WOF Retro Recap: Halloween 2011

EPISODE #5491: HALLOWEEN WEEK

$1K Tossup: THING

_ H O _ T
_ T O _ _

Heather’s read a GHOST STORY, and here’s the last panel on this extra-long week…

Heather De Lalla: SAHM and former embalmer from Moorpark, CA
Tonya Carter: credit admin from Martinsville, VA

Johnny Baltz: Chaplin’s Assistant for the AZ National Guard from Chandler, AZ

$2K Tossup: LANDMARK

D E V _ _ S
_ O W E _

Johnny IDs DEVILS TOWER in Wyoming.

LAST HALLOWEEN TRIP: New Orleans’ Hotel Monteleone w/ a Haunted History Tour worth $5,040

Jackpot Round: SAME LETTER

He instantly BANKRUPTS next to the WC. Second, Heather says an automatic dud of N. Third, Tonya calls up a $300 T and two R’s to add $1,100, buys four E’s and an A, puts up three S’s for $1,800 more and picks up the green 1/2 CAR w/ a $500 H. But after removing that MDW w/ two C’s, she BANKRUPTS the same way as Johnny to give up $3,200 and those pieces of cardboard. Speaking of that man, he puts up the SL of four W’s for $1,600 and two L’s to add another $600…

W _ T C H E S
W A R L _ C _ S / &
W E R E W _ L _ E S

…he solves WITCHES, WARLOCKS & WEREWOLVES for $2,200.

SOLE DUD: N (Heather)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (her opponents)
LEFT IN JACKPOT CAULDRON: $8,450

Scores after R1
Tonya: $0/Johnny: $4,200/Heather: $1K

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PP Round: PHRASE

Heather leads off w/ an $800 T, an H for the DVDEmpire.com gift tag, and five E’s, but that same BANKRUPT forces her to hand over $1,550 cash & DVDs. Tonya and Johnny dud out back-to-back w/ L and N (the latter was on the other 1/2 CAR), so we’re quickly back to Heather. She inserts a $300 M, two R’s to multiply that figure by four, and an O, followed by a $3,500 F, a $500 D, and the last vowel of two A’s. To Vanna’s board…

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

…she’ll ESCAPE FROM THE EVERYDAY, because she’s won $4,700 plus a $7K trip to the Almond Beach Club & Spa in BARBADOS

DUDS: L, N (Tonya and Johnny, respectively)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Heather

Scores after R2
Tonya: ZERO/Johnny: $4,200/Heather: $12,700 cash & trip

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Mystery Round: WHAT’S THAT SONG?

Tonya first takes a T while on the MW near the vacant MDW and she sees that…the $10K is there! Next up are three S’s for $1,800, an I, and five A’s, but the other normal BANKRUPT forces her to put $11,300 in the grave; that’s her second one this episode. Johnny next captures two R’s for $1,600 and a G for the WC

I T / _ A S / A
G R A _ _ _ A R _
S _ A S _

…he says “IT WAS A GRAVEYARD SMASH” for $1,600 and wins the $3K bonus for knowing that these lyrics are from “Monster Mash” (by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers).

SOLE BANKRUPT: Tonya

Scores after R3
Tonya: BAD LUCK/Johnny: $8,800/Heather: $12,700 cash & trip

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$3K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

C A _ _ _ _ G
_ _ _ _ _

This was previously used as a bonus puzzle that caused a $100K loss at the start of Halloween Week ’04, and Heather gets CARVING KNIFE to jump to $15,700.

Round 4: FICTIONAL PLACE (full $1,300 speed-up)

Two L’s have been requested…

_ R _ _ _ L _ ‘ S
_ _ S T L _

…and Tonya gets out of DRACULA’S CASTLE for her only $3,900 on the night.

SOLE DUD: N (Heather)

FINAL SCORES
Tonya: $3,900/Johnny: $8,800/Heather: $15,700 cash & trip

GRAND TOTAL: $28,400
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $16,050 cash & GT

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$100K Bonus Round
Heather has the & envelope.

Category: PHRASE
She needs two letters in the bottom word…

_ N / E _ S _
_ _ _

CDMA only adds the obvious A’s at the top…

A N / E A S _
_ _ _

…this guess of hers is not necessarily AN EASY FIX, but she gets the job done for $35K and a final total of $50,700 cash & trip.

MY EP. RATING: 7 out of 10

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One thought on “WOF Retro Recap: Halloween 2011

  1. JP Mackey July 1, 2014 / 5:33 am

    How Heather managed to get that BR is beyond me…good job!

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