WOF Recap: October 14, 2014

Just so you know, today’s the 6-yr. anniversary of the show’s first-ever $1M win.


$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ H _ _ _ D _ _ P _ _ A
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

They were here in S22 and Charles locates PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA. Let’s get to know him and the ladies better…

Charles McDonald: landscaper and comp. science student at Clover Park Technical College from Lakewood, WA
Melissa Hoang: Turning Point School 4th grade teacher from Burbank (born in Westminster, CA)
Michelle Lueck: corporate flight attendant, mystery thriller book writer and indoor rock climber from Vegas

$2K Tossup: SHOW BIZ

_ A L _ E _
C _ M _ A N Y

Michelle solves BALLET COMPANY to start the spinning.

FEATURED TRIP: LOEWS Coronado Bay in San Diego worth $6,005 (and no, the featured trip has no connection w/ the first Tossups this week)
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Omaha Steaks

Round 1: SONG & ARTIST

Her first letters this evening are three N’s for the 1/2 CAR near pink $900, an I and seven E’s, and two V’s for that other 1/2 CAR. But after a $1,400 pair of B’s, she LaT’s out at a bad time to likely cost her $18K cash & Versa. Charles then puts up three Y’s for $2,100, two $700 R’s, and a $600 C, then we have…

I ‘ V E / B E E N
E V E R Y _ _ E R E
B Y / _ _ _ N N Y
C _ _ _

…he solves “I’VE BEEN EVERYWHERE” BY JOHNNY CASH for $4,100.

SOLE LaT: Michelle

Michelle: $2K/Charles: $5,100/Melissa: $0


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER 

That man first gets up there a $900 T, and $800 H, four E’s, a $700 R and two B’s for that MDW, followed by two A’s, a $1,200 K pairing, and an $1,800 F double. Board, Vanna…

_ _ F F E E
T H E / B A _ K

…he solves COFFEE BREAK THE BANK for another $4,900 and keeps his $1M hopes alive for the moment. 


Michelle: $2K/Charles: $10K MDW/Melissa: ZERO

Bonus Puzzle Flashback Repeat: HIP HIP HOORAY (refer to the Oct. 20, 2012 recap on how the contestant did)


PP/Express Round: PHRASE 

Melissa finally gets her shot, but her first spin’s the LaT. Second, Michelle lights up a $900 Y, buys four O’s and a U, but then duds out w/ V. Third, Charles inserts two R’s for $1,300, three E’s and two A’s, two L’s for another $1,300, and the last vowel of I. Those are followed by a $1,400 N pairing, two FP T’s, and a look at…

Y O U ‘ L L / N E E _
A / _ A _ _ _ O R T
_ O R / T _ I _ / O N E

YOU’LL NEED A PASSPORT FOR THIS ONE, buddy — in addition to another $4,250, here’s a a trip to HONG KONG sponsored by “Transformers: Age of Extinction” worth $8,540.

SOLE DUD: V (Michelle)
SOLE LaT: Melissa

Michelle: $2K/Charles: $22,790 cash & H.K. MDW/Melissa: DONUT 


$3K Tossup: RHYME TIME

_ _ M M _ / _ N
_ Y / _ _ _ _ Y

Melissa’s finally on the scoreboard w/ the reply of “YUMMY IN MY TUMMY”.

Round 4: THING

First up are a $700 T, double E’s, a $600 H, and an A but then the signal for S-U Mode…

_ _ _ – T H E –
_ _ _ _ / _ E _ A _ _

…and the consonants pay off at $1,550 apiece.

_ F F – T H E –
_ _ F F / R E _ A R K

They last used this as a Bonus Puzzle late in S27 (and it’s wasn’t solved for $30K), as Melissa solves OFF-THE-CUFF REMARK for $7K. 

DUDS (after FS): S (Melissa), L (Charles), D (Melissa), N (Charles)

Michelle: $2K/Charles: $22,790 cash & H.K. MDW/Melissa: $10K

GT: $34,790


I forgot to mention this, but the car here this week is a BMW X3 crossover. With his mom holding that MDW, Charles spins up that A of GAME like last night’s champ.

Category: PERSON
If he calls the right vowel in this one, he’ll be home free…

T _ _ _
_ L _ _ E R

PMCA adds besides the obvious P…

T _ _ A
P L A _ E R

…and he IDs TUBA PLAYER! But is he the first-ever male millionaire on the program (and fourth overall)???…

no — the bleeping $32K strikes again for the seventh straight aired ep.!!! Ugh; he’ll have to settle for $54,790 cash & trip.

$1M LOCATION: P (Pat mistakenly went to the I of WIN since he forgot the location and has a laughing fit)

$5K SPIN ID: MN5694818

We end this ep. w/ footage of Jim in NYC; that’s the first time he’s ever been there. 



One thought on “WOF Recap: October 14, 2014

  1. ZMiletich October 15, 2014 / 3:18 am

    I wouldn't be surprised if I didn't land on the legendary $1,000,000. Besides, $32k is a lot of money to be sure.


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