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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

WOF Recap: September 17, 2013

EPISODE #5852: SEASON PREMIERE (LAS VEGAS)

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ _ / _ _ E
D I C E

Luis correctly says "ROLL THE DICE". For the first time this season, there are two men on the panel...

Luis Hernandez: 3rd year pharmacy school student at Nova Southeastern Univ. and former five-yr. salsa dancing instructor from Miami
Melissa Higgs: cardiac surgery nurse from Edgewater, MD  
Paul Atkinson: firefighter and beer brewer from Hillsboro, OR 

$2K Tossup: TITLE

_ _ _ _ / _ _ / _ G _ S

Melissa quickly solves "ROCK OF AGES".

FEATURED TRIP: Collette Vacations tour of Ireland worth $7,898

Round 1: THING (but also Same Letter; did they retire that category?)

Three $650 R's get Melissa started, followed by two E's and I's, but then S for strikeout while on the WC. Second, Paul takes a $2,500 T, the rest of the vowels, two N's and three C's for the MDW before we look at...

C O R N E R
C U R I O
C A _ I N E T

He botches the pronunciation of the first two words w/ CORNO CURRO CABINET; that will cost him $2,350 and his million-dollar chances as Luis correctly solves CORNER CURIO CABINET for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: S (Melissa)
DQ: Paul's blown solve

Scores after R1
Paul: $0
Other players: $2K each

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Paul starts his road to redemption w/ two $500 R's for the 1/2 CAR near $450. It's all him from here (BTW, all of his spins landed him on that same green space near $450) ...

O U T E R
S _ A _ E
H E A T E R

He solves OUTER SPACE HEATER for $2K, meaning we have a 3-way tie going into the next round.

PERFECT ROUND!

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PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

Luis immediately says three $1K R's while on the EXPRESS wedge...and he'll be the first player ever to hop aboard the Express train! Good luck, sir...

Next Letters: O, E (3), A (2), C, L, F, S, I (2; last of the vowels), N (2), D, G and V!

D I V I N G / N E A R
C O R A L / R E E F S

He'll be DIVING NEAR CORAL REEFS because he's won $11K and a hotwire.com trip package (SONY Handycam PJ380 included) to the St. James's Club in ANTIGUA for a total of $18,739 in cash and prizes in that round alone!


PERFECT ROUND #2! 

(NOTES: In Express Mode, we see a rectangular contestant window similar to what see in the BR and the show's two-row logo is replaced by the Express logo. Also, the contestant's current round winnings is the same as the now retired Jackpot one)

Scores after R3 
Luis: $20,739 cash and prizes
Other players: $2K each

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$3K Tossup: PLACE

_ H _ / _ _ P O S I _ G
T _ _ M

Luis isn't on THE OPPOSING TEAM, but he solves this one to go over the $23K mark.

Round 4: EVENT

This round belongs to Luis...

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

...and he can takes a ROMANTIC GONDOLA RIDE at The Ventian w/ another $1,600.

PERFECT ROUND #3!

Going into R5
Luis: $25,339 cash and prizes
Other players: $2K each

Round 5: AROUND THE HOUSE (full $1,650 speed-up)

_ L _ _ _ _
_ _ L L _ _ S

Luis pockets another $4,950 to put under his FLUFFY PILLOWS!

DUDS (first three are all part of a null cycle left intact):  R (Paul), N (Luis), T (Melissa) and M (Paul)

FINAL SCORES
Luis: $30,289 cash and prizes
Other players: $2K each

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $34,289
PENALTY SPACE-FREE EPISODE AGAIN!

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$100K Bonus Round
The I in AMERICA'S is where Luis stops on.

Category: PERSON
This 16-letter answer starts out as...

_ R E _ _ _ _ S
_ _ _ _ _ _ N T 


He's looking good after calling CDPA...

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


I wonder who's the PREVIOUS OCCUPANT of that Camaro 2LT Coupe worth $35,845? Anyway, Luis has won that (the $5K bonus was edited out due to the AutoNation plug) and departs w/ $71,134 cash and prizes!

(FINAL NOTE: The RSTLNE slot machine graphic for the Vegas shows this season stays on-screen unlike in S28.)

$5K+ SPIN ID: AZ0530129 

VIDEO BONUS (courtesy of Wayoshi): Paul's EPIC FAIL and Luis' great night

MY EP. RATING: 8 out of 10

3 comments:

  1. Are you still a part of Buy a Vowel Boards? Just curious...

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    1. I am; I used to do recapping on their site w/ some of the members, but the admins decided to relieve me of my job for being harsh on contestants in my recaps. So, I've secretly created this site in order to "get help" from them (but I'm really competing against them as a reliable source on the web).

      And I will get harsh on contestants on this site of mine if I have to.

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  2. really WOF the guy was excited about winning a million dollars and he rush it a little, for shame fo shame

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