Amazing “Wheel” win? What are the odds of a Wheel of Fortune contestant solving a 12-character, three-word final puzzle, when they only have two letters to work with? Just ask last night’s winner, a contestant named Emil, who guessed the strange phrase “new baby buggy” when all he had was the “n” and the “e” from the first word.
Host Pat Sajak told Emil that the puzzle was a “thing,” and while baby a buggy might be a common item, who would have thought to put the adjective “new” in front of it?
Emil was given the standard fare of letters that all the bonus round contestants get: "R, S, T, L, N, E" and then he selected as his three additional consonants an “H,” and “M,” and a “D,” before taking an “O” as his extra vowel.
No help there, but no matter. Emil nailed it.
“You're a very good puzzle solver, but I don't know,” Sajak said. “You have 10 seconds. Keep talking. Maybe the right thing will pop out. Good luck.
Emil did exactly that, and “popped out” the answer on his first try: “New baby buggy.”
Seemed like the person who "lights up" the puzzle, assuming there is some sort of "Oz" backstage controlling the board, was equally shocked. There was a few second delay after Emil said the answer before the board filled up with words, sending Emil into a happy spin and causing Sajak to just look on in wonder.
Ah the good old days of Wheel. Here's a YouTube classic. Enjoy.