Monday, April 20, 2009

4/20/2009 Results

WOF: Not only is this the fourth "America's Game" extra episodes week of the season, you ValPak folks also have a chance to win $5,000 every day this week (in addition to the $5K SPIN IDs). On each of the special "Wheel of Fortune" ads in your ValPak envelope, there is a potential bonus round puzzle solution. If on any day this week your listed bonus puzzle solution matches the one used on the show, you can be one of 20 $5K winners- good luck!

Right now, let's focus on the in-studio action. Tonight, teachers are playing, so the car on offer tonight is a Honda Civic Hybrid. The first Toss-Up category is Occupation:

_ _ T _ _ E

_ A N C H _ R

Cheryl solves CATTLE RANCHER for $1,000.

$5,000-WINNING ID OF THE NIGHT: JH0034480

Tonight's players:

Cheryl Robinson (Mandeville, LA)- Kindergarten teacher for nine years; has also taught for England's Department of Defense for seven years
Katy Jibben (Boise, ID)- Communications/video production teacher for 8th and 9th Graders; also an adject professor at Boise State
Brent Wozniak (North Ridge, CA)- 9th/10th Grade Global Studies & Cultural Geography teacher

$2,000 Toss-Up category is Place:

R I N G S _ D E

S E A T _

Katy solves RINGSIDE SEATS for $2,000.

After a trip to the El Monte resort in Taos, NM worth $5,051 (Pat criticizes Charlie for not putting enough enthusiasm when announcing the trip's ARP!) flies onto the wheel, the Round 1 category is Food & Drink. Katy starts out with a dud of N while on $2,500. Later on, Cheryl calls a $300 C for the Free Spin and we have...

S L _ C E _

P O R T O _ E L L O

M _ S _ R O O M S

...she solves SLICED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS for another $1,550 and $2,550 total.

(I would've messed this puzzle up with SLICED PORTABELLA MUSHROOMS.)

DUDS: A (Brent), N (Katy)

(Mrs. Robinson's class then does a shout-out before the first commerical break.)

Campbell's Jackpot Round category is Before & After. Early on, Cheryl uses the Free Spin after hitting Bankrupt. She then lands on $3,500 but duds out with the S. Later on, she hits Bankrupt again. Then, Katy calls three C's for a $1,000 See's Candies gift tag. After buying four O's to clean out the vowels, she calls a pair of Y's for another $1,000 and we have...

_ I C K O R Y

D I C K O R Y

D O C K

_ O R K E R

...she solves HICKORY DICKORY DOCK WORKER for another $1,050 and the candy, a new total of $4,050 in cash and stuff.

DUDS: A (Katy), S (Cheryl), T (Brent), V (Brent)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Cheryl)
JACKPOT AMOUNT GOING TO WASTE: $11,350

V8 Mystery/Prize Puzzle Round category is Fun & Games. The round begins with Cheryl calling two R's for the Wild Card, a $500 S, then two T's for the MDW. Later, she hits the Mystery Wedge next to Lose a Turn and calls three H's. Obviously, she takes $3,000 for them ($10,000 was back there, though). But after clearing out the vowels, she buys a critical dud in L to likely lose six grand, the mystery trip and the MDW. At this point, Katy jumps in...

_ U R _ I N _

E A C H | O T H E R

I N | T H E | S A N D

...and she solves BURYING EACH OTHER IN THE SAND for a trip to the Presidente InterContinental resort in Los Cabos, Mexico from Visit Mexico.com worth $5,600, making her new total $9,650 in cash and prizes.

(Like Cheryl, I thought it was HURLING EACH OTHER IN THE SAND too.)

DUD: L (Cheryl)

WINNING ID FOR TRIP: DM7831165

$3,000 Toss-Up category is Person:

_ _ N _ I S S A N _ E

M _ N

Cheryl solves RENAISSANCE MAN to go to $5,550. Next category is Proper Name. Cheryl immediately calls a dud in N. Katy then calls two R's for ten grand and buys an A and two E's, then we go to Speed-Up Mode. The remaining consonants are worth $1,600 apiece. Board right now:

_ _ _ R _ _ _ A _ _ E R

_ _ _ | _ _ _ _ A _

I know it now. Katy then calls three T's but can't solve for $14,300. Brent then calls five S's...

S _ _ R T S _ A S T E R

_ _ _ | _ _ S T A S

...and he solves SPORTSCASTER BOB COSTAS to take home eight grand! Cheryl leaves with a dud Wild Card and $5,550 and Katy hangs on for the victory with $9,650.

So far, $23,200 in cash and prizes have been given away.

DUD: N (Cheryl)

Big Money Round: This is your chance to win, ValPak subscribers. After she hears a shout-out from her class, Katy spins the C and the category is Thing. Starting with:

_ | _ _ _ _

_ _ _ E

She calls D, F, M and I and gets...

_ | _ _ _ D

_ I _ E

...she doesn't have A GOOD VIBE here, so she loses the Honda. That sends her home with just $9,650 in cash and prizes. Maybe she might have gotten it if she had the B up there.

Jeopardy!: Let's see if Kevin Joyce can score win #4 tonight against:

Anthony Resnick (originally from Butler, PA)- Law student
Stefanie Tomko (Belleview, WA)- Software project manager

Opening categories:

BEHIND THE SEUSS-IC
THE CELEBRITY BLING BIZ
NAME THEIR ISLAND CHAIN
SECRET SERVICE CODE NAMES 2009
NOT LITERALLY
FOREIGN LANGAUGE

At the first break, Joyce leads with $2,800. Resnick has $2,200 and Tomko has $1,800. Towards the round's end, Tomko finds the Daily Double under the $800 Behind the Seuss-ic clue with $2,400. She trails the champ by $400 for second place, while Resnick leads with $4,200. Her wager is $1,500.

This book sells about 300,000 copies each year because so many people give it to college & high school graduates.

"What is Wherever You Go, There You Are?"...I don't think so. It was "Oh, the Places You'll Go", dropping her to $900. At the end of the round, Resnick's in Lock Game Territory with $7,200; Joyce's at two grand and Tomko's still at $900.

LACH TRASH (all unattempted): $2,800

DJ! Categories:

THE OZONE LAYER
FILL IN THE SONG TITLE
BIBLICAL RHYME TIME
LIKE A VIRGIL
MOVERS & SHAKERS
4 "N" LANGUAGE (each correct response has four N's)

Early on, Joyce takes over the lead; he later finds the round's first DD under the $2,000 Movers & Shakers clue. He has $12,800 and leads Resnick by $4K; Tomko's total is at $3,700. He wagers...$5,400. The clue:

Roberto Clemente died flying supplies to this quake-stricken country in 1972.

"What is Panama?"...NO. It was Nicaragua, so he's out of the lead for now with $7,400. The round ends with Tomko finding the other DD under the $2,000 Ozone Layer clue with $8,500; Resnick leads with $11,600 and Joyce's now in last with $7,800. Her wager is $2,500 on this clue told by Kelli:

Making life on Earth possible, 90% of the Earth's ozone is found in this layer of the atmosphere.

"What is stratosphere?"...right for 11 grand!

ATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $3,200
UNATTEMPTED LACH TRASH: $5,600
TOTAL DJ! LACH TRASH: $8,800

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Kevin: $7,800
Stefanie: $11,000
Anthony: $11,800

CORYAT SCORES:

Kevin: $13,200
Stefanie: $12,000
Anthony: $11,800

FJ! CATEGORY: American Legends.

Chippewa legend says Nanabojo grew angry at this person for tearing up trees & beat him to death with a fish.

Mr. Joyce wrote down "What is Hiawatha?"...NO. He risked...$3,800, so he drops to four grand. Tomko wrote down "Who is Paul Bunyan?"...











...correct, so Joyce is through. Her wager was $9,800, so she's at $20,800. Resnick put down...Little Hiawatha, so he loses $10,401, making Tomko the new champion. Joyce leaves with $113,299, and we might very well be seeing him again.

Catch 21:

Contestants:

Lanette ? (originally from Portland)- Stay-at-home mom
Brian Potter (originally from Detroit)- Loves to travel the world with his friend Joey
Edo Walker (originally from Minneapolis)- Works for a children's group home

ROUND 1 BASE CARDS:

Lanette: ACE OF CLUBS
Brian: 7 OF DIAMONDS
Edo: 7 OF SPADES

1. Which Starbucks size is the largest?

Brian: Venti- CORRECT (100)

CARD: 4 OF DIAMONDS; KEEPS IT (11)

2. According to Women's Health, what kind of husband might make it harder for you to get pregnant?

Brian: Chubby-hubby- RIGHT AGAIN (200)

CARD: JACK OF HEARTS- WINS ROUND 1 & VACUUM (700)

ROUND 2 BASE CARDS:

Lanette: 5 OF SPADES
Brian: 9 OF HEARTS
Edo: QUEEN OF HEARTS

After three questions, here are the hands now:

Lanette: (5S)(KH) = 15
Brian: (9H)(9C) = 18 (900)
Edo: (QH)(6D) = 16 (100)

4. On "Ugly Betty", which actress played Alexis Meade?

A: Vanessa Williams
B: Salma Hayek
C: Rebecca Romeijn

Edo: Vanessa Williams- INCORRECT
Brian: Salma Hayek- FIRST TRIPLE STUMPER OF THE SEASON

5. Before it struck an iceberg, what was the destination of the Titanic?

Brian: NYC- CORRECT (1,000); GOES ON

CARD: JACK OF DIAMONDS; BUSTS EDO

6. Nellie Forbush tries to wash a man out of her hair in the 2008 Broadway revival of what musical?

Lanette: "South Pacific"- CORRECT (100)

If this next card is higher than a 3, she and Brian will go to the Championship Round.

CARD: JACK OF SPADES- EDO ELIMINATED

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND BASE CARDS:

Lanette: ACE OF HEARTS
Brian: QUEEN OF CLUBS

After a few questions, here are the hands now:

Lanette: (AH)(4C)(10D) = 15
Brian: (QC)(3C) = 13

4. Which of Aesop's fables had the moral "Slow but steady wins the race"?

Lanette: "The Tortoise and the Hare"- YOU BET

For her to win, she needs a 6 or anything higher than an 8...

CARD: 9 OF SPADES

...yes! Brian leaves with the vacuum.

STUMPER THIS ROUND:

What organization co-sponsors National Dog Bite Prevention Week?

A: Purina
B: ASPCA
C: United States Postal Service

Brian: Purina
Lanette: ASPCA

TRIPLE BLACKJACK: Three Power Chips in play tonight.

OPENING CARDS:

HAND #1: 2 OF HEARTS
HAND #2: 10 OF CLUBS
HAND #3: QUEEN OF HEARTS

1. 4 OF HEARTS; PLACES IN HAND #1 (6)

2. 8 OF HEARTS; PLACES IN HAND #1 (14)

3. 9 OF CLUBS; CHANGES IT (two left)

4. 3 OF SPADES; PLACES IN HAND #2 (13)

5. 10 OF HEARTS; CHANGES IT (one left)

6. 5 OF HEARTS; PLACES IN HAND #1 (19)

7. 9 OF SPADES; CHANGES IT (all Power Chips gone)

8. KING OF DIAMONDS, WHICH IS PLACED IN HAND #3 (20)

9. 8 OF SPADES; HAND #2 CLEARED ($1,000) AND STOPS

10. JACK OF CLUBS

Cash Cab: It's time to begin Season 4! Like last season, the first four questions are worth $50 apiece, the second four are worth $100 apiece, and all questions after that are worth $200; also, the show's in HD. As you know, this season will mark the introduction of a new thing called the Double Ride, where more money than ever before can be won while in Ben Bailey's cab. We'll talk more about that later when we get to it.

(The music's also been slightly revised.)

Now, for Game 1. Playing are a group of three girls headed by Coco MacIntyre; they're headed to a spot on 67th at Central Park West, 42 blocks away.

$50 Round:
1. Suggesting an eight hour workday, what nickname for "stubble" was coined in a 1930s ad for Gem razors?
Guess: Five O' Clock Shadow- CORRECT ($50)
2. Due to its drooping branches, the Babylonian Tree is known by what melancholy name?
Guess: Weeping Willow- RIGHT ($100)
3. Also a classic Don DeLillo novel, what Zodiac sign is symbolized by a set of balanced scales?
Guess: Libra- RIGHT ($150)
4. In its original version, what ancient physician's oath prohibited the performance of both surgery and euthanization?
Guess: Hypocratic Oath- RIGHT ($200)

$100 Round:
1. Popularized in the '90s, what flippant four-word expression traditionally precedes the phrase "Because the face don't understand"?
Guess: Talk to the hand- RIGHT ($300)
2. Before becoming an eight-term Senator, what South Carolinan ran for President under the slogan "Segregation Forever"?
Guess: Strom Thurmond- RIGHT ($400)
3. Until it was eclipsed by a British cathedral, what ancient architectural wonder spent almost four millenia as the world's tallest structure?
Guess: The Great Pyramid- RIGHT ($500)

RED LIGHT CHALLENGE: Name the four stages in a butterfly's life cycle.
Correct answers given: Pupa, Larva, Butterfly & Egg ($750)

4. Due North of Windsor Ontario, what midwestern metropolis is home to the busiest U.S./Canada border crossing?
Guess: Detroit- RIGHT AGAIN ($850)

$200 Round:
1. Favored by photographer William Whiteman, what breed of hunting dog is known for targeting its prey's privates?
Guess: Weimaraner- SWEEP ($1,050)

They decide to take their money and run.

For Game 2, trying to get to the Hammerstein Ballroom are Steel O' Neill & Opus, who apparently host a radio show somewhere. They have to survive 39 blocks.

Right away, they use a Mobile Shout Out on this first $50 question:

What term for a female fox can also refer to a flirtatious femme fetale?

Steel calls his mom, who thinks it's vamp. They go with her...but that's the first incorrect answer of the season. It was vixen.

As it turns out, though...THEY DON'T GET ANYTHING RIGHT, MEANING THIS IS A WIPEOUT! The other questions they missed:

2. Aggrivating track and field athletes, what's the term for a tiny break in the bone caused by repetitive force?
Guess: Shin splints
Answer: Stress fracture

3. Collecting Trick or Treat money since 1950, what UN charity has scared away the Vatican due to its stance on birth control?
Guess: United Way
Answer: UNICEF

Hoping to do a lot better than they did in the day's final game are Marvin, Jen & Josh. They're hoping to make it to a spot at 62nd, 33 blocks away. They get their first strike on this final $50 question because they draw a blank:

Helping the hungry since 1942, what non-profit organization was originally called The Oxford Committee for Famine Relief?
Answer: Oxfam

Their second strike comes on this second $100 question:

Roughing up rodents for over 50 years, what household brand claims to be "America's #1 Mouse Killer"?
Guess: Raid
Answer: d-CON

They use their Mobile Shout Out on $100 question #3:

Protecting sultans for centuries, the Jena series were the elite infantry units of what Eastern Mediterannean empire?

Jen calls her brother David, who believes its the Ottoman Empire. They go with that...and stay alive ($350)!

RED LIGHT CHALLENGE: As of 2008, six of the ten coffee-producing nations in the world are in Latin America. Name five of those six caffenated countries.
Correct answers given: Colombia, Brazil & Mexico
Answers not given: Guatemala, Costa Rica & Honduras

They don't get the extra $250 here, but they make it to their destination, so they win $350...but they put it all at risk for the season's first Aflac Video Bonus Question. Here it is:

VIDEO BONUS: Ranging from Turkey to Spain, these bridge-like structures are symbols of the ingenuity and immensity of the Roman Empire. What's the term for these engineering marbles of the ancient world?

With no hesitation, they say aqueduct for $700!

DOND: This is the 31st week of episodes taped. Incidentally, College Week will air in my area on the week that I graduate from VCU! Anyway, let's focus on today's player, #13 Piper Baine from Dallas, TX (who is a mother). She wants to win enough to replace her house's floor that got damaged due to flooding.

ROUND 1:
1. #4 (Desiree)- $1,000
2. #5 (Brandon)- $5
3. #20 (J.C.)- $10
4. #8 (Pauline)- BUCK
5. #15 (Soly)- $250,000

OPENING OFFER: $14,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 2:
1. #22 (Amy)- $300
2. #17 (Doug)- $50,000
3. #2 (Regina)- $100,000 (DANGER ZONE ENFORCED)
4. #14 (Alison)- $500
5. #1 (Lori)- $10,000

SECOND OFFER: $8,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 3:
1. #18 (Cynthia)- $100
2. #10 (Megan)- $75,000 (STRIKE ONE)
3. #7 (Jemie)- $200
4. #16 (George)- $500,000 (BIG STRIKE TWO)

THIRD OFFER: $4,000- NO DEAL

ROUND 4:
1. #12 (Dewayne)- $2,500
2. #3 (Michael)- $25,000 (STRIKEOUT)

FOURTH OFFER: $2,000- NO DEAL

She leaves with $2,000, but on a later offer. Her case had $5,000. Because of severe weather coverage in my area, I can't reveal where the remaining amounts were.

Millionaire:

Conclusion of Fred Ebert's game

Game 2

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