WOF Retro Recap: March 1, 2012


$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

S _ I C _ D
P _ _ _ _ _ _ L E

Jennifer eats up some SLICED PINEAPPLE. Thursday’s trio…

Jennifer Thomason: ICU registered nurse for 7 yrs. from Chesterton, IN
Kenny Blunt: piano teacher as well as an English/math tutor for underprivileged kids from L.A. (orig. from Arvada, CO)
Maurissa Smith: senior opening claims rep for an auto/home insurance company from San Diego

_ R S _ _ U R A _ T
_ O _ _ _ S S

Kenny IDs the job as a RESTAURANT HOSTESS.

FEATURED HAWAII TRIP: Turtle Bay Resort w/ North Shore Shark Adventure worth $7,150

Jackpot Round: PHRASE

He first says a negative of R while on the green 1/2 KIA. Second, Maurissa has the same fate w/ an S call while on the Maui Jim gift tag. Third, Jennifer picks up the WC w/ two T’s, two N’s for $600 and four L’s to add $3,200, then she buys two E’s, A’s and I’s, picks up the same 1/2 KIA w/ a D, and calls up two M’s and F’s w/ that WC for another $10K

F _ L L – L E N _ T _

…she solves FULL-LENGTH ANIMATED FILM for a $13,550 payoff.

DUDS: R (Kenny), S (Maurissa)

Kenny: $2K/Maurissa: $0/Jennifer: $14,550 1/2 KIA


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER 

Maurissa gets started w/ a $900 T but then the LaT. Second, Jennifer calls up a $450 H, two N’s for her second 1/2 KIA from the same location, but then an unfortunate negative of L while on TD. Third, Kenny claims two R’s for $900, three E’s and a $450 D, but he then buys the A twice in a row. Maurissa next picks up the MDW w/ two B’s…

B E N D_ _ E R
T H E / R A _ N B _ _

…and is able to BEND “OVER THE RAINBOW” for a $100 bonus.

SOLE DUD: L (Jennifer)
SOLE LaT: Maurissa
SOLE DQ: Kenny’s A repeat

Kenny: $2K/Maurissa: $1K MDW/Jennifer: $14,550 1/2 KIA



Still w/ a big lead, Jennifer goes first w/ two N’s for $600, a $400 G, a $500 T for the other 1/2 KIA, an I and three E’s. She follows up w/ four H’s for $3,600, the other vowels of this answer, a $600 B, a $300 C, and an $800 P…but then a FATAL DUD of D while on the green 1/2 KIA to likely throw away at least $20,550 cash & KIA Soul that time. Kenny doesn’t do any better w/ the LaT. Maurissa then puts up the W and three S’s at $300 apiece…

S H E _ _ S
W A S H I N G / U P
O N / T H E / B E A C H

…she makes the $1,200 solve and will she some SHELLS WASHING UP ON THE BEACH during her $6K stay at the Lapaz Waterfall Gardens in COSTA RICA from Hotwire.com.

Oh, and I think that’s the first time ever that somebody misses out on the complete 1/2 CAR more than once.

SOLE DUD: D (Jennifer)
SOLE LaT: Kenny

Kenny: $2K/Maurissa: $8,200 cash & C.R. MDW/Jennifer: $14,550


$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

N E _ _ / _ N D
D E A _

Jennifer’s won some more money that’s NEAR AND DEAR to her heart.

Round 4: PERSON

A $1,650 T trio gets her started, followed by a $600 H pairing, and an E trio before we go into S-U Mode…

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

…and the leftover consonants are worth $1,900 apiece. Following a P request by Maurissa

T H E / _ R _ _ N S / O F
T H E / O P E R _ T _ O N

…she’s THE BRAINS OF THE OPERATION, but it’s too bad that she was held to only $5,700.

DUDS (during S-U): L (Kenny), C (Jennifer), D (Kenny)

Kenny: $2K/Maurissa: $13,900 cash & C.R./Jennifer: $17,550

GT: $33,450


$100K Bonus Round
Perhaps the third time’s the charm for Jennifer to win a car after all after she spins up the first A in AMERICA’S.

Category: PHRASE
This puzzle, last used on the opener of Halloween Week 2008 (and not solved for $25K), starts out as…

_ L _ _ _ N _
_ / _ _ N _ _

DGBA puts in besides the obvious…

_ L A _ _ N G
A / _ _ N _ _ 

not much else — she’s PLAYING A HUNCH in a bad way, and loses the $30K. 



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