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Monday, December 1, 2014

TPiRecap: 1 December 2014 (Cyber Monday Special)

And we're back—but not for long. Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend.

As for us, this is going to be a very short week here in the Towers. In fact, it's so short that today is the only episode I'll be doing from the modern series. I may be able to get in a TPiRetro or two during this week, but I can make no promises (since, because I knew this brief hiatus was coming back in mid-October, I'd already made plans). I do have at least a Davidson episode I'd like to tackle, however, so we shall have to see.

And with that, let's crack open this nut and see what's inside...

Episode #
6904K
Airdate
1 December 2014
VTR
5 November 2014
First Four
Tracy, Catherine, Brianna, Rebecca
Lineup

Models
Manuela Abreález, Rachel Reynolds
Note
Cyber Monday Special

It's Cyber Monday, the digital-age equivalent of Black Friday, when all the online e-tailers are running insane deals... and Price is hopping right on that bandwagon. All throughout the show, there will be prizes offered up to the home viewers as well; when you see something marked with a textual "Plinko Chip" like this one—$—you can go to priceisright.com and find out how you can win that prize yourself.

Let's do it...

1. Beats by Dr. Dre wireless headphones & Apple iPhone 6 (16GB) w/1yr calling plan (4GB data & unl. talk & text/mo) $ (RetailMeNot.com) (JE)
Tracy
Catherine
Brianna
Rebecca
2000
1599
1000
500
$2169




Cliff Hangers:
Trip to Paris, France (6n, Le Six Hôtel, daily breakfast) & Hermès Birkin leather messenger bag $ ($23,530; RR)

Yes, you read that right. George even specifies the bag by itself is valued at $13,500! We're not kidding around here. (Incidentally, the bag is what's up for grabs for a home viewer, not the trip.)

(MA has the goodies, while Rachel's just holding the bag as it were)
  • Revlon ionic hair dryer
  • Oster French Bull 2-slice toaster
  • Dirt Devil cordless handheld vacuum cleaner

Hair dryer
$25
7 steps to 7
$18








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15

Toaster
$35
Stays put!
$35















0
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2
3
4
5
6
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9
10
11
12
13
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15

Vacuum
$45
Stays put!
$45












WIN!!!
0
1
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4
5
6
7
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9
10
11
12

Threshold: 12

Now that's the kind of win you want to see to kick off a day! (Also, this finally gives us a winning record in Cliffy for the first time this season... didn't think we'd be all the way to December before I could say that.) One can only hope the rest of the day goes as well as this!

2. Jewelry Box: Helen Ficalora turquoise & 14K gold jewelry selection, including a ring $ (RR, MA)
Michael
Catherine
Brianna
Rebecca
1200
2500
1250
601


$1675


One Wrong Price:
  1. Piaggia Fly 150 motorscooter w/helmet (MA)
  2. LifeSpan folding treadmill (RR)
  3. Saber 3-burner gas barbecue w/10pc grilling utensil set (RR)

$3045
$2000
$721
Motorscooter
Treadmill
Gas grill
$3045
$2000
$1239
WIN!

This one seemed obvious, but you never can tell sometimes...

Great day so far!

3. Samsung 11.6" laptop (2GB RAM), Canon PowerShot digital camera $, & Libratone wireless speaker (Gifts.com)(MA)
Michael
Catherine
Danny
Rebecca
1599
1
1400
2000

$970



Cover Up:
2015 Dodge Dart SE (2L, conv grp, 6AT, paint/fabric prot; RR)





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7
9
2
8
5
6
1
4
7
2
5
3
9
5
6
0

The gag today consits of strings of binary code—apparently the "cyber" part of "Cyber Monday." That was the sound of a million techies like myself groaning in unison.

For the record:

1010000 1010010 1001001 1000011 1000101
1001001 1010011
1010010 1001001 1000111 1001000 1010100
1000011 1011001 1000010 100101 1010010
1001101 1001111 1001110 1000100 1000001 1011001

[begin educational content]

A quick primer for those who don't know how to read binary numbers: In a binary number system, there are only two digits, 0 (off) and 1 (on). To count in binary, you'd do something like this:

0 = 0
1 = 1
10 = 2
11 = 3
100 = 4
101 = 5

...and so forth and so on. To make it easier, consider each individual digit (or "bit" in computer parlance) in a long string as representing a certain decimal number. For instance, reading from left to right, the seven-digit strings above could represent:

1 = 64
1 = 32
1 = 16
1 = 8
1 = 4
1 = 2
1 = 1

To find the decimal equivalent, you simply count the number of times 1 appears in the string, then add the decimal number attached to whatever place(s) where 1 appears. So, for example, take the second string in the first box, 1010010:

1 = 64
0
1 = 16
0
0
1 = 2
0

64+16+2 = 82.

From that, we can look up the ASCII code for that number (using the linked chart) to find what letter it represents. In this example, we find that 82 is the ASCII code for "R." Applying this "translation" to every binary string in order, the binary strings become:

80 82 73 67 69
73 83
82 73 71 72 84
67 89 66 69 82
77 79 78 68 65 89

And looking those numbers up on the ASCII chart, this finally gives us:

P R I C E
I S
R I G H T
C Y B E R
M O N D A Y

And now you know how to write a binary-code cipher. ^^; See, we inform as well as entertain here at the Towers!

[end educational content]

Try #1:




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7
9
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9
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0
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8
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9
0
0
0
0
0

Now that's not bad! Unless she totally brain-freezes and thinks Price would offer a $12,000 car in almost-2015, she's gonna get at least two cracks at that ones digit.

Try #2:




7
4
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7
9
2
8
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6
1
4
7
2
5
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9
5
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0
1
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8
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3
1
9
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3
WIN!

Bang! We are killing it today!

(CC1: The lawyers have now turned their attention to Lipitor, the newest enemy of lifekind)

Not too often you see the person who won Cliff Hangers getting to spin after a car winner...
Showcase Showdown #1
Brianna
70
.70

$7,959
Catherine
100
1.00
$1,000 Bonus
Tracy
45
50
.95

$25,797
Bonus Spin
80
ARRRGH!

Just clicked off the 15 with that last erg of energy! Ah well.

4. Six pairs of Woodzee his & hers designer sunglasses $ $ (MA)
(Giving away two pairs, hence the double-chipper)
Michael
Arreyon
Danny
Rebecca
1
800
1100
2600
$625




Side by Side:
Flexsteel 7pc home theater seating group & Sony 60" LED Smart HDTV w/universal remote (RR)

SIDE
71
SIDE

53

00
00
00

Since the TV's a Sony, I'm inclined more towards $7,153. The alternative, $5,371, might cover the theater seats by themselves.

SIDE
00
SIDE
71
53

71
53

MORE WIN!

The more they win, the more I like my job...

"Xondra?" Now there's a cool pulp-space-opera name if I've ever heard one. And that, to me, is a good thing, so it's not like I'm bagging on her name or anything. ;^)
5. Cuisinart coffeemaker, stick blender, juice extractor $, & espresso machine (Cooking.com) (MA)
(Also, everyone in the Peanut Gallery gets a juicer too!)
Xondra
Arreyon
Danny
Rebecca
1200
700
550
551

$1030



Grocery Game:
The Frigidaire Professional Triangle of Terror w/groceries for 1 year (52 wks; $7,896; MA)

Today's Theme: "What's the matter, Col. Sanders? ... CHICKEN?"
  • Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal (the one with the rooster on the 18 oz box)
  • Whiskas Natural Temptations cat treats (free-range chicken flavor)
  • Huy Fong Foods sriracha sauce (the one with the rooster on the 17 fl oz bottle)
  • Nabisco Chicken in a Biskit snack crackers (7.5 oz)
  • Chicken of the Sea pink salmon (2.5 oz)

Being a bit of a hot-souce maven, I can see the one-hit kill on this table: six srirachas should do it. But as you all know, I'm not a big fan of players going for the one-hit kill in this game á là Bullseye.

(Rachel's where she ought to be)
Purchase
ARP
Total
Sub Total
Remaining
3 srirachas
$2.99
08.97
08.97
$12.03-$13.03
3 cereals
$4.79
14.37
23.24

OVER

Sriracha's fifty cents cheaper in LA than I pay for it locally ($3.49 a bottle here).

And so much for our perfect-show attempt... done in by corn flakes. Still, a 5-for-6 day with both cars won is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, and we've still got a shot at that, so it's not all doom and gloom!

It may be doom and gloom for Rebecca, however, because she's about to be banished to Leftover Island unless she gets out of the Row this pass.

6. Trip to Las Vegas, NV (3n, 2 showtickets.com tickets) $ (RR)
Xondra
Jordan
Danny
Rebecca
1
1200
2500
2100


$2978


As Rebecca checks in with TSA, Danny—whose third time making The Trip™ was the charm for him—sees if we can't end on a strong note with Dice Game:
2015 Chevrolet Spark LS (1.2L, CVT, FWD, OnStar, all-weather mats; $MA)

All we have to do is hope Lady Luck is on our side with the rolls, and we may be home free...


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0
1
0
0
0
0

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0
0

Roll #1
2
NO
Roll #2
1
NO
Auto-▲
Roll #3
1
NO
Auto-▲
Roll #4
3
NO

Nope... gonna have to work for it with that last digit. Fingers crossed that it's not a 1 or 2...


4
5
4
5
1
2
1
1
3

0
0
0
0
WIN!

A rather unusual price to be sure, but hey, we'll take it! And we do indeed go 5-for-6 with both car games won—hardly anything to sneeze at, especially these days.

(CC2: Lawyers also hate hip replacements / Marie Callender's)

I was actually going to say they hated "bum" hip replacements, but thought better of it...
Showcase Showdown #2

Arreyon
45
5
.50

$1,030
Michael
10
30
.40

$7,778
Danny
75
.75
WIN


Showcases: Catherine top winner, Danny runner-up. For the second time this season, and one of the few times ever, both car winners make it to the Showcases and neither can lay claim to being the true top winner of the show so far.

1. We've Got Your Cyber Monday Hook-Up
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet w/keyboard cover & docking station (MA)
  • Lamps Plus bedroom group w/Turkish area rug (Comfortaire Q; MA)
  • 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage DE hatchback (1.2L, CVT; RR)
Catherine passes; Danny bids $17,500.
(My bid: $23,682)

2. Smooth Sailing
  • Album 9' & 6'5" surfboards w/bags (RR)
  • Trip to Liberia, Costa Rica (7d, Witch's Rock Surf Camp; RR)
    • Nightly beachfront accomodations
    • Daily breakfast
    • Airport transfer
    • Surf lessons
  • West Wight Potter 19' Sport Select Edition sailboat w/trailer (MA)
Catherine bids $26,000.
(My bid: $27,334)


Moment of Truth
2. Danny
Bedoom/Car
1. Catherine
Costa Rica/Boat
Bid
$17,500
$26,000
ARP
$21,513
$31,630
Result
$4,013
$5,630

Danny wins!
$39,036 (Chyron)
$21,793
My result
$2,169
$4,296


LEADER BOARD: Episode #6904K
Danny
$39,036
Tracy

$25,797
Catherine
$21,793
Brianna

$7,959
Michael

$7,778
Arreyon


$1,030
Offered
$141,919
Won
$103,393
Pct.
72.15%
Bonus
$1,000
Avg.
$17,232
Median
$14,876


Stay tuned for stats, and if I don't manage to get a TPiRetro up this week, we'll see you back here next Monday! Until then...

3 comments:

  1. Nice day! 5-1 win, and a $1,000 Big Wheel win to boot! I do hope you do some TPiRetros (if you get around to them), because they're always a nice flashback to the past, and the Recaps aren't bad either!

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  2. I didn't like this episode very much.

    The constant stream of PriceisRight.com promos grated on me, and reminded me too much of Temptation. You know, that Sale of the Century revival that Fremantle Media tried in 2007? The one with the incredibly stupid HOME SHOPPING SEGMENTS? D:

    Needless to say, it also reminded me too much of Bargain Hunters, Shopper's Casino, and any other similar show. All of which failed after only a few episodes. And guess why they did? Likely because of the home shopping segments! D:

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    1. There's home shopping, and there are home contests. This was the latter. Learn the difference.

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