Alex) and S (Davira)
SOLE LaT: Davira
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Karen, Alex)
SOLE DQ: Alex’s missolve

FINAL SCORES
Davira: $1,550/Karen: $14,250/Alex: $16,750 cash & trip

GT: $32,550
BANKRUPT TRASH: $950

 

$100K Bonus Round
Alex lands on the I of SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
RSTLNE reveals…

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

FDPO makes these additions…

O N / O _ R
_ E _ _ L F

Thanks for solving this puzzle ON OUR BEHALF, sir, so you leave w/ $50,750 cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: BR4368187

MY RATING: 7