Wheel of Fortune: Some of the More Hilarious Wrong Answers

I grew up watching Wheel of Fortune because my mom would turn it on every evening at 7 p.m., saying, “Yay, my show is on!” So, yeah, I kind of grew to like it. Calling out the answers at home in front of the TV set is part of the fun, right? But what about when contestants get them wrong?

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “TH_ Q_ _STION R_ _ _INS”
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Now, what if the puzzle is so obvious to us, yet the contestants have absolutely no idea what the answer is? Take, for example, this recent Wheel of Fortune “incident.” The final puzzle was a phrase, which became “TH_ Q_ _STION R_ _ _INS.” None of the contestants figured out. Even Pat Sajak, who always remains professional, was shocked that all three of them couldn’t solve the puzzle.

Let’s look at some of the funnier wrong answers over the years.

A Real Love for Fish

Wrong Answer: fish love

Right Answer: wish list

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “_ISH LI_ _”
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Let’s just assume that this contestant has an impressive aquarium at home because he shouted out “fish love” when the actual answer was “wish list.” Hey, a love for fish transcends all logic.

A Little Magic Goes a Long Way

Wrong Answer: magic fand

Right Answer: magic wand

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “MAG_C _AND”
Source: Twitter

When it comes to being a contestant on WoF, having a certain sound in your mind when you’re trying to solve a puzzle can be a problem. Look at this guy, who guessed that the answer was, among all things, “magic fand,” instead of the correct “magic wand.”

Is That Even a Thing?

Wrong Answer: popsicle bike

Right Answer: honeysuckle bush

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “_O_EYS_CK_E B_S_”
Source: Twitter

This may not be the easiest of all puzzles to solve, but I can’t seem to figure out what a popsicle bike is. Where did this person grow up? In my neighborhood, we have ice cream trucks.

Potato Selfie

Wrong Answer: self potato

Right Answer: self portrait

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “S_LF-PO_T_ _ _ T”
Source: Pinterest

Sure, we’ve all heard of self-portraits, but have you ever heard of self potatoes? They’re the next best thing, and this contestant was convinced it was the right answer.

Those Aren’t the Lyrics

Wrong Answer: surf clay, where we go

Right Answer: Surf City, here we come

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “S_RF C_ _ Y, _ERE WE COME”
Source: YouTube

We all know the song that goes, “Surf City, here we come,” right? But maybe we missed the chorus that says, “Surf clay, where we go” as this man guessed it.

You Gotta Believe

Wrong Answer: It’s make believe

Right Answer: It’s hard to believe

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “IT’S _A_ _ TO _E_IE_E”
Source: Twitter

One of the more common ways contestants mess up is by forgetting to read what’s right there on the board. Like this man, who guessed that the answer here was, “It’s make believe.” Poor fellah.

Train Going Up

Wrong Answer: elevator train platform

Right Answer: elevated train platform.

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “ELE_ATE_ TRAIN _LAT_ _ R _”
Source: YouTube

Even those who never took public transportation could probably guess that “elevator train platform” wasn’t going to be the answer to this puzzle. For anyone scratching their head, the answer is “elevated train platform.”

Some Pill Problems

Wrong Answer: a group of pill pushers

Right Answer: a group of well-wishers

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “_ _R_ _ P _ _ _ _ LL-_ _ SH_RS”
Source: YouTube

This man must have had some issues with people who take pills because he shouted as his guess of “a group of pill pushers” as the answer. But “a group of well-wishers” would have raised fewer eyebrows.

A Magician Never Reveals His Secrets

Wrong Answer: Marvin the Magician

Right Answer: Merlin, the Magician

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “M_R_ _ N TH_ M_ _ _ C _ _ N”
Source: YouTube

What’s worse than guessing, “Marvin the Magician” instead of “Merlin, the Magician?” Two contestants answering that same incorrect thing, one after the other.

The Man in Black and a Bottle of Red

Wrong Answer: I have the wine

Right Answer: I walk the line

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “I _A_ _ THE _INE BY J_HNNY _A_H”
Source: YouTube

According to this woman who clearly never listened to Johnny Cash’s famous song, he sang, “I have the wine,” rather than the famous line, “I walk the line.” Not to mention the movie about him by the same name.

The Unknown Comic Book Heroine

Wrong Answer: Superman and Spider Woman

Right Answer: Superman and Wonder Woman

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “S_ _ER_AN AND W_NDER W_ _AN”
Source: Twitter

Look, it happens. We know the answer, but we blurt out something else. Case in point: this guy who guessed the answer to this puzzle as “Superman and Spider Woman” instead of “Superman and Wonder Woman.”

Miner Problems

Wrong Answer: miners and hoes

Right Answer: fingers and toes

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “_IN_ERS & _OES”
Source: YouTube

This man guessed “miners and hoes” instead of “fingers and toes.” It sounds like he has some ideas as to how mining work should be done.

Starting Somehow

Wrong Answer: start in the right way

Right Answer: stars in the night sky

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “_TAR_ IN THE NIGHT _ _ _”
Source: Pinterest

While “stars in the night sky” is indeed the correct answer here, this woman really believed that “start in the right way” was just as popular of a phrase.

The Uglier Side of WoF

Wrong Answer: an ugly child

Right Answer: an only child

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “AN _ _ _Y CHILD”
Source: Twitter

Ouch. This one isn’t so pretty (pun intended). What’s worse? The fact that this lady guessed that the answer was “an ugly child” instead of “an only child?” Or the fact that she’s a school teacher…

Bird Dancing

Wrong Answer: flamingo dance lessons

Right Answer: flamenco dance lessons

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “FLA_ENCO _ANCE LESSONS”
Source: Pinterest

The good news is that this contestant solved the puzzle. The bad news is that he thinks the dance mentioned is called “the flamingo” instead of “the flamenco,” so he lost the round.

The Naked Truth

Wrong Answer: A Streetcar Naked Desire

Right Answer: A Streetcar Named Desire

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “A STREETCAR NA_ED DESIRE”
Source: YouTube

We’ve heard of the famous movie by Tennessee Williams called A Streetcar Named Desire, but “A Streetcar Naked Desire?” Never heard of that film. Maybe it’s a parody.

He Made His Point

Wrong Answer: The Pointed Desert

Right Answer: The Painted Desert

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “THE P_ _NTED DESERT”
Source: YouTube

Have you ever been to Arizona’s Painted Desert? It’s a great place to visit on vacation. “The Pointed Desert,” however, is something you won’t be able to find on the map.

Spelling Bee

Wrong Answer: eKclusive nightclub

Right Answer: exclusive nightclub

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “E_CLUSI_E NIGHTCLUB”
Source: Twitter

Spelling words correctly is pretty much half the battle on WoF, which made it extra cringe-worthy when this woman asked for a K instead of an X to spell “exclusive nightclub.”

A New Dwarf

Wrong Answer: Dopey, Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, Happy, SneeKy, and Sleepy

Right Answer: Dopey, Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, Happy, Sneezy, and Sleepy

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “DOPEY _RU_PY DO_ _ASH_UL HAPPY SNEE_Y AND SLEEPY”
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The seven dwarfs are listed as Dopey, Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, Happy, Sneezy, and Sleepy. But since there are seven of them, we’ll cut her some slack for guessing “Sneeky” instead of Sneezy.

Girl Scouts in the Army

Wrong Answer: Girl scout troop

Right Answer: Girl scout group

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “GIR_ SCOUT _ _O_P”
Source: YouTube

Usually, when referring to Girl Scouts, we use the word “group” and not “troop,” but this Wheel of Fortune contestant had to find out the hard way.

Vacation Done Right

Wrong Answer: boozing my shore excursion

Right Answer: booking my shore excursion

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading BOO_ING M_ SHORE EXCURSION”
Source: Twitter

I think we can all assume how this woman spends her vacations. She guessed, “boozing my shore excursion” instead of “booking.” She knows how to enjoy a shore excursion.

Don’t Cut Class, Kids

Wrong Answer: it’s my turn to play hooCy

Right Answer: it’s my turn to play hooky

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “IT’S MY TURN TO PLAY HOO_Y”
Source: Pinterest

This guy must have played a lot of hooky during English class because he guessed the letter C would fill in the puzzle. The answer being “it’s my turn to play hooky” means the obviously correct letter is K.

Styrofoam Party

Wrong Answer: Styrofoam hats

Right Answer: Styrofoam cups

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “ST_R_F_ _M _ _ _”
Source: YouTube

Despite what this man guessed, Styrofoam cups more of a thing than Styrofoam hats. But who knows; maybe the parties he went to were full of Styrofoam hats.

Flying at Night

Wrong Answer: Sit back and enjoy the night

Right Answer: Sit back and enjoy the flight

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “SIT _A_ _ AND ENJOY THE _ _IGHT”
Source: YouTube

I don’t know about this guy, but when I’m on a flight, I usually hear them say, “Sit back and enjoy the flight.” But maybe on the planes he rides, they say “Sit back and enjoy the night.”

Goat Goof

Wrong Answer: mountain boats

Right Answer: mountain goats

Wheel of Fortune puzzle reading “_O TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN _OAT”
Source: Twitter

Those animals climbing mountains are called “mountain goats” and not “mountain boats.” But this woman might have spent her life thinking boats were in the mountains.

Based on Childhood Memories

Remember Merv Griffin? Well, he conceived the idea for Wheel of Fortune based on his childhood memories of playing Hangman with his sister when they were on long car trips.

Merv Griffin
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When he discussed the idea with his staff, they wanted to add a twist: a roulette-style wheel. This was also based on Griffin’s past, as he was always attracted to such wheels when he saw them in casinos.

Before Pat Sajak

From the show’s first episode from 1975 to 1981, Wheel of Fortune’s first host was a man named Chuck Woolery. And his hostess was a former model named Susan Stafford.

Chuck Woolery hosting Wheel of Fortune
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But both left the show because of salary disputes with Merv Griffin and NBC. To replace them, a man named Pat Sajak and another model named Vanna White came in.

A Local Weatherman

Before becoming the infamous host of Wheel of Fortune, Pat Sajak was a local weatherman for NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate. When Merv Griffin suggested that Sajak take the hosting role, NBC initially said no because he was “only a local weatherman.”

Pat Sajak as a weatherman
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Griffin must have really believed in Sajak because he retaliated by refusing to tape more episodes of Wheel of Fortune. NBC finally gave in and allowed Sajak to host. And needless to say, the rest is history.

Vanna White

Vanna White was one of three finalists up for the role of hostess, next to Summer Bartholomew and playboy model Vicki McCarthy. White was only selected as the hostess after Merv Griffin became impressed with how she was activating the puzzle board during the show.

Vanna White
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Bartholomew went on to be the hostess of another game show called ‘Sale of the Century’ from 1984 to 1989. McCarty has since become a lawyer.

Sajak Wanted His Own Show

Believe it or not, Pat Sajak wanted to venture off and make a show of his own. So, in 1989, he left Wheel of Fortune to host his own late-night talk show, ‘The Pat Sajak Show.’

Pat Sajak hosting ‘The Pat Sajak Show’
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Never heard of it? That’s because the show lasted for one year, until 1990, when it was canceled due to low ratings. No surprise there. Sajak was meant to be the host of WoF.

It Took Too Long

When the producer Harry Friedman first started working on the show in 1995, he was annoyed that it took an hour to tape a show that ran for only 30 minutes. It was because the letter board had to be reset manually after every puzzle.

Vanna White in front of the Wheel of Fortune letter board
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Resetting the letter board took about ten minutes every time. Eventually, in 1997, a new electronic letter board was made with touch screens. After that, each episode took 30 minutes to tape.

The Announcers

Jim Thornton is now the current announcer of Wheel of Fortune, and he’s been the show’s announcer since 2011. But before him, the announcer was Charlie O’Donnell.

Charlie O’Donnell standing in front of Radio City
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The beloved O’Donnell was once the show’s original announcer who sadly passed away in 2011, leaving a void that needed to be filled.


Vanna White is quite popular among the young female demographic. She gained herself a big fan base of women who tune in every evening to see what she’s wearing.

Vanna White on Wheel of Fortune
Source: Hollywood Reporter

That’s right; there are fans who watch the show only to see Vanna’s daily wardrobe. This led to the phenomenon known as Vannamania.

1 Million Hopefuls

Wheel of Fortune has a 35-foot-long yellow recreational truck that has been driven over 300,000 miles around America to host search events for the show’s new contestants.

Wheel of Fortune truck
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The truck has hosted close to 300 search events, including an “up close and personal” experience of what it’s like to be a contestant on WoF. Over 1 million people have applied for a chance to be a contestant on the show.

Moving On an On

When the show started airing in 1983, it was taped at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. Then in 1989, it was moved from NBC to CBS. It was then taped at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.

Wheel of Fortune set
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Yet another move happened again in 1995, returning back to NBC. And what do you know – the show moved once more to Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. And it’s remained there ever since.

Changes on the Set

Since the show started, there have been lots of changes made to the studio set. From 1983 to 1989, they used a red, yellow, and blue backdrop. But when the show moved to CBS, they added golden spikes to the backdrop and a second score display.

Wheel of Fortune set
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In 1997, the original backdrops were replaced with a display based on the theme of that week’s tapings. A year later, a new video wall replaced the displays, and it remained that way since.

April Fools

On April Fool’s Day in 1997, ‘Jeopardy!’s’ host, Alex Trebek, hosted a special episode of Wheel of Fortune. It made for a super fun episode for all the fans at home to watch.

Pat Sajak, Vanna White, and Alex Trebek
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Pat Sajak and Vanna White were the contestants! They were competing for charities. Trebek had his own hostess, too. Who was she? Leslie Brown, who is also Pat Sajak’s wife.

Team Effort

The whole crew on the Wheel of Fortune show helps out in making the puzzles. But Vanna White, who’s a major fan of crossword puzzles, especially loves to help out with the making of the show’s puzzles.

Wheel of Fortune board that reads “HAPPY BIRTHDAY VANNA”
Source: YouTube

According to Pat Sajak, in his recent visit to the Paley Center, Vanna White’s puzzles get used all the time. She must be pleased.

37 Years and Counting

Can you believe that this game show has been on the air for 37 years? It’s such a simple premise, and it goes to show you that less is more!

Pat Sajak and Vanna White on Wheel of Fortune
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For me, the show is nostalgic and, yes, quite enjoyable. What are you going to be watching this evening? How about turning on Wheel of Fortune? Add some popcorn to the picture, and you got yourself a good night.