Thursday, January 31, 2008

"Match Game" coming back soon?

Yesterday, it was reported by various sources that FremantleMedia North America is developing a revival of "Match Game". Whether it will be anything like the "What the Blank?" pilot shot for FOX remains to be seen.

Revised "National Bingo Night" headed to GSN

Starting at the end of March, the 31st, a revamped version of "National Bingo Night" will air in a new daily version on GSN. It will be called "Bingo America" and will be hosted by Patrick Duffy. It will air weeknights at 7 PM, and 40 episodes have been ordered.

Various sources contributed to this report.

"The Moment of Truth" rating drops

The second episode of "The Moment of Truth" scored a 10.4 Fast Nielsen with a 16 share. That is down from last week's 13.1/20, but still won its time slot.

The drop is partly attributed to this week's Wednesday episode of "American Idol" having its rating drop as well from last week. It scored a 14.4/22.

A repeat of "Deal or No Deal" did fine, scoring a 6.4/10.


"American Idol"- Last episode of January

Auditions came from sunny Miami, FL.

Suzanne Toon (21, Clearwater, FL)
Ramille Malubay (19, Miramar, FL)
Syesha Mercado (20, Miami, FL)

Robbie Carrico (25, Melbourne, FL)
Brittany Wescott (20, Jacksonville; I think she sang a made-up song about Simon!)
Natashia Blach (29, Fort Collins, CO)

OK but still made it:
Ghaleb Emachah (27, Miami, FL; he kissed men and women afterwards, including the show's producers!)
Corliss Smith (20, Jacksonville)
Ilsy Lorena Pinot (28, Miami, FL)

Close but no cigar:
Shannon McGough (18, Okeechdbee, FL; too loud)
Julie Dubela (16, Stratham, NH; too depressed, and she was in the Top 20 on the short-lived "American Juniors")

Ben Hausbach (26, Melbourne, FL; too depressed)
Carroy Bethea (27, Fort Myers, FL; too loud and goofy, and also had a ridiculous wig)
Richard Valles (19, Tampa, FL; too depressed)
Brandon Black (20, Pampano Beach, FL; too depressed and had a ridiculous attire)

Surprisingly, only 17 made it through to Hollywood from here, despite yours truly hearing three superior voices.

1/31/2008 Results

WWTBAM: Karyn Beach is back. She recently wrote a short film starring Danny Glover, and lost 35 pounds. She will give 10% of her winnings to her father, who is in the audience today. Her final $50,000 question, after switching:

In the classic Hardy Boys book series, what's the name of Frank and Joe's famous detective father?

A: Porter
B: Chadwick
C: Eastman
D: Fenton

She goes with Fenton...

A: Porter
B: Chadwick
C: Eastman
D: Fenton

...right! Next, for $100,000:

Which of these Oscar-winning actors has NOT also had a #1 album on the U.S. pop charts?

A: Liza Minnelli
B: Frank Sinatra
C: Jamie Foxx
D: Barbra Streisand

She's leaning towards one of the top two choices. She goes with Minnelli...

A: Liza Minnelli
B: Frank Sinatra
C: Jamie Foxx
D: Barbra Streisand

...RIGHT for $100,000! $250,000 question is this:

Established by Congress in 1946, the prestigious Fulbright academic scholarships are named for a former Senator from what state?

A: Arkanasas
B: Iowa
C: West Virginia
D: Indiana

She quits with the 100 grand! It was Arkansas, which she never would've said, since she was leaning toward Iowa and Indiana! Hence, her father will get $10,000!

Kara Betourne from Clearwater, FL is next. For $2,000:

Which of these northeastern U.S. vacation spots is located on the coast and not in the mountains?

A: The Hamptons
B: The Poconos
C: The Berkshires
D: The Catskills

She asks the audience, and 93% said the Hamptons. She agrees and is right, but that was her gut answer on the question, so she just wasted a lifeline. Next, for $4,000:

In "Popeye" comics, J. Wellington Wimpy's signature saying is "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a" what ""?

A: Cupcake
B: Flapjack
C: Milkshake
D: Hamburger

Maybe she should've saved her audience lifeline for this? She calls her mother, Judy, who is 100% sure it's hamburger. She agrees and is right. $8,000 question:

At the start of a standard chess match, each player has how many pawns?

A: 6
B: 8
C: 10
D: 12

She says 6....

A: 6
B: 8
C: 10
D: 12

...should've used the 50:50. It was 8, so she leaves with $1,000.

Chad Justen from Toledo is our last contestant today. Last question of the day, for $2,000:

In 2007, Samuel Leeds Allen was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his "Flexible Flyer" version of a what?

A: Sled
B: Yo-yo
C: Frisbee
D: Hula hoop

He polls the audience. 67% said sled, 32% said frisbee and the other 1% said hula hoop. He goes with sled...

A: Sled
B: Yo-yo
C: Frisbee
D: Hula hoop

...he'll be back tomorrow!

Crosswords: After yesterday's travesty, I guaran-damn-tee today's show will be better. Today's opening players are T.J. Gwinta (a mail supervisor from NY) and Jan Hart (a California fundraising publicist).

At the day's first Extra, the lady's in control with $150 to the man's $50. She wagers $400:

M _ _ _

Clue: Tyrannosaur's diet. She says MEAT...that's $550! At the end of the round, she has $700 to the other's $400.

Today's Spoilers are Barry Dunner (a N.J. writer), Lisa Venson (an advertising copywriter from NY) and John Claggett (a race car mechanic from Florida).

1. (_ _ _ C _)- Extend an arm. Gwinta says REACH...he's right to go to $600.
2. (_ _ _ E)- Bestow much love (on). Hart says DOTE...that's right to go to $900 and go back to a $300 lead.
3. (_ _ T _ A _ _ T _)($300)- Private talk. Hart looks unsure with golly, she's right to move to $1,200!
4. (_ _ _ E R)- Respected tribesman. Gwinta goes with ELDER...that's it to go to $800.
5. (_ _ _ _ E)- Barely perceptible amount. Gwinta says TRACE...he's in four figures!
6. (C _ _ T)- Senile one. Hart says the adjective is is to go to $1,400!
7. (_ _ _ _ _ A _ _)($300)- Clouding of the eye lens. Hart says CATARACT...that's it for a new total of $1,700!
8. (_ _ _ _ _ R)- Junior's superior. Hart easily gets SENIOR to go to $1,900!
9. (_ _ _ _ S)- Profound void. Hart says that's an in the name of a TNA wrestler, that is correct to break the two grand mark with $2,100!
10. (B _ _ _)- Hee-haw. Venson gets the first chance to spoil today with is for $2,300 and the chance at the round's first Extra! She bets a grand on this:

_ R _ _ E

Clue: Trim, as bushes. She says PRUNE...


...sounds like it to me! She now has $3,300!

12. (_ A _ _ N)- Beautician's employer. Gwinta finally gets in there with SALON...he's right to go to $1,200!
13. (_ Y _ _ I T _ _ _ _)($300)- Spectator who can describe what happened. Gwinta nails EYEWITNESS to move to $1,500!
14. (_ _ _ E)- Ivory soap claim, 99.44% _____. Venson is right with PURE, giving her $3,500!
15. (_ U _ _)- Glue container. Gwinta says it's TUBE...right for $1,700, and here comes the other Extra of the round. He goes ALL IN on this:

_ E _ S _ _

Clue: Jeannie's Major. He goes with NELSON....


...RIGHT to go to $3,400! Impressive! He's only down by a hundred now!

17. (_ O _ _ _ _ _)($300)- "Jesus Christ Superstar" song, or Palm Sunday salute. Venson rings in but blanks out, so she's lost the lead. Hart tries to get her lead back with is!
18. (_ _ _ _ N)- 3/4 of the Earth, basically. Gwinta says OCEAN...correct for the lead with $3,600!
19. (_ _ E _)- Cook's hot spot. He says COOK...$3,800 is where he goes now!
20. (_ _ V _ N)- Add pep to, with "up". He now goes with LIVEN...he's livened up his score to four grand!
21. (_ _ N _ A)- Meddlesome woman. Hart this time answers YENTA...she's right to go to $3,700!
22. (S _ _)($100)- Vermont fluid. Hart nails SAP no problem to end the round with $3,800!


1. (P _ _ _ _)- Trousers. Hart gets PANTS to tie the game!
2. (N _ _ _)- About to arrive. Gwinta says my gut of NEAR...right for $4,200!
3. (S _ _ _)- Rigel, for one. He goes with STAR...$4,400!
4. (T _ _ _)- The boss on the TV classic "Betwitched". Hart says TATE...$4,200!
5. (_ E A _ _ R E R)($300)- Old salt. For the lead, Hart says SEAFARER...yes indeed for $4,500!
6. (Four-letter word)- It may be on your side or on your watch. The man says TIME for $4,600 and the lead back!
7. (_ E _ _ _)- Continue to have a Rolling Stone coming to your home? Total Stumper- it was RENEW.
8. (Five-letter word)- Hog the spotlight. He says EMOTE...$4,800!
9. (Another five-letter word)- Nonsense, or what you might be full of. He says TRASH...NO. That means that Dunner can spoil for the first time today. He says STUFF...I don't think so, so he's in the black for now. Answer: HOOEY. That means Gwinta is back to a $100 lead, $4,600-$4,500.
10. (Four-letter word)- Fill to the ____. Hart says BRIM...right for $4,700 and the lead back!
11. (_ _ R _)- Picked coif. The man says AFRO...he's got the lead now at $4,800!
12. (Four letters)- Miniscule amount in Greece? He says IOTA...he hits five grand!
13. (Four-letter word)- Graphic symbol. Hart says ICON...$4,900!
14. (Another four-letter word)- Figures in tables. For the lead back, Hart says DATA...RIGHT for $5,100 and a chance at the game's last Extra! Her wager is...three grand! Good luck. The answer is four letters long, and here's the clue:

Fuel from bogs.

She says PEAT....good news, that's right. Bad news- she's out of time, so she's all but out of this game now at $2,100. Too bad.


16. (Four-letter word)- Kind of little package? Nobody gets it- it was NEAT.
17. (Three-letter word)($100)- Pick, pick, pick. The man says NAG....WIN at $5,100! Fantastic game by a majority of everyone!

Crossfire: All this man has to do is fill in fifteen more blanks and he's going to Cancun with $10,100. I know he can do it...and he does! Didn't I tell you today's show was going to be so much better?

Family Feud: We've filled out one side of the tournament bracket. Let's start filling out the other. Today's two families are the Nielsens and the Chavezs. Here are the people from both families:

Nielsen: Mikey, Lance, Misty, Mindy and Mike
Chavez: Robert Jr., Brenda, Robert Sr., Ryan and Stephanie

First question: The most common reasons celebrity marriages break down. Starting with:

2. Too much paparazzi (18, Robert Jr.)
5. Too much money (12, Mikey)

The Chavez family plays. Brenda's first guess is cheating...NUMBER ONE (23)! Robert Sr.'s first guess is their time schedules...#3 (15)! Ryan then goes with the Stephanie opens her day with children...also a dud. Back to Jr., who says too much partying...three strikes in a row. 68 points are on the line on the day's first steal. Mikey says addiction...not there either, so the Chavez family strike first blood. Other answers:

4. Big egos (13)
6. Shallow people (5)
7. Quick marriage (3)

Second question: Circus performers who might have a tough time getting life insurance. Starting with:

1. Trapeze/tightrope artists (52, Lance)

That means the Nielsen family will play. Misty's first guess is lion tamer...all animal tamers are #2 (32)! Mindy opens her day with flame thrower...can't find it on the board. Mike then says the cannonball people...#3 (5)! Back to Mikey, who says Lance's next guess is the sword swallowers...bottom answer (2)! Misty next says the clowns...#4 (3)! It comes down to #5 for the points. Mindy says that answer is the people on the unicycles...but it's not. Robert Jr. then says it's the fire eaters...but it's fat ladies (3, WTF?), so 94 points go to the Nielsens and they have the early lead!

Double: Things gorillas do when they're angry. Beginning with:

3. Throw things (6, Robert Sr., who said throwing feces!!! LOL!)
5. Fight (2, Misty)

The Chavez family will play. We start with Ryan, who says beating their chests...NUMBER ONE (68)! Steph then says jumping around...#4 (5)! The chances are good for a sweep here. Jr. says roaring...#2 (16) for a TOTAL CLEAN SWEEP! They now have 262!

Triple: Things doctors use once and then throw away. Ryan rings in with needles...#2 (30). Mindy then thinks the top answer is tongue depressors...but it's #3 (19), so the Chavez family has a chance to close this game out. Stephanie says gloves...that's NUMBER ONE (43)! They're all but home free now. Robert Jr. says that rock bottom answer is We then go to Brenda, who answers with the ear-picking Robert Sr. has the last chance with surgical gowns...NO. This steal is for the game, and John forgets to go to the other podium for a second! Oops. Mikey then says the bottom answer is gauze...but it's Q-Tips (6), so the Chavezs win!

Fast Money: Robert Jr. and Ryan try to increase the jackpot to $60,000.

1. Name a part of one's body a nervous person moves a lot.
2. Name something everyone should do daily.
3. Foods you eat that come on a stick.
4. Name someone or something that kids like to hug.
5. Name a dangerous holiday.

My guesses:
1. Hands
2. Exercise (Eating was my second guess)
3. Ice cream (Corn dog and lollipops were my other guesses)
4. Friends
5. Christmas

Robert Jr. says legs, brushing teeth, corn, teddy bear and 4th of July for 146! Ryan's first guess was hands, which is #1 for 35! Second was taking a shower...30's enough for the win! He also said the #1 answer of corn dogs for the third question.

Jeopardy!: Going for her fourth win, and also having a chance to reach six figures, is Melissa Prusi. She's facing a couple men here in Stephen Fineman (a science teacher from Morristown, NJ) and Chris Dixon (a sales associate from Fort Lauderdale). First-round categories:


At the first break, Fineman leads with $3,600. The champ has a grand and the man in the middle has two Benjamins. Fineman continues to run it up and then hits the Daily Double under the middle clue in the buisness category. With $6,600 compared to the other two, who each have less than a grand at this point, he wagers $3,000:

At one of this man's auto plants, scrap wood was turned into charcoal and sold as briquettes.

"Who is Kingsford?"...I don't think so. It was Henry Ford, so he drops back to $3,600. At the first break, Fineman still has $3,600. The man is down to zip and the champ is now $200 in the red.

DJ! categories:


Early on this round, Fineman goes Daily Double hunting. Shortly after the champ hits the two grand mark, he starts getting on fire again and hits the first Daily Double of the round under the $800 clue in Bit Parts. He has $9,200, and decides to wager two grand:

This man whom Nixon called "the most dangerous man in American" had a cameo in Cheech and Chong's "nice dreams".

"Who is George McGovern?" It was Timothy Leary, so he's down to $7,200. The champ still can't really get things going, while the man in the middle starts to get it going late in the round and with three clues to go, he hits the other Daily Double under the $1,200 clue in the Marx category. He now has $6,000 to Fineman's $9,600. He wagers $3,000. To stay alive:

Unhappy with the dictatorial Somozas; these Marxist revolutionaries overthrew them in 1979.

"Who are the Camere rouge?"...NO. Correct: Who are the Sandinistas? At the end of the round, Fineman wraps up the championship with $9,600. The other man has $3,000 and the champ has $1,400.

FJ! was in the category of World Capitals.

This capital city of 113,000 is the closest national capital to the Arctic Circle.

Correct: What is Rekyavik?

Dixon was the only one right to double up, but Fineman does the math correctly despite missing this one to win the championship with $6,001. A shame he didn't win more, because he dominated this game for the most part. The lady leaves with $81,796, and maybe we'll see her again.

WOF: We start with a shout-out from Tina Fey. Tonight's teams are Cariema Wood and Dezeray Floyd (in the yellow) from Lancaster, CA (Cariema likes to play basketball, while Dezeray loves to sing, is part of the ROTC program, and IMO, she looks like "Ugly Betty" without the braces!), Chris Severn and Taylor Alheizer (Taylor is from Thousand Oaks, CA, and is a senior. She's a choir person and a weekend volunteer at the hospital. Chris is from Oak Park, CA. He helps do tutoring and also does improv. Incidentally, these two first met while they were helping out people in Africa two years ago!) and Amanda Morris and Megan Simmons from California (both are 11th graders; Megan is part of a show choir and volunteers to do church duty, while Amanda is part of a varsity swim team).

The middle team gets THROWING A PARTY for $1,000, while the mixed team in the blue gets I AM LEGEND for $2,000.

After we see a pair of trips to Ireland worth $9,000 pop up on the wheel, the first round category is Same Name. Right off the bat, the blue team hits the $10,000, but calls a dud. After the middle team buys the U's, we have...

S T U _ _ N T/&/

_ U T _/_ _ _ _

...I have an idea. They call two D's for $600, and have over $8,000 in their bank at this moment, as early on in their run, they called three T's for $7,500. They call the B for another $800, and they buy the U and the A. After they call the Y for another $500, they solve STUDENT & AUTO BODY to go to $10,050!

Campbell's Soup Jackpot/Prize Puzzle Round category is Food & Drink. The blue team calls the T's early on for the Wild Card. They then call the L for $300 and the Free Spin. After they call the C's, we have...

T A C _

C _ M _ _


...and they solve TACO COMBO PLATE for another $1,600 and a pair of trips to Cabo San Lucas, making their new total $12,600!


Big Money Round category is Proper Name. After the middle team buys the A's, we have...

_ A S _ E T _ A _ _/S T A _/

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

...I have it now. They call the R's for $1,100, but they hit the Lose a Turn on the Big Money Wedge. Severn and Alheizer call the M and the J for $600 apiece, and after calling the B's for another $1,800, they solve BASKETBALL STAR LEBRON JAMES for another $3,000 and $15,600 total. If only Severn had spun that wheel with a little less jinneger...

They then solve GUITAR HERO to go to $18,600. We deal with a Thing next. They have to use their Free Spin after repeating the N. After they then call the R, we have...

_ O _ E S T

_ O _ _ O N

_ E N O _ _ N _ T O R's part of math. After they call the M's for $2,400, they solve LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR for another $6,900 and $25,500 total. Speed-Up Round category is Phrase and consonants are worth $1,700 a pop. After the red team calls the N, we have...

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

_ _ R/_ _ R _ S

...I know it now, but they don't. The middle team calls the V but still can't solve. The leaders then call the E's and solve NEVER AT A LOSS FOR WORDS to ice their cake with $27,500! The team with the "Ugly Betty" look-a-like gets $10,050 to share in and the red ladies get the minimum $2,000.

Severn and Alheizer spin the 1 and the category is Fictonal Characters. Starting with:

_ _ _ _ _/&/_ R _ _ _ _

They start with C, G, M and A. Finally, they pick D. We now get...

_ A _ _ _/&/G R _ M _ _'s _____ & GRUMPY, I think. They said WALLACE & GROMIT...uh, no. It was HAPPY & GRUMPY, and they lost the Pontiacs.

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?: Kalyn Godfried is back. She resumes gamplay with this $10,000 question in 2nd Grade Physical Education. Here it is:

In a standard baseball game, how many defensive players are on the field at any given time?

She decides to peek at Mackenzie's answer, which was 9. She agrees and is right. Her next partner is Sierra and here are her remaining six categories:

3rd Grade Measurements
3rd Grade Anatomy
4th Grade Music
4th Grade Social Studies
5th Grade U.S. History
5th Grade Reading

She goes with Anatomy for $25,000. This is a Classroom Club Question, sent in this time by Courtney from Canyon View Elementary School:

T or F: The kidneys are part of the human digestive system.

She decides to copy Sierra's answer, taking a big risk here. It was False...and Sierra has that for $25,000! Had she given an answer on her own, she would've said True instead. She chooses Measurements next, and she's on her own from here on out. To double her money:

How many cups are in five U.S. liquid quarts?

She says 20...right! Next up is 4th Grade Social Studies.

Who was the very first U.S. Secretary of State?

She doesn't know it's Thomas Jefferson, so she leaves with the 50 grand.

Next up is Travis Pruvett. His first partner is Olivia, and here are his categories:

1st Grade Music
1st Grade English
2nd Grade Grammar
2nd Grade Spelling
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Animal Science
4th Grade Anatomy
4th Grade World Geography
5th Grade U.S. History
5th Grade Astronomy

He first chooses Grammar.

T or F: A sentence can't contain both a past tense and a future tense verb.

He says False to get on the board. He's wearing a rubber band for good luck. His second category is 3rd Grade Math. This is the second Classroom Club Question of the night, with this one coming from William from Heritage Academy:

Olivia has three marbles, Sierra has 50 times as many marbles as Olivia, Cody has five times as many marbles as Sierra. How many marbles does Cody have?

He nails 750 easily to double up. His second partner is Sierra and his third category is Spelling.

What word in the following sentence comes first alphabetically:

"An antelope and an ant already ate all the apples."

After some heavy thinking, he gets all to go to $5,000. Next subject for his pleasure is 3rd Grade Animal Science.

In terms of average weight, what is the largest species of snake in the world?

His guess is the anaconda...right! His third partner is Nathan and his next category is English.

T or F: The plural form of the word "roof" is "rooves".

He locks in True...but it's False. Nathan has False to save him and get him to $25,000. His next stop is 4th Grade Anatomy.

The pituitary gland is part of what system in the human body?

A: Circulatory
B: Endocrine
C: Digestive

He decides to peek at Nathan's answer, which was Endocrine. That was the player's gut, and he goes with it, which is right. His next partner is Cody and he goes for $100,000 in Music.

What is the name of this musical instrument?

He knows it's the tuba for $100,000! He then heads for 5th Grade U.S. History. For $75,000 more:

What U.S. Revolutionary War hero is credited with saying, "I have not yet begun to fight?"

He's had enough, so he takes home $100,000. It was John Paul Jones.

Don't Forget the Lyrics!: This night's game was very special, because as we all know, a kid played the game! And that one was Shamari Berkley from L.A.! He's a dancer and his potential backup singers were his godsister Can'dase and one of his friends, Jacob.

Now, this show decided to pull a "Deal or No Deal" for a couple of reasons this episode. First, for this game only, nothing was at risk on each song. Second, he got $2,500 to start! After clearing off Happy Holidays, here were his eight categories:


His first category selection was Michael Jackson. The song choices were "ABC" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin". Naturally, he went with "ABC", and he had a three-word target.

"Easy as __ __ ___"

Well, you can say that again! He filled in ", two, three" to double to $5,000. His second category was In the Movies, and his choices this time were the theme from "Spider-Man" and "Zip-a-Dee Doo-Dah" by James Baskett. He chose "Zip-a-Dee Doo-Dah" and had another three word target.

"My oh my, what _ _____ __"

He got "...a wonderful day" to go to $10,000. His third category was Disco, and his song choices were "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang and "Car Wash" by Rose Royce. He chose "Celebration" and again had a three-word target. Lyric:

"Let's all celebrate and have _ ___ ___"

He got "...a good time" for $25,000. For $50,000, he chose the category of Party Songs. His choices at this point were the "Hokey Pokey" by Ray Anthony and "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies. He went with "Hokey Pokey" and this time had to fill in five missing words, which came before "That's what it's all about". He sang them as "...and you turn yourself around" to go to $50,000!

Next stop for him was Rock, and the choices this time were "Yakety Yak" by the Coasters and "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker. He went with "You Are So Beautiful" and again had to fill in five words. Those words had to be sung after "You are so beautiful" were sung for the second time in the song. He sung " are so beautiful to me", which was wrong. He then called for a multiple choices, and here were his three choices:

A: " me, don't you know"
B: " me, can't you see"
C: " me, yes, it's true"

He locked in B....$100,000!

He then selected the category of Pop next. The choices were "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys and "Summer Nights" by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Needless to say, he chose the Backstreet Boys song. Again, five missing words were needed, which followed after "Tell me why" was sung for the first time. He said...nothing, so he brought up Can'dase for help. With her help, he then came up with a guess of "Ain't nothing but a heartache". He then locked that in...right for $200,000!

Next up was my favorite category of the night, Sports Anthems! Before we got to that, the kid decided to dance to "Rock Around the Clock"! Anyway, the choices this time were "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "We Are the Champions". He went with "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and had his biggest target of the night dealt to him- seven words. They followed after "Root, root, root for the home team". He sang "If they don't win it's a shame" no problem for $350,000!!

That left the 1980s standing between him and a chance at the MILLION DOLLAR SONG. The last choices were "I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder and "Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston. He went with the Whitney Houston song and again had to fill in seven words. They followed after "If I fail, if I succeed". He sang "I'm not gonna let anyone doubt me". But he wasn't so sure about that, so he went for the two words backup. He filled in the middle and last missing words and got the following:

"__ ___ ___ live ___ ___ believe"

Despite this being a free guess, Berkley decided to call it quits with $350,000! Answer: "At least I'll live as I believe". I wish this man and his family the best of luck! He was such a delight.

Next time, a couple plays the game.

How Much is Enough?: The players this night were Cristal (a saleswoman from Fullerton, CA), Jarin (a personal trainer from Binghamton, NY), Tanisha (a customer service rep from Chicago) and Emily (an accounting assistant from Huntsville, AL).

Cristal: $468
Jarin: $441
Tanisha: $405
Emily: $784

Cristal: $916
Jarin: $727
Tanisha: $1,502
Emily: $898

Cristal: $1,384
Jarin: $1,168
Emily: $898
Tanisha: $405

Cristal: $1,272
Jarin: $1,236
Tanisha: $1,783
Emily: $2,252

Cristal: $2,656
Jarin: $2,404
Tanisha: $2,188
Emily: $898

Cristal: $1,961
Jarin: $1,786
Tanisha: $1,418
Emily: $1,920

Jarin: $4,190
Tanisha: $3,606
Emily: $2,818
Cristal: $2,656

Cristal: $3,395
Jarin: $2,683
Tanisha: $3,031
Emily: $2,882

Tanisha: $6,637
Emily: $5,700
Jarin: $4,190
Cristal: $2,656

Final Face-Off: Out of $12,337 possible...Emily won four grand.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

1/30/2008 Results

WWTBAM: We begin the show with Julia Webb from Pottstown, PA. She's a teacher's aid, and has done some crazy things to earn money. "Game Show in My Head", anyone? $2,000 question:

Though trained as a medical doctor, Richard Jordan Gatling is best known for inventing an early type of what?

A: Baseball glove
B: Ice cream
C: Telescope
D: Machine gun

She asks the audience and 86% said the gun. She agrees and is right. Two questions later, for $8,000:

What nation lends its name to a signature sandwich made with ham, roast pork, cheese and pickles?

A: Cuba
B: Brazil
C: Bahamas
D: Jamaica

She loves this type of sandwich- a Cuba one for $8,000! Next, for $16,000:

So that he could work from many different directions, what artist often painted on canvases laid flat on the floor?

A: David Hockney
B: Salvador Dali
C: Jackson Pollock
D: Diego Rivera

She didn't watch the movie, but she knows it's Pollock for $16,000! $25,000 question is as follows:

Meaning "the great one" in an Athabascan language, "Denali" is the native name for what peak?

A: Mount McKinley
B: Mount Rainier
C: Mount Hood
D: Mount Whitney

She quickly gets McKinley for $25,000! First $50,000 question:

From 1831 to 1865, William Lloyd Garrison was the outspoken publisher of a famous antislavery paper named what?

A: The Emancipator
B: The Freedman
C: The Abolitionist
D: The Liberator

The 50:50 leaves the bottom two. She goes with The Abolitionist, her gut...

C: The Abolitionist
D: The Liberator

...NO! I thought she had it! She's frozen at $25,000.

Karyn Beach from Charlotte, NC is next. $16,000 question:

Indonesia is part of a group of nations known as what?

A: Maldives
B: Micronesia
C: East Indies
D: French Polynesia

She polls the audience here. 38% said East Indies, 35% said Micronesia, 16% said French Polynesia and 11% said Maldives. Wisely, she then uses the 50:50, but that's of no help, as Micronesia and East Indies remain. Therefore, she then calls her co-worker, Steve, who says East Indies after some thought. She agrees....

B: Micronesia
C: East Indies

...everyone's right for $16,000! $25,000 question, and last question of the day:

"He merely told the unhappy Present to recite the Past" is a line from a W.H. auden poem titled "In Memory of" whom?

A: Charles Darwin
B: Marcel Proust
C: Karl Marx
D: Sigmund Freud

She takes a gamble with Freud....

A: Charles Darwin
B: Marcel Proust
C: Karl Marx
D: Sigmund Freud

...she locks in $25,000 and will return tomorrow!

Family Feud: The Baileys and the Prymuses battle it out in the first semi-final of this Winner-Take-All Tournament.

First question: Name a specific complaint people might give about an airport restroom. Starting with:

1. Dirty (57, Leonard Sr.)

The Prymuses will play. Leonard Jr. says it's too small...#6 (3). Aaron's first guess is no paper towels...bottom answer (2). Brenda then says the water is too Tiphanie then says no soap...also nowhere on the board. Leonard Sr. is back to say he doesn't know where the bathroom is...three strikes in a row. 62 points are on the line on the day's first steal. David says the bathroom is too smelly...that's #2 (14)! Rest of the board:

3. Lines/crowded (9)
4. U.S. Senators (4, WTF?)
5. No toilet paper (3)

Second question: A traffic sign that might describe your first kiss. Starting with:

2. Stop/red light (32, Jesse)
3. Go/green light (13, Leonard Jr.)

The Baileys will play this time. James says caution...#5 (4). Ariel says Nora then says slow down...#6 (4). David then goes with detour...nothing but one. Jesse is back with slippery when wet...STRIKEOUT. For the steal, Leonard Sr. says yield...that's #1 (33) for 53 points. Remaining answers:

4. Merge (6)
7. Curves ahead (3)

Double: Name something people say they need quiet to do. Starting with:

1. Reading (42, James)
3. Sleeping/relaxing (18, Aaron)

The Baileys will play again. Ariel says doing homework, which is right up my alley...#2 (28)! Nora then goes with watching TV...also up my alley, but this one is not there. David's next guess is writing...strike two. Jesse then says watching movies...sure enough, that's three strikes. This steal is for the lead. Leonard Sr. says praying...that's at the bottom (3) to go to 229! #4 was doing taxes/finances (6).

Triple: Words that you should never say out loud at an airport. If the answers are what I think they are, this could be fun. Ariel says fire...#3 (9). Brenda then says stop...boring, so the Baileys take over control. Nora's guess is gun...bottom answer (6). David then says Jesse then tries bomb...and the bank explodes to over 200 points, because that's NUMBER ONE (61)! James tries to close it out with Back to Ariel, who goes with crash...not #2. If Leonard Sr. can come up with it, the Prymus family's off to the finals. He says terrorists...but it's hijack (16), so we're going to Sudden Death for the third time in a row this tournament. It's a shame that a profanity word wasn't up there. I would've loved it had that happened.

Sudden Death: Nora and Typhanie try to name the #1 holiday people celebrate by watching the big game. It's Thanksgiving (68)...and Typhanie has it, so the Prymuses are off to the finals!

Fast Money: Leonard Sr. and Brenda try to add $20,000 to the jackpot for their second straight time.

1. Name a place on a cruise ship where people might spend most of their time.
2. How much money are you willing to lose in Vegas?
3. An advantage of working from home.
4. An animal that's black and white and cute all over.
5. Name something you yell at your kids to do every morning.

My guesses:
1. Buffet (Bathroom was my second guess)
2. $100 ($200 and $10 were my other guesses)
3. Boss isn't around
4. Cat
5. Wake up

Brenda says bar, $100, watching the kids, tiger and make the beds for just 54. Leonard Sr. says cabin, $200, resting, skunk (scored ten points!) and brushing your teeth for a final total of 110. They had too much work ahead of them there, because I thought most of the questions were hard. Unsaid #1 answers:

1. Deck
3. Making your own hours
4. Panda bear (what?)
5. Waking up (they should've at least gotten this one)

Now, for the Lewis ladies. With any luck, they could become the biggest winners of the season thus far. But to get any chance of doing that, they have to defeat the Prehn family. They're led by Bridget, and her partners are Andrea, Nancy, Ashley and Carl.

First question: Name something you see a bride hold in her hand on her wedding day. Starting with:

1. Flower bouquet (88, Bridget)

The challengers play. Andrea says a veil...not there. Nancy tries a hankie...#3 (4). Ashley's first guess today is her trade (I think)...nope. Carl then tries her husband's hand...#2 (4)! If they sweep the board, they will get the max 100 points. Back to Bridget, who says gloves...turn over. Shanae says a glass for the, so 96 points goes to the challengers. Unsaid:

4. Wedding ring (why wasn't this said, and why wasn't it higher on the board?- 2)
5. A prenup (2)

Second question: Besides Mickey Mouse, who is the most popular Disney character? Starting with:

1. Donald Duck (48, Andrea)

The challengers will play again. Nancy says Minnie Mouse... #3 (9). Ashley says Cinderella...#5 (4). Next is Carl with Goofy...#2 (23)! Bridget then tries Pluto... #6 (3). Back to Andrea, who says Snow White...bottom answer (3). Nancy tries to close out the sweep with Ashley's next guess is Sleeping Carl's last guess this round is Road Runner, which is a Warner Bros. cartoon character, so that's an automatic third strike. Shanae then thinks #4 is Tinkerbell...but it's Winnie the Pooh (6), so the Prehns head to 186.

Double: Past or present, name a famous couple whom you most like to spend an evening with. Starting with:

4. Kennedys (4, Sheriece)

Nancy gave a ZONK ANSWER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE in Bert and Ernie!!!! You'd wish a gay marriage would happen between those two "Sesame Street" characters, but that would just be too ugly! That means the champs will play. Erica says the Bushs...bottom answer (3). Shavonne then goes with Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie...NUMBER ONE (19)! Shanae's next guess is Will and Jada Patriece then sides with Oprah's couple...never heard of the hubbie, and it's not there. Sheriece then goes with the Trumps...nothing more than a Trump Card here- strike three. For their first steal today, Bridget says Princess Diana and Prince Charles...NO, so the champs get their first 52 points! Not said:

2. Clintons (14)
3. Reagans (8)

Triple: Things some people rent and some people buy. Ashley says house...believe it or not, it's NUMBER ONE (51), so the challengers get to play! Chad says cars...#3 (14)! Bridget says DVDs and all movies are #2 (27)! Andrea says the bottom answer is clothing...I don't think so. Nancy says furniture...not #4, either. Ashley then gets the last chance with costumes...not it. This steal is very, very important. I say books as the bottom answer, but Shanae says boats...both of us are wrong! It was big screen TV, so we have new champions, and that means no undefeated title, no season high total, no nothing for the former champions.

Fast Money: Carl and Amanda score 147 for $735.

Temptation: This is my first episode in a little while, and we have a potential grand champion in the making. That's because Connie has a whopping $643 in her bank account after just two days. If she can go all the way at this point, she'll win a $37,437 Lexus. But hoping to stop her today are LaMarr and Stephanie. After the first Speed Round...

Connie: $20
LaMarr: $30
Stephanie: $25

...LaMarr is offered an ice cream maker, a cashmere robe and sock and an LCD HDTV, all worth $1,836 for $10. After the price gets lowered to $8, he buys! Fame Game board:

_ _ _ _

_ _

_ _ _ _ _ _

Category: Event.

1. I've been around since 1903.
2. I was created as a publicity stunt to sell newspapers.
3. You can't take part without an invitation.
4. If you accept, you'll have to go about 2,000 miles.

Stephanie then rings in...

T O _ R

_ E

_ R A _ _ E

...she gets TOUR DE FRANCE to add on to her lead with a new total of $40.

Knock-Off category: ABBA songs.

"Dancing Queen"
"The Winner Takes it All"
"Dance, Dance, Dance"
"Gimme, Gimme, Gimme"
"Mamma Mia"
"Super Trouper"
"You Should Be Dancing"
"Electric Boogie"
"Tahe a Chance on Me"

Connie: "Take a Chance on Me"- $5 ($25)
LaMarr: "The Winner Takes it All"- $2 ($24)
Stephanie: "Dancing Queen"- $2 ($42)

Connie: "You Should Be Dancing"
LaMarr: "Waterloo"- $2 ($26)
Stephanie: "Mamma Mia"- $2 ($44)

LaMarr: Super Trouper- $5 ($31)
Stephanie: Voulez-Vous- $10 ($54)

LaMarr: "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme"- $15 ($46)
Stephanie: "Dance, Dance, Dance"

"Electric Boogie"

"S.O.S." was worth $5. With just an $8 lead, Stephanie is offered makeup and fragrances by Victoria's Secret, plus a $500 gift card from there, all worth $1,092 for $12. After the price is lowered to $10, she buys! She's now out of the lead by just two bucks.

The second Speed Round dealt with reality TV shows and romantic novels. After that...

Connie: $15
LaMarr: $56
Stephanie: $54

...Connie is pretty much out of this. With just a $2 lead, LaMarr is offered a chance at $500 in Instant Ca$h. He goes for it with the brown...nope, so that's $100. The $500 was in the red one.

Final Speed Round: The man in the middle is our new champion with $74. Connie did do some winning before her terrible day today.

He bombs out immediately in Super Knock Off, so he simply throws the Croton watch into Rossi's greasy face and comes back tomorrow.

TPIR: Marc Aresno, Antonio Belari, David Johnson and Kathylane, and Drew comes out with his little godson, Conner! Cool! First IUFB today is an air hockey game.

Marc: $650
Antonio: $2,500
David: $750
Kathylane: $700

ARP: $925, so Johnson plays Easy as 1-2-3 for luggage, flatware and a treadmill. We should know what the most expensive item out of those three is. He places #1 on the flatware, #2 on the luggage and #3 on the treadmill...while knocking down two price labels along the way!! LOL! The flatware was $895. The luggage was $1,130...and the treadmill is $1,999, so he wins, despite making those prop errors!

Next player is Erich and the second IUFB is a stereo system.

Erich: $420
Kathylane: $1,500
Marc: $700
Antonio: $550

ARP: $800, so Arseno will try to find enough Pocket Change to buy a new Jeep Wrangler. The first number of its price is 1, and the remaining numbers are 0, 4, 5, 8 and 9. He gets the 9 as the second number in the price in two tries. He says 4 is the third number, but it's not. He then says 8 as the third number...also wrong. He then picks 5 as the third number. He then fills out the ARP of the Jeep from there, which was $19,580, and the Jeep sells for one buck today. First envelope has...a quarter. Second envelope...$2 and he wins no problem! The win was never in doubt!

Next player is Precious McPeters and the third IUFB is dinnerware.

Precious: $1,200
Antonio: $300 (STAGE GARF)
Erich: $390
Kathylane: $680

ARP: $1,890, so McPeters gets Plinko. First item is a pocket electronic collegiate dictionary marked at $21, and she picks the 2...$28. Second is a digital camera keyring marked at $56 and she chooses the 6...but it's $50. Third is a compact shredder marked at $89, and she goes with the 9...$59. Finally is an iron marked at $21 and she goes with the 2...$25. Thus, she has four Plinko chips to work with.

1. DUD (Right)
2. $1,000 (Left)
3. $500 (Right)
4. DUD (Right)

That's $1,500 for her.

SSD1: The Plinko lady spins a quarter...and goes over. The first winner today spins the dollar for $1,000! The other man can't match it, so he's in the Showcase. In the Bonus Spin...too hard.

Next player is Frank McWilliams and the fourth IUFB is that crazy tennis ball machine.

Frank: $850
Antonio: $851
Erich: $1,100
Kathylane: BUCK

ARP: $848, so Kathylane's buck strategy earns her the right to play Switch? for a clock marked at $2,345 and a grill marked at $3,806. She leaves the prices alone, whereas I would've switched them...I'm wrong and she's right for the win!

Next to leave the audience is Marsha Staggs and the next IUFB is a gas range. The winner also gets $40 worth of Clorox spray.

Marsha: $1,000
Frank: $680
Antonio: $1,900
Erich: $1,200

ARP: $1,599, meaning Erich plays Dice Game for a Dodge Caliber (Std., Heater). We start with the 1 as the first number. For the second number, he rolls a 6, which is wrong, but it's a freebie. It's 5. He then rolls a 5 for the second number and says lower...oops. ARP: $15,645. That's a shame that 5 on his second roll came up, because he rolled the last two numbers exactly right. Ouch.

The last player to leave the audience is Daniel Ness and the final IUFB is a laptop.

Daniel: $1,799
Marsha: $1,200
Frank: $902

ARP: $1,100, so McWilliams will play Hi-Lo for a bedroom worth $4,887. The products are NutraMist, V8, cat litter, skin cream, Poli-Grip and hand soap. First pick is the cat litter, which is $6.74. Second pick is the NutraMist, which is $7.99. Finally, he picks the Poli-Grip, which is $4.99. The V8 is $3.15, the soap is $2.29 and the skin cream is...$3.88, so he wins anyway! I thought he had lost! Dob-stopper!

SSD2: The only loser this half spins 65 cents. McWilliams then spins 70 cents, sending the dice man home to the land of parting gifts. The only lady this half spins 85 cents, meaning this was a quickie and she's in the Showcase!

The first Showcase talks about some very weird diets. First, the Wookie Diet is for those "Star Wars" fans who love to watch the said movie series on a new TV with the "Star Wars" DVDs and a DVD player. Second, the Batkins Diet is for those baseball fans who seriously want to try out the game themselves while at Dodgers Fantasy Baseball Camp! Finally, the Farsdale Diet is for those people who want to get away from their homes as far as possible with a pair of motorcycles! The man bids 25 grand. For the lady, we have prizes from poems. These little rhymes are my own, not the ones used on the show. First, don't get Jolly Time popcorn from K-Mart; instead, get some fresh popcorn from a new popcorn cart. Second, if you love to play the "Card Sharks" game of high and low, you can do that and so much more while gambling in Monte Carlo! Finally, if you hate frequently wearing that winter coat, try warming up while using a new West White Potter Sailboat! She bids $53,000, which is a WILLY OF THE CENTURY (ARP for her was $26,451; I'm surprised that was as cheap as it was).

ARP for the man....$31,010, so he shoves those Double Overbid predictions down our threats and he wins a grand total of $36,959 in cash and prizes! The lady leaves with seven grand worth of stuff.

Crosswords: Today's opening players are Chris Myer (a Kansas manager) and Margy Horowitz (a piano teacher from Illinois).

At the first Extra, the lady's in control, but has zero while the man has a Benjamin. She wagers the full $500 on a five-letter answer with this clue:

Java flavor or shade.

She says GREEN...incorrect, so she's that much in the hole. It was MOCHA. At the end of the round, the man has $100 while the lady is now at -$150.

Today's Spoilers are Antonio Rodriguez (a NY writer), Eugenia Kare (a performer from Kentucky) and Andy Norvault (a Pennsylvania homemaker). No California people today.

1. (Five-letter word)- Dumpy place to live. Horowitz says HOVEL...she's now $50 on the good side.
2. (_ L _ _)- It coasts on snow days. Myer says SLED...he triples his hundred.
3. (_ _ _ _ S)- Freshman or sophomore, e.g. He says CLASS...right again to go to $500.
4. (_ _ _ _ E)- More than like. The first spoil chance of the day goes to the homemaker, who says ADORE...he's right for $700!
5. (Four-letter word)- It comes back to a spelunker. Rodriguez tries to spoil with CAVE...but he's wrong. It was ECHO.
6. (Four-letter word)- Click it and get with the program. Horowitz says ICON...that's right to go to $250.
7. (Five letters)- Salieri, vis-a-vis Mozart. Horowitz says ENEMY...incorrect, dropping her back to fifty bucks. Andy then says TUTOR...also wrong. Kare blanks out on her spoil chance, so Andy drops to $500. Answer: RIVAL.
8. (Five-letter word)- Female halves of "better halves". Andy says WIVES...right to go back to $700 and hit the first Extra of the round. He bets $300 on this:

_ _ _ _ W

Clue: Keep from lapsing. He says RENEW...correct to go to a thousand!

10. (_ E _)($100)- Make, after taxes. Andy says NET...right to go to $1,100!
11. (Four-letter word)- Supper served by a swineherd. Andy says SLOP...most notably served on "Big Brother", that is correct to go to $1,300!
12. (_ _ _ L _)- Wedding dress fabric, often. Horowitz says TOULE...I don't think so, so she's back at -$150. Answer: TULLE.
13. (Five-letter word)- Writer's cramp, e.g. Myer has a free chance to take the lead back with BLOCK...nope. It was SPASM.
14. (Five letters)- Gawain's suit. Andy goes with ARMOR...he's right to go to $1,500 and find the other Extra of the round! He bets a grand on a ten-letter answer with this hint:

Biohazard filter covering the mouth.

He says DUST MASK, which is not enough letters, so we divide his total by three. The answer was RESPIRATOR.

16. (Four-letter word)- It may come from the blue. Horowitz says RAIN...wrong again, so she's now $350 in the red. Answer: BOLT.
17. (Four-letter word)- Implore. Kare tries to spoil, and wants to say PLEA, but she says PLED...on all accounts, she's wrong. It was URGE.
18. (Three-letter word)($100)- Call between ready and go. Andy gets SET to go to $600 as the round comes to a close.


1. (_ _ S _ _ _ _)($300)- One who wastes money. Andy's guess is WASTREL...never heard of that word, but he must have- he's right to go to $900!
2. (_ _ _ _ E)- "Get up" for the challenge. Andy rings in but has nothing. Horowitz says RAISE...incorrect, dropping her to -$550. To steal Andy's $900, Myer says ARISE...right!
3. (_ _ _ _ L)- Nut chewed to increase saliva. Kare says BETEL...third time's the charm to spoil! She now has $1,100.
4. (Four-letter word)- Ripped. Kare says TORN...good guess, but incorrect. Horowitz says TORE...that's right to go back to -$350. That drops Kare to $900.
5. (Four-letter word)- Where a miner may withdraw a deposit? Kare says LODE...she's back at $1,100!
6. (Four-letter word)- State categorically. Horowitz says LIST...wrong again, so she's back at
-$550. Answer: AVOW.
7. (Three letters)($100)- Puccini aria, "Un ___ di". Kare says BEL...right for $1,200!
8. (Four-letter word)- Mendicant's desire. Andy tries to get his lead back with CARE...sorry. It was OHMS.
9. (Four letters)- Unadulterated. Kare goes with PURE...that's right to reach $1,400 and hit the last Extra of the game! She bets the full $2,000 on this four-letter answer clue:

Button next to "0".

She can't get STAR, so she's $600 in the hole! Ugh (I thought NINE, since I usually type recaps on my computer and I thought this clue was referring to a computer keyboard).


11. (Four-letter word)- What a horse must do in The Hambletonian. Kare says JUMP...incorrect. To steal her podium, Myer says It was TROT. That means Kare is officially now out of the lead at -$800.
12. (Four-letter word)- Second word in the title of Archie Bunker's theme song. Rodriguez has a free shot at it with WE'RE...right to take over the lead, but not much of a lead, at -$350.
13. (Another blank four-letter word)- Rework, as a story. Kare says EDIT...correct to go back to -$600.
14. (Three-letter word)($100)- "But on the other hand". Myer tries to spoil, and I would like to point out this is the last clue of the game. If he's right, he wins the game. He says YET...he's the winner at a dubious -$250!

Crossfire: If there was a time to win this, it's now for Myer. If he can fill in the remaining 17 blanks, he wins $5,000 and a trip to St. Lucia....

...HE CAN'T DO IT!!!! DARN!!! That means everyone goes home with the watch. He can thank his other contestants for making him suffer like that. He played better than the final outcome says he did, IMO. Too bad, man. I hope you had fun, anyway.

WOF: Tonight's teams consist of nothing but 11th graders. They are: Dani Gerbin and Bryce Brady (in the yellow; Dani's a theatre fan, while Bryce plays some basketball), Kelsey Deprima and Nicole Eithier from Newbury Park, CA (Kelsey loves to dance while Nicole also plays soccer) and Lara Marcarian and Jillian Feldman (Lara plays volleyball and is a Girl Scout for ten years; Jillian plays volleyball and water polo).

The middle team gets $1,000 with TRACK AND FIELD, while the blue ladies get $2,000 with KING OF THE HILL.

We put a pair of trips to Universal Studios Florida on the wheel worth $8,600, and now we learn that the Round 1 category is Slogan, and this puzzle only is one line long. You usually don't see that anymore during the maingame. After the blue team buys the A, we have...

_ A T/_ R _ S H

...I don't have a clue. After they call a $600 F, we now have...

_ A T/F R _ S H

...and after buying the E's, they get EAT FRESH for $1,450, and then Subway as the bonus for another $3,000, taking them to $6,450.

(Flashback moment from 2005: Pat's many jokes during "Live Like a Star" week from 2005.)

Campbell's Soup Jackpot Round category is Same Name. After the middle team calls the T's, we have...

_ _ R _ _/&/

S _ _ R T _- _ _ _ T S

...I don't know the top word. They call a $300 P and buy three A's. After that, they call a $450 N and call a $3,500 M, but they call a dud vowel in I. The blue ladies call a $300 Y for the Free Spin and then the C for the Wild Card, but call D for dud. After using their Free Spin, they call another dud in L. The red team then solves CARGO & SMARTY-PANTS for $7,950 and the lead.

Big Money/Jackpot Round category is People. Early on, the blue team loses the Wild Card to a Bankrupt. After the red ladies buy the E's, we have...

E _ T _ _ S _ _ S T _ _

S _ _ _ E R

_ _ _ S

...I think I know it, but I'm not sure, and they hit Lose a Turn. The yellow team calls a $600 H, but call a dud in P. The blue team hits Lose a Turn. The red ladies then call two N's for $800 and then buy two A's. After they call three C's for another $900, they solve ENTHUSIASTIC SOCCER FANS for another $4,800 and a pair of trips to Buenos Aires, making their new total $21,750!


After the middle team was incorrect with TOOL COLLECTION, the leaders then solve DOLL COLLECTION to go to $24,750. Speed-Up Round category is What Are You Doing? and consonants are worth $1,400 a pop. After the blue team calls the T's, we have...

T _ _ _ _ G/_ _ T _ S/_ _/_ _ _ S S

...I have it now, but they don't. The leaders call a dud in M. The people in the middle call the K but still can't solve. The blue ladies then call the N's but still can't solve for seven grand. The red team then call the C and solve TAKING NOTES IN CLASS to ice their cake, bringing their new total to $26,750! The other ladies get $6,450 and the mixed team in the middle gets $2,000.

They spin the quad star (second night in a row that's been landed on) and the category is Things. Starting with:

_ L _ _ _ S

_ N _

_ _ _

Picks are C, P, A and D and they get...

C L _ _ D S


_ _ _

...I know the last word isn't SKY. They say CLOUDS AND FOG...yes indeed! That's $25,000 more for them, for a final total of $51,750!

Jeopardy!: Melissa Prusi, with $54,398 to her credit, defends for her second time against Arianna Kelly (a law student from Summerville, Mass.) and Brandon Jones (a culinary student from Chicago). Two collegians challenging the champ here tonight. Opening categories:


This game is really tight early on, when Kelly hits the Daily Double under the middle clue in Soul Feud. She and the male challenger have $2,000 apiece, and trail the champ by just $200. Her wager is $600:

Following a dispute over succession, this religion split into two main sects in the 7th century.

"What is Islam?"...that's the religion for the early lead! At the first break, she has $3,600, while the man has $2,800. The champ is now in third with $2,200. After the round, the champ is back in front with $5,200. The man has $3,600 and Kelly is now at $2,600.

DJ! categories:

WRITERS AT REST (well, you can say that again!)
THE "M.E."s

After getting the $800 clue there, the man hits the first Daily Double of the round under the $1,200 clue in "M.E."s. He now trails the champ by just $400, $5,200-$4,800. His wager is $2,200. For the lead:

It's an activity carefully orchestrated to attract the attention of the news.

"What is a media event?"...correct for $7,000 and the lead! The $800 clue in Famous Pairs was about Goodson-Todman! Kelly is starting to fall apart as we reach the midway point in the round.

With 11 clues to go, we have all the clues for both Metals and Hither & Yon, along with the $2,000 clue from Writers At Rest. At this point, the man in the middle leads with $13,800. The champ has ten grand and Kelly has $5,400. We go to the first metal clue:

Pricier than gold, it's the metal of Jennifer Lopez' albums and of her earrings at the premiere of "El Cantante".

The champ says "What is platinum?" to go to $10,400. She then tries the final writer clue....DAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIILLLLLLLLYYYY DOUBLE!! Her wager is $2,000:

A little detective work in a Hampshire churchyard and you'll find the grave of this "Patriot, physician & man of letters".

"Who was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?"...right to go to $12,400! First Hither & Yon clue:

The highest point in Tonga is 3,400-foot Mount Kao, a dormant one of these that formed Kao Island.

Kelly says "What is a volcano?"...she's up to $5,800. $800 metal clue, given by Cheryl:

In seperating recyclables, a magnet is used because it will not attract aluminum, but will attract this metal, the main constituent of what we call tin cans.

Kelly says "What is Iron Ore?"...NOT ACCEPTABLE, so she drops to five grand. The champ then rings in with "What is Steel?"...that's right to go to $13,200! If she gets this $1,200 metal clue right, she'll have the lead:

Antimony gives strength and hardness to this metal, so you don't have those mushy bullets.

Kelly answers "What is lead?"...right to go back to $6,200. Next up in that category:

Brass is an alloy of copper and this; the more this, the less malleable.

Triple Stumper- Zinc. Final clue there:

To withstand the pressure over 14,000 feet down, the Submersible Alvin's hull is this metal, about two inches thick.

Another Triple Stumper- Titanium. $800 clue in Hither and Yon:

This small Asian island near Malaysia has one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.

The man in the middle says "What is Singapore?"...correct to reach $14,600. Middle clue:

Second-longest on the continent, it's the only African river that carries more water than the Nile.

Kelly says "What is the Congo?"...right for $7,400. $1,600 clue:

The Narayanhiti Palace in this Asian kingdom was the site of a tragic family massacre in 2001.

Kelly goes with "What is Nepal?"...right for $9,000! Final clue of the round:

The island territory of Aruba is a dependency of this European nation.

Kelly says "What are the Netherlands?"...right to end the round with $11,000! This should be a good FJ! showdown.

FJ! category: Notable Women.

Denied a college education in her own country; in 1903, she became the first woman in France to earn her doctorate.

Kelly's response was "Who is Marie Curie?"...

"Who is Marie Curie?"

...RIGHT! She adds eight grand, giving her 19. The champ's also right and bet $13,198, giving her $26,398. The man is....

....right, but only wagered $7,400, so with $22,000, he's sent home with $2,000 while the lady retains! Three-day total: $80,796!

Moment of Truth: We resume gameplay with George Ortuzar, who I believe sent me a picture of himself in California shortly after the series premiere last week. This one's for you, man.

BTW, there's one rule that I didn't mention in last week's recap- if at any point a question posed proves to be uncomfortable for the player's family/friends for some reason, they can hit their swap button to replace the question. This can only be used once in the entire game. Anyway, let's pick things up with this man's eighth question.

Q8: Have you ever helped someone smuggle something into the country?

My guess: NO
George: YES- TRUE

Q9: Are you in love with your girlfriend, Lily?

My guess: YES
George: YES- TRUE

Q10: Have you ever lied to Lily about how much money you've lost gambling?

My guess: YES
George: YES- TRUE

Q11, to get to $25,000, asked by his son, Allen: Have you ever gambled away one of your children's college funds?

My guess: NO
George: NO- TRUE FOR $25,000!

He mentions that this question haunted Allen for the past five years!

Q12: Do you think your best friend could trust you with his life savings?

My guess: YES
George: NO- TRUE

Q13: Have you ever made a pass at one of Lily's friends?

My guess: YES
George: YES- TRUE

Q14: Would you break up with Lily if your ex-wife wanted to get back together with you?

My guess: NO
George: NO- TRUE

Q15: Have you ever stolen money from a job and let someone else take the blame?

My guess: NO
George: YES- $100,000!

He then decides to call it quits and take the money home! George, when I was making my prediction for the 15th question, my gut was NO, but I was starting to changing my mind to YES. Thankfully, you went the right way. George, I hope you spend that 100 grand wisely, and thanks so much for giving me a look at some California girls!

Next contestant is Christie Youssef from Southern California. She's a 22-year old medical student, and has participated in Miss America pageants in California and Ohio. In her Peanut Gallery are:

Nellie: Mother
Melissa: Little sister
Kohl: Friend

Q1: Did you ever cheat on a college exam?

My guess: NO
Christie: NO- TRUE

Q2: Have you ever stolen money from your parents?

My guess: YES
Christie: NO- TRUE

Q3: Do you think you're better looking than Melissa?

My guess: YES
Christie: YES- TRUE

Q4: Do you believe your mother is overweight?

My guess: NO
Christie: YES- TRUE

Q5: Would you be upset if your younger sister got married before you did?

My guess: NO
Christie: YES- TRUE

Q6: Do you plan on being a virgin on your wedding night?

My guess: NO
Christie: YES- $10,000

Q7: Are you more comfortable around friends that you know are not as attractive as you are?

My guess: YES
Christie: YES- TRUE

Q8: Have you ever had a cosmetic prodcedure to enhance your looks?

My guess: YES
Christie: YES- TRUE

Q9: Have you ever been upset by your sister, Melissa, winning a beauty pageant?

Christie: YES- TRUE

Q10, read by 2006's Miss California, Jacquelynne Fontaine....will be revealed next time.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

"American Idol" 1/29- Omaha Auditions

Paula Abdul was late for the first day of auditions in Omaha. Uh oh, that could've been a bad omen for those contestants.

Rachael Wicker (23, Richmond, MO; is a former multi-time arm wrestling champion!)
Michael Sanfilippo (19, South Barrington, IL)
Angelica Puente (17, Kenosha, WI)
David Cook (24, Tulsa)

OK but still made it:
Jason Rich (21, Stout, IA; forgot part of lyrics early on)
Samantha Sidley (22, L.A.)
Elizabeth Erkert (19, Springfield, IL)
Denise Jackson (17, Madison, WI)

Sarah Whitaker (25. Council Bluffs, IA; looked like a British magician!)

Chris Bernheisel (24, Fremont, NE; too goofy with "Since U Been Gone"; he brought the male judges gifts before he began singing!)
Johnny Escamilla (18, Scottsbluff, NE; his "Shout" performance was funny and he wore a gold jacket!)

Sung made-up song and advanced:
Leo Marlowe (23; Charlotte, IA)

Many people forgot their lyrics, which you can't do on a certain game show hosted by Wayne Brady.

About midway in the episode, Ryan Seacrest decided to take Paula's judging chair during Samantha Sidley's audition!!!

19 made it through to Hollywood from here.

"The Biggest Loser" 1/29

The night started with an escalator challenge...for only the two trainers! The first one that ran up and down the escalator ten times got the right to choose three of the remaining six teams to train, while the other trainer got the other three teams to train.

The winner was...Bob! He chose Jackie and Dan Evans, Mark and Jay Kruger and Roger and Trent to form a new blue team. The other three teams merged into a new black team.

Then, the two new teams got to tackle the escalators themselves, with the only exception was that the next challenge was an endurance challenge. The team who has the last person left on their escalator shared in $10,000. team!

Temptation Challenge: Over 200 small cups of soda were placed on a table. Players were invited to drink some of them if they wanted, with only one having a star at the bottom of the cup. If someone found it, they got to choose one member from the opposite team to have their weight loss/gain for this week voided.

After both teams reject the challenge at first, Alison Sweeney decided to take a cue from "$ale of the Century", "Deal or No Deal" and "Let's Make a Deal" by telling them they wouldn't find a star at the bottom of any of the orange soda cups. Then, the last clue was star at the bottom of any of the grape soda cups. Going once....going twice....NO SALE.

Now, for the weign-ins. Old-school rules apply. This time, only the sole player with the highest percentage won the bonus. We start with the blue team. Here we go.

Jay Kruger: 253 lbs, 5 pounds lost, 1.94%

Mark Kruger: 230 lbs, 5 pounds lost, 2.13%

Trent Patterson: 366 lbs, 9 pounds lost, 2.4%

Roger Shultz: 309 lbs, 10 pounds lost, 3.13%

Jackie Evans: 206 lbs, 8 pounds lost, 3.74%

Dan Evans: 251 lbs, 13 pounds lost, 4.92%

All told, the blue team's final percentage was 3%.

The black team needed to have lost at least 42 pounds to win.

Jennifer Widder: 223 lbs, 6 pounds lost, 2.62%

Maggie King: 211 lbs, 7 pounds lost, 3.21%

Bernardo Salazar: 236 lbs, 5 pounds lost, 2.07%

Brittany Aberle: 199 lbs, 2 pounds lost, 1%

Kelly Fields: 240 pounds (same as last week)

Paul Marks now had the near-impossible task of needing to have lost at least 22 pounds to win his team the weigh-in. Since he weighed in at 260 the last time, he needed to have gone down to at least 238 or less...NOT EVEN CLOSE- IN FACT, WITH A NEW WEIGHT OF 263, HE GAINED THREE POUNDS!!! OUCH. But that doesn't mean he's definitely a goner. We all remember what happened with Neil Tejwani last season. Since she was the biggest loser on the black team, King was safe. Dan was this week's big winner.

By a vote of 4-2.....

...Jennifer Widder was eliminated. Kelly Fields got the other two votes.

"Survivor", "Celebrity Apprentice" renewed

"Survivor" has been renewed through at least May 2009, and Jeff Probst has signed a new deal to remain the show's host.

"Celebrity Apprentice" will return next year for its second season. The live two-hour season finale will be on March 27th, starting at 9 PM.

Source: The Futon Critic

President Bush hurts Monday's ratings

Thanks to the State of the Union Adress last night, ratings were down across the board.

"Dance War" had the night's best rating with a 6.2 Fast Nielsen with a 10 share.

"American Gladiators" pulled a 4.9/8, but still led the night in the 18-49 demographic.

Source:, The Futon Critic

1/29/2008 Results

Family Feud: One of these two families will face the Baileys in the first tournament semi-final on Wednesday, I believe. They are the Hernandezs and the Prymuses.

First question: Name a subject a man doesn't want advice from a woman. Starting with:

1. Making love (32, Pete)

The Hernandez family will play. Paloma thinks of sports...#4 (11)! Diana's guess is cars...that and mechanics are #3 (12)! Next is Melissa with cooking...bottom answer (4)! Claudia then goes with Pete then tries financing...#5 (5)! Paloma then says friendships next...not #2. Last chance to sweep the board goes to Diana. She says their pecs...ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE. To steal the 64 points, Leonard Sr. says manhood...but it's driving/directions (28), so the points go to the Hernandezs.

Second question: Name something babies do that would be embarassing for adults to do. Starting with:

1. Piss on themselves (44, Leonard Jr.- LOL!!!)

The Prymus family plays this time. Aaron says drooling...that and spitting are #4 (7)! Next is Brenda with a guess of a temper brother, Andrew, will be proud of you, because that's #5 (6)! Tiphanie then tries throwing up...#2 (27)! Leonard Sr. then goes with thumb sucking...not there. Leonard Jr. then says drinking from a bottle...two duds in a row. Aaron then tries to stop the slide with crawling around...three strikes in a row. For a bigger lead heading into the double round, Pete says baby, so 81 points goes to the Prymus team. Unsaid answers:

3. Tooting (7)
6. Burping (5; why wasn't this higher on the board?)

Double: Breeds of dog that macho men would never buy. Starting with:

1. Poodles (69, Aaron)

The Prymuses will play again. Brenda says dalmatians...sorry. Tiphanie goes with the that's #2 (13)! Leonard Sr. then tries Pekingese...bottom answer (2)! Jr. then says a Yorkie...#5 (3)! Back to Aaron, who goes with a Pomeranian...#3 (5)! To close this board out, Brenda says a wiener dog...I don't think so. Tiphanie has the last chance to sweep for this team with Shih Tzu...SWEEP (3) for 190, putting them at 271!

Triple: Public places where you see husbands and wives arguing. Melissa rings in with marketplace...NUMBER ONE (47), so the Hernandez family will play! Claudia goes with the park...uh, no. Pete then says restaurant...#2 (24)! Next is Paloma with the Diana then tries the library (?!?!!?!?)...that's a possible suicide response, because that's another ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE from her. For the win, Leonard Sr. says theatres...NO, so the Hernandez family gets another 213, but they only have 277 now, so it's Sudden Death time. Unsaid:

3. Bar (8)
4. Courtroom (4)

Sudden Death: Tiphanie and Claudia try to give the top thing that people buy by the dozen. It's eggs (89)....and Tiphanie has it, so with 538, the Prymus family wins!

Fast Money: Leonard Sr. and Brenda try to double the current ante in the jackpot.

1. How many days after Thanksgiving are you still eating turkey?
2. Name something that's checkered.
3. Which country makes the best cars?
4. An activity that's better to do when it's windy.
5. Name a place where people tell others to be quiet.

My guesses:
1. 1 (0 or 2 are my other guesses)
2. Checkerboard
3. Japan (U.S. was my second guess)
4. Fly kites
5. Library

Brenda says 5, tablecloth, Mexico, fly a kite and church for 109. Leonard Sr. first says Brenda's answer, 10. Second was checkerboard, which is #1 for 35! Third was Japan...30! 16 points away now. Fourth guess was wind sailing...9. Last was theatre....30 is enough to double the jackpot to $40,000! Unsaid #1 answers:

1. 3 days
3. U.S.
5. Library

For Game #2, the Lewis girls, with $40,675 to their credit, face the challenge of the Oliver, led by Stacey, and her partners are Nyema, Margarita, Gerae and Vincent. They're here to win money for their Hawaiian family reunion this year.

First question: Name something you would be surprised to see a judge wearing underneath his robe. Starting with:

1. Nothing (39, Shanae)

The champs will play. Patriece goes with jeans...dull, and not there. Sheriece's guess is undies...#3 (12)! Next is Erica with a tanktop...I don't think so. Shavonne says a clown suit (?!?!!?)...ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE FOR STRIKE THREE. Stacey's steal guess is lingerie...#2 (16) for 51 points! Not given:

4. Bermuda shorts (9)
5. Swimsuit/speedo (7)
6. Gun (5)
7. Pajamas (4)
8. Kilt (3)

Second question: Specific foods you might cook to serve lots of people. Starting with:

1. Pasta (49, Patriece)
5. Chicken (4, Nyema)

The champs will play again to have better luck this round, hopefully. Sheriece goes next with pizza...NO. Erica says mashed potatoes...all potatoes are #4 (4)! Shavonne is next with a guess of salad...sorry. Shanae then says corn for a sure-fire third strike. Stacey tries to steal again with rice...nope, so the Lewis ladies get 57! Remaining answers:

2. Chili/soup (9)
3. Turkey (8)

Double: Name a kind of bag other than a shopping one. Starting with:

1. Handbag/purse (30, Sheriece)

We start off with Erica, who says Shavonne tries the garbage bag...#3 (6)! Shanae then goes with the sandwich bag...throw it away- strike two. Patriece then tries to save the team with bags under one's eyes...three strikes. Stacey's third steal guess today is grocery bag...NO, so the champs keep the lead at 129! Unsaid:

2. Old bag/woman (13)
4. Laundry bag (5)
5. Overnight/travel bag (4)

Triple: Places you go that have good reputations. Gerae rings in with restaurants....TOP ANSWER (65), so the challengers play! Vincent's first answer today is hotel...that and motel are #2 (7)! Stacey goes with auto mechanic...boring. Nyema goes with islands...way off target. Margarita goes with gyms...three strikes in a row, so they can't win the game right now. The champs now have a safety net, but they can win this game right now. Shanae's next guess is doctor...that's #3 (6) for the win at 345! The bottom answer was schools/colleges (5).

Fast Money: For their first chance to get the total to over 60 grand, they choose Patriece and Shanae. The questions are as follows:

1. According to 100 married women, how many days could you be away from your husband before you really missed him?
2. Name something in a refrigerator that comes in a bottle.
3. Name something people break that's expensive to fix.
4. Besides drink, name something people do in a bar.
5. Name a sport that U.S. athletes are good at.

My guesses:
1. 7 (I have NO IDEA.)
2. Soda
3. Car
4. Get into fights (Talking was my second guess)
5. Football (Baseball was my second guess)

Patriece says 5, milk, TV, talking and basketball for 102. Shanae says 3, soda, mirror, smoke and football for 180 and another $900, making their new total $41,575. Unsaid #1 answers:

1. Tie with 1 day and 7 days
2. Ketchup
3. Car (Had Shanae said this, they probably would've won.)

TPIR: We begin the day with Sandra Fureg, Ramon Munoz, Kyle Wilson (a lady) and Linda Price. The first IUFB is snowboarding equipment.

Sandra: $1,400
Ramon: $900
Kyle: $1,600
Linda: $1,150

ARP: $2,494, so Wilson will play Make Your Move for a golf lamp, a chest and a trip to Washington, D.C. Board:


I was leaning towards $81 for the lamp, $705 for the chest and $3,432 for trip and $34 for the lamp, $581 for the chest and $3,270 for the trip. Her final guess is....


...she went with my inital guess...but that's wrong. The trip was right, but the lamp was actually $70 and the chest was $581.

Next to "Come on Down" is Betty Smith and the second IUFB is a bass guitar.

Betty: $800
Linda: $925
Sandra: $1,400
Ramon: $1,350

ARP: $1,665, so Fureg plays Dice Game for a Jeep Wrangler. She first rolls a 3 for the second number and says higher...she's out already. ARP: $21,534. Rest of her rolls, just for giggles:

Third number: Rolled a 2, said higher
Fourth number: Rolled a 5, said lower
Fifth number: Rolled a 6, freebie

Had she not goofed on that second number, she would've won. Bad loss there.

Next player is Matthew Mabris and the third IUFB is a wall clock.

Matthew: $1,200
Ramon: $1,500
Betty: $900
Linda: BUCK

ARP: $2,945, so MM will play Barker's Bargain Bar for an eliptical trainer marked at $1,700 and an LCD TV marked at $1,899. I said the TV, but he says the trainer. ARP for the TV: $2,499, a difference of $600. If that trainer costs at least $2,400, he's's $2,500!

SSD1: The second loser today spins 70 cents. The first loser spins 60...and 40 for $1,000! The man can't match it, so she's in the Showcase. She overspins her Bonus Spin.

Next player is Patrick Hayes and next in the IUFB shuffle is a rocker chair.

Patrick: $950
Ramon: $1,000
Betty: $600
Linda: $725

ARP: $925, so hopefully Price will be right that she's up for the challenge of winning a $20,635 Dodge Avenger in Hole in One or Two. The products are NutraMist, Chips Ahoy!, body wash, cough drops, dog food and hearing aid. Her order of products are....cookies, cough drops, body wash, NutraMist, dog food and hearing aid.

The cookies are 55 cents. The cough drops are $2.15. The body wash is $5.99 and the NutraMist is $7.99. That's as far as she'll get, though, as the dog food is only $4.49. Looks like she should've put the hearing aid last after the NutraMist. I would've been sent to the third line, as my guess for the first four products were the cookies, cough drops, body wash and dog food. Drew's inspiration putt...not even close. Price's first putt...just missed to the left. Second for the win!

Next to leave the audience is Antoinette Miller and the next IUFB is a glass door refrigerator.

Antoinette: $1,300
Patrick: $2,400
Ramon: $2,450
Betty: $2,250

ARP: $1,699, meaning Miller plays Coming or Going for a GEM car. If she comes, the guess is $5,997. If she goes, the guess would be $7,995. She wants to go to $7,995, which is right...but the audience makes her change her mind to $5,997, causing her to lose! Darn you, audience!

The last player to leave the mob is Larson Lagris and the final IUFB is a ceiling fan.

Larson: $695
Patrick: $750
Ramon: $600
Betty: BUCK

ARP: $1,260, so Munoz is off to the First Four Breakfast Club while Hayes plays Secret X for a spa and a BBQ, totaling $5,498. He places his free X just like this:


The first item is a disc turntable, marked at either $150 or $191. He says $191...STAGE WILLY! Other item is a wooden coin bank marked at either $50 or $82, and he says $82...right. Here's how he places his other X....


...I think he's screwed....


...the good news is that he wasn't the latest victim of Rock Bottom, the bad news is that he still lost.

SSD2: The only male this half spins 30...and 20 for 50 cents. Miller spins a dime...and 75 for 85 cents. The big winner spins 70...and goes over by a nickel, so Miller heads to the Showcase. Hopefully, when she makes her bid, she doesn't listen too much to the audience.

The first Showcase has a dining room and a party boat, and she bids $21,000, which is a GARF, because I think that only covers the boat. Wilson listens to things that could get you evicted from your apartment. First, you might be singing too loud while practicing your singing on your new karaoke machine. Second, you might skip paying the rent and instead heading off on a cruise to Fiji! Finally, you might tell your landlord you've lost your job on purpose, because you've decided to gas up your new Chrysler Sebring Convertible (Std., Paint, Wheels)! She bids $33,000, which sounds good to me.

ARP for Miller: $36,960, a difference of $15,960. That Showcase was on serious Doboids! ARP for Wilson: $41,178, so even though her Showcase was on some Doboids of its own, she wins anyway, giving her a grand total of $44,672 in cash and prizes!

Crosswords: Our opening players are Gregg Lux (a NY cantor) and Stacy Embertson (a Minnesota race director).

At the day's first Extra, the lady has control of it, but has zip to the guy's $150. She bets $500:

_ E _ _ _

Clue: Exit the premises. She says LEAVE...right! She ends the round with $650, while the man goes up to $350.

Today's Spoilers are James Cherry (an electrical engineer from Ontario, Canada), Mimmy Wolfe (a retired California teacher) and Charlie Lynn (an engineer from Indiana).

1. (Three-letter word)($100)- Grandpa, father, uncle and son. Wolfe gets the first chance of the day, but she blanks. The next spoil chance goes to Cherry, who says MEN...she was going to say DAD, and MEN is right for $750!
2. (Seven letters)($300)- Expansive view from the Staten Island Ferry. He says LIBERTY...that fits, but that is incorrect, so he drops to $450. Lux also thinks of LIBERTY, so he's down to fifty bucks. Answer: SKYLINE.
3. (Five letters)- Second chess side to make a move. Cherry says BLACK...right to go back to $650.
4. (Four letters)- Gospel after Matthew. Lux says LUKE...incorrect, so he's $150 in the hole. To steal, Cherry says MARK...$850!
5. (M _ _ _)- Leave a solid state? Cherry says MELT...and he hits four figures with a new total of $1,050!
6. (E _ _)($100)- Barbara Stanwyck film, "The Lady ____". Lux says EVE...right to go to -$50.
7. (L _ _ _)- Mislay, e.g. Lux says LOSE...he's out of the hole at $150! And he hits the first Extra of the round, and his wager is $500:

T _ _ _ _ _ _

Clue: Classic party game that could leave one bent out of shape. He should've bet the whole $1,000, because he's right with TWISTER to move to $650.

9. (T _ _ _ _)- Recorded. Lux says TAPED...right to go to $850!
10. (_ _ A _)- Read through quickly. Lux says SCAN...tie game!
11. (_ _ _ _ E)- It's positively electric. Wolfe says JOULE...wrong again. 0-for-2 in the spoil department for her today. It was actually ANODE.
12. (Three letters)($100)- Trinitroluene, as most people know it. Lux says TNT...right for a $100 lead!
13. (T _ _ _)- Mix, as a salad. Cherry says TOSS to steal the $100 lead and hit the other Extra of the round! He wagers $500:

N _ _ _

It's Philip Knight's company. He doesn't know it's NIKE, so he loses the lead and drops to $750.

15. (Five-letter word)- Morse and zip, e.g. Cherry zaps CODES to go to $950.
16. (_ _ O _)- Opposite of huzzahs. To tie the game back up, Cherry says BOOS...don't boo him now, because he's right!
17. (_ _ _ D _ _ _ _ _)($300)- It may be registered to a product or service. Lux says TRADEMARK...NO. Cherry blanks out, so Embertson tries to spoil...but she can't. It was TRADENAME.
18. (Three-letter word)($100)- Responses that rebuff. Lux says NOS...he's up to $950 and has the $100 lead back! That's all for the second round.


1. (Six letters)- Some naturals, in craps. Cherry says SEVENS...right for the $100 lead at $1,050!
2. (Four letters)- Eric who wrote the book for "Spamalot". Lux's guessis IDLE...right for the lead back at $1,150!
3. (I _ _ _)- Small bit of land surrounded by water. Lux says ISLE for $1,350 and a $300 lead!
4. (_ _ _ E)- Give a number or stars to. Lux is right again with RATE, taking him to $1,550!
5. (_ _ T)($100)- End a hunger strike. Cherry says EAT to go to $1,150!
6. (_ _ _ A)- Italian monetary unit of old. Cherry is right again with LIRA for $1,350! Next correct answer by him could give him a $100 lead or tie the game back up.
7. (_ _ _ _ _ _ R)($300)- Word beginning a quote that ends, " are no Jack Kennedy". Lux takes a risk by saying SENATOR...right to go to $1,850 and have a $500 lead!
8. (Five letters)- Mammoth proboscis. Lux rings in but has nothing. Cherry says TRUNK...right! He now has $1,550 and now trails by just $100!
9. (Five-letter word)- Particles invisible to the naked eye. Cherry says ATOMS...right for the $100 lead back at $1,750!
10. (Four-letter word)- Positive market move. Lux says BULL...NO, so he's down to $1,450. It was GAIN.
11. (Five-letter word)- John Smith or John Doe, probably. Cherry says ALIAS...correct to go to $1,950 and get the last Extra of the game! He wagers $400 on a four-letter answer. Clue:

"A Prayer for ____ Meany"

He fills in the fourth word with OWEN to go to $2,350, having the biggest lead of the game, $900 worth!


13. (Eight letters)($300)- Electric current blocker. Lynn gets his first spoil chance of the game, and it's a free one for him. He says DAMPENER....NO. It was RESISTOR.
14. (Three letters)($100)- "Well, ___-di-dah". Lux says LAH...right to go to $1,550.
15. (Four letters)- Setting for "Tiny Toon Adventures", ____ Acres. Lynn tries again to spoil, this time with ACME...and this time, he's right for $2,550!
16. (Four-letter word)- Bathe. Lynn says WASH...incorrect, dropping him to $2,350. Lux blanks out, dropping him back to $1,350. It was LAVE.
17. (Eight letters)($300)- What some hunters of criminals collect. Lynn says EVIDENCE...incorrect again, so he now has $2,050. Lux goes with BOUNTIES...that's right to go to $1,650, but the game is over, so Lynn is the winner.

Crossfire: It's time for Lynn to prove himself. If he can fill in the remaining 18 blanks, he's going to Jamaica with $7,050...he falls three blanks short.

WOF: We begin with a short shout-out by "Big Brother" host Julie Chen. Tonight's teams are Ilyse Keletski and Rachel Tursky (in the blue) from Encino, CA (they're seniors; Ilyse is the vice president and part of the student council of her high school, while Rachel is the president of a school's youth group), Dani Yune and Melinda Mesias (both are seniors who play softball together) and Tim Symo and Nick Leonard (Tim is a senior while Nick is a sophomore, and both are on the same water polo team at their school).

The blue ladies solve GET IT WHILE IT'S HOT for $1,000 while the other ladies get GREAT DANE for $2,000.

A pair of trips to Amsterdam worth $9,000 go on the wheel, and Round 1's category is Thing, which is also tonight's Prize Puzzle! After the men call the N's for $600 and the Free Spin, we have...

_ R _ _ _ T

S _ N S _ _ N E

...I think I have it. They have to use their Free Spin after repeating the N. After buying the U and the I's, they call the H's for $800 and solve BRIGHT SUNSHINE for $900 and a pair of trips to Costa Rica, making their total $9,300.


Campbell's Soup Jackpot Round category is Proper Name. The men call the S's for the Amsterdam trips. After they buy the A's, we have...

A _ T R E S S

A _ _ E

_ A T _ A _ A _

...I know it now, but they hit Lose a Turn. The blue team then steals ACTRESS ANNE HATHAWAY to triple their money to $3,000.

Big Money Round category is Food & Drink. After the red ladies buy the O's, we have...

S O _ R/_ R _ A _/A _ _/O _ _ O _/

_ O _ A _ O/_ _ _ _ S

...I have it now. Most are made by Lay's, and I am NOT a fan of this flavor. They call the N's for $2,700 and the C's for another $1,600, and after buying the I's, they solve SOUR CREAM AND ONION POTATO CHIPS for $6,350 and $8,350 total. They only trail by $950 now.

They get HIP-HOP MUSIC to go to $11,350 and the lead. Our next category is What Are You Doing? What the winners of the last round do right off the bat is hit the $5,000 space! They call a $5,000 N at that point. After they call the B later, we have...

_ _ _ _ _ I N G/_ _ _/BIG/G _ _ _

...I know it now. They miss out on the Wild Card by calling a dud in R. The men call the T's for $600 and then a $350 M. They then solve WATCHING THE BIG GAME to trail the ladies by just fifty bucks. Next category is Person, and late in the round, we go to Speed-Up Mode. Consonants are worth $1,500 a pop. and if the blue ladies don't win this round, the team that does goes to the endgame. Board at this point:

_ E R _ E _ T

_ T R _ _ _ E R

If you add an S to the end, you would get the title of a long-running ABC sitcom. The blue ladies call the S but can't solve. The red ladies call a P and solve PERFECT STRANGER for the match with $13,350! The men have $11,300 and the ladies at the end get $3,000.

The red team spins the quad star and the category is On the Map. Starting with:

_ _ E _ E _

_ _ N _ _ _

They call D, M, H and O and get...

_ _ E _ E _

_ _ N _ D _'s ______ CANADA. They get nowhere. The entire answer was QUEBEC CANADA, and they don't win another $30,000. They needed at least the C's and the A's there.

Jeopardy!: Melissa Prusi is back for her second time against Eugene Hung (a software engineer from San Jose) and Andrew Sprouse (a historic preservationist from Durham, NC). First categories:


The champ has a strong lead at the first break with five grand. Hung has $800 and the other man has half his total. Hung starts to get something going late in the round, but the champ beats him to the punch in finding the Daily Double under the middle clue in Poets & Poetry. She has $6,000 to Hung's $3,200, and she wagers $1,000 on this:

British romantics included Wordsworth in England and, north of the border, this "Lady of the Lake" author.

"Who was Byrum?" It was Sir Walter Scott, so she's back at five grand. At the end of the round, she has $5,800. Hung has $3,600 and the man in the middle has $1,200.

DJ! categories:


The man in the middle starts to get into the game, but Hong finds the first Daily Double under the $1,200 clue in Famous Americans. The men are tied at $6,400 apiece, while the lady has $9,000. Hong's wager is EVERYTHING! Good luck, buddy. Here's the clue:

This man who helped win ratification of the Constitution by Maryland gave his name to a famous fort.

"Who is McHenry?"....

"Who is McHenry?"

...IS RIGHT to double to $12,800 and take over the lead! But the lady gets on a roll in Homophones to take the lead back, and is going for a sweep of the category with this $2,000 clue:

Grumbling in the ranks, or hereditary derivation.

"What is dissent/descent?"...SWEEP! She's got $16,600! Late in the round, Sprouse finds the other Daily Double under the last clue in Art-ifical. He has $7,600, while Hong has $13,600 and the champ is still at $16,600. He wagers $2,500:

In 1904, this American was awarded the French Legion of Honor, one of the few awards she accepted.

"Who was Georgia O' Keefe?"....NO. Correct: Who was Mary Cassatt? He's down to $5,100. At the end of the round, Hong has the lead back with 18 grand. The champ is still at $16,600 while the man in the middle has $6,300.

FJ! category: Publishing.

Founded in 1856, this company introduced a numbering system for U.S. highways in 1917.

I believe that's Rand McNally. Sprouse decides to agree with me...and both of us are right! He wagered $3,499, taking him to $9,799. The champ is right as well and bets everything but two bucks, taking her to $33,198! Hong is.....

...WRONG with IBM, so the lady retains her championship in a big way! Two-day total: $54,398!

How Much is Enough?: Tonight's players are Vernell (a hospital custodian from Inglewood, CA), David (a server from Kearny, NJ), Betsy (a theater director from Albuqerque, NM) and Dianne (a cosmetics salesperson from Walnut, CA).

Vernell: $730
David: $494
Betsy: $749
Dianne: $973

Vernell: $754
David: $849
Betsy: $1,357
Dianne: $1,516

Betsy: $2,106
Vernell: $1,484
David: $1,343
Dianne: ZIP

Vernell: $1,759
David: $2,292
Betsy: $2,627
Dianne: $2,484

Vernell: $3,243
Dianne: $2,484
Betsy: $2,106

Vernell: $2,721
David: $2,230
Betsy: $3,205
Dianne: $2,345

Vernell; $5,964
David: $5,865
Dianne: $4,829
Betsy: $2,106

Vernell: $3,951
David: ALL IN (that's right, he hit it at the full $5,000!)
Betsy: $4,094
Dianne: $3,998

Dianne: $8,827
Betsy: $6,200
Vernell: $5,964
David: $5,865

That means both ladies come back from behind to go to the Final Face-Off!

Final Face-Off: $15,027 was up for grabs here...and we FINALLY have a five-figure winner on this show, as Diane wins $11,333! I had a feeling, given the way these players were playing today, that we were going to see that tonight.

(Incidentally, the host, for some oddball reason, stopped the money clock at $3,479 for a few seconds before letting it continue.)