We’re all the greatest when it comes to watching game shows from our house, essentially unstoppable. Push come to shove and you actually find yourself on one of these shows, you would probably fold like a taco. If you happened to make it on and actually know your shit, it would be devastating to face a guy like Robert.
On last Friday’s show, Robert Santoli put on an absolute clinic. solving one puzzle with only one letter showing. His competition looked they wanted to give up, and Sajak looks like he wants to throw Robert onto the wheel.
OK, where do I start? I guess just a play-by-play of what my mind was going through?
So, we all take our spots and all wish each other good luck and no hard feelings towards whoever wins. I hear Jim reading the slate (with a Popeye-esque accent) and I think “Here it comes…” and then we wait for that Carnival intro to finish for that famous opening spiel. Pat walks right up to us and I’m already picking up the buzzer before he even reaches his spot. I played along with every Toss-Up from the previous shows from the audience complete with me holding a pretend buzzer. I got almost all of them before the contestants (I know I didn’t get “STATEROOM STEWARD” because I had never heard of that). I did not solve the Toss-Up I played during rehearsal, however.
So, right off the bat is where things get interesting. The instant I got my theme, I immediately came up with an ever-growing list of puzzles themed towards cruises, sailing, fish, boats, anything on or in the water. Some I came up with in my head right away, like “PORT AND STARBOARD” and “POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN”. I opened up MS Word and began typing anything that came to mind. Then, I went to this extensive WOF episode guide and did a Ctrl-F search for “Cruise”, “Fish” and “Sea” and made note of the dates. Then I went to the compendium and wrote down all the themed puzzles from those weeks, marking such puzzles with an asterisk to note that they had been previously used on the show. I then alphabetized the list to organize it by category.
As you saw, having a list of possible themed puzzles and key words really paid off.