You can’t please all the people all the time. Wheel of Fortune fans reminded us of that adage on Thursday, after a rule gaffe caused a minor uproar. Normally, fans bemoan the show for being too stringent with the rules, but this time they were upset because an answer may have been technically incorrect.
During the final regulation puzzle of Thursday’s show, contestant Steven Page solved the puzzle “Quality Craftsmanship.” However, Page appeared to leave the “s” out of “craftsmanship." Viewers on Twitter were quick to notice.
Uh, he said “craftmanship”. That’s not correct. #WheelOfFortune
— Will Weaver 📸 (@WillWeaverRVA) November 19, 2021
Guy on @WheelofFortune said “craftmanship” instead of “craftsmanship” but I guess they’re giving it to him anyways?
— Lanie (@LanieK) November 19, 2021
#WheelOfFortune why was Steven’s response on “Quality Craftsmanship” rules correct tonight?? He said “quality craftmanship”—without the “S”! That’s incorrect! Lisa deserves another $9k, as she would have got that on the next turn.
— Bill V (@BillVerkuilen) November 19, 2021
Page won $9,000 for solving the puzzle, which most likely would have gone to the next contestant, Lisa Volivitch, had he been buzzed. The win also helped Page narrowly defeat contestant Christina Maril and advance to the bonus round.
@wheeloffortune just cheated a lady out of a spot in the bonus round by counting as correct a mispronounced answer. If you can't add an "and" to a crossword, you can't pronounce it wrong and get credit. #WheelOfFortune
— Leo Colston (@DmbColston) November 19, 2021
For years, fans have been trying to overturn the “and” rule which has cost several contestants dearly. By not enforcing the rule on pronunciation, some fans thought the show lacked consistency.
Regardless, both Maril and Volivitch said they had a good time, and they both went home with some money in their pockets. As for Page, he did not successfully solve the bonus puzzle but he still finished a champion — despite how a few people on Twitter felt.
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