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'Wheel of Fortune' Flub: Surf City Is Contestant's Achilles Heel

By    |   Friday, 06 Jun 2014 09:33 AM

The "Wheel of Fortune" contestant who bombed a "gimme" puzzle on Wednesday night's episode knew he was way off, but insists there's one other game-show gaffe that was worse than his.

Stephen Dryer told TMZ he simply forgot that the category was "Song Lyrics" when he buzzed in to solve the puzzle "S--F C--Y -ERE WE COME."

"Surf clay where we go," he said, to which host Pat Sajak quickly replied, "Uh, no." The correct answer, naturally, was "Surf City, Here We Come."

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The mistake cost Dryer $7,200 in winnings, which he told the gossip site he would have used to go on a Caribbean cruise.

His gaffe was bad, Dryer admits, but not as bad as the Indiana University student who mispronounced "Achilles" during an episode that aired in April, a blunder that potentially cost college freshman Julian Batts the $1 million grand prize.

"It just kind of hit me like a train and I really didn’t know how to react to it — the game continued on and [another contestant from] Texas A&M, she solved it and it hit me right then and there that it was Achilles," Batts told ABC News after his "Wheel Of Fortune" blunder. "I didn’t feel like I made a mistake but I feel like I solved the puzzle entirely and all I had to do was read it and I just went for it and I did my best."

According to official "Wheel of Fortune" rules, "When a contestant tries to solve a puzzle, they must pronounce it using the generally accepted pronunciation."

Here's Dryer's gaffe:

 

And here's the infamous "Achilles" mispronunciation:




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The "Wheel of Fortune" contestant who bombed a "gimme" puzzle on Wednesday night's episode knew he was way off, but insists there's one other game-show gaffe that was worse than his.
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