Can I get a ‘z’? How about an ‘x’? How about I just stand there and not call a letter. In what has to be one of the most bizarre moments in Wheel of Fortune history, a contestant named Nura Fountano trolled a national audience by calling out obscure letters repeatedly during the speed-up round.
Was this a weird strategy to throw off her opponents? Maybe she just didn’t care? Maybe, I don’t know, hard to tell what’s going on here.
Even Pat Sajak was confused.
Sajak: “Now may I ask you a question?”
Sajak: “You called some unusual letters in that round?”
Nura: “That’s what I saw.”
Sajak: “Well that was an unsatisfactory answer but she’s not under oath.”
Nura was the big winner on the day with $13,970. We may never know what she was thinking.
(For those wondering, there were 13 consonants in the puzzle, each worth $1600 for a potential of $17,800. By not guessing letters, Nura allowed her opponents to possibly overtake her for the overall lead.) [BAV Board]