WHEEL of Fortune fans have spotted a bizarre detail with the recent clues on the game show.
After the series had its milestone seventh contestant in one season to win $100k, viewers have pointed out something strange with the bonus rounds.
During an episode last week, contestant Jinger had a record-breaking final round on the show, by winning a $100k envelope and becoming the seventh person to do so in season 39.
That's "the most $100,000 wins EVER in a single season of Wheel," the show's official Twitter revealed.
She answered the puzzle before the timer had even started, with fans congratulating her on her quick solve, but one eagle-eyed viewer noticed the bonus followed a bizarre show pattern.
Jinger chose the "phrase" category and was only able to guess one correct letter to add to the board, but she was able to easily correctly call out: “On the bandwagon!”
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One online sleuth realized that this bonus puzzle was very similar to ones that had been used in the past.
The Reddit user shared screenshots from the different episodes, pointing out that the May 26 episode was “on the bandwagon,” while in 2020 they used, “Hop on the bandwagon.”
A year before that, “Jumping on the bandwagon” was a bonus answer.
The Wheel of Fortune forum user joked: “Calling ‘RIDING THE BANDWAGON’ next.”
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The first contestant, in 2019, was not able to correctly solve the puzzle before the timer ran out.
The next player, in 2020, got the answer at the last second, while the latest, Jinger, quickly solved the “bandwagon” bonus before the clock even started.
Host Pat Sajak was surprised by her seemingly easy win.
Before she solved it, the host took his time as he told her: “Well, um, the bad news is, none of the consonants are up there.
“Just those two O’s. I don’t know.”
Still dragging it out a bit, he suggested: “There’s the used letter board, you can—“
Jinger cut him off, though, and solved the puzzle, calling out: “On the bandwagon!”
Pat opened up the gold envelope to reveal she had won $100,000 for correctly solving the bonus puzzle, putting her total prize money at $133,555.
After winning, Jinger looked astonished as the confetti burst down.
“Or you can just solve the puzzle and that would be the easiest way to do it," Pat told the winning player after she cut him off to quickly solve it.
He then demanded: "Don’t make the host look stupid!
"And then you win a hundred thousand dollars!”
He continued: “What is that? … What’s going on here?”
Eventually, he congratulated Jinger as confetti continued to come down and her smiled continued to grow.
After they came back from a short break, Pat started right up again with how Jinger made him look bad.
“By the way, when the host says it’s going to be a difficult puzzle, try to make it look diffifcult,” he told her.” If you would please.”
She then explained, “I just blurted it out when it came to me,” before admitting to her error, “I had no idea the clock hadn’t even started.”
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That’s when Pat owned up to his own little trick of trying to help her in the bonus round.
“I was buying you a little time there with the clock, and you didn’t need it at all,” he said.
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