Hosts: Jack Narz, Jack Clark, Chuck Henry, Scott McRae
Announcers: Johnny Olson, Gene Wood, Mark Driscoll, Don Morrow
Theme Music: “Chump Change”, by Quincy Jones & “Alternate Theme” by Score Productions
Taped At: CBS Television City, Studio 33, Los Angeles (1974-75, 1989), NBC Studios Los Angeles (1985), Sydney, Australia (2001)
Tape Dates: April 1974-June 1975, October 1985, April-July 1989, 2001
At the beginning of the series, a total of five players, one of whom was a returning champion, competed. In the first round of the game, the teams were shown a board of four rows, with 14 letters in each row. Two challengers faced the board while the other two - their teammates - had their back to the board. Host Narz read the clue to a word hidden on the board, and the players facing the board attempted to buzz in and give the row in which the answer resided. If correct, his/her teammate spun around and tried to locate the word. If successful, the team won a number of points equal to the number of the row where the word was found plus the position of the first letter. (For example, a word in row 3, position 7 would be worth 10 points). Players switched positions halfway and were given a new board; the team with the highest score advanced to the semifinals.
In the semifinals, the two teammates competed against each other for the right to face the champion. Narz would read a clue and the answer would spell out, one letter at a time. Obviously, the last letter was not given. The first person to get 4 words correct made it to the finals. The finals were played similarly to the first round, with the same player guessing the row and the word. The player with the most points at the end of that round made it to the Solo round.
The format underwent several changes during its run, and ended up pitting two challengers against each other in the same format as the semifinal round, whose winner would face the champ in the finals. Game play was the same in the finals, except that the first to score 100 points won.
Two teams of two competed in a “Pyramid”-esque type game. One person defined the word, on the board, and the other had to find the word. Points earned were the time left on the clock. The team had 15 seconds to define the word, find it, and solve it. After four words, the team with the most points won an extra 20 points. Then partners switched, and the host read the definition of the word, and the two had to find the word, at 20 points per correct identification.
This happened twice (partners vs. partners then against each other then SOLO then partners vs. partners then against then SOLO)
The first round began with two challengers. Both players were shown a 4x14 board of letters like above. Host Henry read a clue to the answer, and a clock then began ticking down the value of the answer from a maximum of 100 points until one player buzzed in. If the timer reached 10 points, Henry would then spot the row number to the players. Two boards were played, with point values doubling when time ran short. The first to score 1000 points went on to the championship round.
In the championship round, the winning challenger and the returning champion were shown a series of boards, each containing six words that fit a category. The category was read, and the first player to find a word then had 20 seconds to try and locate the other five words. If successful, the player won that board, otherwise, his/her opponent could steal the board by finding one more answer in 5 seconds (after having been unable to see the board while the first player searched). The first board was worth $200, with each board increasing in value by $100. The first player to score $1000 got to keep the money and went to the Solo round.
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60 seconds to find 10 words on the board, with an electronic pen. On the different versions of the show, you could win $5000.
On the 1985 pilot, if you won both against games, you could play for $10000 on the second game, regardless of win or loss of the first game. On the 1989 version, $5000 started the jackpot, until won an additional $5000 was added per day.