WoF Recap: June 1, 2017


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


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
_ 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 _
_ I _ E

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.


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

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

GT: $32,550


$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


WoF Recap: May 31, 2017


Our next stop is the Spa Getaway set.

$1K Tossup: LANDMARK

V _ L _ _ Y
F _ _ G E

Sandy spots VALLEY FORGE. Tonight’s women…

Sandy Payton: kindergarten teacher at Sewell ES & weight-loss program leader from Tucson

Cheri Hudson: laser tech at medical spa from Tuttle, OK

Yolanda Harris: business programs coord. and an avid Chicago sports fan from Palatine, IL

$2K Tossup: THING

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

_ E R _ I C E

Yolanda doesn’t have any DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, but she’s right anyway.

PRIZE WEDGE: $6K plus a “Saturday Night Fever” blu-ray disc (that movie-musical will be celebrating 40 yrs. since its release)

Round 1: EVENT

But she wastes a turn w/ the MDW’s right side. Second, Sandy calls up two T’s for the WC, but LaTs out just as quick. Third, Cheri takes a $500 N, buys an A, lights up a $500 G, but BANKRUPTs near $2,500 to lose $750. Yolanda’s next spins all land on $600 — three R’s, an I, an S, two O’s, an L, and two E’s to wipe out the vowel shop. We have…

S E T T I N G / A
_ O R L _ / R E _ O R _

…she isn’t SETTING A WORLD RECORD but winning another $2,250.

SOLE LaT: Sandy

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Yolanda and Cheri)

Cheri: $0/Yolanda: $4,250/Sandy: $1K WC

Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Sandy has her second LaT right off the bat. Cheri secondly lights up a $500 N, but hits the other normal BANKRUPT. Yolanda thirdly spins her way to a $1,500 T trio, three E’s, an H for the 1/2 CAR near $600, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to forfeit $1,750 and her plate. Sandy follows w/ a $1,300 pair of R’s, a $500 F, O and I singles, a $600 J, an $800 D, the other two vowels, and a $600 X to complete the board. Here’s what she just got for $2,800…

O F / T H E / J E D I

SOLE LaT: Sandy
BANKRUPTS: 2 (same ladies like last round)

Cheri: ZIP/Yolanda: $4,250/Sandy: $3,800 WC


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Cheri first puts up a $550 T, but the BANKRUPT near TD strikes. Second for Yolanda are an $1,800 N trio, three I’s and E’s, but the same BANKRUPT steals her $1,300. Third in Sandy’s future are three FP G’s, two H’s for the Peter Thomas Roth gift tag, the other three vowels, and a $650 L before she tries to solve all of this…

G O I N G / _ O _
A / H I _ E / I N
T H E / _ U N G L E

…in addition to another $3,400 cash & skin care, she may be GOING FOR A HIKE IN THE JUNGLE on the caravan.com CENTRAL AMERICA TOUR.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Sandy’s opponents yet again)

Cheri: BAD LUCK/Yolanda: $4,250/Sandy: $13,200 cash & prizes WC


_ _ H _

G _ _ _ _ _ N


Speed-Up: PERSON

$1,650 is the FS amount. After an M appears on top…

C _ _ R M _ N G
C _ _ R _ C T _ R

Sandy’s probably one CHARMING CHARACTER, as she solves for another $4,950.

DUDS: L (Sandy), S (Cheri), D (Cheri), P (Cheri)

Cheri: $1K GOOSEEGG/Yolanda: $4,250/Sandy: $21,150 cash & prizes WC

GT: $26,400
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. plate): $4,850


$100K Bonus Round
Sandy lands on that G spot.

Category: THINGS
Stingy RSTLNE help…

_ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ S

CGHO and P won’t add much…

_ _ C _ _ _
_ _ G S

This was lost inside the VACUUM BAGS — the keys to the MINI Hardtop 4dr.

$5K SPIN ID: MC3879122


WoF Recap: May 30, 2017

BTW, today’s the four-year anniversary of Autumn Erhard’s epic win.


We’re on the Florida set tonight.

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ _ E / _ _ U E G _ A _ S
_ _ _ T _

The non-announcing Jim IDs Kentucky as THE BLUEGRASS STATE. Meeting him and the ladies right now…

Jim Magner: director of admissions of drug/alcohol treatment center from Margate, FL

Zena Fouz: dental hygienist for four yrs. who’s been in the dental field for about 10 yrs. from Irvine, CA (orig. from Orlando)

Jennie Mantia: bartender who’s attending real-estate school from Tampa

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

R O L _ _ N _ / _ P
M Y / S _ _ E _ E _

Though he’s unsure, Jim triples up for saying “ROLLING UP MY SLEEVES”.

FEATURED TRIP: Beacon South Beach Hotel in Miami
Gift Tag: Bed, Bath & Beyond


But he can’t capitalize on TD w/ a dud of N. Second, Zena calls up a $600 R, three E’s, a $1,200 pair of L’s, three A’s to quickly clean out the vowel shop, a $1K pair of T’s, and a $700 H. We have…

_ L A _ _
_ A _ _ E T

…she dons a BLACK LEATHER JACKET to tie up the man, though she left out the C’s and K’s.



Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Zena’s first letters here are a $650 L, but then the sole dud vowel of A for awful. Second, Jennie puts up a T on the MW near LaT and takes the obvious gamble…sorry. Third, Jim LaTs out. Zena resumes her run w/ a $650 S, five E’s, but then N for negative. After Jennie misses w/ M, Jim digs up two C’s for $1,400, two I’s and U’s, a $600 V, the last vowel of two O’s, an X for the MDW, and four R’s for $2,600. Board…

O R _ E R
O _ / C U R L _
_ R I E S

We serve him an EXECUTIVE ORDER OF CURLY FRIES worth $3,850.

DUDS: A (Zena), N (Zena), M (Jennie)

Zena: $3K/Jennie: ZIP/Jim: $6,850 MDW


PP/Express Round: THINGS

Jennie’s next chance to get on the board begins w/ three T’s and an S at $700 a pop, two E’s, and three I’s, followed by two R’s for the WC, an $1,800 N trio, two A’s, but then the LaT. Afterwards…

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

Jim will feel the TRANQUILITY AND SERENITY on his trip to the mangobay BARBADOS worth $9,100.

SOLE LaT: Jennie

Zena: $3K/Jennie: BAD LUCK/Jim: $15,950 cash & trip MDW



_ _ _ _ A _ _ / _ I _ K

Jennie blanks out.

_ _ P _ A _ _ / _ I _ K

Jim IDs CAPTAIN KIRK to sweep the Tossups

Round 4: PHRASE

His next moves are four T’s for $3,600, an E and three O’s, a $1K pair of H’s, but the other normal BANKRUPT burns up $4,100 and his MDW. Second for Zena are a $700 N, a $500 M, a $550 F, but a strikeout w/ the U. Jennie then puts up a $1,300 pair of N’s…

B O T T O M / O F
T H E / N _ N T H

…as we get closer to the BOTTOM OF THE NINTH, she finally records a hit.

SOLE DUD: U (Zena)


The FS amount is $1,500. After a D appears in the last of five words…

_ N _ T H _ R / _ N _
_ _ T _ _ / T H _ / D _ _ T

Jennie recites Queen’s “ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST” for $4,500.

Zena: $3K/Jennie: $5,800/Jim: $18,950 cash & trip

GT: $27,750
BANKRUPT TRASH (MDW not factored): $4,100


$100K Bonus Round
The I envelope in WIN is what Jim has to take.

Category: PHRASE

_ E _ R
_ S / _ _ T

I feel pretty good after he calls CPHO…

H E _ R
_ S / O _ T

HEAR US OUT, sir — you weren’t gonna make history, but you’ll like this Volkswagen Beetle Convertible worth $26,040; he leaves w/ $44,990 cash & prizes.

$5K SPIN ID: DT0598746

The hosts tell us in the end that Coppertone was invented in FL.


WoF Recap: Memorial Day 2017


As we honor the fallen on this day, let’s begin this final AG week on the set of Chicago.

$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

M A N _ _ _ T _ N
C L _ M / _ _ O _ D _ R

Matthew has some MANHATTAN CLAM CHOWDER. Two men on tonight’s panel…

Matthew Lang: district sales mgr. of alcohol & dance dad from L.A.

Daniel Lazzara: regional sales mgr. for a power tool co. who has an identical twin from Roselle, IL

Liz Moore: 1st Grade teacher at Sarah Adams ES from Lake Zurich, IL

$2K Tossup: STAR & ROLE

_ U _ H / _ _ _ K M _ N
_ S / _ O _ A _

Matthew triples up courtesy of HUGH JACKMAN AS “LOGAN”.

TRIP WEDGE: Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego
Gift Tag: Peter Thomas Roth


It’s all Matt this round — he calls up three N’s for $1,950, four I’s, six T’s for the CA Coast wedge, an $800 G, an O, two C’s and an L at $700 a pop, and the other non-U vowels.

_ E E T / _ E
T O N I G _ T / I N
A T L A N T I C / C I T _

“MEET ME TONIGHT IN ATLANTIC CITY” (originally by Bruce Springsteen) wins him $6,850 and the $6,100 S.D. trip.


Matthew: $15,950 cash & S.D./Others: $0 each


Crossword/Mystery Round: WAKE UP!

Daniel’s up first w/ a $2,100 N trio, a single E, but then the sole dud vowel of A. Second, Liz takes a $1,300 pair of R’s, two I’s and an O, an $1,800 pair of G’s, four S’s for $2,600 more, a $1,200 D pair, and the last vowel of U. The near-complete grid…

—  —  (D) – (_)
—  — (G) – (D)
—   – (S)  – (S)(U)(N)(R)(I)(S)(E)

The KIDS have deposited $6,150 in her bank account.

SOLE DUD: A (Daniel)

Matthew: $15,950 cash & S.D./Daniel: ZERO/Liz: $6,150


PP/Express Round: PLACES

Going down Liz’s road first are three R’s for the 1/2 CAR near $600, all five vowels w/ four $500 N’s in between her purchase of O and two U’s, a $600 G, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $2,850 and her plate. Matthew next uncovers a $1,400 pair of S’s, but the MDW’s right side takes it right back. Daniel then takes a stab at this…

S _ U N N I N G
U N _ E R _ A _ E R
_ O R _ _ S

…but he flubs w/ STUNNING UNDERWATER CORALS, not counting the A’s on the board. Liz then makes a $1,300 pair of T’s and two W’s appear before she boards the EXPRESS.

Her Current Bank: $3,300
Next Choices: two D’s and L

In addition to another $6,300, she’ll see the…


…at The Springs Resort & Spa in COSTA RICA.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Liz and Matthew)
SOLE DQ: Daniel’s blown solve

Matthew: $15,950 cash & S.D./Daniel: BAD SHAPE/Liz: $19,250 cash & C.R.

$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

L _ _ _
_ I _ _ _ G _ N

Liz knows that Chicago’s located on LAKE MICHIGAN to go over the $22K mark.

Speed-Up: WAYD?

Consonants are worth $1,600 each time they appear. Three R’s are lit up…

_ R _ _ _ N G / _
_ _ R _ / _ _ R G _ _ N

Matthew’s DRIVING A HARD BARGAIN for $8K and the victory.

DUDS: S (Daniel) and T (Liz)

Matthew: $23,950 cash & S.D./Daniel: $1K GOOSEEGG/Liz: $22,250 cash & C.R.

GT: $47,200
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus plate): $4,250


$100K Bonus Round
After we see his daughters Vivica and Everett, Matthew lands on that &.

Category: WAYD?
This  biggie starts as…

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

GHMO should do it even though the G is a waste…

O _ E R _ O M _ N G
O _ S T _ _ L E S

He sure has been OVERCOMING (life’s) OBSTACLES especially when he makes the $45K solve here to leave w/ $68,950 cash & trip!

$5K SPIN ID: DT3808795

Tonight’s “Changing Lives” Segment: Donna Finley appeared on the Nov. 15, 2000 episode of “Hershey’s Pot of Gold” Sweepstakes week and won $27,300 despite losing in S-U to Darren who solved for $24K and ended up w/ $32,350. She made a down payment on a new home that replaced her old one wiped out by a tornado with a ranch (titled the Wheel of Fortune Ranch, ironically) open to kids with special needs.


Week 37 Stats

Total This Week: $173,040

Total for the Season: $9,233,627

BR Win Record: 70-115 (.378)

Car Wins

-Ford Fiestas: 8

-BR Car: 20

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

Prize Wedge Wins: 61

Gift Tag Wins: 50

Mystery Wedge Wins: 10

Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 64-22

MW Flip was $10K-Bankrupt: 29-34

$10K MW was next to LaT: 36

$10K MW was next to $650: 46

Express was Played-Passed: 49-7

-Successes: 27

-Crashes: 22

Wild Card Usages

-Maingame: 9 (1 on $600, 2 on $2,500, 5 on $3,500, 1 on $5,000)

-BR: 19

FP Vowels/Consonants: 111/52

5-Round Games: 45

6-Round Games: 7


Gooseegg Victims: 41

Red Winners: 59

Yellow Winners: 61

Blue Winners: 64

This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $27,900

Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $1,067,100 + 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: 40/85

$40K: 2/14

$45K: 5/16

$50K: 2/9

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

CAR: 20/52

WoF Recap: May 26, 2017 — SHUTOUT ALERT #8



S _ M U _ L / _ D A _ S

A.J. solves SAMUEL ADAMS. Which of these Bay Staters will save us?…

A.J. Dolan: this man from Sandwich was once struck by lightning while in Cape Cod

Kianesha Dennis: intensive care coord. from Roxbury (orig. from Lynn)

Brittany Rocheleau: student success coach at MCPHS University who’s also danced for 20+ yrs. and was a former rugby player from Lynn

$2K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

T R _ C K
_ _ _ / _ I E L D

Kianesha solves TRACK AND FIELD.

TRIP WEDGE: Tanque Verde Ranch in AZ

Round 1: PLACE

Her first four choices all come in threes — T’s for $1,800, E’s, H’s for $1,950, and S’s for the Jordan’s Furniture. Next up are an A, two FP O’s, an R for the WC, but then the sole critical purchase of I to leave $6K cash & GT on the table. Brittany then calls up a $500 L, a $700 M, and the last vowel of U…

T H E / H U _ / O _ / T H E
S O L A R / S _ S T E M

…she locates THE HUB OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: I (Kianesha)


Crossword/Mystery Round: ______ CREAM

Brittany’s up first w/ a $700 S, but she LaTs out almost as quick. A.J. secondly takes a $7K pair of C’s, two E’s and I’s, a $1K pair of N’s, but the sole dud vowel of A stops him cold. After Kianesha LaTs out, Brittany puts up a $900 T, the other two vowels, an R for the MDW, and an $800 L. Grid…

(I)  –    –  (S)
(E)  –    – (U)
–   –    (_)(R)(I)(N)(_)(L)(E)

…she puts on some WRINKLE cream to keep that MDW and another $1,900.

LaTs: 2 (ladies)

Brittany: $2,900 MDW/A.J.: $1K/Kianesha: $2K WC


PP/Express Round: PHRASE (w/ an ! at the end)

A.J. leads off this crucial round w/ a $600 N, four T’s for another $2,200, an E, two O’s, four A’s, but the LaT nails him too. Kianesha hops aboard the EXPRESS after plugging in two H’s.

Next Choices: B…two S’s…M…two I’s…R…P…U…and W

She literally says this for $8,500…

I / J U S T / W O N
A / T R I P / T O
T H E / B A H A M A S !

…and she’ll be going to the SuperClubs Breezes worth $7,900.


Brittany: $2,900 MDW/A.J.: $1K/Kianesha: $18,400 cash & trip WC


$3K Tossup: EVENT

R E _ _ A _ S A L
_ _ N N _ _

Kianesha’s solved REHEARSAL DINNER to be over the $21K mark.

Round 4: WAYD?

The next letters she rattles off are a $1,200 pair of N’s, two I’s, a $1,300 pair of T’s, an E, a $650 H, but here comes the S-U bells…

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

…and we have a $1,500 FS. Two L’s are later chosen by the other lady…

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

….Brittany’s PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN for $4,500.

DUDS (both in S-U): S (Kianesha) and D (A.J.)

Brittany: $7,400/A.J.: $1K/Kianesha: $21,400 cash & trip WC

GT: $29,800


$100K Bonus Round
Kianesha lands on the M in GAME.

Category: PHRASE
Almost half of the board already…

_ E _ _ R E
_ _ _ N

MHC aren’t there, but her vowel of A and her WC pick of D are…

_ E _ _ R E
D A _ N

Does she give us a BR win BEFORE DAWNYES and her reward’s the ’17 Camaro 2LT worth $33,290; that gives her a final total of $54,690 cash & prizes.

$5K SPIN ID: VT6843833


WoF Recap: May 25, 2017


$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

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

Katie goofs w/ ROWING IN A SWAN BOAT.

R _ _ _ N G / I N
A / _ W A N / _ O A T

Gregory’s RIDING IN A SWAN BOAT. Thursday’s panelists…

Gregory Davis: PhD student at Harvard from Cambridge (orig. from Detroit)

Diane Boucher: 23-yr. court monitor from Londonderry, NH

Katie Chandler: program mgr. for nonprofit mental health agency who’s also a huge pro wrestling fan from Worcester

$2K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ O _
C H _ _ _ L _ _ E

Diane drinks up one of my favorites — HOT CHOCOLATE.

TRIP WEDGE: Marcel’s Creative Exchange in Amsterdam


But she wastes a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near $650. Second, Katie duds out on the spot w/ N. Third, Gregory calls up two R’s and S at $800 a pop, buys three E’s, but LaTs out. Back to Diane who puts up a $650 V, two O’s, a $700 C, two L’s for the WC, and a $1,200 pair of H’s, but the other normal BANKRUPT forces her to give up $3,300 and the WC. Katie then picks up the Jordan’s Furniture gift tag w/ two P’s…

H _ P P _ L _ / E V E R
_ _ _ E R

…she has graduated from “HAPPILY EVER AFTER SCHOOL” w/ $2K cash & furniture.

SOLE DUD: N (Katie)
SOLE LaT: Gregory
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Diane)

Mystery Round: PROPER NAME (the top line’s not used)

Katie first picks up the 1/2 CAR near $600 w/ two N’s, buys three E’s, but BANKRUPTs near TD to give back $750 and her plate. Gregory secondly strikes out w/ R. Diane thirdly uncovers a $600 F, two I’s, six T’s for the Amsterdam trip, and three O’s before we see…

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ E T T _
I N _ T I T _ T E / O F
T E _ _ N O _ O _ _

…she IDs the MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY for $3,100 and the Amsterdam trip worth $8,454.

SOLE DUD: R (Gregory)

Katie: $2K cash & furn./Gregory: $1K/Diane: $13,554 cash & Amsterdam

PP/Express Round: THING

At the start, the R fails Gregory again. Second for Diane are two N’s for the MDW, a $1K pair of T’s, but then then sole dud vowel of O. Third in Katie’s favor are a $900 C, four A’s and two E’s, an $1,100 pair of H’s, a $900 W, four I’s, and a $500 B before she tries to solve all of this…

A _ T H E N T I C
H A W A I I A N / _ I B E

…in addition to another $2,650, she’ll feel the AUTHENTIC HAWAIIAN VIBE at that Napili Kai Beach Resort (incl. the Trilogy sailing excursion) in MAUI.

DUDS: R (Gregory), O (Diane)

Katie: $13,318 cash & prizes/Gregory: $1K/Diane: $13,554 cash & Amsterdam


_ _ B
_ E V E _ _ _ _ R

Gregory is incorrect right away w/ JOB.

W _ B
_ E V E _ O _ _ R

Katie has taken the lead w/ WEB DEVELOPER.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

This $1,700 FS will decide the match between the two ladies. After the fronloading M appears…

M _ R _ / T H _ N / _
_ _ R _ _ _ N _ _ / _ _ R

Diane says that this is “MORE THAN I BARGAINED FOR” and has won the game w/ that $6,800 solve.

SOLE DUD: S (Gregory)

Katie: $16,318 cash & prizes/Gregory: $1K/Diane: $20,354 cash & Amsterdam

GT: $37,672
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus extras): $4,050

$100K Bonus Round
Diane lands on the A of GAME.

Category: PHRASE
Just these two letters to start in this four-word answer…

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

FMDO gives her most of the bottom line and one letter on top…

_ O _ / _ _ _ E
M _ / _ O R D

YOU HAVE MY WORD that we’re not on our way to a new season-low weekly total…but she blows the first word w/ NOT, and is the second $45K loser this week.

$5K SPIN ID: LC08498262


WoF Recap: May 24, 2017


$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ I C _ E D
A _ _ S _ _ E

Steve’s solve is WICKED AWESOME. Next three Massachusettsans go by these names…

Steve Ahern: research PM in a Boston hospital & disc golfer from Duxbury

Emily Benjamin: 5th Grade science teacher at Major Edwards ES & youth soccer coach who formerly played that sport from Shrewsbury

Gayle Coy: member of two bands from Boston

$2K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ P _ N _ _ G
_ _ E _ _ T S

After we see the OPENING CREDITS, Gayle takes control of the wheel.

TRIP WEDGE: Marriott Marquis in San Francisco

Round 1: EVENT

All Gayle here — she calls up a $1,200 pair of T’s, a $1,600 pair of H’s, five E’s and an O, a $600 G, three I’s, and a $550 M…

T H E / M I _ _ I G H T
_ I _ E / O _
_ _ _ _ / _ E _ E _ E

Though she left some multiples (especially the R’s) in this PR, she correctly responds w/ THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE for $3,200 and a new total of $5,200.


Crossword/Mystery Round: _________ WEATHER

Here goes Steve w/ a $700 T, two N’s to triple up, two A’s, a $600 L, but then S for sorry on the WC. Second, Emily uncovers three D’s on the MW near $650 and turns down the $3K buyout for…$$$. But the BANKRUPT near $650 takes it all right back. After Gayle lands on the other normal BANKRUPT, Steve gets the WC this time w/ R, buys two I’s, and lights up a $500 W. Following his U and O purchases…

–   –   –   ( W )(I)(N)(D)(_)  –   – (_)
—   —     (A) –   –    –   –   –   – (O)
—  —    (_)  –    –    –   –   –   –  (D)

…he solves WINDY, WARM, UNPREDICTABLE (and) COLD for $2,700.

SOLE DUD: S (Steve)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (women)

Emily: ZILCH/Gayle: $5,200/Steve: $3,700 WC


PP/Express Round: RHYME TIME

T for terrible is how Emily starts. Gayle secondly LaTs out. Steve’s third in line w/ a $650 N, a D for the 1/2 CAR near $900, two A’s, and three E’s, followed by a $500 S, an $1,800 pair of S’s, but then a bad I buy. Emily then says a $500 L, a $600 P and the last vowel of three O’s…

_ O / A S _ O R E
A N D / E _ P L O R E

She’s won her first $850 and will GO ASHORE AND EXPLORE ST. CROIX at the Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino worth $6,028.

DUDS: T (Emily), I (Steve)
SOLE LaT: Gayle

Emily: $6,878 cash & vacay/Gayle: $5,200/Steve: $3,700 WC


$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ R I _ P Y
P _ R K / _ _ _ _ Y

Emily gets a piece of some CRISPY PORK BELLY to be close to $10K.


Her next moves are a $1,400 pair of N’s, the purchase of two A’s, but then the LaT. Gayle secondly strikes out w/ the S. Third in Steve’s direction are a $600 T, an $1,100 pair of H’s, three E’s, an $1,100 pair of C’s and a $500 D before he recites…

_ E / C A N / C H A N _ E
T H E / _ _ _ _ D


SOLE DUD: S (Gayle)
SOLE LaT: Emily

Emily: $9,878 cash & vacay/Gayle: $5,200/Steve: $6,750 WC

Speed-Up: FUN & GAMES

$1,600 for every consonant here. The S is lit up early…

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
S _ T


SOLE DUD: R (Gayle)

Emily: $11,478 cash & vacay/Gayle: $5,200/Steve: $6,750 WC

GT: $23,428


$100K Bonus Round
We landed on that W last night…and Emily lands on the I next to it.

Category: THING
I have an idea…

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

DHMO adds these two letters (there goes my first thought of VERY TOUGH JOB)…

_ E R _ / T H _ _ _
_ O _

This was lost in a VERY THICK FOG…the Camaro.

$5K SPIN ID: LI9334290


WoF Recap: May 23, 2017


$1K Tossup: LANDMARK

H _ R _ _ _ D
Y _ _ _

Billy solves HARVARD YARD. Tuesday’s trio from left to right…

Billy Verginas: telecomm. worker by day who just got into doing theater from Hudson, NH

Aimee Soy: scheduling coord. whose hubby’s a disabled military vet from Lowell

Ally Looney: North Andover HS art & design teacher from Stoneham

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

B _ _ T _ _ _ _ L K
_ _ I E D / C _ I C _ E N

Billy’s got himself some BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN.


The Jordan’s Furniture Gift Tag happens to be the weeklong gift tag contrary to what I said last night.


But he BANKRUPTs near $2,500 right out of the gate. Second, Aimee calls up a $1K pair of S’s, two I’s, a $1,300 pair of N’s, and three E’s. She follows w/ a $1,300 pair of T’s, an O, but then the other normal BANKRUPT to lose $2,850. Third, Ally takes a $700 B, a $650 L and a $2,500 M before we’ve displayed…

I T ‘ S / B E E N
S _ _ _ / _
L O N _ / T I M E

…she solves “IT’S BEEN SUCH A LONG TIME” from “Foreplay/Long Time” by Boston for $3,850.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Ally’s opponents)


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Here goes Aimee w/ an $1,100 pair of S’s, three E’s, four T’s for that SS, but she then repeats the E to likely squander $8,600 cash & SS. Ally secondly digs up a $550 T, a $900 H, A and I singles, a $550 R, a $900 D, and two O’s to clean out the vowel shop. But after a $600 X, the BANKRUPT near TD steals her $2,750. Billy then puts up a $650 L and two N’s for that 1/2 CAR near $900…

L E T ‘ S / P A I N T
T H E / T O _ N

He says “LET’S PAINT THE TOWN RED SOX” to be back in 1st by $800.

SOLE DQ: Aimee’s E repeat

Billy: $4,650/Aimee: ZIP/Ally: $3,850


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Ally insta-BANKRUPTs next to $650. Second in Billy’s future are four N’s for $2,200, three I’s, two G’s for the other 1/2 CAR, five E’s, a $1K pair of T’s, but then a bad vowel in O. Third for Aimee are two R’s to take the Fiesta out of play (she gives her plate to Pat upon request), two A’s to wipe out the vowel shop, an H for the GT, a FP S, a $900 S, and an $1,100 pair of D’s before she tries to solve all of this…

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

…she’s won her first $4,750 in cash & GT, but she’ll also be SPENDING THE ENTIRE DAY RELAXING at the Anse Chastanet ST. LUCIA.

SOLE DUD: O (Billy)

Billy: $4,650/Aimee: $14,250 cash & prizes/Ally: $3,850



R _ _ _ _ / _ A L D O
_ _ _ _ _ _ _


Round 4: THING

Next on her hit list are a $1,300 pair of R’s, a $5K S, two E’s, a $1K pair of T’s, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to toss away $7,050. After Billy LaTs out…

_ _ – _ T – _ _ _ R S E _ _
_ R _ _ E _ T

…it’s a $1,500 FS. The man buys three O’s for free on his next turn…

_ O – _ T – _ O _ R S E L _
_ R O _ E _ T


SOLE DUD: N (Aimee)
SOLE LaT: Billy

Billy: $5,650/Aimee: $14,250 cash & prizes/Ally: $6,850

GT: $26,750


$100K Bonus Round
After we see Aimee’s sister Rebecca, she lands on the W.

Category: THING
If it’s what I think it is, that word paired up w/ GORGEOUS and triggered a $100K TOTAL TRAINWRECK in March 2011 back in S28…

_ _ _ _ _ E T

PGHO only adds the vowel…

_ O _ _ _ E T

…she won’t be giving her sister a BOUQUET w/ $45K inside.

$5K SPIN ID: RB9314561


WoF Recap: May 22, 2017

Thanks to JP for covering Chicago week while I was away. I’m back now to cover the remaining three weeks of this season. This week, it’s a salute to Beantown.


$1K Tossup: LANDMARK

_ _ N _ _ Y
_ _ _ _

Ross just scored a quick HR w/ FENWAY PARK. He’s not the only man on this first MA panel of the week…

Ross Metherton: office coord. for a municipal government office from Winthrop

Steve Coffey: financial planner w/ his sister from Newton Center

Jeanie Connelly: commercial lender for bank from Princeton

$2K Tossup: STAR & ROLE

_ A _ T / _ A M _ N / _ S
_ _ _ O N / _ _ U _ _ _

Steve blanks out.

_ A _ T / _ A M _ N / _ S
J _ _ O N / _ _ U _ _ _

Ross triples up w/ MATT DAMON AS JASON BOURNE.

TRIP WEDGE: Florida courtesy of DRAPER worth $6K

Week Long Gift Tag: Jordan’s Furniture (a New England retail company)


He starts w/ a $1,200 pair of T’s, only to lose it right back to the MDW’s left side. Second, Steve picks up the GT w/ an N, buys four E’s, but loses his turn w/ an A purchase. Third, Jeanie LaTs out. Back to Ross who says three R’s for the WC, four I’s, a $1,300 pair of C’s, a $600 D, and two O’s to clean out the vowels before he sees…

I N C R E D I _ _ E
O _ E R T I _ E
_ I C T O R _

…we all remember that INCREDIBLE OVERTIME VICTORY by the Patriots and he has solved for another $2,900.

SOLE DUD: A (Steve)
SOLE LaT: Jeanie

Ross: $5,900 WC/Others: $0 each


Mystery/Crossword Round: SNOW ______

Steve’s up first w/ a $500 N, an A, a $700 C, two O’s, and the same number of E’s, but his next call of T is no good. Jeanie secondly picks off two L’s on the MW near LaT and under that is…$$$. But she then says F for flunk on TD. Ross thirdly tries a $500 S, a $600 P and the last vowel of I via FP, but next is R for roadblock on the 1/2 CAR near $600. Steve then inserts an $800 M, two B’s on the same 1/2 CAR, and a $500 G to complete the grid…

—   — —    (C)   –  — (P)
—  —   (M)(O)(B)(I)(L)(E)
—  —   —   (N) —  — (A)
(G)(L)(O)(B)(E)  — – (S)

…and score his first $2,750.

DUDS: T (Steve), J (Jeanie), R (Ross)

Steve: $2,750 1/2 CAR/Jeanie: $0/Ross: $5,900 WC


PP/Express Round: EVENT

Jeanie wastes a turn w/ the MDW’s other BANKRUPT. Second in Ross’ direction are a $650 T, but then S for sorry. After Steve LaTs out, Jeanie proceeds to put up a $1,300 pair of H’s, two E’s and A’s, but the R fails somebody again. Ross then uncovers a $1K pair of L’s, an O, and two I’s to finish off the vowels…

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

…he’s won another $1,150 and THE IDEAL HOLIDAY — the caravan.com COSTA RICA TOUR.

DUDS: S (Ross), R (Jeanie)
SOLE LaT: Steve

Steve: $2,750/Jeanie: NO LUCK/Ross: $13,050 cash & tour WC


$3K Tossup: WAYD?

_ L A _ I N G / F O R
_ E _ P _

Ross knows that he and the other man were PLAYING FOR KEEPS.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

We have a $1,650 FS to start the week. Ross digs up five S’s to start, but he stops himself after the second word. One T and two L’s later…

S _ _ _ T / S _ _ L L
_ _ / S _ _ _ _ S S

Jeanie finally has the SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS for her only $3,300 on the night.

Steve: $2,750/Jeanie: $3,300/Ross: $16,050 cash & tour WC

GT: $22,100


$100K Bonus Round
In play this week is a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro. Ross lands on the M of GAME.

Category: THING
This one-wordy starts as…

_ _ T _ _ _ _ R _

PMDA and B only give him the first two letters of the answer…

P A T _ _ _ _ R _

He apparently doesn’t do quilting, so he can’t solve PATCHWORK for $40K.

$5K SPIN ID: MP0893273