​Man Instantly Guesses Cryptic 'Wheel Of Fortune' Puzzle And Wins $63K

While most of us can't even complete the quick crossword in the paper (let alone the cryptic one), one LAD has put us all to shame by completing arguably Wheel of Fortune's most bizarre puzzle. And he did it in about three seconds flat. Oh, and he won over $63K. Ugh.

Emil De Leon managed to somehow guess the correct 12-letter phrase - 'New Baby Buggy' - not only on his first attempt, but also with only two of the letters on the board.

Winning the $45,000 bonus puzzle, his total winnings were then taken to $63,099.

Host Pat Sajak called the victory 'the most amazing solve in my 30+ years on the show' - and we're betting he's seen a fair few corkers in all that time.

Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, De Leon explained that he can usually crack the word puzzle after just five seconds - and claims he has a 99 percent success rate.

He said that the time it took for the words to appear on screen were the 'longest three seconds I've ever felt'.

De Leon also said that he'd been watching the show for as long as he can remember, since he was three or four years old.

"The first letters I learned how to say were R, S, T, L, N, E - the prominent letters in Wheel of Fortune."


De Leon said that it took him just one attempt to secure a spot on the show, to which Ellen's co-host, Jason Bateman, joked: "That's your specialty, one try."

Emil also went into how he was able to crack the puzzle so quickly.

"It was pretty obvious that the first word was 'new'," Emil explained. "Then worked on 'baby' - 'new baby', it just sounds right - and for then the hard part I worked with that B again."

De Leon makes it sound so simple - so simple, in fact, that some people were left wondering if there was something a little dodgy at play.

Defending himself on the Today show, De Leon responded to the conspiracy theorist in disbelief over his incredible solve.

"The people that know me, they know my skills as a puzzle solver," he said.

"I've been playing online, on Twitter, on the video games, the app, and I just know that my skills prove that everything is real. This is me. My brain has been working."

Fair dos. What a brain, eh?

Featured Image Credit: CBS

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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