WOF Recap: October 3, 2014

EPISODE #6060: BANQUET MEAL OF FORTUNE

$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

D E L _ _ _ _ U S
D I N _ E R

Danny’s had his DELICIOUS DINNER. Wrapping up the wk. are…

Danny Shaheen: Mayfair Middle/High School Math teacher from Long Beach
Susan Skellet: local convention center events manager from Myrtle Beach, SC
Jeanna Pickney: senior mailroom coordinator for a bank & GIC secretary from Ft. Lauderdale

 $2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ _ I _ E
T A B _ E C L _ T H

Danny blanks out this time.

_ _ I T E
T A B _ E C L O T H

Jeanna solves WHITE TABLECLOTH.

Round 1: PEOPLE

She wastes a turn w/ the MDW’s right side. Second, Danny picks up the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900, but gives it right back along w/ the $500 to the BANKRUPT near $650. Third, Susan gets the other 1/2 CAR w/ S, but then says L for lose. Back to Jeanna who calls up a $1K pair of N’s, buys two E’s and an I, picks up the gift tag w/ an X (“An X as in xylophone!”), but then gets the same normal BANKRUPT to toss aside $2K. After Danny LaTs out, Susan picks up the WC w/ a D and lights up a $1,300 pair of R’s, then we have…

N E X T – D _ _ R
N E I _ _ _ _ R S

…she IDs her NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBORS for $2,300 and the plate.

SOLE DUD: L (Susan)
SOLE LaT: Danny
BANKRUPTS: 3 (Jeanna 2x, Danny)

Susan: $2,300 1/2 CAR WC/Jeanna: $2K/Danny: $1K

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Mystery Round: THINGS 

Danny starts this round of play w/ three S’s and gets a hold of the MW near $800…BANKRUPT. Second, Susan gets the same BANKRUPT everybody else got to lose her cardboard pieces. Third, Jeanna falls victim to the other one. Danny restarts w/ three T’s for $1,500, three N’s for $1,800, triple A’s and E’s, a D for that 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 and an I, but after an $1,800 pair of L’s, he buys the sole dud vowel of U. Susan then lights up a $650 B, a $550 C, and a pair of TD R’s…

B A L L _ _ N S
C _ N _ E T T I / A N D
S T R E A _ E R S

…the first item listed isn’t used for grand prize wins these days, and she makes the $8,200 solve of BALLOONS, CONFETTI AND STREAMERS.

SOLE DUD: U (Danny)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (whole group)

Susan: $10,500/Jeanna: $2K/Danny: $1K

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PP/Express Round: RHYME TIME

First, Susan takes the same 1/2 CAR Danny picked up twice before w/ three T’s, buys four E’s, and picks the obvious three H’s for $2,700, but after her buy two I’s, the O stops her. Second, Jeanna lights up a $2,700 trio of W’s and decides to solve already…

W H E _ / T H E
_ _ T ‘ _ / _ W _ _
T H E / _ _ _ E
W I _ _ / _ _ _ _

…she shouts “WHEN THE CAT’S AWAY, THE MICE WILL PLAY” to add a hotwire trip to the Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa in JAMAICA worth $7,740.

SOLE DUD: O (Susan)

Susan: $10,500/Jeanna: $12,440 cash & Jamaica/Danny: $1K

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$3K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

C L _ M _ _ N G
_ / _ R _ _

Jeanna’s CLIMBING A TREE to extend her lead even more.

Round 4: WAYD?

First up are a $500 G, two I’s and A’s, and the obvious N’s for $1,400 more, followed by a $500 K, three E’s, but then bells for S-U Mode…

_ A K I N G / A
_ I _ _ E _ E N _ E

…and the leftover consonants pay off at $1,500 per appearance. Two F’s later get called…

M A K I N G / A
D I F F E _ E N _ E

…and they weren’t MAKING A DIFFERENCE in deciding the game, but Susan earns another $3K.

DUDS (during S-U only): T (Jeanna), L (Susan), H (Jeanna)

FINAL SCORES
Susan: $13,500/Jeanna: $15,440 cash & trip/Danny: $1K

GT: $29,940
BANKRUPT TRASH (extras withheld): $2,500

LAST “MoF” SWEEPSTAKES PUZZLE: TODAY IS YOUR LUCKY DAY

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$100K Bonus Round
Jeanna takes the BW to the first A of AMERICA’S.

Category: PHRASE
From the early looks of this puzzle, the second half is the same one that made Christine Denos and Jack Wagner big winners w/ $142,550…

_ T / T _ _ E S
_ N _ _ – _ _ _

MCDI is a bad idea

I T / T _ _ E S
_ N _ _ – _ _ _

IT TAKES (some) KNOW-HOW for one to solve this, but she blanks out and forfeits the C-MAX Hybrid (BTW, those new car envelopes have the round logo on the top half and the words “CAR & $5000” on the bottom half).

$5K SPIN ID: MM6257552 

MY EP. RATING: 6

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