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WOF Retro Recap: February 24, 2012

EPISODE #5575: AMERICAN LANDMARKS

$1K Tossup: LANDMARK

L _ D _
L _ _ E R _ Y

Doris solves LADY LIBERTY. The threesome to end the week...

Doris Hill: customer service representative for a local warehouse from Memphis
Jared Mark: segment producer who's part of a club called Club Sandwich from L.A.
Meagan Richards: concierge for a management property company whose mom was on "The Big Spin", dad was on "The Newlywed Game" and godfather was on "The Dating Game" from Bremington, WA

$2K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ _ S S I _ _ / A
_ R _ S B _ E

Meagan's TOSSING A FRISBEE to start the spinning.

FEATURED TRIP: Williamsburg, VA from hotwire worth $5,500

Jackpot Round: THING 

Meagan first picks up the MDW w/ two T's, but the house is gonna have to take it right back b/c she's BANKRUPTED near the WC. Second, Doris strikes out w/ R. Third, Jared puts up three S's for $900, buys an E, but then loses the $650 remainder to the same BANKRUPT. Returning to Meagan who calls up a $300 M and an A, but the other normal BANKRUPT snatches her $50 bill. Doris follows w/ a $550 T, three I's and O's to clean out the vowels, two N's for the blue 1/2 KIA, twin N's for $600, and a $900 pair of L's. The board...

G L O _ A L
_ O S I T I O N I N G
S Y S T E M

...she knows that GPS stands for GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM to add another $2,550.

SOLE DUD: R (Doris)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Meagan 2x, Jared)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,200

Meagan: $2K/Doris: $3,550 1/2 KIA/Jared: $0

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME 

Doris first says a T while on the MW near the MDW and surprisingly takes the money for it (not too terrible, because that's the BANKRUPT one). Next up are four E's and three A's, three R's for another $2,700, and an I buy, but she ends up BANKRUPTING anyway near the WC to lose $2,950 and her plate. Jared's second in line w/ an F and three L's at $600 a pop (that's next to that same BANKRUPT), and the last vowel of O, followed by an $1,800 trio of N's, and two G's while on the other MW...but he ends up cashing out. Two $450 S's later...

F L O R A L / &
S L E E _ I N G
A R R A N G E _ E N T S

...he solves FLORAL & SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS for $6,850.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Doris

Meagan: $2K/Doris: $3,550/Jared: $6,850

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PP Round: PHRASE

He leads off w/ a $300 R, an A, and two T's for another $600, but next is N for no while on the other 1/2 KIA. Megan secondly falls victim to the BANKRUPT that guy was flirting with; that's her third one of the game. Down Doris' road third are two S's for $1,100, four O's, the I to start this board, three P's for $900 more, and a FP E to clean out the vowels.. All of that's followed by three singles in H, L and M ($450, $500 and $400, respectively) and she's now facing...

I / L O _ E / M _
P A S S P O R T
P H O T O

...she says "I LOVE MY PASSPORT PHOTO" for $2,850 and a trip to the The Mill Resort & Suites in ARUBA worth $5,700.

SOLE DUD: N (Jared)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Meagan

Meagan: $2K/Doris: $12,100 cash & Aruba/Jared: $6,850

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$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

S O F A
_ _ S H _ _ N S

Jared pulls out some SOFA CUSHIONS to be $2,250 off the lead.

Round 4: TV QUOTE (full $1,600 speed-up)

Two P's are said late in this round...

L _ _ _ / L _ N _
_ N D / P R _ S P _ R

...Jared exactly recites "LIVE LONG AND PROSPER" (from "Star Trek") for $9,600 and the win.

SOLE DUD: T (Meagan)

FINAL SCORES
Meagan: $2K/Doris: $12,100 cash & Aruba/Jared: $19,450

GT: $33,550
BANKRUPT TRASH (disregarding extras): $3,650

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$100K Bonus Round
Jared lands on the E of GAME.

Category: THINGS
He needs some help at the top...

_ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ L _ R S


CMFO gives him at least the bottom word...

_ _ _ _ _
C O L O R S


...but that's all he gets, so he can't solve VIVID COLORS for $30K.

MY EP. RATING: 6

WOF Retro Recap: February 23, 2012

EPISODE #5574: AMERICAN LANDMARKS

$1K Tossup: TV TITLE

T _ _ V _ L
C _ A _ _ _ L

Justin solves the TRAVEL CHANNEL. Another panel w/ two men for your pleasure... 

Justin Davenport: LSU junior majoring in chemistry who's also an Chi Alpha member from Baton Rouge
Brian Pacheco: Boston nurse and Taller in Person band member from Belmont, MA
Lou Salute: retired education company VP, local senior citizen volunteer and very lucky slot machine player from West Hills, CA

$2K Tossup: LIVING THING

D E S E R T
C _ _ O T _

Lou just makes it in time w/ her answer of DESERT COYOTE.

FEATURED TRIP: Kimberly Hotel in NYC from worldhotels.com worth $7,900

Jackpot Round: LANDMARK

Her first spin's the BANKRUPT near the WC. Second, Justin calls up a $900 R, two E's, a $500 S, and two T's for the green 1/2 KIA, followed by three L's for $2,400 more, three A's, and three FP O's. We now have...

_ E L L O _ S T O _ E
_ A T _ O _ A L / _ A R _

...he solves YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK for $4,300.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Lou
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,200

Brian: $0/Lou: $2K/Justin: $5,300 1/2 KIA

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Mystery Round: WAYD? 

Justin instantly gets his second 1/2 KIA from the same spot w/ three N's, three I's, but then the LaT. Second, Brian BANKRUPTS the same way Lou did in the last round. That lady's third in line w/ two G's for the MW near the MDW and she turns down the $2K offer for...her second BANKRUPT this game. Back to Justin who buys an O, plugs in two $300 C's, but then hits the other normal BANKRUPT to let $16,600 cash & Soul disappear. Brian then puts up four T's for the NYC trip and two H's for $1,600 in spending money...

_ _ T T I N G / T H _
I C I N G / O N / T H _
C _ _ _

...he's PUTTING THE ICING ON THE CAKE.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole gang)
SOLE LaT: Justin

Brian: $9,500 cash & NYC/Lou: $2K/Justin: $5,300

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PP Round: THING

Brian's off and running w/ two N's for $600, a $900 trio of L's, five E's, and four A's to clean out the vowels already, then he says two pairs of D's and H's ($350 and $300, respectively) before getting the same BANKRUPT Justin got to forfeit $2,300. After a $1,200 pair of S's by Lou...

H A N D _ A D E
S E A S H E L L
N E _ _ L A _ E

...she can use that money to buy a HANDMADE SEASHELL NECKLACE on her $6K trip to the Makena Beach & Golf Resort in MAUI.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Brian

Brian: $9,500 cash & NYC/Lou: $9,200 cash & HI/Justin: $5,300

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$3K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ _ U N _ _ _ / M _ _ _ C
_ _ T I S _

Blake Shelton is one such example of this, and Justin knows that's a COUNTRY MUSIC ARTIST to move to $8,300.

Round 4: AROUND THE HOUSE

First for him are two L's for $900, three E's, but then his second LaT of the evening. Brian secondly BANKRUPTS next to the old WC spot, his third of the game. Going down Lou's path third are a $1K pair of T's, an A, and her second LaT as well. Back to Justin who says $2,700 worth of three R's and triple O's...

_ _ _ _ E R _ A L
R E _ O T E / _ O _ T R O L

...he pulls out a UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL for $3,100 and the temporary lead.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Brian
LaTs: (Brian's opponents)

Brian: $9,500 cash & NYC/Lou: $9,200 cash & HI/Justin: $11,400

Round 5: PHRASE

Big Brian gets going w/ a $300 T and N, but his next call of L stops him. Second in Lou's favor are a $600 S, two U's, but then a questionable call of J. Following Justin's second BANKRUPT of the game next to the vacant WC spot, Brian puts up three M's for $1,500 and we go into S-U Mode w/ the following...

_ _ U / M U S T / _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ / M _ / M _ N _

...and the consonants left over are worth $1,350 each. Two D's come from his mouth next...

_ _ U / M U S T / _ _ _ _
_ _ _ D / M _ / M _ N D

...but he has nothing for $4,800 and the win. Lou's next w/ two Y's...

Y _ U / M U S T / _ _ _ _
_ _ _ D / M Y / M _ N D

...same negative result. After two E's by Brian...

Y _ U / M U S T / _ _ _E
_ E _ D / M Y / M I N D

...he draws another blank. Lou thinks she's got it after calling the R...

Y _ U / M U S T / _ _ _ E
R E _ D / M Y / M I N D

...still nothing; ugh. Justin then puts up the H...

Y _ U / M U S T / H _ _ E
R E _ D / M Y / M I N D

...yet again, nothing. Does Brian finally end this nightmare after a V call...

Y _ U / M U S T / H _ V E
R E _ D / M Y / M I N D

...yes w/ "YOU MUST HAVE READ MY MIND" for $6,150!

DUDS (both before Final Spin): L (Brian), J (Lou)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Justin

Brian: $15,650 cash & NYC/Lou: $9,200 cash & HI/Justin: $11,400

GT: $36,250
BANKRUPT TRASH: $18,900 cash & KIA

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$100K Bonus Round
Brian claims the A envelope of GAME.

Category: THING
RSTLNE reveals...

_ _ _ S E _ _ R _ _ N _
_ _ _ T


GDPO give him besides the obvious G...

_ O _ S E _ _ R _ _ N G
G _ _ T


...but he only gets the second word, and his HOUSEWARMING GIFT would've been the Winnebago.

MY EP. RATING: 6

WOF Retro Recap: February 22, 2012

EPISODE #5573: AMERICAN LANDMARKS

$1K Tossup: LANDMARK

_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ W _ Y
_ R _ _

Valerie solves THE GATEWAY ARCH in St. Louis. Two men on Wed.'s, panel...

Valerie Ronin: from San Bernadino; one of her two daughters (Adeline; the other's Lily) learns the alphabet while watching the show w/ her
Tim Horton: Air Force Reserves Captain, private pilot and aerospace engineer from Hawthrone, CA (orig. from Crete, IL)
Braden Pelky:  local postal union VP and HS football coach from Springfield, OR

$2K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

_ _ _ _ - I _ _ N
_ K _ _ L _ _

Braden solves CAST-IRON SKILLET.

FEATURED TRIP: Omni Hotels & Resorts at Independence Park in Philadelphia from Hotwire worth $5,150

Jackpot Round: QUOTATION

The first letters from the middle man are three T's for $1,350 and four E's, but next is LaT. Valerie secondly calls up three H's at $550 a pop, the I, three R's for $900 more and two A's, followed by a TD L, the last vowel of O, a $900 B, a W for the Philly trip, but then the MDW's left side to forfeit a total of $10,350 cash & trip. Tim then takes a $300 D and an S for the blue 1/2 KIA...

T H E / E A R L _
B I R D / _ A T _ H E S
T H E / W O R _

...but he blows fourth word w/ "THE EARLY BIRD GATHERS THE WORM", so he won't get a $200 bonus nor keep his plate. Braden then capitalizse w/ "THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM" for $1,100.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Valerie
SOLE LaT: Braden
SOLE DQ: Tim's blown solve
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $10,500

Tim: POOR START/Braden: $3,100/Valerie: $1K

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Mystery Round: PROPER NAMES

Two $900 R's get Valerie going, followed by four E's, an A, but then the LaT. Second for Tim are two $400 T's, five O's, but then D for dud. Third, Braden inserts a $10,500 trio of S's, triple L's for $1,350 and two I's to wipe out the vowel shop, then he...

_ A S _ I _ _ T O _
_ E _ _ E R S O _
R O O S E _ E L T
& / L I _ _ O L _

...solves the four faces on Mount Rushmore, WASHINGTON, JEFFERSON, ROOSEVELT & LINCOLN for another $11,600.

SOLE DUD: D (Tim)
SOLE LaT: Valerie

Tim: SCORELESS/Braden: $14,700/Valerie: $1K

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PP Round: PHRASE

On his third try to get on the board, Tim calls up four FP E's, an S for the Julian Pie Company gift tag, four T's for the MDW, a $400 Y, and two U's, followed by a $300 C, an O trio, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to rid him of $1,200 cash & food plus that MDW. Over to Braden...

Y O U / C O U _ _ _ ' T
_ S _ / _ O _
_ E T T E _
_ E _ T _ E _

...he says "YOU COULDN'T ASK FOR BETTER WEATHER" for a $6,700 trip to the Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Off-Shore Island in the BAHAMAS.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Tim

Tim: BAD SHAPE/Braden: $21,400 cash & Bahamas/Valerie: $1K

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$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ / _ N _ _ N _ O
_ _ _ _ _

Tim's finally off the schneid w/ SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.

Round 4: EVENT

He kicks off w/ two T's for $600, two E's, a $600 pair of R's and an A...but after a $900 S is D for dud. Braden secondly puts up an $800 N, but it's S-U time...

S _ _ E N T _ _ _ _
_ R E A _ T _ R _ _ _ _

...w/ a consonant value of $1,500. Tim's next consonant is a B...

S _ _ E N T _ _ _ _
B R E A _ T H R _ _ _ H

...but he gives his other blown solve of the night, which isn't a SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGH; that may have cost him $3,100. But he gets another chance after calling two C's...

S C _ E N T _ _ _ C
B R E A K T H R _ _ G H

...he gets SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGH for $6,100.

SOLE DUD BEFORE BELL: D (Tim)
AFTERWARDS: L (Braden)
SOLE DQ: Tim's blown solve

FINAL SCORES
Tim: $9,100/Braden: $21,400 cash & Bahamas/Valerie: $1K

GT: $31,500
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding MDW): $11,550 cash & prizes

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$100K Bonus Round
Braden's got the M envelope of AMERICA'S.

Category: PHRASE
Limited RSTLNE help...

_ _ _ _ / _ E
_ _


BDMA does for him...

B A _ _ / M E
_ _


...he's able to BACK ME UP w/ a $30K win, so his final total is $51,400 cash & trip.

MY EP. RATING: 7

WOF Retro Recap: February 21, 2012

EPISODE #5572: AMERICAN LANDMARKS

$1K Tossup: TITLE

_ S A
T _ D A Y

Touwanna solves a national daily newspaper of this country, USA TODAY, to get on the board among this group...

Touwana Tate-Edwards: former member of the Navy in antisubmarine warfare who attended Whitney Young High School in Chicago w/ First Lady Michelle Obama from Chester, VA (orig. from Memphis)
Ryne Eubanks:student at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville studying kinesiology and is the pledge captain for Brothers Under Christ from Marion, AR
Brittany Krieger: registered nurse who works on the neurology floor from Eugene, OR

$2K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ E C _ _ T / S E _ _ _ _ E
A _ _ _ T

Touwanna triples up w/ SECRET SERVICE AGENT.

FEATURED TRIP: Grand Canyon/Great American West Tour from caravan.com worth $5K

Jackpot Round: SONG/ARTIST

She wastes her first spin b/c of the MDW's right side. Second, Ryne says an automatic dud of T. Third, Brittany calls up two R's for $,1800, buys an E, but then LOSES A TURN. Touwanna restarts w/ a $500 B and two Y's for another $800, but the BANKRUPT near the WC gets her to the tune of $1,300. Ryne next FPs the rest of the vowel dept (A, two O's, and two I's), and hits that wedge two more times to call up three N's and a C. We now have...

R I N _ / O _ / _ I R E
B Y / _ O _ N N Y / C A _ _

...he solves "RING OF FIRE" BY JOHNNY CASH for $2K.

SOLE DUD: T (Ryne)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Touwanna)
SOLE LaT: Brittany
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,700

Brittany: $0/Touwanna: $3K/Ryne: $2K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

The man starts w/ a $1,200 pair of N's, five E's, two O's, five T's for $17,500, and a U buy, but next is a possibly fatal purchase in the sole dud vowel of A. Brittany secondly collects $4K worth of four H's while on the MW near the MDW (that was the $10K one, however) and buys the three I's to clean out the vowels before getting KOed out of $3,750 by the same normal BANKRUPT. Over to Touwanna who picks up the green 1/2 KIA w/ three W's, only to give that and the $1,500 right back to the other MDW BANKRUPT; that's her third one of the game. Ryne can capitalize by solving the following...

O U T / W I T H / T H E
O _ _ / I N / W I T H
T H E / N E W
_ E _ _ E _

...he says "OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW" JERSEY for $17,700!

SOLE DUD: A (Ryne)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Brittany: ZERO/Touwanna: $3K/Ryne: $19,700

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PP Round: SAME LETTER 

Brittany's first letter of R won't do her any good. Second, Touwanna BANKRUPTS near the WC for the second time this game (and it's her fourth one overall). Third, Ryne inserts a $600 pair of T's and two E's, but the LaT strikes. Brittany next runs into the other normal BANKRUPT, which is her second of the game. Touwanna tries again w/ an N for the Yankee Candle gift package, a $300 L, but then the sole dud vowel of I. Ryne's next picks are two A's, the SL of six C's for another $2,100, four O's, but then comes LaT again. Brittany then lights up a $450 H and the last vowel of two U's...

C H O C O L A T E
C O C O N U T
C U _ C A _ E _

...she only wins her first $200, but she might eat a few more CHOCOLATE COCONUT CUPCAKES on her trip to the Outrigger Reef on the Beach in HAWAII from US Airways Vacations worth $8,535.

DUDS: R (Brittany), I (Touwanna)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies again)
LaTs: 2 (Ryne)

Brittany: $8,735 cash & HI/Touwanna: $3K/Ryne: $19,700

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$3K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

S O _ _ _ N G
E A G _ _ _

These SOARING EAGLES take Brittany to $11,735 cash & HI.

Round 4: THINGS

Her base letters are an $800 S, an E at the end, but then R for roadblock. Touwanna secondly BANKRUPTS next to TD for the first time all night long (and it's her FIFTH one of the game). Ryne then fills in two T's at $600 a pop, buys an A, and duds out w/ N before we go to S-U Mode...

_ A _ _ T _ _ E
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ T S

...and the FS is set at $1,500. Touwanna later calls up four H's...

H A L _ T _ M E
H _ _ H L _ _ H T S

...those BANKRUPTS of hers won't make our HALFTIME HIGHLIGHTS of the season, but she makes the $6K solve.

DUDS BEFORE BELL: R (Brittany), N (Ryne) 
AFTERWARDS: C (Touwanna), D (Ryne)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Touwanna

FINAL SCORES
Brittany: $11,735 cash & HI/Touwanna: $9K/Ryne: $19,700

GT: $40,435
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding 1/2 KIA): $6,550

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$100K Bonus Round
Ryne lands on the first A of AMERICA'S.

Category: THING
1/2 the answer already...

_ _ R E
_ E N _ _ S


Unfortunately, he CDMAs out of the game and is way off w/ WIRE FENCES. Thus, he didn't show any signs of PURE GENIUS and loses the Winnebago.

MY EP. RATING: 5

WOF Retro Recap: February 20, 2012

This week showcases some "American Landmarks". And this is one of two weeks where somebody might win a Winnebago Access (the other is "Wheel Across America".

EPISODE #5571: AMERICAN LANDMARKS

$1K Tossup: LANDMARK (what else?)

_ A N K _ E
S _ A _ I U M

Brendon solves YANKEE STADIUM. Now batting in Monday's lineup...

Brendon Eddington: country club chef from Fresno (born in New Zealand)
Cassie Hice: exec. assistant at a production company from Santa Monica (orig. from Tampa)
Unique Fields: cosmetology student who's working on her Masters' Degree from Stockbridge, GA

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ / N O
M _ Y B _ / S O

YES, NO, MAYBE SO for Cassie to get on the board...yes she does.

FEATURED TRIP: Dupont Circle Hotel in D.C. from hotwire worth $5K

Jackpot Round: THING 

Cassie instantly hits the MDW's right side. Second, Unique calls up two T's for $1,200, an E, and the D.C. trip w/ four S's, followed by two Jackpot S's, a Y for the WC, and five I's to clear out the vowel shop...

T H E / _ I _ H T Y
_ I S S I S S I _ _ I

...she solves THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI for $6,700 cash and trip.

PR!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,100

Scores after R1
Brendon: $1K/Cassie: $2K/Unique: $6,700 cash & D.C. WC

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Our early leader begins w/ two R's for $1,800, an I, and an S while on the MW near LaT. She flips it over...and has to give back $1,550 and the WC. Second, Brendon exchanges $500 from a T for an E and two O's, but he then LaTs out. Third, Cassie digs up a $3,500 L...

T O _ E LR _ _ _
O _ / R I _ S

...and keeps it w/ a TOWEL RACK OF RIBS.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Unique
SOLE LaT: Brendon

Scores after R2
Brendon: $1K/Cassie: $5,500/Unique: $6,700 cash & D.C

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PP Round: PHRASE 

Brendon wastes a spin w/ the BANKRUPT next to the vacant WC spot. Cassie secondly takes the green 1/2 KIA w/ two N's, a $300 S, two E's, a $900 R, three A's, and three FP U's, then she puts up a $1K pair of T's, two L's for another $1,100, a $600 B and the leftover vowels. Board, please...

U N S _ O I L E _
N A T U R A L
B E A U T _

...another $3,900 is hers and she'll enjoy the UNSPOILED NATURAL BEAUTY of ANTIGUA during her stay at the Galley Bay Resort worth $8,640.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Brendon

Scores after R3
Brendon: $1K/Cassie: $18,040 cash & Antigua/Unique: $6,700 cash & D.C

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$3K Tossup: TV TITLE

T _ _ / _ _ G
_ _ _ _ / _ _ _ O R Y

Brendon solves "THE BIG BANG THEORY" to x4 up.

Round 4: OCCUPATION

First from him are an N and three T's at $300 a pop, four E's and three I's, a $1,600 V pairing, and a $1,500 R trio...

I N V E _ T I _ _ T I V E
R E _ _ R T E R

...he solves INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER for $3,800 (his pronunciation of the first word was questionable, though).

PR #2

Scores after R4
Brendon: $7,800/Cassie: $18,040 cash & Antigua/Unique: $6,700 cash & D.C

Round 5: FUN & GAMES (! at the end of this one-wordy) 

Cassie's first letter of N is a dud. Second, Unique calls up an $800 T, a FP H, but then I for invalid. Following Brendon's $500 M is the bell for S-U Mode...

_ H _ _ _ M _ T _ !

...the leftover consonants are worth $1,500 apiece. He later puts up the K...

C H _ C K M _ T _ !

...and says "CHECKMATE!" for $2K more. Unique left behind $3,800 despite calling the C's.

(NOTE: We had an edit at the time of the last FP hit this evening.)

(AIRED) DUDS BEFORE S-U: N (Cassie), I (Unique)
(AIRED) DUDS AFTER BELL: D (Cassie), P (Brendon)

FINAL SCORES
Brendon: $9,800/Cassie: $18,040 cash & Antigua/Unique: $6,700 cash & D.C 

GT: $34,540
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $1,550

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$100K Bonus Round
Cassie collects the I envelope of AMERICA'S.

Category: THING
RSTLNE shows us...

_ _ T _ _ _ _ R _
_ _ _ L T


Most of CHMA are all in the first word...

_ A T C H _ _ R _
_ _ _ L T


...for the first time all season long, somebody defeats Harry's QU- trick! That's because she puts together a PATCHWORK QUILT for $35K and a final total of $53,040 cash & trip!

MY EP. RATING: 7

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WOF Retro Recap: February 17, 2012

In the next 30 minutes, we're going to learn if the Burkes from Wed. night saved our butts from preventing a total disaster for this week (regardless if the $100K showed up or not). 

EPISODE #5570: SANDALS RESORTS ROMANCE WEEK

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ O N _ _ _ O _ N
S U I _ _

Lynne & Rob solve HONEYMOON SUITE. Last to play this week...

Lynne & Rob Hines (27 yrs.): she's a banking sales assistant while he's a printing/shipping company manager; they're from Henderson, NV
Job & Lauren Iles (3 yrs.): Job's a HS Math teacher while Lauren's a developmental therapist for a non-profit organization; they first met at a campus ministry and are from Nashville
Tim & Anne Reed: he's an East Coast strategist while she's a nurse for 17 yrs.; they first met in San Francisco and are from West Hartford, CT (orig. from Marina Del Rey)

$2K Tossup: PHRASE 

_ / P _ _ _ _ C T
F _ T

For now, the Ileses are A PERFECT FIT together.

Jackpot Round: HUSBAND & WIFE

The middle couple waste a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near TD. Second, the Reeds pick up the trip wedge w/ T, FP an E, call up a $300 R, and buy three A's before striking out w/ S. Third, the Hineses say two C's for $1,600, a trio of I's, and a $900 pair of D's...

D A _ I D / &
_ I C T _ R I A
_ E C _ _ A _

...they solve DAVID & VICTORIA BECKHAM for another $2,250.

SOLE DUD: S (Tim & Anne)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Ileses
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,550

Scores after R1
Hineses: $3,250/Ileses: $2K/Reeds: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

While in the lead-off spot, the Reeds call up two T's for $700, three E's, a $600 H and all the other vowels; those are followed by a $900 pair of N's, a $600 pair of S"s, and three P's while on the MW near LaT. They take the $3K for those consonants...

S N A P
_ _ A _ _ _ E
P O P
T H E / _ U E S T I O N

...and they "SNAP, CRACKLE, POP" THE QUESTION for $4,750...but it could've been $11,750 had they gambled.

I think this was a TECHNICAL PR, because a null cycle was edited out at the start of this rd.

Scores after R2
Hineses: $3,250/Ileses: $2K/Reeds: $4,750

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PP Round: PEOPLE

The Hineses are off and running w/ a $1,200 T quarter, two E's and A's, a $450 H, a $7K N pairing, and the rest of the vowels...but their next spin is the MDW's left side to let $7,400 disappear. The Ileses then pick up the WC w/ four S's and we're looking at...


T H E / _ E S T
S _ U _ A
I N S T _ T _ T O _ S
A _ O U N _

...but Job doesn't remember the category as he blows the solve for the team w/ THE BEST SCUBA INSTITUTIONS AROUND (and we get a shot of him biting the WC; LOL!). That means the Reeds will meet THE BEST SCUBA INSTRUCTORS AROUND during their stay at the Sandals Grande Riviera Golf & Beach Resort in JAMAICA worth $5,910 (all those Sandals trips this week include the Island Routes adventure).

SOLE BANKRUPT: Hineses
SOLE DQ: Ileses' blown solve

Scores after R3
Hineses: $3,250/Ileses: $2K WC/Reeds: $10,660 cash & Jamaica

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$3K Tossup: MOVIE TITLE

_ H E _ / _ _ R _ Y
M E T / _ A L _ Y

The Ileses solve "WHEN HARRY MET SALLY" to turn their $2K into $5K.

Round 4: THING (full $1,500 speed-up)

They start w/ the twin T's...

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ T
_ _ _ / T _ _

...but Job gives a throwaway guess w/ WHALE'S CAT AND TONGUE; that's their second blown solve of the game. After that same team late put up the double L's... 

_ _ C _ C L _ / _ _ _ L T
_ _ R / T _ _

...he gets a BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO w/ about a 1/2 sec. left to win the game by $340 w/ $6K.

DUDS: S (Reeds), N (Ileses), H (Reeds)
SOLE DQ: Ileses' botched solve

FINAL SCORES
Hineses: $3,250/Ileses: $11K WC/Reeds: $10,660 cash & Jamaica

GT: $24,910
BANKRUPT TRASH: $7,400

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$100K Bonus Round
The & is where the Ileses' land on.

Category: PHRASE
Two letters in the top to start...

_ _ _ N _ E
_ _ _ _


They're looking good after calling BGYO and C...

B O _ N C E
B _ C _


...they BOUNCE BACK w/ their $30K win a final total of $41K.

Had it not been for the two wins this week, we would've set a new modern-day weekly low of $123,174 cash & prizes.

VIDEO BONUS: End of PP round onwards

MY EP. RATING: 6

WOF Retro Recap: February 16, 2012

EPISODE #5569: SANDALS RESORTS ROMANCE WEEK

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ H A T ' S / Y O U R
_ _ G _ ?

Rocio & Gabriel correctly ask "WHAT'S YOUR SIGN?" to get on the board among the following couples...

Rocio & Gabriel Moran (3 yrs.): he's a call center supervisor for seven yrs. while she's a 3rd grade teacher at Coral Park ES; they're from Miami
Sarah & Jason Rose (1 yr.): she's a 9-1-1 operator while he's an accountant and a former boss of hers at a restaurant; they're from Benton, AR
David & Rose Russo (13 yrs.): she's a retired non-profit executive fundraiser while he's a retired Army Lieutenant General and general schedule senior civilian as well as a defense contractor supporting the Navy; they're from Alexandria, VA

$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

Q _ I L _ E D
B _ _ _ _ _ _ A D

The Russos solve QUILTED BEDSPREAD.

Jackpot Round: SHOW BIZ

The Russos begin w/ four Jackpot T's but then the MDW's right side. The Morans secondly call up a $550 H and seven E's, but they then get the exact same fate. Third, the Roses find a $300 R, two A's, a $400 N and two Jackpot L's...but can't solve for a $7,250 pot. Afterwards, they put up a G for the WC, the last vowel of O, a $500 F for the blue 1/2 KIA, and a $550 D before calling two critical duds in Y via FP and W. Back to the Russos who collect $1,600 worth of M's and $600 more w/ the S's...

T H E / T A L E N T E D
_ A S T / M E M _ E R S
O F / G L E E

...they solve THE TALENTED CAST MEMBERS OF "GLEE" for $2,200.

DUDS (both by Sarah & Jason): Y, W
BANKRUPTS: 2 (other teams)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $10,800

Scores after R1
Roses: WC/Russos: $4,200/Morans: $1K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

First from the Morans' mouths are a $1,200 pair of R's, three E's, two S's for another $1,200, and two A's, followed by two G's for yet another $1,200, an O, a $500 V, a TD Y but then the nearby BANKRUPT to clean them out of $6,850 (that's  their second one this evening). The Roses don't do any better w/ N. The Russos then say a $600 C and a $900 H...

E G G S / O V E R
E A S Y
C H A _ R

...we give them another $500 w/ their response of EGGS OVER EASY CHAIR.

SOLE DUD: N (Roses)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Morans

Scores after R2
Roses: WC/Russos: $6,200/Morans: $1K

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PP Round: SAME LETTER

The Roses start this one w/ their second straight dud of S. The Russos secondly waste a turn w/ the other normal BANKRUPT (also their second of the game). Going down the Morans' path third are a $600 R, two E's, a $600 T, and an A, then they light up a $900 N, an I, the SL of three P's for another $900 and a U (Gabriel wanted to call the O, which would've been good either way). Board...

P R I _ A T E
P _ U N _ E
P _ _ _

...they've won $2K plus a trip to a resort w/ at least one PRIVATE PLUNGE POOL -- the Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa in ST. LUCIA worth $5,894.

SOLE DUD: S (Roses)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Russos

Scores after R3
Roses: BAD SHAPE WC/Russos: $6,200/Morans: $8,894 cash & St. Lucia

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$3K Tossup: FICTIONAL CHARACTER

R O M A _ / G O D _ E _ S
_ E N U S

The Roses finally score w/ ROMAN GODDESS VENUS.

Round 4: LIVING THINGS (full $1,500 speed-up)

After three S's have been requested...

_ _ _ _ - S T _ _ _ _ _
R _ _ / R _ S _ S

...the Morans solve LONG-STEMMED RED ROSES for $4,500 and the win.

FINAL SCORES
Roses: $3K/Russos: $6,200/Morans: $13,394 cash & St. Lucia 

GT: $22,594
BANKRUPT TRASH: $9,150

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$100K Bonus Round
Rocio takes the M envelope of AMERICA'S.

Category: THING
Here's the second letter of this one-wordy...

_ L _ _ _ _ _

PCMA only gives them...

P L _ _ _ _ _

...and it's definitely NOT PLAGUE. They can't break through this PLYWOOD to win the $30K.

MY EP. RATING: 6

Monday, July 28, 2014

WOF Retro Recap: February 15, 2012

EPISODE #5568: SANDALS RESORTS ROMANCE WEEK

$1K Tossup: THING

_ U P I D ' S
A _ _ _ _

Darren & Kristi remember getting struck by CUPID'S ARROW, so we're talking to them first...

Darren & Kristi Schalk (11 yrs.): he's an editor for a non-profit organization while she's an office coordinator at Lee University; they first met in college while Darren was telling a tattletale and are from Cleveland, TN
Geoffrey & Mary Hamrick (3 yrs.): (Herndon, VA)- engineers ho first met in an apartment complex; they're involved in foster rescuing and are from Herndon, VA
Doris & Barry Burke (7 yrs.): he's a rock band member who first met her at a sushi bar w/ her best friend; they're from Little Rock, AR
 
$2K Tossup: PERSON

A _ E R _ _ _ ' S
_ _ E _ T _ _ _ R T

The Burkes solve AMERICA'S SWEETHEART.

Jackpot Round: WAYD?

They start us off w/ three N's for $2,400, four A's via FP, a G for the WC, and two obvious I's, then they say two R's for another $1,800, two S's for another $800 (Barry nearly said K, which would've been a dud) and a $400 H...

S H A R I N G / A N
I _ _ / _ R _ A _
S _ N _ A _

...they're SHARING AN ICE CREAM SUNDAE for another $5,150.

PR!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8K

Scores after R1
Burkes: $7,150 WC/Schalks: $1K/Hamricks: $0

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Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

The Schalks are off to a sour start w/ S for sorry while on the Bahamas wedge. Second for the Hamricks are three T's for the green 1/2 KIA, an E quartet but then a DQ for repeating the S while on that trip. Third, the Burkes take two FP R's but nothing else w/ N. The Schalks then picks up the other 1/2 KIA w/ seven M's...

M _ T _ _ M _ _ E R
M _ T _ _ M _ _ E R
M _ _ E / M E / _
M _ T _ _

...MEGA-CONSONTIVITY ALERT -- they solve "MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER, MAKE ME A MATCH" (from "Fiddler on the Roof").

DUDS: S (Schalks), N (Burkes)
SOLE DQ: Hamricks' S repeat

Scores after R2
Burkes: $7,150 WC/Schalks: $4,500 1/2 KIA/Hamricks: $0

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PP Round: PHRASE

The Virginians are off and running w/ a $600 S, five E's, a $600 pair of R's, a $350 H, and an A, followed by two T's for another $600, an O, and two L's for another $1,200...

T H E R E ' S
_ E _ E R / A / _ _ L L
_ O _ E _ T

...THERE'S NEVER A DULL MOMENT in them winning their first $2,600 and a trip to Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa in JAMAICA worth $5,910.

PR #2!

Scores after R3
Burkes: $7,150 WC/Schalks: $4,500/Hamricks: $8,510 cash & trip

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$3K Tossup: MOVIE TITLE

_ _ _ T Y
D A _ C _ _ G

The Schalks are up to $7,500 w/ "DIRTY DANCING".

Round 4: SAME LETTER

The Schalks first insert the SL of six S's right away for $2,100, two E's and an A, but they LaT out. Second, the Hamricks dud out w/ H and we hear the S-U Bell...

S _ _ _ _ E S / S _ A _ E S
& / S _ _ _ _ S

...the remaining consonants are worth $1,500 each; it's anybody's game. Following a couple of T's by the Schalks...

S T R _ _ E S / S _ A R E S
& / S _ _ _ T S

...Darren blows the game-winning $4,600 solve w/ STRIPES, SHARES & SHOUTS. After Geoffrey makes the grave mistake of repeating the T, Barry forgoes calling the P's and just solves STRIKES, SPARES & SPLITS for $3K.

SOLE DUD (before bell): H (Hamricks)
SOLE LaT: Schalks
DQs: 2 (Schalks' blown solve, Geoffrey's T repeat)

FINAL SCORES
Burkes: $10,150 WC/Schalks: $7,500/Hamricks: $8,510 cash & trip

GT: $26,160
BANKRUPT TRASH: NONE!

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$100K Bonus Round
There's nobody in the audience supporting the Burkes (I doubt they have a daughter named Caitlin), but Barry spins up the first A of AMERICA'S.

Category: PERSON
I smell a compound word coming...

_ _ _ E _ _ _ E R

DHPA and F won't do them much...

H _ _ E _ _ _ E R

Barry's doing the guessing here...it's definitely NOT HOMEMAKER nor HOMEWRECKER ...but they nail HOMEBUYER for $35K and a final total of $45,150.

MY EP. RATING: 6

WOF Retro Recap: Valentine's Day 2012

EPISODE #5567: SANDALS RESORTS ROMANCE WEEK

$1K Tossup: SONG TITLE

_ _ / _ _ _ N Y
_ _ _ E _ T _ N E

Darlene & John solve Frank Sinatra's "MY FUNNY VALENTINE". Tuesday's teams...

Darlene & John Martin: Darlene's a golf shop manager for a private country club in Weston while John's a VP of an insurance agency; they first met in Myrtle Beach and are from Littleton, MA
Joe & Sara Bohannon (53 yrs.): Joe's an attorney/engineer, while Sara has a large retail liquor store in Tulsa; they first met on a blind date and are from Broken Arrow, OK
Alexis & Donnell Morgan (newlyweds): Donnell first met her while looking at her legs and he's an IT consultant for the metro area while Alexis' a senior project manager for a non-profit healthcare corporation; they're from Clinton, MD
 
$2K Tossup: FICTIONAL CHARACTER

_ E R _ _ L / G _ E _ N
T _ A

The Morgans drink up some HERBAL GREEN TEA.

Jackpot Round: PHRASE

They kick off w/ three Jackpot R's, three E's, two H's for another grand, an an I, followed by a Jackpot N, two A's, a $550 K to complete the first word of THANK, the last vowels of three O's and a U's, and an $800 pair of R's. On Vanna's board...

T H A N K / _ O U
_ O R / T H E
_ E A U T I _ U _
_ _ O _ E R _

...they say "THANK YOU FOR THE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS" for $3,100.

PR!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,450

Scores after R1
Bohannons: $0/Morgans: $5,100/Martins: $1K

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

First, the Martins say two T's for $1,600 but then a bad vowel of E. Second, the Bohannons also dud out w/ D. Third, the Morgans put up twin P's while on the MW near the MDW and turn down the $2K offer...but they have nothing. The Martins quickly lose another turn w/ S while on the green 1/2 KIA. The Bohannons follow w/ a $500 C, two O's, and three I's, then they spin again to two N's for $2K and a $500 H. Following three A's to clean out the vowels and a pair of FP G's...

_ A R G A I N I N G
& / P O T A T O
C H I P

...they solve BARGAINING & POTATO CHIP for $3,250.

DUDS: E (Martins), D (Bohannons), S (Martins)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Morgans

Scores after R2
Bohannons: $3,250/Morgans: $5,100/Martins: $1K

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PP Round: THING

The Bohannons lead off w/ four T's for the See's Candies gift tag, a $350 H, five E's, but then the MDW's left side to toss aside $1,100 cash & candies. Second for the Morgans are three R's for $900, two A's, a $300 W, but then the BANKRUPT near the WC to take away $950; that's their second so far. Third, the Martins light up nothing w/ N while on the other 1/2 KIA. The Bohannons then put up a $1,200 pair of S's...

T H E
_ _ E A R E S T
T _ R _ _ _ _ S E
W A T E R

...and they're off to a resort w/ THE NEAREST TURQUOISE WATER -- the Sandals Grand ANTIGUA Resort & Spa worth $5,940.

SOLE DUD: N (Martins)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (other teams)

Scores after R3
Bohannons: $10,390 cash & Antigua/Morgans: $5,100/Martins: $1K

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$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

N _ E _ L E / A N D
T _ _ E _ D

The Morgans pull out some NEEDLE AND THREAD to move to $8,100.

Round 4: WAYD? (full $1,500 speed-up)

After an L request by Sara...

R _ _ _ _ N G / _
_ _ S T _ R _ / N _ _ _ L

...she slowly solves READING A MYSTERY NOVEL for $4,500 and the win.

FINAL SCORES
Bohannons: $14,890 cash & Antigua/Morgans: $8,100/Martins: $2K (not a gooseegg)

GT: $24,990
BANKRUPT TRASH: $2,050 cash & sweets

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$100K Bonus Round
Joe lands on the R.

Category: PHRASE
This four-word answer begins as...

_ E / _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ T / _ T


CDPA adds besides the obvious...

_ E / _ _ _ C _
A _ _ _ T / _ T


...let me BE QUICK ABOUT IT and say that lost $50K for getting the first word wrong w/ WE (though they did get the bottom line).

MY EP. RATING: 5

WOF Retro Recap: February 13, 2012

On this Valentine's Day Week of 2012, let's kick off "Sandals Resorts Romance Week". The trip offered for WWC members was the one to Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas w/ $5K in spending money.  

EPISODE #5566: SANDALS RESORTS ROMANCE WEEK

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ E _ / W _ _ H
_ / _ _ _ _

This is what the abbreviation SWAK stands for, and Erin & Jason come up w/ SEALED WITH A KISS. Meeting Monday's couples right now...
 
Erin & Jason Niec (3.5 yrs.): Erin's a SAHM while Jason's a 3rd Class Navy Petty Officer; they first met in a college class and are from Indian Head, MD
Michelle & James Moore (13 yrs.): James' a Miami Police Department worker while Michelle's a showroom assistant at a high-end cabinetry company from Danya, FL; they first met at a bank she was working at
Heidi & Jeff Craig (9 yrs.): they met about 30 yrs. ago in college and have been brought together by music from Centennial, CO

$2K Tossup: FICTIONAL CHARACTER

_ R I N _ E
_ H _ R _ I N G

PRINCE CHARMING triples up the Niecs' winnings.

FEATURED PRIZE ALL WK. LONG: the aforementioned trip w/ an Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tour worth $8,720

Jackpot Round: TV TITLES (Cupid wipe)

They begin w/ four T's for $1,200, six E's, four H's for that trip, but then the first dud of the week in I. Second, the Moores BANKRUPT near the WC. Third, the Craigs call up a $1,600 pair of R's and a $1K pair of B's for the green 1/2 KIA...

T H E
B _ _ H E _ _ R / _ _ _
T H E
B _ _ H E _ _ R E T T E

...they quickly solve "THE BACHELOR" AND "THE BACHELORETTE" for $2,600.

SOLE DUD OF THE ROUND: I (Niecs)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Moores
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,600

Scores after R1
Moores: $0/Craigs: $2,600 1/2 KIA/Niecs: $3K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

The Moores lead off w/ two T's for the same 1/2 KIA, four O's and two A's, three N's for another $1,350, and an I, then they put in two W's for another $700 and a couple of H's via the MW near LaT. They risk $2,300 and her plate for...their second BANKRUPT of the evening. The Craigs secondly waste a turn on TD because of Jeff's N repeat. The Niecs then lights up triple D's for $1,500 and a $300 D...

I / W A N T / T O
H O L D / _ O _ _
H A N D -
_ _ - D O W N _

...Paul McCartney would never sing "I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND-ME-DOWNS", but we give them a $200 bonus for that correct response.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Moores
SOLE DQ: Craigs' N repeat

Scores after R2
Moores: ZERO/Craigs: $2,600 1/2 KIA/Niecs: $5K

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PP Round: PLACE

Our 1/2 KIA holders, the Craigs, start this answer w/ a $550 T, two N's for another $1,800, but then the sole dud vowel of E. Second, the Niecs put up two R's for $1,800 and an A but they fall victim to the MDW's right side. Third, the Moores BANKRUPT for the third time this evening w/ the other normal one. The Craigs then pick up the MDW w/ an S, buys two O's, light up triple P's for another $1,650, and buy the last vowels of two U's and I's/ We now have...

P O P U _ A R
_ I N _ S U R _ I N _
S P O T

...they've won another three grand and a trip to the POPULAR WINDSURFING SPOT of the Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa in JAMAICA w/ an Island Routes Adventure worth $5,920.

SOLE DUD: E (Craigs)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (opposition)

Scores after R3
Moores: ZILCH/Craigs: $11,520 cash & Jamaica MDW/Niecs: $5K

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$3K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ A K _ _ P
A _ T _ _ _

Heidi solves MAKEUP ARTIST, putting her team at $14,520.

Round 4: THING (full $1,500 speed-up)

After an F call by the Craigs...

_ / S T _ _ N _
_ F / _ _ _ _ _ S

...how they didn't call the R's is beyond me, but they can buy A STRING OF PEARLS w/ another three grand.

FINAL SCORES
Moores: $2K GOOSEEGG/Craigs: $17,520 cash & Jamaica MDW/Niecs: $5K

GT: $24,520
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $3,850

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #7
Heidi spins up the G.

Category: THING
Limited RSTLNE help...

_ _ _ _
_ _ _ E


They're fronloading the alphabet...but nothing appears. They were very close w/ HIGH WAVE, but we're not giving them a HIGH FIVE. When this puzzle was last used on Halloween Week 2008, Missy Moore also completely struck out w/ CDMO and lost a Spyder Convertible. In the Craigs' case...




























































...they lose the $40K.

$1M SPOT: S of AMERICA'S (two wedges away)

MY EP. RATING: 6