Watch This 'Wheel of Fortune' Contestant Solve a Puzzle With Only One Letter

danjoseph | March 30, 2016
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“Wheel of Fortune” contestant Robert Santoli walked away with $76,000 after a seemingly superhuman performance on the game show last week. At one point, Santoli correctly solved a puzzle with only one letter showing on the board.

Santoli wasn’t just lucky. He actually came into the game with a strategy. The contestants were told ahead of time that the night’s puzzles would have a nautical theme.

Santoli prepared by compiling a “list of possible puzzles and key words themed toward sailing, cruising, water and even fishing,” he explained to

“There are websites that keep track of past Wheel of Fortune puzzles, so I did some research on previous weeks themed toward these things and wrote them down,” he said. “The show does sometimes repeat puzzles, especially themed ones. “Port & Starboard” had been used at least twice before my show … as soon as I saw that “Places” was the category, I had a hunch and then I saw four blanks, an ampersand and nine blanks, and my face just lit up.”

His strategy appeared to have worked leaving his fellow contestants, and even host Pat Sajak, visibly flabbergasted.