"This is a really weird game, and you’ll find that most people will not want to play this."
FUN FACT: Pat Sajak admitted to hosting Wheel Of Fortune whilst shitfaced.
Have you ever hosted Wheel of Fortune while a little bit drunk?
SAJAK: Yes. When I fist started, and was much younger, and could tolerate those things. We had a different show back then. You didn't win money, you won fake money with which you could buy cheesy prizes. The turntable would go around, and housewives from Teaneck would say, 'Uh, for a hundred dollars I'll have the lamp— no— I'll have the—' It was the the most boring two minutes in television. But because we had all those prizes we had endless time between shows. Our dinner break would be two and a half hours long while they drove in cars and boats and gazebos.... We had a place called Los Arcos…. They had great margaritas, so Vanna and I would go across and have two or three or six. And then come and do the last shows, and have trouble recognizing the alphabet.
So the "new" is just an adjective? So would "New Orange T-Shirt" be another viable Wheel puzzle?
I think the challenge rounds are based on trying to make them, well, challenging. New Orange T-Shirt wouldn't work, because based on the "free" RSTLNE, you'd have:
NE_ _R_N_E T-S__RT
Granted, it's not ALL there, but I think the hardest part of that would be to figure out the second word, and two of the 4 remaining vowels would greatly help.
The NEW BABY BUGGY was tricky as a puzzle mostly because only two letters were there, and none of his guesses showed up. I think his guess may have been trying to figure out words that didn't use any of the letters that weren't there, and it fit, but I suspect most people would have been stumped by it
Granted, the phrase itself is kind of weird, but BABY BUGGY has none of the "free" letters, and so they may have added NEW to just have SOMETHING show up.
On another note, I was watching some other videos, and there was one where the answer was I HAVE A GOOD FEELING ABOUT THIS. The player guessed one letter (I think it was "L"), and solved the puzzle. Pat Sajak was a bit taken aback when she asked if she could solve it, but it was kind of interesting.
EDIT: removed the second one, as I was poking around, and that one may have been fake