What are the X, Y and Z’s of game shows? On Wheel of Fortune, contestants can choose any letter they like. But the “Z,” “X” and “Q?” A gal on Tuesday’s show guessed some of the least used letters in the English alphabet, and even failed to come up with a letter during the games “final spin” round, confounding host Pat Sajak and giving us all a hearty laugh as we watched Nura Fountana muddle her way through – and win!
After the first contestant called a “T,” Nura managed to ask Pat for any “Z”s. “Say that again for me,” Pat asks. “Z as in Zumba,” she says. “You did say Z,” Pat replies. Beeeep.
After the “R” and “S” guesses, we come back to Nura, who this time simply cannot come up with one of the 20 or so remaining letters that had not been guessed yet. Pat tells her she’s about to get buzzed out. “Call a letter!” he says. But the moon-faced Nura appears to be at a loss.
The “M” and “N” go, and Nura comes up with the “Q.” After the “P” and “G” go, Pat says, “I wonder what letter Nura will call.” And of course, she guesses the “X,” in case the puzzle answer is xylotomy, xenolith or xiphoid. Pat cracks up. On Nura’s next turn, she again cannot name a letter and gets buzzed out. “Uhhh,” she mumbles as she stares at the board.
After she fails to name the correct answer, Pat comes over to her, and says what we were all thinking: “Now you called some unusual letters that round,” he says. “That’s what I thought of,” she deadpans, whatever that means. “That was an unsatisfactory answer,” Pat says in reply, “But she’s not under oath. There’s nothing I can do.” After naming her the big winner, a celebrating Nura calls out, “Dreams come true!”
She goes on to miss out in the Bonus Round, but at least she called out normal letters, instead of naming the ampersand, an insular g, kappa or the ñ.
ETOnline said some have speculated that Nura was “already in the lead before this puzzle, so by guessing random letters, she was actually minimizing how much she helped other contestants while they did the majority of the work to solve the puzzle.”
By failing to guess any of the 13 consonants that were called – worth $1,600 each – she actually was giving her opponents a chance to catch up and beat her.
Whatever Nura. It made for a few minutes of entertaining TV. Here are a few other memorable moments from “Wheel”:
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Fortune one letter guess: ‘Wheel’ player guesses 17-letter puzzle with just ‘t’
Nothing beats this classic crack head Wheel of Fortune episode though.