WOF Recap: September 16, 2014

EPISODE #6047: TEACHERS WEEK

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ ‘ S
B _ A _ N _ T O R M

Melanie rightly replies “LET’S BRAINSTORM”. Here are Tuesday’s educators…

Melanie Hubbard: Meadows Elementary 1st Grade teacher from Topeka
Michelle Hall: OCM BOCES 7th and 8th Grade Math teacher and artist by heart from Mexico, NY (it’s in upstate NY, BTW)
Jake Smith: Potomac Falls HS math teacher and girls’ volleyball coach whose wife is a HS biology teacher from Sterling, VA

$2K Tossup: THING

A / _ E N S _
O F / H _ _ O R

Melanie doesn’t have A SENSE OF HUMOR, but she’s two for two so far.

FEATURED TRIP: Caravan.com tour of Central America (Guatemala & Honduras) worth $6K
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Mrs. Prindable’s

Round 1: WAYD? 

Melanie picks up that MDW right away w/ an N, calls two obvious G’s for $1,400, and buys two I’s and an A, then she says a TD T, an E, a $600 S, the other two vowels (five O’s and a U), an $800 L, two H’s for another $1,800, and a $1,200 R pair. Let’s see that puzzleboard…

L O O _ I N G
T H R O U G H / A
_ I _ R O S _ O _ E

…she’s LOOKING THROUGH A MICROSCOPE for $7,050.

FIRST PR OF THE SEASON!

Melanie: $10,050 MDW/Others: $0 each

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Mystery Round: QUOTATION

Both Michelle and Jake have instant BANKRUPTS near $650. Third in line, Melanie falls victim to the other one, so goodbye MDW. As we start fresh again, Michelle takes two T’s for $1,800, six E’s, two H’s for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900, and three A’s, followed by three R’s for the candy apples gift tag, two O’s to clean out the vowels, two FP N’s, two TD S’s, a $550 M, a K for the tour, and a D via the MW next to $800. No way is she taking the big gamble (and rightly so, because that’s the BANKRUPT one). But she decides to spin again…and she PAINFULLY BANKRUPTS NEXT TO $650 TO FORFEIT $20,600 CASH & PRIZES PLUS HER PLATE. OUCH. Afterwards, Jake puts up a $650 B and an $800 F, but he BANKRUPTS near the big one to lose the $1,450. Melanie then SPINGLES for a $600 G…

A B S E N _ E
M A K E S / T H E
H E A R T / G R O _
F O N D E R

…and she mercifully says “ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER” for a $400 bonus.

BANKRUPTS: 5 (two each by Melanie’s opponents)

Melanie: $11,050/Others: SCORELESS each

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PP/Express Round: PLACE

Jake’s first consonants in this crucial round are a $900 S, two T’s for another grand, and three R’s for the 1/2 CAR, then he buys two E’s and four A’s before LOSING A TURN. Second, Melanie plugs in two L’s for $1,200, three C’s for another $2,700, and an F to take the Chevy Spark out of play. After those picks are three N’s for $1,500, three O’s, and two FP P’s, then we have…

S P E C T A C _ L A R
O C E A N F R O N T
P L A _ _ R O _ N _

She wins another $6,650 and a $6,814 hotwire trip to a SPECTACULAR OCEANFRONT PLAYGROUND at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in HAWAII.

SOLE LaT: Jake

Melanie: $24,514 cash & HI/Others: ROTTEN LUCK

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$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ E W S / A ND
_ I E W S

We almost had our first Triple Stumper of the season, but Jake finally scores w/ NEWS AND VIEWS.

Speed-up Round: OCCUPATION

Consonants are worth $1,600 a pop. After an H gets put up late in this round…

H _ A D
L _ B R A R _ A N

Melanie IDs a HEAD LIBRARIAN for $6,400 worth of icing on her cake.

DUDS: T (Jake), S (Jake), G (Melanie), F (Jake on his last turn; really, man?!)

FINAL SCORES
Jake: $3K/Melanie: $30,914 cash & HI/Michelle: $1K GOOSEEGG (first this season)

GT: $34,914
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding MDW and plate): $22,050 cash & prizes

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$100K Bonus Round
Melanie takes that BW to the ‘.

Category: FOOD & DRINK
I know this already even though the A is unnecessary…

_ / _ _ _ L
_ _ / _ R _ _ T

BDMA doesn’t add much besides the obvious A…

A / B _ _ L
_ _ / _ R _ _ T

but she takes this amount from A BOWL OF FRUIT

the new minimum of $32K for a final total of $62,914 cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: LH0289249

MY EP. RATING: 7

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