Thursday, November 12, 2015
What are you doing?
Contestant Nura Fountaneaux had a pretty good night on the show. She won the front game with $13,970 in loot, which is $13,970 more than I've ever won on a game show. She didn't nail the bonus round but nobody's perfect.
But what has the game show Interwebs buzzing is the speed-up round. For whatever reason Nura played the round like she was trying to lose. She guessed "Z" and "Q" and "X" and didn't guess at all for a couple turns. Even Pat Sajak, who's been hosting the show for two or three years now, didn't know what to make of it all. As a poster on Buy a Vowel said: "'What are you doing' has never been a more appropriate category."
The kindest interpretation is that she knew she had the front game in the bag and was trying to spread the wealth around to her fellow contestants. In fact, contestant Steve Jostes ended up solving the puzzle for $6,400, which saved him from the pity thousand. It's veterans week on the show, and some tweeters thought that fellow-feeling among the vets might have motivated Nura.
Guess we'll never know for sure unless Nura publishes her memoirs one of these days. But if I ever get on the show - fat chance - remind me not to guess "Z" and "Q" and "X" in the speed-up round.