WoF Retro Recap: November 19, 2007

EPISODE #4731: HEROES WEEK (NYC)

In the intro, there’s comic strips with different kinds of heroes. Some examples include police officers catching a criminal, a fireman rescuing a cat from a tree, and a student thanking his teacher.

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

_ O I N _ / _ H E
E _ T _ A / _ _ L E

Michelle was GOING THE EXTRA MILE. The first heroes of the week were…

Dr. Michelle Brosnan: ER doctor for 5 years who once performed CPR twice on her birthday dinner from NYC

Wayne Diana: police officer for 26 years, sergeant for 2 years, 911 responder, Marine Corps vet, K-9 handler, undercover cop, and Police Medal of Honor winner from South Plainfield, NJ

Paul Miano: FDNY rescue paramedic for 8 years (a new concept at the time that involved quicker rescues confined spaces, trenches, building collapses) and volunteer firefighter from Woodbridge, NJ

$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

M U R _ H Y
_ _ _

Paul pauses for a bit before saying the right one of MURPHY BED.

FEATURED PRIZE: tour of Spain’s Basque Country (including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao( courtest of the Tourist Office of Spain worth $7,248
Gift Tag
: TARGET (it’s in the shape of a bullseye)

$10K Round: STAR & ROLE

But he instantly landed on LaT. Second, Michelle called up two S’s for $1,100, three A’s, a $600 T, two R’s for another 6 Benjamins, three E’s, but then H for hush on the Free SPIN. Third, Wayne wasted a turn on the $10K’s right side. Paul then chose a $2,500 N and two M’s for the Spain trip before he tried to solve…

T _ _ E _ / M A _ _ _ R E
A S / S _ _ _ E R – M A N

He IDed TOBEY MAGUIRE AS SPIDER-MAN for a total of $9,748 cash & trip.

SOLE DUD: H (Michelle)
SOLE LaT: Paul
SOLE BANKRUPT: Wayne

Wayne: $0/Paul: $11,748 cash & Spain/Michelle: $1K

 

Jackpot Round: EVENT

Michelle’s off and running w/ a $350 S, three T’s on Jackpot ($5,850 at the time), two $400 R’s, and five A’s, followed by a $900 N trio, a $1,200 D pair, but then the BANKRUPT next to TD to lose $4,500. Wayne secondly picked off a $700 L pair but then B for bad. Paul thirdly lit up a $300 F, a $600 M, three E’s, and two O’s before he went for his second trip…

T R A D _ T _ O N A L
L _ A _  / _ E R E M O N _
A N D / F E A S T

…he solved for $660 and would attend a TRADITIONAL LUAU CEREMONY AND FEAST on his $5,800 trip to MAUI at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa (part of the Westin Hotels & Resorts) w/ airfare provided by TravelWorm.

SOLE DUD: B (Wayne)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Michelle
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,750

Wayne: ZIP/Paul: $18,198 cash & trips/Michelle: $1K

 

Mystery/Big Money Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Wayne’s next chance to score didn’t start well w/ the BANKRUPT near $900. Paul secondly said R for rats. From here, it was all Michelle — three T’s for $900, an N for the TARGET gift tag, three L’s for another $1,350, three I’s, two E’s, and a $600 C pair.

C _ I C _ E N
L I T T L E
I T _ L _

I doubt NYC would have a new place called CHICKEN LITTLE ITALY, but Michelle’s won $3,350 cash & shopping.

SOLE DUD: R (Paul)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Wayne

Wayne: ZILCH/Paul: $18,198 cash & trips/Michelle: $4,350 cash & Target

 

$3K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

P L _ _ I N G
_ _ _ _ K B _ _ L

No guess from Michelle.

P L _ _ I N G
_ T _ _ K B _ _ L

Paul’s added on to his lead after PLAYING STICKBALL.

Round 4: ON THE MAP

An $800 R got him started, but the BANKRUPT near the pink $900 got him and we’re going into S-U mode…

_ _ _ / _ _ _ _ R
_ _ _ _ / _ _ _ _

…w/ the remaining consonants worth $1,800 each. After the sole lady buys four E’s for free…

T H E / _ _ _ E R
_ E S T    S _ _ E

…she’s in the wrong place w/ THE LOWER WEST SIDE. Wayne then inserted two P’s…

T H E / _ P P E R
_ E S T    S _ _ E

…he finally got some money ($3,600, to be exact) for pinpointing THE UPPER WEST SIDE.

DUDS (all in S-U): L (Wayne), N (Michelle), M (Wayne)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Paul
SOLE DQ: Michelle’s missolve

FINAL SCORES
Wayne: $3,600/Paul: $21,198 cash & trips/Michelle: $4,350 cash & Target

GT: $29,148
BANKRUPT TRASH: $5,300

 

Bonus Round

Both vehicles this week were Fords — an Edge and a Mustang GT convertible. Paul landed on the B in BONUS.

Category: THING

This one-wordy started as…

_ _ L L _ _ _ E R

CMPA doesn’t do much…

_ _ L L P _ _ E R

It wasn’t gonna be WALLPAPER like what we thought, but he had the WILLPOWER to solve for $30K and a final total of $51,198 cash & trip.

MY RATING: 7

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WoF Retro Recap: November 16, 2007

EPISODE #4730: PEOPLE (TM) CELEBRITY WEEK (NYC)

The celebrities on this night were…

Robin Strasser: best known for being on “One Life to Live”

Jacob Young: has won Daytime Emmys and was on “All My Children” at the time of this taping (he’s currently on “The Bold and the Beautiful”)

Gina Tognoni: was on “Guiding Light” and has won several Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (she’s now on “Young and the Restless”)

No matter what happened, each celebrity’s charity would receive at least $10K.

$1K Tossup: PERSON

_ I _ H T C L U B
_ _ _ _ M A N

Anita didn’t know the bottom word.

_ I G H T C L U B
_ O O R M A N

Marilyn solved NIGHTCLUB DOORMAN. The last civilians and their partners of the week were…

Marilyn Gerace & Jacob Young: Marilyn’s a professor in criminal justice; Jacob is playing for two charities — the first is for muscular dystrophy and the second is Broadway Cares

Anita Starks & Gina Tognoni: Anita’s engaged; Gina’s playing for the Hads-On Network which creates opportunities for people to volunteer to make their community greater & more beautiful

Suzette Walsh & Robin Strasser: Suzette is an assistant teacher and Robin’s playing for One Life Many Voices Foundation (named after a CD that the OLTL crew made to help the relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina) and H.E.A.L. (Healing Every Autistic Life)

$2K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

_ _ U E
J A Y _

Marilyn’s two for two w/ BLUE JAYS.

FEATURED COLLETTE VACATION: Athens, Greece w/ cheaptickets.com airfare worth $5,500

$10K Round: SHOW BIZ

The double-sized $2,500 of the week was sponsored by Maxwell House.

She’s off to a nice $5K start w/ two T’s, followed by three R’s for the TicketsNow.com gift tag, a single O, but then S for sorry. Anita secondly spun her way to three N’s for the Athens trip and a $2,500 L (could’ve saved the N’s for that), but she then repurchased the O. Suzette next got the WC w/ three C’s, but gave it right back to BANKRUPT

C O N C _ R T / _ N
C _ N T R _ L / _ _ R _

…and Marilyn could attend a CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK w/ $5,750 cash & GT.

SOLE DUD: S (Marilyn & Jacob)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Suzette & Robin
SOLE DQ: Anita’s O repeat

S&R: $0/M&J: $8,750 cash & GT/A&G: $0

 

Jackpot Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Anita’s first w/ three T’s but then S for sorry. Suzette secondly captured three $900 R’s, two $400 H’s, a single O, but then N for negative. Third in line, Jacob’s strong spin paid off w/ a $7K L pair. After Marilyn bought five A’s and two E’s, Jacob’s landed on $3,500 again and there’s a single G. But their next call of C stood for crud. On Anita’s second turn, she picked up the 25 wedge w/ an F and under that was…a 25 month membership to Gold Gym. Next up are two D’s and W at $900 a piece, but her purchase of I is the sole dud vowel of the puzzle. After Suzette BANKRUPTed to lose $3,250…

H _ _ _ T _
D _ _ _ T _ / H A D
A / G R E A T / F A L L
W A R D R O _ E

I wonder if HUMPTY DUMPTY (literally) HAD A GREAT FALL WARDROBE? Anyway, Marilyn capitalized for $10K.

DUDS: S (Anita), N (Suzette), C (Marilyn), I (Anita)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Suzette & Robin
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $17K

S&R: $0/M&J: $18,750 cash & GT/A&G: $0

Mystery/Big Money Round: THINGS (PRIZE PUZZLE)

Suzette started this critical round w/ three T’s, pairs of H’s and R’s (those last two spins just went past both MWs), two E’s, and a single N (good thing it went past the BM Wedge displaying BANKRUPT), followed by L and D singles, four O’s, a P and the rest of the vowel shop. We had that moment…

T I _ I / T O R _ H E _
A R O U N D / T H E
P O O L

She’s won $4,800 and would see TIKI TORCHES AROUND THE POOL on her trip to the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel in HAWAII worth $6,300 — PR.

S&R: $11,100 cash & HI/M&J: $18,750 cash & GT/A&G: BAD SHAPE
$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ R E S H – B A K E D
B A G _ _ _

For the other time tonight, Anita can’t get the last word of a Tossup. That allowed Marilyn to up her team’s score even further w/ FRESH-BAKED BAGELS.

Speed-Up: EVENT

Consonants were worth $1,600 apiece. After M&J picked off two L’s…

S _ _ L L _ _ _
T _ S T

…she passed this SPELLING TEST for $6,400.

SOLE DUD: H (Anita & Gina)

FINAL SCORES
S&R: $11,100 cash & HI/M&J: $28,150 cash & GT/A&G: $1K GOOSEEGG

GT: $40,250
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus WC): $3,250

 

Bonus Round

One of the cars this week was a new Mercedes C300. Marilyn and Jacob had the envelope under the 1 in $100,000.

Category: PHRASE

Here’s the last letter of both lines…

_ / _ _ T
_ _ _ _ E

FHDO only added the vowel…

_ / _ _ T
_ _ O _ E

She wasn’t A CUT ABOVE in her puzzle-solving skills, so she didn’t win the Mercedes. That same puzzle would be used in late S29 and it wasn’t solved for $30K.

MY RATING: 7

That same Mercedes was landed on the Wednesday of that week, but the winning contestant of that game didn’t get I’M HOPEFUL.

Next Three Summer Rerun Weeks

This Week: CALIFORNIA COAST! (yes, my friends from that taping day!)

-Kristin Webb’s $100K loss to start the week
-Donna Mason’s 1/2 CAR win on Tues.
-Angela Smith’s big comeback over Aggie on Wed.
-Andrea Rycroft’s $1M moment

Next Week: Walt Disney World Week #2

Not much to say but we had a $35K sweep in the BR.

Week of July 16: Best Friends Week

-“I LOVE YOU, MAN!” TRIPLE STUMPER on Thursday.
-Last second BR win on Friday.

WoF Retro Recap: November 9, 2007

EPISODE #4725: BEST FRIENDS WEEK (NYC)

$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

T H _ / S _ U T H
_ R _ N _

Kristin pinpoints THE SOUTH BRONX. These were the last six players to wrap up the first week at Radio City Music Hall…

Vikki Rella & Kristin Bunger (26 yrs since they met in 1st grade):  Vikki’s an 8th grade English teacher while Kristin was expecting a baby at the time of this taping

Karen Fox & Christine Mondello (20 yrs.): both met at the hotel they used to work at; Christine’s a substitute teacher

Si Han Kurt & Chris Edwards (3 yrs., acquainted for 6): NYPD officers who work at the police academy; Kurt works in HR while Chris works in IT

$2K Tossup: RHYME TIME

O K _ _ –
_ _ _ _ _

OKEY-DOKEY, Karen — you and Christine are spinning first.

FEATURED TRIP: Paris courtesy of Collette Vacations w/ CheapTickets.com airfare worth $9K

$10K Round: SAME NAME

K&C got that wedge right away w/ four R’s only to give it right back to the BANKRUPT between $600 and $900. Second, the men spun their way to a T for the FS, a $300 S, five E’s, an N for the France trip and a $5K C pair before they buy a dud vowel in I and used the FS. Next up are a $300 K, a $500 F, two O’s and A’s to clean out the vowels…$3,200 worth of four L’s…but then a CRITICAL DUD of B for bad to likely leave $17,600 cash & trip on the table. V&K then lit up a $600 M pair and a $2,500 H (could’ve saved the M’s for TD)…

R O C K E F E L L E R
& / M A R S H M A L L O _
C E N T E R

Vikki solved ROCKEFELLER & MARSHMALLOW CENTER for $3,100.

DUDS (both by men): I, B
SOLE BANKRUPT: Karen & Christine

Men: $0/V&K: $4,100/K&C: $2K

 

Jackpot Round: WAYD? (PRIZE PUZZLE)

The men began their road to redemption w/ two R’s for $1,600, an $800 S pair, and twin I’s, followed by two G’s for the Brookstone gift tag, a single A, but then P for phooey. Afterwards, V&K picked off a $450 T, a $600 M pair, and two O’s before they tried to solve for the mystery trip…

_ _ _ I N G
M A T _ _ I N G
S O M _ R E R O S

They’ve won another $800 and would be BUYING MATCHING SOMBREROS on their Funjet Vacations trip to the Hotel Riu Santa Fe in LOS CABOS worth $9K.

SOLE DUD: P (men)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,750

Men: ZIP/V&K: $13,900 cash & Los Cabos/K&C: $2K

 

Mystery/Big Money Round: LIVING THING

V&K instantly struck out w/ R for rats. K&C secondly picked five T’s for $1,500 but then bought the sole dud vowel of I. Third, the men rattled off an $800 N, a $300 L, six E’s, a $900 H trio, but then repeated the I. V&K next uncovered a $2,400 S trio, but the BANKRUPT near the blue $600 took their money right back. K&C then attempted to solve after requesting an $1,800 B pair…

B _ S S E T / H _ _ N _
_ S L E E _ / _ T
T H E / _ _ _ T
_ _ / T H E / B E _

Christine found a BASSET HOUND ASLEEP AT THE FOOT OF THE BED for $3,050.

DUDS: R (V&K), I (K&C)
SOLE BANKRUPT: V&K
SOLE DQ: the men’s I repeat

Men: ZILCH/V&K: $13,900 cash & Los Cabos/K&C: $5,050

 

$3K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ O R N _ _ / B E _ F
S A _ _ _ _ _ _

Karen munched on a CORNED BEEF SANDWICH.

 

Speed-Up: PHRASE

Consonants were worth…$1,300 — didn’t quite get to the big one. After an S by the middle ladies

T H _ / T R _ _ _ S / _ F
T H _ / T R _ _ _

Vikki knew about THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE for the $2K minimum.

SOLE DUD: N (V&K)

FINAL SCORES
Men: $2K GOOSEEGG/V&K: $15,900 cash & Los Cabos/K&C: $8,050

CUMULATIVE WINNINGS: $25,950
BANKRUPT TRASH: $12,400

 

Bonus Round

The expectant Kristin landed on the $ of $100,000.

Category: PHRASE

This pair of letters got them started…

_ _ T _ _ / _
_ _ _ E

They’re frontloading the alphabet (CDBA)…

C A T C _ / A
_ A _ E

and they were able to CATCH A WAVE of $25K, so they left w/ $40,900 cash & trip.

MY RATING: 6

Other BR results from that week courtesy of the compendium…

Wed.: DOUBLE VISION was solved at the last second for $30K largely thanks to the WC (CMPA and D)

Thurs.: YOUNG AND FOOLISH wasn’t solved for $50K (FCMO and D)

WoF Retro Recap: November 6, 2007

EPISODE #4722: BEST FRIENDS WEEK (NYC)

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

W _ Y / _ _ C K
_ H _ N

Patrick recalled WAY BACK WHEN when he and his partner became best friends. Now let’s get some info on these New Yorkers…

Patrick Mullendorf & John Marchese (11 yrs.): these two met in a college fraternity and are big Mets & Jets fans; the latter is an engineering manager for voice and data consulting company in the city

Nandi Dill & Anju Cartwright (9 yrs.): met in college and have traveled around the world; Nandi is a grad student at NYU while Anju is an HR worker from NYC

Eileen (Scottie) Scott & Diane Brodersen (20 yrs.): met at their first nursing job together because both are nurses

$2K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ _ O S E _
_ _ _ A _ I Z E R

Nandi & Anju can spend some of their first two grand on a CLOSET ORGANIZER.

FEATURED SKI TRIP: Whistler, BC from TourismWhistler.com worth $9,304
Gift Tag: CheapTickets airline tickets

$10K Round: EVENT

They were off and running w/ five N’s for $1,500 and the Free SPIN, a $2,500 G, two I’s, an $1,800 W pair, and two O’s, followed by three T’s for $2,400, a $600 H pair and two E’s before they tried to solve…

W I N N I N G / T H E
N E W / _ O _ _ / _ I T _
_ _ _ _ T H O N

…they felt like they’re WINNING THE NEW YORK CITY MARATHON for $8,050 — PR.

S&D: $0/Men: $1K/N&A: $10,050 FS

 

Jackpot Round: “PEOPLE” (TM)

First for S&D were a $1,200 T pair, a $3,500 S, but then H for halt. From here, it was all the men — two N’s for $900, three E’s, a $900 L trio, six A’s, two R’s for $1,800 more, a P for the WC, five I’s, a $600 G, the last vowel of O, a D for the airline tickets, and a $600 B before we showed you…

B R A D / P I T T / &
A N G E L I N A / _ O L I E
R A I S E  / A / F A M I L Y

They remembered “BRAD PITT & ANGELINA JOLIE RAISE A FAMILY” for $4,800 cash & tickets.

SOLE DUD: H (S&D)

S&D: $0/Men: $5,800 cash & tickets WC/N&A: $10,050 FS

 

Mystery/Big Money Round: QUOTATION (PRIZE PUZZLE)

The men landed on the Big Money Wedge right away, but it’s displaying the BANKRUPT, so goodbye WC. N&A secondly missed w/ T (Pat didn’t ask if they wanted to hold on to their FS). From here, it’s all S&D — four N’s for $3,600, two S’s for the Canada trips, two I’s and O, and an $800 M.

N O / M _ N / I S
_ N / I S _ _ N _

Scottie recited “NO MAN IS AN ISLAND” for $3,900, the ski trips, and a second trip to the Paradisas Punta Cana Resort in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC from Funjet Vacations worth $9K, giving them $22,204 in that round alone!

SOLE DUD: T (N&A)
SOLE BANKRUPT: men

S&D: $22,204 cash & trips/Men: $5,800 cash & tickets/N&A: $10,050 FS

 

$3K Tossup: LIVING THINGS

_ Q _ _ R _ _ _ _
& / C H _ _ _ U _ _ S

Diane saw some SQUIRRELS & CHIPMUNKS.

Round 4: OCCUPATION

First up are a $300 S, a $700 T pair, a single A, but the H failed them again and it’s S-U time…

_ _ _ T _ _  / _ A T _ _ _ S
_ _T _ _ _ _ _ T _ _

…w/ a $1,300 FS. The four N’s are said by the men on their second turn…

_ N _ T _ _    N A T _ _ N S
_N T _ R P R _ T _ R

John got UNITED NATIONS INTERPRETER for $9,100.

DUDS: H (S&D; before FS), C (N&A; after the bell)

FINAL SCORES
S&D: $25,204 cash & trips/Men: $14,900 cash & tickets/N&A: $10,050

GT: $50,154
BANKRUPT TRASH: only the WC

 

Bonus Round

They land on the I in WIN.

Category: THING
Stingy RSTLNE help in this eight-letter answer…

_ _ _ _
_ _ R _

MDBA is also of limited help…

_ _ _ D
_ _ R _

They were thinking FOOD something, but the answer sounded more of a PHRASE and they didn’t win another $30K. They still did GOOD WORK in the maingame.

MY RATING: 7

WoF Retro Recap: November 5, 2007 — NYC OPENER

They did three weeks of shows in NYC at Radio City Music Hall.

EPISODE #4721: BEST FRIENDS WEEK (NYC)

$1K Tossup: PHRASE

S H _ _ E / A N _
_ H A _ E / _ L I K E

Maria & Liz knew how to SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE. These were the first six players competing in NYC that season…

Maria Goyanes & Liz Early: married 20 and 19 yrs., respetively and are from Woodbridge, NJ

Fulton Hodges & Robert Moore: Fulton from NYC is a production manager and acting teacher.

Geraldine Polo & Rita Simone: Geraldine is from Middle Village, NY

$2K Tossup: OCCUPATION

D _ A M A
C _ I _ I C

M&L don’t remember the category as they said DRAMA CLINIC. F&R then solved DRAMA CRITIC.

FEATURED TRIP: tour of Rome from Colette Vacations w/ cheaptickets airfare worth $9K

$10K Round: BEFORE & AFTER

The double-sized $2,500 wedge for this week was sponsored by Febreze.

The men’s first three spins all landed on that big $2,500 space — two T’s, H, three E’s, N, and an A. After a $300 L, here come a $5K R pair, a single O, a $300 V…but then C for CRITICAL DUD to leave $14,850 on the table. Moving on to G&R who picked up the Free SPIN w/ two P’s and buy a U, but they used the FS almost immediately after saying F for flunk on the Italy trip and struck out w/ D for dud. M&L followed w/ a $600 B and a G for the $10K wedge to clean out the consonants…

T H E / B _ G
A P P L E
T U R N O V ER

…they ate THE BIG APPLE TURNOVER for $10,600 that round.

DUDS: C (F&R), F, D (both by G&R)

M&L: $11,600/F&R: $2K/G&R: $0

 

Jackpot Round: THINGS (PRIZE PUZZLE)

After a null cycle to start, G&R led off w/ three R’s for $1,800, two S’s to add $1,200, three E’s, but then N for negative on Jackpot. M&L secondly put up a P on Jackpot but then say a baddie of G on the Brookstone gift tag. F&R thirdly spin their way to three F’s for $2,700, a $300 H, A and O singles, and a $900 W before they BANKRUPT to lose $3,400. G&R next pick off a $1,200 L pair and buy two I’s (the NMV graphic didn’t show up) to complete the board…

P A I R / O F
F R E S H / F L O W E R
L E I S

…they’ve won $3,700 and would get these on their Funjet Vacations trips to the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach in HAWAII worth $9,260.

AIRED DUDS: N (G&R), G (M&L)
SOLE AIRED BANKRUPT: F&R
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT (airing-wise): $9,900

M&L: $11,600/F&R: $2K/G&R: $12,960 cash & HI

 

Mystery/Big Money Round: FUN & GAMES

M&L got started w/ an S and three T’s at $600 apiece, two $900 H’s, and a couple E’s, followed by an N for $5K from the BMW, four I’s, two G’s for the WC, a $300 M, an L for the gift tag, two O’s…but then P for phooey on $1K to leave $8,750 on the table. F&R then put up the $800 K and C singles to close out the consonants…

I C E / S K _ T I N G
I N / T H E
M O O N L I G H T

…they might be doing some ICE SKATING IN THE MOONLIGHT after solving for the $2K minimum.

SOLE CRITICAL DUD: P (M&L)

M&L: $11,600 WC/F&R: $4K/G&R: $12,960 cash & HI

 

$3K Tossup: PLACE

_ E R V _ C _
_ L _ _ _ T O R

G&R got out of the SERVICE ELEVATOR for a new total of $15,960.

Speed-Up: FOOD & DRINK

Consonants were worth $1,600 apiece. After an F by G&R

P _ R T _ R H _ _ S _
S T _ _ K / F _ R / T _ _

…they’ve won another $6,400 towards a PORTERHOUSE STEAK FOR TWO.

FINAL SCORES
M&L: $11,600/F&R: $4K/G&R: $22,360 cash & HI

GT: $37,960
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3,400

 

Bonus Round

The cars for this week were pairs of Acura RDXs and Volvo C30s. G&R land on the U of BONUS.

Category: PHRASE
Just a couple letters to start…

_ _ T _
_ _ / _ S

DHCO gave them…

_ O T H
O _ / _ S

They’ll be writing the fact that “BOTH OF US won another $25K for a final total of $47,360 cash & trip!”.

MY RATING: 7

WoF Retro Recap: October 18, 2007

EPISODE #4709: COLLEGE ROAD TRIP

$1K Tossup: FUN & GAMES

_ O _ _ _ A _ N
C L I _ B _ _ G

I’m not sure if Logan went MOUNTAIN CLIMBING recently, but he’s correct anyway. The Thursday collegians were…

Logan Cole: University of Oregon junior majoring in theater arts who’s hoping to be performing in theater or be a waiter from Eugene, OR (at the time of this taping, he did some voice impersonations and even demonstrates that skill on the air!)

Amber Hartrick: Arizona State University junior (Devils) majoring in elementary education and minoring in mass communication who’s also the cheer coach for the high school she graduated from and is from Chandler, AZ

Sarah Groppo: University of New Hampshire senior majoring in marketing who has TEN roommates (WOW) and is from Framingham, MA

$2K Tossup: ON THE MAP

S P _ _ N / &
_ _ R _ U _ A L

Logan‘s 2 for 2 w/ SPAIN & PORTGUAL.

FEATURED TRIP: New Zealand worth $7,500 from Contiki Holidays

$10K Round: FOOD & DRINK (PRIZE PUZZLE)

He started w/ a $300 S but then R for roadblock. Second, Amber got the $10K wedge, but H for hush stopped her just as quick. Third, Sarah took three N’s for $900, bought four A’s, but then said L for loss. Logan’s next three spins landed on the blue $500 — P, C and two D’s. Board…

C A N D _ / _ N S _ D _
A / P _ N A T A

In addition to another $2,300, he would get CANDY INSIDE A PINATA on this travelstar.com trip to MAZATLAN.

DUDS: R (Logan), H (Amber), L (Sarah)

Logan: $10,300 cash & MEX/Ladies: $0 each

 

Jackpot Round: FICTIONAL PLACE

Amber led off w/ two T’s for $1,800, four S’s to get to $4,200, three E’s, an $1,800 H pair, an R for the NZ trip, and three I’s, followed by two $800 M’s…three $300 N’s…the last vowel of four O’s…but then the BANKRUPT between $600 and $900 to forfeit $16,450 cash & tripTHUD. Sarah then SPINGLED for a $3,500 G…

T H E
S I M P S O N S ‘
H O M E T O _ N / O _
S P R I N G _ I E L _

…and IDed THE SIMPSONS’ HOMETOWN OF SPRINGFIELD to get on the board.

PAINFUL BANKRUPT: Amber
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $12,600

Amber: ZIP/Sarah: $3,500/Logan: $10,300 cash & trip

 

Mystery/Big Money Round: SAME NAME

Sarah struck out right away on the big one w/ T for terrible. Logan secondly picked a $1,200 pair of R’s but then S for sorry. Amber thirdly said N for negative on the CollegeGear.com gift tag. Returning to Sarah who lit up a $350 L, bought four I’s and chose a C on the MW between $800 and $300. She risked just $100…$$$. But here comes the BANKRUPT near $600 to take away $10,100. Logan next landed on the Big Money Wedge…w/ the LaT displaying. Amber followed suit w/ an H for the WC, a G for the GT, but then B for bad. On Sarah’s third turn, she picked off a $550 D, bought O and A singles…and JUST slipped past $25K from the BMW, but there’s no M anyway. After Logan got himself another dose of LaT…

_ R A I R I _
& / C H I L I
D O G

Amber mercifully solved PRAIRIE & CHILI DOG.

DUDS: T (Sarah), S (Logan), N (Amber), B (Amber), M (Sarah)
LaTs: 2 (both by Logan)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Sarah

Amber: $1K college gear WC/Sarah: $3,500/Logan: $10,300 cash & trip

 

$3K Tossup: AROUND THE HOUSE

_ O W _ R / _ O _ L
_ E T

Nothing from Amber.

_ O W _ R / _ O O L
_ E T

Logan swept the Tossups w/ a POWER TOOL SET.

Round 4: COLLEGE LIFE

The S failed him again right from the start. Second for Amber were a $550 T, a $300 R, four N’s for $1,200 more, one E, but no O. After Sarah got the same BANKRUPT she got before

_ _ _ _ _ N _ / _ N / T _ E
_ _ R _ _ _ N _ / _ _ N _

…consonants would be worth $1,800. Fast forward to the point where Sarah chose the M…

_ L _ _ _ N G / _ N / T H E
M _ R C H _ N _ / _ _ N D

Sarah  wasn’t PLAYING IN THE MARCHING BAND, but rather winning another $3,600.

SOLE DUD: O (Amber)
SOLE BANKRUPT: Sarah

FINAL SCORES
Amber: $1K college gear WC/Sarah: $7,100/Logan: $13,300 cash & trip

GT: $21,400
BANKRUPT TRASH: $26,550 cash & NZ

 

Bonus Round

He landed on the 1 in $100,000.

Category: PHRASE

Two T’s and an N started this board…

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

CMPA won’t do much…

_ T C _ _ N G
T _ / _ _

…but he STILL NAILED it! As he was ITCHING TO GO to Mexico, did his miraculous solve pay off handsomely?…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

not at all — he left w/ $38,300 cash & trip.

MY RATING: 6

Other results of that week courtesy of the Bonus Puzzle compendium…

Wed.: HAPPY FACE was not solved for $25K (CDPO was chosen)
Fri.: A QUICK BREAK was not solved for $25K (CHPO was chosen)

WoF Retro Recap: October 16, 2007

On the night before this episode, Price Troche (SFSU) ended the 10-EPISODE LOSING STREAK after solving DREAM JOB for $35K! Can anybody try to do just as well as him or even better? Let’s find out.

EPISODE #4707: COLLEGE ROAD TRIP

$1K Tossup: COLLEGE LIFE

_ _ – C _ _ _ U S
_ _ T _ _ _ _ _ E S

Doug did some ON-CAMPUS ACTIVITIES for his first grand. Let’s meet him and the female opposition…

Doug Roberts: University of Rhode Island junior majoring in biology who hopes to getg a teaching degree in that subject and loves playing oldies music on his keyboard from Coventry, RI

Rebecca Hatt: UNLV student majoring in criminal justice who hopes to do some security auditing (working with a company’s information system) from Henderson, NV

Carolyn Radcliffe: University of Illinois senior majoring in mechanical engineering who’s in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and works at a legendary university bar from Champaign, IL

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ _ A N A
S P L _ _

Doug‘s 2 for 2 after eating a BANANA SPLIT.

FEATURED TRIP: $8K tour of Australia (Sydney, Surfer’s Paradise, Fraser Island, Capricorn Post, and the Great Barrier Reef) provided by Contiki Vacations

$10K Round: THINGS (PRIZE PUZZLE)

He first landed on the expanded $2,500 wedge (sponsored by Sony Card) and he puts up an S. But his next spin lands him on the BANKRUPT near $600 to lose $2,250 (he may have bought a worthless E while the other ladies went BANKRUPT in the null cycle that was unnecessarily edited out). Second, Rebecca said R for rats. Third, Carolyn lit up an $1,800 T trio, but missed w/ M. Back to Doug who chose a $900 N, bought trios of I’s and O’s, and lit up a $900 H before he got the Free Spin + $300 w/ P. But after buying the last vowel of three A’s, he BANKRUPTed again to lose $1,350…and saves his Free Spin(?!). OK then. Rebecca tried again w/ an $800 D and a $600 L…but that $1,400 of hers is going into BANKRUPTVILLE. Carolyn then uncovered a $2,500 G…

D I G I T A L
_ A _ A T I O N
P H O T O S

She’s won $4,300 and would take some DIGITAL VACATION PHOTOS on her $5,000 travelstart.com trip to ICELAND.

AIRED DUDS: R (Rebecca), M (Carolyn)
AIRED BANKRUPTS: 3 (Doug 2x, Rebecca)

Rebecca: $0/Carolyn: $9,300 cash & Iceland/Doug: $3K FS

 

Jackpot Round: SHOW BIZ

Rebecca insta-BANKRUPTed next to $900. Carolyn secondly pickedup a $600 T pair and the 25 wedge w/ R. Under that is…$2,500 in cold hard cash. But after her purchase of two A’s is N for negative. Doug thirdly requested a $600 S pair, three E’s, a $300 H, a $400 M, two I’s, a and a $600 F. He went on…and BANKRUPTed the same way he did in the last round to lose $1,400.  This time, he used the Free Spin and here come a $900 D and a $500 L before he tried to solve…

T H R E E – D A _
M _ S I _ / F E S T I _ A L

He’s won another $1,400 towards attending a THREE-DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL.

SOLE DUD: N (Carolyn)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Rebecca, Doug; he has three so far)
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $8,900

Rebecca: $0/Carolyn: $9,300 cash & Iceland/Doug: $4,400

Mystery/Big Money Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Carolyn started w/ an $1,800 trio of T’s, triple A’s, and five N’s on the MW between $800 and $300 before she took the money for those (good call; that’s the BANKRUPT one). But after buying three E’s, she said M for mistake. Doug then rattled off a $900 R trio, a $300 D, and a $900 V before we showed you…

A N
_ N _ _ N V E N _ E N T
T R _ T _
_ R / D A R E

…he’s won a round of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH OR DARE for another $2,100.

SOLE DUD: M (Carolyn)

Rebecca: NOTHING/Carolyn: $9,300 cash & Iceland/Doug: $6,500

 

$3K Tossup: OCCUPATION

A T H _ E _ I C
T R _ I N _ _

Carolyn’s in five-figure territory thanks to an ATHLETIC TRAINER.

Speed-Up: PHRASE

Consonants are worth $1,300 each. Two R’s and C’s in…

_ _ _ / C R _ _ _ / _ _
_ _ _ / C R _ _

Doug NAILED THE CREAM OF THE CROP, but it’s for only $2,600.

FINAL SCORES
Rebecca: $1K GOOSEEGG/Carolyn: $12,300 cash & Iceland/Doug: $9,100

GT: $22,400
AIRED BANKRUPT TRASH: $6,400

Bonus Round

The cars on this week were a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Toyota Prius. Carolyn landed on the ***.

Category: PHRASE
Decent RSTLNE help…

S _ _ _ / _ _ _ R
S T _ _ _

YMGO won’t give her anything in the bottom (she tried to pick a fourth of consonant in P which wouldn’t have appeared anyway)…

S _ O _ / Y O _ R
S T _ _ _

…she’s NOT even close w/ STOP YOUR STUCK, STOP YOUR STOOP, SOUP YOUR STOCK, and STOP YOUR STOCK. Because you didn’t SHOW YOUR STUFF, Carolyn, NO $50K scholarship for you.

MY RATING: 4

WoF Retro Recap: October 12, 2007

On this episode before this one, the Bonus Puzzle of SHADOW wasn’t solved for $25K and the contestant wiped out w/ GPMI. Thus, we were on the verge of back-to-back SKUNKINGs.

EPISODE #4705: MADE IN THE USA

$1K Tossup: SONG LYRICS

M _ / C O _ _ _ _ _
‘ T _ _ / O _ / T _ E E

Erica solved “MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE”. Trying to save us were…

Erica Fellars: military wife who likes to cook, travel, read, and do yoga from Yucca Valley, VA

Justina Crawford: works for a consultant business with her husband who likes to play the flute, sing, and write church music from Dripping Springs, TX

Manny Guttierez: pharmacy technician from Chandler, AZ

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ R S / T O
K E _ P

Manny, that money you earned for solving this puzzle was YOURS TO KEEP.

FEATURED TRIP: Algonquin Hotel in NYC worth $5,394

Round 1 : LANDMARK

He quickly struck out w/ S. Second, Erica got an instant BANKRUPT. From here, it’s all Justina (she got $5K from two T’s) and she solved THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE (setup not available) for $9K.

SOLE DUD: S (Manny)
INSTA-BANKRUPT: Erica

Justina: $9K/Manny: $2K/Erica: $1K

 

Jackpot Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Erica instantly missed w/ T. Justina secondly did a little work but buys the only bad vowel of the puzzle (O). Manny thirdly got a trio of consonants before saying a not-so-good consonant of G. Erica next said another baddie of D while on the Free SPIN. Justina bought those four correct vowels before saying L for loss while on the AA.com gift tag. Manny next picked up the 25 Wedge w/ a B and under that was…25 months worth of filet mignon from Omaha Steaks worth $2,500. Board…

B U _ _ E R
C A R
I N S U R A N C E

…but he blew the solve w/ BUYER CAR INSURANCE (I don’t think BUYER CAR exists). Erica then put up the two remaining consonants (the P was for the WC)…

B U M P E R
C A R
I N S U R A N C E

…and solved for the house minimum.

DUDS: T (Erica), O (Justina), G (Manny), D (Erica), L (Justina)
SOLE DQ: Manny’s blown solve
UNCLAIMED JACKPOT: $9,100

Justina: $9K/Manny: $2K/Erica: $2K WC

 

Big Money/Mystery Round: THINGS

Justina instantly LOST A TURN. Second in line, Manny did some work before BANKRUPTing away $1,550. Later, Erica landed on the Mystery Wedge covering the green $500 and put up two L’s before risking $650…$$$. Afterwards, she handed in her WC while on the other MW to call N and G. But she then bought the sole dud vowel of U to likely cost her $12,400. Justina then lit up the B and P singles…

G E N T L E
T R _ P _ _ A L
B R E E _ E S

She solved for $1,300 and would feel the GENTLE TROPICAL BREEZES on this vacationcompare.com trip to BELIZE.

SOLE DUD: U (Erica)
SOLE LaT: Justina
SOLE BANKRUPT: Manny

Justina: $15,300 cash & trip/Manny: $2K/Erica: $2K

 

$3K Tossup: EVENT

C O O K _ N G
_ _ A S _

Manny’s won more money towards attending COOKING CLASS.

Speed-Up: AROUND THE HOUSE

Consonants are worth $1,600 apiece. The H was chosen late by Erica

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

She was one letter off by SHEER LACY CURTAINS, but then quickly changed to the right one of SHEER LACE CURTAINS for $8K more.

DUDS: G, P (both by Manny)
SOLE DQ: Erica’s first solve attempt

FINAL SCORES
Justina: $15,300 cash & trip/Manny: $5K/Erica: $10K

GT: $30,300
BANKRUPT TRASH: $1,550

Bonus Round

Justina’s landed on the **.

Category: THINGS
Starting setup…

_ / _ E _
L _ _ _ _ S

DGBA will add at least the A…

A / _ E _
L A _ G _ S

We’re NOT gonna have A FEW LAUGHS of her winning the Chevy Equinox, and we’ve been SKUNKED again.

MY RATING: 6