WoF Recap: December 15, 2015


$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

W _ R _
G _ _ _ _ R B _ E _ D

Maria smells some WARM GINGERBREAD. Tuesday’s panelists…

Maria Prior: retired and enjoys dancing from Vegas (born and raised in San Juan, PR)
Allison Boyrer: RN (registered nurse) from Denver
Hotan Kamjoo: supply chain engineer and frequent blood donor from Encino, CA

$2K Tossup: THING

F _ O R A L
_ E N T E R _ I E _ E

Allison picks up a FLORAL CENTERPIECE.

Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Bed, Bath & Beyond


She gets started w/ five T’s for $2,750, but she and Hotan find themselves in LaT territory. Going to Maria already who calls up two S’s for the MDW, two $500 H’s, five E’s and two I’s, but her next call of L is no good. Allison tries again w/ a $650 M, but then N for no. Hotan then puts up a $700 B, a $500 F, a $600 R, and an $800 Y. We have…

I T ‘ S / T H E
B E S T / T I M E
_ F / T H E / _ E _ R

…he exactly recites “IT’S THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR” for $2,600.

DUDS: L (Maria), N (Allison)
LaTs: 2 (Allison and Hotan)

Hotan: $2,600/Maria: $1K/Allison: $2K


Mystery Round: SAME NAME

Hotan’s off to a bad start w/ T. Second, Maria has the same fate w/ R while on the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900. Third, Allison gets a $1,500 trio of T’s, but then her second LaT of the game. Hotan then takes the obvious gamble after calling a D while on the MW near LaT…nothing. Back to Maria who fills in two $500 L’s, three A’s for the 1/2 CAR she missed out on earlier, an E, and two G’s for the other 1/2 CAR. But after buying an I and O, she calls a MAJOR DUD of K while on the WC to let $16,465 cash & Fiesta go to waste. Allison then puts up the $500 B, and two F’s for that SS…

A N G E L / A N D
B _ F F A L O
_ I N G S

…she solves ANGEL AND BUFFALO WINGS for $9K cash & SS.

DUDS: T (Hotan), R (Maria), K (Maria)
SOLE LaT: Allison

Hotan: $2,600/Maria: $1K/Allison: $11K cash & SS 

Classic Bonus Puzzle (1990): THING
This lady named Elizabeth chose CDPA…

_ A _ E D
_ A _

…but she didn’t eat up this piece of BAKED HAM. On Oct. 23, 2013 in Las Vegas, Amy Phillips totally blew it w/ WAXED HAM and let $45K slip away in her MDBR.



Maria insta-BANKRUPTs next to $650. Second, Allison picks off a $7K pair of S’s, buys two E’s and A’s, and goes for the solve already…

S _ A _ _ _ _
_ A _ _ / _ _ E E S

…she’s nailed it for $6,500 and a trip to a place w/ some SWAYING PALM TREES — the Divi Southwinds in BARBADOS worth $6,250.


Hotan: $2,600/Maria: $1K/Allison: $23,750 cash & prizes


$3K Tossup: PHRASE

_ H _ / _ _ N I S H _ _ G
T _ _ C _ E S

Allison’s putting on THE FINISHING TOUCHES for this game.

Round 4: FUN & GAMES

S for sorry is how she starts. Hotan secondly also misses w/ T. Maria thirdly chooses a $600 R, buys E and A singles, but then repeats the S. Allison then uncovers a $1,950 L trio…

R _ L L E R _ L A _ _ _ _

…she’s ROLLERBLADING to some more money.

Hotan: $2,600/Maria: $1K/Allison: $28,700 cash & prizes

DUDS: S (Allison; duplicated by Maria), T (Hotan)


It’s a $1,550 FS. Midway in the round, Hotan exposes the two Z’s to leave only vowels remaining…

F _ Z Z _ _
B _ _ R

…but he blows the solve w/ FUZZY BEAR. Maria doesn’t realize the “only vowels remaining” signal, as she squanders her turn by repeating the Y. Allison then buys the two E’s for free…

F _ Z Z _ E
B E _ R

…she gives a sting of four bad solves w/ FIZZLE BEAR, Hotan’s guess, FONZIE BEAR and FOZY BEAR. Hotan then inserts the I…

F _ Z Z I E
B E _ R

…waka waka — he finally gets FOZZIE BEAR for $4,650.

AIRED DUDS: M (Hotan), S (Allison), Y (Allison; repeated by Maria)
BLOWN SOLVES: 5 (Allison 4x, Hotan)(watch)

Hotan: $7,250/Maria: $1K/Allison: $28,700 cash & prizes

GT: $36,950
BANKRUPT TRASH: none (remember, I don’t count the MW buyout turned down)


$100K Bonus Round
Allison spins up the I of WIN.

Category: PHRASE
Nice RSTLNE start in this biggie…

_ _ _ N R _ _ _ T
_ _ S T E R _ _ _ L

BCDI gives her…

D _ _ N R I _ _ T
_ _ S T E R I C _ L

…this $33K win to her is DOWNRIGHT HYSTERICAL, so she leaves w/ $61,700 cash & prizes.

$5K SPIN ID: JD2193049


One thought on “WoF Recap: December 15, 2015

  1. JP Mackey December 21, 2015 / 5:28 am

    Allison may have dominated this episode, but R5 was just flat-out WEIRD.

    My rating: 7


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