WOF Retro Recap: April 2, 2010


$1,000 Tossup – CLASSIC TV

_ _ _ A _ I
F _ _ _ – _

“Book ’em Danno”! Manny quickly solves HAWAII FIVE-O. Here’s our final panel of the week…

Manny Makiling: special education teacher’s assistant at a high school from Walnut, CA
Mira Nikolic: reading coach at an elementary school (K-3rd) from Tempe, AZ
Denise Lieberknockt: admin. assistant for a church’s high school ministry from El Cajon, CA

$2,000 Tossup – OCCUPATION

W _ _ T E _

Manny is two for two with SINGING WAITER.

HAWAII TRIP ON THE WHEEL: to the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki worth $7,382


Manny immediately lands on Jackpot and fills in the N’s, but he LATs out on the next spin. Second, Mira inserts three R’s, two W’s, and a T for the Hawaii trip. Following a couple vowel purchases, she gets that MDW w/ three B’s and lights up the last vowel of A…

B A B _ / W E / W E R E
B O R N / T O / R U N

…before solving “BABY, WE WERE BORN TO RUN” (courtesy of Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band) for $1,350, the Hawaii trip plus a caravan.com CANADA TOUR worth $5,080 totaling $13,812 that round.

LAT HIT: Manny

Pre-Round 2 Scores:
Denise: $0
Manny: $3,000
Mira: $13,812 cash and trips + MDW


Round 2 – SAME NAME

& / _ N I _ N

Denise solves WEDDING & ONION RING for $1,600.

DUDS: S (Mira at the start), A (Denise)
BANKRUPT HIT: Manny ($1,350 loss)

Pre-Round 3 Scores:
Denise: $1,600
Manny: $3,000
Mira: $13,812 cash and trips + MDW


Mystery Round – TITLE

At the start, Denise lands on the MW next to the MDW. She fills in the R, and obviously goes for it… $10,000! Two spins later, however, she hits LAT to let $10,250 go to waste. Towards the end, Manny FPs twin B’s…

A L I / B A B A
A N D / T _ E / _ _ R T _
T _ I E _ E _

…and solves “ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES” for $2,450.

LAT HIT: Denise

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores:
Denise: $1,600
Manny: $5,450
Mira: $13,812 cash and trips + MDW


$3,000 Tossup – PERSON

D _ _ _ – _ E A
D I V _ _

Mira solves DEEP-SEA DIVER, making her new total $16,812 in cash and trips.

Round 4 – THING

After some regular gameplay, we have the following for speed-up mode:

_ R _ _ N _ N G
_ _ _ _ E _ E _ E N _

Each of the remaining consonants are worth $1,900.

_ R _ _ N _ N G
_ _ _ _ E _ E _ E N _

This isn’t her CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT, but Denise wins another $3,800 w/ that solve.

Both called back-to-back before Speed-up: S (Mira), L (Denise)
During Speed-up: D (Mira)
DQ: Manny’s S duplication

Denise: $5,400
Manny: $5,450
Mira: $16,812 cash, trips, and MDW

PRE-BR TOTAL: $27,662


Speaking of that Round 4 puzzle, will Mira have a CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT in this segment? She lands on the G in GAME.

Category: PERSON
Up first in this one-word puzzle…

_ R _ _ E _ R _ _ _

CDHA only adds…

_ R _ D E _ R _ _ _

She draws a total blank. BGHO would’ve killed it, because it was BRIDEGROOM

…and she loses $25,000. That sends her home with $16,812 in cash and trips. The million was two spaces away from where she was — the M in GAME.

And now, here are the 10 things that were out of place on last night’s April Fool’s episode:

1. Pat and Vanna switched positions when walking out from behind the puzzleboard
2. Clones of Charlie O’Donnell, Pat and Vanna were first seen at the contestant podiums.
3. When Vanna introduced the Jackpot Round puzzle, she was stanting on the left side of the puzzleboard.
4. Both normal-sized BANKRUPTS were spelled as BANKRUT.
5. Pat was wearing an earring on his right ear.
6. Charlie introduced last night’s Mystery Round puzzle.
7. A 1992 clip was shown during the Final Spin.
8. Pat changed colors for his suit during the commercial before the Bonus Round.
9. The Pat & Vanna clones were seen in the audience when Bernie introduced her supporters.
10. Pat & Vanna were wearing their own nametages to close things out.

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: April 1, 2010

On this special April Fool’s Day episode, the objective was to spot 10 things tonight that seem out of place. Did you find ’em all? The answers were revealed on the next episode.


Pat and Vanna introduce this episode from the control room. They switch from their normal positions when they appear from the puzzleboard (Pat on the left, Vanna on the right). Also, we see clones of announcer Charlie O’Donnell as well as the main partners in crime as contestants!

$1,000 Tossup: LIVING THING

_ _ _ P _ _ C K
_ _ _ _ _

Cherise solves HUMPBACK WHALE. The actual players for this episode are…

Cherise Francis: UCCS junior studying English from Colorado Springs, CO
Bernie Daley (female): environmental scientist from Las Vegas
Jim Bennett: San Diego Mesa College student studying education and landscape architecture from San Diego, CA (originally from NJ)


T _ _
J O _ _ R

He’s one of the villains in the “Batman” series, and Jim knows that’s THE JOKER.

HAWAII TRIP ON THE WHEEL: to the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort in Kauai worth $6,050

Jackpot Round – QUOTATION

Jim immediately cashes in $10,000 with four T’s. On his next two spins, he picks up both the WC (N) and the Kauai trip (H’s). But after some work, he duds out with an S to leave $15,550 cash and trip unclaimed. Second, Cherise says six L’s for a $4,800 start, followed by an I but then R for roadblock. Third, Bernie does a little work…

_ O _ / _ A N ‘ T
_ O O L / A L L / O _
T H E / P E O P L E / A L L
O _ / T H E / T I M E

…before solving the P.T. Barnum quote “YOU CAN’T FOOL ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME” for the house minimum.

DUDS: S (Jim), R (Cherise)

Pre-Round 2 Scores:
Cherise: $1,000
Bernie: $1,000
Jim: $2,000 and WC



C L A N _
C L A N _ / C L A N _
_ E N T / T H E
T R _ L L E _

Cherise solves “CLANG CLANG CLANG WENT THE TROLLEY” (from Judy Garland’s “The Trolley Song”) for $3,050…and a trip to The Palace Hotel in SAN FRANCISCO (w/ tickets to “Beach Blanket Babylon”) worth $5,360 totaling $8,410 that round.

DUDS: S (Cherise; second spin), I (Bernie), B (Jim)

Pre-Round 3 Scores:
Cherise: $9,410 cash and S.F.
Bernie: $1,000
Jim: $2,000 and WC


Mystery Round – BEFORE AND AFTER

Midway in the round, Jim lands on the MW next to the MDW, spots three S’s, and decides to put $1,500 and his WC at risk…BANKRUPT. Cherise follows that up by BANKRUPTING on the MDW’s right side. Afterwards, Bernie FPs a single B and lights up a G before we see…

S _ G A R
S _ B S T _ T _ T E
T E A _ _ E R

She solves SUGAR SUBSTITUTE TEACHER for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: N (Bernie at the start while on the Maui Jim gift tag)
BANKRUPT HITS: 2 (Jim, Cherise)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores:
Cherise: $9,410 cash and S.F.
Bernie: $2,000
Jim: $2,000


$3,000 Tossup – PLACE

_ I _ _ G U A R D
S T _ T I _ _

Jim solves LIFEGUARD STATION, bringing him up to $5,000.

Round 4 – EVENT (full $1,300 speed-up round)

C _ M _ – F R _ M
B _ _ _ N D / _ _ C T _ R _

Bernie has scored the COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY with another $7,800. The final scores below prove that she accomplished the feat.

DUDS: S (Jim), L (Cherise), P, G (both by Jim)

Cherise: $9,410 cash and trip
Bernie: $9,800
Jim: $5,000
PRE-BR TOTAL: $24,210


$100,000 Bonus Round
Bernie lands on the W in WIN.

Category: PHRASE
For starters…

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

CGMO gives her…

_ C T _ N G / O N
_ M _ _ L S E

She’s ACTING ON IMPULSE to win $25K and leaves with an all-cash total of $34,800.

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: March 31, 2010


$1,000 Tossup – PHRASE

_ A N G
_ _ O S E

Oren knows how to HANG LOOSE. Now for the midweek panel…

Oren Margolis: NYU senior studying media culture/communication from Lawrenceville, NJ
Norda Swaby: Florida A & M sophomore and a piano player Avon Park, FL (originally from Miami, FL)
Holly Walsh: stay-at-home mom from Katy, TX

$2,000 Tossup – LIVING THINGS

_ I _ _ S / O F
_ _ _ _ D _ S E

Oren is two for two with BIRDS OF PARADISE.

HAWAII TRIP ON THE WHEEL: to the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island worth $9,014

Jackpot Round – SHOW BIZ

In the middle of the round, Oren lands on the Jackpot and puts up the S’s. There’s no way he’ll solve for a $6,400 Jackpot. But after some work, he hits LAT. Second in line, Norda fills in two C’s and picks up the MDW with two F’s. Towards the end, she BLOWS HER TURN with an M while on the Hawaii trip. That mistake will cost her $3,800 and the MDW. Holly spins once for the W…

_ A W – D R O P P I N G

…and solves JAW-DROPPING SPECIAL EFFECTS for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: M (Norda)

Pre-Round 2 Scores:
Norda: $0
Holly: $1,000
Oren: $3,000



Trying to redeem herself from that late blunder, Norda does a little work and picks up the Hilo Hattie gift tag in the process with a T, but she hits LAT. Holly’s up second w/ an H, but then L for loss of turn. Oren spins once for a $600 M before we look at…

_ _ R M I N G / _ _
_ _ / T H E / _ I R E

He wins that amount and will be WARMING UP BY THE FIRE at the Resort at Squaw Creek in LAKE TAHOE, CA worth $5,500; that round was worth $6,100 to him.

SOLE DUD: L (Holly)
LAT HIT: Norda

Pre-Round 3 Scores:
Norda: $0
Holly: $1,000
Oren: $9,100 cash and L.T.


Mystery Round – BEFORE AND AFTER

Holly misses right away w/ T. Oren secondly picks up the WC w/ an R. But after some work, he BANKRUPTS to lose that along with $3,450. Norda next calls a C on the MW next to where the MDW was picked up. No doubt she’s going for it…it’s $10,000! But that gets taken right back by BANKRUPT. As we return to Holly, she picks off two pairs of S’s and I’s, but there aren’t any L’s up there. Oren spins for a $1,350 W triple…

I / N _ W
_ R _ N _ _ N C E / _ _ _
_ _ S _ A N D / A N D
W I _ E / S W A _

…and solves I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU HUSBAND AND “WIFE SWAP” for said amount.

DUDS (both by Holly): T, L
BANKRUPT HITS: 2 (Oren, Norda)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores:
Norda: $0
Holly: $1,000
Oren: $10,450 cash and L.T.


$3,000 Tossup – SONG LYRICS

O H / W H _ T
A / _ _ _ _ _

Part of a song by The Four Seasons, Oren solves “OH WHAT A NIGHT”, bringing him up to $13,450.

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

_ _ S T _ R / _ _
C _ R _ _ _ N _ _ S

Pat Sajak is an example of this, and Norda finally breaks through with MASTER OF CEREMONIES for $3,000.

Norda: $3,000
Holly: $1,000 (not a gooseegg)
Oren: $13,450 cash and trip

PRE-BR TOTAL: a new SEASON-LOW of $17,450 (the previous low was $18,550 on January 12 of this year)


$100,000 Bonus Round
Oren lands on the &.

Category: EVENT
First up in this puzzle.

_ _ _ T _
_ _ N _ S _

MCYA are all DUDS. There WON’T be A PHOTO FINISH of him winning another $30,000, because he only gets the second word. He leaves with $13,450 cash and trip. 

MY EP. RATING: 5 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: March 30, 2010


$1,000 Tossup – WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

C A T C _ _ N G
_ A _ E _

Mingo’s CATCHING WAVES, so we’re talking to him first…

Mingo Arvizu
: actor from Springfield, MO
Lindsay Ash: stay-at-home mom and military spouse from Edmond, OK
Miriam Debash: HR manager for an oil firm from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

$2,000 Tossup – PROPER NAME

_ _ N _ _ _ P E
_ _ _ Z

She recently starred in the film “Nine” at the time, and Mingo knows that’s PENELOPE CRUZ.

HAWAII TRIP ON THE WHEEL: to the Four Seasons Resort in Lana’i worth $8,000


Mingo’s first w/ triple T’s and E’s, but next is LAT. Secondly, Lindsay picks up the WC with two H’s, but then B for baddie. We get back to her immediately after the other players hit BANKRUPT (Mingo loses $1,100)…but she purchases the only bad vowel of this puzzle (A). Shortly after that, Miriam says S for the Maui Jim gift tag. Once she shuts down the vowel department…

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

…she solves “HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME” (courtesy of Sly and the Family Stone) for $2,950 cash and gift tag plus the $6,000 caravan.com TOUR OF CENTRAL AMERICA for a total of $8,950 cash and prizes.

DUDS (both by Lindsay): B, A
LAT HIT: Mingo
BANKRUPT HITS: 2 (Miriam, Mingo)

Pre-Round 2 Scores:
Lindsay: $0 and WC
Miriam: $8,950 cash and prizes
Mingo: $3,000



Lindsay leads off w/ a T but then a dud vowel of O. Miriam secondly FPs three A’s. Two spins later, she duds out w/ M. Third, Mingo inserts a $550 N and an E, but the MDW’s left-side BANKRUPT gets rid of the remaining $300. After Lindsay picks up the Hawaii trip w/ a C…

_ E R _ I A N
_ U R _ L A R

…she’s off by two letters with SERBIAN CAT BURGLAR. Miriam’s next choices are a P and a B, but she and Mingo BANKRUPT back-to-back again (former loses $2,150; that’s her second hit so far). Lindsay’s back in control…

P E R _ I A N
B U R _ L A R

…this time, she’s right with PERSIAN CAT BURGLAR for $8,700 in cash and trip.

DUDS: O (Lindsay), M (Miriam)
BANKRUPT HITS: 3 (Mingo 2x, Miriam)
DQ: Lindsay’s first guess

Pre-Round 2 Scores:
Lindsay: $8,700 cash and Hawaii + WC
Miriam: $8,950 cash and prizes
Mingo: $3,000


Mystery Round – PHRASE

Late in the round, Mingo cashes in $7K with a pair of F’s. But he then BANKRUPTS for the fourth time this episode to let $7,300 go down the drain.

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

It’s JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE for Lindsay, as she solves this puzzle for the house minimum.

SOLE DUD: L (Miriam after some work)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores:
Lindsay: $9,700 cash and Hawaii + WC
Miriam: $8,950 cash and prizes
Mingo: $3,000


$3,000 Tossup – OCCUPATION

_ _ R E S T
R A N _ _ R

Miriam takes back the lead with FOREST RANGER; she now has $11,950.

Round 4 – FICTIONAL CHARACTER (full $1,300 speed-up round)

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

Lindsay knows that the Disney character Ariel is best known as THE LITTLE MERMAID, so she’s won $3,900 that round.

DUDS: N (Miriam), S (Lindsay), W (Miriam)

Lindsay: $13,600 cash, trip and WC
Miriam: $11,950 cash and prizes
Mingo: $3,000
PRE-BR TOTAL: $28,550


$100,000 Bonus Round
Lindsay lands on the R in AMERICA’S.

Category: PHRASE
The first line should already be established for her…

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

HKMI and C will definitely do it (the H is a waste, though)…

T H E / _ E R _ E C T
M I _

She picked THE (near) PERFECT MIX of letters for $25K, giving her $38,600 in cash and trip! 

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: March 29, 2010

As March comes to a close, they’re saluting the island of Hawaii all week long.


$1,000 Tossup – PHRASE

_ _ _ _ ‘ S / _ P !

Neepa shouts “SURF’S UP!”. For the first time in all of S27, we have a rare two men vs. one woman matchup in Culver City…

Neepa Shah: 9th grade English teacher from Parlin, NJ
Jose Bravo, Jr.: 7th/8th grade Spanish teacher, soccer coach, and dancer from Los Angeles, CA
Chris Kent: recently retired from the Marine Corps after serving six years with that branch from Falls Church, VA

$2,000 Tossup – RHYME TIME

_ O U _ / &
P _ O _ D

Jose says the answer LOUD & PROUD to start the first round.

HAWAII TRIP ON THE WHEEL: to the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas in Maui worth $6,050

Jackpot Round – FOOD AND DRINK

Midway in the round, Jose nabs the WC with five S’s. He then picks up the Maui trip with two W’s. But after filling in most of this puzzle, he hits LAT to leave $7,600 in cash and trip unclaimed. Afterwards, Chris puts in a $300 N, two P’s for the Hilo Hattie gift tag…

S _ A _ _ _ P S / W I T H
S N _ W / P E A S

…and solves SEARED SCALLOPS WITH SNOW PEAS for $1,300 cash and gift tag.


Pre-Round 2 Scores:
Chris: $1,300 cash and gift tag
Neepa: $1,000
Jose: $2,000 and WC



Early on, Neepa fills in the D while on FP. She BANKRUPTS on the next spin to give back $1,900. Jose next gets the same fate, costing him the WC. After that, Chris fills in the E’s while on FP, but he then misses w/ R. Neepa’s back in control…

O _ / M I C E / A N D
I N / B L A C _

The second half of this puzzle is a movie starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, and Neepa solves “OF MICE AND MEN IN BLACK” for $1,300.

DUDS (both by Chris): T (at the start), R
BANKRUPT HITS: 2 (Neepa, Jose)

(BTW, during the taping of this episode, Neepa tried to remove the whole FP wedge! DOH! Of course, they edited it out.)

Pre-Round 3 Scores:
Chris: $1,300 cash and gift tag
Neepa: $2,300
Jose: $2,000



Neepa’s first w/ three T’s, but then a baddie in H. Second, Jose does some work before buying the only bad vowel of this puzzle (E). Third, Chris has found two R’s, one U and an S, but he BANKRUPTS on the MDW’s left side to forfeit $2,100. On Neepa’s second try, she FPs a single B and lights up a $3,500 F…but she later says D for dummy to likely lose at least $5,750. Towards the end, Jose puts in two L’s while on the MW next to the MDW. He doesn’t risk $2,550 and decides to solve w/ all of this showing…

B U Y I N G / A
F R O M / A / L O _ A L

After banking another $4,550, he might be BUYING A PAINTING FROM A LOCAL ARTIST while at…the Chabil Mar Villas in BELIZE worth $6,700. That round was worth $11,250 to him…but he could’ve had a much bigger lead had he turned that MW over.

DUDS: H (Neepa), E (Jose), D (Neepa)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores:
Chris: $1,300 cash and gift tag
Neepa: $2,300
Jose: $13,250 cash and Belize


$3,000 Tossup – LIVING THINGS

_ E A
_ _ _ _ L E S

Jose solves SEA TURTLES, bringing him up to $16,250.

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

T H _ / _ L D
_ _ _ _ H _ _ R H _ _ D

Neepa solves THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD for $4,500.

SOLE DUD: S (Chris)

Chris: $1,300 cash and gift tag
Neepa: $6,800
Jose: $16,250 cash and trip

PRE-BR TOTAL: $24,350


$100,000 Bonus Round
This week’s car is the Mazda MX-5 Miata (previously seen on “Weekend Getaways”). Jose lands on the W in WIN.

Category: PHRASE
RSTLNE reveals…

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

BDPA result in very limited help…

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

…and he doesn’t solve FITS LIKE A GLOVE for another $30,000. Thus, he leaves with $16,250 in cash and trip. 

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10

WOF Recap: October 30, 2013



A L _ _ _ D
H _ _ _ _ _ _ _ K

Nick scores first w/ ALFRED HITCHCOCK. There are two male guests competing tonight…

Nick Emisek: works for a home builder from Ladera Ranch, CA
Joe Triacca: retired scientific photographer now working as a warehouse store greeter from Conway, SC
Becca Liller: insurance company worker from Annapolis, MD

$2K Tossup: THING

_ _ U _ / W O R _ T
_ _ G_ _ M A _ _

We hope YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE of the first-ever $1M loss doesn’t happen anytime soon, and Becca has the right to spin first.

FEATURED HALLOWEEN TRIP: Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, MA worth $5K


The sole lady’s first letters this evening are three pair of T’s, R’s and I’s but then N for nothing while on $2,500. Second, Nick LATs out. Third, Joe picks up the Party City gift tag w/ triple S’s but he too gets LAT. Becca spins once more for the Y…

_ _ R Y
S _ _ _ R S T I T I _ _ S

…and solves “VERY SUPERSTITIOUS” (from Stevie Wonder’s “Supersition”) for $2,650.

Scores after R1
Nick: $1K/Joe: $0/Becca: $4,650


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Nick’s second spin of the night is that LAT. Second, Joe puts up a T and some vowels (the O came via FP). But after his next pick of two S’s is the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $1,700. Third, Becca lights up a $7K pair of F’s and a couple R’s for the 1/2 CAR near $900. She next buys the last vowels (three I’s and a U), collects another $14K worth of N’s and inserts two B’s (one at the beginning) for another $1,800. Board at this point…

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

She may NOT be the BLUSHING BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, but she just won $23,300!

LAT: Nick

Scores after R2
Nick: $1K/Joe: NOTHING/Becca: $27,950 + 1/2 CAR


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Still trying to get on the board, Joe’s first calls are three T’s, four E’s and an S for the other 1/2 CAR. But after a lot of work, he says an unfortunate dud of P while on $3,500. Second in line, Becca gets shafted by the same normal BANKRUPT, so she loses her Chevy Spark opportunity. Third, Nick has uncovered an L, H, two U’s (NMV) and two C’s before we look at…

R E _ U E S T I N G / A
L A T E / C H E C _ O U T

He’ll be  REQUESTING A LATE CHECKOUT, because he’s won $2,350 and a trip to the Divi Southwinds Beach Resort in BARBADOS w/ the NEX-5R worth $6,228.


Scores after R3
Nick: $9,578 cash & prizes/Joe: ZIPPO/Becca: $27,950



G _ _ _ N _ I C
_ N S _ _ T _

Becca catches these GIGANTIC INSECTS to go over the $30K mark.


This round is all Becca…

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

…and she says“I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN” just like The Little Engine that Could for another $2,150.


Going into R5
Nick: $9,578 cash & prizes/Joe: CANDY ALERT/Becca: $33,100 

Round 5: PHRASE

Nick’s first letter of S isn’t there. Second, Joe spots a $900 T but then gets nailed by that same pesky BANKRUPT for likely the other time tonight. Third, Becca makes a $900 N appear but we hear that Speed-Up bell…

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

…and the remaining consonants are worth $1,500 apiece.

R _ P _ / _ _ R
T H _ / P _ C _ _ N G

Becca’s claimed another $6,500 that’s RIPE FOR THE PICKING.

(NOTE: A null cycle was cut out just before Becca chose the P’s and made the solve.)

AIRED DUDS (both by Nick): S (before bell), L (after bell)

Nick: $9,578 cash & prizes/Joe$1K CANDY/Becca: $39,600 

GRAND TOTAL: $50,178 
IN BANKRUPT COFFIN (besides plate): $2,600


$100K Bonus Round
Becca’s got the I envelope of WIN.

Category: FOOD & DRINK
First up in this 14-letter answer…

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

PCMO is her combination and I think she knows it already like I do…

_O _ R M E T

Don’t spend this all on some GOURMET POPCORN, Becca — the $30K! Her final all-cash total is $69,600!

$5K+ SPIN ID: SG2476362

MY EP. RATING: 8 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: March 26, 2010

Over $350,000 has been given away in the past four episodes! Will we break the $400,000 barrier on the finale of “Beaches Resorts Family Week”?


$1,000 Tossup – SONG TITLE

_ _ I _ / _ _ G _ C
_ _ _ _ _ _

“THIS MAGIC MOMENT” (Drifters) could be coming for William & Linda tonight as they quickly solve this puzzle to get on the board. The last three family pairings of the week are…

William & Linda Woolley (mother/son): William is an elementary school crossing guard, a pizza restaurant worker and a Special Olympics participant winning a total of 131 medals (you read that right) while his mom is the coach for his SO team and also a network designer
Adrineh Gouloomian & Arsineh Lee (sisters): the former is a stay-at-home mom and a former RV helicopter pilot
Lisa & Todd Freshman (brother/sister): Lisa is a children’s toy store owner in Los Angeles

$2,000 Tossup – EVENT

M _ _ _ E
P R _ M _ _ R E

Lisa & Todd solve MOVIE PREMIERE.

Jackpot Round – PHRASE

Early on, the Woolleys pick up the WC with an N. But after filling in more than half the puzzle, they BANKRUPT to lose $1,200 and the WC. The A sisters next pick up the T&C trip w/ the M’s…

I ‘ V E / G O T / M _
G _ M E / _ _ _ E / O N

Well, I’VE GOT MY GAME FACE ON, and so do the sisters as they solve this puzzle for said trip!

SOLE DUD: L (Lisa & Todd at the start while on the WC)
BANKRUPT HIT: William & Linda

Pre-Round 2 Scores:
Freshmans: $2,000
Woolleys: $1,000
Adrineh/Arsineh: $15,000 trip



The Woolleys immediately cash in $7K with two R’s, but they promptly lose every cent of that amount to their second BANKRUPT of the evening. In the middle of the round, the A sisters fill in the E’s while on FP. After they call the U’s to clean out the vowel department, they put in $7K worth of H’s. Soon enough…

Y O U / C A N ‘ T
_ O _ E
H A N D _ E _

…they solve “YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE” HANDLES for $9,600!

BANKRUPT HIT: William & Linda

Pre-Round 3 Scores:
Freshmans: $2,000
Woolleys: $1,000
Adrineh/Arsineh: $24,600 cash and trip



Our big leaders do some work before hitting LAT. Secondly, the Freshmans BANKRUPT on the MDW’sleft side. Third, the Woolleys put in two S’s, but the sole dud vowel (U) stops them. The A sisters then fill in the N’s and we have…

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

This was said by Dorothy from the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” and the A sisters know that it is “WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE” for $4,550…and a trip to the Sandals Grande Spa & Beach Resort in ST. LUCIA, totaling $19,550 that round!

SOLE DUD: U (William & Linda)
LAT HIT: Adrineh & Arsineh

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores:
Freshmans: $2,000
Woolleys: $1,000
Adrineh/Arsineh: $44,150 cash and trips


$3,000 Tossup – PLACE

T A I _ O R
S _ O _

Lisa & Todd only say the first words. The A sisters immediately buzz in next and jump up to $47,150 with TAILOR SHOP!

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

There will be NO chance for the sisters to break the maingame record.

G E T T _ N G
C _ M _ _ R T _ _ _ E

Lisa & Todd are GETTING COMFORTABLE at the right time for $3,900.

DUDS: S (Lisa & Todd), H (Adrineh & Arsineh), D (William & Linda)
DQ: William & Linda’s R repeat

Freshmans: $5,900
Woolleys: $1,000 –> $2,000
Adrineh/Arsineh: $47,150 cash and trips

PRE-BR TOTAL: $55,050


$100,000 Bonus Round
Adrineh & Arsineh land on the first A in AMERICA’S.

Category: PHRASE
To get them started…

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

DMHA only gives them…

_ R _ _ E R
T E _ H N _ _ _ E

They’re missing their PROPER TECHNIQUE of solving a bonus puzzle like one (they only had the second word), so they are NOT winners of…

…$30,000. But they do leave with $47,150 in cash and trips!

And for the record, we have given away $407,600 in cash and prizes!!! That’s the SECOND-BIGGEST AMOUNT ever handed out for one week in the show’s history!!!

MY EP. RATING: 8 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: March 25, 2010

After going through three episodes this week, we have given away a grand total of $312,350 in cash and prizes to our contestants! As a result of that, we’re pretty much gonna set a new season-high total for one week! But can we break the $400,000 barrier by the time the week ends?


$1,000 Tossup – PLACE

_ A Z _
_ _ _ _ R

Sara & Jamie solve LAZY RIVER. Thursday’s duos…

Sara & Jamie Bungarz (sisters): Sara is an online account manager and a volleyball club coach while Jamie is a a recent Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo graduate and a seasonal hotel worker; they’re from Castro Valley, CA
Janis Mandac-Dy & Josie Mandac (mother/daughter): Janis is a pediatric nurse practitioner while her mom is a retired registered nurse
Marc & Jacob Scher (father/son): Marc is a commercial real-estate developer while his dad is a project manager in the gas/oil industry; the former is from Jackson, TN (originally from Texas)

$2,000 Tossup – FUN AND GAMES

_ _ _ _ _ _ G
A / P R _ N K

Marc & Jacob aren’t PLAYING A PRANK, because they’ve won the right to spin first.

Jackpot Round – EVENT

_ _ B L I S _ I N _ / A N
A _ T O B I O _ R A _ _ _

The father/son duo solve PUBLISHING AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY for the $2,000 house minimum.

(NOTE: The “No More Vowels” graphic mistakenly popped up once the father/son duo purchased the I’s).

SOLE DUD: E (Marc/Jacob after some work)
BANKRUPT HITS: 2 (Sara/Jamie, Janis/Josie; the former losing $400 and the latter losing $600 to the MDW’s left-side)

Pre-Round 2 Scores:
Mandacs: $0
Schers: $4,000
Bungarzes: $1,000



Early on, the Bungarz sisters pick up the Beaches trip with an S. But they buy the only bad vowel (A) to leave at least $15,400 in cash and trips sitting there. Second, the Mandacs pick up the WC with an H. Shortly, however, they BANKRUPT the normal way (their second of the night) to lose $850 and the WC. As for the Schers…

I / W I S H / I T
W _ _ _ _ / _ E _ E _
E _ _

…they could very well say “I WISH IT WOULD NEVER END” on their $15,000 trip to the Sandals Grand Resort & Spa in ANTIGUA!

SOLE DUD: A (Sara/Jamie)

Pre-Round 3 Scores:
Mandacs: $0
Schers: $19K cash and trip
Bungarzes: $1K


Mystery Round – BEFORE AND AFTER

The Mandacs immediately BANKRUPT on the MDW’s right side (their third so far this game). Secondly, the Schers fill in three T’s and an E, but they BANKRUPT normally to lose the leftover $1,250. Later, the Bungarzes pick up the Lobster Gram gift tag w/ two D’s. Once they finish off the vowels…

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

…they solve STAINED-GLASS WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY for $5,200 cash and lobster.

BANKRUPT HITS: 2 (Janis/Josie, Marc/Jacob)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores:
Mandacs: $0
Schers: $19K cash and trip
Bungarzes: $6,200 cash and lobster


$3,000 Tossup – AROUND THE HOUSE

F _ _ _ I C
S _ _ _ E _ _ R

Marc & Jacob solve FABRIC SOFTENER, putting them at $22,000!

Round 4 – THINGS (full $6,000 speed-up round for the third time this week!)

_ _ M _ _ S / _ _ S T
W _ R _ S

The Mandacs initially say FAMOUS LOST WORKS, but they quickly change to FAMOUS LAST WORDS and finally win their first $12,000!

SOLE DUD: N (Marc/Jacob)

Mandacs: $12K
Schers: $22K cash and trip
Bungarzes: $6,200 cash and seafood
PRE-BR TOTAL: $40,200

That means we have established a NEW SEASON-HIGH total for one week with $352,550!


$100,000 Bonus Round
The Schers land on the G in GAME.

Category: PHRASE
This should be an easy one to solve…

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

CDMI only adds…

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

Unfortunately, they say the complete opposite (ABOVE THE SURFACE) of the correct solution, meaning they won’t be getting this prize hidden BELOW THE SURFACE — $35,000. That sends them home with $22,000 in cash and trips.

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

WOF Retro Recap: March 24, 2010

Well, folks, you just saw something SPECTACULAR episode from the previous episode — Mary Ann Dixon and her son Michael became the second $100,000 winners of the season, and came home with $142,500 in cash and trips ($50 behind Christine Denos’s mark)!!! This made them the show’s second-largest civilian team winners of all-time (and fifth overall)!!! To prove it, here are the complete standings:

$1,026,080 – Michelle Loewenstein
$146,529 – Peter & Deborah on Sweethearts Week
$146,254 – Mindi Mitola
$142,550 – Christine and Jack Wagner
$142,500 – last night’s winners

Also, we have given away $263,100 in cash and trips so far this week!!! How much more will we hand on this Wednesday night?


$1,000 Tossup – THINGS

C A N _ _ _ S

John & Stephanie are one letter too many with WATER CANTEENS. Colleen & Kara immediately buzz in next and solve WATER CANNONS.

Colleen Peterson & Kara Green (mother/daughter): Kara’s a pre-school teacher from Oahu, HI while her mom’s a 1st Grade teacher
John & Stephanie Burns (brother/sister): Stephanie from La Jolla, CA is a marketer with a degree in music while her brother’s originally from Columbus, NE
Amy Kneissler & Randy Osbourne (father/daughter): Randy is a retired L.A. county firefighter currently teaching fire technology in college while Amy’s a pre-school teacher


J E _ I
M _ S T _ R

Colleen & Kara know their “Star Wars” films, as they’re two for two with JEDI MASTER.

Jackpot Round – WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

S _ O _ I N G

Colleen & Kara prove to be SHOWING GREAT POTENTIAL, as they dominate and solve this puzzle for $3,100 and the WC (claimed with an L).



Pre-Round 2 Scores:
Colleen & Kara: $6,100 and WC
Burnses: $0
Amy & Randy: $0



The Burnses fill in five A’s while on FP. But after filling in more than half the puzzle, they promptly BANKRUPT on the MDW’s left side for a $1,900 loss. Second, Randy and Amy get the Spa & Salon Wish gift tag w/ two L’s. After they put up $1,200 worth of R’s….

I ‘ M / L A T E
I ‘ M / L A T E / _ _ R / A
_ E R _ / I M _ _ R T A _ T
_ A T E

This quote was said by the White Rabbit from “Alice in Wonderland”, and Randy & Amy know that it is “I’M LATE, I’M LATE FOR A VERY IMPORTANT DATE”. They win $2,200 cash and gift tag …and a trip to the Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa in JAMAICA for a total of $17,200 that round!

BANKRUPT HIT: John & Stephanie

Pre-Round 3 Scores:
Colleen & Kara: $6,100 and WC
Burnses: $0
Amy & Randy: $17,200 cash and trip


Mystery Round – BEFORE AND AFTER

Our PP winners start w/ an N but then miss w/ S. The mother/daughter secondly collect $7K worth of T’s. They WISELY use their WC and get more money with an R. Shortly, however, they purchase a bad vowel in I, to leave $9,750 on the table for the moment. Third, the Burnses put in a semi-obvious F, but they also miss w/ D. After Randy & Steph finish off the vowels, they BANKRUPT normally to give up $1,250. That opens the door for Colleen & Kara…

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

…they have a POCKET CHANGE OF HEART for $10,950!

DUDS: S (Amy & Randy), I (Colleen & Kara), D (John & Stephanie)

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores:
Colleen & Kara: $17,050
Burnses: $0
Amy & Randy: $17,200 cash and trip


$3,000 Tossup – AROUND THE HOUSE

_ _ _ _ _ _ S

Amy & Randy may have given up the lead with an incorrect guess of WOODEN SPOONS.

H A _ G E _ S

John & Stephanie have no guess.

H A _ G E R S

Colleen & Kara have taken the lead with WOODEN HANGERS! They have $20,050!

Round 4 – LIVING THINGS (full $6,000 speed-up round!)

_ _ _ _ _ T _ _ N
_ _ _ _ _ _ S

Amy & Randy give their second missolve of the night with CARNATION FLOWERS.

_ _ L M _ T _ _ N
_ _ _ _ _ _ S

John & Stephanie solve DALMATIAN PUPPIES for $12,000.

(NOTE: After the father/daughter duo filled in the L, Amy prematurely said H during their three seconds! The red team then called that letter, and sure enough, it was a dud. )

DUDS: R, H (both by Colleen & Kara), C (John & Stephanie)
DQ: Amy & Randy’s missolve

Colleen & Kara: $20,050
John & Stephanie: $12,000
Amy & Randy: $17,200 cash and prizes
PRE-BR TOTAL: $49,250


$100,000 Bonus Round
Colleen & Kara land on the I in SPIN.

Category: THING
A pair of S’s in the bottom get them started…

_ _ _ _ _
_ _ S S _ _

HGPA pretty much gives them the second word…

_ _ _ _ _
G _ S S _ P

There will be NO JUICY GOSSIP about them winning another $40,000. That sends them home with $20,050.

MY EP. RATING: 8 out of 10 (since all three teams ended up w/ five figures)

WOF Retro Recap: March 23, 2010

Last night, we started the week on a strong note when Victoria & Viola Smith took home $100,850 in cash and trip (including a $45,000 BR win). Our next three families have the daunting task of following that up.


$1,000 Tossup – PHRASE

_ H _ T / H _ T S
_ _ _ / _ P _ T

Jeff and Daniel say “THAT HITS THE SPOT”. Tuesday’s teams…

Jeff & Daniel Laube (father/son): Jeff is a senior engineer at a major aerospace company while Daniel is an Orange Coast sophomore who is about to be transferred to Long Beach State and planning on becoming a graphic artist; they’re from Cypress, CA
Margaret Kubiak & Dorota Domantay (sisters): Margaret is a banker from Westchester, CA while Dorota is an office manager at an interactive media agency from Marina Del Rey, CA
Mary Anne & Michael Dixon (mother/son): Mary Anne is a retired teacher while Michael is a mechanical engineer; they’re from Bakersfield, CA

$2,000 Tossup – FUN AND GAMES

_ I _ _ – _ N D –
_ _ _ _

Jeff and Daniel are quickly two for two with HIDE-AND-SEEK.

BEACHES PRIZE ON THE WHEEL: that $15K trip to the Beaches Resort Villages & Spa in the Turks & Caicos (available all week long)


Our father/son team get off to a good start w/ a $5K pair of S’s. The next spin lands them on the Beaches wedge, but they dud out with the R. The sisters secondly nab the WC with five T’s, but they then miss with an N while on the Lobster Gram gift tag. Third, the Dixons leave only vowels remaining…

S H _ _ T / S H _ _ T
L E T / I T / _ L L / _ _ T

…they solve “SHOUT, SHOUT, LET IT ALL OUT” (by Tears for Fears) for $3,700…and a $15,000 trip to the Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort in THE BAHAMAS. They’re on the board with $18,700 in cash and trip.

DUDS: R (Jeff & Daniel), N (Margaret & Dorota)

Pre-Round 2 Scores:
Margaret and Dorota: $0
Dixons: $18,700 cash and Bahamas
Laubes: $3,000



The sisters lead off w/ a D but then LAT out. Second, the Dixons put in some multiples and pick up that T&C trip w/ an S. But they next buy the only bad vowel of this puzzle, likely costing them
$16,050 cash and trip. The Laubes next fill in two M’s and a U, but they hit LAT. Back in control, the sisters put in a few more letters but hit LAT again. The Dixons narrow things down to this…

W A R M / A P P _ E
P I E / S P R I N _ _ E D
W I T H / N U T M E G

…they solve WARM APPLE PIE SPRINKLED WITH NUTMEG for $5,800 and the Beaches trip, totaling $20,800 that round!

SOLE DUD: O (Mary Anne & Michael)
LAT HITS: 3 (Margaret & Dorota 2x, Jeff & Daniel)

Pre-Round 3 Scores:
Margaret and Dorota: zip
Dixons: $39,500 cash and trips
Laubes: $3,000


Mystery Round – BEFORE AND AFTER

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

The father/son team quickly solve LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD ORNAMENT for $2,950.

BANKRUPT HIT: Mary Anne & Michael at the start

Pre-Tossup #3 Scores:
Margaret and Dorota: gooseegg alert
Dixons: $39,500 cash and trips
Laubes: $5,950


$3,000 Tossup – PLACE

_ _ R A L
R _ E _

Marry Anne and Michael solve CORAL REEF, bringing them up to $42,500!

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

That means the Dixons had no chance to break the maingame record at the time (Lauren Kaufman had $66,350).

_ N / _ L D
_ C Q _ _ _ N T _ N C _

The father/son duo solve AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE for $4,800.

DUDS: S (Mary Anne & Michael), R, M (both by Jeff & Daniel), P (Mary Anne & Michael), K (Margaret & Dorita)

Margaret and Dorota: gooseegged for $2,000
Mary Anne and Michael: $42,500 cash and trips
Jeff and Daniel: $10,750

PRE-BR TOTAL: $55,250


$100,000 Bonus Round
The Dixons land on the apostrophe.

Category: PHRASE
Nice RSTLNE start…

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

MHCO doesn’t add much but I still like their chances…

_ E E _ / _ O _ R
R E C E _ _ T

Hey, you two, please KEEP YOUR RECEIPT of this episode for a very long time, because…

YOU’RE THE SECOND $100,000 WINNERS OF THE SEASON (second time in four episodes that’s happened)!!!!!!! SPRAY THE CONFETTI!!!!! WITH A FINAL TOTAL OF $142,500 CASH AND TRIPS, THEY ARE THE SHOW’S SECOND-BIGGEST CIVILIAN TEAM WINNERS OF ALL TIME!!! How about that! And the Feeding America charity total rises to $32,500!

MY EP. RATING: perfect 10!