WoF Recap: January 3, 2017


$1K Tossup: WAYD?

T _ _ _ _ G / S _ M
_ _ M _ / O F _

Laura shouldn’t be TAKING SOME TIME OFF right now, because she’s struck first blood among the following…

Laura Birek: freelancing web developer from L.A.

Terri Mares: retired controller from a local community college and also makes cabinets from Ocate, NM

Isaiah Washington: assistant district engineer for the Dept. of Transportation who builds model homes out of popsicle sticks from Charlotte, NC

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

L E _ _ _
S H O R _ _ _ _ A D

Laura eats some LEMON SHORTBREAD for the tripler.

TONIGHT’S WG: Roosevelt Hotel in NYC
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: BedandBreakfast.com

Round 1: PLACE

She opens w/ three T’s for $1,800, two E’s, A and two O’s, a $600 S, a $700 R, a $1K N pair, but then the LaT. Second, Terri calls up a $600 L, buys the last vowel of two I’s, but hits the MDW’s left-side BANKRUPT to lose the $350 remainder. Isaiah then puts up a $650 C and two G’s for that WC

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

…he solves VINTAGE CLOTHING STORE for $1,650.

SOLE LaT: Laura


Crossword/Mystery Round: WAY TO GO

Terri’s up first w/ a $1,950 T trio, all five vowels in one fell swoop, an $1,100 R pair, and a D while on the MW near LaT. She risks $1,800 for…ZERO. Isaiah follows suit w/ a $650 L, but then S for sorry. Afterwards…

/  (R)(O)(U)(T)(E)
/  (O)  /    /    /   (_)
(_)(A)(T)(_)  /  (I)
/   (D)  /    /   /    (T)(R)(A)(I)(L)

Laura completes the missing words w/ PATH and EXIT.

SOLE DUD: S (Isaiah)

Laura: $4K/Terri: $0/Isaiah: $1,650 WC

Classic Bonus Puzzle (1991): THING
CDMO was used…

C O _ _ E E
M _ _

COFFEE MUG was solved.


PP/Express Round: PHRASE

Isaiah begins a crucial round w/ an S and three T’s at $650 apiece, three I’s, five E’s, but then R for roadblock while on the MDW

I T ‘ S / _
_ I T T _ E / _ I E _ E
_ _ / _ E _ _ E _

Laura takes advantage again and says “IT’S A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN” for a trip to the Napili Kai Beach Resort in HAWAII worth $9,300.

SOLE DUD: R (Isaiah)

Laura: $13,300 cash & HI/Terri: ZILCH/Isaiah: $1,650 WC



_ _ L I _ _ _
_ _ / M _ _ _ _ _ A

Laura quickly IDs “HOLIDAY” BY MADONNA (that was her first Top 40 hit back in ’83).

Round 4: THING

The next letters she calls out are a $1,200 T pair, two E’s, two A’s and I, a $1,300 pair of R’s, but then the sole dud vowel of O. After Terri BANKRUPTs near $650, Isaiah puts up a $600 P, U, a $600 W, and a $700 N…

_ A N U A _
T _ P E W R I T E R

…he gets MANUAL TYPEWRITER for double his overall total.

SOLE DUD: O (Laura)

Laura: $16,300 cash & HI/Terri: BUPKIS/Isaiah: $3,300 WC

Speed-Up: TV TITLE

$1,700’s the payoff on the Tuesday. Three S’s show their faces on the bottom…

T H _
S _ _ _ S _ _ S

Laura IDs “THE SIMPSONS” for $5,100 more.

Laura: $21,400 cash & HI/Terri: $1K GOOSEEGG/Isaiah: $3,300

GT: $25,700

$100K Bonus Round
Here comes the A envelope of GAME for Laura.

Category: THING
RSTLNE reveals…

_ _ _ L _ R _ _ _
_ E T _ _ _

She picks a GREAT time to go w/ PGHO…

_ O O L P R O O _
_ E T H O _

…her FOOLPROOD METHOD just won her the ’17 Mustang EcoBoost Premium Fastback worth $33,030! Final tally: $54,430 cash & prizes.


Vanna, we’ll be very upset if you jinxed us again on a possible PBRW. The last time she did this was in late S31 when the last two BRs were lost (and the $100K went down the drain on that Friday).


2 thoughts on “WoF Recap: January 3, 2017

  1. jpgenius January 3, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    Dang Laura! How many more puzzles are you gonna solve? 👍🏾👍🏾

    My rating: 8


  2. colin roley January 4, 2017 / 4:04 am

    Laura Solves More Puzzles Than Any Other Contestants But I’m So Happy That Laura Birek Won The Mustang Last Night On Wheel of Fortune


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