WOF Recap: October 2, 2014


$1K Tossup: PHRASE

M Y / _ R I D E
A _ _ / J O _

Elizabeth’s right in saying “MY PRIDE AND JOY”. The Thurs. bios…
Elizabeth Murray: documentation specialist and a fan of Vanna’s Yarn from Moncks Corner, SC
Adrianne Blasquez: escrow coordinator amd bocce ball player from Brentwood, CA 
Sean Kugler: assistant tech specialist for the Flagstaff Unified School District from Flagstaff, AZ

$2K Tossup: PERSON

H O _ _ _ / _ _ _ L
S _ U D _ _ T

Sean’s probably an HONOR ROLL STUDENT, so he’s spinning first.

Round 1: WAYD?

His first letters this evening are the obvious — two N’s for $1,200, three I’s, and two G’s for the gift tag. Following his buy of two A’s, he claims the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, but then says S for sorry. Second, Elizabeth wastes a turn by repeating the N. Third, Adrianne calls up five L’s for $3,250, buys two E’s…

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

…and she’s FULFILLING A LIFELONG DREAM of being on this show and winning her first $3K. 

SOLE DUD: S (Sean)
SOLE DQ: Elizabeth’s N repeat

Adrianne: $3K/Sean: $2K/Elizabeth: $1K


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

First up for Elizabeth are two T’s for $1,300, three E’s, the same number of H’s for $2,100, and three I’s before she picks off two W’s while on the MW near LaT and declines the $2,950 gamble (good, because that’s the BANKRUPT one). But after picking up the WC w/ two N’s, she strikes out w/ an A buy. Adrianne next inserts a D for the same 1/2 CAR, a $500 G, the last vowel of O and a $650 C…

W I T H / T H E
C H I _ E _

…she solves “GONE WITH THE WIND” CHIMES for $1,400.

SOLE DUD: A (Elizabeth)

Adrianne: $4,400 1/2 CAR/Sean: $2K/Elizabeth: $1K WC 



Adrianne gets her second 1/2 CAR right away from the same spot w/ three S’s, buys two E’s, lights up double L’s for a grand, and an O; that’s followed by two $650 N’s, four A’s and an I to clean out the vowels, a $600 D…but then a PAINFUL LaT to likely squander well over $20K cash & prizes. Sean next says a $500 H, a $600 W, but then T for terrible. Elizabeth then SPINGLES for a $900 R…

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

…she’ll see GRAY WHALES AND SEA LIONS on her hotwire trip to the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort in LOS CABOS worth $6,740.

SOLE DUD: T (Sean)
SOLE LaT: Adrianne

Adrianne: $4,400/Sean: $2K/Elizabeth: $8,640 cash & Mexico WC  



O F _ _ _ E
M A _ _ _ _ R

Adrianne solves OFFICE MANAGER to cut the other lady’s lead to $1,240.

Round 4: THING

She duds out right away w/ R. Second for Sean are a $650 S, two $900 T’s, an E, a $600 L and two $700 C’s, but we hear the bells for S-U Mode…

C L _ S E – _ _ _ T
C _ _ _ _ _ _ T _

…and the leftover consonants each pay off at $1,500. After he makes two M’s appear on his next turn…

C L _ S E – K N _ T
C _ M M _ N _ T _

…his CLOSE-KNIT COMMUNITY will be happy to hear that he’s completed the comeback win w/ $10,200.

DUDS: R (Adrianne; before FS), H (Elizabeth; after bell)

Adrianne: $7,400/Sean: $12,200/Elizabeth: $8,640 cash & trip

GT: $28,240



$100K Bonus Round
Sean’s stopping point is the N of SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
This biggie starts out as…

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

DPMO are all up there…

_ _ M P / O N / T _ E
_ _ N D _ _ _ O N

…and he’s able to JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON, so he wins the $40K (thank goodness!) for a final all-cash total of $52,200!

$5K SPIN ID: DD5525842
At the end, Vanna reports that an ant was crawling on the puzzleboard.



3 thoughts on “WOF Recap: October 2, 2014

  1. JP Mackey October 3, 2014 / 12:43 am

    I'm glad Sean made a comeback AND won $40K!

    An ANT?!?! LOL.


  2. San Lorenzo October 4, 2014 / 12:01 am

    I don't get it. Which puzzle is the Banquet special puzzle?


  3. Andy Nguyen October 4, 2014 / 1:10 am

    It's the one where it wrote “MoF Puzzle”, San.


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