WoF Quickcap: 9/12/2022 — 40TH S.P.

The biggest change for this season along w/ Ballamie Blackstone taking reign as the new EP is the introduction of a new puzzleboard. The little LCD monitors for each individual letter space have been replaced w/ one whole laser-powered LED screen, meaning animation displays are now possible.

And for the second season in a row, the graphics & animations package has received an overhaul — There’s a new Toss-Up wipe with multi-colored spokes and a black base, the closed-captioned letter circle that appears at the lower-left corner of the screen that lets you know what letter has been selected has gotten a makeover with two-tone shading, “NO MORE VOWELS” is updated for the first time since S24, new look for the contestant name and score graphic boxes that appear above the puzzleboard at the beginning of Rounds 3 and up with an outline matching the contestant’s color surrounding a black base, the LED scoreboard coloring and saturation has been enhanced, the category strip coloring has been changed slighty for the main rounds and the BR has an entirely new graphic interface.

Slight modifications were made to the music package, namely the toss-up cue


For the first time since S31, Teacher’s Week does not serve as the premiere week.

Opening week for this potentially historic milestone season: ✨Wheel of Fortune XL✨

For this week only, the MDW is placed on $500 near $600 with the full wedge side up, similar to Celebrity WoF (though the shot of the wheel showed it on $500). If a player takes a MDW to the BR, there will actually be TWO million dollar envelopes available. The prize wedge is placed on that $500 space. And at the start of R2, another MDW on the wheel is placed on the other former 1/2 CAR location ($500 near $900). Also, the MW next to LaT moves to the normal prize wedge spot ($500 near $800) for this week only. Not only that, but there’s also an XL wedge placed on $850. If the player who claims it takes it to the BR and solves the BR puzzle, they win an additional $40K in addition to whatever they won from the envelope, meaning someone could cross the $100K mark the hard way even without the grand prize envelope for the first time since April 8, 2020 when Dave (a.k.a. the Wheel of Fortune James Holhauzer) dominate the maingame big time.

A $5K cash bonus alongside the PP trip is also being put in for this week.

First trio left to right celebrating FORTY SEASONS ON TELEVISION
Adriana Beals, a married lady to Justin of six years with three children from Menifee, CA
Robin Cayetano, a woman who doesn’t like to fly but would go anywhere to go on vacation married to Bernie for almost 20 yrs. with two kids from Culver City, CA
Rasheen Donaldson, a lawyer married to Amanda for five years with a 20-month-old daughter named Emery and loves quotations from Commack, NY

Final Scores: Adriana$24,610 cash & Croatia/Robin: $16,650 cash & Bahamas/Rasheim: $2K

GT: $41,610

Scary moments

-The first toss-up was ALMOST an INSTANT TRIPLE STUMPER as Rasheim thought there were such a thing as “FUNNY SEASONS ON TELEVISION!” (No way, man.. -__-) not knowing that this show’s celebrating “FORTY SEASONS ON TELEVISION!

-We got two $0 puzzle wins including the Prize Puzzle. The first was due to an untimely LaT for Adriana to let go of $2,150 cash & Peter Thomas Roth and then Robin neglecting to go for the pair of B’s and instead going straight to solving for the house minimum, and then second…

I _ _ E N S E / P O D
O F / _ _ A L E S

Adriana calls C for CRITICAL DUD to throw away $3,500 + Bahamas trip + another $5K cash courtesy of XL.

-We also had a cut NULL CYCLE in R2.

First choices of the 40th season: THING/PHRASE/AtH

First whip from the XL: BMW X3

$100K Bonus Round: Adriana finds the $45K (so that amount wasn’t retired after all…) HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT which keeps the winning streak for season premieres dating back to S36 as well as the Monday winning streak (now at three) alive!

Adriana’s Final Total: $69,610 cash & Croatia

New GT: $86,610

ant0824’s Rating: 8

Adam’s Rating: 7

Skipps’ Rating: 7 (C-) (front game could’ve been better minus the R1 PR)

My Rating: 6 (D+)


J! Quickcap: 9/12/2022 — 39TH S.P.

Happy premiere day! We are all very excited about this brand spankin’ new season! Last season’s historic highs (especially from the first half) are gonna be very, very, VERY difficult to follow up on, but regardless, hope this season is another exciting one. And plus, a full studio audience has returned to the show for the first time in two and a half years!

Ken Jennings is at the helm to kick things off.

Jeopardy! logo

Cobra Kai and Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio appears to read clues relating to the former film.

First challengers of S39
-Katherine May, a financial institution risk manager from Riverside, IL
-Tim Faulkner, a paperboy from Kalamazoo, MI

Returning champion: Luigi de Guzman (1-day $23,401)

The pre-FJ! scoreboard has been moved to in-between the Daily Double and FJ! correct response counts to reduce the likelihood of spoilers when beginning to read the recap.

Correct/Incorrect: 51/8
Rebounds/Rebound Attempts: 5/5

Unplayed Clues ($ left on the board): 3 ($4,800)

Coryat Score: $33,800
Lach Trash: $8,400 from 6 triple stumpers
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,000

Daily Double Correct Answers: 3

Pre-FJ! Scores: Luigi: $38,400 (LOCK)/Tim: $5,200/Katherine: $1,400 (Combined: $45K)

Final Jeopardy! Correct Answers: 2

Winner: Luigi ($42,400 (2-day $65,801))

Tomorrow, Luigi will face April Marquet of Oakland, CA & Justin Tarbox of Hoover, AL.

My Rating: 8 (B+) (Ralph Macchio category took up time in the Double J! round)

ant0824’s Rating: 8

Ismael’s Rating: 8 (B-)

Adam’s Rating: TBA


25 Words Quickcap: 9/12/2022 — 4TH S.P.


First Challengers of Season 4 w/ Melissa Peterman: Nicco & Marlene (siblings)
Other Challengers w/ Raven Symone: Alyssa & Ashlee (sisters)

Turn #1 answers: UNCLE, BARBIE, BRAKE, SHOELACE & WOKE Bid: 12 (Melissa)- Starts the Season With First Points
Turn #2 answers (Nicco v. Alyssa): CINEMA, FACTORY, CALVIN KLEIN, DEPRESSED & GROWL; Bid: 15 (Nicco)- Picked Up CINEMA to go 2-2

Superfan of the Day: Cheryl (CW The ATL)(For This Season, If the Champs fail to win the $10K, They will get a Copy of the Home Game)

Turn #3 answers: CLEAR, WIZARD, CHINA, JULIA & VACCINE; Bid: 15 (Marlene)- Sweeps the Round (Nicco/Marlene 750, Alyssa/Ashlee 0)

Round 2: Green Answers (Easy 250) – Yellow Answers (Medium 500) or Red Answers (Most Difficult 1000)


Up For Grabs: Nicco/Marlene going for 2750 & Ashlee/Alyssa playing for 3750

Nicco/Marlene: Melissa Runs the Board (2750 + Bonus 1K) = 4500
Alyssa/Ashlee (Must get All 5): Raven loses on CHAKRA & PAPERWEIGHT (Departs with Barnes & Noble GC)

1st Money Round of Season 4: Marlene Comes up Just Short of $10K with 8 Correct – (They will go on a Trip to Brickell Bay)

My rating: 7

Skipps’ Rating: 7 (C)