WoF Recap: May 16, 2017

EPISODE #6612: GREAT AMERICAN CITIES (CHICAGO)

$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ A _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ T

_ _ _ _

I wonder if Tom’s been shopping in the MAGNIFICENT MILE, because he nails it. And he’s not the only man on the panel tonight…

Tom Soule: attorney and season-ticket holder for the Blackhawks and Cubs who volunteers for the United Service Organizations at O’Hare Airport from Chicago

Jasmine Chiu: PhD candidate at Oxford Univ. and dance teacher who recently danced near Wrigley Field for the World Series from Chicago

Brandon Theodore: attended championship games for all five major Chicago sports teams (Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, White Sox, and Cubs) from Addison (orig. from Melrose Park)

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

_ _ V _ _ _

_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ M

Brandon thinks he’s HAVING THE DREAMnope. Tom’s LIVING THE DREAM to triple up – I think we’ve got a hot player.

FEATURED TRIP: Collette tour of Rome, Florence, Venice, and the Italian Lakes District worth $12,998

Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: Lawry’s (a gourmet seasoning restaurant in Chicago)

Crossword Round: MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE?

But he says an insta-dud of H on TD, and Jasmine BANKRUPTS near $650. Brandon lights up a $650 T but then buys a baddie of E. After Tom hits the same BANKRUPT, Jasmine fares better with two TD S’s, an $1,100 L pair, four A’s, and an N for the tour. Board:

—- —- —- —- (T) (A) (N) (_) (_)

(S) (A) (L) (S) (A)

—- —- —- —- (_) (_) (L) (_) (A)

She gets the missing genres of TANGO and POLKAbut leaves off the Column word of TAP, so goodbye to $19,348 cash and tour. Bummer. Brandon then says the whole thing for a $650 bonus.

DUDS: H (Tom), E (Brandon)

BANKRUPT: Brandon’s opponents

PAINFUL DQ: Jasmine’s omission

Brandon: $1K/Tom: $3K/Jasmine: $0

Mystery Round: PROPER NAME

Jasmine’s road to redemption instantly hits a roadblock – that same BANKRUPT from last round. Brandon places a $650 S on the board, but that same pesky black space gets him, too. Tom doesn’t do any better with LaT. Jasmine’s next picks are a $700 T, an E quartet, a $500 R, two $700 N’s, four A’s, four L’s for $2,600, and an O, but then the MDW’s right side costs her $4,450. Brandon lights up two D’s on the MW near $650, but declines the flip…

_ A S _ E T _ A L L

L E _ E N D

_ _ _ _ A E L

_ O R D A N

…and instead capitalizes on another one of Jasmine’s mishaps with the help of BASKETBALL LEGEND MICHAEL JORDAN; he’s multiplied his winnings by three and tied with the other man.

SOLE LaT: Tom

BANKRUPT: Brandon’s opponents (Jasmine 2x)

Men: $3K each/Jasmine: BUPKIS

Express/Prize Puzzle Round: PHRASE

Here goes Brandon with an $1,800 T duo, followed by three O’s, one U, and four E’s, but then the BANKRUPT near TD takes away the $1,050 remainder. Tom lights up two S’s on the EXPRESS and HOPS ABOARD.

Next Choices: M, H, 2 N’s, 2 G’s, V, R…Y…F…and 2 L’s (last consonant)

S O M E / T H _ N G S

Y O U ’ L L / N E V E R

F O R G E T

Hey, Tom, there are SOME THINGS YOU’LL NEVER FORGET, like $15K and a trip to SOUTH AFRICA (The Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg) worth $7,800.

SOLE BANKRUPT: Brandon

Brandon: $3K/Tom: $25,800 cash & trip/Jasmine: BAD NIGHT

$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ E A _

_ F / W _ _ _ T

Tom sweeps ‘em with CREAM OF WHEAT.

Round 4: OCCUPATION

He fires with two $600 R’s, three $650 S, and a $550 H before the bells ring…

_ _ _ _ _ S H

_ R _ _ _ S S _ R

…he lights up a $1,500 N…

_ N _ _ _ S H

_ R _ _ _ S S _ R

…and solves ENGLISH PROFESSOR for another $5,200 and the blowout win!

PR

FINAL SCORES

Brandon: $3K/Tom: $34K cash & trip/Jasmine: $1K IN TOUGH LUCK

GT: $38K

BANKRUPT TRASH: $5,500

$100K Bonus Round

Tom’s a pretty good player, so I like his chances here. After introducing his girlfriend Megan, he lands on the double-star.

Category: PHRASE

I know it already…

T _ E / _ _ _ E R

_ _ N _

HCPI lights up two key consonants…

T H E / _ P P E R

H _ N _

…and he has THE UPPER HAND on this puzzle to double up to an even 68 grand – you go, Tom!

$5K SPIN ID: JF8964805

MY RATING: 8

The hosts tell us that Chicago is home to many firsts: the first Twinkie, the first wireless remote control, baseball’s first All-Star game, and the first World’s Fair in the U.S. (which included the first Ferris wheel and the first Juicy Fruit gum).

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One thought on “WoF Recap: May 16, 2017

  1. ant0824 May 17, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    2 shows in a row this has BR wins so far this week. Let’s make it 3 for 3.

    My rating 8

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