News of fame and fortune: If you’re a Wheel of Fortune fan and were watching on June 13, you already know. If not, try this phrase out for size: Shall_ _ En_ _ _ the _ _ _l Ta_le. (Hint: Before and after category). Or how about this one: O C_ _ _ _ _n! _ _ C_ _ _ _ _n! (Read on for the answers.)
The two solved puzzles — with no additional letters — earned Mark Allen, assistant principal at Eastmont Junior High, $20,500 on March 28. Allen said he’s watched the show since he was a kid, and just decided to go online one day and fill out an application to be a contestant. He was later selected for an audition in Seattle, and went down to Culver City, Calif., to play the game with the famous Pat Sajak and Vanna White and two other contestants. After solving the two puzzles, Allen found himself in the bonus round.