Sometimes you get a good feeling about something. In the most stunning solution of a “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle ever, a Manhattan editor nailed a staggeringly long answer with just one letter for a clue.
Armed with only an ‘I’ as a clue, Caitlin Burke, a 26-year-old fashion journalist, guessed that the phrase “I’ve got a good feeling about this” lay behind the 26 remaining spaces.
Her gamble won her a holiday in the Caribbean worth $6,500 and stunned Pat Sajak, the veteran host of the US version of the programme.
Hers was only the second spin of the wheel. The go before, a fellow contestant had asked for an ‘R’ but there wasn’t one in the seven-word puzzle. Burke’s ‘L’ appeared as the fourth letter in the fifth word, though one other clue was the apostrophe in the first word.
“Can I solve?” Clinton township native Burke asked Pat Sajak, even though cracking the code seemed impossible with only one letter of 27 revealed.
Fortunately, her instincts proved lucrative as she guessed the phrase as ‘I’ve got a good feeling about this,’ with Sajak pausing dramatically before announcing ‘That’s right!’ and the audience erupting in applause.
A bemused Sajak wandered to the contestants’ table as an excited Burke bounced up and down and joked: “I had a good feeling about it!”
“Wait a minute, let me get over this first,’ Sajak replied, before announcing: “We might as well send her to the Caribbean!” Burke’s success might have been more due to luck than judgement but her correct guess landed her a stay at a spa resort in Grenada, worth around $6,500.
Sajak took the words out of the viewers’ mouths after Burke’s sun-kissed prize was revealed, remarking: “Is it just me or was that the most amazing solve we’ve ever had?’
Asked how she had known the mystery phrase, Miss Burke said: “I saw that it was a small word, so [thought] ‘I’ve’.
“And I thought maybe ‘got a feeling about’, so I’ve got a hunch and I said ‘I’ve got a feeling about this,'” she said. Sajak said sarcastically: “Oh, in that case it was easy!” [via Huffington Post]