Now THAT'S emb_rrass_ng!
A college student couldn't solve the final puzzle on Wheel of Fortune even though nearly every letter was already revealed.
A Reed College student named Zach, of Portland, Oregon, was completely stumped
this last week when he tried to decipher the two obvious words, M-A-G-_-C and _A-N-D.
He stumbled for 10 seconds without being able to solve the phrase that appeared so easy to the crowd that they gasped and cheered when they first read it.
He finally guessed correctly. But the buzzer had already rang and time was up.
Pat Sajak, the host of the popular game show, only replied: 'Uh, wow.'
At first, luck seemed to be on Zach's side after he became the top winner of the game.
He earned $19,950 and a trip to the bonus round for a chance to claim a bigger prize.
When he began playing the bonus round, he had to pick three consonants and a vowel to help him solve the phrase as part of the rules of the game. One letter had already been revealed for him in advance.
even though he fumbled on the easy puzzle, he still won nearly
$20,000 in the game
The host eventually found some comforting words: 'Well, it's a weird game. You just never know.'
He then showed Zach the prize he would have won if he didn't botch the clear cut puzzle.
It was a Toyota Prius.
Sajak consoled the contestant as he reminded him that he still won nearly $20,000.
'Don't let that detract from what you did,' he told the player.