Reagan, a middle school teacher from Florida, was tasked with completing the “What Are You Doing?” puzzle category, the same one that stumped contestant Marie Leo last week. But unfortunately, Reagan’s additions didn’t amount to much: of her P-C-D-O guesses, only “C” was correct, and she was left with a mostly-blank puzzle to solve.
But more importantly, she went home with her pride intact, as viewers proclaimed her impossibly difficult guess “one of the most amazing solves ever seen.” I have been watching Wheel of Fortune for more than 20 years now–my parents even tell me that the game taught me how to read.
And all the while I have unquestionably thought that the best letters to call during the bonus round are C M D and A. But watching the program last night, I realized I had no factual basis for that.
So I figured I would do some quick Googling and find out what the best letters actually were. I found this website, which archives Wheel of Fortune bonus round puzzles and other associated information.
This just goes to show you that the bonus round puzzles are not a random sample of words from the English language–in real life, O is the fourth most common letter after E, T, and A. However, the producers intentionally pick puzzles where those letters don’t show up.
The mess in the bottom left corner is the V, J, Q, Z, X trash. G’s frequency might be overrated since a lot of those come from -ING suffixes, which you could reasonably guess if you see a word like _ _ _ _ _ N _.
Letters like C, B, or P might have an advantage in that they could appear at the beginning of words more frequently and are thus more valuable. There are a bunch of interesting questions we can now answer that I have this dataset.
Since this category always begins with a word ending in -ING, having the G be revealed in that slot is worthless to a contestant. But even if you remove those puzzles from the sample, G ranks much higher than the nearest alternatives.
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And during Thursday evening’s game fans were treated to a rare sight, one of the contestants guessed “Q.” Best friends Marl eta Robinson and Nancy Karol were looking forward to going on a trip together, compliments of the game show.
The correct answer was “EXOTIC AND COLORFUL BIRDS.” The prize ended up being an US$11,772 trip to Costa Rica. A quick refresher: on Wheel of Fortune, the contestant who's won the most money during regular play gets a shot at the bonus puzzle at the end of the show.
The letters R, S, T, L, N and E are gimmes -- Anna White flips these over for you automatically. You then get to choose three more consonants plus one vowel -- those are revealed as well, and then you have 10 seconds to solve the puzzle.
This video of a typical bonus puzzle should suffice for the three of you who've never watched the show. If you've ever watched the show, you know that contestants rarely make this selection.
Roughly 65 percent of contestants choose C, even though five other consonants appear more frequently. M is an even worse selection -- nearly 60 percent of people pick it, but it's near the bottom of the pack of bonus puzzle letter frequency.
People are choosing letters based on their overall frequency in the English language. But the show's producers know that people are guessing C, D, M and A, so they're going to choose puzzles without those letters when they can.
On average, the GPO selection yields about 2.46 revealed letters versus CDMA's 1.85. So for instance, a selection of CDMA yields 0 revealed letters in 203 of the 1,546 puzzles.
Or, look at it from the other end: a GPO selection will reveal four or more letters in 341 out of the 1,546 puzzles. So in other words, by choosing GPO over CDMA you're twice as likely to get four or more letters revealed, and half as likely to get nothing.
This post was inspired by a weekend Reddit thread in which editor “PhaethonPrime” mined data from wheeloffortunesolutions.com. But there are some issues with this dataset: because of the irregular structure of the site you can only get answers back to 2011.
And the site includes listings for reruns that run on Saturdays and over the summer, so many of the bonus puzzles appear multiple times, which will obviously throw your counts off. However, their puzzles are up to date and appear to be updated daily, they don't include reruns, and they're complete all the way back to 2007.
I spot-checked these puzzles against the ones listed in wheeloffortunesolutions.com and found that they matched, giving me a fair amount of confidence in the numbers. Two contestants on Wheel of Fortune missed out on a big trip when they decided to guess one of the most infrequently used letters to solve a puzzle.
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The ultimate symbol of luck and chance, the Wheel of Fortune (X) signifies change, both good and bad. The tenth card in the Major Arcane is a reminder that sometimes we are at the mercy of fate, and all we can do is wait for our luck to change.
The sphinx sits atop the wheel, representing the gods and kings, as well as the importance of staying balanced amidst change. He rotates along with the wheel and the sphinx, symbolizing the cyclical nature of good and bad luck.
However, this does not mean that you have led a charmed life, as the Wheel of Fortune also signifies someone who has lived through a lot of change and has emerged stronger for it. But it is also a reminder that life operates in cycles, so prepare yourself for sudden change and remember that both good and bad luck is temporary.
Above all, the Wheel of Fortune signifies positive change in your love life and how fate is at work. If you are single, this can mean that you are going to meet your true love soon, so now is a good time to put yourself out there.
If you are in a relationship, this card shows that you and your partner are going through a rough patch and that change is forthcoming. The Wheel is a good omen for career change, so now is the time to start a passion project or apply for your dream job.
This card can also mean that a promotion is coming your way and that you must work hard and keep your head clear. You will be earning a raise at work or a generous friend or family member will come to your aid, but you must ask before you can receive.
This card means that you need to handle change with grace and learn to accept that there are things you cannot control. If you’re feeling heartbroken, your former relationship is hanging over your head and preventing you from doing the things that make you happy.
When the Wheel of Fortune is in the reversed position, it isn’t the right time to gamble or take financial risks. Do your best to avoid temptation from sales and advertising until your spell of bad luck passes.
When found in the future position, the Wheel of Fortune represents an impending change. Depending on the context, it brings either a positive or negative spin to the card it is combined with.
In a pairing, the Wheel of Fortune may also symbolize a change in circumstances or a recovery from a personal tragedy. If you regret not taking risks in the past due to fear or laziness, now is the time to make it right.
Since it symbolizes a change in fortune and destiny, do not be discouraged if yes is not the answer you wanted, as everything is going according to the universe’s plan. When, the Wheel of Fortune represents chaotic energy and an upcoming change for the worse.