“WHEEL” Under Fire

“WHEEL” came under fire days ago for depicting images of slavery in its rerun of “Southern Charm” last week. The producers have apologized for that mistake. Also, the Friday episode of that week was mistakenly aired as the one from last season (March 2, 2016).

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