NEW YORK (PIX11) — Call it wheel of misfortune, but a student’s mispronunciation of a mythological hero turned out not to be his Achilles heel.
A student named Julian appeared on Friday’s episode of the popular game show. He seemed to be on a roll when he was prompted with the puzzle: “Mythological hero Achilles.”
The entire board was filled, the answer written in front of him, but the Indiana University student mispronounced the “Achilles” – triggering a cringe-worthy buzzer followed by several seconds of tense silence.
Later in the game, he guessed “on-the-spot dicespin” instead of “on-the-spot decision.”
But despite the gaffes, Julian went on to the bonus round, topping his competitors with $11,700.
“I don’t think anyone has ever taken a more circuitous route to victory,” host Pat Sajak said.
In a polar opposite performance, a Wheel of Fortune contestant inspired awe when, given just two letters, solved the puzzle, “New baby buggy.”