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11th Mar '13 5:01:54 PM JIKTV
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GameShow hosted by comedian Frank Nicotero which ran in syndication from 2000-05. In this show, contestants try to predict whether ordinary people on the street get certain trivia questions right or wrong. The game consisted of four prediction rounds.

'''Round 1: Who Knew It?'''

In the first round, the same question was asked to all three of the "Street Savants," but only one of them got the question right. Correctly predicting which one got it right earns $100.
* Sometimes two of them would give the correct answer.

'''Round 2: Who Blew It?'''

The second round is similar to the first one, except this time, (1) the question is only asked to two of the "savants" at a time (one of whom answered correctly), and (2) the contestants have to pick who got it wrong. A correct prediction is worth $200, and this round introduces the "Dunce Cap" (see below)

'''Round 3: Pick Your Pony/Brain'''

In the third round, both players (starting with the one in the lead, or in the case of a tie, determined by a coin toss backstage) pick a different "savant," and then have to predict whether they got each of three questions right or wrong. A correct prediction is worth $300, and the Dunce Cap can also be used in this round regardless of if it was used in the previous round.

'''Final Round: The Wager Of Death'''

In the Wager of Death, involving all three "savants," both players secretly choose a "savant," predict whether they would be right or wrong, and then make a wager not to exceed their current total. A correct prediction adds their wager to their score, while an incorrect prediction deducts it. When this round ends, the players with the most money keeps it (even if it's $1), and the losing player gets nothing.
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!!GameShow Tropes in use:
* {{Lifelines}}: In Rounds 2 and 3, a contestant may buzz in and place a dunce cap on their opponent's head and force them to answer the question; hopefully, the player who is "dunced" (as it's sometimes called in-show) gets it wrong, thus giving the player who buzzed in bonus cash. However...
** {{Whammy}}: This can backfire if the opposing player gets the answer right, thus earning the bonus themselves. They get to add insult to injury by placing the Dunce Cap on the Duncer's head instead.
* Personnel:
** GameShowHost: Frank Nicotero.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* ADayInTheLimelight: Frank's interviewees would occasionally be invited as contestants.
* DieHardOnAnX: It's basically [[Series/TheTonightShow Jay Leno]]'s "Jaywalking" segments as a GameShow.
* DownerEnding: If both players end the game with $0, they both get nothing.
* DunceCap: See above.
* FlawlessVictory: The highest possible winning total is $4,600. This required not only making every prediction correct in every round, but winning both Dunce Cap questions ''and'' going [[AllOrNothing double or nothing]] on the Wager of Death.
* GoldenSnitch: Much like ''{{Series/Jeopardy}}'', the player in second place could win if the leader wagered enough on a bad prediction. Of course, this usually would only happen if the leader had no more than twice the second player's total.
* GrandFinale: Rare for a game show to have this, but the final season had the winner be given the option of keeping the winnings or forfeiting them to return for a tournament where champions competed for $100,000. The last episode was the last two players competing for that grand prize.
* SuddenDeath: If there is a tie on anything other than $0, the players play a single question under modified "Dunce Cap" rules: when a player buzzes in, they can play (but must answer based only on what they've heard to that point) or pass to the other player (but let them hear the entire question before answering). Get it right and you win, get it wrong and you're out.
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GameShow hosted by comedian Frank Nicotero which ran in syndication from 2000-05. In this show, contestants try to predict whether ordinary people on the street get certain trivia questions right or wrong. The game consisted of four prediction rounds.

'''Round 1: Who Knew It?'''

In the first round, the same question was asked to all three of the "Street Savants," but only one of them got the question right. Correctly predicting which one got it right earns $100.
* Sometimes two of them would give the correct answer.

'''Round 2: Who Blew It?'''

The second round is similar to the first one, except this time, (1) the question is only asked to two of the "savants" at a time (one of whom answered correctly), and (2) the contestants have to pick who got it wrong. A correct prediction is worth $200, and this round introduces the "Dunce Cap" (see below)

'''Round 3: Pick Your Pony/Brain'''

In the third round, both players (starting with the one in the lead, or in the case of a tie, determined by a coin toss backstage) pick a different "savant," and then have to predict whether they got each of three questions right or wrong. A correct prediction is worth $300, and the Dunce Cap can also be used in this round regardless of if it was used in the previous round.

'''Final Round: The Wager Of Death'''

In the Wager of Death, involving all three "savants," both players secretly choose a "savant," predict whether they would be right or wrong, and then make a wager not to exceed their current total. A correct prediction adds their wager to their score, while an incorrect prediction deducts it. When this round ends, the players with the most money keeps it (even if it's $1), and the losing player gets nothing.
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!!GameShow Tropes in use:
* {{Lifelines}}: In Rounds 2 and 3, a contestant may buzz in and place a dunce cap on their opponent's head and force them to answer the question; hopefully, the player who is "dunced" (as it's sometimes called in-show) gets it wrong, thus giving the player who buzzed in bonus cash. However...
** {{Whammy}}: This can backfire if the opposing player gets the answer right, thus earning the bonus themselves. They get to add insult to injury by placing the Dunce Cap on the Duncer's head instead.
* Personnel:
** GameShowHost: Frank Nicotero.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* ADayInTheLimelight: Frank's interviewees would occasionally be invited as contestants.
* DieHardOnAnX: It's basically [[Series/TheTonightShow Jay Leno]]'s "Jaywalking" segments as a GameShow.
* DownerEnding: If both players end the game with $0, they both get nothing.
* DunceCap: See above.
* FlawlessVictory: The highest possible winning total is $4,600. This required not only making every prediction correct in every round, but winning both Dunce Cap questions ''and'' going [[AllOrNothing double or nothing]] on the Wager of Death.
* GoldenSnitch: Much like ''{{Series/Jeopardy}}'', the player in second place could win if the leader wagered enough on a bad prediction. Of course, this usually would only happen if the leader had no more than twice the second player's total.
* GrandFinale: Rare for a game show to have this, but the final season had the winner be given the option of keeping the winnings or forfeiting them to return for a tournament where champions competed for $100,000. The last episode was the last two players competing for that grand prize.
* SuddenDeath: If there is a tie on anything other than $0, the players play a single question under modified "Dunce Cap" rules: when a player buzzes in, they can play (but must answer based only on what they've heard to that point) or pass to the other player (but let them hear the entire question before answering). Get it right and you win, get it wrong and you're out.
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11th Mar '13 4:52:05 PM JIKTV
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* DieHardOnAnX: It's basically JayLeno's "Jaywalking" segments as a GameShow.

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* DieHardOnAnX: It's basically JayLeno's [[Series/TheTonightShow Jay Leno]]'s "Jaywalking" segments as a GameShow.
12th Nov '12 11:06:32 AM Twentington
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Nicotero was actually a contestant on two cable game shows (one of which was ''{{Series/Debt}}'' on {{Lifetime}}) before hosting ''Street Smarts''.
8th Oct '12 5:44:52 AM jayharrison
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* [[WhatAnIdiot What a Dumbbell]]: One question involved having an interviewee do curls with a lightweight dumbbell. One of the contestants was dunced into doing curls; despite properly doing curls when the question was asked to him, he did something completely different when it came time to "answer" the question.
12th Jul '12 10:55:29 PM jayharrison
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* ADayInTheLimelight: Frank's interviewees would occasionally be invited as contestants.



* GrandFinale: Rare for a gameshow to have this, but the final season had the winner be given the option of keeping the winnings or forfeiting them to return for a tournament where champions competed for $100,000. The last episode was the last two players competing for that grand prize.

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* FlawlessVictory: The highest possible winning total is $4,600. This required not only making every prediction correct in every round, but winning both Dunce Cap questions ''and'' going [[AllOrNothing double or nothing]] on the Wager of Death.
* GoldenSnitch: Much like ''{{Series/Jeopardy}}'', the player in second place could win if the leader wagered enough on a bad prediction. Of course, this usually would only happen if the leader had no more than twice the second player's total.
* GrandFinale: Rare for a gameshow game show to have this, but the final season had the winner be given the option of keeping the winnings or forfeiting them to return for a tournament where champions competed for $100,000. The last episode was the last two players competing for that grand prize.prize.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Nicotero was actually a contestant on two cable game shows (one of which was ''{{Series/Debt}}'' on {{Lifetime}}) before hosting ''Street Smarts''.


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* [[WhatAnIdiot What a Dumbbell]]: One question involved having an interviewee do curls with a lightweight dumbbell. One of the contestants was dunced into doing curls; despite properly doing curls when the question was asked to him, he did something completely different when it came time to "answer" the question.
15th Jun '12 5:06:44 AM goldenroad
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* GrandFinale: Rare for a gameshow to have this, but the final season had the winner be given the option of keeping the winnings or returning for a tournament where champions competed for a grand prize. The last episode was the last two players competing for that grand prize.

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* GrandFinale: Rare for a gameshow to have this, but the final season had the winner be given the option of keeping the winnings or returning forfeiting them to return for a tournament where champions competed for a grand prize.$100,000. The last episode was the last two players competing for that grand prize.
17th Mar '12 12:06:00 AM EcliptorCalrissian
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Added DiffLines:

* GrandFinale: Rare for a gameshow to have this, but the final season had the winner be given the option of keeping the winnings or returning for a tournament where champions competed for a grand prize. The last episode was the last two players competing for that grand prize.
28th Feb '12 2:35:35 PM ANTMuddle
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* Sometimes two of them would give the correct answer.



The second round is similar to the first one, except this time, the question is only asked to two of the "savants" at a time, and this time, the contestants have to pick who got it wrong. A correct prediction is worth $200, and this round introduces the "Dunce Cap" (see below)

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The second round is similar to the first one, except this time, (1) the question is only asked to two of the "savants" at a time, time (one of whom answered correctly), and this time, (2) the contestants have to pick who got it wrong. A correct prediction is worth $200, and this round introduces the "Dunce Cap" (see below)



In the Wager of Death, both players secretly choose a person, predict whether they would be right or wrong, and then make a wager not to exceed their current total. A correct prediction adds their wager to their score, while an incorrect prediction deducts it. When this round ends, the players with the most money keeps it (even if it's $1), and the losing player gets nothing.

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In the Wager of Death, involving all three "savants," both players secretly choose a person, "savant," predict whether they would be right or wrong, and then make a wager not to exceed their current total. total. A correct prediction adds their wager to their score, while an incorrect prediction deducts it. When this round ends, the players with the most money keeps it (even if it's $1), and the losing player gets nothing.
9th May '11 1:30:12 PM theduck87
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* {{Lifelines}}: In Rounds 2 and 3, a contestant may place a dunce cap on their opponent's head and force them to answer the question.
** {{Whammy}}: This can backfire, however, if the opposing player gets the answer right. They get to add insult to injury by placing the Dunce Cap on the Duncer's head instead.

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* {{Lifelines}}: In Rounds 2 and 3, a contestant may buzz in and place a dunce cap on their opponent's head and force them to answer the question.
question; hopefully, the player who is "dunced" (as it's sometimes called in-show) gets it wrong, thus giving the player who buzzed in bonus cash. However...
** {{Whammy}}: This can backfire, however, backfire if the opposing player gets the answer right.right, thus earning the bonus themselves. They get to add insult to injury by placing the Dunce Cap on the Duncer's head instead.


Added DiffLines:

* SuddenDeath: If there is a tie on anything other than $0, the players play a single question under modified "Dunce Cap" rules: when a player buzzes in, they can play (but must answer based only on what they've heard to that point) or pass to the other player (but let them hear the entire question before answering). Get it right and you win, get it wrong and you're out.
4th Apr '11 7:21:10 PM MoPete
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** {{Whammy}}: This can backfire, however, if the opposing player gets the answer right.

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** {{Whammy}}: This can backfire, however, if the opposing player gets the answer right. They get to add insult to injury by placing the Dunce Cap on the Duncer's head instead.
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