WOF Recap: October 1, 2014

EPISODE #6058: BANQUET MEAL OF FORTUNE

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ / _ _ _ E / _ O U
M O _ !

Ritz (female) rightly says “I LOVE YOU MOM!”.  The solvers on this Wed…

Ritz Cruz: CEO of SMASH Foundation (Single Moms Are Super Heroes); hometown unknown   
Dan Keyser: airline instructor from Deerfield Beach, FL
Candra Wickham: franchise manager for large tax firm engaged to an ex-military man from Houston!

$2K Tossup: THING

_ _ M _ O R T
_ _ _ _

Dan is incorrect w/ COMFORT ZONE.

C O M F O R T
F O O _

Candra has some COMFORT FOOD.

Round 1: LIVING THINGS 

The Houstonian gets going w/ two N’s for $1,100, two A’s, but then the LaT. Second, Ritz calls up a $650 D, buys two E’s and an I, but the latter isn’t there. Third, Dan puts up a $600 R, three L’s to add $2,100, but no more w/ T. Candra next gets the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 w/ two P’s, buys the other two vowels, but then duds out w/ Y while on the gift tag. Ritz then inserts $3K worth of five S’s…

S U N _ L O _ E R S
A N D / A P P L E
_ L O S S O _ S

…she plucks some SUNFLOWERS AND APPLE BLOSSOMS for $3,150.

DUDS: I (Ritz), T (Dan), Y (Candra)
SOLE LaT: Candra

Ritz: $4,150/Dan: $0/Candra: $2K

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Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER 

Ritz and Dan both strike out right away w/ N and T, respectively. Third, Candra picks up the WC w/ an R, buys three A’s, and gets the other 1/2 CAR w/ an M. Following an E buy, she takes three L’s for $2,700, buys the last vowel of O, and uses the WC to call a V…DUD. Ritz next captures a $7K pair of C’s only to lose it right back to the MDW’s right side. On Dan’s second turn, he gets the prize wedge w/ a K but makes a possibly fatal misstep by repeating the N while on TD (and he called that before spinning again). Candra then BANKRUPTS next to $650 to throw away $2,950 and her plate while Ritz LaTs out, so we’re quickly back to Dan who puts up the $900 S…

_ A L S E
A L A R M
C L O C K

…and solves FALSE ALARM CLOCK to take the lead w/ a $7,400 payoff.

DUDS: N (Ritz), T (Dan), V (Candra)
SOLE LaT: Ritz
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)
SOLE DQ: Dan’s N repeat

Ritz: $4,150/Dan: $7,400/Candra: $2K 

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PP/Express Round: EVENT

Trying to build on his lead, Dan starts this answer w/ two T’s for $1,600, four E’s, two R’s for another $1,200, but then the same BANKRUPT Candra got late last round to give up $2,550. Said lady at the end is second in line w/ the other BANKRUPT. Third, Ritz picks off triple TD S’s, four A’s, an F for the MDW, a FP dud vowel of O, and the last vowel of I. Afterwards, she gets the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 w/ two G’s and says a W while on EXPRESS. She will…HOP ABOARD. Oh boy…

Ritz’ Current Bank: $13K, MDW and plate
Next Choices (we her a piece of background music for these rides this season): Y…N…M…BUZZ-OUT (goodbye $15K, MDW and plate)

A / _ A _ M I N G
S T R E S S – F R E E
G E T A W A Y

Dan then wins A CALMING STRESS-FREE GETAWAY courtesy of hotwire to Ramon’s Village Resort in BELIZE.

SOLE DUD: O (Ritz)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole gang including Ritz’s buzz-out)

VIDEO BONUS: HORRIBLE R2 and R3

Ritz: $4,150/Dan: $13,400 cash & Belize/Candra: $2K

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$3K Tossup: IN THE KITCHEN

_ _ _ _ O W _ _ E
O _ _ _

Dan pads his lead w/ MICROWAVE OVEN.

Speed-Up Round: WAYD?

The FS is set at $1,700. After three G’s appear…

_ _ T _ H _ _ G / T H _
H _ G H _ _ G H T _

Ritz will be WATCHING THE HIGHLIGHTS of this game (and hopefully NOT her buzz-out in R3).

FINAL SCORES
Ritz: $9,250/Dan: $16,400 cash & Belize/Candra: $2K 

GT: $27,650
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding extras): $27,500 (just $130 shy of a new SEASON-WORST)

“MoF” PUZZLE #3: THIS CALLS FOR A CELEBRATION

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$100K Bonus Round
Dan makes his way to the M of GAME.

Category: THING
Here’s a third of this 12-letter answer…

_ _ _ _ L E
_ E _ _ _ E

HDMO gives him…

M O _ _ L E
D E _ _ _ E

…good thing he didn’t bring a MOBILE DEVICE to cheat at this game, but he wins the damn minimum anyway and leaves w/ $48,400 cash & trip.

$5K SPIN ID: SV3648518

MY EP. RATING: 6

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