'The Pointed Desert'
In January 2015, one group of Wheel of Fortune contestants could not let go of an unsuccessful guess. Lindsey started things off, guessing “The Pointed Dessert” for a Landmark answer after successfully filling in the “P” in the second word. While she was incorrect, the following guesser, James, calmly repeated “The Pointed Dessert,” even going so far as to say it again when he was left with a few extra seconds. “It’s not ‘The Pointed Desert,’ no matter how many times you say it,” host Pat Sajak responded.
The X/Z incident
In November 2015, Wheel of Fortune contestant Nura gave some surprising guesses when trying to solve an answer in the What Are You Doing? category. Nura, who was significantly ahead of her competitors at the time of the puzzle, guessed “Z” and then “X” for an answer that ended up reading, “Following Footprints.”
The First Million Dollar Winner
In October 2008, Wheel of Fortune found its first million dollar winner in Michelle Loewenstein. Participating as a part of Canada Week, the competitor landed on the million-dollar spot, successfully guessed the Around the House answer of “Leaky Faucet,” and finished the night on Wheel with the best prize of all: a hug from Vanna White.
The One-Letter Solve
In November 2010, contestant Caitlin Burke made one of the most impressive solves in Wheel of Fortune‘s history. The board was blank with a seven-word phrase when it came to her, and she successfully got one “L” up, leaving two dozen other letters hidden. Burke asked Sajak if it was too early to solve, before correctly identifying the answer as, “I’ve Got a Good Feeling About This.”
In December 2009, Wheel of Fortune contestant Lolita McAuley made a name for herself thanks to one of her guesses. The two-word answer in the Thing category was obvious to many viewers at home as “Self-Portrait,” but McAuley came up with the answer “Self-Potato,” laughing as she said it.
Robert Santoli's Big Win
In March 2016, a contestant named Robert Santoli had one incredible run on Wheel of Fortune. He guessed “Port & Starboard” off of just the final “D” in the second word, “Oh What a Night” off of just three letters, and solved “Don’t Let the Cat Out of the Bag,” with only Ts, Hs, and Es revealed on the board.
A New Baby Buggy
In March 2014, contestant Emil De Leon stunned viewers and even Sajak when he correctly solved the final puzzle, despite only getting two letters on the three-word Thing answer. He took a shot, guessing “New Baby Buggy,” and managed to win the $45,000 prize.
"I Have the Wine"
In January 2013, Wheel of Fortune contestant Natasha Holly revealed she was hardly a Johnny Cash fan when attempting to solve a Song/Artist puzzle. Left with “I _A__ THE _INE BY J_HNNY _A_H,” Holly missed the correct answer of “I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash,” instead responding, “I Have the Wine by Johnny Cash.”
Too Much For Pat Sajak
In November 2014, it was all just too much for Sajak. The host jokingly walked off the set when two teams consecutively guessed “Riding a Brown Horse” and “Riding a White Horse” for an answer that ended up being “Seeing a Buddy Movie.”