WoF Recap: December 13, 2017

EPISODE #6698: SECRET SANTA HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

_ O _ S T _ _ G
_ H _ S T N U _ S

Jeremie’s ROASTING CHESTNUTS. He’s not the only male Secret Santa on this panel…

Jeremie Ballinger: Kansas City Corporate Challenge director who also works w/ Special Olympics from Kansas City, MO

Alexander Heredia: driver for a propane co. from Fresno

Rachael Mimick: 8th Grade language arts teacher at Elkhorn Grandview MS & HS cheerleading coach from Omaha

$2K Tossup: EVENT

_ _ E A _ _ N C E
_ _ _ _

Jeremie’s two for two w/ CLEARANCE SALE.

Crossword Round: CANDY _______

Sorry, but one of the words is NOT CRUSH. Anyway, he starts us off w/ a $1,400 pair of S’s, three A’s, three R’s for the gifts.com gift tag, a $600 B, two E’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $4K cash & GT. Second, Alexander wastes a turn w/ the MDW’s right side. Third, Rachael calls up a C for the Wyoming trip (LEXINGTON at Jackson Hole), a $600 N, and a single O, but the same normal BANKRUPT takes away $850 plus her WY trip. Jeremie then FPs H and W singles before he goes for the house minimum solve w/ the twin P’s unrevaled…

(C)(A)(N)(E)(S)  –    –     (B)
–    –     –     (H) –    –     (A)
–   –     –      (O) –    –     (R)
–  (W)(R)(A)(_)(_)(E)(R)(S)

WRAPPERS and SHOP are the remaining words.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole panel)

Mystery Round: CHARACTERS

Alexander’s up first w/ three R’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900 (’18 Ford Fiesta), $2K worth of four S’s, but then T for terrible. Rachael also misses w/ G. Third, Jeremie picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ two L’s, buys four E’s and two I’s, and goes for another unnecessary house minimum solve…

S _ _ E R _ E R _ E S / &
S _ _ E R _ I L L _ I _ S

SUPERHEROES & SUPERVILLAINS are the characters. Again, the P’s go unclaimed.

DUDS: T (Alexander) & G (Rachael)

PP/Express Round: THING

Rachael’s first picks are a $600 N, but then S for sorry. Second, Jeremie puts up a $3,500 T, three O’s, and an L before he boards the EXPRESS.

Bank Right Now: $4,250
Next Choices: R…two M’s…C…P…Y…two E’s…two I’s…A…B…D…K…G (NMC)

C O M P L I M E N T A R Y
G _ I D E B O O K

He’s won another $13,500 and will need a COMPLIMENTARY GUIDEBOOK ready for his trip to the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in MAUI worth $7,687.

SOLE DUD: S (Rachael)

Jeremie: $26,187 cash & HI/Everybody Else: ZERO a head

$3K Tossup: LIVING THING

C R A _ / _ _ _ L E
_ _ _ E

Jeremie’s one puzzle away from maingame sweep w/ CRAB APPLE TREE.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES

Next from his mouth are a $1,400 pair of T’s, a single A, a $500 R, a single I, $600 N and S singles, but it’s S-U time…

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

…w/ a $1,600 FS. He puts up that frontloading M…

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

…this MODEL TRAIN SET takes him to a PR and the MAINGAME SWEEP!

FINAL SCORES
Jeremie: $33,387 cash & HI/Everybody Else: DOUBLE $1K LUMP OF COAL

GT: $35,387
BANKRUPT TRASH: $4,850 cash & GT + WY trip of unknown value

Alexander SPIN ID: JS8966036 (Joyce S.)
Rachael SPIN ID: MP4372980 (Marleen P.)

The category possibilities on this Wednesday…

-SHOW BIZ
-ON THE MAP
-WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?

Time to do ON THE MAP.

$100K Bonus Round

Jeremie’s envelope will be the P. Just a pair of E’s to start, but I know this already (and it’s located along the coast of South Africa)…

_ _ _ E / _ _
_ _ _ _ / _ _ _ E

He knows it too and says CPDO…

C _ P E / O _
_ O O D / _ O P E

…we have our first TOTAL CLEAN SWEEP since March 12, 2015 — he pinpoints the CAPE OF GOOD HOPE to leave w/ $68,387 cash & trip!

FINAL SPIN ID: DM6993001

MY RATING: 8 (would’ve been higher had he gotten any of the bigger amounts)

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WoF Recap: December 12, 2017

EPISODE #6697: SECRET SANTA HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

S T _ _ N G I _ G
P O P _ O R _

I’ve never done STRINGING POPCORN, but Sonya correctly answers. Let’s talk to this lady at the end first…

Sonya City: CPA, Astros fan & aunt from Sugarland, TX

Matthew Hollis: personal trainer/fitness instructor who co-owns a cheer dance-based fitness co. and hosts local breakdancing battles from Chicago

Katie Koballa: zookeeper & occasional actress from Greensboro, NC

$2K Tossup: OCCUPATION

P A _ _ _ Y
C H _ F

Matthew takes control w/ PASTRY CHEF.

FEATURED TRIP: the Qamea Resort & Spa in Fiji

The gifts.com gift tag is actually available every day this week.

Round 1: 80’s FUN & GAMES

Here he goes w/ a $500 T, a single E, but the BANKRUPT near TD takes away the other 1/2 of his $500. Both ladies strike out w/ N and R, respectively, so we’re quickly back to the man. He puts up a $650 S, three A’s, $1K pairs of C’s and B’s, and a $650 G before he tries to identify these toys for another $3,050…

C A B B A G E
_ A T C _
_ _ _ S

…they are indeed CABBAGE PATCH KIDS.

DUDS: N (Katie) & R (Sonya)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Matthew

Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Katie leads the way w/ four S’s for $2,400, four E’s and two O’s, a $2,400 N trio, and a single A. Those are followed by a $650 L, three I’s to wipe out the vowel shop, the SL bonus of five $650 T’s, but then the same normal BANKRUPT to forfeit $8,650. Sonya then inserts a $1,200 pair of R’s, and a D for the WC

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

TINSEL, TRADITIONS & TOGETHERNESS are the holiday related things for $1,700.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Katie

Matthew: $5,050/Katie: ZIP/Sonya: $2,700 WC

PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Sonya opens this crucial round w/ a $650 V (interesting choice there; she was thinking I’VE), a single E, a $3,500 B, but the R fails her for the second time tonight. Afterwards, it’s all Matthew — a $1,300 pair of L’s, two I’s, a $1,400 pair of N’s, and the three remaining non-U vowels.

I ‘ L L / B E / A _ A _
O N / V A _ A _ I O N

He says “I’LL BE AWAY ON VACATION” for $1,950 and a $6,800 trip to the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

SOLE DUD: R (Sonya)

Matthew: $13,800 cash & D.R./Katie: NO LUCK/Sonya: $2,700 WC

$3K Tossup: PLACES

B U _ _
S I _ _ W A _ K S

Matthew gets through these BUSY SIDEWALKS.

Round 4: THING

Next on his list are a $1K pair of T’s, a single E, a $900 S, a single A, and an $1,800 R pair, but it’s S-U time…

_ _ R S T – _ _ A _ E
T R _ _ _ _

…w/ a $1,700 FS. Two P’s are said by Sonya

F _ R S T – P _ A _ E
T R _ P _ _

…she doesn’t get the FIRST-PLACE TROPHY, but rather another $3,400.

SOLE DUD: N (Katie)

FINAL SCORES
Matthew: $16,800 cash & D.R./Katie: $1K COAL/Sonya: $6,100

GT: $23,900
BANKRUPT TRASH: $8,900

Katie: RC4232202 (Rosana C.)
Sonya: BC4623088 (Bruce C.)

Matthew will be picking from the following…

-EVENT
-PHRASE
-LIVING THINGS

EVENT it is.

$100K Bonus Round

Matthew lands on that G. Lead-offs…

_ _ _ _ L _ N T
_ _ L _

PGHO is NOT gonna do much good…

_ _ _ _ L _ N T
G _ L _

…and he won’t be going to a JUBILANT GALA w/ another $35K.

LAST SPIN ID: PL6791707 (Pauline L.)

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: December 11, 2017

EPISODE #6696: SECRET SANTA HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

$1K Tossup: SONG LYRICS

S A N _ _ ‘ S / O N
_ _ S / W A Y

Margie realizes “SANTA’S ON HIS WAY”. Kicking off this other SS week are these people…

Margie Alston: retired from the USPS two yrs. ago (one of his sons Michael served in the military) from Haw River, NC

Christina Walters: payroll assoc. for a casino from El Cajon, CA

Mitch Speer: data analyst for a credit union who became a newlywed to Brooke as of last Summer in Montana from South Bend, IN

$2K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

H _ _ _ I N G _ _ _ D S

Christina sees some HUMMINGBIRDS.

Unlike last week, this week’s prizes placed on the wheel are NOT courtesy of the WoF Free Play app.

FEATURED TRIP: Conrad Hotel New York
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: gifts.com

Round 1: WAYD?

Her first letters are a $550 R, a single A, a $600 S, and a $2,100 N trio. But after the purchases of two I’s and an E is the first LaT hit of the week. Second, Mitch calls up the obvious $500 G, two O’s, two T’s for the WC, a $650 H, and the last vowel of U before we see…

H O S T I N G / A
_ O T _ U _ _ / _ I N N E R

He’s won his first $1,650 towards maybe HOSTING A POTLUCK DINNER.

SOLE LaT: Christina

Mystery Round: CHARACTER

All Mitch here — he picks four T’s for $2,600, a single E, a $2,100 H trio, two O’s, and four S’s for another $2,400.

T H E / _ H O S T
O _ / _ H _ _ S T _ _ S
_ _ S T

He’s NOT scared of THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST, because he’s won another $6,600 — PR.

Margie: $1K/Christina: $2K/Mitch: $8,250 WC

PP/Express Round: PLACES

All Margie here — she takes a $700 T, three FP S’s, three E’s (could’ve said that first on FP), two I’s, an $1,800 pair of H’s, the other three vowels, and a $650 R.

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

She’s won another $3,400 and will  be seeing the GLORIOUS WHITE SAND BEACHES on her trip to the ARUBA Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino worth $6,300 PR #2.

Margie: $10,700 cash & trip/Christina: $2K/Mitch: $8,250 WC

$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ E _ P _ _ M I N T
C R _ _ _ _

Margie thinks it’s PEPPERMINT CRUNCH…believe it or not, that’s right.

Round 4: THINGS

She first puts up a $600 S, two T’s for another $1,600, but then a baddie of E. Second for Christina are a $500 R, a $1,400 pair of N’s, three A’s, but she then repeats the N. Third in Mitch’s direction are a $500 D, the other two non-O vowels, but then L for loss. After Margie BANKRUPTs near TD to lose $1,950, Christina inserts a V and two F’s at $500 each before she finally goes for the solve…

F U N / F A _ T S
A N D / T R I V I A

She’s learned enough FUN FACTS AND TRIVIA for $3,150.

DUDS: E (Margie) & L (Mitch)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Margie
SOLE DQ: Christina’s N repeat

Margie: $13,700 cash & trip/Christina: $5,150/Mitch: $8,250 WC

Round 5: SHOW BIZ

After Christina starts w/ a $700 S and the LaT, it’s S-U time…

_ _ _ S _ – _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _

…w/ a $1,500 FS. Two P’s are said by Mitch late in the round, but he goofs w/ PULSE-POUNDING CRIME, not realizing the I there was only one I on top. Two U’s and two D’s later to leave only vowels remaining…

P U L S _ – P _ U N D I N G
D R _ M _

Christina’s won another $6,700 in this scenario of PULSE-POUNDING DRAMA. BTW, had Margie NOT solved, she would’ve stolen this game.

DUDS: T (Mitch), F (Christina), H (Mitch)
SOLE LaT: Christina
SOLE DQ: Mitch’s missolve

FINAL SCORES
Margie: $13,700 cash & trip/Christina: $11,850/Mitch: $8,250

GT: $33,800
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,950

Christina SPIN ID: PP2933533 (Pam P.)
Mitch SPIN ID: SM7611672 (Steve M.)

The Monday topics for Margie…

-THING
-PLACE
-FUN & GAMES

She wants F&G.

$100K Bonus Round

No, they’re NOT offering the maZDa CX-3 CUV again — this one’s actually a 2018 Toyota RAV4. Margie could find it in the S of SPIN. If this biggie is what I think it is, she’s in trouble already…

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

HMDI is of very limited help…

_ _ I _ _ / _ _ _
I N / T H E / _ _ R _

She hasn’t taken a QUICK JOG IN THE PARK, so goodbye $45K.

LAST SPIN ID: PM8413261 (Pat M.)

MY RATING: 6

Week 13 Stats

Total This Week: $262,435

Total for the Season: $3,295,282

BR Win Record: 26-39 (.4)

Car Wins

-Nissan Versas: 1

-BR Car: 9

  • 2 Chevy Equinoxes
  • 2 maZDAs (one CX-3, one CX-5)
  • 1 MINI Convertible
  • 2 Mercedes-Benz (1 CLA sedan, 1 GLA SUV)
  • 2 VW Tiguans

Prize Wedge Wins: 15

Gift Tag Wins: 17

Mystery Wedge Wins: 10

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 25-5

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 16-9

$10K MW was next to LaT: 8

$10K MW was next to $650: 18

Express was Played-Passed: 9-1

-Successes: 8

-Crashes: 1

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 8 (7 on $3,500, 1 on $5,000)

-BR: 7

FP Vowels/Consonants: 55/22

5-Round Games: 20

6-Round Games: 3

$6K FINAL SPINS: 2

Gooseegg Victims: 14

Red Winners: 23

Yellow Winners: 22

Blue Winners: 20

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $51,750

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $309,810 + 3 trips of unknown value

Biggest Bankrupt: $18,310 (Oct. 23)

Top Winning Totals: $92,770 (Nov. 20), $79,750 (Oct. 24), $74,600 (Nov. 2)

Lowest Winning Totals: $12,600 (Sept. 18), $10,250 (Nov. 22), $11,268 (Nov. 21)

Highest Maingame Winnings for One Night: $68,520 (Nov. 20)

Season-High Week: $323,729 (Halloween Week)

Season-Low Week: $170,966 (Great Outdoors)

 

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 2
MDBRs: 6

PERSON (or PEOPLE): 5/21; 2-3
PLACE: 3/12; 2-1
THING(S): 4/19; 2-2
PHRASE: 3/15; 1-2
CHARACTER(S): 4/8; 1-3
EVENT: 6/15; 3-3
OCCUPATION: 2/5; 1-1
SHOW BIZ: 2/9; 0-2
AROUND THE HOUSE: 5/14; 3-2
ON THE MAP: 5/10; 3-2
FOOD & DRINK: 6/10; 3-3
FUN & GAMES: 3/11; 2-1
IN THE KITCHEN: 4/13; 1-3
LIVING THING(S): 3/15; 1-2
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?: 5/11; 1-4
WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?: 5/7; 0-5

 

$35K: 14/37

$40K:

$45K: 1/3

$50K: 2/2

$100K (or $1M): 0/4

CAR: 9/19

WoF Recap: December 8, 2017

EPISODE #6695: SECRET SANTA HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

$1K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ E _ / B _ I _ K
_ H I _ N E _

Bobby sees a RED BRICK CHIMNEY. These players will wrap up the first of two Secret Santa weeks…

Bobby Peacock: fast food cook & church organist who plays several instruments from East Tawas, MI

Natalie Cooke: speech language pathologist who works w/ adults in a medical setting from Ft. Worth (orig. from Austin)

Lynnette Mann: real estate agent whose mother played this game in ’85 from Huntington Beach

BTW, Bobby’s username on the message boards is TenPoundHammer.

$2K Tossup: THING

_ _ _ _ _ E _
F O R E _ A _ T

The WEATHER FORECAST in my area is actually pretty cold, but Bobby’s two for two so far.

Round 1: LIVING THINGS

All Bobby here — he calls up a $1,200 pair of S’s, E and A singles, four I’s to round out the vowels, and four N’s to add $2K.

S I N _ I N _
N I _ _ T I N _ A _ E S

I wish he went one more for those G’s, but he gets SINGING NIGHTINGALES for $3,150 and $6,150 overall — PR.

Mystery Round: TITLE

Natalie gets that MDW right away w/ S and says a T on the MW near LaT before she obviously turns it down (it actually would’ve been good). After she buys two I’s and an A, she picks up the WC w/ two L’s and goes for a quick solve…

I T ‘ S / A
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ L
L I _ _

…the holiday movie “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” is worth $1,500 and PR #2.

PP/Express Round: PEOPLE

Lynette’s up first w/ an $1,100 N pair, a single A, but then the LaT. Second, Bobby takes four S’s for $2,800, buys three E’s and an O, but the BANKRUPT near $3,500 steals his remaining $2,300. Third, Natalie puts up a $55 D, but the sole dud vowel of I stops her. After Lynnette flunks out w/ T…

S _ _ _ E _ S / A N D
S N O _ _ E _ E _ S

Bobby will see some SURFERS AND SNORKELERS on his trip to the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort in OAHU worth $7,848.

DUDS: I (Natalie) & T (Lynnette)
SOLE LaT: Lynnette
SOLE BANKRUPT: Bobby

Bobby: $13,998 cash & HI/Natalie: $1,500 WC MDW/Lynnette: ZILCH

$3K Tossup: PHRASE

A / N I _ _ / C _ _ _ K
O F / C _ A _ G E

Bobby can’t do it and Lynnette also has a brain fart.

A / N I C E / C H _ N K
O F / C _ A _ G E

Natalie triples her money, and that’s A NICE CHUNK OF CHANGE.

Round 4: WAYD?

Next from her mouth are a $550 N, a $500 G, two obvious I’s, double A’s, and a single E, before the R ends her turn. Second for Lynnette are an $800 L, a $700 F, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to hand over $1,500. After Bobby LaTs out, Natalie puts up a single O, a $1,300 pair of B’s, two U’s, a FP Y, and a $1K pair of T’s before we finally show you…

T Y I N G / A
B E A U T I F U L / B O _

Please don’t fall for the TYING A BEAUTIFUL BOX trap…she actually says TYING A BEAUTIFUL BOW for $2,600 more.

SOLE DUD: R (Natalie)
SOLE LaT: Bobby
SOLE BANKRUPT: Lynnette

Bobby: $13,998 cash & HI/Natalie: $7,100 WC MDW/Lynnette: COAL ALERT

Speed-Up: FOOD & DRINK

Consonants are worth $1,700 apiece. The frontloading G appears…

G _ _ R _ E T
C _ _ C _ _ E S

Bobby munches on some GOURMET CUPCAKES for $3,400 worth of icing.

DUDS: N (Lynnette), L (Natalie)

FINAL SCORES
Bobby: $17,398 cash & HI/Natalie: $7,100/Lynnette: $1K COAL

GT: $25,498
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,800

Natalie SPIN ID: LB3978417 (Linda B.)
Lynnette SPIN ID: CP9881609 (Cherise P.)

Let’s see the topic list for Bobby…

-THING
-PEOPLE
-AROUND THE HOUSE

PEOPLE is his choice.

$100K Bonus Round

After Bobby lands on the first letter of his last name, this 16-letter answer starts like this…

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

HPCO gives him a good shot w/ this…

E _ _ P T _ _ N
P H _ R _ O H S

The EGYPTIAN PHARAOHS couldn’t stop him from winning this 2018 maZDa CX-3 Grand Touring AWD worth $27,955, giving him a final total of $45,353 cash & prizes.

FINAL SPIN ID THIS WK.: JS2755618 (Jerri S.)

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: December 7, 2017

EPISODE #6694: SECRET SANTA HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

$1K Tossup: PEOPLE

_ A U _ _ _ N G
C H I _ D _ E N

Kim’s hearing the sound of LAUGHING CHILDREN. Thursday’s Secret Santas go by these names…

Kim Wells: training officer w/ the U.S. Dept. of Education and also has ran a half-marathon in 42 states from Puyallup, WA

Pete Samolis: personal trainer & men’s physique competitor from Flushing, NY

Gabrielle Collins: relationships/dating blogger from L.A. (orig. from Chicago)

$2K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

W H _ T _
D A _ _ O D _ L S

Gabrielle gathers some WHITE DAFFODILS.

Crossword Round: ________ BOX

I thought we would do up to three Crossword Rounds per week. Anyway, Gabrielle gets started w/ a $700 T, an $800 N, but then R for roadblock. Second, Kim calls up a $1,300 pair of S’s, one I and four O’s, a $1K pair of G’s, and two E’s. But after a $600 H is the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $2,150. Third, Pete can’t find the first letter of his name. Gabrielle tries again w/ a $600 Y, but then L for loss. Kim follows w/ a $650 B, but then a baddie of K. Pete then puts up the last remaining consonant of a $650 M…

–   –   (S)(_)(G)(G)(E)(S)(T)(I)(O)(N)
–         (H)                      (O)
(B)(O)(O)(M)                  (Y)
–   –    (E)

He gets SUGGESTION for a $350 bonus.

DUDS: R (Gabrielle), P (Pete), L (Gabrielle), K (Kim)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Kim

Mystery Round: TITLE

All Kim here — she picks four T’s for the gift tag, four FP E’s, the same number of H’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900, two A’s and I’s, and an L on the MW near $650 before declining.

T H E / L I _ _
T H E / _ I T _ H
A _ _ / T H E
_ A _ _ _ _ _ E

She IDs the C.S. Lewis novel “THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE” for $5,500 and a PR. You left out lots of multiples, though, ma’am…

Gabrielle: $2K/Kim: $6,500 1/2 CAR/Pete: $1K

PP/Express Round: THINGS

Pete’s off and running w/ an $1,800 N trio, a $650 L, a G from the same 1/2 CAR spot, a $1,300 pair of S’s, two I’s, and a P for the other 1/2 CAR. But after the purchase of an E and two A’s is a PAINFUL LaT to leave $19,230 cash & Versa on the table. Gabrielle follows w/ a $500 R, two T’s to triple up, but then a very bad choice of D. Kim then gets the WC w/ an H to leave only vowels remaining…

S T _ N N I N G
A E R I A L / P H _ T _ S

…she can take STUNNING AERIAL PHOTOS on her trip to the Sugar Bay BARBADOS worth $7,328.

SOLE DUD: D (Gabrielle)
SOLE LaT: Pete

Gabrielle: $2K/Kim: $14,328 cash & Barbados WC/Pete: $1K

$3K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

_ _ _ D
_ R _ C _ _ _ _ R

Pete nails FOOD PROCESSOR.

Speed-Up: RHYME TIME

Consonants are worth $1,700 a pop. Following four straight aired duds, four E’s are bought for free…

C _ _ _ E E
T _ _ _ E E

Kim makes the house minimum solve of COFFEE TOFFEE. From what I’ve heard, there were actually eight straight duds w/ one null cycle cut out.

AIRED DUDS: S (Gabrielle), R (Kim), K (Gabrielle), A (Kim), D (Pete), V (Gabrielle)

FINAL SCORES
Gabrielle: $2K/Kim: $15,328 cash & Barbados/Pete: $4K

GT: $21,328
BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,150

Gabrielle SPIN ID: CS5046548 (Chris S.)
Pete SPIN ID: MC1738388 (Michael C.)

Up for the taking are these categories…

-PHRASE
-SHOW BIZ
-LIVING THING

She goes for PHRASE.

$100K Bonus Round

Kim lands on the E of GAME. This one’s pretty easy, IMO…

_ _ _ S / _ L L
_ R _ _ N _

She doesn’t need her WC here, because she’s got this down too w/ DGHA and M

H _ G S / A L L
A R _ _ N D

There will be HUGS ALL AROUND, because she has solved to end up w/ $50,328 cash & trip.

FINAL SPIN ID: CW08804 (Cynthia W.)

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: December 6, 2017

EPISODE #6693: SECRET SANTA HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

$1K Tossup: SONG LYRICS

_ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ S
_ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _

Anthony’s trying to pull a Santoli and says “JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS”sorry.

S _ _ _ E _ / _ E L _ S
S I L _ _ _ / _ _ L _ _

Loren has the right ones of SILVER BELLS, SILVER BELLS”. Let’s start the interviewing w/ this man at the end…

Loren Inderbitzin: shift mgr. at a casino from Everett, WA

Calli Holley: healthcare consultant & animal shelter volunteer who finished her MBA at NYU from NYC

Anthony Williams: office coord. at a digital studio & writer who also goes to church at Central Ave. in Glendale from L.A. (orig. from Tyler)

$2K Tossup: THINGS

_ W A R D _ / A N _
_ _ R T _ _ I C _ T E S

Anthony’s correct this time w/ AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES.

Round 1: WAYD?

Here he goes w/ a $1,400 pair of N’s, an I, four E’s, the obvious $600 G, a single O, a $500 T, and three A’s to clean out the vowels. But after an H for the WC is the MDW’s right side to lose $2K and the WC. Second, Loren BANKRUPTs next to TD. Third, Calli calls up a $1,400 pair of R’s, a $900 S, but the other normal BANKRUPT takes away $2,300. Anthony then fills in the rest of the consonants w/ a $650 D, a $1,400 pair of P’s, a $550 W, an $800 C, and a $1K pair of L’s. This is what he’s doing for $4,400…

R E A D I N G
T H E / L O C A L
N E W S P A P E R

…he now has $6,400 to his credit.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (everybody)

Mystery/Crossword Round: GET OVER IT

Loren first says S for sorry on the 1/2 CAR near $600. Calli secondly takes a $1,300 pair of R’s, a $550 N, E and O singles, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to give back $1,350. Anthony thirdly gets the same MDW BANKRUPT he got before. After Loren LaTs out, Calli puts up a $1,400 pair of L’s, but she also gets that LaT. Anthony then puts up a $700 T, I and A singles, a $550 B, a W for the $10K prize wedge, and the last vowel of U before he tries to complete this grid…

–  –   –        (_)  –     (T)
–  –   (R)(A)(I)(N)(B)(O)(W)
–  – – –  –   (L)  –      (_)
(_)(U)(R)(_)(L)(E)

HURDLE, HILL and TOP…are right for $11K.

INSTA-DUD: S (Loren)
LaTs: 2 (Loren,Calli)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Calli, Anthony)

Calli: NIL/Anthony: $17,400/Loren: $1K

PP/Express Round: PLACES

Calli gets going w/ a $1,650 trio of R’s, but the BANKRUPT near TD strikes again (that’s her third one tonight). Second for Anthony are a $2,100 T trio, three E’s, a single A, a $1,300 pair of C’s, four I’s, and the last vowel of U. Next up are a $900 F and L singles, but that same MDW BANKRUPT nails him for the third time tonight and costs him $4,200. After Loren LaTs out…

_ I C T U R E –
_ E R F E C T
_ I _ I _ _ / T R A I L _

Calli will see some PICTURE-PERFECT HIKING TRAILS on her trip to the Peace Lodge/Lapaz Waterfall Gardens in COSTA RICA worth $6,100.

SOLE LaT: Loren
BANKRUPTS: 2 (everybody else)

Calli: $6,100 trip/Anthony: $17,400/Loren: $1K

$3K Tossup: PROPER NAME

S I _ _ _ R
_ _ S H / _ R _ _ _ N

Anthony IDs SINGER JOSH GROBAN and is up to $20,400.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

Consonants will be worth $1,650 each. Two F’s show their faces (one to begin each line)…

F _ R S T / _ N _
F _ R _ _ _ S T

FIRST AND FOREMOST, Loren makes the $6,600 solve.

FINAL SCORES
Calli: $6,100 trip/Anthony: $20,400/Loren: $7,600

GT: $34,100
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus WC): $11,500

Calli SPIN ID: DL1921873 (Dottie L.)
Loren SPIN ID: GP1099215 (Gloria P.)

Anthony will try to break our seven-episode losing streak w/ one of these topics…

-THING
-ON THE MAP
-IN THE KITCHEN

He’s going for my favorite of OtM.

$100K Bonus Round

The C envelope is where Anthony stops on. I know this one already (and it’s the birthplace of legendary Disney voice actor Jim Cummings)…

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

HGPI adds a little more help…

_ _ _ N G S T _ _ N
_ H I _

To the people watching in YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO tonight…I wish he chose the O’s, but he’s ended the skid to leave w/ $55,400.

LAST SPIN ID: ER6615180 (Elsie R.)

MY RATING: 7

WoF Recap: December 5, 2017

EPISODE #6692: SECRET SANTA HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

_ R I M M _ N G
T H E / _ _ _ E

Nathan’s TRIMMING THE TREE. Bios on him and the ladies…

Nathan Roberts: law firm worker from Crestwood, KY

Jeanette Veretto: paratrooper vet of 21 yrs. who now works for the Dept. of Defense from Land O’Lakes, FL

Haley Robertson: 4th Grade teacher who’s planning a mission trip to Africa this Summer from Topeka

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

_ H _ / T I _ E
_ S / _ O _ !

Nathan rightly says “THE TIME IS NOW!”.

Round 1: SAME LETTER

He first picks up the WC w/ three S’s and buys two E’s, after which he lands on $700 three times in a row — R, two T’s, but then D for dud. Second, Jeanette calls up the SL Bonus of five $550 C’s, a $1,500 H trio, and four O’s, but the MDW’s left side steals the $5K remainder. Third, Haley digs up a FP P, a $650 L, a $500 M, and a $700 K to leave only vowels remaining…

C H O C O L _ T E
C H _ P
C H R _ S T M _ S
C O O K _ E S

CHOCOLATE CHIP CHRISTMAS COOKIES are good for $2,350.

SOLE DUD: D (Nathan)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jeanette

Mystery Round: PLACE

Jeanette’s off and running w/ an $1,100 pair of T’s, an $1,800 H pair, two E’s, and an A. She follows w/ two S’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, four O’s, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to forfeit $3,150 and her plate. Haley secondly lights up a $650 C, a $550 L, a $1,300 F pair, and four R’s for the $10K prize wedge. We have…

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

She solves SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS for $14,500.

SECOND BANKRUPT THIS GAME: Jeanette

Jeanette: ZIP/Haley: $16,850/Nathan: $3K WC

PP/Crossword Round: IT’S PARADISE

Current leader Haley strikes out right away w/ R. Second, Nathan picks up that MDW w/ two S’s, but next is T for terrible. Third, Jeanette also misses w/ N. Haley next plugs in two $900 L’s, one E, six A’s, but then H for hush on EXPRESS. After Nathan whiffs again w/ B, Jeanette says two M’s and boards the EXPRESS.

Next Choices: two I’s, two U’s (NMV)…FIRST CRASH ALL SEASON LONG WITH THE W (she loses $1,500)

Haley’s third turn sees her hitting the other normal BANKRUPT to lose $1,300. Nathan follows suit w/ an $800 B, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to give up the eight Benjamins and both his cardboard pieces. Afterwards, Jeanette tries to complete this grid…

–    (L)(U)(A)(U)(S) –   –      (L)
–   (A)  –     –    –    –   –      (E)
–   (V) –     –    –     –   –      (I)
(M)(A)(_)(A)(_)(A)(M)(I)(A)(S)

Unfortunately, she adds an unnecessary N in MACADAMIAS and blows the pronunciation of LEIS. If that wasn’t bad enough, Haley leaves out the S of said bottom across word. Nathan then mercifully ends this round for a $7,854 trip to the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel in HAWAII.

NON-BANKRUPT DUDS: R (Haley), T (Nathan), N (Jeanette), H (Haley), B (Nathan)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole panel)
DQs: 2 (blown solves by the ladies)

Jeanette: COAL ALERT/Haley: $16,850/Nathan: $10,854 cash & HI

$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ D D R _ S S
B _ O _

I saw this one used as a bonus puzzle on the 2012 video games, and Nathan has swept the Tossups w/ ADDRESS BOOK.

Speed-Up: THING

This should help — it’s a $6K FS! A D is lit up midway…

H _ R S _ – D R _ _ _
S _ _ _ _ H

Haley’s got $18K more from a HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH.

DUDS: T and B (both by Nathan)

FINAL SCORES
Jeanette: DESERVING $1K LUMP OF COAL/Haley: $34,850/Nathan: $13,854 cash & HI

GT: $49,704
BANKRUPT TRASH (extras withheld): $11,750

Jeanette SPIN ID: DS8176803 (Deatra S.)
Nathan SPIN ID: GB3579440 (Gloria B.)

Tuesday’s trio of topics for Haley…

-PHRASE
-THING
-AROUND THE HOUSE

I figured she would say AtH.

$100K Bonus Round

Haley lands on the E of AMERICA’S. I think the last word’s the decider…

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

DBHA are all up there, though the D is a waste…

B A S _ E T S
A N D / H A _ _ E R S

She BLOWS THAT LAST WORD w/ HANGERS and HAMMERS, so the $35K will stay buried inside these BASKETS AND HAMPERS. I think this relationship between her and boyfriend Nick may be over soon.

LAST SPIN ID: HC2840226 (Harry C.)

VB: Agonizing R3 and BR

MY RATING: 6

WoF Recap: December 4, 2017 — START OF SECRET SANTA ’17

Unlike the last few seasons, this year’s SS will NOT have a Family Week. It’s most likely because we saw the Christmas decorations on the first Disney World week.

EPISODE #6691: SECRET SANTA HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

$1K Tossup: THINGS

_ _ O _ / T I D _ N _ S

Janine would love GOOD TIDINGS, and so does her opposition…

Janine Brown: married for 38 yrs. from Bothell, WA

Sharon Samuel: has a fraternal twin from Houston

Danny McGinn: firefighter in the Bronx from NYC

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ / A P P L E
_ _ / _ Y / _ Y _

Danny’s probably saying this to his wife during his viewing party, You’re THE APPLE OF MY EYE”.

FEATURED PRIZE FOR THESE TWO WEEKS: $10K
Gift Tag: $1K courtesy of the “WoF Free Play” app

Round 1: WAYD?

Off he goes w/ two T’s for the gift tag, two I’s, a $600 H, four A’s, a W for the $10K, and a couple E’s, but the BANKRUPT near $2,500 triggers a $12,350 disaster. Second, Janine calls up a $1K pair of N’s, a $1,950 G trio, a $600 R, but then F for flunk. Third, Sharon wastes a turn w/ the same BANKRUPT Danny got. Said red player then puts up two P’s for the WC, and a $1,300 pair of M’s before he tries to solve this…

_ _ M I N G / _ P
W I T H / A / G R E A T
G A M E / P _ A N

but he leaves out the next-to-last word, so he’s been disqualified and Janine’s won another $3,550 for COMING UP WITH A GREAT GAME PLAN.

SOLE DUD: F (Janine)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Danny, Sharon)
SOLE DQ: Danny’s blown solve

Mystery/Crossword Round: SANTA’S _______

Janine’s up first w/ a $700 T, A and E singles, and an S for the MW near LaT before she gambles her remaining $200…$$$. But here comes the same normal BANKRUPT to take away $10,200. Second, Sharon strikes out w/ N for negative. Third, Danny requests an R for the 1/2 CAR near $600 (’18 Nissan Versa), two O’s, a $2,400 L trio, the last vowel of I, a $700 B, a $500 Y, and a $650 P. Grid…

–   (B)(E)(L)(L)(Y) –  (L)
–  –    –        (I)  –      (A)
(_)(O)(R)(_)(S)(_)(O)(P)

–    –    –      (T)

He gets WORKSHOP for $4,250.

Danny: $6,250 WC/Janine: $4,550/Sharon: ZIP

SOLE DUD: N (Sharon)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Janine

PP/Express Round: LIVING THINGS

The scoreless Sharon starts this crucial round w/ three S’s for $1,800, two R’s to double up, a $600 N, an E, and two A’s, after which she says a $1,300 pair of H’s, a $700 L, three I’s, a $1,400 pair of C’s, and a $500 P.

S E A / _ R C H I N S / &
_ R _ P I C A L / _ I S H

She’s won $7,350 and will see some SEA URCHINS & TROPICAL FISH during her stay at the RIU Palace JAMAICA worth $6,300 — PR.

Danny: $6,250 WC/Janine: $4,550/Sharon: $13,650 cash & Jamaica

$3K Tossup: EVENT

_ A _ I L _
_ E _ – T _ G E T H _ R

Danny just makes it in time w/ FAMILY GET-TOGETHER.

Speed-Up: 80’s CHARACTER

Consonants are worth $1,600 each. Late in this round, two G’s are requested, but Janine flubs w/ GARTH THE GREMLIN. Sharon next says two M’s, but she also whiffs w/ GUMBY THE GREMLIN. Danny then puts up the remaining consonant of Z…

G _ Z M _
T H _ / G R _ M L _ N

…he solves GIZMO THE GREMLIN (he was actually a Mogwai before he transformed into a Gremlin at midnight) for $6,400.

DUDS: C (Janine) & S (Sharon)
DQs: 2 (blown solves by the ladies)

FINAL SCORES
Danny: $15,650 WC/Janine: $4,550/Sharon: $13,650 cash & Jamaica

GT: $33,850
SEASON-WORST BANKRUPT TRASH: $22,550

Janine SPIN ID: NE7238096 (Norma E.)
Sharon SPIN ID: DM9203499 (Dan M.)

Danny’s category choices…

-PLACE
-EVENT
-WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

He goes for EVENT.

$100K Bonus Round

The car for the next two weeks is a maZDa CX-3. Danny lands on the M in AMERICA’S. Opening layout…

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

DCHA and M result in very limited help…

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

I’ve went on a JOURNEY BY BOAT, but this man hasn’t and he loses the CX-3.

LAST SPIN ID: DK6437078 (Danna K.)

MY RATING: 5

YOU ARE IN DEEP TROUBLE, MICHAEL TAYLOR!!!

Listen to us, Michael — YOU ARE NOT THE ONE WHO’S CALLING THE SHOTS. ONLY WHEEL OF FORTUNE DOES.  EVERY $100,000 LOSS OR MILLION DOLLAR LOSS ARE NOT TECHNICAL WINS. What part of A LOSS IS A LOSS do you NOT understand? Also, looking at Pat’s card for the answer is CHEATING!!! Furthermore, Pat has to warn the audience NOT to say anything during the BR. You see how much STUPID you are getting? They have a budget to control and there is NO SATURDAY OR SUNDAY FIRST-RUN. And why don’t you look up the phone number for Sony Pictures and call them to complain about technical wins.

Furthermore, thanks to all the names you’ve been using and barcelonaterror@gmail.com, we’ve found out the place where you worked and I have messaged them about all the trouble you have caused!! You are REALLY IN HOT WATER and PLEASE GET LOST FROM THE INTERNET, NOW!!!