WOF Retro Recap: November 27, 2009

EPISODE #5125: AMERICA’S GAME (WEEK #1)

There’s Christmas decorations on the set; hence, this was taped during “Happy Holidays”.

$1,000 Tossup – OCCUPATION

_ _ _ U _ _
_ H E _ I _ F

Jennifer goofs w/ COUNTY SHERIFF.

_ _ P U _ Y
_ H E _ I _ F

Atlanta (a female) gets DEPUTY SHERIFF. Here she is now along w/ the opposition…

Atlanta Carrera: fire protection company worker from Wilmington, NC (her grandfather from the state of Georgia named his family members, including her, after cities of that state)
Michael Avant: director for a non-profit organization’s community-based programs from Silver Spring, MD
Jennifer Nebert: medical school student who graduated from Harvard from Cypress, CA

$2,000 Tossup – LANDMARK

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

Jennifer solves MOUNT RUSHMORE.

FEATURED TRIP: sponsored by “Night At the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian”, a trip to Washington, D.C. worth $6,525

Jackpot Round – SHOW BIZ

Jennifer’s letter-calling spree begins w/ three R’s and four E’s, but then T for terrible. Second, Atlanta just makes it past the LAT and starts her bank w/ $900 worth of N’s. Following her purchase of four O’s later in the round, she BANKRUPTS on the MDW’s left side to lose $900. Michael next lights up the L while on Jackpot

O _ _ _ R / W I N N E R
_ E O R _ E / _ L O O N E _

…and identifies OSCAR WINNER GEORGE CLOONEY for a total of $7,900 (including a $7,400 pot; that’s the second Jackpot win of the season)!

SOLE DUD: T (Jennifer)
BANKRUPT: Atlanta

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Atlanta: $1K
Michael: $7,900
Jennifer: $2K

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Round 2 – EVENT (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Atlanta does a bit of work before saying P for pathetic. From here, it’s all Michael…

A L L – D A Y
S _ _ _ T S E E _ N _
T O U R

…he adds another $3,050 plus the chance to go on an ALL-DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR at the Wailea Beach Villas in MAUI from Pleasant Holidays worth $9,435 for a total of $12,485 cash and trip that round!

SOLE DUD: P (Atlanta)

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Atlanta: $1K
Michael: $20,385 cash and Maui
Jennifer: $2K

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Mystery Round – BEFORE AND AFTER

Michael’s up first w/ a T for the WC, but then N for negative while on the D.C. trip. Second for Jenny are two R’s and a couple vowel purchases before saying two S’s on the Mystery Wedge between FP and LAT. She risks her remaining $600…wrong one. Atlanta leaves only one letter remaining…

C A R D B O A R D
B O _
S E A T S

…instead of sitting on some CARDBOARD BOX SEATS, she pockets another $1,350.

SOLE DUD: N (Mike)
BANKRUPT: Jennifer

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Atlanta: $2,350
Michael: $20,385 cash and Maui + WC
Jennifer: $2K

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$3,000 Tossup – PERSON

_ H _ / M _ _ / _ F
_ _ _ / H _ _ R

Mike may be THE MAN OF THE HOUR, but Jenny solves this one to move to $5K.

Round 4 – THING

Jenny does some work before repeating the O. Atlanta secondly fills in two N’s and and I, but we have to go into speed-up mode…

A / L I T T L E –
_ N O _ N / _ A _ T

…the remaining consonants are worth $1,300 each. Her next call is the K…

A / L I T T L E –
K N O _ N / _ A _ T

A LITTLE-KNOWN FACT about this lady is that she solves this puzzle for $2,450.

DQ: Jennifer’s O repeat

FINAL SCORES
Atlanta: $4,800
Michael: $20,385 cash and Maui + WC
Jennifer: $5K

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $30,185

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Mike’s bonus spin stops on the E of AMERICA’S.

Category: THINGS
Going up first in this fairly big puzzle…

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ L
_ _ T _ E S

BGHA and his WC pick of M won’t do much…

_ _ _ _ _ _ A L
_ _ T _ E S

…and he loses, so his OFFICIAL DUTIES are to enjoy his $20,385 cash and trip instead of taking home another $30K.

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: November 26, 2009

EPISODE #5124: AMERICA’S GAME (WEEK #1)

On this Thanksgiving 2009, we’re on the set of “Wheel Around the World”.

$1,000 Tossup – LANDMARK

_ _ _ M _ _ _ H
_ O _ _

Cindy totally blows this one w/ MAMMOTH CAVE (that’s in Kentucky, BTW).

_ _ Y M O _ T H
_ O _ K

Dawn IDs PLYMOUTH ROCK. On this Turkey Day, here are the players…

Dawn Griffin: eye surgery coordinator and former park ranger from San Francisco
Sam Stewart: admin. assistant at the Dept. of Defense from Landover, MD
Cindy Butler: college student working on her Business degree and a shopping hater from Madison, AL

$2,000 Tossup – PROPER NAME

_ E I L / _ _ _ _ I _ K
_ _ _ _ _ S

Dawn’s two for two w/ NEIL PATRICK HARRIS.

FEATURED TRIP: Maruba Resort and Jungle Spa in Belize worth $7,320

Jackpot Round – PHRASE

Dawn’s off and running w/ three T’s and two FP H’s. After some work, she buys the only bad vowel of this puzzle (O). Sam secondly doesn’t do any better w/ a BANKRUPT. Towards the end, Cindy gets the Belize trip w/ a G…

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

…and says “LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE” for $8,270 in cash and trip.

SOLE DUD
: O (Dawn)
BANKRUPT: Sam
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $7,650

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Dawn: $3K
Sam: $0
Cindy: $8,270 cash and Belize

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Round 2 – BEFORE AND AFTER

At the start, Sam and Cindy miss w/ R and S, respectively. Third, Dawn has lit up double N’s but then follows w/ a LAT landing. Sam next FPs double L’s. A few spins later, he BANKRUPTS on the MDW’s right side to toss aside $3,450; that’s his second such hit of the episode. Cindy misses again w/ K. Dawn tacks on two T’s and an M before she…

M A T _ N G
C A L L
_ A _ T _ N G

…has a MATING CALL WAITING for $2,700.

DUDS: R (Sam), S (Cindy), K (Cindy)
BANKRUPT: Sam
LAT: Dawn

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Dawn: $5,700
Sam: $0
Cindy: $8,270 cash and Belize

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Mystery Round – SONG TITLE (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Cindy does some work before hitting LAT. Second for Dawn are double G’s and the same number of T’s while on the Mystery Wedge next to the MDW. Even though she has $900 at this point, she wants the money for those T’s (good, because that’s the BANKRUPT one). Two spins after that, she spots a B while on the other MW, but doesn’t want to risk $3,200. That non-risk won’t matter, because she BANKRUPTS on the next spin to forfeit $4,200. Sam then picks up the WC w/ an M and uncovers two Y’s. The board right now…

G I V E / M Y
R E G A R D S / _ _
B R _ A D _ A Y

…he solves “GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY” (written by George M. Cohen for the musical “Little Johnny Jones”) for $1,400 and a trip to the Roosevelt Hotel in NEW YORK CITY (w/ tickets to see “The Marvelous Wonderettes”) worth $5,750; he’s now on the board w/ $7,150 cash and trip.

BANKRUPT: Dawn
LAT: Cindy

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Dawn: $5,700
Sam: $7,150 cash and NYC + WC
Cindy: $8,270 cash and Belize

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$3,000 Tossup – FOOD AND DRINK

_ U R K _ _
_ _ _ M S _ _ _ _ S

Dawn eats up some TURKEY DRUMSTICKS, putting her the lead at $8,700.

Round 4 – ON THE MAP

In the middle of the round, Dawn puts up a $5K P. But after buying the E’s, the bell rings for speed-up mode…

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

…and the leftover consonants are worth $1,500 each. Her next call is the B…

_ E T T _ S B _ _ _
P E N N S _ _ _ A N I A

…and she locates GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA for $10,650 and the win!

PERFECT ROUND!

FINAL SCORES
Dawn: $19,350
Sam: $7,150 cash and NYC
Cindy: $8,270 cash and Belize

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $34,770

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Not related to the late Merv Griffin, Dawn grabs that N envelope of WIN.

Category: THING
The RSTLNE can only provide…

_ _ _ _
_ _ _ L _ _ _ T _

CDMO gives her…

_ O O D
_ _ _ L _ C _ T _

She does get the first word late in the countdown, but there WON’T be any GOOD PUBLICITY of her winning $30K. That sends her home w/ $19,350.

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: November 25, 2009

EPISODE #5123: AMERICA’S GAME (WEEK #1)

The action takes place on the set of “Fall Foliage”.

$1,000 Tossup – TV TITLE

A _ _ _ _ _ _ ‘ S
_ _ _ / T _ _ _ _ T

Shelley solves the hit NBC show “AMERICA’S GOT TALENT”. Wednesday’s player roster…

Shelley Burch: school library media specialist from Maumee, OH
Brittany Bandley: pilates teacher from Las Vegas
Mike Tuuri: attorney and drum player from Paso Robles, CA

$2,000 Tossup – PERSON

_ / H A _ _ _ – _ O –
L _ _ K Y / _ _ _

Brittany’s wrong w/ A HAPPY-GO-LUCKY MAN.

_ / H A _ _ _ – _ O –
L _ _ K Y / _ U _

Mike’s right w/ A HAPPY-GO-LUCKY GUY.

FEATURED TRIP: trip to Amelia Island, FL worth $5,302

Jackpot Round – FICTIONAL PLACE

Two T’s and a $2,500 H give Mike a $3,100 start, but he then gets DQed for repeating the H after trying to buy the E on $2,500. Second, Shelley BANKRUPTS on the MDW’s right side. Third, Brittany says N for nothing, so we’re coming right back to Mike. He does buy three E’s after calling for a $900 R, but next is B for bogus. On Shelley’s second try, she lights up three singles (a $2,500 L was one of them), but she and Brittany BANKRUPT back-to-back costing the lady in the middle $2,800. Mike then puts up the D…

T H E / E M E R A L D
_ _ T _ / _ _ / _ _

…and solves THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ for $4,550.

DUDS: N (Brittany), B (Mike)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Shelley 2x, Brittany)
DQ: Mike’s H repeat
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $16,250 (new season-high)

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Mike: $6,550
Shelley: $1K
Brittany: $0

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Round 2 – PHRASE (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Early on, Shelley gets the Bed, Bath & Beyond gift tag w/ a T. She does some work before buying a worthless O. Brittany secondly lights up a $3,500 P and a C before we have a look at…

P L A _ / A L L
D A _
D A _ C _ / A L L
_ _ _ _ T

She solves “PLAY ALL DAY, DANCE ALL NIGHT” for $4,050 and a $5,400 trip to the Hilton CANCUN Golf & Spa Resort, giving her $9,450 cash and trip.

SOLE DUD: O (Shelley)

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Mike: $6,550
Shelley: $1K
Brittany: $9,450 cash and Cancun

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Mystery Round – BEFORE AND AFTER

Brittany BANKRUPTS for the second time this episode after starting w/ a $400 T. Second, Mike lights up an $1,800 H pair, but he too gets that black spot. Shelley’s third in line w/ one L, three E’s, and a baddie in R. Brittany tries again w/ two pairs of N’s and O’s before BANKRUPTING again (her third of this game) to give up $850. Two spins after that, Mike uncovers double C’s and risks $900 to see what’s behind the Mystery Wedge between FP and LAT…it’s the $10K! The board now says…

C H _ C _ E N
O F / T H E
_ E _
L _ O N

…he nails CHICKEN OF THE SEA LION for $10,900!

SOLE DUD: R (Shelley)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Brittany 2x, Mike)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Mike: $17,450
Shelley: $1K
Brittany: $9,450 cash and Cancun

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$3,000 Tossup – THING

A / _ _ R I _ I _ G
B U S _ _ _ _ _

Mike breaks the $20K barrier w/ A THRIVING BUSINESS.

Round 4 – ON THE MAP

Two T’s for $1,200 is how he starts, but next is that LAT. Second, Shelley BANKRUPTS for the third time this episode. Third, Brittany has lit up four N’s and three E’s, but she forfeits $1,350 to her fourth and final BANKRUPT of the night (also the EIGHTH such hit of this episode). We go into speed-up mode w/ the following…

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

The Final Spin is set at $1,900. Mike puts up an obvious W…

N E W / _ _ _ E N
_ _ N N E _ T _ _ _ T

…and solves NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT for $3,100 and the win!

BANKRUPTS
: 2 (both ladies)
LAT: Mike

FINAL SCORES
Mike: $23,550
Shelley: $1K
Brittany: $9,450 cash and Cancun

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $34K

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Mike lands on the first A of AMERICA’S.

Category: PERSON
Decent RSTLNE help for the bottom…

_ _ _
_ E N _ _ S

PBCA only gives him the first letter of this puzzle…

B _ _
_ E N _ _ S

He doesn’t prove to be a BOY GENIUS, so he loses $25K and departs w/ $23,550.

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: November 24, 2009

EPISODE #5122: AMERICA’S GAME (WEEK #1)

This one was taped during “Welcome Aboard”.

$1,000 Tossup – THING

_ _ / E A _ L Y
_ _ _ R _

Jenn has AN EARLY START, so we’re beginning the interviews with her…

Jenn Handy: assistant principal at an elementray school from Turlock, CA
Michelle Wetzig: has been a teacher at all three levels of school for 20 years from Aurora, MO
David Drake: small business owner from San Diego

$2,000 Tossup – RHYME TIME

R A Z Z _ E –
_ _ Z Z _ _

Michelle solves RAZZLE-DAZZLE to start the first round.

FEATURED TRIP: $6K vegas.com trip to Las Vegas

Jackpot Round – LANDMARK

Michelle does some work but then craps out w/ C. David controls the rest of the round…

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

…and solves YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: C (Michelle)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8K

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Michelle: $2K
Everybody else: $1K each

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Round 2 – SAME NAME

Early on, David gets the -ING ending for the second word, but then comes a bad O purchase. Jenn’s first letters of the night are an M, three A’s, two R’s and a B, but then BANKRUPT costing her $2,650. Michelle finishes off the board…

G I N G E R B R E A D
& / L E A D I N G
M A N

…and solves GINGERBREAD & LEADING MAN for $1,350.

SOLE DUD: O (David)
BANKRUPT: Jenn

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Michelle: $3,350
Everybody else: $1K each

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Mystery Round – WHAT ARE YOU DOING? (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Jenn starts w/ two G’s for the Garrett Popcorn gift tag and double N’s while on the Mystery Wedge between FP and LAT. She puts her popcorn at risk…there’s the $10K! But after a lot of work, she painfully duds out w/ the B. That allows Michelle to solve…

S A _ _ L I N G / _ _ _
L O C A L / C _ I S I N _
A _ / A / S _ A S I _ _
G _ I L L

…she’ll be SAMPLING THE LOCAL CUISINE AT A SEASIDE GRILL while at the the Rincon Beach Resort in PUERTO RICO worth $6,100.

SOLE DUD: B (Jenn; that cost her $20,650 cash and prizes)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Michelle: $9,450 cash and trip
Everybody else: $1K each

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$3,000 Tossup – PHRASE

T _ P / _ _
_ H E / C H _ R _ S

Jenn’s not at the TOP OF THE CHARTS, but she’s up to $4K w/ that solve.

Round 4 – FUN AND GAMES

Jenn says an instant dud in S. Secondly, Michelle goes BANKRUPT. Third, David establishes the -ING ending for the first word, but then R for roadblock. Jenn’s next letters are an L and a dud E purchase. Michelle tries to solve for the house minimum w/ this…

_ L _ _ I N G
_ _ _ _ G _ _ _ _ N

…she’s correct w/ PLAYING BACKGAMMON.

DUDS: S (Jenn), R (David), E (Jenn)
BANKRUPT: Michelle

Going into R5
Michelle: $10,450 cash and trip
David: $1K
Jenn: $4K

Round 5 – TITLE (full $1,800 speed-up round)

R O L L _ N G / S _ O N _
M _ G _ _ _ N _

Jenn solves “ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE” for $3,600.

DUDS: K (Jenn), B (David)

FINAL SCORES
Michelle: $10,450 cash and trip
David: $1K
Jenn: $7,600

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: an underwhelming $19,050

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Can Michelle do a whole lot better here? She lands on the M of GAME.

Category: PEOPLE
RSTLNE reveals…

_ _ _ N _
_ _ _ _ L E

CDMI only gives her…

_ _ _ N _
C _ _ _ L E

…she doesn’t know about a YOUNG COUPLE (she only got the second word) for $40K, so all she gets is $10,450 cash and trip.

MY EP. RATING: 5 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: November 23, 2009

EPISODE #5121: AMERICA’S GAME (WEEK #1)

It all starts on the set of “Room With a View”.

$1,000 Tossup – LANDMARK

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

We just saw this on the center stage monitor when this episode began, and Matt solves the STATUE OF LIBERTY. First panel of the week…

Matt Pellegrin: restaurant manager from Portland, OR
Nona Cantalupo: private investigator from Paso Robles, CA
Stephanie Dillow: Mountain State Univ. graduate and a waitress from Inwood, WV

$2,000 Tossup – OCCUPATION

_ I O _ O _ Y
T E A _ H _ _

Matt’s two for two w/ BIOLOGY TEACHER.

FEATURED TRIP: to the Bienville House in New Orleans worth $5K

Jackpot Round – THING (PRIZE PUZZLE)

In the middle of the round, Matt gets the WC w/ an F. After a lot of work…

A / _ A N O R A _ _ _
_ _ E _ / O F/ T _ E
O _ E A N

…he blows the second word w/ a guess of A PANORAMA VIEW OF THE OCEAN. Nona’s next w/ a P, two C’s and a FP V. The board now says…

A / P A N O R A _ _ C
V _ E _ / O F / T _ E
O C E A N

She wins her first $1,900 and will see A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE OCEAN during her stay at the Spice Island Beach Resort in GRENADA worth $8,105; she’s on the board w/ $10,005 cash and trip.

DQ: Matt’s blown solve (that costs him $9,755 cash and trip)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,100

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Nona: $10,005 cash and Grenada
Stephanie: $0
Matt: $3K + WC

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Round 2 – MOVIE TITLE (big puzzle alert)

Nona hits an instant roadblock in R. Second, Stephanie spots three S’s for an $1,800 start and seven T’s for the New Orleans trip. But after a lot of work, she hits LAT to possibly squander $11,800 cash and trip. Matt spins once for the M’s…

N I G H T / A T
T H E / M _ S E _ M :
_ A T T L E / _ _ / T H E
S M I T H S _ N I A N

…and solves “NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN” for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: R (Nona)
LAT: Stephanie

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Nona: $10,005 cash and Grenada
Stephanie: $0
Matt: $4K + WC

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Mystery Round – BEFORE AND AFTER

After calling an S to start this round, Stephanie flips over the Mystery Wedge next to the MDW…but that’s the BANKRUPT one. Matt secondly uses his WC to get $14K courtesy of one N and three R’s. After some work, he hits LAT to likely kiss $13,250 goodbye. Towards the end, Nona FPs three I’s…

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

…and solves DIVING BOARD OF DIRECTORS for $1,750.

BANKRUPT: Stephanie
LAT: Matt

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Nona: $11,755 cash and Grenada
Stephanie: $0
Matt: $4K

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$3,000 Tossup – LIVING THING

C _ _ R _ _ R
P I G _ O _

Matt moves up to $7K courtesy of a CARRIER PIGEON.

Round 4 – ON THE MAP (full $1,500 speed-up round)

G R _ _ N / _ _ _
W _ S C _ N S _ N

It’s home to the NFL’s Packers, and Matt solves GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN for $7,500 and the win.

SOLE DUD: T (Nona)

FINAL SCORES
Nona: $11,755 cash and Grenada
Stephanie: $1K gooseegg
Matt: $14,500

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $27,255

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$100,000 Bonus Round
The I in AMERICA’S is where the Bonus Wheel stops on.

Category: PLACE
Not much to start…

_ _ R _ _ _ _
_ _ L _ _ _

CBHA gives him five of the hot vowel…

_ A R A _ A _
_ A L A _ _

After getting the second word early on, he blasts off into the FARAWAY GALAXY for $25K! That gives him an all-cash total of $39,500 to take home.

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

Week 2 Stats

Total this Week: $335,134
Total for the Season: $623,280 
BR Win Record: 7-3 (.700)  
Total Car Wins: 2
-1/2 Car: 0
-BR Car: 2
 
$100,000 Wins-Losses: 0-0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 2
Perfect BR Weeks: 0  
BR SHUTOUTS: 0
Prize Wedge Wins: 2 
Gift Tag Wins: 4 
Mystery Wedge Wins: 3
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 5-0  
$10K MW was on $700: 2
$10K MW was on $300: 4
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 5-1
Express was Played-Passed: 2-0
Express Successes-Fails: 2-0 
Wild Card Usages
Maingame: 0
BR: 0
 
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 4/1/0 
5-Round Games: 1 
6-Round Games: 0
$6K FINAL SPINS: 1
 
Gooseegg Victims: 1  
Red Winners: 2  
Yellow Winners: 4
Blue Winners: 4 
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $6,500 / 2 ½ CAR tags  
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $18,200* / 2 Wild Cards / 5 ½ CAR tags / 0 MDWs
Biggest Bankrupt: $4,600 (Sept. 18), $3,800 (Sept. 19), $1,500 (Sept. 19)
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $6,250 (Sept. 19), $5,450 (Sept. 18), $4,200 (Sept. 24)
Highest-Winning Totals: $71,133 (Sept. 17), $68,994 (Sept. 18),
$67,689 (Sept. 24)
Lowest-Winning Totals: $18,859 (Sept. 20), $15,702 (Sept. 16)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $40,549 (Sept. 25), $39,899 (Sept. 27),
$38,399 (Sept. 18, 19) Season-High Week: $335,134 (Palazzo Week from Las Vegas)

WOF Recap: September 27, 2013

EPISODE #5860: PALAZZO WEEK (LAS VEGAS)

(NOTE: The Vegas clip montage in the intro is shorter than usual.)

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ _ _ L S _ D E
_ A _ A _ A

Akia might be relaxing a POOLSIDE CABANA if she wins a trip to somewhere tropical. We wrap a fine second Vegas week w/ these players…

Akia White: automotive funding specialist from Dallas
Betsy Kosier: conflict resolution mediator from Carson City, NV
Todd Koch: HS admissions counselor and movie buff (he and wife Mandi collected 550+ movies) from Greenwood, AR

$2K Tossup: SONG TITLE

_ Y S _ _ C
_ _ _ _ _ _ Y

Akia jumps the gun.

M Y S T _ C
_ _ G H _ A Y

Betsy solves John Fogerty’s “MYSTIC HIGHWAY”.

FEATURED PRIZE: $5K RetailMeNot shopping spree

Round 1: BEFORE & AFTER

Betsy kicks things off w/ two $900 N’s, two E’s, and the same number of S’s for the 1/2 CAR near $300. But after some work is the LAT. Second, Todd BANKRUPTS on the MDW’s left side. Third, Akia has located three R’s and three A’s to clean out the vowels…

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

…and this CARTOON CHARACTER WITNESS wins another $1,250.

BANKRUPT: Todd
LAT: Betsy

Scores after R1
Todd: $0
Akia: $2,250
Betsy: $2K

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Mystery Round: SHOW BIZ

If you’ve been paying attention all week long, every player has made the correct decision in gambling for the $10K MW. Let’s see what happens in this round of play.

Todd starts w/ three T’s for the same 1/2 CAR but then a dud purchase of E. Second, Akia claims the other 1/2 CAR w/ a $500 N, but then comes the BANKRUPT near top dollar. Third, Betsy falls victim to the one near $650. Todd next calls up four R’s, buys an O and two I’s (he tried to purchase an N when it’s already up there), and says two S’s while on the MW next to $800. He gambles $3,150…it’s the big money… 

_ R _ _ / _ I T T
S T _ R S / I N
_ O R _ _ / _ _ R / _

…and he’s on the board w/ BRAD PITT STARS IN “WORLD WAR Z”this is the first time in history that the correct MW has been flipped on all five days of a single week!

SOLE DUD: E (Todd)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both women)

(NOTE: As of this week, we don’t get to see what’s behind the back of a MW before a player makes a decision after s/he has landed on it.)

Scores after R2
Todd: $13,150 + 1/2 CAR
Akia: $2,250
Betsy: $2K

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PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Akia instantly BANKRUPTS near $650. Second, Betsy uncovers a $900 N, but then runs into that same BANKRUPT.Third, Todd says T for trouble. Back to Akia who puts up two S’s, a couple vowels, but nothing more from an R. Betsy follows up w/ two L’s, three E’s, two U’s, but then D for dud. Todd gets the 1/2 CAR near $300 w/ an M, buys the last vowel of two O’s, but then hits LAT at a very bad time. Akia gets the same thing after putting up an $800 D. Betsy narrows things down to this…

I / C O U L D / U S E
S O M E / H E L P
P A C _ I N _

She says “I COULD USE SOME HELP PACKING” for $4,500, the Sony HandyCam and a hotwire.com trip to the Long Bay Beach Resort on the island of TORTOLA worth $7,199.

(AIRED) DUDS: T (Tod)d, R (Akia), D (Betsy)
(AIRED) BANKRUPTS: both ladies
(AIRED) LATs: 2 (Todd and Akia)

Scores after R3
Todd: $13,150
Akia: $2,250
Betsy: $13,699 cash and prizes

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$3K Tossup: PERSON

_ O _ _ _ A _ N
C L I _ B _ R

Akia solves MOUNTAIN CLIMBER.

Round 4: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? (full $1,300 speed-up)

M _ K _ N G / _
T R _ P L _ / P L _ _

Betsy isn’t MAKING A TRIPLE PLAY, but she’s won the game w/ another $7,800. .

DUDS: D (Todd), S (Akia), C (Akia)

FINAL SCORES 
Todd: $13,150
Akia: $5,250
Betsy: $21,499 cash and prizes

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $39,899
TOTAL BANKRUPT TRASH (disregarding plate): $1,400

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$100K Bonus Round
The W has been landed on for the other time this week.

Category: PHRASE
Decent RSTLNE help…

_ E _ _ N _
S _ _ E _ _ L E

PMDI adds a little more help…

_ E _ I N D
S _ _ E D _ L E

After saying the second word early on, she figures that this show was BEHIND SCHEDULE when taping this episode for the $30K! She leaves w/ $51,499 cash and prizes. 

$5K+ SPIN ID: LH2356660

MY EPISODE RATING: 7

WOF Retro Recap: November 20, 2009 — BOSTON FINALE

EPISODE #5120: BOSTON’S GOT GAME!

$1,000 Tossup – PROPER NAME

_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ A _ D
_ A _ _ _ _ _ _

Patrick quickly solves the NFL’s NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS. The last players competing in Boston are…

Patrick McNally: works for a major ticket broker and a filmmaker from Clinton, MA
Mardan Flynn: works in quiet relations for an investment consulting firms and an ’80s trivia buff gtom Boston
Lisa Acker: golf learner who has been in 45 U.S. states from Weymouth, MA

$2,000 Tossup – SHOW BIZ

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

Patrick’s two for two w/ STUNT COORDINATOR.

SPORTS PRIZE: $5K Dick’s Sporting Goods gift certificate

Jackpot Round – RHYME TIME

Patrick FP’s five A’s right off the bat. Next, he puts up four T’s for $2K and buys the E’s to quickly finish off the vowels. A little later, he says D while on Jackpot, but he can’t make the solve for a $7,700 pot. He spins once more for the K’s and we now have…

T A _ K
T H E / T A _ K / A N D
_ A _ K
T H E / _ A _ K

He knows how to TALK THE TALK AND WALK THE WALK for $5,250.

PERFECT ROUND!

UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8K

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Lisa: $0
Patrick: $8,250
Mardan: $0

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Round 2 – BEFORE AND AFTER

Mardan’s up first w/ an N, but then E for error. Lisa secondly has lit up four R’s and three A’s, but then buys the other bad vowel of this puzzle (O). Third, Patrick uncovers three singles (B, I and L; the last one gave him the RazorGator gift tag) , but next is BANKRUPT costing him $1,550 cash and gift tag. Make that three in a row, because Mardan hits the MDW’s left side to give up $250 while Lisa lands on a normal one to let $1,900 disappear. Patrick’s back in control…

L A R R Y
B I R D
_ A N _ _ U A R Y

…he solves LARRY BIRD SANCTUARY for the house minimum.

DUDS: E (Mardan), O (Lisa)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (entire panel)

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Lisa: $0
Patrick: $9,250
Mardan: $0

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Mystery Round – WHAT ARE YOU DOING? (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Early on, the scoreless Lisa gets the -ING ending out of the way. Following her O purchase (4 of them), she uncovers a $3,500 R and picks up the WC w/ two M’s. After spinning once more for a T…

G O I N G / _ O R
A / M O O N _ I G _ T
_ _ I M

…she wins her first $4,950 and will be GOING FOR A MOONLIGHT SWIM at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa in HAWAII worth $5,420; she’s now in the lead w/ $10,370 cash and trip.

PERFECT ROUND #2!

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Lisa: $10,370 cash and trip + WC
Patrick: $9,250
Mardan: $0

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$3,000 Tossup – PHRASE

_ N _ / _ _ R E
T _ _ _

Mardan finally breaks through w/ ONE MORE TIME.

Round 4 – EVENT (full $1,500 speed-up round)

_ / S T _ L L _ R
_ _ R _ _ R _ _ N _ _

Lisa has NOTHING w/ $6K on the line. Patrick’s next w/ the P…

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

This isn’t A STELLAR PERFORMANCE for this guy, but he does win the game w/ another $3K.

FINAL SCORES
Lisa: $10,370 cash and trip
Patrick: $12,250
Mardan: $3K

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $25,620

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Can Patrick avert the season’s first BR SHUTOUT? He lads on the first A of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
The board begins like this…

S _ _ N _
_ _ _ _ _ E

CDMA is quite helpful…

S _ _ N D
A D _ _ C E

…since he took the SOUND ADVICE of going w/ that combination, HE’S A HERO! His reward is $30K, and he leaves w/ an all-cash total of $42,250!

BOSTON WINNINGS REPORT

Week #1 (Historic Boston): $272,965
Week #2 (College Week): $275,438
Week #3 (BGG): $219,521

GRAND TOTAL: $767,924

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: November 19, 2009

EPISODE #5119: BOSTON’S GOT GAME!

$1,000 Tossup – FUN AND GAMES

_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ N
_ _ _ S _ _ _

This is the name of the famous left field wall at Fenway Park, and Ben quickly solves THE GREEN MONSTER. Thursday’s sports fans…

Ben Chapman: quality insurance analyst who collects baseballs autographed by Hall of Famers from Brockton, MA
Betsy Hill: US Air Force reserve captain from Boston (orig. from MT)
Stephanie Midgley: secretary for a foundation practice in NH from Tyngsboro, MA

$2,000 Tossup – RHYME TIME

D R E A M
_ _ _ _

This is the nickname for the US men’s basketball team at the Olympics back in the ’90s, and Stephanie solves DREAM TEAM.

SPORTS PRIZE: $6K trip to Vegas (included is a visit to a party to watch Super Bowl XLIV)

Jackpot Round – BEFORE AND AFTER

Steph’s up first w/ a T and an H, but then a dud purchase in E. Second in line, Ben prematurely picks up the Vegas trip before calling a consonant! Well, he does get it anyway w/ two B’s, and he tries to solve for that prize…

T _ _
B _ _ _ _
B _ _ _ H

…he’s right w/ TOM BRADY BUNCH.

SOLE DUD: E (Stephanie)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $5,900

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Betsy: $0
Stephanie: $2K
Ben: $7K cash and trip

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Round 2 – FUN AND GAMES (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Our current leader leads off w/ two N’s and a couple vowel purchases (I and two O’s). After completing the fourth word of THE, he BANKRUPTS to lose $2K. Second, Betsy spots a G and a C for the Dick’s Sporting Goods gift tag. Later, she faces this…

_ L A _ I N G
_ O L L E _ B A L L
O N / T H E / B E A C H

She’ll likely be PLAYING VOLLEYBALL ON THE BEACH, because she’s won $4,250 cash and gift tag plus a $6,610 trip to the Royal Bavaro in Punta Cana of the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC for a total of $10,860 cash and prizes.

BANKRUPT: Ben

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Betsy: $10,860 cash and prizes
Stephanie: $2K
Ben: $7K cash and trip

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Mystery Round – FOOD AND DRINK

Betsy starts this one on a bad note w/ a BANKRUPT. Secondly, Steph does some work, but then LATs out. Third, Ben gets the MDW w/ two L’s. He later gets that WC w/ a B. Soon enough…

_ L A _ E _ / H A M
_ I T H / M O L A S S E S
B I S _ U I T S

…he eats some GLAZED HAM WITH MOLASSES BISCUITS for $2,050.

BANKRUPT: Betsy
LAT: Stephanie

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Betsy: $10,860 cash and prizes
Stephanie: $2K
Ben: $9,050 cash and Vegas + MDW + WC

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$3,000 Tossup – THING

R E F _ R E E ‘ S
W H I _ T L _

Ben blows that REFEREE’S WHISTLE, putting him in the lead w/ $12,050.

Round 4 – PHRASE (full $1,600 speed-up round)

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

Ben knows how to THROW CAUTION TO THE WIND, so he’s sealed the deal w/ $8K!

SOLE DUD: S (Stephanie)

FINAL SCORES
Betsy: $10,860 cash and prizes
Stephanie: $2K
Ben: $20,050 cash and Vegas + MDW + WC

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $32,910

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #2
Will Ben make history as the first-ever male millionaire? The A envelope of GAME is his potential reward.

Category: THING
30% of this puzzle has been filled in at the start…

_ _ E L _
_ _ _ _ E

DPCO and his WC pick of M yield…

_ _ E L D
_ _ _ D E

…this FIELD GUIDE wasn’t so helpful, because he only gets the first word…

…and he loses $30K. That sends him home w/ $20,050 cash and Vegas.

$1M ENVELOPE LOCATION: the &

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: November 18, 2009

EPISODE #5118: BOSTON’S GOT GAME!

$1,000 Tossup – PEOPLE

_ A R A _ _ O N
_ U _ _ _ _ _

Dan knows about some MARATHON RUNNERS. Let’s go down the line in the interviewing…

Dan White: SAHD from Athol, MA
Lindsay Fallon: grad student at the Univ. of CT studying school psychology and a Red Sox fan from Summerville, MA
Aimee Miller: part-time skincare company worker and another

$2,000 Tossup – PHRASE

_ _ _ _ / T _ E
P L U N _ _

This time, Dan has nothing.

_ A _ _ / T _ E
P L U N G _

Lindsay knows how to TAKE THE PLUNGE, so she’s spinning first.

SPORTS PRIZE: $5K Sports Vacations gift certificate

Jackpot Round – FUN AND GAMES (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Lindsay gets off to a good start w/ $5K worth of T’s, but then hits the roadblock in R. Second, Aimee says S for sorry while on Jackpot. Third, Dan puts up double N’s and buys two A’s before losing $950 to the MDW’s left-side BANKRUPT. Two spins after that, Lindsay FPs three I’s. She picks up the prize wedge w/ two W’s. After buying a few E’s…

W H A _ E – W A T C H I N G
E _ _ E _ I T I _ N

…she pockets $13,050 cash and GC plus a WHALE-WATCHING EXPEDITION during her stay at the Sooke Harbour House on VANCOUVER ISLAND worth $7,700 for a total of $20,750 that round!

DUDS: R (Lindsay), S (Aimee)
BANKRUPT: Dan
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $12,200

Pre-Round 2 Scores
Dan: $1K
Lindsay: $22,750 cash and prizes
Aimee: $0

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Round 2 – SAME NAME

Aimee says an instant negative in N. Dan secondly runs into LAT. Third, Lindsay has found two S’s, but then duplicates the N while on the WC. Aimee does a lot of work before going BANKRUPT to forfeit $3,150. Dan’s next spin is better; he lights up a $3,500 F…

_ O L F / &
D E S S E R T
C A R T

…and then solves GOLF & DESSERT CART to add said amount.

SOLE DUD: N (Aimee)
BANKRUPT: Aimee
LAT: Dan
DQ: Lindsay’s N repeat

Pre-Round 3 Scores
Dan: $4,500
Lindsay: $22,750 cash and prizes
Aimee: $0

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Mystery Round – EVENT

Dan gets an instant BANKRUPT. Secondly, Lindsay lights up a T and obviously goes for the Mystery Wedge that’s sitting between FP and LAT…but it’s no good. Third, Aimee does some work and FPs an O in the process, but she gets that LAT. Dan next falls victim to the MDW’s right-side BANKRUPT; that’s three BANKRUPTS for this poor guy. Lindsay’s back in control…

B A _ K _ A R _
L O B S T E R
B A K E

…she solves BACKYARD LOBSTER BAKE for $3,700.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (Dan 2x, Lindsay)
LAT: Aimee

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores
Dan: $4,500
Lindsay: $26,450 cash and prizes
Aimee: $0

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$3,000 Tossup – MOVIE TITLE

_ _ _ _ / _ I _ L
_ _ _ _ _ _ _

Aimee quickly gets off the schneid w/ “GOOD WILL HUNTING”.

Round 4 – FOOD AND DRINK (full $1,500 speed-up round)

_ P P _ _ – R _ _ S _ N
B R _ _ D / P _ D D _ N _

Dan eats some APPLE-RAISIN BREAD PUDDING at the last second for $10,500.

DUDS: T (Aimee), M (Lindsay)

FINAL SCORES
Dan: $15K
Lindsay: $26,450 cash and prizes
Aimee: $3K

TOTAL MAINGAME WINNINGS: $44,450

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$100,000 Bonus Round
Lindsay gets the N envelope of WIN.

Category: PEOPLE
This is all she gets to start…

_ _ _ _
_ _ _ S

MCHA adds in one more consonant…

_ H _ _
_ _ _ S

She doesn’t recall any WHIZ KIDS for $30K (she thought the first word was WHIP), so she leaves w/ $26,450 cash and prizes.

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10