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Spinning Across the Pond

Wheel of Fortune
Jason Block
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Syn/YesTV: 7p/6C
Host: Pat Sajak & Vanna White
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Total for Today - $82,161
Total for Week 32 - $82,161
Total for the Season: $8,265,341
Bonus Win Percentage: 56/156
Bonus Round Losses Cash: $2,861,000
Bonus Round Losses Cars: 2 Chevy Blazers, 3 Mazda CX-5s, 2 GMC Terrain SUVs, 1 Toyota RAV4, 1 Ford Edge, 3 Buick Encores, 2 VW Beetle Convertibles, 2 Ford Escape SUVs, 3 Mini Coopers. 2 Cadillac XT4s, 2 Mercedes SUV, 1 Jeep Compass SUV
Gooseeggs: 16
Toss Up Sweeps/Group Misses: 5/3
Mystery Round Prizes hit/won/lost: 33/9/25
Car Wins: 19
$100,000 Losses/Wins: 3/0
$1,000,000 Losses/Wins:
$1,000,000 Wedge Hit/Offered/Used/Lost: 40/156/12/25
Wild Cards Hit/Offered/Used/Lost: 81/156/22/42
Express Wedge Hit/Used/Crashes: 38/32/14
Bonus Prize Wedges hit/won/lost: 76/37/24
$2,500 Space Hit - 45
$3,500 Space Hit - 96
$5,000 Space Hit - 8
Bankrupt Space Hit - 422
Lose A Turn Hit - 108
Vowels Missed:
A -29 E- 32 I - 35 O- 26 U -5
Missed solves - 11
Repeated a letter/vowel - 22
Perfect Rounds: 77
House Minimums - 36
Gift Tags hit/won/lost: 84/41/38
Free Play Hit: 123
$6,000 FINAL SPINS: 6/156
Best Week: America's Game(week 29) - $366,157
Best Player(s) - Dave Andrade - $113,055
Bankrupt Losses: $840,498 + 6 Trips of Unknown Value
Left on the Table: $2,029,572 + 15 Prizes of Unknown Value
Red Podium Win - 48
Yellow Podium Win - 59
Blue Podium Win - 48
Worst Week: Bed and Breakfast - $207,937
$8M Passed - 04/27/2020 - 151 Shows - (19 + 19 + 18 + 20 + 21 + 21 + 18 + 15)

A : 10
M : 11
E : 8
R: 8
I : 7
C: 8
A: 7
': 5
S: 2
G: 6
A: 8
M: 2
E : 9
S: 6
P: 6
I: 9
N: 4
& : 3
W: 5
I : 8
N: 7
* - 5
** - 6
*** - 5

BONUS CATEGORIES SELECTED:(offered/picked/win/lose)
WHAT ARE YOU DOING? -32/24/6/18
EVENT(s) -15/7/5/2
SHOW BIZ -2/1/0/1
LIVING THING(s) - 45/13/4/9
PHRASE -112/51/21/30
FOOD & DRINK -23/11/4/7
THING(s) -149/14/6/8
FUN & GAMES -13/7/2/5
ON THE MAP -1/1/1/0
PLACE(s) -26/10/4/6
OCCUPATION(s) - 1/1/0/1
OCCUPATION(s) - 1/1/0/1

One of the 2 Make Good weeks of Season 37 is here - it's Day 1 of UK Getaway Week!

The $1,000 Tossup is WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Larisa Babbock from Kent, WA is WEARING THE CROWN for $1,000. She is an executive assistant and is one of 16 children! Angela Wheat from Louisville, KY sings her in church and is very active in it. Ash Colwell from Charlotte, NC sells things online and loves alternative rock.

The $2,000 Tossup is PLACE. Ash has $2,000 with BUSTLING TRAIN STATION. We start the next round, but we add this Collette Vacation to the wheel! It's a tour of Scotland worth $9,898! Ash starts SHOW BIZ and picks up the Scotland tour with a $500 N. He dominates and solves DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE for $2,550 and the trip! He has $14,448 in cash and prizes! We move on to...

The Consumer Cellular mystery round which is started by Larisa. It's our crossword round. The clue is A SLICE OF ______. There are four words that fit the clue. She misses a vowel - O. Angela solves PINEAPPLE PIZZA CAKE LIFE for $4,550. Every one has some money! We move on to...

The Prize Puzzle/Express Wedge Round which is started by Angela as well! It's THINGS. She misses. Ash picks up the MDW with 2 R's and solves ARTISTIC MASTERPIECES for $2,200, the MDW and a trip to see some of those in ITALY! It's a Tuscan Tour from Collette worth $8,998! He has $25,646 and the MDW!

The Triple Tossup category is PERSON. Ash has $2,000 with MUTUAL ACQUAINTANCE. Ash misses and Angela has $2,000 with FAITHFUL COMPANION. Larisa starts the next round with her solve of TRUSTED COLLEAGUE. She has $3,000. Angela has $6,550. Ash has a big lead with $27,646 in cash and prizes along with his tours of Scotland and Tuscany! He also has the MDW! Larisa starts PHRASE and we go right into a FINAL SPIN worth $1,650 a letter. Ash solves ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL right at the buzzer and wins with $3,300. They are going to double check the tape, but we think he has $30,946 in cash and prizes along with the MDW! That includes his tours of Tuscany and Scotland! Angela leaves with $6,550. Larisa leaves with $3,000!

The pre-bonus round total is $40,496! For the 12th time this season, we remove the $100,000 wedge and replace it with the $1,000,000 wedge. If Ash lands on the right wedge and solves the puzzle, he will be the first male, 4th winner overall and first since Sarah Manchester in 2014! It's been way too long! Is this the night? It might depend on his choice of category. He chooses LIVING THINGS over THINGS and PHRASE. And before we start - his final spin solve was deemed correct.

Ash lands on the I in SPIN Wedge. With the RSTLNE and his choices of C H P O we have:

_ O L _ E S / _ N _
_ _ C _ _ L S

Ash immediately solves WOLVES AND JACKALS. Is Ash a Millionaire? NO but he can avoid those animals while driving his 2020 Mercedes GLB250 SUV worth $41,565! That means Ash leaves with one of the biggest totals of the season with $72,511 in cash and prizes including his car and two trips! BTW, Ash was not even close as the $1,000,000 was hiding in the * wedge.

Oh, if you want to win $1,000 and $1,000 for a local food bank during this pandemic - take WOLVES AND JACKALS to and enter to win!

Jeopardy!: The Vault
by Chico Alexander
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Syn/YesTV: 7:30p/6:30c; also check listings
Host: Alex Trebek
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- Rachael Schwartz: $12,401
- Frank Spangenberg: $6799
In May of 2002, in response to the glut of million dollar game shows on the airwaves, from Millionaire to Twenty One to Weakest Link to Survivor, Jeopardy! decided to invite 15 of the greatest people to ever play the game for Million Dollar Masters, a special tournament to determine who would win $1 million. Tonight is game 1 from May 1.

Bob Harris
Los Angeles
author, comedian & radio commentator
Rachael Schwartz
Washington, DC
lawyer with an international law firm
Frank Spangenberg
Douglaston, NY
NYPD lieutenant

As a reminder, since this is a Jeopardy! tournament, there will be nine semifinalists - five game winners and the four wild cards. Anyone who does not make the semis will receive $10,000.

JEOPARDY! ROUND: Latin American History, Water Transport, Wax Museums, Autoimmune Disorders, Let Them Eat Cake; So You're the "Smart" One, Eh?

Bob Harris drew first position with $200 So You're the "Smart" One, Eh?. At the TV timeout, he leads with $5800 to $1800 for Frank and $1000 for Rachael.

Rachael finds the Daily Double under $800 Wax Museums. She wagers $1000 on this: appropriately, Potter's Wax Museum in this Florida city bills itself as the oldest in the US. "What is St. Augustine?" RIGHT for $5000! She ends with $600 to $7000 for Bob. Frank, with $4800, will start...

DOUBLE JEOPARDY!: The New York Times Arts & Leisure, From the Greek, The Renaissance, Middle Names, Hope You Learned Your African Capitals, Places to Put Your Big Winnings

... with $1200 The Renaissance. Frank finds the first Daily Double under $1200 Middle Names. He wagers $4000 on this: this middle name of Supreme Court Justice William Douglas reminds us of an early aviator. "What is Orville?" RIGHT for $17,600! Rachael finds the other under $1200 New York Times Arts & Leisure. She fronts $1500 on this: the Met's 2002 production of this opera "calls for 346 people onstage along with a horse (Napoleon's)". "What is 'Aida'?" No, it was "War and Peace", dropping her to $6500. She ends up with $10,100 to $15,800, but they're both put to shame by Frank's $19,200.

FINAL JEOPARDY! in "Espionage": he was born in India; his father worked for the British government & he was nicknamed for a Kipling character. Correct response: who was Kim Philby?

Rachael and Bob are right... but Frank misses, so Bob Harris moves on with $20,000.

Sugar Rush: Extra Sweet
by Chico Alexander
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Netflix: season 3 available
Host: Hunter March with Candace Nelson & Adriano Zumbo
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  (C-Note: this episode was filmed before Naya Rivera's tragic & untimely death. This recap is dedicated to her memory)

Andre & Deborah
Atlanta & Columbus
cake designers
Brittany & Marcy
mother/daughter owners, Milk & Sugar Food Truck
Alex & Jen
brother/sister owners, A Spoonful of Sugar
Josephus & Pamela
Joplin, MO
married bakers

On tap today... BIRDS. Joining Candace and Adriano is "Glee" actress Naya Rivera.

CUPCAKES (3 hours): Cupcakes featuring your favorite bird. EXTRA SWEET CHALLENGE: Make a home for that bird.
- Andre & Deborah: Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Roast Orange Compote & Gianduja Whipped Ganache topped with a Chantilly White Swan. EXTRA SWEET: Chocolate & Feuilletine Nest. (DONE: 1:48:08)
- Brittany & Marcy: Chocolate Cupcakes with Espresso Powder, Salted Caramel Filling & Tahini American Buttercream topped with a Raven. EXTRA SWEET: Spun Sugar Nest (DONE: 1:51:05)
- Alex & Jen: Hummingbird Southern Spiced Cupcakes with Bananas, Pineapples, Pecans & a Cream Cheese Frosting. EXTRA SWEET: Isomalt Spun Sugar Nest. (DONE: 1:50:48)
- Josephus & Pamela: Tropical Almond Cupcakes with Mango Compote, Lime Mousseline Buttercream, and Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Crunch topped with a Macaw. EXTRA SWEET: Tree Trunk Nest (DONE: 1:32:24)
WINNER: Andre & Deborah ($1500)
ELIMINATED: Pamela & Josephus

CONFECTIONS (remaining time): A confection showcasing eggs - either made with eggs or inspired by eggs. EXTRA SWEET CHALLENGE: Incorporate ingredients from a bird's diet.
- Andre & Deborah: Lemon Zest Marshmallow Peep with Passion Fruit Curd & Seed & Honey Granola in a Dark Chocolate Egg Shell. EXTRA SWEET: Seeds & Nuts (DONE: :36:25)
- Brittany & Marcy: Pistachio Pavlova with Peppered Chocolate Ganache, Raspberry Jam & Rosewater Whipped Cream topped with Peppered Pistachios. EXTRA SWEET: Pistachios & Raspberries (DONE: :44:38)
- Alex & Jen: Scone with Lemon Curd, Whipped Cream and Strawberry & Raspberry Reduction. EXTRA SWEET: Cricket Powder, Berries & Agave. (DONE: :56:09)
WINNER: Alex & Jen ($1500)
ELIMINATED: Brittany & Marcy

CAKES: Create a peacock cake. EXTRA SWEET CHALLENGE: Your peacock tails must extend 2 feet off of the cake.
- Andre & Deborah (3:36:25): Sculpted White Peacock Spice Cake with Mascarpone Buttercream & a Tart Cherry Compote.
- Alex & Jen (3:56:09): Chocolate Peacock Cake with Swiss Meringue Butter Cream & Peanut Butter Filling

Talk about the cock of the walk. And the winner of $10,000 more... by a vote of 2-1... ANDRE & DEBORAH! That gives them a total of $11,500!

Season 3 is available in its entirety on Netflix. Another recap follows tomorrow.

The Titan Games
by Chico Alexander
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NBC: 8p/7c
Host: Dwayne Johnson with Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez & Cari Champion
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Last week's run ended with Will Sutton & Courtney Roselle as the reigning Titans of the East. But the fallen have one more chance for redemption.

Andrew Hanus
Mantua, OH
Air Force veteran
Josh Porter
Army parachutist
Tyron Woodley
Ferguson, MO
UFC Champion
Hannah Teter
Belmont, VT
Olympic snowboarder
Dasha Kuret
former WWE star
Haley Johnson
Powder Springs, GA
1LT, US Army & registered nurse

A quick note... Andrew Hanus is in the competition by virtue of an injury that Ryan Steenberg suffered during his climb up Mount Olympus.

WOMEN'S GAME 1: HAMMER DOWN. Grab a hammer that's trapped under three heavy boxes. Then use the hammer to bang in pins that release three poles. Then climb the third, golden pole to pull the victory chain. The last to complete the challenge leaves the competition for good.
- OUT: Haley
- ADVANCE: Hannah, Dasha

- OUT: Andrew
- ADVANCE: Tyron, Josh

MEN'S GAME 2: RESISTANCE. The two contenders are tethered together. They then must push five fifty pound barrels over a barrier while being yanked back by their opponent. The first to get five barrels out wins the challenge.
- WINNER: Josh

- WINNER: Hannah

- WOMEN: Hannah vs. Courtney Roselle. WINNER: COURTNEY!
- MEN: Josh vs. Will Sutton. WINNER: WILL!

Next time, the Titan meet each other to dertemine who is the Ultimate Titan!