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'Wheel of Fortune' contestant pulls off best puzzle-solve ever (Video)

By Melissa Bell

The BlogPost loves daytime game shows. Sadly, we work during most of them, and it looks a little odd when our work TVs are set to "Family Feud."

Thankfully, the cream of daytime game and talk shows always manages to rise to the top on the Internet. And this may be the creamiest. At least it's the most impressive. So much so that even Pat Sajak, the unflappable host of "Wheel of Fortune" for 27 years, looked slightly dazed by the whole experience.

The contestant, who the New York Post identifies as Caitlin Burke, 26, manages to solve a seven-word, 27-letter puzzle with just two letters known in this hangman-like game.

"Is it just me or was that the most amazing solve we've ever had?" Sajak asks.

Watch the magic:

(Hat tip to Matt Cherette at Gawker and thanks to KZ for pointing it my way!)

By Melissa Bell  | November 8, 2010; 5:03 PM ET
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with Sad Payback, Banana Blight running Squeals of Misfortune--better check authenticity

Posted by: ncsmid | November 8, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

See if she can solve a puzzle blindfolded. If she can then something is definitely not right.

Posted by: bobbo2 | November 8, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Dummy.

Milk the puzzle for the letters and get a lead!

Posted by: bs2004 | November 9, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

"Hello, National Security Agency? Are you hiring cryptographers?"

My first thought was of the 1950s quiz show scandals.

Posted by: gilbertbp | November 9, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

This is very impressive, but I think the young lady was being a bit reckless. Just one or two letters would have really nailed this down for her. This would have been the safest approach, even with the risk of a Bankrupt.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 9, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Is this a daytime show now? Years ago, when my kids were little, we used to watch it in the evening.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | November 9, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Not as good as Peter Griffin:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS-zKGeovxk&feature=related

Posted by: sarahabc | November 9, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Wait, there was only ONE letter known. The post says two letters. It's even BETTER.

I mean, I guess she knew there were no Rs, but that's not helpful.

Posted by: anonymice | November 9, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Once the "L" was chosen, she had the first word pegged. There's no other contraction with that structure and no "L".
Of course, the absolute WORST Wheel of Fortune guess, (albeit fictional):
http://fragg.me/video/south-park-wheel-fortune

Posted by: OttoDog | November 9, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Once the "L" was chosen, she had the first word pegged. There's no other contraction with that structure and no "L".
Of course, the absolute WORST Wheel of Fortune guess, (albeit fictional):
http://fragg.me/video/south-park-wheel-fortune

Posted by: OttoDog | November 9, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The apostrophe was the other "letter"

Posted by: StanKlein | November 9, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Hah OttoDog, I find NAGGERS to be really annoying too...

Posted by: ozpunk | November 9, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

That's a flash of insight you don't see very often. I wouldn't be surprised to discover that she was fed the answer ahead of time. We'll see.

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | November 9, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

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