WOF Retro Recap: December 28, 2011

EPISODE #5533: BEST OF THE BEST

$1K Tossup: PERSON

B _ _
S P _ N _ E R

Lou w/ a Santa Claus-like beard looks like a BIG SPENDER. More on him and the ladies…

Lou Pell: civilian computer operator in the U.S.A.F. who retired in 2008 from that branch after serving 26 yrs. w/ them from Bellevue, NE
Mallory Jilot: insurance agent from De Pere, WI
Abby Arumbulo: occupational therapist whose signature accessory category is big purses from L.A.

$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ A N D _ _ A P E
P A I N _ _ _ G

Lou’s two for two w/ a LANDSCAPE PAINTING.  

FEATURED TRIP: Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club in Palm Beach, FL worth $5K

Jackpot Round: FUN & GAMES

A $2,500 T sends him on his way, followed by four E’s, but then the BANKRUPT nearby. Second, Mallory calls up a $1K pair of H’s, but then buys a bad vowel in O. Third, Abby BANKRUPTS on the MDW’s left side, allowing Lou to pick up the GourmetGiftBaskets.com gift tag w/ an R but then strike out w/ S while on the blue 1/2 KIA. Back to Mallory who inserts a $600 D, two A’s, and a FP I to shut down the vowel, then she chooses an $800 L, and N for the FL trip, but then M for mistake. Abby then takes a $1K pair of G’s, a $900 F, and a $600 pair of C’s before she BANKRUPTS next to $2,500 to lose said dollar amount. Lou then lights up a $500 W…

W A _ I N G / T H E
C H E C _ E R E D
F L A G

…and he’s WAVING THE CHECKERED FLAG to keep the $1,500 cash & GT.

DUDS: O (Mallory), S (Lou), M (Mallory)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Abby 2x, Lou)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $12,900

Scores after R1
Abby: $0/Lou: $4,500 cash & GT/Mallory: $0

Holiday Greeting: production staff

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PP Round: QUOTATION

T for terrible is how Mallory starts. Second, Abby requests two N’s for $800, two D’s to turn that into two grand, six A’s, and three O’s. Her subsequent choices are a $450 R, a $300 S, and M for the WC, an E, a $1,350 trio of K’s, but then sole negative vowel of the puzzle (I). Lou then goes for the mystery trip…

A _ _ / _ O R K
A N D / N O / _ _ A _
M A K E S / _ A _ K
A / D _ _ _ / _ O _

…he says “ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY” for a trip to the Sooke Harbour House in Vancouver, BC worth $7,700.

DUDS: T (Mallory), I (Abby)

Scores after R2
Abby: WC/Lou: $12,200 cash & prizes/Mallory: $0 

Holiday Greeting #2: camera/audio crew

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

First, Abby gets the MDW’s left side for the second time this episode to hand over the WC (and that’s her third hit of the night). Second, Lou fits in three S’s for $900, two O’s, a $1,200 trio of N’s, two I’s in the first word, a $400 G, a $1,650 trio of T’s and finally a $1,100 pair of L’s. We now have…

S I T T I N G / O N
S _ N T _ ‘ S
L _ _
O _ / L _ _ _ _ _

…after I was SITTING ON SANTA’S LAP OF LUXURY, he’s won another $4,750.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Abby

Scores after R2
Abby: ROUGH LUCK/Lou: $16,950 cash & prizes/Mallory: SAME AS ABBY

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$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

N _ C E
_ R I _ E

Mallory says that the money she’s finally earned is a NICE PRICE.

Round 4: PHRASE (full $1,500 speed-up) 

Santa puts up twin H’s early on…

T H _ / _ _ _ _ _ / _ _
T H _ / _ _ _ _

…he might have to pay THE PRICE OF FAME for going way off the mark here. But he gets another crack after putting up two C’s…

T H _ / C R _ _ M / _ _
T H _ / C R _ _

…he proves he’s THE CREAM OF THE CROP for $6K and the win!

DUDS: N (Mallory), S (Lou), L (Mallory), G (Abby)
SOLE DQ OF THE GAME: Lou’s solve faux pas

Scores after R3
Abby: $1K GOOSEEGG/Lou: $22,950 cash & prizes/Mallory: $3K

GT: $26,950
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $4,750

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$100K Bonus Round
Lou collects the * envelope.

Category: THING
Easiest bonus puzzle of the season, IMO…

_ _ S
T _ _ E N

He says BKMO w/ no hesistation…

B _ S
T O K E N

…and turns in this BUS TOKEN for…

…an extra $45K in Christmas cash, giving him $67,950 cash & prizes to take home!

MY EP. RATING: 8 out of 10

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2 thoughts on “WOF Retro Recap: December 28, 2011

  1. JP Mackey July 14, 2014 / 2:11 am

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  2. JP Mackey July 14, 2014 / 2:28 am

    Nice going, Lou! He seemed like a very likeable guy.

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