WOF Retro Recap: February 13, 2012

On this Valentine’s Day Week of 2012, let’s kick off “Sandals Resorts Romance Week”. The trip offered for WWC members was the one to Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas w/ $5K in spending money.  

EPISODE #5566: SANDALS RESORTS ROMANCE WEEK

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ E _ / W _ _ H
_ / _ _ _ _

This is what the abbreviation SWAK stands for, and Erin & Jason come up w/ SEALED WITH A KISS. Meeting Monday’s couples right now…
 
Erin & Jason Niec (3.5 yrs.): Erin’s a SAHM while Jason’s a 3rd Class Navy Petty Officer; they first met in a college class and are from Indian Head, MD
Michelle & James Moore (13 yrs.): James’ a Miami Police Department worker while Michelle’s a showroom assistant at a high-end cabinetry company from Danya, FL; they first met at a bank she was working at
Heidi & Jeff Craig (9 yrs.): they met about 30 yrs. ago in college and have been brought together by music from Centennial, CO

$2K Tossup: FICTIONAL CHARACTER

_ R I N _ E
_ H _ R _ I N G

PRINCE CHARMING triples up the Niecs’ winnings.

FEATURED PRIZE ALL WK. LONG: the aforementioned trip w/ an Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tour worth $8,720

Jackpot Round: TV TITLES (Cupid wipe)

They begin w/ four T’s for $1,200, six E’s, four H’s for that trip, but then the first dud of the week in I. Second, the Moores BANKRUPT near the WC. Third, the Craigs call up a $1,600 pair of R’s and a $1K pair of B’s for the green 1/2 KIA

T H E
B _ _ H E _ _ R / _ _ _
T H E
B _ _ H E _ _ R E T T E

…they quickly solve “THE BACHELOR” AND “THE BACHELORETTE” for $2,600.

SOLE DUD OF THE ROUND: I (Niecs)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Moores
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $6,600

Scores after R1
Moores: $0/Craigs: $2,600 1/2 KIA/Niecs: $3K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

The Moores lead off w/ two T’s for the same 1/2 KIA, four O’s and two A’s, three N’s for another $1,350, and an I, then they put in two W’s for another $700 and a couple of H’s via the MW near LaT. They risk $2,300 and her plate for…their second BANKRUPT of the evening. The Craigs secondly waste a turn on TD because of Jeff’s N repeat. The Niecs then lights up triple D’s for $1,500 and a $300 D…

I / W A N T / T O
H O L D / _ O _ _
H A N D –
_ _ – D O W N _

…Paul McCartney would never sing “I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND-ME-DOWNS”, but we give them a $200 bonus for that correct response.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Moores
SOLE DQ: Craigs’ N repeat

Scores after R2
Moores: ZERO/Craigs: $2,600 1/2 KIA/Niecs: $5K

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PP Round: PLACE

Our 1/2 KIA holders, the Craigs, start this answer w/ a $550 T, two N’s for another $1,800, but then the sole dud vowel of E. Second, the Niecs put up two R’s for $1,800 and an A but they fall victim to the MDW’s right side. Third, the Moores BANKRUPT for the third time this evening w/ the other normal one. The Craigs then pick up the MDW w/ an S, buys two O’s, light up triple P’s for another $1,650, and buy the last vowels of two U’s and I’s/ We now have…

P O P U _ A R
_ I N _ S U R _ I N _
S P O T

…they’ve won another three grand and a trip to the POPULAR WINDSURFING SPOT of the Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa in JAMAICA w/ an Island Routes Adventure worth $5,920.

SOLE DUD: E (Craigs)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (opposition)

Scores after R3
Moores: ZILCH/Craigs: $11,520 cash & Jamaica MDW/Niecs: $5K

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$3K Tossup: OCCUPATION

_ A K _ _ P
A _ T _ _ _

Heidi solves MAKEUP ARTIST, putting her team at $14,520.

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

After an F call by the Craigs…

_ / S T _ _ N _
_ F / _ _ _ _ _ S

…how they didn’t call the R’s is beyond me, but they can buy A STRING OF PEARLS w/ another three grand.

FINAL SCORES
Moores: $2K GOOSEEGG/Craigs: $17,520 cash & Jamaica MDW/Niecs: $5K

GT: $24,520
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $3,850

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MILLION DOLLAR BONUS ROUND #7
Heidi spins up the G.

Category: THING
Limited RSTLNE help…

_ _ _ _
_ _ _ E

They’re fronloading the alphabet…but nothing appears. They were very close w/ HIGH WAVE, but we’re not giving them a HIGH FIVE. When this puzzle was last used on Halloween Week 2008, Missy Moore also completely struck out w/ CDMO and lost a Spyder Convertible. In the Craigs’ case…

…they lose the $40K.

$1M SPOT: S of AMERICA’S (two wedges away)

MY EP. RATING: 6

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