Skip to content

'Wheel of Fortune' winner 'most amazing solve in my 30 [plus] years on the show' Pat Sajak declares

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/21/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Lucky winner walks away with $45,000 after solving puzzle with only TWO letters

TV game show favorite "Wheel of Fortune" is very much like a showbiz version of "Hangman," where contestants must fill in phrases by correctly guessing letters. The letters. Contestant Emil De Leon correctly guess the phrase - "new baby buggy" with only TWO numbers, which led "Fortune host Pat Sajak to tweet "Tonight's 'Wheel of Fortune' features most amazing solve in my 30+ years on the show. No kidding." De Leon's walked away $45,000 due to his winning guess.

Vanna White, the studio audience and viewers at home were stunned.

Vanna White, the studio audience and viewers at home were stunned.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
3/21/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in TV

Keywords: Wheel of Fortune, winner, Pat Sajak


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The three-word puzzle had words with three letters, four letters and five letters. De Leon only had the vague hint that he was guessing a "thing" that started with "NE." The board looked like this: "NE_  _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _."

"This looks tough to me. It's a thing," Sajak told him. "You're a really good problem solver but I don't know. You have 10 seconds. Keep talking, maybe the right thing will pop out. Good luck."

Light a virtual candle -- by going here!

Astonishingly, de Leon correctly guessed "New baby buggy" with his first attempt! The amazed Sajak playfully patted-down de Leon. 

'Wheel of Fortune' contestant Emil de Leon only got two letters in a seemingly hard to solve final puzzle on 'Wheel of Fortune,' but that didn't stop him from guessing 'New Baby Buggy' to win the game.


Vanna White, the studio audience and viewers at home were stunned.

What was de Leon's secret? The linguistically minded think that attributing de Leon's win to mere luck takes away from the contestant's quick thinking. They point out that with N and E on the board, the first word almost certainly had to be "New."

Cultural blogger Caitlin Dewey of The Washington Post points out that the show's contestants get to see a used letter board and that de Leon's would have read, "ABC FG IJK PQ UVWXYZ" because he already guessed H, M, D and O.

Emil de Leon actually solved this

Emil de Leon actually solved this 'Wheel of Fortune' puzzle in 10 seconds.


Seeing as Q, J, Z, X, V, K and W are essentially useless and appear in less than 1.5 percent of English words, de Leon needed to put together two words of four and five letters using A, B, C, F, G, I, P, U and Y.

De Leon could only have 53 possible five-letter words and that most of them - like fizzy or puffy - are not things. There weren't exactly many other valid guesses he could have stumbled upon.

It's being chalked up to unbelievable luck, or of a man who truly knows how to play the game.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JUNE 2017
National Leaders.
That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.


Comments


More TV

The ONE thing you didn't know about America's Got Talent's deaf singer will make you LOVE her more! Watch

Image of Deaf singer-songwriter, Mandy Harvey completely stunned America's Got Talent judges.

Lives were changed when deaf singer-songwriter Mandy Harvey took the America's Got Talent stage. Her "show-stopping, standing-ovation" ... continue reading


'Miracle Workers': Owen Wilson and Daniel Radcliffe star as God and an Angel in new TV series Watch

Image of Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson will appear alongside each other in 2018.

'Miracle Workers," a new television series on TBS, is set to air in 2018. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Popular actors, Owen Wilson ... continue reading


Who killed Sister Cathy?: Netflix releases controversial series on infamous murder of innocent, young Catholic nun Watch

Image of Sister Cathy was murdered in 1969 at 26-years-old.

No one knows who killed Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik. Baltimore, Md. (CNA/EWTN News) - A young nun who was on a year's leave of absence, ... continue reading


Catholic leaders caution against new Netfilx series '13 Reasons Why' Watch

Image of Catholic leaders warn against new series '13 Reasons Why.'

It's only been out for a few weeks, but that's enough time for "13 Reasons Why" to have become the latest teenage Netflix binge craze. ... continue reading


Here's what's coming to Netflix in April as streaming overtakes cable Watch

Image of Netflix has changed the world by making streaming mainstream.

Netflix has changed the world with its streaming model of delivering video on demand to consumers. Each week, Netflix releases new content ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.