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'Wheel of Fortune' Contestant Solves Puzzle with One Letter

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 8th 2010 1:15PM


Wheel of FortuneFor Caitlin Burke, the "L" she guessed on 'Wheel of Fortune' stands for "lucky."

On the Nov. 5 show, Burke spun the wheel and landed on $900. She guessed "L" and only filled in one letter of the phrase on the board. However, that didn't stop her from solving the puzzle.

Yes, with just one letter on the board, she solved the puzzle. The phrase? Appropriately, "I've got a good feeling about this."

Pat Sajak and the other contestants appeared visibly stunned by Burke's gamble.

Burke told NJ.com that she grew up in a super-competitive family, especially when it came to game shows. The young fashion editor aspired to be on 'Wheel of Fortune' for years, even putting it above her career goals in high school. "Someone would say, 'I want to be a vet,'" Burke said. "I said, 'I want to go on Wheel of Fortune.'"

Looks like years of practice really do pay off.


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Jasmine Hines

Hi

January 22 2011 at 12:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jake

I once solved a Wheel puzzle (at home) with no letters showing. The category was people and the pattern was ------ ----- ----------. "Dwight David Eisenhower," I said. Correct.

November 09 2010 at 3:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tdrake

How far behind does this show run because the one I watched tonight was not the one where she solved in one letter

November 08 2010 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brett Alan

The second paragraph clearly says this was on the Nov. 5 (Friday) show.

November 09 2010 at 12:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TooMuchFreeTime

It's not impossible. I've done it on the computer version of the game. The apostrophe is a valuable hint as there are few contractions that have that apostrophe located after the first letter. Believe it or not, I figured it out myself before reading he answer, and it wouldn't surprise me if there are many who would come up with the answer.

November 08 2010 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

I remember when somebody once solved a puzzle on
Wheel Of Fortune years and years ago, without any
letters at all! I forget what the solution was,
but this time it took place on a taping where Pat
Sajak announced Charlie O'Donnell had died. To a
degree, I could understand why Pat was stunned that
Burke solved the puzzle that fast with only an "L",
but he didn't have to be, because it's happened at
least 5 times before in the show's 35 year history.
Anyway, I wonder if Johnny Gilbert will still be
announcing for Wheel Of Fortune & Jeopardy, or they
will find a perminant replacement announcer after
Charlie 0 to do Wheel, yet? Maybe, Randy Wes?
I could picture him going "Wheeeeeeel Of Fortune!"

November 08 2010 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TWB

I've got a good feeling that she cheated her ass off

November 08 2010 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jeremy17wright

oh, come on. This is sooooo fake. Just another publicity stunt for an ailing tv show people stopped watching years ago.....

November 08 2010 at 3:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pat

you know, you klik on a link for something else, and get this instead. Farenheit 451 was just delayed, not averted.

November 08 2010 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gmk1972

what was charlie o'donnell's reaction???

November 08 2010 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
billybob

why not use caitlins picture ???????????????????
she is the special one today,not pat or the letter turner........................
WAS PAT A radio D-J IN VIET NAM IN THE LATE 1960s ?????????????????????????????????????

November 08 2010 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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pat

yes he was. one of the local radio stations mentioned it recently on his 64th birthday. and he mentioned it sometime during the last year when they had military personnel on.

November 08 2010 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
billybob

I THINK I HAVE A TAPE WITH PAT S. AND PAT BOONE
BOTH ON IT. MAYBE CHRISTMAS TIME 1967-68.......

November 08 2010 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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