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Friday, August 22, 2014

WOF Retro Recap: June 1, 2012

For this recap, I'm getting info from TPH since Bobby McBride had severe weather in his area. TPH didn't state the location of the BANKRUPTS, so I'm making my best guesses given the spin power of the contestants.

EPISODE #5645: GREAT ADVENTURES

$1,000 Tossup: THINGS

R O U _ D - T R I P
_ I C _ E T S

Stephanie must have taken some ROUND-TRIP TICKETS to get to Culver City. We wrap up the week w/...

Stephanie Tebbett-Fredericks: attorney from Queens, NY
Nichele Lindstrom: senior account exec for PR agency from Austin, TX
Matt Cuddy: train dispatcher from Plainville, MA

$2,000 Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

_ O _ R - _ L I _ E
T O _ _ _ _ _

Matt takes the two grand that popped up from a FOUR-SLICE TOASTER.

FEATURES PRIZE: Buenos Aires and Rio de Janiero from gadventures.com worth $6,040

Jackpot Round: PHRASE

Matt instantly LOSES A TURN. Second, Stephanie BANKRUPTS next to TD. Over to Nichele who calls up two $500 T's and three $900 S's, then she buys two I's and an E before BANKRUPTING near the WC to forfeit $3,200. Back to Matt who puts up an R and two A's, but his next call of L is no good. Stephanie next picks up the WC and the Brazil trip w/ two N's and H, respectively. She then puts up a TD G, buys two O's, and two $500 D's. We now have...

T H A N _ / G O O D N E S S
I T ' S / _ R I D A _

She says "THANK GOODNESS IT'S FRIDAY" for a total of $9,290 that round.

SOLE DUD: L (Matt)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (women)
LaT: Matt
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: 10,350

Matt: $2K/Stephanie: $10,290 cash & trip WC/Nichele: $0

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Mystery Round: SHOW BIZ

Steph begins w/ two $600 T's and an E, but she BANKRUPTS the same way she did before to lose $950 and the WC. Nichele secondly LaTs out. Afterwards, it's all Matt...

C O U _ T R _
_ U S I C / L E G E _ _
_ O L L _ / _ A R T O _

...he solves COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND DOLLY PARTON for $5,300.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Stephanie
SOLE LaT: Nichele

Matt: $7,300/Stephanie: $10,290 cash & trip/Nichele: ZIP

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PP Round: EVENT

Nichele's first with two $350 T's and three E's, followed by two S's for the blue 1/2 KIA, four N's for $1,600, and the rest the vowel shop has to offer. But she then BANKRUPTS on the MDW (probably the left side) to lose $2,300 and her plate. Matt LaTs out again whereas Stephanie BANKRUPTS next to TD for the third time this game, so we're quickly back to Nichele. She fills in two B's, an R and the M to make it to $2,700...

M A _ N I _ I _ E N T
_ A R I B B E A N
S U N S E T

…and she'll be seeing a MAGNIFICENT CARIBBEAN SUNSET on her trip to the Holiday Inn Resort in ARUBA worth $7,200.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)
LaT: Matt (2nd so fat)

So, I've thought Nichele had some strong spins after spinning softly in the last two rounds.

Matt: $7,300/Stephanie: $10,290 cash & trip/Nichele: $9,900

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$3K Tossup: PEOPLE

P _ _ _ E C T
_ _ _ A N _ E R S

Stephanie has nothing.

P _ _ _ E C T
S _ _ A N _ E R S

Matt goofs right away w/ PROJECT.

P _ _ F E C T
S T _ A N G E R S

Nichele finally gets PERFECT STRANGERS.

Round 4: WAYD?

She first puts up an N, two A's, and a G but we go into S-U Mode...

_ _ A _ _ N G / A
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _

...and it's a $1,500 Final Spin. We later get to this...

R _ A _ _ N G / A
_ _ _ T _ _ _ / S T _ R _

...Stephanie's READING A BEDTIME STORY for $3K and the win by $390.

FINAL SCORES
Matt: $7,300/Stephanie: $13,290 cash & trip/Nichele: $12,900

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$100K Bonus Round
Steph's the other player this week to land on the N of WIN.

Category: PHRASE
The last two letters are...

_ _ _ / _ _ _ _
_ _ E N


PMHO is of limited help...

_ _ _ / _ _ _ _
_ H E N


...and she only gets the last word of WAY BACK WHEN, so she doesn't win $40K.

MY EP. RATING: 6

WOF Retro Recap: May 31, 2012

EPISODE #5644: GREAT ADVENTURES

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

C _ E C K / _ H E
M _ P

Melissa knows how to CHECK THE MAP. Time to meet Thursday's gang... 

Melissa Ter Meer: SAHM from Hemet, CA whose husband Dave's in the Coast Guard
Patreia Jones: animal records supervisor at Emory University who was a former member of the Army and lost lost 106 pounds from Stone Mountain, GA
Bob Spagnolo: lumber broker from Eugene, OR

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

B R _ A K _ N _ / _ _ T O
S _ _ G

Patreia's not BREAKING INTO SONG, but rather winning the right to start the first round.

FEATURED g ADVENTURE: Costa Rica worth $6,200

Jackpot Round: FOOD & DRINK

This lady begins w/ two Jackpot S's, four A's, a $900 R and seven E's, then she BANKRUPTS near the WC to forfeit $1,400. Second, Bob puts up a $300 C, two H's for the Sierra Trading Post gift tag, and a Jackpot...but he can't make the solve for a $7,200 pot. That's too bad, because he then buys a worthless I. Melissa next FPs the last vowel of O and runs into the other normal BANKRUPT. Patreia then puts up a $1K pair of M's...
 
H O M E M A _ E
T H R E E - C H E E S E
_ A S A _ _ A

...she takes a bite of some HOMEMADE THREE-CHEESE LASAGNA to turn her two grand into three.

SOLE DUD: I (Bob)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,200

Patreia: $3K/Bob: $0/Melissa: $1K

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Mystery Round: EVENT

First, Bob gets the green 1/2 KIA w/ four T's, five I's, an $800 G, three O's, and five T's via the MW near LaT. He adds the $5K to the $2,300 he currently has (good, because that's the BANKRUPT one). Next up are three E's and two A's to clean out the vowels, but the BANKRUPT near the WC shoots him down to the tune of $8,600 and his plate. Melissa then fills in two TD D's and a $900 R...

_ I T T I N G / D O _ N
T O / D I N N E R
_ I T H / T H E
_ H O _ E / _ A _ I _ _

...while we're SITTING DOWN TO DINNER WITH THE WHOLE FAMILY, she's won $7,900.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Bob

Patreia: $3K/Bob: $0/Melissa: $8,900

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PP Round: THINGS

Both women BANKRUPT near the WC right out of the gate. The scoreless Bob next calls up a $600 N, an I, and a semi-bvious G for the WC, followed by an R for the other 1/2 KIA, the leftover vowels (four A's and an E), a T and two L's at $500 a pop, an $1,800 S double, a $300 F, a $900 W, and a D and two C's for another $500 each to complete the board...

C A S C A D I N G
W A T E R F A L L S

He's won $6,350 and will hear the sound of CASCADING WATERFALLS on his Hotwire trip to the Marriott KAUAI Resort worth $5,530.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (women again; they each have two to their credit)

Patreia: $3K/Bob: $11,880 cash & HI WC/Melissa: $8,900

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$3K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ _ E M _ S T R Y
_ _ A C _ E R

Melissa's back in the lead by $20 w/ CHEMISTRY TEACHER.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES (full $1,500 speed-up)

After the man puts up two D's...

G R _ _ N D / R _ L _
D _ _ _ L _

...he hits a GROUND RULE DOUBLE to the tune of $4,500 and the win.

SOLE DUD: T (Patreia)

FINAL SCORES
Patreia: $3K/Bob: $16,380 cash & HI WC/Melissa: $11,900 

GT: $31,280
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): 10 grand

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$100K Bonus Round
His monster spin comes to a halt on the E of AMERICA'S.

Category: EVENT
This was last used on 12/17/2008 (and it wasn't solved for $25K)...

_ _ _ _ E N
_ _ _ _ _ E


DHMI and P pretty much give him the first word...

M _ I D E N
_ _ _ _ _ E


...but his MAIDEN VOYAGE still ends w/ him winning another $40K and a final total of $56,380 cash & trip!

MY EP. RATING: 7

WOF Retro Recap: May 30, 2012

EPISODE #5643: GREAT ADVENTURES

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

A T / A / M O M _ _ _ ' S
_ _ _ I _ E

AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE, Nora's on the board among this next group...

Nora Stetson: 3rd grade teacher at Clover Avenue ES and an online shopper from L.A.
Tawana Johnson: from Snellville, GA (orig. from Willacoochee
Eric Schurley: 5th grade teacher at Rose Warren ES from Vegas

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ _ / _ _ E R _
O _ / _ E / S _ _ A R E

Eric says "BE THERE OR BE SQUARE".

FEATURED g ADVENTURE: Peru worth $8,886

Jackpot Round: TV TITLE

Here he goes w/ a $500 N at the end of the board, four E's, quad T's for another $2K, and two O's, then come three H's and an S at TD apiece but then the BANKRUPT next door to burn up $14,500; darn. Second for Nora are two L's for a $1K, three A's, two $600 W's and the remaining vowels before she puts two TD R's...

T H E / L A T E
L A T E / S H O W
W I T H / _ R A I _
_ E R _ U S O N

...and solves "THE LATE LATE SHOW" WITH CRAIG FERGUSON for $6,450 more.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Eric
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $14,600

Nora: $7,450/Tawana: $0/Eric: $2K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

This board starts w/ a $550 R, six E's, two FP A's, a TD Y, and two O's to round out the vowels, followed by a $300 N, three T's for the green 1/2 KIA, the same number of H's for $2,700 more and two M's for the Peru trip. Now we have...

M O R E / T H A N
M E E T _ / T H E
E Y E
_ H A _ O _

...there's MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE SHADOW -- she just won $16,936 cash & trip!

PR!

Nora: $24,386 cash & trip 1/2 KIA/Tawana: NOTHING/Eric: $2K

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PP Round: SONG LYRICS

Now finally getting to hear from Tawana, she puts in seven T's for $3,500, an I, two A's, and two O's, followed by a $1,500 S trio, the last vowels of four E's and a U, the $300 H, a B for that MDW, two $550 Y's and three R's. On Vanna's board...

S O / Y O U
B E T T E R / _ E T
T H I S / _ A R T Y
S T A R T E _

...she solves P!nk's "SO YOU BETTER GET THIS PARTY STARTED" for $6,350 and a $6,900 Howire.com trip to the Almond Beach Village in BARBADOS.

PR #2!

Nora: $24,386 cash & trip/Tawana: $13,250 cash & trip MDW/Eric: $2K

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$3K Tossup: THING

_ _ L L
C _ _ L _ C T _ O N

Nora tries DOLL COLLECTION...yes to go over $27K.

Round 4: ON THE MAP

Here we go w/ a $600 pair of S's, an E, three A's, and three R's to add another $2,400, but it's S-U Mode time...

_ A R R _ S _ _ R _
_ E _ _ S _ _ _ A _ _ A

...the leftover consonants each pay off at $1,600. Three N's pop up next...

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

...and she locates HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA for $7,300 and the win!

PR #3!

FINAL SCORES
Nora: $34,686 cash & trip/Tawana: $13,250 cash & trip/Eric: $2K

GT: $49,936
BANKRUPT TRASH: $14,500

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$100K Bonus Round
Nora lands on the *** at the last split-second.

Category: THING
Going up first is/are...

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


CDMA gives her a shot...

_ A L M _
_ E A T _ E R


...but it's NOT a type of FEATHER according to her. Lost in this BALMY WEATHER is the $30K.

MY EP. RATING: 7

WOF Retro Recap: May 29, 2012

EPISODE #5642: GREAT ADVENTURES

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ E _ / O _ T
O _ / _ O W _

Also the title of a theme week back in S28, Laarni solves "GET OUT OF TOWN". Two people on this panel have geographical last names...

Laarni San Juan: public health nurse and a volunteer for the Filipino community from S.F.
Brian Georgia: 8th Grade English & Drama teacher at I.S. 25 in Flushing, Queens who's written his first book from Hempstead, NY
Lauren Amrhein: 2nd Grade teacher who's studied abroad at The College of William & Mary in order to go to Cadiz, Spain from D.C.

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ E _ M / _ _
_ _ _ _ T O / _ O U P

Brian eats up some CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP.

FEATURED GA: Greek yacht cruise from g adventures worth $8,856 (all of these featured trips this week are provided by that company)

Jackpot Round: FUN & GAMES

He wastes a turn on the BANKRUPT near TD. Second, Lauren gets the same fate via the MDW's right side. Third, Laarni calls up three R's for the Sierra Trading Post gift tag, FPs an E says four S's for $1,200, and buys an I at the bottom before she sees...

R _ _ _
_ _ _ E R
S _ I S S _ R S

...she solves "ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS" for $1,950 cash & GT.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (opposition)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $5,800

Laarni: $2,950 cash & GT/Brian: $2K/Lauren: $0

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME 

Lauren leads off w/ a $550 N, four A's, a D for the blue 1/2 KIA, a FP E and an I, then come three R's for $2,400, the last vowels of an O and two U's, but then P for phooey while on TD. Laarni secondly has the same fate w/ an S call while on the MW near the MDW, after which Brian lands on it, calls up two L's and takes the gamble...he's BANKRUPTED again. Lauren then finds three T's for $1,500 and an $1,800 trio of C's before solving...

R A C _ U E T _ A L L
A N D / T R A _ _ I C
C O U R T

...RACQUETBALL AND TRAFFIC COURT is right for her first $5,750.

DUDS: P (Lauren), S (Laarni)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Brian

Laarni: $2,950 cash & GT/Brian: $2K/Lauren: $5,750 1/2 KIA

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PP Round: WAYD? 

Laarni goes first w/ four N's and a G at $300 a pop, a $10,500 R triplet, three I's, two A's and an O, followed by a $1,200 T quartet, the rest of the vowels, and the LaT. Brian secondly captures the other 1/2 KIA w/ a C, two $300 H's, a $500 F, a $300 Q and a TD L. The big board now reads...

L I _ T E N I N G / T O
_ A _ _ / I N / T H E
F R E N C H
Q U A R T E R

...he's got an additional $5,400 and will be LISTENING TO JAZZ IN THE FRENCH QUARTER on the $5,500 trip to the Loews NEW ORLEANS Hotel.

SOLE LaT: Laarni

Laarni: $2,950 cash & GT/Brian: $12,900 cash & N.O./Lauren: $5,750

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$3K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ E _ L _ _ Y
T _ L E _ _ _ _ O N

Brian gets REALITY TELEVISION to go to $15,900.

Round 4: PLACES

We don't hear any cheering when he lands on TD right out of the game, but he duds out anyway w/ the N. Lauren also strikes out w/ T. Third for Laarni are two $500 S's, a $350 R, an O pair, and two $500 L's before the S-U Bell is heard...

_ _ _ L _ S / O_
_ L O _ _ R S

...the Final Spin is set at $1,900. She then puts up triple F's...

F _ _ L _ S / O F
F L O _ _ R S

...and solves FIELDS OF FLOWERS for $7,800.

DUDS (both before bell): N (Brian), T (Lauren)

FINAL SCORES
Laarni: $10,750 cash & GT/Brian: $15,900 cash & N.O./Lauren: $5,750

GT: $32,400
BANKRUPT TRASH: ZIP

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$100K Bonus Round
We last landed on the N in WIN...and Brian lands on the I next door.

Category: THING
RSTLNE gives us...

T _ _ - _ _ R T
_ _ N _ L E


BDGI result in very limited help...

T _ _ - _ _ R T
_ _ N _ L E


...and he's off by two letters w/ TWO-PART SINGLE. If the category had been SHOW BIZ or EVENT, he might've known that some shows like "American Idol" and "Dancing with The Stars" have a TWO-PART FINALE for the $30K.

MY EP. RATING: 6

WOF Retro Recap: May 28, 2012

Back in Culver City, they started "Great Adventures". And this is the last full week w/ the generic set.

EPISODE #5641: GREAT ADVENTURES

$1K Tossup: THING

C _ _ _ Y - O N
_ _ _ G _ G _

Crystalynn takes a stab w/ CARRY-ON BAGGAGE (I thought CARRY-ON LUGGAGE)...and she's right. She's the only woman among this panel...

Crystalynn Varozza: owner of two coffee shops w/ her HS sweetheart husband Travis from Eugene, OR 
Jason Scholenberger: tax associate who lost nearly 100 lbs. and sings the National Anthem at pro sports games from Lynnbrook, NY
Rob Dixon, Jr.: writer of six children's books who's also looking to write screenplays from L.A.


$2K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

S I L V E R _ _ R E
D _ A W _ _

Jason solves SILVERWARE DRAWER for control.

FEATURED GA: g adventure to China worth $9,544

Jackpot Round: SHOW BIZ (ATV wipe)

Jason kicks things off w/ three N's for $900, two A's and an E, two R's to x5 his $400 remainder, and buys an I. After he then FPs two O's...

O _ _ A R / _ I N N E R
_ O _ / _ A N _ _

...he solves OSCAR WINNER TOM HANKS for another $1,750 when he could've gone for the S's.

PR
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,600

Rob: $0/Crystalynn: $1K/Jason: $3,750

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER 

Rob's journey to richness begins on a bad note w/ R while on the trip. Second, Crystalynn also misses w/ T. Third, Jason calls up a TD S and an A but he then repeats the T. Rob restarts w/ two L's while on the MW near LaT. He wastes little time in turning down the $2K offer for...5x as much! After his FPing of the sole dud vowel of O, he loses another turn w/ M while on the WC. Down Crystalynn's path next are two C's as in China, a $600 H, an I, a $400 B, the U, a D for the WC but then the LaT. Jason then lights up the $350 N at the bottom and the twin E's to finally close out the vowels...

_ L E E
C L U B
S A N D _ I C H

...Sue Sylvester will probably be just ate a "GLEE" CLUB SANDWICH for another $3,350.

DUDS: R (Rob), T (Crystalynn), O (Rob), M (Robb)
SOLE LaT: Crystalynn
SOLE DQ: Jason's T repeat

Rob: ZERO/Crystalynn: $1K WC/Jason: $7,100

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PP Round: PHRASE

The lady in the middle loses her WC right away to the MDW's left side. Second, Jason says a baddie of R. Third, Rob's got five T's for $3K, four E's and A's, four H's for another $1,200, a $350 B and the last vowel of O, followed by an $800 C, a $350 K but then D for dud. Crystalynn then puts up the $900 P but squanders her turn w/ the M. Jason then SPINGLES for a $300 W...

T A K E / T H E
P A T H W A _ / T O
T H E / B E A C H

...he'll TAKE THE PATHWAY TO THE BEACH on his Hotwire.com vacation to The Buccaneer in ST. CROIX worth $7,800.

DUDS: R (Jason), D (Rob), M (Crystalynn)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Crystalynn

Rob: ZILCH/Crystalynn: $1K/Jason: $15,200 cash & trip

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$3K Tossup: PEOPLE

_ _ M M U N _ _ Y
L _ _ D E R S

Jason solves COMMUNITY LEADERS to break the $18K mark.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES

First up are a $1,200 R pair but then the BANKRUPT near TD and we go into S-U Mode...

_ R _ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _
_ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ R _

...w/ a $1,500 Final Spin. He later calls two C's...

T R I P L _ / _ _ _ P
I N / C H _ C _ _ R S

...and wins another $4,500 w/ a TRIPLE JUMP IN CHECKERS.

SOLE DUD (during Speed-Up): F (Rob)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jason

FINAL SCORES
Rob: $1K GOOSEEGG/Crystalynn: $1K/Jason: $22,700 cash & trip

GT: $24,700
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $1,200

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$100K Bonus Round
The Nissan Xterra we saw earlier in the season (last offered in Alpine Adventures) is back again this week. Jason gets the I envelope of WIN.

Category: PHRASE
This is a one-liner...

_ R _ _ E / _ T

 DPCI seems reasonable...

P R _ _ E / I T

...PROVE IT to us one more time that you're a good player, sir...yes for the $30K and a final total of $52,700 cash & trip.

This edition of "Wheel" ends w/ a Changing Lives segment about Nancy Kenzler who won $114,650 back in S25 (she solved DRIFTWOOD). She donated some of her dough to World Vision and took her daughters to Paris.

MY EP. RATING:7

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WOF Retro Recap: May 25, 2012 -- PORTLAND FINALE

EPISODE #5640: GREAT OUTDOORS (PORTLAND)

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

F _ _ _ I N G / T R I P

Brad tries to blurt the correct answer of FISHING TRIP, but it's Devan who buzzes in and wins the money. The last players on this road trip...

Devan Lawrence: makeup artist w/ a French Bulldog named Rocco from Tacoma, WA
Brad Exline: from Portland (born in Iowa City)

Hannah Callender: Univ. of Portland Math professor from Portland for 2.5 yrs. (orig. from Halls, TN)

$2K Tossup: LIVING THING


_ N G L _ _ H
_ _ _ L _ _ _

Naturally, Devan solves ENGLISH BULLDOG for control.

FEATURED TRIP: Tanque Verde Ranch in AZ from Hotwire worth $6,560

Jackpot Round: FUN & GAMES

She questionably calls F right away while on the River City Bicycles gift tag, and it's a dud. Second, Brad catches two T's for $1,200 and an E at the end of the first line, but he then BANKRUPTS near TD to lose $950. Third, Hannah collects two Jackpot H's but no more w/ L. Devan next FPs an A, lights up a $300 R, and buys an O, but she then says an unfortunate dud of S while on that MDW. Brad then picks up the green 1/2 KIA, buys the leftover vowels (three I's and a U), and plugs in three N's for another $1,350. Let's see that board...

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

...he's been HIKING IN THE BACKCOUNTRY, so he's on the board w/ $1,850.

DUDS: F (Devan), L (Hannah), S (Devan)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Brad
LAST UNCLAIMED JACKPOT ON THIS ROAD TRIP: $8,400

Brad: $1,850 1/2 KIA/Hannah: $0/Devan: $3K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

The man gets his second green 1/2 KIA right away w/ a T, but his next vowel purchase of A is a dud. Second, Hannah can't capitalize on TD w/ a dud of N. Third, Devan takes three R's for $1,200 and an E, then she gets the other normal BANKRUPT to toss aside the same amount Brad lost in R1 ($950). Returning to that man who finds two L's for another $600, two O's, a $500 F, the last vowel of two I's, and a $500 H and B. Board...

_ R O _ E R _B I L L
O F / R I _ H T _

...but he blows the solve w/ PROPERTY BILL OF RIGHTS to probably throw away $16,850 in cash & Soul. Afterwards, Hannah SPINGLES for a $550 S...

_ R O _ E R _
B I L L
O F / R I _ H TS

...and solves GROCERY BILL OF RIGHTS to add $450.

DUDS: A (Brad), N (Hannah)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Devan
SOLE DQ: Brad's blown solve

Brad: $1,850 1/2 KIA/Hannah: $1K/Devan: $3K 

(NOTES: Just before the next break, Pat mistakenly said the Soul was gone for the rest of the night because of Brad's incorrect answer and we had an obvious edit in him later saying he still keeps the plate he got from R1.)

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PP Round: THING

Hannah kicks off w/ a $1,500 S trio, two E's and an A, a $1K N pair, an $800 L double, and an I, then come a $1K pair of L's for the other 1/2 KIA and the BANKRUPT near the WC, so both women lose their shot at the Soul and she must give back $3,550. Second, Devan digs up a $2,400 trio of K's and the rest of the vowels (U and four O's), but she then BANKRUPTS near TD to flush away $1,900 (that's her second one of the game). Third, Brad LaTs out. Hannah then lights up $1,500 worth of C's while on the last remaining 1/2 KIA and... 

S C E N E R _ / _ _ A _
_ I L L / K N O C K
_ O U R / S O C K S
O _ _

...prepare for SCENERY THAT WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF ma'am -- it's the $5,500 Caravan.com PANAMA TOUR.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (women)

SOLE LaT: Brad

Brad: $1,850/Hannah: $8K cash & tour/Devan: $3K  

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$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

M _ U _ _ / H _ O D

Devan sweeps 'em w/ MOUNT HOOD.

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

After a D as in Devan...

L _ T ' S / _ _ L L / _ T
_ / D _ _

...she says "LET'S CALL IT A DAY" for $4,500 and the win.

FINAL SCORES
Brad: $1,850/Hannah: $8K cash & tour/Devan: $10,500

GT: $20,350
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $7,350

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$100K Bonus Round
Devan lands on the I of WIN.

Category: PERSON
This seven-letter answer begins as...

_ L _ _ _ E R

She might have an idea after calling BHPU...

B L _ _ _ E R

...it can't be PLUMBER now...but I, the BLOGGER, am pleased that she nearly quadruples up to $40,500.

PORTLAND WINNINGS STATISTICS

Week #1 (Going Green): $122,690 + $30,200 + $25,200 + $27,225 + $50,664 = $255,979
Week #2 (Portland Week): $28,930 + $45,350 + $68,050 + $21,400 + $66,513 = $230,243
Week #3 (College Week): $88,130 + $30,150 + $84,125 + $18,200 + $21,700 = $242,305
Week #4 (Great Outdoors): $74,362 + $62,155 + $27,606 + $37,100 + $50,350 = $251,573

GRAND TOTAL: $980,100 (if it weren't for that stupid loss by Zach Barron, we could've gotten just over the $1M mark)

We end the road trip w/ the hosts eating a graham cracker version of the $1M envelope!

MY EP. RATING: 6

WOF Retro Recap: May 24, 2012

EPISODE #5639: GREAT OUTDOORS (PORTLAND)

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ O T / O N
T H E / _ _ _ I L

Cheryl may enjoy eating thins that are HOT ON THE GRILL, but that's not right.

H O T / O N
T H E / T R _ I L

Chris capitalizes, and these three are HOT ON THE TRAIL for big winnings...

Chris Warren: 14 Major in the Oregon Army National Guard and the executive officer for their recruiting & national batallion who's been deployed twice to Iraq & Afghanistan from Lake Oswego, OR
Cheryl Corum: nine-yr. flight attendant nurse from Newberg, OR
Jessica Allen: outdoors kind of girl who from Vancouver, WA

$2K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

T A K _ _ _
C E N T E _ / S _ A _

Chris' TAKING CENTER STAGE, so he's tripled up.

FEATURED TRIP: g adventure to Peru worth $7,298

Jackpot Round: WAYD?

He gets the trip right away w/ the N, two G's for $700, and two obvious I's, then come five T's for $2,250, a $600 H pair, but then the sole dud vowel of U. Second, Cheryl picks up the River City Bicycles gift tag w/ two S's and three $300 R's, then she buys three E's and an A before she's...

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

...SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT for $1,400 in cash & bikes.

SOLE DUD: U (Chris)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,400

Chris: $3K/Cheryl: $1,400 cash & GT/Jessica: $0

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER 

Cheryl's up first w/ a $300 T and a dud of N while on the MW near LaT. Second, Jessica says an S and looks under the other MW...that's the right one! Next up are three R's for $1,800, two TD L's, an O, four E's, but then the sole dud vowel of A to likely cost her $18,050. Moving on to Chris who finds two Y's for $900, two P's to add $600, and a $300 M, but here comes the BANKRUPT near TD to take away $1,800. Cheryl then spins just once for a G and the green 1/2 KIA...

Y O _ / L _ G _ T
_ P / M Y
L _ _ E
P R E S E R _ E R

...she says "YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE PRESERVER" for a $200 bonus.

DUDS: N (Cheryl), A (Jessica)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Chris

Chris: $3K/Cheryl: $2,400 cash & bikes 1/2 KIA/Jessica: ZERO

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PP Round: FUN & GAMES

Two S's give Jessica the WC right out of the game, but she and Chris both get caught by the same BANKRUPT, so that card's gone just like that and he has two of 'em so far this episode. Over to Cheryl who puts up three N's for $900, two D's to double up, and all of the vowels in one fell swoop, then come a $2,200 T quarter, three FP R's and a $7K pair of L's...but she keeps on going for a $900 H, an $800 G, and a $500 M before she finally decides to solve...

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

...she's $13,700 richer and will see some THRILL RIDES AND AMAZING ATTRACTIONS on a $5K trip to Universal Studios in ORLANDO.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (opposition)

Chris: $3K/Cheryl: $21,100 cash & prizes/Jessica: NO LUCK 

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$3K Tossup: PLACE

_ A T _ _ _ A L
F _ R _ S T

Chris solves NATURAL FOREST to sweep the Tossups.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK (full $1,800 speed-up)

After a P call by that man...

S _ L _ _ R / _ _ L L _ R
P _ N C _ K _ S

...he chomps up some SILVER DOLLAR PANCAKES for $9K more.

DUDS: T (Jessica), H (Cheryl), M (Cheryl)

FINAL SCORES
Chris: $15K/Cheryl: $21,100 cash & prizes/Jessica: HL $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $37,100
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $1,800

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$100K Bonus Round
Cheryl stops on the E of AMERICA'S.

Category: THING
This is a one-wordy...

_ _ _ E R _ _ R _ 

CHMO only adds the vowel...

_ _ _ E R _ O R _ 

...she may have signed the PAPERWORK for her appearance, but she's also a $35K loser.

MY EP. RATING: 7

WOF Retro Recap: May 23, 2012

EPISODE #5638: GREAT OUTDOORS (PORTLAND)

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ _ _ / M I D _ _ E
_ F / N O _ _ E _ E

Kayla isn't in THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, but rather winning cash &/or prizes among this panel...

Kayla Manthey: trauma medic in the Air Force reserves in 446 A.S.T.S. at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and a landscape photographer who competed in a few teenage pageants from Puyallup, WA
Briana Peterson: compensation data analyst for a local sports brand and a graduate student at Williamette University studying Business from Portland
Shawn Hart: the Senor Minister at the Garden Valley Church of Christ who's also Loons the Clown from Roseberg, OR
 
$2K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

_ _ R _ S _ N T H E M U _ S

Shawn leaves out the first M in this answer, so Kayla triples up w/ CHRYSANTHEMUMS.

FEATURED TRIP: South Aftica from Vayama.com worth $8,400

Jackpot Round: FOOD & DRINK

Here goes Kayla w/ two TD S's, and buys of E, A and three O's, but her next consonant of R is no good. Second, Briana gets the blue 1/2 KIA w/ four N's, but she then LOSES A TURN (she tried to call for a D which would've been a dud anyway). Third, Shawn says another negative of L, so we're back to Kayla who BANKRUPTS near the WC to forfeit $4,250. Briana doesn't do any better w/ the other normal one, so goodbye $2K and her plate. Shawn then picks up the other 1/2 KIA w/ two C's, a $450 T, and two I's before he hits LaT. Kayla then inserts two Y's for $1,200...

_ O O E Y
C I N N A _ O N
S T I C _ _ / _ _ N S

...and eats some GOOEY CINNAMON STICKY BUNS to win that amount.

DUDS: R (Kayla), L (Shawn)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)
LaTs: 2 (Briana, Shawn)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $10,350

Kayla: $4,200/Briana: $0/Shawn: $0

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER 

Briana's first w/ a $550 N but then the same BANKRUPT Kayla got to lose it right back. Shawn secondly FPs two E's and picks up the WC w/ two L's, then come two R's for another $1,800, a $600 S pair, an A quartet, and the SL of five M's to throw in $4,500. We now have...

M A R _ E L _ _ S
M A R I N E
M A M M A L S

...he imagines some MARVELOUS MARINE MAMMALS for $6,400 and the lead.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Briana

Kayla: $4,200/Briana: ZIP/Shawn: $6,400 WC

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PP Round: SONG LYRICS

He first collects $14K worth of four N's and uses the WC...only to have it backfire on him w/ his S request. Second, Kayla takes twin T's for a grand, three A's, and four E's, but the MDW's right side takes away the other half of her initial amount (both women have two of those apiece), so Briana...

_ A N _ E
_ A N _ E
_ A N _ E / T _ E
N _ _ _ T / A _ A _

...will "DANCE, DANCE, DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY" like Van Halen during her hotwire stay at the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in ST. THOMAS worth $5,456.

SOLE DUD: S (Shawn)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Kayla

Kayla: $4,200/Briana: $5,456 trip/Shawn: $6,400

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$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ _ _ _ C O _ L
_ R I _ _

Kayla gets CHARCOAL GRILL to take an $800 lead over Shawn.

Round 4: PHRASE

First up are a $600 S but then T for terrible. Second, Briana finds three N's for $2,700, a $350 D, an A and two E's before we hear the S-U Bell...

_ _ _ _ / _ _ N E
A N D / S _ N _ E _

...and it's a $6K Final Spin! After the frontloading H appears...

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

...this solution goes to Briana HOOK, LINE AND SINKER for $8,550 and the win.

SOLE DUD BEFORE S-U: T (Kayla)
AFTERWARDS: M (Briana)

FINAL SCORES
Kayla: $7,200/Briana: $14,006 cash & trip/Shawn: $6,400

GT: $27,606
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $7,300

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$100K Bonus Round
Briana hands over the E envelope of GAME to the host.

Category: THING
This caused a SCROOGING back in S26...

S _ _ R _
_ _ R _ E


HDMO only adds...

S H _ R _
_ _ R _ E


...and her total winnings won't go up by a $35K SHARP CURVE.

MY EP. RATING: 5

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WOF Retro Recap: May 22, 2012

EPISODE #5637: GREAT OUTDOORS (PORTLAND)

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ R E _ N
M _ _ _ O W

Jeff solves GREEN MEADOW. Two men competing on this Tuesday...

Jeff Herbster: vinyl record store worker who's been living in Portland for seven years (orig. from Toledo, OH)
Doug Herren: retired teacher who's been cooking at a local restaurant for two yrs. from Eugene, OR
Tina Brown: judicial assistant and former roller derby player (she's wearing her roller derby socks for good luck) from Amity, OR

$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

F I R S _ - A _ D
_ I _

Tina likely used this at least once in her old career, a FIRST-AID KIT.

FEATURED TRIP (sponsored by "MIB 3"): Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast in Honokaa, HI worth $6K

Jackpot Round: PHRASE 

Tina first takes four T's for the River City Bicycles gift tag, three FP A's, but the BANKRUPT near TD steals the GT. Second, Jeff wastes a turn w/ the MDW's right side. Third, Doug calls up three H's for $1,650, three E's, two S's for $1,800 more and a W as in WC. Board...

T H A T ' S / T H E
W A _ / T H E / _ A _ _
_ _ _ _ _ E S

...well, THAT'S THE WAY THE BALL BOUNCES -- he's won his first $3,200.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Doug's opponents)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,950

Doug: $3,200 WC/Tina: $2K/Jeff: $1K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Jeff kicks off w/ a $550 T, two N's to add $1,800, three I's and the same number of O's, but after a $600 S is L for loss. Second, Doug tacks on two P's for the HI trip...

_ O N _ _ _ S _ T I O N
P I _ _ _
O _ / P I _

...he eats a CONVERSATION PIECE OF PIE to win it.

SOLE DUD: L (Jeff)

Doug: $9,200 cash & HI WC/Tina: $2K/Jeff: $1K 

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PP Round: EVENT 

Doug's first picks are five N's for $1,500, three O's, an E and four A's, then come a $400 T, the last vowel of I, a $300 R, a $600 F, a $300 P, a $2,400 M trio and a $300 Y before he finally goes for the solve...

A N / A F T E R N O O N
N A P / I N / M Y
_ A M M O _ _

...he won't have AN AFTERNOON NAP IN MY HAMMOCK (because I don't own one), but he's got another $4,800 and a $7,655 Hotwire.com trip to the Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa (includes a nighttime zip-line ride from Rain Forest Adventures) in ST. LUCIA.

PR!

Doug: $21,655 cash & trips WC/Tina: $2K/Jeff: $1K

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$3K Tossup: PERSON

C _ M _ B _ C K
_ I _

I don't think Jeff's gonna be the COMEBACK KID of the night, but he's up to $4K.

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

Doug later puts up the C...

_ N D / T H _ / C R _ _ D
G _ _ S / _ _ _ D

...AND THE CROWD GOES WILD --- he's off to Bonusland w/ another $4,500.

FINAL SCORES
Doug: $26,155 cash & trips WC/Tina: $2K/Jeff: $4K  

GT: $32,155
BANKRUPT TRASH: gift tag

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$100K Bonus Round
Doug takes out the C envelope.

Category: PHRASE
This one's pretty easy...

_ _ R / _ _ _ T
_ T ' S / _ _ R T _


DBC aren't there, but two O's and two H's do show up...

_ O R / _ H _ T
_ T ' S / _ O R T H


...FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH, he's also a $30K winner and leaves w/ $56,155 cash & trips.

MY EP. RATING:7

WOF Retro Recap: May 21, 2012

EPISODE #5636: GREAT OUTDOORS (PORTLAND)

$1K Tossup: THINGS

S L _ E P _ N G
B A _ S

Arica solves SLEEPING BAGS. These three players kick off the final week from the Oregon Convention Center...

Arica Langston: admin. assistant who's part of a family of 22 (!) from Snohomish, WA
Nick LeMon: outdoor retailer worker from Portland
Erin Cuningham: physician assistant in Dermatology who loves Portland's Happy Hours from Portland (orig. from Sitka, AK)

$2K Tossup: SONG TITLE

S T A N _ / B Y
_ _ _ R / _ A _

Nick solves Tammy Wynette's "STAND BY YOUR MAN".

FEATURED TRIP: Gateway Canyons in Western CO worth $5,642

Jackpot Round: BEFORE & AFTER (pine trees wipe)

He first FPs an A, calls up four R's for $3,600 and buys three O's before getting the MDW's right side to lose $3,350. Second, Erin calls up two T's for $1,200, two E's, two N's for another $900 and a Jackpot M...

_ R E A T _ _ N _R O O M
_ O R / R E N T

...she's won more than enough BREATHING ROOM FOR RENT in the form of $10,300 (including a $7,950 pot)!

SOLE BANKRUPT: Nick

Nick: $2K/Erin: $10,300/Arica: $1K

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Mystery Round: FOOD & DRINK

Fresh from her nice Jackpot win, Erin wastes a spin w/ the other MDW BANKRUPT. Second, Arica takes three N's for $2,700, four A's, and a D for the WC, followed by two E's, three I's, and four S's while on the MW near LaT before adding the $4K offer to her $1,950 (but that's the $10K one). She then buys the rest of the vowel shop, picks up the CO trio w/ two T's and plugs in three $300 C's before she...

_ E A N U T S
_ A I S I N S / A N D
C _ O C O _ A T E
C _ I _ S

...eats some PEANUTS, RAISINS AND CHOCOLATE CHIPS for a total of $11,992 in cash & CO (it would've been $17,992 instead).

SOLE BANKRUPT: Erin

Nick: $2K/Erin: $10,300/Arica: $12,992 cash & CO WC 

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PP Round: EVENT 

Arica leads off w/ the MDW's right side, so goodbye WC. Nick secondly finds no N's. Third, Erin captures six T's for $3K, two E's, an O, and an $1,100 S pairing, then we show her...

_ / _ _ S _ T / T O
T _ E / S T _ T E
_ _ _ _ T _ _

...another $3,600 is hers as well as A VISIT TO THE STATE CAPITAL of HAWAII on this $5,020 Hotwire trip to the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa.
  
SOLE DUD OF THE ROUND: N (Nick)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Arica

Nick: $2K/Erin: $18,920 cash & HI/Arica: $12,992 cash & CO

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$3K Tossup: PHRASE

T I P / _ _ / _ _ E
I C _ B E _ _

Nick's solve is just the TIP OF THE ICEBERG, so up to $5K he goes.

Round 4: PERSON

A $600 S gets him started, followed by a $900 R, three A's and a $2,400 T trio...

A / T _ _ _ _ R / _ _
T A _ _ / T A _ _ S

...he thinks he's A TELLER OF TALL TALES for $3,650 more.

PR!

Nick: $8,650/Erin: $18,920 cash & HI/Arica: $12,992 cash & CO

Round 5: ON THE MAP (full $1,900 speed-up)

After somebody calls the G...

_ N _ _ _ _ _ G _
_ L _ S _ _

...Erin fittingly solves ANCHORAGE, ALASKA for $3,800 and the win!

DUDS: T (Erin), M (Nick), D (Nick)

FINAL SCORES
Nick: $8,650/Erin: $22,720 cash & HI/Arica: $12,992 cash & CO

GT: $44,362
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $3,350

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$100K Bonus Round
The final hybrid car offered in Portland is a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The BW stops on the E of AMERICA'S for Erin.

Category: THING
The first word's a gimme...

T E _ _ E R _ T _ R E
_ _ _ _ E


CPDA adds only one more letter on the bottom...

T E _ P E R A T _ R E
_ A _ _ E


...but her money TEMPERATURE GAUGE will still rise to the tune of $30K (Jim: "Erin, here's your happiest hour ever..."), so she leaves w/ $52,720 cash & trip.

MY EP. RATING: 8