WoF Recap: January 23, 2015


$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ N _ _ F

James quickly eats up some BEEF STROGANOFF. The end-of-week panelists…

James Trahan: social media strategist for a very small co. & hockey player/fan who does the “Frog Throat” from Clinton Township, MI
Kelly Vander Meer: Richards HS special ed teacher from Chicago
Lindsey Hoffman: financial consultant at a local credit union from Maple Valley, WA


T _ _ _ A _
J E F _ E R _ O N

Why didn’t they save this for an “America’s Game” week? Anyway, Kelly IDs THOMAS JEFFERSON for control.

FINAL INTREPID TRIP OF WK.: Italy worth $8,050


She first calls a $550 N but BANKRUPTS near TD just as quick. Second, Lindsey calls up three T’s for $2,700, buys an E, but gets the exact same fate. Third, James picks two D’s for $1,200, three I’s, a $700 S, a U, but then L for loss. Kelly’s second turn sees her putting up a $900 R, but then hitting the other normal BANKRUPT. Lindsey then SPINGLES for a $900 B…

B I R T _ D _ _
_ N D / T I E

…and puts on a BIRTHDAY SUIT AND TIE to get on the board.

SOLE DUD: L (James)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (both ladies; Kelly 2x)

Kelly: $2K/Lindsey: $1K/James: $1K


Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

Lindsey leads off w/ three T’s for $2,700, two E’s, two H’s for another $1,800, but then A for awful (and it’s the only bad vowel of this puzzle). Second, James spots a $700 S, but then BANKRUPTs neat $650. Third, Kelly picks up the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 w/ an N, buys three I’s, and lights up a $600 W. After she then buys the other two good vowels…

S T U _ _ / I N
T H E / _ I _ _ _ E
W I T H / _ O U

…she doesn’t sound confident, but “STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU” by Stealers Wheel from ’72 is right for the house minimum; still, she should’ve gone for the L’s.

SOLE DUD: A (Lindsey)

Kelly: $3K 1/2 CAR/Lindsey: $1K/James: $1K


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

The lead-off spinner, James, hits his second straight BANKRUPT (this one on the MDW’s right side). Second for Kelly are a $700 T, four $600 N’s, an I and four A’s, two $700 G’s, three O’s, and three L’s for $1,800 (she was close to hitting either FP or the EXPRESS on those spins). Following a FP E to wipe out the vowel shop…

_ T _ O L L I N G
A L O N G / O N / A
_ A N _ _ / _ E A _ _

…she’ll be STROLLING ALONG ON A SANDY BEACH, because she’s won $5,550 plus a trip to the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort in ARUBA worth $6,200.


Kelly: $14,750 cash & Aruba/Lindsey: $1K/James: $1K


$3K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ O M / _ _ A R T
_ O / F _ N _ S _

Lindsey solves FROM START TO FINISH to quadruple up.

Round 4: SHOW BIZ

First from her mouth are a $900 N, two $5K T’s, but then a worthless E. Second for James are three S’s for $1,500, three A’s, a FP E repeat, then come a $650 H, a $500 D, a $900 F…but then the BANKRUPT near the big one to forfeit $3,300…

A / _ A S T / _ F
T H _ _ S A N D S

…and Kelly just solves A CAST OF THOUSANDS.

SOLE DUD: E (Lindsey)

Kelly: $15,750 cash & Aruba/Lindsey: $4K/James: $1K


Speed-Up Round: LANDMARK

$1,500 per consonant here. Late in this round, Lindsey calls up the N to leave only vowels remaining…

T H E / P _ _ N T E D

…this is in Arizona, but she blows the solve by a letter w/ THE POINTED DESERT. James next says the same bad answer twice. Kelly then ends this kinda sloppy round w/ THE PAINTED DESERT.

SOLE DUD: F (Kelly)
DQs: 3 (blown solves by her opponents)

VB: Late stage of this round

Kelly: $18,750 cash & Aruba/Lindsey: $4K/James: $1K

GT: $23,750


$100K Bonus Round
Kelly’s got the M envelope of GAME.

Category: PHRASE
I know the trick that Harry’s using on this one…

_ _ / T _ E
_ _ _ R T

…she CMPOs out of the game and that BW was stuck on $32K all week long for only the second time this season. The answer was BY THE QUART.

$5K SPIN ID: SV4368615
Last Dish of the Week: Lasagna

MY EP. RATING: 4 (unnecessary R1 and R2 solves, late S-U bad solves, and a bad BR playing)


One thought on “WoF Recap: January 23, 2015

  1. JP Mackey February 16, 2015 / 2:55 am

    You know Kelly was on Family Feud on 9/21/12? I just remembered a lady named Kelly on that show and kinda figured it was Ms. Vander Meer.


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