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Wheel of Fortune's Newest Wedge: Express

By July 31, 2013

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According to posters over at the Buy a Vowel boards, Wheel of Fortune will be adding a new wedge to the board next season.

Apparently this wedge is called "Express," and is worth $1,000 for a correctly-guessed consonant. After that, the contestant can choose to continue on with the game as usual, or opt to keep guessing while he or she earns a further $1,000 for each correct consonant. He or she can also opt to buy vowels. This turn continues until the puzzle is solved or a letter is chosen that isn't on the board -- if the player makes an incorrect choice, he or she goes bankrupt and the puzzle continues as normal. This wedge appears during round three of the game.

I think this has potential to really change the game, depending on how often it's used and how far into the puzzle it's landed on. What do you think? Is this a good new game element for Wheel?

Comments

July 31, 2013 at 4:11 pm
(1) Wayne says:

This is fine as long as they get rid of round 3 being the prize puzzle.

Very often when I watch, the winner of round 3 wins the game BECAUSE of winning the prize. Wouldn’t be a big deal if the contestant had to land on the prize to win it like the other prizes, but just a hey, here ya go for solving round 3 prize has always been lame.

Opens up a strategy of not buzzing in on the 2nd toss-up just to have the first crack at round 3, and depending on how they set the wheel at the beginning of the round, and what position a given player is in, that strategy may still be valid.

August 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm
(2) Andrew L. says:

I can confirm that Round 3 is still the Trip Puzzle round and that Round 1 is now a “normal” round.

August 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm
(3) Mark Baker-Wright says:

Hopefully speeds things up a bit so there won’t be so many Round 4s that start with the Final Spin.

August 4, 2013 at 8:29 pm
(4) Chris G says:

It replaces the “Jackpot” on the wheel. We saw a taping of the show and it seemed like the Express wedge really slowed the game down.

August 5, 2013 at 11:43 am
(5) Jay says:

Love this show.
Is there a time when we do an hour show?
Just seems like a half an hour goes way too fast.
Also I think you’d have happier contestants if u raise the minimum that a loser leaves with.
Specially when you have some contest win from 30.000- $40,000 . Even 2,000 would be nice. Just a thought I really enjoy. vanna and Pat

August 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm
(6) Ryan says:

That is interesting. I really haven’t payed attention to Wheel much the last couple of seasons! It seems like they really didn’t do much for their milestone 30th anniversary! I want to see them bring back the BIG MONEY WEDGE. Getting a potential $25,000 for correctly guessing a consonant was AMAZING! That’s some serious cash!

August 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm
(7) Myke25 says:

(Copy of my BuzzerBlog post)

Sounds interesting. No one was winning the Jackpot very often anyway…though the Jackpot could have been made more exciting by keeping it on the wheel for the rest of the rounds, accumulating through the show.

I like to see Wheel mixing things up every year. One thing I’d like to see some day…increase the cost of buying a vowel. $250 is less than the lowest dollar amount on the wheel. It gets pretty predictable when players guess their first letter then immediately buy an “E”. Now, if vowels cost, say $1,000, then more risk and more strategy come into play.

August 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm
(8) Joan says:

I think the show would be much better if the contestants were chosen out of the audience like Price Is Right, rather than having to solve some practice rounds, and then if chosen the contestant don’t have to pay their own way to Calif and wait around until their turn comes up. Out of the Audience would be a lot more fun and interesting and give more people chances to get on the show.

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