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Thursday, February 28, 2013

WOF Recap: February 28, 2013

EPISODE #5774: CALIFORNIA COAST

Repeat Flashback Clip (2007): Pat jokingly reports of a crazed gorilla that entered the studio and ate Vanna

For the fourth straight night, we begin the game w/...

$1,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

B I _ / _ U _
C A L I _ _ R _ I A

Tara locates BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA. Thursday's players to end the month of February...

Tara Dorsey: HS English teacher and ES reading specialist from Mechanicsburg, PA
Kathy Johnson: retired diner manager and NASCAR fan from Groveport, OH
Paul Harper: board-certified MRI technologist at the Univ. of Louisville Hospital from Louisville, KY

$2,000 Tossup: LIVING THINGS

G _ A N T / _ _ Q U O _ A
_ R E E S

Tara makes it past these GIANT SEQUOIA TREES to triple her $1K.

FEATURED CA TRIP: Madonna Inn Resort & Spa in San Luis Obispo worth $5,500

Jackpot Round: PROPER NAME

Tara's first letters are three T's and a dud of N while on the SLO trip. Second, Kathy takes three R's and buys a few vowels but then repeats said dud consonant. Third, Paul BANKRUPTS next to top dollar. Tara next buys the rest of the vowel department, picks off three S's...

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

...and solves SUPERSTAR TAYLOR SWIFT for $2,250.

SOLE DUD: N (Tara)
BANKRUPT: Paul
DQ: Kathy's N repeat
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,700

Scores after R1
Tara: $5,250
Everybody else: $0 each

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Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Kathy's up first w/ an R, two N 's for the 1/2 CAR next to $450 and two A's, but then the sole dud vowel of E. Second, Paul picks up the Beach Bikes gift tag w/ an S and LOSES A TURN. Third, Tara collects $7K worth of L's, buys two O's and picks up the other 1/2 CAR w/ three B's...but after shutting down the vowel department, she hits the same normal BANKRUPT to forfeit $7,750 and her plate. Afterwards, Kathy fills in the rest of this puzzle (she almost landed on the California Coast wedge on her next-to-last spin)...

B O U N C Y
B I R T H D A Y
B A L L O O N S

...and solves BOUNCY BIRTHDAY BALLOONS for $3,550.

SOLE DUD: E (Kathy)
BANKRUPT: Tara
LAT: Paul

Scores after R2
Tara: $5,250
Kathy: $3,550 + 1/2 CAR
Paul: bad luck

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (Sept. 7, 2004): THINGS
Sean John selected HODP...

R _ D _ O
_ _ _ E S

...but he doesn't pick up these RADIO WAVES for $25K.

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PRIZE PUZZLE Round: FOOD AND DRINK

Still trying to get on the board, Paul first calls three S's but then the only bad vowel of A. Second, Tara removes the WC w/ a T. She later calls $7K worth of C's and uses the WC...only to learn that the L isn't there. Kathy then spins twice for M and H singles to give her $1,200 and we have... 

C O C O N _ T
S H _ _ M _
S _ E _ E _ S

She'll be eating some COCONUT SHRIMP SKEWERS during her Hotwire.com stay at the Aston Hotels & Resorts in HAWAII worth $5,500; that was a $6,700 round for her.

DUDS: A (Paul), L (Tara)

Scores after R3
Tara: $5,250
Kathy: $10,250 + 1/2 CAR
Paul: gooseegg alert

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$3,000 Tossup: RHYME TIME

 _ I L _
_ H I _ D

Paul finally breaks through after identifying a WILD CHILD.

Round 4: THING (full $1,550 speed-up)

C O M _ _ T _ R
_ N _ M _ T _ O N

Paul solves COMPUTER ANIMATION for the Final Spin amount.

DUDS: S, L, H, D (third one by Kathy, everything else by Paul)

FINAL SCORES
Tara: $5,250
Kathy: $10,250 cash and HI
Paul: $4,550

CUMULATIVE TOTAL: a measly $20,050
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $7,750

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Kathy grabs that G envelope.

Category: PHRASE
The RSTLNE can only give her...

_ _ _ S _ E _
A _ A _


We know there's at least one D from her combo of CDFA...

_ _ _ S _ E D
A _ A _


She was all over the map even w/ WISHED AWAY and FLUSHED AWAY. That means she'll be WHISKED AWAY w/ $10,250 cash and trip instead of winning another $45K.

$5K SPIN ID: JC0816752

MY EP. RATING: 4 out of 10

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