On Wheel of Fortune a contestant missed out on winning an Audi over a technicality.
While solving a puzzle under the “What Are You Doing?” category, Charlene Rubush correctly guessed “Choosing the right word” before the buzzer sounded.
Geriatric host Pat Sajak delivered the devastating verdict:
“You know, this one’s tough, because you said all the right words, including the word ‘word’ but, as you know, it’s gotta be more or less continuous. We’ll allow for a little pause but not four or five seconds. I’m sorry.“
Sajak or the producer who whispered in his ears is anal-retentive. And that’s the right word, not “picky” or “persnickety.” Anal-retentive! Or to use street vernacular: full of shit.
Once again, I remind my readers that Rubush solved the puzzle within the allotted time, but because she first guessed “Choosing the right card”, and because she hesitated a few seconds before saying the right word, she was robbed of the new car.
We watch game shows like “Wheel of Fortune” to momentarily distract us from the pandemic, inflation and the imminent zombie apocalypse. We enjoy watching regular folks win prizes when they have the intelligence and presence of mind to solve word puzzles.
We don’t need to be reminded that the world is a horrible place by witnessing a contestant who answered a puzzle robbed of a prize over a technicality.