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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WOF Retro Recap: June 15, 2012 -- SEASON 29 FINALE

EPISODE #5655: AMERICA'S GAME (WK. 5)

We're not ending on "Shopping Spree" as I first thought, but rather "Wheel Across America".

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

L _ _ D I _ G / _ Y
E _ A _ P _ E

Audra blows it w/ LEADING MY ESCAPE.

L E A D I N G / B Y
E _ A M P _ E

Jessica's LEADING BY EXAMPLE. Here are the final players of S29...

Jessica The: church choir teacher from Newport Beach, CA (orig. from Miles City, MT)
Audra Robson: member of a rock band named Rhombu$ who also works at a dive bar and is the co-founder of a non-profit organization called Makeshift from Bellingham, WA 
Phil Sze:Marine Corps dispersing accountant from Vista, CA

$2K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ / _ _ S _ _ _ _ I
R _ V _ _

Audra screws it up again w/ THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER

_ _ _ / _ _ S S _ U _ I
R _ V _ _

Phil capitalizes w/ THE MISSOURI RIVER.

LAST FEATURED TRIP OF THE SEASON: Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal worth $5,425

Jackpot Round: TV TITLE (w/ a ! at the end; and I no-lettered this one!)

He calls an automatic dud of T while on the green 1/2 KIA. Second, Jessica wastes a spin w/ the MDW's left side. Third, Audra puts up two Jackpot L's, buys three I's, but then BANKRUPTS near the WC. Phil says his second straight dud of L while on the Bed Bath & Beyond gift tag. Jessica next finds a $600 V (the last word's LIVE!), two E's to clean out the vowels but nothing else w/ B while on the trip. After Audra gets the same MDW BANKRUPT, Phil picks off four V's for $10K...

_ I M M _
_ I M M E L
L I V E !

...and solves "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!".

DUDS: T (Phil), B (Jessica)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (women; Audra 2x) 
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,100

Phil: $12K/Jessica: $1K/Audra: $0

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME 

Jessica immediately takes $4K worth of four T's via the MW near the MDW (bad move), buys an E and three A's, but loses her turn w/ H. Second, Audra finds herself in LaT territory. Third, Phil FPs a dud vowel of I and plugs in two N's for $1,600, the $450 D and the last vowel of two O's, then come $600 B and L doubles, a $1K S couple, a $400 P, twin M's for another $1,800...but then the BANKRUPT near the WC to forfeit $6,200. Jessica then gets the trip w/ an R...

B E L L - B O T T O M
A N D / S M A R T _ -
P A N T S

...she solves BELL-BOTTOM AND SMARTY-PANTS for a total of $8,925 in cash & Montreal this round (she could've taken the lead w/ $15,925 instead).

SOLE DUD: H (Jessica)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Phil
SOLE LaT: Audra

Phil: $12K/Jessica: $9,925 cash & trip/Audra: NOTHING

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PP Round: FOOD & DRINK 

Audra gets the other 1/2 KIA right away w/ an N, but her O buy is no good (and it's the only bad one of the board). Second, Phil claims a $1K S pairing and two E's, but the MDW's other BANKRUPT flushes away the $750 remainder (that's his second one this episode). Third, Jessica puts up two T's for $600 and six A's, but the LaT strikes. After Audra repeats the N, Phil puts in three M's for $1,800 (that was probably the consonant Audra wanted to say) and the rest of the vowels...

_ A _ A M E _
M A _ A _ A M I A / N U T
_ _ U S T E _ S

...he adds another $1,300 and will dine on some CARAMEL MACADAMIA NUT CLUSTERS on his trip to the Turtle Bay Resort in OAHU worth $5,950.

SOLE DUD: O (Audra)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Phil
SOLE LaT: Jessica
SOLE DQ: Audra's N repeat

Phil: $19,250 cash & HI/Jessica: $9,925 cash & Montreal/Audra: BUPKIS

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$3K Tossup: PERSON

T H _ T / S P E C I A L
_ O _ E O _ E

THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE who finally avoids going down as the last gooseegg victim of the season is Audra.

Round 4: MOVIE QUOTE (full $1,300 speed-up)

After that lady at the end picks a W...

_ _ _ S T _ N / W _
_ _ _ _ / _ / P R _ _ L _ _

...why she didn't call the H's is beyond me, but she still recites the "Apollo 13" line "HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM" for $3,900.

FINAL SCORES
Phil: $19,250 cash & HI/Jessica: $9,925 cash & Montreal/Audra: $6,900

GT: $36,075
BANKRUPT TRASH: $7,700

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$100K Bonus Round
The last spin of the BW this season stops on the ***.

Category: PHRASE
Here's some of the bottom line...

_ _ _ _ / _ _
_ _ _ R / _ E E L S


CMHA adds besides the obvious H...

_ _ C _ / _ _
_ _ _ R / H E E L S


 ...not much else and he's wrong w/ a quiet guess of PACK UP YOUR HEELS. Don't KICK UP YOUR HEELS in celebration, Vanna, because he loses...





























































...the $30K.

Well, that's all she wrote for 29. Here's the season in review:

-Jim Thornton became the show's permanent announcer at the start of the season ("Home Sweet Home"; he made his appearance at the end of said theme week).

-The 1/2 car plates were introduced for most of the season. We had 17 winners of the 1/2 car prize (16 for the $15K Kia Soul and 1 for the Ford Fiesta sedan worth $1 shy of the KIA's value).

-We had the Secret Santa Sweepstakes for most of November, where WWC members had the chance to win the exact same winnings their in-studio partners ended up with.

-After going through a winless streak of cars won in the BR early on, seven of them have been claimed. Two solo players (Melissa Templeton and Mike Giampilis) won two cars on their respective episode.

-There were 70 wins in the BR, which is less than the previous three seasons. The only time we had a 4-1 week was the one to end 2011.

-There were four outright BR SHUTOUTS (I'm not counting those theme weeks w/ 3, 4 or 6 episodes).

-We had eight $100,000 losers throughout most of the season, but the grand prize was finally won twice this season. The first one was by Sharon Adams (April 26; $110,500) and the other was by Emily Eichelberger four days later during their four-week stay in Portland ($111,250).

-There were quite a few close calls regardless of the outcome in the MDBR -- three occurrences where a solo player or team was two spaces away, one where Cheryl Bloom was one space off (March 8), and the one time during Emily's $100K episode.

Well, there you have it -- I'm finally DONE w/ S29! I hope to see you soon for the start of S32...

MY EP. RATING: 6

WOF Retro Recap: June 14, 2012

EPISODE #5654: AMERICA'S GAME (WK. 5)

This is the set of "Great Adventures", so the Nissan Xterra is up for grabs one last time this season.

$1K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ A S E _ _ L L
M _ _ A G _ R

Audra knows that Joe Torre is a former BASEBALL MANAGER. Batting in Thursday's line-up...

Audra Smith: Villa Park P.E. HS teacher and tennis team coach from Huntington Beach
Matt Metcalf: studier of historic preservation who works at a Trenton, NJ library and is a public historian from New Hope, PA
Martha Davis: Toy Rescue Mission worker who's been a Seahawks season ticket holder since '88 from Spanaway, WA

$2K Tossup: LIVING THING

P L _ _ F U L
G _ E A T / D _ _ E

Martha might not have a PLAYFUL GREAT DANE, but she also scores and will spin first.

FEATURED TRIP: AZ's Tanque Verde Ranch $6,560

Jackpot Round: WAYD? 

Martha's off and running w/ five T's for $1,500, two E's, two H's for the trip and two O's, followed by four Jackpot N's, the last vowel of four I's and four G's for $1,200. Board...

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

...she's GETTING INTO THE SWING OF THINGS for a total of $10,510 cash & AZ.

PR!
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,100

Audra: $1K/Matt: $0/Martha: $12,510 cash & AZ

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Mystery Round: FOOD & DRINK

Here goes Audra w/ a TD N, four A's, three E's, and two N's while on the MW near the MDW before she adds two grand to the three she already has (the BANKRUPT was back there). One $900 R and an O later, she and Matt BANKRUPT near the WC, costing her $5,650. Martha then spins the other normal one, so we're right back to Audra who says a $900 S trio and hits the MDW's left side. Matt then puts up two D's for $600, a $500 P, an M for the green 1/2 KIA, two I's, and three L's while on the other MW...but he doesn't take the risk...

P A N - S E A R E D
S A L M O N / _ I T _
D I L L / S A _ _ E

...and eats up a PAN-SEARED SALMON WITH DILL SAUCE for $4,350 (it could've been $11,350 and he would've been much closer to Martha's lead).

BANKRUPTS: 4 (Audra 2x)

Audra: $1K/Matt: $4,350 1/2 KIA/Martha: $12,510 cash & AZ 

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PP Round: PHRASE

He kicks off w/ a $2,400 trio of T's, the FP of four A's, three H's for another $900, an E quartet, an I couple, a $400 N, and four O's to clean out the vowels. Next up are two $500 F's, two $300 R's, two M's for another $900 but then the LaT...

_ E _ _ O M E
A _ O A R _ / F R O M
T H E / _ A _ T A I N
O F / T H E / _ H I _

...and Martha will hear a "WELCOME ABOARD" FROM THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP on her $5,400 MSC CARIBBEAN CRUISE.

SOLE LaT: Matt

Audra: $1K/Matt: $4,350/Martha: $17,910 cash & traveling

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$3K Tossup: LANDMARK

_ H E / _ _ B _ A _ Y
_ F / _ _ _ _ R _ _ _

Sorry Matt, but Martha solves THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS to go to $20,910.

Round 4: ON THE MAP (full $1,800 speed-up)

She starts w/ two T's...

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

...but goofs w/ FARGO, SOUTH DAKOTA. After Matt buys three A's for free...

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

...he locates FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA for the house minimum.

SOLE DQ: Martha's botched solve

FINAL SCORES
Audra: $1K/Matt: $5,350/Martha: $20,910 cash & traveling

GT: $27,260
BANKRUPT TRASH: $6,550

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$100K Bonus Round
Martha spins up the first A of AMERICA'S.

Category: PHRASE
Limited RSTLNE help...

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


CDMO does for her...

M _ / _ _ _
C _ _ N C E


...she strikes out w/ "MY ONE CHANCE" and loses the $45K. I wish I had MY BIG CHANCE for big money, because I nailed it w/ just the magic six (though I wasn't too sure).

MY EP. RATING: 6

WOF Retro Recap: June 13, 2012

EPISODE #5653: AMERICA'S GAME (WK. 5)

The Honda Accord Coupe is available, so we're on "Exotic Far East".

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

R _ D _ _
_ O W _ _ Y

Kim might not a RODEO COWBOY, but she's rounded up her first bit of money. Interview time...

Kim Nash: HS Spanish teacher and graduate student who's traveling w/ her students to Argentina soon from Oxford, CT
Zoey Davis: personal assistant from Decatur, GA
Paul Franzonia: I.T. auditor who once met the Pope & President Clinton while he was in grade school from Glenolden, PA

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ U S _ / _ _ _ R
I N _ T I _ _ T _

Kim barely gets the correct answer of TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS to triple her money.

FEATURED TRIP (sponsored by "The Amazing Spider-Man"): NY worth $5K

Jackpot Round: FOOD & DRINK

First, she lands on the Jackpot way too early, but she duds out anyway w/ T. Second, Zoey calls up a $400 R, an N for the WC and two S's for $1K, but she then buys the E twice in a row. Third, Paul BANKRUPTS next to the vacant WC. Back to Kim who says two T's for $1,200, three H's for the NYC trip, and two A's, then come a $600 M, two I's to round out the vowels, and two L's for $1,100 more...
_ R I L L E D
H A M / & / _ H E E S E
S A N D _ I _ H

...she'll probably eat a GRILLED HAM & CHEESE SANDWICH while in NY, because she's won that plus another $2,400 in spending money.

SOLE DUD: T (Kim)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Paul
SOLE DQ: Zoey's E repeat
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,950

Kim: $10,400 cash & NYC/Zoey: WC/Paul: $0

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Mystery Round: AROUND THE HOUSE 

Zoey the lead-off lady begins w/ a T and three R's courtesy of her WC to pick up $14K, then she buys all of the available vowels that isn't U...

_ I _ I T A _
_ I _ E O
R E _ O R _ E R

...and solves DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDER for the leftover $13K.

PR!

Kim: $10,400 cash & NYC/Zoey: $13K/Paul: ZIP

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PP Round: PLACES 

Paul first picks of the S's for the green 1/2 KIA, three E's, but no more w/ an R call. Second for Kim are a $450 T, a $500 N, four A's, an H for the Bed Bath & Beyond gift tag, and an I, followed by the SL of three B's for $1,800, a $1,600 L double and a $7K C pair...

B E A _ T I _ _ L
B L A C _ / S A N _
B E A C H E S

She's won $11,850 cash & GT and will enjoy the BEAUTIFUL BLACK SAND BEACHES of HAWAII at the Hilton Waikoloa Village worth $6,715.

SOLE DUD: R (Paul)

Kim: $28,965 cash & trip/Zoey: $13K/Paul: ZILCH

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$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ H _ / _ O L _ R _ _ O
_ _ _ E _

Paul locates THE COLORADO RIVER to finally break through.

Round 4: WAYD?

Both he and Kim BANKRUPT near TD right out of the gate. Zoey next puts up the obvious (two $500 M's, the I and the $800 G) before we go into S-U Mode...

_ _ _ _ _ I N G
_ _ _ / _ _ _ N _ _

...and it's a $1,550 Final Spin. After a P request...

_ _ T _ _ I N G
T _ _ / P _ _ N T S

...Kim's WATERING THE PLANTS for said FS amount.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Paul and Kim)

FINAL SCORES
Kim: $30,515 cash & trip/Zoey: $13K/Paul: $3K

GT: $46,515
BANKRUPT TRASH: NONE!

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

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

_ _ T _ _ _ _ _

PMDA put in...

_ A T _ _ D _ _

...but this WATCHDOG catches her and she doesn't win the Accord.

MY EP. RATING: 7

Monday, August 25, 2014

WOF Retro Recap: June 12, 2012

EPISODE #5652: AMERICA'S GAME (WK. 5)

Most of this week will take place on the generic set. The car for this episode is the Nissan Rogue, meaning we're on "Weekend Getaways".

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

D E T _ _ _ _
_ _ C H _ _ _ N

Jerrie locates DETROIT, MICHIGAN. Meeting the solvers right now...

Jerrie Cummings: physical therapist of 21 years from DeWitt, AR
Estela Martinez: married to a First Class Naval Petty Officer from Point Magu, CA (I think she's a stand-by for Military Spouses Wk.)
Eric Archer: four-yr. Marine Corps veteran who's working at a Philadelphia area grocery store and is a part-time basketball announcer from Franklinville, NJ

$2K Tossup: PERSON

S _ O O _ H
T A _ _ _ R

Eric's a SMOOTH TALKER, at least right now.

FEATURED TRIP: Palace Hotel in S.F. worth $5,200

Jackpot Round: SAME LETTER

He first calls an automatic dud of T while on the green 1/2 KIA. Second, Jerrie says N for negative #2. Third, Estella gets the same 1/2 KIA w/ three R's, two L's for $1,100 more, an I, a $600 D and two E's, then come two U's, the SL of three B's for $1,500 more, two O's, and M for mistake while on the WC. Eric then puts up the last consonants of two F's for $800...

B R O I L E D
B U F F _ L O
B U R G E R

...and we throw in another $200 as he eats a BROILED BUFFALO BURGER.

DUDS: T (Eric), N (Jerrie), M (Estela)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,050

Eric: $3K/Jerrie: $1K/Estela: $0

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Mystery Round: FICTIONAL PLACE 

Jerrie starts w/ two S's and turns down the $2K offer for what's under the MW near the MDW...money! Next up are two T's for $1,800, three E's, five O's, two A's, but the BANKRUPT near the WC blows up in her face costing her $11,050. Second, Estela gets the other normal BANKRUPT. Third, Eric finds an $800 R, two N's for the S.F. trip, and two I's to clean out the vowels, but after a $2,400 H trio is the LaT. Down Jerrie's path next are six L's for $3K and two M's for the DVDEmpire.com gift tag...

_ L A R _ / _ E N T ' S
_ H I L _ H O O _
H O M E T O _ N / O _
S M A L L _ I L L E

...she solves CLARK KENT'S CHILDHOOD HOMETOWN OF SMALLVILLE for $4K.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)
SOLE LaT: Eric

Eric: $3K/Jerrie: $5K cash & DVDs/Estela: SCORELESS

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PP Round: PHRASE 

Estela's starters are a $300 T, two $300 N's, six E's, a $600 R pair, and two I's, then come a $550 H and M for mistake. Second, Eric captures three W's for $2,700, an A, but then S for sorry while on the other 1/2 KIA. Jerrie then inserts a $900 trio of L's...

_ _ _ / N E _ E R
_ N _ W / W H E R E
L I _ E / W I L L
T A _ E / _ _ _

...she says "YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE LIFE WILL TAKE YOU" to add that amount and $5,100 trip to the Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort in ARUBA.

DUDS: M (Estela), S (Eric)

Eric: $3K/Jerrie: $11K cash & prizes/Estela: BAD SHAPE

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$3K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ P O R T _
_ _ _ O P E _ S

Eric doubles up his $3K w/ SPORTS BLOOPERS.

Round 4: TV QUOTE

He first puts up a TD S, three E's, and a $15K H trio before we hear the S-U Bell...

_ E _ H / _ H _ _ ' S
_ H E / _ _ _ _ E _

...the consonants each pay off at $1,300. Next up are five T's...

_ E _ H / T H _ T ' ST H E / T _ _ _ E T

...BUT HE BLANKS OUT W/ $26,250 ON THE LINE; oh no.  After the A's are lit...

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

...Estela likely sealed her fate w/ a guess of "YEAH, THAT'S THE TALENT", not knowing that Jerrie's L call is a dud. Eric then puts up the C...

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

...he says "YEAH, THAT'S THE TICKET" for $27,550!

SOLE DUD (after bell): L (Jerrie)
SOLE DQ OF THE GAME: Estela's blown solve

FINAL SCORES
Eric: $33,550/Jerrie: $11K cash & prizes/Estela: DESERVING $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $45,550
BANKRUPT TRASH: $11,050

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$100K Bonus Round
Eric spins up the M of AMERICA'S.

Category: THINGS
There are plenty of choices when Vanna shows him...

_ _ _ _ _
S _ _ R T S


PMDO is good for...

_ _ _ _ _
S _ O R T S


...only the second word. Left behind in this pair of KHAKI SHORTS is $30K.

MY EP. RATING: 7

WOF Retro Recap: June 11, 2012

EPISODE #5651: AMERICA'S GAME (WK. 5)

This season-ending week begins on the set of "American Landmarks".

$1K Tossup: LANDMARK

T H _ / _ A _ I O _ A L
_ A _ L

Tina doesn't know.

T H _ / N A _ I O _ A L
M A _ L

Tamara solves THE NATIONAL MALL. Going down the line in meeting them...

Tamara Scruggs: IRS revenue officer from McDonough, GA
Dan Lindner: 9th Grade Algebra teacher and football, basketball & wrestling coach who has visited 19 countries (most recently Japan; Australia is next on his list) from Bellvue, WA 
Tina Dauzat: LSU junior studying Elementary Education from Pineville, LA

$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

T - S H I _ T / _ N D
B _ U _ / _ E A N _

Tina pauses again, but gets the right answer of T-SHIRT AND BLUE JEANS.

FEATURED TRIP: Omni Hotel & Resort on Amelia Island Plantation in FL

Jackpot Round: PROPER NAME 

Tina's first calls are three N's for $900, three A's, but then T for terrible. Second, Tamara picks up the MDW w/ two S's, an R for the Bed Bath & Beyond gift tag, a $600 B and three I's before she duds out w/ an O buy. Third, Dan puts up two L's for $900 but then BANKRUPTS near TD. Tina then buys the last vowel of E, FPs two $500 M's and lights up the leftover W's for another grand...

N E W S M A N
B R I A N
W I L L I A M S

...she IDs NBC NEWSMAN BRIAN WILLIAMS for another $2,400.

DUDS: T (Tina), O (Tamara)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Dan
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,900

Tamara: $1K/Dan: $0/Tina: $4,400

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER 

Tamara leads off w/ a $600 T, the frontloading $550 S, three A's and an E, two R's for the blue 1/2 KIA and a $600 W to complete the second word of WATER, then she buys the leftover vowels (all singles) before BANKRUPTING near TD to lose $1,500 and the plate. Dan then inserts a $400 B, a $600 B, two L's for the trip, and a $1K F pair...

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

...he solves SPARKLING WATER BUFFALO for $7,288 cash & trip.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Tamara

Tamara: $1K/Dan: $7,288 cash & FL/Tina: $4,400 

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PP Round: PHRASE

The man begins w/ three T's for $1,650 but then N for no. Tina secondly lights up a $550 S, three A's and I's, two R's for $900 and three E's...

E S T I _ A T E _
T I _ E / _ _
A R R I _ A _

...she solves ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL for $700 and a $7,500 trip to the LaSource in GRENADA.

SOLE DUD: N (Dan)

Tamara: $1K/Dan: $7,288 cash & FL/Tina: $12,600 cash & Grenada  

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$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

B _ S _ O N / _ R _ _ M
_ I _

Tina tastes some BOSTON CREAM PIE to up her score to $15,600.

Round 4: RHYME TIME

First up are a $300 N, a $500 S, but then A for awful. Second for Tamara are a $500 T, triple E's, but then R for roadblock. Third, Dan takes an $800 C but then the other dud vowel on the board (I). Next for Tina are three O's, a $900 W, a $500 B, a $900 K and a $450 L...

O N E / T W O
B _ C K L E / _ _ / S _ O E

...and she solves the famous nursery rhyme line "ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE" for $3,050 more.

DUDS: A (Tina), R (Tamara), I (Dan)
 
Tamara: $1K/Dan: $7,288 cash & FL/Tina: $18,650 cash & Grenada 

Round 5: WAYD? (full $1,300 speed-up)

Tamra later calls the P...

T _ R _ _ _ N _
_ / P _ R T _

...she was THROWING A PARTY while she's watching herself, so she's won another $3,900.

FINAL SCORES
Tamara: $4,900/Dan: $7,288 cash & FL/Tina: $18,650 cash & Grenada 

GT: $30,838
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $2,400

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$100K Bonus Round
Replacing the Winnebago on this episode is a Mazda MX-5 Miata. Tina lands on the E of AMERICA'S.

Category: PERSON
I know this already...

_ R _ _ _ N _ L
_ _ N E R


CFDO adds nothing but two O's...

O R _ _ _ N _ L
O _ N E R


...and she's officially th 70th BR winner of the season and a non-ORIGINAL OWNER of the $30K (Jim: "Tina, You can afford some new shoes & then some..."), so she leaves w/ $48,650 cash & trip.

MY EP. RATING: 7

Earthquake hits Northern CA

Yesterday, an earthquake w/ a magnitude of 6.0 hit northern CA. The hardest hit was Napa Valley (this show has offered trips to there). No fatalities were reported but over 150 people were injured. Click HERE for the full report.

If any of you contestants have won a trip to Napa, please be careful out there.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

WOF Retro Recap: June 8, 2012

EPISODE #5650: NEWLYWEDS WEEK

$1K Tossup: MOVIE TITLE

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ S

Nate nails "BRIDESMAIDS". Wrapping up the week are...

Nate & Kristen Pochomis (20 mos.): he's an instructor for a major aviation training company while she's a middle school teacher at the Kent Place School in Summit; they're from Chatham, NJ
Ariel & Steven Wax (8 mos.): she's in sales for a men's underwear co. while he sells orthopedic devices to medical surgeons; they're from NY
Lilia & Mike Perez (1/2 a yr.): he's a funeral director while she's a supervisor at a health care institute; they're from Boston   

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

H _ _ / T O
_ _ O _

The Perezes are HOT TO TROT.

LAST SH OF THE WEEK: The Inn at Bowman's Hill in New Hope, PA from BedandBreakfast.com worth $7,125

Jackpot Round: HUSBAND & WIFE

They quickly LaT out. Second, the Pochomises call up a $300 N, two D's to triple up, four A's and an E, followed by a $1K S pair, four R's for another two grand, and the leftover vowels before they see...

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

...they solve GARTH BROOKS AND TRISHA YEARWOOD for $2,900.

SOLE LaT: Perezs
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,600

Perezes: $2K/Pochomises: $3,900/Waxes: $0

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

That middle couple has wasted a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near TD. Second, the Waxes fill in a $450 S, FP four E's, capture four $900 R's and buy an A, then they say L for lose. Third, the Perezes pick up the trip w/ an N but LaT out for the second time this game. Back to the Pochomises who spot three T's for $1,050, the SL of four P's for another $1,800, and two I's...

P I _ T _ R E -
P E R _ E _ T
P A R T N E R S _ I P

...their PICTURE-PERFECT PARTNERSHIP improves to the tune of $2,600.

SOLE DUD: L (Ariel & Steven)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Pochomises
SOLE LaT: Waxes

Perezes: $2K/Pochomises: $6,500/Waxes: ZILCH

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PP Round: EVENT

In their next attempt to get on the board, the Waxes lead off w/ a $350 T, two H's for $1,200, four E's and two A's, but then the MDW's left side to give back $1,050. Second, the Perezes have a $300 S, an O buy, two R's for the green 1/2 KIA and three I's to finish off the vowels, then they put up three N's for $2,400...

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

...and will be taking A REFRESHING DIP IN THE OCEAN, because they've banked $3,200 and a Hotwire trip to the Smugglers Cove in ST. LUCIA worth $6,900.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Waxes

Perezes: $12,100 cash & St. Lucia/Pochomises: $6,500/Waxes: TOUGH LUCK

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$3K Tossup: PERSON

F _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ - _ _ W

The Pochomises get closer to the lead w/ a FATHER-IN-LAW.

Round 4: PHRASE

S for sorry is how they start. Second for the Waxes are two $300 N's but then a bad vowel purchase in O. Third, the Perezes get a $450 T and an A quartet, then we shift into S-U Mode...

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

...w/ a $1,500 Final Spin (Pat's first spin was/ the BANKRUPT near TD). Two M's and H's later...

A / M A T _ H / M A _ _
_ N / H _ A _ _ N

...it's A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN for the Pochomises -- they've won the game by just $400.

DUDS (both before Final Spin): S (Pochomises), O (Waxes)

FINAL SCORES
Perezes: $12,100 cash & St. Lucia/Pochomises: $12,500/Waxes: $2K GOOSEEGG

GT: $26,600
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,050

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$100K Bonus Round
Kristen takes out the E envelope of AMERICA'S. And make it three eps. in a row that a team is by themselves.

Category: THING
The RSTLNE aid...

_ _ L _ _
E _ _ _ S E


This is one of those times where BGHO completely strikes out...and they unfortunately go with that. Furthermore, they're way off w/ SOLAR ECLIPSE and LUNAR ECLIPSE, so all they have is a VALID EXCUSE to let $40K go down the drain.

MY EP. RATING: 5

WOF Retro Recap: June 7, 2012

EPISODE #5649: NEWLYWEDS WEEK

$1K Tossup: EVENT

T H _ O _ _ _ _ / _ H E
_ _ _ Q _ _ _

Cara remembers THROWING THE BOUQUET. Our next three teams...

Cara & Howard Tyson (1.5 yrs.): she's an elementary band/orchestra teacher at Willow Dale ES while he's the VP of engineering at a small software co. in Philly; they're from Glenside, PA
Jessie & Mike Zwicker: he's a 5th grade teacher at I.S. 125 in Queens while she's a HS Math teacher at Valley Stream Central HS; they're from Massapequa, NY and met on a blind date
Kristen & Jonathan Eyler (15 mos.): she's a SAHM while he's a railroad construction worker for a local railroading co. installing signal systems; they're from Shepherdstown, WV

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

_ O _ K / _ _ F O _ E
_ O U / L _ _ P

The Zwickers rightly say "LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP".

FEATURED SH: Brendan Vacation to Ireland from Hotwire worth $6,380

Jackpot Round: QUOTATION

The middle couple's first picks are two T's for the green 1/2 KIA, six E's and S for sorry. Second, the Eylers have the same fate w/ an N call. Third, the Tysons find a $600 pair of H's, three A's, a $2,700 trio of R's and a W for the other 1/2 KIA but next is a bad purchase in I. Back to the Zwickers who put up a $300 G and BANKRUPT near the WC to forfeit their plate and $1,050. The Eylers then light up a $1,200 pair of D's...

W E / A R E
G A T H E R E D
H E R E / T _ D A _

...they say "WE ARE GATHERED HERE TODAY" for the other $800 and make this game a virtual three-way tie.

DUDS: S (Zwickers), N (Eylers), I (Tysons)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Zwickers
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9K

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Mystery Round: SAME NAME

The Eylers lead off w/ a TD T, three E's, a $300 R and three A's, followed by an N quartet for the trip but then the LaT. Second for the Tysons are a FP I (we didn't hear the ding), an O to clean out the vowels, a $600 D, two L's at the end for the WC, a $900 M but then B for bad. The Zwickers follow suit w/ a $1,200 C trio and a G via the MW near the MD one. They gamble the 12 Benjamins...and the $10K is there! Afterwards...

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

...they solve MATING AND CONFERENCE CALL for $11,200.

SOLE DUD: B (Zwickers)
SOLE LaT: Eylers

Tysons: $1K WC/Zwickers: $13,200/Eylers: $2K

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PP Round: SAME LETTER

The Tysons get the SL of four S's right away for $3,200, buy two E's an an A, and BANKRUPT the same way the Zwickers did in R1 to lose $2,700 and the WC. Said middle team is second in line w/ two $900 N's and the LaT. Third, the Eylers pick off a $2,400 N trio, an I and a $600 L pair, but that same BANKRUPT gets them again to the tune of $2,750. Back to the Tysons who put up an $1,100 pair of L's but the sole dud vowel of O stops them. After the Zwickers buy the remaining twin U's and light up a $400 C...

S P L E N D I D
S A N D
S C U L P _ U _ E S

...they'll build some SPLENDID SAND SCULPTURES, because they've won $1,950 and a trip to the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe in the D.R. worth $6,360.

SOLE DUD: O (Tysons)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Tysons, Eylers)
SOLE LaT: Zwickers

Tysons: $1K/Zwickers: $21,510 cash & D.R./Eylers: $2K

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$3K Tossup: TITLE

P R _ _ _ / A _ D
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ E

The Tysons solve Jane Austen's "PRIDE AND PREJUDICE" to x4 their $1K.

Round 4: WAYD (full $6K speed-up!)

Howard starts w/ two N's but tries to call the obvious G during their thinking period. Two S's get called later...

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

...and the Eylers are RISING TO THE OCCASION for $24K & the win! victory!

FINAL SCORES
Tysons: $4K/Zwickers: $21,510 cash & D.R./Eylers: $26K

GT: $51,510
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $6,500

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$100K Bonus Round
This is the second straight episode that a team doesn't have anybody in the audience, but Kristen spins up the first A of AMERICA'S.

Category: PERSON
To start this 12-letter answer...

_ _ _ _ _ S
_ _ T _ _ _ R


CDP aren't there, but two O's do show up...

_ _ _ O _ S
_ _ T _ O R


...Kristen gets the second word of AUTHOR...and Jonathan gets the job done at the last sec., so they can buy plenty of book from any FAMOUS AUTHOR of their choice w/ $45K! That gives them $71K to take home!

MY EP. RATING: 8

WOF Retro Recap: June 6, 2012

EPISODE #5648: NEWLYWEDS WEEK

$1K Tossup: EVENT

B _ _ _ / M A _ ' S
_ P _ E C _

Mike & Katie solve the BEST MAN'S SPEECH. From left to right, here are...

Mike & Katie Lane (1 yr.): he's about to finish two Liberty University degrees while she's a 5th Grade teacher at Lakeside ES; they're college sweethearts from Mechanicsville, VA and got married in a Vegas toga party
Amber & Patrick Winslow (10 mos.): she's a master county police officer near Atlanta while he's a lead repairs electronics technician in Norcross; they're from Lawrenceville, GA
Elys & Kenny Perez (2 mos.): from Philly (originally from Cuba & Miami)

$2K Tossup: PERSON

_ _ _ A _ W I N _ E R

Katie triples up for the team w/ BREADWINNER.

FEATURED SH: Oceania Cruise to the Mediterranean worth $9,225

Jackpot Round: MOVIE QUOTE

First up are two L's for $900, two S's for the cruise and a $500 T before Mike tries to nail this one...

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

...yes w/ "I'LL HAVE WHAT SHE'S HAVING" (from "When Harry Met Sally") for a total of $10,625 in that round alone.

PR
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $5,950

Lanes: $13,625 cash & cruise/Winslows: $0/Perezes: $0

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Mystery Round: AUTHOR/TITLE

The Winslows start their run w/ an $800 T, five E's, two R's for another $1,200, three S's for the blue 1/2 KIA, and four A's, then they pick up the SpaFinder gift tag w/ an H...

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

...and she solves WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S "ROMEO AND JULIET" for $4K cash & gift tag.

PR #2

Lanes: $13,625 cash & cruise/Winslows: $4K cash & GT 1/2 KIA/Perezes: $0

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PP Round: FOOD & DRINK

The Perezes waste their first turn w/ the MDW's left side. Second, the Lanes strike out w/ L while on the other 1/2 KIA. Third, the Winslows put up a $450 S and two E's, but they LaT out. The Perezes next BANKRUPT again courtesy of the one near TD. The Lanes follow w/ a $500 N and an O before getting the same normal BANKRUPT. Afterwards, the Winslows take two $500 T's for that same 1/2 KIA the Lanes couldn't get, an I, and six R's for another $4,800. Here we go...

_ R O _ E N
S T R _ _ _ E R R _
_ _ R _ _ R I T _

...they just won $20,750 cash & KIA Soul plus a $5K trip to where they'll enjoy a FROZEN STRAWBERRY MARGARITA -- a $5K trip to the Hawks Cay Island Resort, Marina & Villas in FLORIDA!

SOLE DUD: L (Lanes)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Perezes 2x, Lanes)
SOLE LaT: Winslows

Lanes: $13,625 cash & cruise/Winslows: $29,750 cash & prizes/Perezes: HARD LUCK

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$3K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ I _ _ _ B _ C K
_ _ D _

The Lanes have a brain fart on their Tossup sweep bid.

_ I _ _ Y B _ C K
_ _ D E

The Winslows take a PIGGYBACK RIDE to go to $32,750.

Round 4: PHRASE

Their first letter of S stands for sorry. Second, the Perezes finally get something going w/ two $500 T's, the same number of O's, a $500 N, and vowel singles of A and U, then come a $550 F, the rest of the vowels (2 E's and an I), and three L's for another $900...

A / L I T T L E
_ U N _ L E / O F / _ O _

...A LITTLE BUNDLE OF JOY brings them another $300 and they're off the schneid.

SOLE DUD: S (Winslows)

Lanes: $13,625 cash & cruise/Winslows: $29,750 cash & prizes/Perezes: $2K

Round 5: SHOW BIZ

First for the team at the end are a $600 T, an E, a FP I , but then N for no and the S-U Bell is heard...

_ _ _ E
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ T

...the leftover consonants are worth $1,800 apiece. After Mike says the L...

L I _ E
_ R _ _ _ C _ S T

...this episode isn't a LIVE BROADCAST, but he makes the $3,600 solve.

SOLE DUD (before Final Spin): N (Elys & Kenny)

FINAL SCORES
Lanes: $17,225 cash & cruise/Winslows: $32,750 cash & prizes/Perezes: $2K 

GT: $51,975
BANKRUPT TRASH: $250

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$100K Bonus Round
Amber's spun the N of SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
This biggie begins like this...

_ _ _ T E / _
_ _ _ _ L _ _ E N T


HDMA puts in besides the obvious A...

_ _ _ T E / A
_ _ M _ L _ M E N T


...but QU- defeats them and I won't be giving them QUITE A COMPLIMENT for not winning the $50K.

MY EP. RATING: 7

WOF Retro Recap: June 5, 2012

EPISODE #5647: NEWLYWEDS WEEK

$1,000 Tossup: EVENT

_ _ _ R I A G E
_ R _ _ O _ _ L

Sara & Mike had their MARRIAGE PROPOSAL. Tuesday's newlyweds...

Sara & Mike Munoz (9 mos.): she's a recruiter for a pharmaceutical biotech & research company while he's a school paraprofessional at the Academy of Roselle Park; they're from Roselle Park, NJ
Ana & David Freer (15 mos.): she's an ER nurse while he teaches at Miami Killian Senior High School (especially History); they're from Miami (and his boat didn't immediately start after they got engaged)

Holly & Tayler Johnson (7 mos.): she's a tax accountant while he's an auditor; they first met at a band camp where the mellophone was played and are from Vienna, VA
 

$2K Tossup: THING

_ A _ I _ Y
_ _ E E

The Munozes go have a brain fart this time.

_ A M I _ _
_ _ E E

The Johnsons know their FAMILY TREE.

FEATURED SH: Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa from hotwire worth $6,700

Jackpot Round: FICTIONAL CHARACTERS

The Johnsons start the search w/ four N's for $2,400, three A's, two $600 D's, and two E's, but next is L for loss. Second, the Munozes find two $800 W's, the $900 S, and two $300 R's...

S _ _ E R _ A N / A N D
W _ N D E R / W O _ A N

...but Mike blows the $3,100 solve for his team w/ SUPERMAN AND SPIDER WOMAN (and he said the correct name for the second character after Pat ruled against them). The Freers then call up a $1,600 pair of M's...

S _ _ E R M A N / A N D
W _ N D E R / W O M A N

...and another $400 w/ SUPERMAN AND WONDER WOMAN.

SOLE DUD: L (Johnsons)
SOLE DQ: Munozes' blown solve
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,600
 
Freers: $2K/Johnsons: $2K/Munozes: $1K

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Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

Trying to redeem themselves, the Munozes begin w/ the FP of eight E's, three H's for $1,650, two T's for the green 1/2 KIA and an $1,800 R trio, then we've displayed...

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

...Sara nails "HERE COMES THE BRIDE ALL DRESSED IN WHITE" for $4,450.

PR

Freers: $2K/Johnsons: $2K/Munozes: $5,450 1/2 KIA

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PP Round: PHRASE

After an edited-out spin to start this crucial round (the wheel wasn't in the proper position; it would've landed on the Swan Chocolates gift tag had they left it in), the Freers lead off w/ a $7K pair of T's, two E"s and three A's, followed by an $1,800 L trio, two O's, two R's for another $1K and the I's to round out the vowels...

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

...THIS CALLS FOR A CELEBRATION -- they're in the lead w/ another $8,800 and the $6K caravan.com CENTRAL AMERICA TOUR.

TECHNICAL PR

Freers: $16,800 cash & trip/Johnsons: $2K/Munozes: $5,450

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$3K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ O I _ G / _ _ E_ _ N G O

Mike blows his second solve attempt w/ DOING THE CONGO.

_ O I _ G / _ H E
_ _ N G O

The Johnsons don't do any better at the time's up signal w/ DOING THE BONGO.

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

The Freers are rightly DOING THE TANGO to move to $19,800.

Round 4: WAYD?

First up are two T's for $600 and an E, but their second spin's the BANKRUPT near TD. The Johnsons secondly put up a $500 N, two A's, a $550 G, two I's, three O's, a $1K R pair and the last vowel of U...

_ A T _ _ I N G / O U R
_ A _ O R I T E / _ _ O _

...but Holly blows the solve w/ CATERING OUR FAVORITE FOOD, so they don't double their $2K (at least not right now). Over to the Munozes who spot a $500 C, $900 H couplet, two W's (front and back) via FP, and a $300 F, but they BANKRUPT the same way at the Freers to toss aside $2,700. Said red team then put up the TD V...

W A T C H I N G / O U R
F A V O R I T E / _ H O W

...and while WATCHING OUR FAVORITE SHOW, they make the solve.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (Freers, Munozes)
SOLE DQ: Johnsons' blown solve (their second one this evening)

Freers: $24,800 cash & trip/Johnsons: $2K/Munozes: $5,450

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Round 5: FOOD & DRINK (full $1,400 speed-up)

After Sara puts up the R early on...

_ _ _ _ _ T
_ R _ T T _ _

...she eats some PEANUT BRITTLE to add a $600 bonus.

FINAL SCORES
Freers: $24,800 cash & trip/Johnsons: $2K/Munozes: $7,450

GT: $34,250
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,050

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$100K Bonus Round
Ana lands on the R envelope for her team.

Category: PHRASE
Very easy bonus puzzle...

_ N / _ / _ _ R R _

They agree w/ us after she goes w/ HYCA...

_ N / A / H _ R R _ 

...and she makes the $30K solve IN A HURRY to end their night w/ $54,800 cash & tour.

VIDEO BONUS: Blown solves a-plenty and EZ BR

MY EP. RATING: 7