WoF Retro Recap: January 18, 2008

EPISODE #4785: DESERT PASSAGE

$1K Tossup: FICTIONAL CHARACTER

_ _ L E / E .
_ O Y _ T _

Dave outsmarted WILE E. COYOTE.

Dave Wolfe: graduated from Point Park Univ. (in Pittsburgh) w/ a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and also plays pro darts from Oakdale, PA.

Cristi Winkler: administrative assistant and former cosmetologist (she likes to play the keyboard and sing) who also works in youth ministries and was writing a book at the time (by typing) from West Bend, WI (near Milwaukee, she mentions)

Lindsey Bruner: Univ. of San Diego student w/ a major in marketing and a minor in biology who  owns a puppy named “Peagle” (he’s a mixed Pekingese/beagle) and is from San Diego

$2K Tossup: PEOPLE

P E _
O W N _ _ S

Sorry, LindseyDave has solved PET OWNERS.

FINAL DESERT TRIP: Phoenix worth $5,700

$10K Round: PLACE (PRIZE PUZZLE)

But he instantly LaTed out. Second, Cristi called up two T’s an N at $300 a pop, bought one E, two I’s and three A’s…and got the $10K wedge w/ an S. She followed w/ a $500 M, the last vowel of O, two $400 C’s, a $300 L and a $600 R before she tried to solve…

_ R A M A T I C
C O A S T L I N E

She won $12,100 and would see the DRAMATIC COASTLINE of BERMUDA at the Fairmont Southampton worth the same amount as the AZ trip, so she’s on the board in a big way w/ $17,800.

SOLE LaT: Dave

Dave: $3K/Cristi: $17,800 cash & Bermuda/Lindsey: $0

 

Jackpot Round: SONG LYRICS

Cristi first got the Maui Jim gift tag w/ two S’s and she just made it past BANKRUPT next to the pink $900, but there’s no T anyway. Second, Lindsey spun her way to two $300 M’s, three $800 N’s, three I’s, and one $450 obvious G. After her next purchases of O and U, here come a $3,500 R, two E’s, two $300 Y’s, the last vowel of two A’s, and a D for the 25 prize (this one’s $2,500 from lowermybills.com). Board…

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

Lindsey says “I’M EASY LIKE SUNDAY MORNING” (by the Commodores w/ Lionel Richie) for a total of $8,800.

SOLE DUD: T (Cristi)

Dave: $3K/Cristi: $17,800 cash & Bermuda/Lindsey: $8,800

 

Mystery/Big Money Round: FOOD & DRINK

Lindsey led off w/ two R’s for the Arizona trip, three $3,500 S’s, four E’s, three A’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $3,500 to wipe out $15,700 cash & trip. Darn. Second, Dave lit up a $300 B (he was between the LaT and the BM Wedge w/ LaT) but the other normal BANKRUPT took that amount right back. Third, Christi dug up two $800 D’s, two N’s for the WC, and the other three vowels, but she then got the same BANKRUPT Lindsey got to lose $850 and her WC. Said blue player then lit up a $1,600 pair of H’s, two P’s for $1,800 more, twin K’s for $600 and the Free SPIN, and a $300 Y before we saw…

S K I P P Y / A N D
S _ U _ K E R ‘ S / O N
_ H O _ E / _ H E A T
B R E A D

She ate some SKIPPY AND SMUCKER’S ON WHOLE WHEAT BREAD for $4,300.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole panel)

Dave: $3K/Cristi: $17,800 cash & Bermuda/Lindsey: $13,100 FS

 

$3K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

M _ N I –
C H O _ P _ R

Dave swept the Tossups w/ MINI-CHOPPER.

Round 4: PHRASE

He started w/ a $2,100 T trio and a $300 S, but it’s S-U time…

T _ _ _ _ _ / _ T / _ _ _
_ _ / S T _ _ _ _

…w/ a $1,600 FS. After he chose two L’s on his next turn…

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

…he’ll be definitely be TAKING IT ALL IN STRIDE, because he’s won another $8,800.

SOLE DUD (after bell): H (Cristi)

FINAL SCORES
Dave: $14,800/Cristi: $17,800 cash & Bermuda/Lindsey: $13,100

GT: $45,700
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus WC): $16,850

 

Bonus Round

We were on a good winning streak until the previous night, in which RJ Pomeroy totally bombed out on his bonus puzzle of GOOFING OFF even w/ the WC in play. Let’s see if Cristi ended the week 4-1. She landed on the $.

Category: FOOD & DRINK

This eight-letter answer started as…

_ E T _ _ _ _

She knew this one like we do and said CKPU…

K E T C _ U P

Too bad she didn’t have the WC, but she still got KETCHUP for $30K and a final total of $47,800 cash & trip.

MY RATING: 7

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WoF Retro Recap: January 14, 2008

EPISODE #4781: DESERT PASSAGE

$1,000 Tossup: PHRASE

_ U _ / I T ‘ S / A
D R Y / H _ _ T

Cory says “BUT IT’S A DRY HEAT”. Let’s meet him and his female competition…

C
ory Van Sickle: Johnston County Community College student majoring in zoology from Overland Park, KS

Jill Wicks: student at the University of Texas majoring in civil engineering from Austin, TX (originally from Davenport, IA)

Krisinda Guthrie: HR worker for a utility company from Scottsdale, AZ

$2,000 Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ A _ I N E T M A K E R

Krisinda solves CABINETMAKER.

FEATURED DESERT TRIP: to the Viceroy Hotel in Palm Springs worth $6,250

$10K Round: PLACE

Krisinda does most of the work before BANKRUPTing away $3,200. Cory next gets the same fate. Jill then puts up the C and the F…

F _ C T O R _ / O _ T _ E T
S T O R E

…before solving FACTORY OUTLET STORE for $1,100.

BANKRUPTS
: 2 (Krisinda, Cory)

Jill: $1,100/Krisinda: $2K/Cory: $1K

FLASHBACK (1997): Vanna asks Pat to do some commercial endorsements, but he refuses and shows his milk mustache on camera!

 

Jackpot Round: THING (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Cory starts w/ two N’s for the “25” prize, which is…25 $50 buy.com gift certificates for a total of $1,250, but he buys a bad vowel in O. Jill misses w/ L. Krisinda picks things up from here…

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

She solves this puzzle for $3,150, and will be seeing the BREATHTAKING NIGHT SKY while at The Buccaneer Hotel in ST. CROIX worth $8,700, a total of $11,850 that round.

DUDS
: O (Cory), L (Jill)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,400

Jill: $1,100/Krisinda: $13,850 cash & trip/Cory: $1K

 

Mystery/Big Money Round: BEFORE AND AFTER

Jill immediately lands on the Big Money Wedge displaying $25,000, and puts up the T! After some work, however, she BANKRUPTS TO LOSE $50 SHY of $27,000!!! DARN. Krisinda next gets the same fate. Cory puts up a few letters…

A / D O _
A N D / _ _ S
_ A S T E _
P L A N

…and solves A DOG AND HIS MASTER PLAN for $1,800.

BANKRUPTS: 2 (both ladies)

Jill: $1,100/Krisinda: $13,850 cash & trip/Cory: $2,800

$3,000 Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ D O _ _ S I A

Krisinda solves the island country of INDONESIA for a new total of $16,850.

Round 4: IN THE KITCHEN

Krisinda starts w/ two T’s for the Wild Card, but then misses w/ an R. After that, it’s all Cory

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

…and he gets out of SET OF STEAK KNIVES for $1,600 and $4,400 overall.

SOLE DUD: R (Krisinda)

Round 5: EVENT

After two letters pop up, it’s time for speed-up mode…

_ _ S _ _ _
_ _ _ R

…w/ the remaining consonants worth $1,500 each.

M _ S _ _ M
_ _ _ R

Cory solves MUSEUM TOUR for $3,500.

DUDS BEFORE SPEED-UP: N (Cory), L (Jill)
DUDS AFTER FINAL SPIN: N (Kristinda), Y (Cory), C (Jill), H (Kristinda)

FINAL SCORES
Jill: $1,100/Krisinda: $16,850 cash & trip WC/Cory: $7,900

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $25,850
BANKRUPT TRASH: $30,200

 

Bonus Round
The cars available on this theme week are a Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Krisinda lands on the second zero.

Category: PHRASE
This three word answer starts out as…

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

She calls for HJCA and B, thinking she knows it already…

J _ _ N / T H E
C L _ B

She’ll easily JOIN THE CLUB of our many BR winners w/ another $30,000 in her pockets, so her final total’s $46,850 cash & trip.

MY RATING: 7

WoF Retro Recap: New Year’s Eve 2007

EPISODE #4761: BROADWAY WEEK

$1,000 Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ / _ H _ _ / M _ S T
_ O / _ _

Jenny solves “THE SHOW MUST GO ON”. The last aired players of that year were…

Jenny Shotwell: professional opera singer who does a lot of musical theater from Federal Way, WA

Jaimi Goldberg (male): accountant manager from Framingham, MA

Clementine Moore: meeting planner from Orlando, FL

$2,000 Tossup: FUN AND GAMES

_ _ N _ E C T
_ _ _ _

Jaimi solved the classic game CONNECT FOUR.

PRIZE ON THE WHEEL
: trip to the Muse Hotel in NYC w/ tickets to “Young Frankenstein” worth $7,742

$10K Round: SAME NAME

It was all Jaimi this round (he got $5K at the start from two S’s)…

S A L L _ / &
S _ C C E _
F I E L D

…he solved SALLY & SOCCER FIELD for $7,200 — PR.

Jenny: $1K/Jaimi: $9,200/Clementine: $0

FLASHBACK MOMENT (1995): On one opening of the show, Pat was all alone by himself and talked about cutting Vanna’s hair from the week before. Vanna then came out w/ her new hairdo!

Jackpot Round: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Clementine started w/ two N’s and $600 for the Free Spin. She used it after calling a dud in C on the NY trip, but then lost her turn w/ D for dud. After that, Jenny went BANKRUPT. We got back to her immediately after duds by the other players…but she missed w/ M. Jaimi picked up the Wild Card w/ two L’s, but then repeated the dud of D. Clementine then decided to solve…

T _ N I N G / A
_ _ _ L _ L _

She’s correct w/ TUNING A UKULELE (I thought she gave a questionable pronunciation of the last word as “uka-lee-lee”) for $450 and a trip to The Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka’anapali in HAWAII worth $8,100.

DUDS: C, D (both by Clementine), S (Jaimi), O (Clementine), M (Jenny)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Jenny
SOLE DQ: Jaimi’s D repeat
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,400

Jenny: $1K/Jaimi: $9,200 WC/Clementine: $8,550 cash & HI

 

Mystery/Big Money Round: WHO IS IT?

Early on, Jenny cashed in $10,500 w/ three H’s. Later, she lands on the Big Money Wedge displaying $7,500, and lit up the pair of K’s! It was all her this round…

H E / T O O K / O _ E R
_ O R / _ O _ / _ A R K E R
O _ / T H E / _ R _ _ E
_ _ / R _ _ H T

…she solved HE TOOK OVER FOR BOB BARKER ON “THE PRICE IS RIGHT” for $24,450 and easily got the $3K bonus for coming up w/ DREW CAREY, so this MAJOR PR was worth $27,450!

(NOTE: The outcome of this round was SPOILED. The scoreboard at the top of the screen showed Jenny w/ a new total of $28,450 before she even solved the puzzle. What the heck were the graphics crew thinking?!)

Jenny: $28,450/Jaimi: $9,200 WC/Clementine: $8,550 cash & HI

 

$3,000 Tossup: EVENT

_ A _ _ G E
S _ L _

Jenny solved GARAGE SALE for a new total of $31,450!

Round 4: ON THE MAP

After most of the puzzle was filled in, it’s speed-up mode time…

T H E / E N G _ _ S H
C H A N N E _

…w/ the last consonant worth $1,600. Jaimi called that letter (the L’s)…

T H E / E N G L _ S H
C H A N N E L

…and solved THE ENGLISH CHANNEL for $5,700.

SOLE DUD (before speed-up): D (Jenny)

FINAL SCORES
Jenny: $31,450/Jaimi: $14,900/Clementine: $8,550 cash & HI

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $54,900
NO BANKRUPT TRASH!

 

Bonus Round
There’s a Mazda Miata MX-5 and an Audi A4 waiting to be won on this set. Jenny landed on the final zero.

Category: THING

This one-word puzzle started out as…

T _ _ T _ _ _ _ _

CHMI added a couple more…

T _ _ T H _ I C _

She got TOOTHPICK for the 2008 Audi A4 sedan worth $32,800, giving her a final total of $64,250 cash and car!

MY RATING: 8

That same car was won again the next night but it was lost on Friday and to make matters worse, we were DENIED of a PBRW.

WoF Retro Recap: Christmas Eve 2007

EPISODE #4756: HAPPY HOLIDAYS

$1K Tossup: EVENT

_ A M _ _ Y
_ _ U _ _ _ N

Debra knew that most families would have a FAMILY REUNION at the time of this year. Here for some Christmas cash & maybe some presents were…

Debra Hahn: cheese maker who makes different kinds of cheeses for the local area from Phippsburg, ME

Meghan Brown: recently graduated with a degree in annual health and will be taking a state boards test to be a licensed veterinarian technician and a personal assistant from Mission Viejo, CA

Patrick Doherty: sixth grade math teacher, coaches seventh and eighth grade basketball, and likes to run marathons who’s also going to graduate school in Spring 2008 from Wisconsin

$2K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ U _ D _ R
_ _ _ O _ A D O

Patrick located BOULDER, COLORADO.

FEATURED $5K SS: CreditCards.com

$10K Round: SAME NAME

But he instantly went BANKRUPT. Second, Debra called up every letter in the second word (SANTA’S) but then struck out w/ G. Third, Meghan chose a $900 R but LaTed out just as quick. Patrick next lit up the C and L…

_ _ C T _ R _ / &
S A N T A ‘ S
L A _

…he was sitting on $700, but he got a $300 bonus for solving VICTORY & SANTA’S LAP.

SOLE DUD: G (Debra)
SOLE LaT: Meghan
SOLE BANKRUPT: Patrick

Patrick: $3K/Debra: $1K/Meghan: $0

 

Jackpot Round: SONG TITLE

It was all Debra this round (she almost bought an M on the $400 near LaT).

I T ‘ S / T H E
M O S T / _ O _ _ E _ _ U _
T I M E / O _ / T H E
_ E A _

…she solved Andy Williams’ “IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR” for $4,150 (F’s and R’s left out) — PR.

UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,800

Patrick: $3K/Debra: $5,150/Meghan: $0

 

Mystery/Big Money Round: PHRASE (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Meghan was off to a nice $7K start w/ two N’s, followed by three A’s, the obvious $400 D, two $600 R’s (just missed the $25K from the BM Wedge), three E’s and I, four $300 T’s, two O’s, but then S for sorry to leave $8,800 on the table. Patrick cleaned out the vowels and called up a couple consonants before striking out w/ G. Debra then SPINGLED for a $550 C…

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

She would have COMPLETE AND UTTER RELAXATION in COSTA RICA courtesy of VacationCompare.com.

DUDS: S (Meghan), G (Patrick)

Patrick: $3K/Debra: $10,700 cash & trip/Meghan: NOTHING

 

$3K Tossup: THING

C _ _ C K _ _ _ G
F I R _

Meghan put out a CRACKLING FIRE to finally get on the board and tie Patrick.

Speed-Up: QUOTATION

She started w/ two T’s for $1,800 but then S for sorry. Patrick also missed w/ R for rats. Debra then chose the two N’s for $600 before we went into S-U mode…

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

…and the consonants were worth $6K apiece! She requested the two L’s…

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

…and exactly recited “AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT” for $12,600.

DUDS (both before S-U): S (Meghan), R (Patrick)

FINAL SCORES
Patrick: $3K/Debra: $23,300 cash & trip/Meghan: $3K

GT: $29,300
NO BANKRUPT TRASH!

 

Bonus Round

One of the cars available was a Volkswagen Passat. Debra landed on the N in BONUS.

Category: RHYME TIME

Here’s a couple letters to start…

_ _ _ / _ _ _ R
L _ _

DCBO only added the vowel…

_ _ _ / _ O _ R
L _ _

You may want to ZIP YOUR LIP, because she wasn’t even close w/ MAP YOUR LAP and she lost the Passat.

MY RATING: 6

Sadly, we were SCROOGED this week.

Tuesday: HUMIDIFIER wasn’t solved for $30K (CDMA)
Wednesday: WHILE YOU WAIT wasn’t solved for that same car (DMGA and C)
Thursday: I’M JOKING was NOT SOLVED FOR $100,000 (fifth such loss that season; Geraldine chose MDPI and left w/ $38,100)
Friday: PINK DAISY wasn’t solved for $30K (CHMO)

WoF Retro Recap: December 17, 2007

EPISODE #4751: GREAT OUTDOORS

$1K Tossup: THINGS

T H E / _ I V E
_ E _ S _ S

Melanie remembers THE FIVE SENSES. The opening players of the week were…

Melanie Azpeitia: technical sales rep and military wife from El Paso, TX

Matt Bilitz: HS chemistry teacher from West Allis, WI

Candice Clark: software specialist from Staten Island, NY

$2K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

_ A N G I N G
F E R _ S

This should’ve been the first Tossup, but Candice plucked some HANGING FERNS.

FEATURED TRIP: Big Sky, Montana worth $7,419

$10K Round: PHRASE

She started w/ three T’s for $1,800 but then S for sorry. Second, Melanie called up four H’s for $2,400, but then M for mistake while on the WC. Third in line, Matt lit up two N’s but then bought the sole dud vowel of E. Candice picked things up from there…

T H R _ _ G H / T H _ _ _
A N D / T H _ N

THROUGH THICK AND THIN, she solved for $2,700.

DUDS: S (Candice), M (Melanie), E (Matt)

Candice: $4,700/Melanie: $1K/Matt: $0

WHEEL Flashback Clip: the final moments of the old puzzleboard and the reveal of the new puzzleboard

 

Jackpot Round: ON THE MAP (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Melanie did a great amount of work before saying C for crud. Matt got the Free SPIN w/ an N. After buying three A’s and a U…

T H E / A U S T R _ A N
A _ _ S

He solved for only $100 but he would be off to THE AUSTRIAN ALPS on this VacationComapre.com trip to VIENNA, AUSTRIA.

SOLE DUD: C (Melanie)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,600

Candice: $4,700/Melanie: $1K/Matt: $5,100 cash & Austria FS

 

Mystery/Big Money Round: SAME NAME

Matt was off and running w/ two S’s for the eBags.com gift tag, three $3,500 T’s, a single E, but then the sole dud vowel of A for awful. Of course, he used that FS. After buying two I’s, he barely hangs on to the BM Wedge displaying $7,500…and he’s able to get it w/ an R. After cleaning out the vowel shop, he lit up two H’s on the MW covering the green $500 and obviously declined (and for good reason, because that was the BANKRUPT one). But after two B’s is a CRITICAL DUD of D to leave $20,950 cash & GT on the table. Candice filled in the remaining (including a J on the WC and a Y on the same MW)…

B R I T I S H / &
T O U C H Y
S U B J E C T

but she unfortunately flipped that MW over to lose $600 and the WC. Melanie then read the answer for the house minimum.

DUDS (both by Matt): A and D
SOLE BANKRUPT: Candice

Candice: $4,700/Melanie: $2K/Matt: $5,100 cash & Austria

 

$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

F _ I _ K E R I N G
C _ _ D L E S

Matt lit up some FLICKERING CANDLES.

Round 4: PEOPLE

He started w/ two T’s and S before we went into S-U mode…

_ _ _ T -T _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ S

…and the remaining consonants were worth $1,900 each. He called the L on his third turn…

P _ R T – T _ M _
_ M P L _ _ _ _ S

…I dunno if he was one of the PART-TIME EMPLOYEES back then, but he solved for $9,100.

DUDS: G (Candice), C (Melanie), N (Candice)

FINAL SCORES
Candice
: $4,700/Melanie: $2K/Matt: $17,200 cash & Austria

GT: $23,900
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. WC): $600

 

Bonus Round

The two vehicles on the log cabin set were a Chevrolet Colorado and a Honda Civic. Matt landed on the S in BONUS.

Category: PHRASE

Stingy RSTLNE help…

_ _ / _ _
_ _ S _

CHFI only added two of this consonant…

_ H / _ _
_ _ S H

OH MY GOSH — he got it even before the timer started and he won $30K for a final total of $47,200 cash & trip.

MY RATING: 7

And on the Friday of that week, WATCH what this woman from Cheektowage on the Friday of that week.

Message for Jimmy Ruska

THAT IDIOT Jimmy Ruska IS AT IT AGAIN. He’s using the name Barbara Blaney to CHANGE ALL GRAND PRIZE LOSSES FROM THIS PAST SEASON TO TECHNICAL WINS. Here’s part of what he wrote:

“Here are some changes I want for next season to help produce more grand prize winners. There can remain to be only one grand prize envelope, but have Pat check the envelope, and if it’s the grand prize, then he should tell the contestant what letters to pick, and if he/she can’t figure it out, then let the audience help out, and if that dosen’t work, then let he/she choose from one of the remaining 2 categories, and then the last remaining category if necessary, if Pat telling he/she what letters to pick still dosen’t work on the last puzzle, then whisper he/she the answer. And one more thing, expand the season to 273 episode with still 39 weeks, but have 7 episodes a week, with first run episodes on Saturdays and Sundays.”

YOU JUST DON’T KNOW WHEN TO SHUT UP, DO YOU? DECLARING TECHNICAL WINS IS ABSOLUTELY STUPID!!! Who do you work for in Imperial, Missouri if that’s where you live? And I’m exposing your IP address to Skipps — 99.113.241.126 and AT&T U-Verse. Also, have you ever called the Sony Pictures number and complain to them about technical wins? I’d like to see you get in trouble w/ them.

YOU DESERVE TO GET SLAPPED IN THE FACE AND YOU REALLY NEED TO GET LOST AND GO AWAY, JIMMY RUSKA.

WoF Retro Recap: December 14, 2007

EPISODE #4750: CHOOSE YOUR OWN VACATION

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

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

Sarah realizes that PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE. It’s a battle of the S’s to end the week…

Sarah Minor: 3rd grade teacher in Glendale from Peoria, AZ (orig. from Southern IL)

Sharneena Nixon: mail processing clerk with the US Postal Service and prepares other people’s taxes from Memphis; she has a son and is expecting (but she had a daughter who unfortunately passed away)

Sam Lundquist: recent graduate of USC who works for a theme park design and production company from L.A. (orig. from Ankeny, IA; that’s north of Des Moines)

$2K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ _ _ _ O
_ _ G H _

BINGO — Sam quickly solved BINGO NIGHT.

$10K Round: THING

But he LaTed instanteously. Second, Sarah called up three T’s for the WC, two $500 H’s, two E’s, two $400 N’s, but then a bad I buy. Third, Sharneena picked up the Maui Jim gift tag w/ an S, but then said L for loss. Returning to Sam who chose two $900 R’s, two A’s and three O’s to clean out the vowel shop, and an $800 P pair before he tried to solve…

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

He won another $2,100 and would likely send his family and friends at least one POSTCARD OF THE PARTHENON on his trip to ATHENS, GREECE courtesy of the Greek National Tourism Organization w/ Olympic Airlines worth $7K.

DUDS: I (Sarah), L (Sharneena)
SOLE LaT: Sam

Sharneena: $0/Sam: $11,100 cash & trip/Sarah: $1K WC

 

Jackpot Round: LIVING THING

N for no is how Sarah started. Sharneena also struck out w/ S for sorry. From here, it was all Sam — two $900 T’s, a single E, a Jackpot D ($7,300 was in the pot that time), four A’s, two $3,500 L’s, two I’s to clean out the vowels, and two $700 C’s.

_ L A C _ – T A I L E D
_ A C _ _ A _ _ I T

He captured a BLACK-TAILED JACKRABBIT for $9,950.

DUDS: N (Sarah), S (Sharneena)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $12K

Sharneena: $0/Sam: $21,050 cash & trip/Sarah: $1K WC

 

Mystery/Big Money Round: PERSON

Sharneena started her big comeback bid w/ an $800 N, two $600 S’s, and two T’s on the MW in between $300 and $800 before doubling her two grand (bad move). After her purchases of two A’s, two I’s and O, here come two R’s and L at $900 a pop, but then P for phooey. Sam secondly landed on the BM Wedge…displaying LaT. Sarah thirdly spun her way to a $700 V, a $600 D, three $550 C’s, a $300 G and an F while on the other MWbut she flipped it over and lost $3,250 along w/ the WC. The light bulb went on in Sharneena’s head…

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

…she screamed A DETECTIVE SEARCHING FOR CLUES for $5,950.

SOLE DUD: P (Sharneena)
SOLE LaT: Sam
SOLE BANKRUPT: Sarah

Sharneena: $5,950/Sam: $21,050 cash & trip/Sarah: $1K

 

$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

H _ L _ _ _ Y
R _ N N _ _

There was a strange cut to Pat, but Sharneena’s right w/ HALLWAY RUNNER.

 

Speed-Up: SONG LYRICS

The consonants were worth $1,300 each. One N and two T’s in…

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

Sam NAILED John Denver’s “COUNTRY ROADS, TAKE ME HOME” for $2,600.

FINAL SCORES
Sharneena: $8,950/Sam: $23,650 cash & trip/Sarah: $1K

GT: $33,600
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus WC): $3,250

 

Bonus Round

Sam landed on the 1 in $100,000.

Category: FOOD & DRINK

This one-wordy started as…

_ _ S T _ _ _ _ _ S

DHCI’s a great combo…

_ I S T _ C H I _ S

He munched on some PISTACHIOS for $35K and a final total of $58,650 cash & trip.

MY RATING: 8

WoF Retro Recap: December 11, 2007

EPISODE #4747: CHOOSE YOUR OWN VACATION

$1K Tossup: PEOPLE

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

Jerrie blew it w/ VIEWERS AND SHAKERS. Bill next gave an even worse answer w/ HUNTERS AND SEEKERS.

M O _ E R S / A N D
S H A K E R S

Patti finally got it — MOVERS AND SHAKERS.

Patti Brzezinski: personnel specialist who actually says that she does not want to win a car in the Bonus Round because she won two contests in ten minutes and won two cars from Lockport, NY

Bill Onieal: nursing student and an EMT from Jersey City, NJ.

Jerrie Reed: works for the postal service and has an identical twin sister from Hutto, TX

$2K Tossup: ON THE MAP

H _ _ _ T O N
_ _ _ _ _

I’m happy to report that Bill located my current city of HOUSTON, TEXAS.

WEEKLONG PRIZE: American Airlines Vacations Travel gift certificate worth $7K

$10K Round: THINGS (PRIZE PUZZLE)

But he started off w/ an insta-dud of R. Second, Jerrie spun her way to a T and an S, the latter of which gave her the CYOV prize. After buying two E’s, she picked off a $600 N (just missed the $2,500), a single I, a $500 L, two A’s, but then P for phooey. Patti’s first spin was a BANKRUPT. Bill then lit up a $1,200 pair of C’s…

A C T I _ E
_ _ L C A N _ E S

He would see some ACTIVE VOLCANOES in HAWAII on his trip to the Hilton Waikoloa Village w/ AA airfare worth $7,634.

DUDS: R (Bill), P (Jerrie)
INSTA-BANKRUPT: Patti

Bill: $10,834 cash & HI/Jerrie: $0/Patti: $1K

 

Jackpot Round: FOOD & DRINK

Jerrie was off and running w/ a T and two S’s at $900 each, two E’s, three R’s for $2,400 more, but then the sole dud vowel of I. From here, it’s all Patti (she got the Ricardo gift tag w/ two L’s)…

S O _ T H E R N
C O L L _ R _ / _ R E E N S

She got some SOUTHERN COLLARD GREENS for $2,550 cash & luggage.

SOLE DUD: I (Jerrie)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,800

Bill: $10,834 cash & HI/Jerrie: ZIP/Patti: $3,550 cash & luggage

 

Mystery/Big Money Round: SAME NAME

Patti’s up first w/ a couple of T’s, but then H for hush. Bill secondly missed w/ N for nothing. Jerrie thirdly requested two R’s for $600, three S’s to add $1,350, and triple E’s before BANKRUPT took away her remaining $1,700. On Patti’s second turn, she got the Free SPIN plus $300 w/ a D and used it right away after buying the sole dud vowel of O. Her next spin landed her on the BM Wedge w/ $25K showing! Her next call of L…stood for loss of turn. Darn. After Bill BANKRUPTed, Jerrie lit up a C and M singles, bought three A’s…

D R A S T _ C
& / T A _ E
M E A S _ R E S

…she solved DRASTIC & TAPE MEASURES for the house minimum.

DUDS: H (Patti), N (Bill), O, L (both by Patti)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Bill, Jerrie)

Bill: $10,834 cash & HI/Jerrie: $1K/Patti: $3,550 cash & luggage

 

$3K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

_ E L _ Y F I _ H

Patti captured a JELLYFISH.

Round 4: PLACE

Next from her mouth were a $550 T, a $900 S, three E’s, but then N for no. Bill next chose an $1,100 pair of R’s, but it’s S-U time…

_ _ _ E R _ _ / _ R T S
_ _ _ _ E _ E

Consonants were worth $1,500. He then chose the four L’s…

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

…and solved LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE for $7,100 and the win.

SOLE DUD (before FS): N (Patti)

FINAL SCORES
Bill: $17,934 cash & HI/Jerrie: $1K/Patti: $6,550 cash & luggage

GT: $25,484
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,700

 

Bonus Round

The cars that could be won on the set were a MINI Cooper Convertible and a Toyota FJ Cruiser. Bill landed on the *.

Category: PERSON

Stingy RSTLNE help…

_ _ _ – _ _ T _
_ _ _

CHDA added two more…

_ _ _ – D _ T _
C _ _

he nailed it, so this OFF-DUTY COP rewarded him $50K and a final total of $67,934 cash & trip!

MY RATING: 8

WoF Retro Recap: November 20, 2007

EPISODE #4732: HEROES WEEK (NYC)

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

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

This would be the name of the sweepstakes week in all of February of this season, and Monica gets on the board w/ “THANKS A MILLION“. Tuesday’s heroes…

Monica Esposito: NYPD officer for 7 1/2 yrs

John Schatzel: FDNY for 12 years and a member of Engine Company 222 (and he told a story of saving a choking baby)

Anthony Pizarro: soon-to-be retired corrections officer

$2K Tossup: PLACE

_ O _ _ _ E
S H _ P

John’s been to the COFFEE SHOP.

FEATURED TRIP: Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA worth $6,450

$10K Round: IN THE KITCHEN

His first letters were a $450 S but then T for trap. Secondly, Anthony got up a few letters before he said L for loss on the Free Spin. But we’re coming right back to him since the other players went BANKRUPT back-to-back. After more work by him…

_ _ R V I N _ / _ N I F E
& / S E R V I N _ / F O R _

He solved CARVING KNIFE & SERVING FORK for $5,850.

DUDS: T (John), L (Anthony)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Monica, John)

Monica: $1K/John: $2K/Anthony: $5,850

 

Jackpot Round: FOOD & DRINK (PRIZE PUZZLE)

After his first purchase of five A’s, Anthony collected $10,500 from three L’s and the WC w/ an M. After he bought the last vowel of two O’s…

O L _ – _ A S _ I O N E _
S _ A G _ E T T I / A N _
M E A T B A L L S

…he’s won $15,700 and would be eating OLD-FASHIONED SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS in FLORENCE, ITALY on this $5,500 trip from Collette Vacations w/ Cheap Tickets airfare — PR.

UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $11,600

Monica: $1K/John: $2K/Anthony: $27,050 cash & Italy WC

 

Mystery/Big Money Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Monica’s chance for a big comeback began w/ three S”s, two N’s, and three A’s before she struck out w/ L for loss. John secondly picked up an $1,100 pair of R’s, but he and Anthony  BANKRUPT out back-to-back, so Anthony must give up that WC. Shortly after that, Monica’s landed on the Mystery Wedge covering the blue $500 and puts up two D’s before she added the two grand to her $2,400 (too bad; that was the $10K one). After buying the E, she got the L.B. trip w/ a Q. One more buy and one spin later…

M A D I S O N
S Q U A R E
G A R D E N
_ O S E

She solved MADISON SQUARE GARDEN HOSE for a total of $10,950 cash & trip that round.

SOLE DUD: L (Monica)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (men)

Monica: $11,950/John: $2K/Anthony: $27,050 cash & Italy

 

$3K Tossup: EVENT

_ F _ _ _ _ O _ N
N A _

Anthony took an AFTERNOON NAP to go over the $30K mark.

Speed-Up: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Consonants were worth the big one! After a W request by somebody…

W _ S H _ N G / T H _
_ _ S H _ S

John’s WASHING THE DISHES for $12K.

FINAL SCORES
Monica: $11,950/John: $14K/Anthony: $30,050 cash & Italy

GT: $56K
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus WC): $1,100

 

Bonus Round

Anthony landed on the W.

Category: PHRASE

Here’s a couple letters in the first half of this hyphenated answer…

_ _ _ S T –
_ _ _ _

BDMA only added the vowel…

_ A _ S T –
_ _ _ _

He’s wrong before the buzzer w/ WAIST-BAND. It was WAIST-HIGH and he lost $45K.

MY RATING: 7