WOF Recap: October 30, 2014



_ ‘ _ / S C _ R _ D
_ _ I _ F

Wren solves the “Poltergeist” line “I’M SCARED STIFF” to get on the board first. On the day before Halloween 2014, here are…

Wren Schultz: professional house sitter, juggler & crossword creator from Anacortes, WA
Maya Echols: admissions coordinator at career college and actress (as well as a Titans fan) from Van Nuys (orig. from Harrisburg, PA and Nashville)
Deborah Rutter: specialist preschool teacher who also enjoys rollerskating & riding roller coasters from Coral Springs, FL

$2K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ O _ _ / W _ _ _ H
_ _ X _ _

Deborah locates FORTH WORTH, TEXAS.

FEATURED TRIP: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontena w/ Ghost Tour of Quebec worth $6,440 (I’d like to wish my home country of Canada continued support as they continue their recovery from last week’s deadly shooting in the capital of Ottawa)

Round 1: PHRASE

She instantly BANKRUPTS next to $650. Second, Wren LOSES A TURN. Third, Maya calls out two S’s for $1,800, three E’s, two T’s for the MDW, and an $800 H. But after an A buy is L for loss of turn. Deborah next gets the Canada wedge w/ three N’s, buys five O’s…

S O _ E O N E ‘ S
_ N O _ _ _ N _ / A T
T H E / _ O O _

…and says  “SOMEONE’S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR” for $7,690 cash & Canada.

SOLE DUD: L (Maya)
SOLE LaT: Wren

Maya: $0/Deborah: $9,690 cash & trip/Wren: $1K


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Wren’s first letter of N stands for no. Second, Maya takes five T’s for $3K, four E’s, and three $650 H’s, but she then repeats said dud consonant while on the Shindigz gift tag. Third, Deborah grabs the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 w/ an F and buys two O’s, but next is R for roadblock. Back to Wren who puts up three $650 C’s, the last vowel of an A and two I’s, and three W’s via the MW near LaT. he takes the money for those letters…

T H E / W I C _ E _
W I T C H / O F / T H E
W E _ T
C O A _ T

…and solves THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST COAST for $4,450…but it would’ve been $11,450 had he taken the risk.

DUDS: N (Wren), R (Deborah)
SOLE DQ: Maya (N repeat)

Maya: ZERO/Deborah: $9,690 cash & trip/Wren: $5,450

Bonus Puzzle Flashback Repeat: “JAWS”


PP/Express Round: THING

Trying to make a comeback here, Maya begins w/ three T’s for $1,800, triple E’s, a $1K pair of H’s, but then S for sorry. Deborah secondly gets the same 1/2 CAR w/ two C’s and decides to give up her Nissan Versa chance…

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

…but she doesn’t keep track of the E’s as she blows the solve w/ THE BLUE WATER OF THE PACIFIC. Wren then picks up the WC w/ two R’s and buys three A’s…

T H E / _ A R _
_ A T E R / _ _
T H E / _ A C _ _ _ C

…he capitalizes for another $750 and a hotwire trip to THE WARM WATER OF THE PACIFIC at the Sheraton Kona Resort in HAWAII worth $8,950.

SOLE DUD: S (Maya)
SOLE DQ: Deborah’s blown solve

Maya: ZILCH/Deborah: $9,690 cash & Canada/Wren: $15,150 cash & HI WC


$3K Tossup: EVENT

D _ V I L ‘ S
N _ G H _

Deborah solves DEVIL’S NIGHT to be in five-figure territory.


First up are a $650 B, three E’s, a $700 Y, but then the S-U signal…

_ _ E / _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / B Y
_ _ E _ _ E _ / _ _ _ _

…and the consonants pay off at $1,500 a pop. Two T’s and S’s later…

T _ E / S _ _ _ _ _ _ / B Y
S T E _ _ E _ / _ _ _ _

Wren IDs “THE SHINING” BY STEPHEN KING for $3K worth of icing on his cake.

Maya: $1K CANDY/Deborah: $12,690 cash & Canada/Wren: $18,150 cash & HI WC

GT: $31,840


$100K Bonus Round
After we see the mark where winning players stand on for this part of the game, Wren spins up the second A of AMERICA’S. And did you notice that we’ve been going backwards in that word of the BW for three straight episodes including tonight?

Category: THING
Nothing but E’s to start this answer…

_ _ _ _ _ _ E
_ E E 

HMCO is totally useless, but there are three G‘s courtesy of his WC…

_ _ G G _ G E
_ E E

…he makes the solve of BAGGAGE FEEw/ 1/10th of a sec. to spare for that damned mininum, giving him $50,150 cash & trip to take home.

$5K SPIN ID: CG5264954



I’m sick of you, Michael Taylor!!!

I thought Michael Taylor would stop with the so-called technical wins after he replied in the Oct. 27 recap, but NOOOOO….he gave me a stupid ****in technical win today, which I had no choice to delete.

Listen, you dickhead, you are NOT the god of any game shows like this one and you do NOT make up the rules. It was created for a reason and when there’s a BR win, it’s a win. When it’s a loss, it’s a loss. Is the word “loss” NOT in your vocabulary? You really need to seek professional help.

And when I find an IP blocker to install on blogger, you will never read my posts ever again!!! You understand? NEVER!!!   

WOF Recap: October 29, 2014


$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ ‘ _ / S C _ R _ D
_ _ I _ F

Christopher correctly replies “I’M SCARED STIFF”. Next three guests, please…

Christopher Swaby: customer service supervisor for a major oil cooperative from Queens Village, NY
Tiffany Schneider: fifth-year senior at Texas A&M studying communications and journalism who’s been in radio for the past couple yrs. from Sugar Land, TX
Kate Demchak: meteorologist for a private co. and storm chaser whose boyfriend graduated from the same univ. as her w/ the same degree (Purdue Univ.) from Fremont, CA (orig from Simsbury, CT)

$2K Tossup: THING 

M A G _ _ _ N E
S _ B S     I _ T I _ N

Christopher triples up w/ a MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION.

FEATURED HALLOWEEN TRIP: Zeigler House inn in Savannah, GA plus 6th Sense Ghost Tour worth $6,060

Round 1: TITLE 

His first letters this evening are an R for the PartyCity gift tag, three $600 T’s, three E’s, and triple H’s for another $2,700, then he goes for a quick solve…

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

“THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” is right for $5,750 cash & party supplies.


Christopher: $8,750 cash & party supplies/Ladies: $0 each 


Mystery Round: MOVIE QUOTE

Tiffany’s off and running w/ a $700 S, two T’s for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, four E’s, an H for the Savannah trip, and A and O triplets. But after a $2,700 trio of L’s, she purchases the only dud vowel of this board (I). Over to Kate who FPs the last vowel of U, spots a $900 W, but then BANKRUPTS near $650. After Christopher LaTs out…

W H A T E _ E _
 _ O U / _ O
_ O _ ‘ T / _ A L L
A S L E E _ 

….Tiffany recites “WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T FALL ASLEEP” (from “A Nightmare on Elm Street”) for $3,900 and the trip. 

SOLE DUD: I (Tiffany)
SOLE LaT: Christopher

Tiffany: $9,960 cash & Savannah 1/2 CAR/Kate: ZIP/Christopher: $8,750 cash & GT


PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

Kate’s off to a bad start w/ an R while on the same
1/2 CAR. Second, Christopher finds a $500 N and a $900 G, buys two I’s and an E, but then lands on the other BANKRUPT to lose the $900 remainder. Third, Tiffany collects $17,500 worth of five T’s (no audience reaction here; boo!), a $500 H, and the rest of the vowels, but she then BANKRUPTS next to $650 to let $17,250 and her plate disappear; darn. After Kate SPINGLES for the B and the WC

T A _ I N G / T H E
_ A I _ B O A T
O U T / T O / _ E A

…she’ll be TAKING THE SAILBOAT OUT TO SEA on a hotwire trip to the Galley Bay Resort in ANTIGUA worth $8,860. 

SOLE DUD: R (Kate)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (opposition)

Tiffany: $9,960 cash & Savannah/Kate: $9,360 cash & Antigua/Chris: $8,750 cash & GT 


$3K Tossup: PLACE 

A / C A _ E
_ U L L / O F / B A T S

Chris sweeps ’em w/ A CAVE FULL OF BATS.


First from his mouth are a $2,400 trio of T’s, two E’s, but then N for negative. Second for Tiffany are a $600 R and two I’s…

_ _ _ _ _ _ I _ _ T
_ _ T T E R I E _

…she gets out some FLASHLIGHT BATTERIES for a $650 bonus.

SOLE DUD: N (Chris)

Tiffany: $10,960 cash & Savannah/Kate: $9,360 cash & Antigua/Chris: $11,750 cash & GT

Round 5: WAYD?

Tiffany first FPs an A, lights up the obvious (a $900 G, three I’s, and three $500 N’s), and buys three E’s before BANKRUPTING the same way she did before to give up $1,900. Kate next picks off a $1,400 R pair and we go into S-U Mode…

R E A _ I N G / _ _ E
_ I N E / _ R I N _ 

…w/ a $1,600 Final Spin. Kate calls up the T’s, but STILL CAN’T solve for $4,600 and the victory. Chris then puts up the D…

R E A D I N G / T _ E
_ I N E / _ R I N T

…and he’s READING THE FINE PRINT to seal the deal.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Tiffany (her other one of the night)

Tiffany: $10,960 cash & Savannah/Kate: $9,360 cash & Antigua/Chris: $13,350 cash & GT

GT: $33,670
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plate): $20,950


$100K Bonus Round
We landed on the S of AMERICA’S last night…and Chris spins up the ‘ next door this evening.

Category: THING
He needs to call the right vowel in this one…

_ N _ _ _ E
_ _ R _ / _ _ / _ R T

Actually, he knows this already after calling QKWO…

_ N _ Q _ E
W O R K / O _ / _ R T

…and he completes a UNIQUE WORK OF ART to leave w/ $45,350 cash & party supplies (damn you, BW!).

$5K SPIN ID: DM5202099


Upon further review…

…the back-to-back 1/2 CAR wins we just saw this week is only the THIRD time ever. The first occurrence happened on October 5-6, 2011 (“Ports of Call”) w/ the $15K KIA Soul in play. The other occurrence happened on April 10-11, 2013 (“Island-Hopping”) week w/ the $14,330 smart car available.

Also, here’s what three contestants earlier this season left behind w/ the complete Nissan Versa on the line…

Mindy Magana (Sept. 23): $21,075 cash & car in R2
Adrianne Blasquez (Oct. 2): $25,115 cash, car and Los Cabos in R3
Michelle Lueck (Oct. 14): $18,375 cash & car in R1

WOF Recap: October 28, 2014

The maingame from last night to start the week was a real treat…but for winner Lisa Bruno, she got the biggest trick of ’em all in the BR — the so-called “one-word syndrome” caused her to become the first $100K loser of the season and she had to settle for $32,865 cash & prizes (including the Nissan Versa Note). Let’s try to recover from that…


$1K Tossup: WAYD? 

H I D I N _ / _ _ _ E R
_ H _ / _ _ _

Ken shouldn’t be HIDING UNDER THE BED, because we’re getting this game started and let’s meet the man in the middle first…

Ken Depot: network administrator for manufacturing co. who’s lost 65 lbs. over the past yr from Cumberland, RI 
Selina Simon: Western Washington Univ. student studying psychology whose family’s from East Africa & Eritrea from Federal Way, WA 
Krystal Staggs: realtor from Peoria, AZ


_ A C K / O F
J _ C _ A L S

Ken catches a PACK OF JACKALS to triple up.

FEATURED HALLOWEEN TRIP: Perfect Tour of Romania w/ hotwire airfare worth $7,500
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Shindigz


His letter-calling spree begins w/ three T’s for $2,100, four E’s, three H’s for $1,950 and two I’s, followed by a C for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900, two A’s…

_ I _ H T _ A _ E
_ E _ _ _ E
C H _ I _ T _ A _

…and his $3,800 solve of “THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS”.


Ken: $6,800 1/2 CAR/Ladies: $0 each


Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Selina leads off w/ two FP E’s, a $700 S, two I’s and O’s, and a FP A, then come the SL Bonus of three $700 H’s, the last vowel of two U’s, and the LaT. Second, Krystal can’t capitalize on TD w/ a dud of L. Third, Ken gets the other 1/2 CAR w/ two N’s, an $800 T, a $900 D, and a $500 G. Board…

H O _ _ I _ _ I N G

…he gets out of the HORRIFYING HAUNTED HOUSE w/ $3,200 and the keys to the Versa Note for a total of $18,175 in that round alone! BTW, that’s the third-ever instance of back-to-back 1/2 CAR wins!

SOLE DUD: L (Krystal) 
SOLE LaT: Selina

Ken: $24,975 cash & Versa/Ladies: $0 each

Bonus Puzzle Flashback Repeat: HOME MOVIES


PP/Express Round: THINGS 

Krystal wastes a turn w/ the MDW’s right side. Second for our big leader are a $1,600 T pairing, but then E for error. Third, Selina catches a $550 N, an I, two $900 S’s, and four O’s. But after a $1K pair of C’s is the BANKRUPT near TD to scare her out of $2,850. Back to Krystal who puts in a $700 M, three A’s to wipe out the vowel shop, a $650 L, a $600 K, and two TD R’s…

C O A S T A L / R O C K
_ O R M A T I O N S

…she wins her first $8,700 and will see some COASTAL ROCK FORMATIONS on a trip to The Westin Resort & Spa LOS CABOS; that puts her on the board w/ $15,016 cash & Mexico.

SOLE DUD: E (Ken) 
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)

Krystal: $15,016 cash & MX/Ken: $24,975 cash & Versa/Selina: BAD LUCK


$3K Tossup: PHRASE 

_ _ _ I K E / _ T
R _ C H

Ken knows how to STRIKE IT RICH, so he’s swept the Tossups. 

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK (but also a Phrase) 

Next on his letter list are two T’s for $1,200, three E’s, two H’s for $1,600, two I’s, but then S for sorry. Selina secondly has the same result w/ an R request. Third, Krystal inserts a $1,200 N pairing, a FP A, and two C’s for $1,400 before she sees…

T H E / I C I N _
_ N / T H E / C A _ E

…another $2,600 deposited into her bank that’s THE ICING ON THE CAKE.

DUDS: S (Ken), R (Selina)

Krystal: $17,616 cash & MX/Ken: $27,975 cash & Versa/Selina: CANDY ALERT


Speed-Up Round: CHARACTERS 

The consonants will pay off at $1,600 apiece. After somebody puts up the hot consonant of four R’s…

_ _ R R _ / _ _ T T _ R
& / R _ N / _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Selina IDs HARRY POTTER & RON WEASLEY for her only $8K of the night.

SOLE DUD: D (Krystal)

Krystal: $17,616 cash & MX/Ken: $27,975 cash & Versa/Selina: $8K

GT: $53,591


$100K Bonus Round
Ken spins up the S of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
Here’s 1/3 of the answer spotted to him…

_ _ S _ _
T _ _ L 

CMHO only adds one letter, but it’s in the important first word…

_ _ S H _
T _ _ L 

…and he captures Peter Rabbit’s BUSHY TAIL no sweat! Hopefully, we have a $100K win this time…

no — rock bottom strikes again! Ugh. His final total is $59,975 cash & car. 

$5K SPIN ID: GM3431428 

The hosts stand by the skeletons at the dinette to end this episode.


WOF Recap: October 27, 2014


VTR: July 10th (3rd taping day of season)

$1K Tossup: WAYD?

P _ _ _ I _ G / _ N
_ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ _

I’m NOT PUTTING ON MY COSTUME (because I don’t have any), but Kari’s the first to score and here are Monday’s guests…

Kari Alison Hodge: Cal Tech grad w/ PhD who wrote a 300-page thesis on the detection of gravitational waves and condensed that into a seven-min. interpretive dance music video from L.A.
Jason Bruemmer: Navy M.P. from Port Orchard, WA
Lisa Bruno: international flight attendant who attended the Univ. of Kentucky (as did her sister and Hall of Fame father) from Aventura, FL


_ _ F _ / S _ _ A
_ U _ H _ O _ _

Kari triples up w/ SOFT SOFA CUSHIONS.

FEATURED HALLOWEEN TRIP: Salem, MA w/ a stay at the Hawthorne Hotel worth $6,608
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: PartyCity
1/2 CAR: Nissan Versa Note S

(NOTE: Pat says that by this point in the tapings, Jim’s booth has been moved to where Pat can see him from his podium.)

Round 1: TITLE (bats wipe) 

Kari gets the Salem trip right away w/ three T’s, buys four E’s, calls up two H’s for $1,600 and makes the purchase of four I’s, followed by two $500 W’s, two $600 V’s…

I _ T E _ V I E W
W I T H / T H E
V _ _ _ I _ E

…and her solve of “INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE” for $11,408 cash & Salem.


Kari: $14,408 cash & trip/Others: $0 each


Mystery Round: CHARACTERS 

Jason picks up the WC right away w/ an S but then says F for flunk while on the MW near $800. Second, Lisa LOSES A TURN. Third, Kari claims the Party City GT w/ two T’s, buys four E’s an an A, picks off a $1K pair of H’s, and buys the I and four O’s to round out the vowels. Following a $1K pair of L’s and three W’s for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900…

W E _ E W O L _ E S
H O W L I _ _ / A T
T HE / _ O O _

…she hears some WEREWOLVES HOWLING AT THE MOON for another $4,500.

SOLE DUD: F (Jason)
SOLE LaT: Lisa

Kari: $18,908 cash & prizes 1/2 CAR/Others: $0 each


Before the next round of play, we see Jim’s new window (it’s in the middle of the audience).

PP/Express Round: PLACE

First, Lisa takes a T for the other 1/2 CAR, three R’s for $2,700, four E’s, and two A’s; that’s followed by a $550 N, a P for the last remaining plate, two U’s, but then a possibly fatal dud of S. Down Kari’s path second are a $500 K, two I’s, and two L’s while on EXPRESS. She GOES ABOARDbut her very next call of V will cost her $2,250 and her plate. After Jason blows his turn w/ H while on the EXPRESS

N A T U R E / P A R K
& / _ I L _ L I _ E
R E _ U _ E

Lisa just won $3,500, the $14,975 Versa Note, and a hotwire trip to a place w/ a NATURE PARK & WILDLIFE RESCUECOSTA RICA at the Lapaz Waterfall Gardens worth $6,040; she jumps from worst first w/ a $24,515 round!

NON-BANKRUPT DUDS: S (Lisa), H (Jason)

Jason: WC/Lisa: $24,515 cash & gifts/Kari: $18,908 cash & treats



_ O H _ N Y
_ _ _ _

Lisa thinks it’s actor JOHNNY DEPP…yes it is.


Two $550 T’s get her started, but the sole dud vowel of E stops her just as quick. Second, Kari puts up three S’s for $2,400 and triple A’s, but the LaT bites both her and Jason. Lisa next puts up two R’s for $1,600 and two N’s for $1,400 extra, but it’s S-U time…

T A R A N T _ _ A S
& / S _ _ R _ _ _ N S

…and we have a $1,500 Final Spin. The middle lady then puts up the L…

T A R A N T _ L A S
& / S _ _ R _ _ _ N S

…and she turns these TARANTULAS & SCORPIONS into another $5,350.

SOLE DUD (before FS): E (Lisa)
LaTs: 2 (opposition)

Jason: $1K CANDY/Lisa: $32,865 cash & treats (includes car)/Kari: $18,908 cash & treats

GT: $52,773
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding Kari’s plate): $2,250


$100K Bonus Round
This week’s in-studio vehicle could be another treat for Lisa — a MINI Cooper Hardtop. Her spin somehow hangs on to the A of GAME (although it nearly landed on the G).

Category: PHRASE
Starting help…

_ _ _ N T 
T _ E / _ _ _

PCMO is good for…

P O _ N T
T _ E / _ _ _

only the first two words, so she doesn’t POINT THE WAY to victory. I can tell you right now that she just missed out on becoming the highest non-million winner of the season…


































…AND IT WAS THE BIG ONE — SHE’S THE FIRST $100,000 LOSER OF THE SEASON. OUCH. If she had chosen A as her vowel, she would’ve won.

$5K SPIN ID: MS9490673

Some of the staff w/ their kids in costume appear at the end.

MY EP. RATING: 6 (started out great but it really took a turn for the worse in the end)

Week 6 Stats

Thank goodness for Carla from Mon., because this week was just average. And I’m glad they finally gave away a car for the first time this season. 

Total this Week: $215,744
Total for the Season: $2,468,266
BR Win Record: 14-16 (.4667)
Total Car Wins: 1
-1/2 Car: 1 (Ford Fiesta)
-BR Car: 0
Prize Wedge Wins: 11
Gift Tag Wins: 9
Mystery Wedge Wins: 2
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 11-2
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 4-7
$10K MW was next to LaT: 6
$10K MW was next to $800: 7
Express was Played-Passed: 3-2
-Successes: 2
-Crashes: 1
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 3 (2 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 5
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 17/14/0
5-Round Games: 2
6-Round Games: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 7
Red Winners: 8
Yellow Winners: 17
Blue Winners: 5
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $35,150* / 2 WC / 4 ½ CAR 
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $2271,630* / 9 WC / 20 ½ CAR tags / 3 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,600* (Sept. 16), $15K (Oct. 1), $14,380* (Sept. 18)      
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $27,630* (Sept. 18), $27,500 (Oct. 1), $24,100 (Oct. 16) 
Highest-Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $70,900 (Sept. 29), $63,040 (Oct. 15)
Lowest-Winning Totals: $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $58,690 (Oct. 20), $45,640 (Oct. 6), $45,300 (Oct. 8)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 4

$32K: 11/23
$35K: 0/0
$40K: 1/1
$45K: 1/3
$50K: 0/0
$100K (or $1M): 1/1 
CAR: 0/2

* includes prizes

WOF Recap: October 24, 2014 (w/ a former J! and Millionaire contestant!)


$1K Tossup: EVENT

_ A _ _ _ _ G
_ R _ P

This is the person I’m talking about — it’s Megan down at the end w/ the answer of CAMPING TRIP! Let’s get to know her and everybody else better…

Megan Rafferty Barnes: member of Columbia Families in Nature from Columbia, MD; she won $105,203 on J! as a three-time champion and $16K on Millionaire w/ Meredith Vieira
Stephanie Locke: part-time travel firm worker who went cage diving w/ great white sharks in South Africa from Birmingham, AL
Erich Klein: Navy 1st Class Petty Officer and logistics specialist


T _ E / _ _ _ _ R _ L Y
_ _ O N

Megan IDs THE COWARDLY LION from “The Wizard of Oz” fame.

FEATURED TRIP: Peru from Intrepid Travel worth $7,600

Round 1: TITLE

She’s off to a bad start w/ the MDW’s right-side. Second, Stephanie calls up two T’s for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, a $650 N, and an E, followed by four R’s for $2,400 and the rest the vowel shop has to offer…

A / R I _ E R / R U N _
T _ R O U _ _ / I T

…and she solves “A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT” for the $2,800 remainder.


Stephanie: $2,800 1/2 CAR/Erich: $0/Megan: $3K


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Still in control, Stephanie gets this answer started w/ four T’s for $2,800, a $650 N, three E’s and A’s, two $900 R’s, and a U. But after an S for the DICK’S gift tag is the sole dud vowel of I. Erich then puts up two H’s and M’s at $1,100 a pair, buys the leftover two O’s…

S T A _ – A T – H O M E

…and solves STAY-AT-HOME MOTHER NATURE for $1,950.

SOLE DUD: I (Stephanie)

Stephanie: $2,800 1/2 CAR/Erich: $1,950/Megan: $3K 


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

The Navy man kicks off w/ a $7K pair of H’s, and buys all five of the vowels in one fell swoop, then he says a TD L…and repeats the H while on that same big money spot. Megan secondly captures a $1,200 pair of M’s but then LaTs out. Third, Stephanie picks off a $1,300 pair of N’s and decides to sacrifice her Ford Fiesta opportunity…

N O _ H I N _
_ O U L _ / M A _ E
M E / H A _ _ I E _

NOTHING WOULD MAKE ME HAPPIER for somebody to win a trip…but it’s NOT gonna be her, because she misses the second word by a letter w/ COULD. Erich then capitalizes for $9,250 and the $6K COSTA RICAN TOUR from caravan.com. 

SOLE LaT: Megan
DQs: 2 (Erich’s H repeat, Stephanie’s one-letter missolve)

Stephanie: $2,800/Erich: $17,200 cash & C.R./Megan: $3K 


$3K Tossup: PLACES

_ O T A N _ _ A L
_ A _ D E N S

Erich breaks the $20K barrier w/ BOTANICAL GARDENS.

Round 4: WAYD?

He wastes a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near TD. Second for Megan are a $1,500 trio of N’s, two I’s, but then the other BANKRUPT. Third, Stephanie LaTs out. Back to Eric who finds a $1K pair of G’s and an $1,800 pair of L’s, but it’s S-U time…

_ _ _ _ I N G / _ _
L _ N _ _ _ N / L I G _ _

…and the consonants left over are worth $1,600 apiece. Two R’s have been exposed by Vanna…

R _ _ _ I N G / B _
L _ N T _ R N / L I G H T

…and Megan’s READING BY LANTERN LIGHT for $3,200.

SOLE DUD (during S-U): K (Megan)
SOLE LaT: Stephanie
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Erich, Megan)

Stephanie: $2,800/Erich: $20,200 cash & C.R./Megan: $6,200

GT: $29,200

You did all right, Megan. I hope you had fun.


$100K Bonus Round
Erich hopes to end this wk. on a good note after spinning up the N of WIN.

Category: THINGS
These are what everybody must have on their resume…

_ _ _
_ _ _ L _ _ _ _ _ T _ _ N S

HDMA only adds two of the vowel…

_ _ _
_ _ A L _ _ _ _ A T _ _ N S 

and he’s the first QU- victim of the season, costing him $32K; they were JOB QUALIFICATIONS.

$5K SPIN ID: JB6838042


WOF Recap: October 23, 2014


$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

K _ Y _ _ _ N G
A _ _ _ _ _ _ R E

Virginia could win a KAYAKING ADVENTURE, but we have to introduce them first…

Virginia LaJoie: customer service rep and shot glass collector from Phoenix
Chebet Wise: hospice nurse and Lakers/Vikings fan from Pasadena
Jake Bryan: received his Master’s in (Sea-Turtle) Biology from Pomona (orig. from Logansport, IN)

$2K  Tossup: SONG TITLE

_ O N ‘ _ / W O _ _ Y
_ E / _ _ _ _ _

Virginia’s 2 for 2 w/ Bobby McFerrin’s “DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY”.

FEATURED TRIP: Durango, CO worth $6,016

Round 1: ON THE MAP

First up are a $600 R, two T’s for $1,600, an E, and five A’s, followed by a $600 C, two H’s for $1,800, and twin L’s for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900…

A _ _ A L A C H _ A _
T R A _ L

…she follows THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL leading her to another $5,100.


Jake: $0/Virginia: $8,100 1/2 CAR/Chebet: $0


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER 

Chebet starts her wheel-spinning journey w/ a $550 T, A and I singles, a $650 H, but then R for roadblock while on the CO trip. Second, Jake calls up two W’s for the other 1/2 CAR, two S’s for $1,200, three E’s, an N for the Cabela’s gift tag, and an O to clean out the vowels. But after a $900 C is the BANKRUPT near TD to clean him out of $4,100 cash & fishing gear plus his plate. Virginia then puts up an $1,800 L triplet…

_ E L L _
_ A N C E S
W I T H / W O L _ E S

…and she BELLY “DANCES WITH WOLVES” to add that amount to her score.

SOLE DUD: R (Chebet)

Jake: ZIP/Virginia: $9,900 1/2 CAR/Chebet: ZIP

Tonight’s Repeat Bonus Puzzle Flashback (’98): BEEF IT UP (she lost after choosing KPDI)


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Jake leads off w/ quad S’s for $2,800, three E’s, but then the sole dud vowel of A. Second for Virginia are an $800 R, three O’s, but then the other natural BANKRUPT to rid her of $550 and her plate. Third, Chebet spots a $500 C, buys the other two vowels, and lights up a $7K pair of L’s…

I / C O U L _
S E R I O U S L _ / _ E _
U S E _ / _ O / _ _ I S

…she says “I COULD SERIOUSLY GET USED TO THIS” to finally strike pay dirt and add a hotwire trip to the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows in HAWAII 

SOLE DUD: A (Jake)

Jake: DONUT/Virginia: $9,900/Chebet: $14,204 cash & HI


$3K Tossup: THING

_ _ _ P _ S S
N _ _ D L _

Chebet takes too much time, but she blows the second word anyway w/ NOODLE.

C _ _ P _ S S
N E _ D L _

Jake picks up a COMPASS NEEDLE to also get on the board.


His starters are a $800 N (there was a re-shoot of the first spin in this round), two D’s for $1,300, and three A’s, then come four S’s for $2,200, a $550 T, but then the bells for S-U Mode…

T A _ _ _ _ S / A N D
D _ _ S S _ A _ _ _ S

…and the remaining consonants are worth $1,900 apiece. He calls the L on his next turn…

T A _ L _ R S / A N D
D R _ S S _ A _ _ R S

…but he BLANKS OUT, so he may have squandered $12,150 and his ticket to Bonusland. Virginia then puts up the M…

T A _ L _ R S / A N D
D R _ S S M A _ _ R S

…she solves TAILORS AND DRESSMAKERS for the FS amount.

SOLE DUD (after FS): C (Virginia)
SOLE DQ OF GAME: N repeat by Chebet

Jake: $3K/Virginia: $11,800/Chebet: $14,204 cash & HI

GT: $29,004
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding plates): $4,650 cash & fishing gear


$100K Bonus Round
Chebet takes the BW to the R.

Category: THING
At the lead-off portion…

_ R _ _ T _
S _ _ R T

CYGI is of limited help…

G R _ _ T _
S _ _ R T

…and she has no GROWTH SPURT for the $32K.

$5K SPIN ID: MM0568266

We end w/ footage of the final results in the second Millionaire Maker Sweepstage; Jennifer M. was the second $1M winner.