WOF Retro Recap: October 20, 2011

EPISODE #5484: DESERT HIDEAWAYS

$1K Tossup: SONG TITLE

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

Scott solves “ON THE ROAD AGAIN” (by Willie Nelson). Before we get this show on the road, let’s talk with each of these players…

Scott Tatman: project admin. for an admin./engineering firm from Fresno, CA
Charis Knight: senior reporting analyst at a relocation co. and licensed dance fitness instructor from Memphis
Sara Liles: LfaT since age 4 who had her grandma dig up a Christmas picture of her asking for one of the show’s board games from Baton Rouge

$2K Tossup: THING

L _ C _ Y
P E _ _ _

Charis seems to have a LUCKY PENNY.

FEATURED DH (courtesy of Hotwire): Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa in Moab, UT worth $5,415

Jackpot Round: SAME NAME

Charis wastes a spin w/ the MDW’s right-side BANKRUPT. Second, Sara picks up the WC w/ a T, but doesn’t get an opportunity to use it because of a dud in N. Third, Scott gets the other MDW BANKRUPT. Charis restarts w/ three S’s for $900, two A’s, a FP E, but then LaT. Sara next calls up L and R singles for $5K (the latter via the WC usage), two I’s and a $900 P, but the BANKRUPT near TD gets her to the tune of $5,650. Scott follows w/ a $550 V, an O to clean out the vowels, and a $500 V for the blue 1/2 KIA, but he then squanders his turn w/ D for dummy. Charis then puts up twin C’s for $1,200…

L A S / V E G A S / &
C O _ I C
S T R I P

…and solves LAS VEGAS & COMIC STRIP for $1,850.

DUDS: N (Sara), D (Scott)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole gang)
SOLE LaT: Charis
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $14,250

Scores after R1
Sara: $0/Scott: $1K/Charis: $3,850

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Mystery Round: FOOD & DRINK 

Sara gets to work by calling three T’s for $2,700, two I’s, a $500 H for the green 1/2 KIA, four E’s and A’s, and two N’s for $600 before BANKRUPTING the same way she did before to forfeit $3,050 and the plate. Scott secondly gets a hold of the MW near the MDW after calling an M…it’s $10K! Next up are a $1,650 trio of L’s, a D for the Camping World gift tag, and the leftover vowels, then we have…

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

…I don’t actually eat OATMEAL WITH BLUEBERRIES AND WALNUTS, but he solves this puzzle for $12,150 cash & camping gear.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Sara

Scores after R2
Sara: NUNCA/Scott: $13,150 cash & gear/Charis: $3,850

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PP Round: PHRASE

First from that man are two N’s for $1,200, four E’s, and O, two D’s for a grand and three A’s. But after a $400 W is the sole dud vowel of I. Charis then goes for the mystery trip…

_ E A D _ / _ O _ / A
N E W / A D _ E N _ _ _ E

She’s READY FOR A NEW ADVENTURE — it’s a $9,700 MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE from Celebrity Cruises. 

SOLE DUD: I (Scott)

Scores after R3
Sara: GOOSEEGG ALERT/Scott: $13,150 cash & gear/Charis: $13,550 cash & cruise

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$3K Tossup: FICTIONAL CHARACTER

S _ _ _ / _ H _ _ E

Sara IDs SNOW WHITE to finally get on the board.

Round 4: RHYME TIME (full $1,600 speed-up)

Two F’s have been put up by Vanna…

F R _ _ / _ _ R _ T
T _ / F _ R _ T

Scott isn’t going FROM WORST TO FIRST — he actually went from second to victory w/ the $8K solve!

DUDS (both by Sara): N, C (as in null cycle)

FINAL SCORES 
Sara: $3K/Scott: $21,150 cash & gear/Charis: $13,550 cash & cruise

GRAND TOTAL: $37,700
BANKRUPT TRASH: $8,700

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$100K Bonus Round
Scott’s stopping point is the N of WIN.

Category: THING
Let’s get this biggie started…

_ _ L L – _ _ _ _ E _
_ L _ _ _ R

BCPA adds…

_ _ L L – B _ _ _ E _
_ L A _ _ R

He doesn’t taste the FULL-BODIED FLAVOR of this puzzle (he thought it was some kind of PLAYER, though he got FULL) for $30K.

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

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