the past year, the best and the brightest
spellers of five-letter words were invited for
one final shot at a Suzuki Verona. What follows
is the road to the grand prize in the Lingo
Tournament of Champions.
- Game 1
Jessica (waitress) and Scott (hotel clerk),
Tatum (substitute teacher) and Greg
(graphics designer), couple
Scott strike first with SKUNK for 25, parlaying
into Lingo for 50 more. Score is 75-0, yellows.
Tatum and Greg get BURNT by a red ball, but
still score 25. They get control back with FRUIT
and TWINS, but draw red again. Jessica and Scott
capitalize with LEVEL. Tatum and Greg steal
AGENT to tie the game at 100. And they draw
their third red ball, and that's where round 1
ends. Three more go into the drum after break.
Scott come up red after getting WORRY. Tatum and
Greg Lingo from RIGHT thanks to a ? ball to take
the lead, 250-150. Jessica and Scott get ZESTY
for the draw, but they pull another red ball!
But they get the tie and the draw back thanks to
GOODS. They follow up with SNACK, but no Lingo
yet... Doesn't matter, as Jessica and Scott win
Armed with two bonus letters,
Jessica and Scott get OFFER, LOVED, STAKE, TUNES, BEAST, and CRATE
for six Bonus Lingo balls. They'll get the Harrah's vacation if
they draw 19 off the bat. Scott's hand is in the drum already...
but it come up with 17. But they do score another $5000 for a
total of $10,000 so far.
Quarterfinal - Game 2
Tim and Catherine, friends/students
Keri and Vanessa, friends/immigration
Catherine let out MOANS of delight for 25
points, but come in CLOSE contact with a red
ball. Keri and Vanessa score their first 50 off
of FUZZY and DRAGS, POUNDing another 75 more for
a Lingo, giving them a 125-50 lead. Tim and
Catherine answer back with WORST for 25, and a
recovered TUNED after Keri and Vanessa misspell
it with an R at the end (spelling counts). Reds
still lead, 125-100.
Catherine pull back into the lead with GRAVY for
50 and a Lingo for 100. Yellows lead it,
250-125. Keri and Vanessa SLIDE back into the
game with 50, but a red ball HURTS. Tim and
Catherine get METAL and AWAKE, and that's game
called. Yellows win it, 350-225.
Given two bonus
letters, Tim and Catherine get CHECK, ROCKY,
ZONED, TAKEN, and STOLE for five Bonus Lingo
balls. Looks like 13 will get the vacation. Not
going to happen this time, but they do get
another $500 for their trouble. That puts the
two at $5500.
Quarterfinal - Game 3
Jill (realtor) and Shannon (ad sales
(hotel auditor) and Josh (soundboard
operator/production assistant), friends
Jill and Shannon
STUNT for 25, but Ben and Josh, whom you
remember as the guys with the Chuck Woolery
shrine, steal WACKY. They parlay the steak into
CRISP, HEADS... and a red ball. Ben and Josh
steal control back with EXPEL to Lingo. Reds
lead it, 150-25. Jill and Shannon get LEVER with
their play. But they also draw red, putting the
score at 150-50, reds, at the half.
Ben and Josh
steal QUITS for 50, following up with BUMPY and
a red ball. Jill and Shannon get GIFTS, VALVE,
and a Lingo to tie it up at 250. Ben and Josh
pull ahead one more time with NAMES. Jill and
Shannon tie it back up with PHONY. Ben and Josh
pull ahead AGAIN. And draw a red ball... again,
but it doesn't matter, because they get the
Given two bonus
letters, Ben and Josh get CROWD, BIRTH, SHARP,
FABLE, ITEMS, AISLE, and KNELT for seven Bonus
Lingo balls. Looks like a given, but can they
get 52 for the vacation? Josh picks up 58. But
Ben follows up with the Lingo for another $5000.
Quarterfinal - Game 4
Jessica (nonprofit researcher) and Jonathan
Randy (culinary arts student) and Mike
(recording studio engineer), friends
Jonathan get DRUGS for 25, but they draw red
afterwards. They gets the draw back after
stealing COCKY, but get the stopper again. One
more left in their drum. They get the draw again
with LABEL, BREAD, JOINT, GRIPE, and the Lingo
to take a 200-0 lead going into the half.
Randy and Mike
are finally on the board with HANDS. Hands in
the drum... Nothing. Jessica and Jonathan steal
IDIOT, and then TRADE in for a Lingo, giving
them a 400-50 lead. Randy and Mike get ORGAN and
a ? ball, but they can't do anything with it.
That's the game, and it goes to Jessica and
bonus letters, Jessica and Jonathan get ALBUM,
THIGH, CLOUD, EVERY, PANIC, SLAPS, REACT, and
HATES for eight Bonus Lingo balls. Another
guaranteed $5000 in the bank, but 43 will get
the vacation. Jessica gets 37. They do draw
Lingo, though, to win another $5000.
Now to the