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20
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'Wheel of Fortune' Host Pat Sajak Stunned After Contestant Guesses Nearly Impossible Puzzle (Video)

Emil De Leon had only two letters out of a 12-letter phrase to go on, but he guessed it on his first try.

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Pat Sajak was left visibly stunned on Wednesday's episode of Wheel of Fortune after a contestant guessed the final puzzle with only two letters visible.

During the bonus round, Emil De Leon was given the category "Thing." Out of the three-word, 12-letter phrase, only two letters were revealed -- the first two, which were N and E -- after being spotted the requisite R, S, T, L, N, E series and choosing H, M, D and O as his additional letters. 

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"This looks tough to me," Sajak told him, laughing. "It's a thing. You're a very good puzzle solver, but I don't know. You have 10 seconds. Keep talking. Maybe the right thing will pop out. Good luck."

De Leon then guesses it on his first try: "New Baby Buggy." He then jumps around, elated, while Sajak is visibly shocked and then jokingly pats De Leon down. It also appeared that the person at the controls was a bit taken by surprise as it took a moment for the letters to be revealed on the game board after De Leon had guessed correctly.

By solving the final puzzle, De Leon won an additional $45,000, bringing his total prize to $63,099.

"I'm rather stunned," Sajak said. He also tweeted about it Thursday:

De Leon later told TMZ that he got lucky because he'd been thinking about babies while taping the show.