WOF Retro Recap: February 22, 2012

EPISODE #5573: AMERICAN LANDMARKS

$1K Tossup: LANDMARK

_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ W _ Y
_ R _ _

Valerie solves THE GATEWAY ARCH in St. Louis. Two men on Wed.’s, panel…

Valerie Ronin: from San Bernadino; one of her two daughters (Adeline; the other’s Lily) learns the alphabet while watching the show w/ her
Tim Horton: Air Force Reserves Captain, private pilot and aerospace engineer from Hawthrone, CA (orig. from Crete, IL)
Braden Pelky:  local postal union VP and HS football coach from Springfield, OR

$2K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

_ _ _ _ – I _ _ N
_ K _ _ L _ _

Braden solves CAST-IRON SKILLET.

FEATURED TRIP: Omni Hotels & Resorts at Independence Park in Philadelphia from Hotwire worth $5,150

Jackpot Round: QUOTATION

The first letters from the middle man are three T’s for $1,350 and four E’s, but next is LaT. Valerie secondly calls up three H’s at $550 a pop, the I, three R’s for $900 more and two A’s, followed by a TD L, the last vowel of O, a $900 B, a W for the Philly trip, but then the MDW’s left side to forfeit a total of $10,350 cash & trip. Tim then takes a $300 D and an S for the blue 1/2 KIA

T H E / E A R L _
B I R D / _ A T _ H E S
T H E / W O R _

…but he blows fourth word w/ “THE EARLY BIRD GATHERS THE WORM”, so he won’t get a $200 bonus nor keep his plate. Braden then capitalizse w/ “THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM” for $1,100.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Valerie
SOLE LaT: Braden
SOLE DQ: Tim’s blown solve
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $10,500

Tim: POOR START/Braden: $3,100/Valerie: $1K

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Mystery Round: PROPER NAMES

Two $900 R’s get Valerie going, followed by four E’s, an A, but then the LaT. Second for Tim are two $400 T’s, five O’s, but then D for dud. Third, Braden inserts a $10,500 trio of S’s, triple L’s for $1,350 and two I’s to wipe out the vowel shop, then he…

_ A S _ I _ _ T O _
_ E _ _ E R S O _
R O O S E _ E L T
& / L I _ _ O L _

…solves the four faces on Mount Rushmore, WASHINGTON, JEFFERSON, ROOSEVELT & LINCOLN for another $11,600.

SOLE DUD: D (Tim)
SOLE LaT: Valerie

Tim: SCORELESS/Braden: $14,700/Valerie: $1K

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PP Round: PHRASE

On his third try to get on the board, Tim calls up four FP E’s, an S for the Julian Pie Company gift tag, four T’s for the MDW, a $400 Y, and two U’s, followed by a $300 C, an O trio, but then the BANKRUPT near TD to rid him of $1,200 cash & food plus that MDW. Over to Braden

Y O U / C O U _ _ _ ‘ T
_ S _ / _ O _
_ E T T E _
_ E _ T _ E _

…he says “YOU COULDN’T ASK FOR BETTER WEATHER” for a $6,700 trip to the Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Off-Shore Island in the BAHAMAS.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Tim

Tim: BAD SHAPE/Braden: $21,400 cash & Bahamas/Valerie: $1K

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$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ _ / _ N _ _ N _ O
_ _ _ _ _

Tim’s finally off the schneid w/ SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.

Round 4: EVENT

He kicks off w/ two T’s for $600, two E’s, a $600 pair of R’s and an A…but after a $900 S is D for dud. Braden secondly puts up an $800 N, but it’s S-U time…

S _ _ E N T _ _ _ _
_ R E A _ T _ R _ _ _ _

…w/ a consonant value of $1,500. Tim’s next consonant is a B…

S _ _ E N T _ _ _ _
B R E A _ T H R _ _ _ H

…but he gives his other blown solve of the night, which isn’t a SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGH; that may have cost him $3,100. But he gets another chance after calling two C’s…

S C _ E N T _ _ _ C
B R E A K T H R _ _ G H

…he gets SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGH for $6,100.

SOLE DUD BEFORE BELL: D (Tim)
AFTERWARDS: L (Braden)
SOLE DQ: Tim’s blown solve

FINAL SCORES
Tim: $9,100/Braden: $21,400 cash & Bahamas/Valerie: $1K

GT: $31,500
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding MDW): $11,550 cash & prizes

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$100K Bonus Round
Braden’s got the M envelope of AMERICA’S.

Category: PHRASE
Limited RSTLNE help…

_ _ _ _ / _ E
_ _

BDMA does for him…

B A _ _ / M E
_ _

…he’s able to BACK ME UP w/ a $30K win, so his final total is $51,400 cash & trip.

MY EP. RATING: 7

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