WOF Retro Recap: January 2, 2012

We begin 2012 w/ a salute to the California Coast… 

EPISODE #5536: CALIFORNIA COAST

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ _ T Y / O F
A _ G _ L S

This is a nickname for L.A., and Michelle knows that it’s the CITY OF ANGELS. Let’s meet our first panel of 2012…

Michelle Whitaker: firefighting lieutenant for 15 years who also plays golf amd bakes stuff at home while collecting recipes from Memphis
Andrew Boston: chemical engineering student at Northwestern University who’s the VP of a fraternity called Fiji and is currently researching catalysts for industrial progress as of six months ago from South Elgin, IL
Meghann Sullivan: Army Major and sports fan whose parents are from MA and I believe she’s from that state as well

$2K Tossup: THING

_ E A _ H _ R
J _ _ _ E T

Meghann dons a LEATHER JACKET.

FEATURED CA TRIP: InterContinental The Clement Monterey worth $5,270

Jackpot Round: SONG/ARTIST (red airplane wipe)

She instantly hits the MDW’s  left side. Second, Michelle picks up the 76 gas card w/ four R’s, calls up two T’s for $1,800, buys three E’s and two O’s, grabs the WC w/ four N’s, and plugs in an $1,800 trio of B’s. We now have…

B O R N / T O / R _ N
B _ / B R _ _ E
_ _ R _ N _ _ T E E N

…she solves “BORN TO RUN” BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN for $4,100 cash & gas card.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Meghann
FIRST UNCLAIMED JACKPOT OF ’12: $6,500

Scores after R1
Andrew: $0/Meghann: $2K/Michelle: $5,100 cash & gas + WC

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

The early leader begins w/ three R’s for $10,500 and uses the WC to find a $7K pair of T’s, then she says seven E’s, an A, a $300 H, an O, two N’s for the green 1/2 KIA, a $300 D, and the leftover vowels. Afterwards are a $500 S, two F’s for another $900, a $450 V, two C’s for the CA trip, and two L’s for a grand before she finally solves w/ all of this showing…

C R E A _ – F I L L E D
C E N T E R
O F / T H E
U N I V E R S E

…she discovers the CREAM-FILLED CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE for a total of $25,970 in cash& CA!

MAJOR PERFECT ROUND!

Scores after R2
Andrew: ZERO/Meghann: $2K/Michelle: $31,070 cash & prizes

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PP Round: PHRASE

Now finally getting to hear from Andrew, he leads off w/ a $450 T, an $800 H, two E’s, an $800 N, but then a worthless O. Meghann secondly puts up a $500 S but nothing more w/ R. Third, Michelle also strikes out w/ L. Back to Andrew who finds a $900 M, three I’s, and an obvious $300 G, then he buys two A’s to clean out the vowels, inserts a $900 Z, FPs D for dud, and puts up a $300 V to leave only one letter remaining…

T H E / V I E _ / I S
A M A Z I N G

…he’ll likely say “THE VIEW IS AMAZING” from a room at Nick Troubetzkoy’s Anse Chastanet in ST. LUCIA; this hotwire.com trip is worth $9,600, and he’s on the board w/ $13,050 in cash & trip.

DUDS: O (Andrew), R (Meghann), L (Michelle), D (Andrew)

Scores after R3
Andrew: $13,050 cash & St. Lucia/Meghann: $2K/Michelle: $31,070 cash & prizes

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$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

F A M _ _ _
_ O _ T _ _ I T

Andrew recalls a FAMILY PORTRAIT to jump to $16,050.

Round 4: FICTIONAL CHARACTERS (full $1,600 speed-up)

After two H’s by Michelle

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

…she solves KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE for $3,200.

FINAL SCORES
Andrew: $16,050 cash & St. Lucia/Meghann: $2K/Michelle: $34,270 cash & prizes 

GT: $52,320
ZERO BANKRUPT TRASH!

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$100K Bonus Round
The Volkswagen Eos wasn’t won twice during Great Escapes, but maybe the third time’s the charm for it to be won this week. Michelle lands on the &.

Category: PHRASE
This puzzle that was last used in HI at the start of “Best Friends Week” in S26 starts out as…

_ R _ N _
_ _ _

CDGA adds…

_ R _ N G
_ A _

…but she literally goes the WRONG WAY starting her guesses w/ BRING, and she loses the $40K (previously, it went unsolved for $30K after a team struck out w/ DCKI). 

MY EP. RATING: 7

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