WOF Recap: November 3, 2014 — HAWAII OPENER


VTR: Sept. 13

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ C O _ E / _ O
P _ _ _ _ _ S E

Shiela rightly says “WELCOME TO PARADISE”. Here are the first three players competing at the Hilton Waikoloa Village this season…

Shiela Garcia: computer teacher at Heald College from Honolulu
Kelly Bolyard: Newspaper director of advertising from Kailua-Kona
Bong Canja: I.T. analyst who first moved to Australia from Honolulu (born in Manila, Philippines)

$2K Tossup: FUN & DRINK

I C E / _ _ _ _ M
_ U _ _ _ _

Kelly eats up an ICE CREAM SUNDAE.

FEATURED TRIP: Rocky Mountaineer train tour of the Canadian Rockies worth $9,818
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: Maui Jim

IMPORTANT NOTE: The 1/2 CAR plates are NOT IN PLAY for this entire road trip, which is a reversal of their most recent NYC road trip.

Round 1: FUN & GAMES

She opens up w/ three N’s for $1,500, an I and four A’s, and the obvious $500 G (if the plates were here, she could’ve had a complete car), followed by two O’s and a U, two $700 P’s, an $800 L, and a $600 B. Afterwards…

_ _ A N _ I N G / U P
O N / A
P A _ _ L _ B O A _ _

…she’s STANDING UP ON A PADDLEBOARD for another $3,800.


Shiela: $1K/Kelly: $5,800/Bong: $0


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Bong leads off w/ a $600 T, two S’s for another $1,300, but then a dud vowel of E. Second, Shiela gets the WC w/ an R, but another dud vowel stops her (the A). Third, Kelly catches a $1,300 pair of N’s, but she too buys a non-existing vowel (the O). Back to Bong who picks two L’s for $1,800, the only vowel of this solution (five I’s), a $700 Y, and an $800K…

S T R I N _
_ I K I N I

…he solves SILLY STRING BIKINI for his first $4,700.

DUDS: E (Bong), A (Shiela), O (Kelly)

Shiela: $1K WC/Kelly: $5,800/Bong: $4,700


PP/Express Round: SHOW BIZ

First from Shiela are two R’s for $1,300, two T’s for the Maui Jim GT, five E’s, but then the BANKRUPT near the big one to lose $3,050 cash & sunglasses plus her WC. Second for Kelly are a $550 V, two H’s for another $1,300, but then I for invalid. Third, Bong lights up an $1,800 pair of L’s, two A’s, but nothing more w/ N. Returning to Shiela who spots a $500 S, the other two good vowels, a $900 B, and a $800 Y, but next is C for critical dud. After Kelly BANKRUPTS on the MDW’s left side to forfeit $1,600, Bong goofs w/ the P. Shiela then gets that $500 J up there…

T H E / B E S T
J A _ _ / Y O U ‘ L L
E V E R / H E A R

…and THE BEST JAZZ YOU’LL EVER HEAR is in NEW ORLEANS; she’s won $2,200 and a trip to the Omni royal orleans worth $7,465.

DUDS: I (Kelly), N (Bong), C (Shiela), P (Bong)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (women)

Shiela: $10,665 cash & N.O./Kelly: $5,800/Bong: $4,700


$3K Tossup: EVENT

A _ _ _ A L
G E _ – _ O _ E _ _ _ R

Kelly gets ANNUAL GET-TOGETHER to close in on the other lady.

Speed-Up Round: WAYD?

The consonants each pay off at $1,700. Late in this round, two A’s are bought for free…

_ _ _ N I N G / M Y
_ A R A _ H _ T _

Kelly blows it w/ RUNNING MY MARATHON. But she gets another shot after filling in the P’s…

_ P _ N I N G / M Y
P A R A C H _ T _

…she’s OPENING MY PARACHUTE for another $5,100 and a trip to Bonusland.

DUDS: S (Shiela), D (Kelly), L (Shiela), W (Kelly), B (Shiela)
SOLE DQ OF GAME: Kelly’s blown solve

Shiela: $10,665 cash & N.O./Kelly: $13,900/Bong: $4,700

GT: $29,265
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding WC): $4,650


$100K Bonus Round
I think they’re using the all-cash BW like the NYC road trip. Kelly spins up the I of AMERICA’S.

Category: FOOD & DRINK
Only two letters in the top to start…

R _ _ E
_ _ _ _ _ _ _

CBPI fills in that first word…

_ _ _ C _ _ _

…but little help in the bottom isn’t enough for her to eat a RIPE AVOCADO for the minimum (and the ironic thing is that she has an avocado tree at home).

$5K SPIN ID: RM0890269


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