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Watch: ‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant’s cringe-worthy mispronunciation

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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.

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This “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle tripped up an Indiana University student, who mispronounced Achilles and forfeited the answer.

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.”