WoF Recap: December 23, 2015


$1K Tossup: CHARACTER 

_ _ D / M _ N
W I _ _ _ R

Leanna solves OLD MAN WINTER. Now let’s meet this pretty young lady and everybody else…

Leanna Vesper: event coord. and MS Language Arts tutor from Frederick, MD
Dick Stolpe: part of a family who went to the ’84 Olympics from Carlsbad
Tiffani Thorne: hospital admin. from Culver City

$2K Tossup: THINGS

M _ T _ R C Y C L E
B _ O T S

Dick’s got his MOTORCYCLE BOOTS ready.

SKI TRIP: Beech Mountain Resort in North Carolina


His starters are two $700 S’s, four I’s, an A, and two T’s for the…what else…DICK’S Sporting Goods gift tag, followed by two $500 M’s, five E’s to clean out the vowels, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to lose $3,650 cash & sporting goods. Over to Tiffani who puts in five $650 L’s, and a J for the NC trip…

J I _ _ L E / _ E L L
T I M E / I S / A
S _ E L L / T I M E

…she exactly recites “JINGLE BELL TIME IS A SWELL TIME” (from “Jingle Bell Rock” originally done by Bobby Helms) for $3,750 and the trip worth $6,196.


Tiffani: $9,946 cash & NC/Leanna: $1K/Dick: $2K

Holiday Greeting: stage crew


Mystery Round: SAME LETTER

Tiffani first gets a hold of two $700 R’s, three E’s, a $600 S, and an I, after which she says three $800 N’s, two O’s, the big SL Bonus of three $3,500 P’s, and the other two vowels (two U’s included). Board…

P U _ S E –
P O U N _ I N _
P E R _ O R _ A N _ E

…now this is a PULSE-POUNDING PERFORMANCE — her winning another $14,650!


Tiffani: $24,596 cash & NC/Leanna: $1K/Dick: $2K

HG #2: sound dept./control room (especially Jim)


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Knowing that she’s in a deep hole, Leanna starts this crucial answer two $600 S’s, but the sole dud vowel of I stops her just as quick. Dick secondly finds three $700 T’s, an A and four O’s, two $900 P’s, an E and three $3,500 R’s, then he sees…

_ O _ ‘ T / _ O R _ E T
_ O _ R / P A S S P O R T

…not only did you win another $13,650, sir, DON’T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT for your trip to the Lapaz Waterfall Gardens in COSTA RICA worth $6,100.

SOLE DUD: I (Leanna)

Tiffani: $24,596 cash & NC/Leanna: $1K/Dick: $21,750 cash & C.R.

Don’t give up hope yet, Leanna. You could still end your night w/ more than $10K.


$3K Tossup: PERSON

T R U _ _ E D
F _ I _ _ _

I don’t know who Tiffani’s TRUSTED FRIEND is, but she’s up over $27.5K.

Round 4: FOOD & DRINK

First on her radar are a $600 R, two E’s, two $500 S’s, but then the LaT. Second for Leanna are a $500 L, two $900 T’s, and a $600 P…

S _ _ T
P R E T _ E L S

…she munches on some SOFT PRETZELS for $2,900 more.

SOLE LaT: Tiffani

Tiffani: $27,596 cash & NC/Leanna: $3,900/Dick: $21,750 cash & C.R.


This round’s all Leanna — she picks a $5K R, an E, three $600 T’s, three O’s, and two $500 B’s…

_ O T T O _
B _ T _ R O B E

…she stuffs another $7,300 inside her COTTON BATHROBE.

PR #2!

Tiffani: $27,596 cash & NC/Leanna: $11,200/Dick: $21,750 cash & C.R.

See, Leanna, I knew you could do it!


That man at the end has chosen two $500 S’s, two A’s, and the same number of E’s to clean out the vowels already. But after a $500 C is P for phooey. Tiffani then says two $800 R’s and a $500 T…

R _ A _

…he’s about to end his time hosting “American Idol” next season (and it’s also the show’s very last season), as Tiffani solves RYAN SEACREST for another $2,100. And guess what, we’re going into a Round 7 for just the second time this season!

SOLE DUD: P (Dick)

Tiffani: $29,696 cash & NC/Leanna: $11,200/Dick: $21,750 cash & C.R.

Speed-Up: THING

Here’s another $1,500 FS for ya. After an H comes up late in this round…

_ _ S H _ O N
S T _ T _ _ _ N T

Tiffani makes her FASHION STATEMENT for another $4,500.

DUDS: R (Tiffani), D (Leanna)

Tiffani: $34,196 cash & NC/Leanna: $11,200/Dick: $21,750 cash & C.R.

GT: $67,146
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,650 cash & GT


$100K Bonus Round
That was an excellent maingame tonight. Now let’s see if Tiffani can win herself a really big present after she lands on the S of SPIN.

Category: PHRASE
Just these two letters to start…

_ _ T / _ N _
_ _ _ _ _

DHMA isn’t very helpful…

H _ T / A N D
_ _ _ _ _

…thanks to wasting both the A and D, she only gets the top line. And this doesn’t sound HOT AND JUICY to us…


























A $100,000 LUMP OF COAL — SHE’S THE FIRST GRAND PRIZE LOSER ALL SEASON LONG. OUCH. Merry Christmas to her, anyway.

: JS9862222



11 thoughts on “WoF Recap: December 23, 2015

  1. yohan sur December 24, 2015 / 2:31 am

    also, round 7 playing is 5 times from toss-up era.(first time date is 3/19/2002)


  2. Antwan Rice-McKinley December 24, 2015 / 2:41 am

    I felt bad that $100K loss have to happen. But who knows that can change tomorrow.


  3. yohan sur December 24, 2015 / 3:01 am

    yep, this BR is heartbreaking….. if next day also same place from BR wheel, $100K is automatically out.


  4. yohan sur December 24, 2015 / 3:02 am

    oh boy, another 7 round playing from S33? wow, and all player are nice total…

    but…. we really, really hate to bad ending….

    and it was. major ouch, I'm sorry, wheel fans.

    but yeah, this BR is hard, thanks to J and Y.
    I hope for better than next day….

    and merry christmas, andy.

    ep.rating : 5.5(nice 7 round playing, but bad ending from BR)


  5. Bryan Deng December 24, 2015 / 3:08 am

    If the $100K losses continues with no $100K wins, then next season, we will likely see $750, $850, $950, and $1,500, and we may also see $4,000 as the top dollar for Round 3.


  6. PriceRight89 December 24, 2015 / 3:38 am

    I had HOT AND MUGGY until Tiffani called the M. Can't complain about another 7-round game, though.


  7. JP Mackey December 24, 2015 / 4:09 am

    Man, a good episode (with yet ANOTHER R7) ends w/ a $100K loss. To be honest, Tiffani must have thought the BR puzzle was HOT AND HUMID – my guess as well.

    Great job by all anyway!

    My rating: High 7

    I think you must have been rooting for Leanna, Andy. I was too.


  8. Andy Nguyen December 24, 2015 / 4:13 am

    I actually saw her contestant blog and she was also commenting on Bobby McBride's Monday recap, which is why I wanted her to win something nice.


  9. yohan sur December 24, 2015 / 8:29 am

    HOT AND HUMID is good guess. but unwritten rule, didn't reuse BR Puzzle since S30(because 12/18/2006 used, though BAKED HAM reused puzzle).


  10. William Weyser December 24, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    Even though I don't celebrate Christmas, I guess my $100,000 Christmas wish got granted in the wrong direction.


  11. An English Village for Robert December 28, 2015 / 6:18 am

    Over $130,000 winner if she did gone for CDHA combo.
    What a shock.
    My Rating : 6 out of 10 (Big BR Loss caused big downfall.)
    First $100,000 Loss Of $33,000 Minimum Bonus Wheel… Oh man…


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