WoF Recap: May 2, 2017


$1K Tossup: THINGS

R _ A R I _ G
W _ T _ _ _ A L L S

Bob was about to say something w/ an F for the bottom word, but he quickly corrected himself to the right one of ROARING WATERFALLS. This man in the middle will be interviewed first…

Bob Sopher: retired from Villa Park, IL; he and his wife Doris of 24 yrs. dabble in antiques at a mall

Claudia Mendoza: CSU Northridge biology major & Salsa Libre team member from Van Nuys

Veronica Beard: Univ. of CA administrative assistant who does lots of running from Menifee, CA

$2K Tossup: EVENT

_ O S T _ M E
C _ N _ E S T

Claudia’s won her first bit of money at SPS rather than a COSTUME CONTEST.

TONIGHT’S HI TRIP: Whaler’s Cove Resort
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Perfumania

Round 1: FOOD & DRINK

She opens w/ three S’s for $1,650, $650 R and T singles, A and two E’s, a $650 L, but then the BANKRUPT near $2,500 to lose $3,100. Second, Veronica calls up a $5K pair of C’s, a $600 N, an $800 H, two I’s, and a $1,300 pair of K’s. We have…

C _ _ C A K E S / _ I T H
S _ R I N K L E S

She munches on CUPCAKES WITH SPRINKLES for her first $7,450.



Crossword/Mystery Round: IN HOT WATER

Veronica’s off and running w/ two S’s for the Perfumania gift tag, a $3,500 R, three E’s and an I, but then H for hush. Second, Bob picks off a pair of T’s and goes for what’s under the MW near LaT…SORRY. Both women next dud out w/ M and Y, respectively (Veronica was on the 1/2 CAR near $600), so we’re quickly back to Bob. He selects an $800 C only to give it right back to the BANKRUPT near TD. Claudia follows w/ a $550 L, two A’s, and a P for that HI trip before she tries to complete this grid…

–    –    –   -(E)  –  (I)
(P)(A)(S)(T)(A) –  (C)
–    –     –   –    –   (E)

…she’s won another $800 and might dine on some red LOBSTER while in Hawaii.

DUDS: H (Veronica), M (Claudia), Y (Veronica)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (both by Bob)

Veronica: $7,450/Bob: $1K/Claudia: $9,333 cash & HI

Classic Bonus Puzzle (early 2002): PERSON (but also a CHARACTER)
Teresa got very limited help after calling HCDA…

S _ _ _ _ E R

…she failed to solve THE SKIPPER from “Gilligan’s Island” fame.


PP/Express Round: PLACES

Bob’s up to bat first w/ an $1,800 pair of R’s, one E and five A’s, a $650 S, an $1,800 T trio, a couple I’s, but then the BANKRUPT near $650 to give up $3,500. Claudia secondly hits the other normal one. Third, Veronica boards the EXPRESS after she lights up a G.

Next Choices: three N’s…C for CRASH (she loses $4K)

Bob tries again w/ a $600 L, the last vowel of O, but then the same BANKRUPT he got this round (his fourth one overall) to hand over $350. After Claudia hits the same BANKRUPT she got in her first turn, Veronica flunks out w/ D while on EXPRESS. Bob then puts up $600 H and B singles…

B R E A T H T A _ I N G

N A T I O N A L / _ A R _ S

…he makes the $1,200 solve and will see BREATHTAKING NATIONAL PARKS at the Long Bay Beach Club in TORTOLA of the B.V.I. worth $6,900.

BANKRUPTS: 5 (two each by Bob & Claudia)

Veronica: $7,450/Bob: $9,100 cash & Tortola/Claudia: $9,333 cash & HI



_ _ H _ _ Y
D E _ _

You know him as Jack Sparrow, and Veronica has solved JOHNNY DEPP.


$1,500 per consonant here. Bob lights up the P late, but he blows the game-winning $4,500 solve with HOME PICTURES (and he doesn’t realize the O was a dud). Claudia then puts up the twin B’s…

B _ B _
P _ C T _ R _ S

…she wins $4,500 and the game w/ BABY PICTURES.

AIRED DUDS: N (Veronica), D (Claudia), O (Veronica)
SOLE DQ: Bob’s blown solve

Veronica: $10,450/Bob: $9,100 cash & Tortola/Claudia: $13,833 cash & HI

GT: $33,383
BANKRUPT TRASH (excl. MW risk): $11,750


$100K Bonus Round
The P’s landed on again.

Category: PHRASE
The opening layout…

_ _ S T / _
_ _ _ _ _ / _ E E _

PDMA doesn’t add much besides the obvious A…

_ _ S T / A
_ _ _ _ _ / P E E _

I took JUST A QUICK PEEK at the RSTLNE help and I knew the answer already…but Claudia fails and loses the $34K.

$5K SPIN ID: BY9295851



2 thoughts on “WoF Recap: May 2, 2017

  1. jpgenius May 2, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    Fairly rocky episode…with a tight match.

    My rating: 6


  2. ant0824 May 3, 2017 / 12:00 am

    Fairly disappointing show especially with 8 Bankrupts and $12,750 Wipeout plus a BR loss sunk ratings.

    My rating: 4


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