WoF Recap: December 26, 2014

EPISODE #6120: SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY

$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ _ _ _ _ S
_ _ _ / C R _ _ M

Matt solves PEACHES AND CREAM. On the day after Christmas, here are…

Matt DeSanto: operations manager for a scientific laboratory supply & distribution co. (and he had a childhood crush on Vanna) from Malvern, PA
Joanna Kronberg: senior logistics analyst for major retailer and former balloon artist in collegefrom Eden Prairie, MN (orig. from Lexington, SC)
Rachel Koestner: ASU sr. majoring in marketing & business tourism from Phoenix

$2K Tossup: CHARACTER

_ _ _ / _ _ _ E
_ _ _ _ _ _

Looks like we have a hot player on our hands, because Matt nails THE LONE RANGER to triple up!

LAST S.H. TRIP OF THE WEEK: Monmouth Historic Inn in Natchez, MS worth $6,142

Round 1: PERSON

He’s off to a fast $7,500 start w/ three T’s, an A, three E’s an and I, then he calls up two R’s for the WC, two $500 N’s, two TD S’s and an O (he wanted to use the WC at this point, but Pat doesn’t allow that). Following a $500 D…

_ A S _ I O N
T R E N D S E T T E R

…he solves FASHION TRENDSETTER of $14K!

PR!

Matt: $17K WC/Ladies: $0 each

Holiday Greeting #1: production

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Mystery Round: PHRASE

Joanna wastes a turn on the MDW’s left side. Second, Rachel LaTs out. Third, Matt takes three T’s for $1,950, five O’s, three A’s, six N’s for the MS trip, and the leftover vowels of two I’s and five E’s. Next up are three R’s for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900, two TD G’s and three D’s courtesy of his WC before he…

_ A N D E D
D O _ N / _ R O _
G E N E R A T I O N / T O
G E N E R A T I O N

…solves HANDED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION for $22,950 plus that trip totaling $29,092 in that round alone! His score so far has to be a NEW RECORD after just two main puzzles!

SOLE LaT: Rachel
SOLE BANKRUPT: Joanna

Matt: $46,092 cash & trip/Ladies: $0 each

Greeting #2: Jim from his window

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PP/Express Round: LIVING THINGS

Rachel begins a potential comeback w/ a T for the Southern Living magazine, a $900 F, two O’s, and three S’s for $1,500 more. But after buys of A and three E’s is a baddie of G while on EXPRESS. Matt secondly fills in a $500 X and three I’s to wipe out the vowel shop… 

_ A _ _
S _ E _ I E S / O F
E X O T I _ / _ I _ _ S

…but he falls for the RARE SPECIES OF EXOTIC BIRDS trap. Third, Joanna BANKRUPTS next to $650. Rachel next his the other normal one to forfeit $3,150. Next for Matt are a $600 P, an $800 C, a $500 D, an R and two C’s at $700 a pop, and a $550 N. The board now…

_ A N _
S P E C I E S / O F
E X O T I C / B I R D S

…another $4,800 is his and he’ll be seeing MANY SPECIES OF EXOTIC BIRDS on an $8K Apple Vacation to the Iberostar Rose Hall in JAMAICA!

SOLE DUD: G (Rachel)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (ladies)
SOLE DQ: Matt’s missolve

Greeting #3: control room

Matt: $58,892 cash & trip/Ladies: BAD SHAPE

That score of his is another NEW RECORD at this point in the game!

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$3K Tossup: OCCUPATION

R I V _ R _ O A T
C A P _ _ I _

Matt’s one puzzle away from perfection after solving RIVERBOAT CAPTAIN!

Speed-Up Round: LANDMARK

Consonants are worth $6K each, so he has a chance to break LeAnne’s maingame record! Late in this round, Rachel lights up the V…

E V E R _ L A _ E _
N A T _ _ N A L / P A R K

….this is in Florida, but she blows the $18K solve w/ EVERGLACIER NATIONAL PARK. Right after that mistake comes the G…

E V E R G L A _ E _
N A T _ _ N A L / P A R K

…LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MATT HAS COMPLETED THE MAINGAME SWEEP AND HAS SHATTERED THE MAINGAME WINNING RECORD BY LOCATING EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK FOR $30K!!!!!  

SOLE BLOWN SOLVE: Rachel

FINAL SCORES
Matt: $91,892 cash & trip!!!/Ladies: DOUBLE GOOSEEGG

BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,150

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$100K Bonus Round
The M in AMERICA’S is Matt’s stopping point.

Category: THING
This is what a judge uses in the courtroom…

_ _ _ _ E N
_ _ _ E L

HCBA is of limited help…

_ _ _ _ E N
_ A _ E L

…and he only gets the second word of WOODEN GAVEL

…but all he lost was $32K, so he leaves us as the highest non-million winner of the season w/ $91,892! Well done, sir!

MY EP. RATING: 9

VIDEO BONUS: Matt’s INCREDIBLE run!

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3 thoughts on “WoF Recap: December 26, 2014

  1. JP Mackey January 6, 2015 / 4:56 am

    Almost forgot – welcome back Andy!

    It was just so difficult to contain my excitement watching this one. Matt did AMAZING!!!

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  2. yohan sur May 13, 2015 / 1:05 am

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  3. yohan sur May 14, 2015 / 2:58 am

    surprisingly, matt amazing all rounds!! also, first perfect maingame 10/26/2011. ironically, this BR puzzle is kind of GAVEL.(4/4/2011 BR is JUDGE'S GAVEL)

    I thought this maingame record didn't broke, IMO.
    ep.rating : 9.5(perfect 10 could've BR won)

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