Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Newsy: Wheel of Fortune Winner Solves Puzzle with One Letter

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Vanna only got to touch ONE letter – in a Wheel of Fortune shocker. A seven word, 27-letter puzzle. And one very lucky contestant. Here’s a look courtesy of The Post-Ledger and Sony.

BURKE: “L.”
SAJAK: “Uh, one ‘L.’”
BURKE: “Can I solve? “
(Audience laughter)
SAJAK: “Okay.”
BURKE: “It is a prize puzzle.”
SAJAK: “Yeah.”
BURKE: “I’ve got a good feeling about this.”
SAJAK: “That’s right.”

ABC’s morning anchors couldn’t believe her luck – but still weren’t as surprised as the king of the big wheel.

FEMALE ANCHOR: “They say you can see Sajak was just completely stunned. He actually said, ‘Wait a minute. Let me get over this,’ because he didn’t know how to respond to her.”
MALE ANCHOR: “Yeah, that’s impressive. Maybe practice mixed with luck. Maybe a little bit of both. Congratulations.”

Caitlin Burke is a lifelong Wheel watcher – and applied for the show dozens of times. To hear her describe it to New Jersey’s Star Ledger, she’s been practicing for this all her life: “One day in high school classmates took turns talking about their goals. ‘Someone would say, ‘I want to be a vet,’… ‘I said, ‘I want to go on Wheel of Fortune.’"

Burke got a Caribbean trip for solving the puzzle. But Fox News’ Dana Perino isn’t particularly impressed – or clear on the game’s rules.

PERINO: “But she only won $900. How’s that possible?”
DOOCY: “She obviously got the prize.”
PERINO: “So if you solve the puzzle, you don’t get the—oh, okay, I get it. I haven’t watched it in a long time.”
DOOCY: “If you solve it, you get whatever’s on the table.”
KILMEADE: “And you always get the home game.”
PERINO: “And she gets to be on Fox and Friends.”

And while everyone else is cheering for Burke, MSNBC’s Morning Joe team thinks it’s wheely suspicious.

GEIST: “Come on (no way!)…we’ve got a Quiz Show scandal on our hands. I want a full congressional investigation.” 
SCARBOROUGH: “Come on!”
BRZEZINSKI: “That does not happen.”
SCARBOROUGH: “That’s a scene from Groundhog Day.”
BRZEZINSKI: “Willy, don’t trick us. This is silly.”

Finally, we should point out one contestant went before Burke – guessing the letter “R,” but it wasn’t there. Gawker says this means she had two letters – but who cares?

“OK, so 'technically' Caitlin knew that there was no ‘R’ included (in addition to the one ‘L’ that was shown), too, but still... that was pretty damn impressive, no?’

So what do you think? Lucky break? Or was this too lucky?

Writer: Chance Seales


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