WOF Retro Recap: October 26, 2011

EPISODE #5488: HALLOWEEN WEEK

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP
 
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ I A

Brandon quickly locates TRANSYLVANIA. The lowdown on everybody…

Brandon Lindloff: poker dealer in Elgin and a sports fan from Rockford, IL
Trista Struve: office mgr. for a roofing co. from Flagstaff, AZ (orig. from River Falls, WI)
Nikki Lietzke: major movie studio tour guide and an event/wedding planner from Burbank


$2K Tossup: LIVING THING

W _ A _ E
S _ _ R K

Brandon’s right again w/ WHALE SHARK.

FEATURED HALLOWEEN TRIP: Woodlands Inn (this is a restored 1906 mansion) in Charleston, SC w/ a Ghost Dungeon Walking Tour worth $5,535

Jackpot Round: TITLE

Here he goes w/ three T’s for an instant $7,500 deposit, three I’s and E’s, two H’s to add $900, a single O, and two A’s before we show him…

I T ‘ _ / T H E
_ _ E A T / _ _ _ _ _ I _
_ H A _ _ I E / _ _ O _ _

…he solves “IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN” for the leftover $7,400.

PR!
LEFT IN JACKPOT CAULDRON: $7,950

Scores after R1
Brandon: $10,400/Women: $0 each

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Round 2: BEFORE & AFTER

Trista’s first w/ four N’s for $3,600, an E, and three FP I’s. After that are six T’s for $1,800 more, five H’s for the MDW, three FP A’s, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to burn up $5,150 and her MDW. Second, Nikki puts up triple G’s for $10,500, buys an O, and thinks she knows the answer to this puzzle…

T H I N G _ / T H A T
G O / _ _ _ _ / I N
T H E / N I G H T
_ A T _ H _ A N

…unfortunately, she blows the solve w/ THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT MARATHON to likely squander $10,250. Brandon then SPINGLES for an S and that blue 1/2 CAR…

T H I N G S / T H A T
G O / _ _ _ _ / I N
T H E / N I G H T
_ A T _ H _ A N

…he capitalizes w/ THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT WATCHMAN

SOLE BANKRUPT: Trista
SOLE DQ: Nikki’s blown solve

Scores after R2
Brandon: $11,400/Women: NOTHING

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Mystery/PP Round: PHRASE

Nikki’s road to redemption begins w/ an instant dud of R. Brandon secondly picks up the PartyCity gift tag w/ two T’s, four H’s for $1,600, an O, and two E’s…

_ H _ _ H / _ _ _ / T O
T H E / _ E _ _ _ H ?

…he’ll be asking somebody “WHICH WAY TO THE BEACH”,  because he’s won $2,100 cash  & party supplies plus a trip to the Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort in ARUBA worth $5,100.

SOLE DUD: R (Nikki)

Scores after R3
Brandon: $18,600 cash & prizes/Women: NOT GOOD NEWS

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$3K Tossup: PLACE

C _ S _ _ M E
S H _ P

Brandon’s still perfect w/ COSTUME SHOP.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES

His opening letters are a $500 N, a $450 S, an I, but then a baddie of T. Second for Trista are a $600 G, an E buy, but then D for dud. Third, Nikki’s BANKRUPTED next to the invisible WC. Back to our big leader who puts up three B’s for $900…

B _ B B I N G / _ _ _
_ _ _ _ E S

…he knows about BOBBING FOR APPLES for another $1,600.

DUDS: T (Brandon), D (Trista)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Nikki

Scores after R4
Brandon: $23,200 cash & prizes/Women: VERY BAD SHAPE

Round 5: WAYD?

After an $800 N by Trista, it’s Speed-Up Mode time…

_ _ _ _ _ _ N _ / _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

…w/ the remaining consonants worth $1,350 each. A K gets put up by Vanna…

C H _ C K _ N G / M _
H _ R _ S C _ _ _

BRANDON SAYS “CHECKING MY HOROSCOPE” FOR $2,700 AND THE MAINGAME SWEEP (first since April 5th, 2011)!!!

DUDS: T (Brandon), L (Nikki)

FINAL SCORES
Brandon: $25,900 cash & prizes/Women: DOUBLE $1K GOOSEEGGING

GRAND TOTAL: $27,900
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding MDW): $5,150

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$100K Bonus Round
Brandon’s the first player this season w/ no one supporting him, but he lands on the N of SPIN.

Category: THING
About 1/3 to start…

_ _ R T _
_ _ _ _ R

 DMGA adds nothing but two of the hot vowel…

_ A R T _
_ A _ _ R

…he BLOWS IT w/ PARTY CAPER and PARTY PAPER when there’s no E in the bottom. This PARTY FAVOR would’ve been worth…

…$35K.

BTW, this episode aired on Pat’s 65th birthday.

MY EP. RATING: 7

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2 thoughts on “WOF Retro Recap: October 26, 2011

  1. JP Mackey June 30, 2014 / 3:20 am

    A shame Brandon couldn't sweep the whole game. It's been quite difficult to accomplish that recently (but much easier back in the day).

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  2. yohan sur May 7, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    congratulation, brandon perfect game! too bad BR didn't win, he still great player!
    this BR reused 5/1/2008 Puzzle, champ DCPA called and $30K loss.(this episode almost close maingame Perfect, but champ missed speed-up puzzle.)

    ep.rating : 7(thanks to perfect game)

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