WOF Retro Recap: October 21, 2011


S O _ _ / _ I K E
_ T / H O _

Matt solves the ’59 classic “SOME LIKE IT HOT” (also an ’85 song by The Power Station feat. Robert Palmer). Let’s see if at least one of these players will heat up in terms of winnings…

Matt Vuorela: campaign fundraising manager for non-profit organizations from Omaha
Michael Baehr: large animal shelter worker from San Diego Way
Angelique Piccolo: office mgr. for an advertisting co. in Boca Raton from Miami

$2K Tossup: PROPER NAME 

J _ L I A _ N E
M O _ _ _

Matt’s two for two w/ JULIANNE MOORE.

LAST DH OF THE WEEK: El Dorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe, NM worth $5,290

Jackpot Round: OCCUPATION

Matt BANKRUPTS near TD right out of the gate. Second, Michael calls for two T’s at $450 a pop, two E’s, and four I’s, but he then gets the exact same fate as Matt to lose the $400 remainder. Third, Angelique puts in an N for the TravelSmith gift tag, a $300 R and two A’s, but she too BANKRUPTS the same way the men did to hand back $1,050 cash & GT. Matt next lights up three L’s for $1,500, buys the remaining vowels (O and U singles), and captures a $1K pair of C’s. Board, please…

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

…he solves PUBLIC RELATIONS SPECIALIST for $2K instead of going for the S’s and the P’s.

BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole gang)

Scores after R1
Michael & Angelique: $0 each/Matt: $5K


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Michael’s first w/ three T’s for the MDW, two H’s for the WC, and two N’s for the Santa Fe trip, followed by a $500 G, two E’s, a $400 C, and two I’s, but he then gets a beating from the other normal BANKRUPT to forfeit not only $5,690 cash & trip but also his other valuable cardboard pieces. Second, Angelique picks up the green 1/2 KIA w/ a $500 D, two A’s to round out the vowels, an $800 W, two S’s for $1,800 more, and the same number of R’s for $700 extra, but next is a CRITICAL DUD of M. Matt then goes for yet another house minimum solve…

_ R E A _
W I T H / T H E

…there no such show called “BREAK DANCING WITH THE STARS”, but he’s correct anyway.

SOLE DUD: M (Angelique)

Scores after R2
Michael & Angelique: $0 each/Matt: $6K



Angelique leads off w/ a $550 R, a $900 T, four E’s and an A, two H’s for $700 more, and two O’s, then come two N’s for a grand, two U’s, and a pair of S’s to throw in $1,800. Now we have…

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

She solves Stevie Wonder’s “YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE” for $3,950 plus a $6,900 hotwire.com trip to the Almond Casuarina Beach Resort in BARBADOS for a total of $10,850 in that round alone.


Scores after R3
Michael: BAD SHAPE/Angelique: $10,850 cash & trip/Matt: $6K


$3K Tossup: LANDMARK

T H _ / G R E _ T
P _ _ _ _ _ _

Matt gets DQed by adding an S at the end of his answer, allowing Angelique to capitalize w/ THE GREAT PYRAMID.

Round 4: PHRASE

A $400 N gets her started followed by two T’s to turn that into two grand, but we go into Speed-Up Mode…

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

…and the leftover consonants are worth $1,350 each. Michael puts up a D…

_ _ N D / _ _ _ R
_ _ T T _ R

…he blows the solve w/ LAND YOUR LETTER, possibly costing him said FS amount. Matt later calls those M’s…

M _ N D / _ _ _ R
M _ T T _ R

…he’s also wrong w/ MIND YOUR MATTER, and he gets the correct answer a split-second too late; the $5,400 in his bank still wouldn’t have been enough for the victory anyway. Mike then puts up that last remaining consonant of V…

M _ N D / _ V _ R
M _ T T _ R

…he finally shows some MIND OVER MATTER for $2,700.

DUDS (all after bell; last four consecutively): L (Angelique), B (Matt), S (Angelique), P (Matt), K (Michael), C (Angelique)
DQs: 4 (L and T repeats by Mike and Angelique, respectively, and blown solves by the men)

Michael: $2,700/Angelique: $13,850 cash & trip/Matt: $6K

GRAND TOTAL: $22,550
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $7,140 cash & prizes


$100K Bonus Round
That maingame wasn’t very pretty, but Angelique is lucky to make it here. She spins up the *.

Category: FOOD & DRINK
The first word should already be established…

_ R _ N _ E
_ _ _ _ R _ _ S

GMHO’s a pretty good combo…

O R _ N G E
G _ M _ R O _ S

…she eats up these ORANGE GUMDROPS (though not immediately) for $30K and a final total of $43,850 cash & trip.

MY EP. RATING: 6 out of 10


2 thoughts on “WOF Retro Recap: October 21, 2011

  1. JP Mackey June 29, 2014 / 4:44 am

    You forgot to place Angelique's picks in the puzzle. And what was it with the country theme in the BR?!


  2. Andy Nguyen June 30, 2014 / 12:14 am

    Fixed. Also, they could've used Southern Hospitality week for all those BR puzzles of this week (including that one).


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