History Series / Concentration

31st Aug '17 6:21:46 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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''Concentration'' was the last NBC show to go from monochrome to color, doing so in November 1966. Producer Norm Blumenthal agreed to the transition only on the condition that his puzzles remain in two-tone white against a gray background [[note]](he felt that color puzzles would give away clues too readily)[[/note]].

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''Concentration'' was the last NBC show to go from monochrome to color, doing so in November 1966. Producer Norm Blumenthal agreed to the transition only on the condition that his puzzles remain in two-tone white against a gray background [[note]](he background, since he felt that color puzzles would give away clues too readily)[[/note]].
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21st Jul '17 6:45:35 PM themisterfree
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** On the ''Classic'' version, for a very brief time in 1990, the rebus solution would be revealed to the audience before the game was played. This practice didn't last long at all; it was in place on the February 6 episode, but was gone by February 20.

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** On the ''Classic'' version, For ''Classic'', for a very brief time in 1990, the rebus solution would be revealed to the audience before the game was played. This practice didn't last long at all; it was in place on the February 6 episode, but was gone by February 20.



** The 1987-91 theme tune was a rearrangement of the ticket-plug cue used on ''Series/BodyLanguage''.

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** The 1987-91 1985-91 theme tune was a rearrangement of the ticket-plug cue used on ''Series/BodyLanguage''.
29th May '17 12:31:51 AM glickmam
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Jack Barry was the original producer of ''Concentration'', as well as ''Series/TwentyOne'' and ''Series/TicTacDough''. Shortly into the run, NBC took over production of ''Concentration'' and canned ''Twenty-One''. Hugh Downs, most notable to news fans as a ''Today Show'' anchor, hosted from 1958 to 1969. Barry himself helmed a four-episode nighttime version, which replaced the aforementioned ''Twenty-One''. A second nighttime edition, this time in color, aired for six months in 1961.

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Jack Barry was the original producer of ''Concentration'', as well as ''Series/TwentyOne'' and ''Series/TicTacDough''. Shortly into the run, NBC took over production of ''Concentration'' and canned ''Twenty-One''. Hugh Downs, most notable to news fans as a ''Today Show'' anchor, anchor and to late night fans as Jack Paar's sidekick/announcer on ''Series/TheTonightShow'', hosted from 1958 to 1969. Barry himself helmed a four-episode nighttime version, which replaced the aforementioned ''Twenty-One''. A second nighttime edition, this time in color, aired for six months in 1961.
18th May '17 11:33:36 AM Hallwings
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*** July 22, 1987: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2kPaVOcehg&t=25m1s this car game]], where Sten [[spoiler:not only failed to make a match but called out three numbers at one point, called out a number that wasn't on the board (16), missed an obvious match, ''and'' kept calling numbers he had already uncovered]]. Granted, he had the minimum 35 seconds, but ''still''...

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*** July 22, 1987: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2kPaVOcehg&t=25m1s com/watch?v=-2kPaVOcehg&t=19m35s this car game]], where Sten [[spoiler:not only failed to make a match but called out three numbers at one point, called out a number that wasn't on the board (16), missed an obvious match, ''and'' kept calling numbers he had already uncovered]]. Granted, he had the minimum 35 seconds, but ''still''...
12th May '17 4:13:45 PM themisterfree
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** In the 1980s, an audience member was invited onstage to play a modified version of the car-matching game. They were given the base 35-second time, and then matched cash amounts. The sum of all the amounts was $500.

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** In the 1980s, an audience member was invited onstage to play a modified version of the car-matching game. They were given the base 35-second time, and then matched cash amounts. The sum of all the amounts was $500. It was rarely used, though.



* ConsolationPrize: Strangely enough, on the 1970s Narz version, there was at least one often two consolation-level prizes available as main prizes to be found on the board during a given game. These have included panel cleaner, salad dressing, beef jerky, fruit drinks, macaroni and cheese dinners, children's toys, latex paint and floor wax. (Usually, the contestant would win about $25 to $50 worth of said prize, and it would be included in his total.)

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* ConsolationPrize: Strangely enough, on the 1970s Narz version, there was at least one often two consolation-level prizes available as main prizes to be found on the board during a given game. These have included panel cleaner, salad dressing, beef jerky, fruit drinks, macaroni and cheese dinners, children's toys, latex paint and floor wax. (Usually, the contestant would win about $25 to $50 worth of said prize, and it would be included in his their total.)



** Pressman and Endless Games each made a ''Classic'' home game, a decade apart, with full-color rebuses. The Endless version was rereleased in 2003 with new packaging and different prizes. During the home game plugs, Trebek would often mention that it was a good tool to use for contestants to get familiar with some of the ''Classic'' symbols used such as the awl, the aisle and the ewe/mare with the lipstick. (Awl, aisle, and the omnipresent oar were all staples of puzzles on the original show.)

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** Pressman and Endless Games each made a ''Classic'' home game, a decade apart, with full-color rebuses.rebuses created by Steve Ryan (inventor of ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'' and the rebuses for ''Classic''). The Endless version was rereleased in 2003 with new packaging and different prizes. During the home game plugs, Trebek would often mention that it was a good tool to use for contestants to get familiar with some of the ''Classic'' symbols used such as the awl, the aisle and the ewe/mare with the lipstick. (Awl, aisle, and the omnipresent oar were all staples of puzzles on the original show.)



** TheAnnouncer: Art James and Bob Clayton during Downs' tenure, Wayne Howell during Clayton's, and Clayton during [=McMahon=]'s. Johnny Olson announced the Narz version, and Gene Wood announced from 1985-91. In a sort of full-circle mode, Art James filled in for Gene Wood near the end of ''Classic''[='s=] run.
** GameShowHost: Hugh Downs, Jack Barry, Bob Clayton, Ed [=McMahon=], Jack Narz, Orson Bean, Alex Trebek. Art James filled in for Downs, as did Clayton.

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** TheAnnouncer: Art James [[Series/CatchPhrase Art]] [[Film/{{Mallrats}} James]] and [[Series/{{Pyramid}} Bob Clayton Clayton]] during Downs' tenure, Wayne Howell during Clayton's, and Clayton during [=McMahon=]'s. [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Johnny Olson Olson]] announced the Narz version, and [[Series/FamilyFeud Gene Wood Wood]] announced from 1985-91. In a sort of full-circle mode, Art James filled in for Gene Wood near the end of ''Classic''[='s=] run.
** GameShowHost: Hugh Downs, Jack Barry, Creator/JackBarry, Bob Clayton, Ed [=McMahon=], [[Series/NowYouSeeIt Jack Narz, Narz]], Orson Bean, Alex Trebek.and Creator/AlexTrebek. Art James filled in for Downs, as did Clayton.



* SpeedRound: When time is running short, or it's a tie in 2 rounds, they would go to a ''Quick Solve''. As the numbers are removed one by one until a player buzzes in.

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* SpeedRound: When time is running short, or it's a tie in 2 rounds, they would go to a ''Quick Solve''. As remove the numbers are removed one by one one, revealing the puzzle, until a player buzzes in.



** On the syndicated version, when neither contestant was able to solve the rebus after it had been fully revealed. At this point, if the first contestant to ring in guessed wrong or couldn't answer, the opponent was given five seconds to provide the answer, after which the game was declared a double loss, and the "Double Play" bonus round was not played. It's not known at this point, based on circulating episodes, but the possibility existed for both games to end in a double loss, meaning both contestants leave with consolation prizes.

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** On the syndicated version, when neither contestant was able to solve the rebus after it had been fully revealed. At this point, if the first contestant to ring in guessed wrong or couldn't answer, the opponent was given five seconds to provide the answer, after which the game was declared a double loss, and the "Double Play" bonus round was not played. It's not known at this point, based on circulating episodes, but the possibility existed for both games to end in a double loss, meaning both contestants could leave with consolation prizes.



** Take (and earlier, "Take 1 Gift"):The contestant was permitted to take one of the prizes from his opponent's rack, provided he had something to take. (He could hold a Take card until later during the ''Classic'' era, hoping that a desirable prize would be available for the taking later.)
** "Forfeit 1 Gift": During the NBC run and the first two years of the Narz 1970s run, the contestant had to give up one of his gifts. During the NBC run, that's what the gag gifts were for insurance against these {{Zonk}}s and to protect his good gifts.

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** Take (and earlier, "Take 1 Gift"):The Gift"): The contestant was permitted to take one of the prizes from his their opponent's rack, provided he they had something to take. (He (They could hold a Take card until later during the ''Classic'' era, hoping that a desirable prize would be available for the taking later.)
** "Forfeit 1 Gift": During the NBC run and the first two years of the Narz 1970s run, the contestant had to give up one of his their gifts. During the NBC run, that's what the gag gifts were for insurance against these {{Zonk}}s and to protect his the good gifts.stuff.



** ''Series/CatchPhrase'' (Syndicated, 1985-86; many years in the UK) revealed a short phrase in the form of a two- or three-clue animated rebus, similar to the recurring Wacky Wordies in ''Games'' magazine.

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** ''Series/CatchPhrase'' (Syndicated, 1985-86; many years in the UK) revealed a short phrase in the form of a two- or three-clue animated rebus, similar to the recurring Wacky Wordies in ''Games'' magazine. Additionally, Steve Ryan, who (as mentioned) created the rebuses for ''Classic'', created the puzzles for this show as well.



* HalloweenSpecial: The original series had an annual Halloween episode, where Downs (later Clayton) and the contestants played in costume. This tradition continued on the Trebek version, but only for the contestants.

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* HalloweenSpecial: The original series had an annual Halloween episode, where Downs (later Clayton) and the contestants played in costume. This tradition continued on the Trebek version, but only for the contestants.version.



** The board game based on the original British run (see below) had '''no rebuses'''.

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** The board game based on the original British run (see below) had '''no rebuses'''. The hell?



** "Behind these numbers, is a puzzle. Can you solve it? (puzzle solution is revealed) If you can do that, you could have a chance to win, one of these eight fabulous cars, as we play ''CLASSIC CONCENTRATION!'' And now, here is the host of ''Concentration'', Alex Trebek!"

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** "Behind these numbers, is a puzzle. Can you solve it? (puzzle solution is revealed) If you can do that, you could have a chance to win, one of these eight fabulous cars, as we play ''CLASSIC CONCENTRATION!'' And now, here is here's the host of ''Concentration'', Alex Trebek!"



** From the 1985 pilots: "Can you decode this puzzle? (puzzle solution is revealed) These are the puzzles we play, on CONCENTRATION! Starring Orson Bean!"
** Original series: "The NBC Television Network presents...(''introductory music'') ''Concentration.'' In one of our games (''prize description'') And now, here is the star of our show, Hugh Downs (''later Bob Clayton'')!"
** 1973-78 series: "From Hollywood, the game of puzzles and prizes, ''Concentration''! And now, here's the host of ''Concentration'', Jack Narz!"

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** From the 1985 pilots: "Can you decode this puzzle? (puzzle solution is revealed) These are the puzzles we play, on CONCENTRATION! ''CONCENTRATION!'' Starring Orson Bean!"
** Original series: "The NBC Television Network presents...(''introductory music'') ''Concentration.'' ''Concentration''. In one of our games (''prize description'') And now, here is the star of our show, Hugh Downs (''later Ed [=McMahon=] / Bob Clayton'')!"
** 1973-78 series: run: "From Hollywood, the game of puzzles and prizes, ''Concentration''! And now, here's the host of ''Concentration'', Jack Narz!"
23rd Jan '17 12:48:54 PM Gimere
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** Time ran out late in Game 2 ("YUV; {Bowling Pin}; M + {Oar}; TH + {Hen}; K + {Eye} + ND"), resulting in Clayton walking between the players, revealing the solution, and asking for a ruling on how they would finish this game. Producer Norm Blumenthal then spoke, stating that the "Birthday Present" prize ($1,400 cash) would be split between the final two players.

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** Time ran out late in Game 2 ("YUV; {Bowling Pin}; M + {Oar}; TH + {Hen}; K + {Eye} + ND"), resulting in Clayton walking between the players, revealing the solution, solution [[note]]"You've Been More Than Kind"[[/note]], and asking for a ruling on how they would finish this game. Producer Norm Blumenthal then spoke, stating that the "Birthday Present" prize ($1,400 cash) would be split between the final two players.
20th Jan '17 7:09:56 AM supersaver87
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** On the ''Classic'' version, for a very brief time in 1990, the rebus solution would be revealed to the audience before the game was played. This practice didn't last long at all; it was in place on the February 6 episode, but was gone by March 9.

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** On the ''Classic'' version, for a very brief time in 1990, the rebus solution would be revealed to the audience before the game was played. This practice didn't last long at all; it was in place on the February 6 episode, but was gone by March 9.February 20.
8th Jan '17 7:43:24 PM themisterfree
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** The Trebek version had similar things for one Halloween week- he even said "Monty Hall would call these Zonkers". In this case, they included things that related to Halloween, like "5 Pounds of Graveyard Dirt".
19th Nov '16 7:42:18 AM themisterfree
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** "Behind these numbers, is a puzzle. Can you solve it? (puzzle solution is revealed) If you can do that, you could have a chance to win, one of these eight faaabulous cars, as we play '(Audience says along) CLASSIC CONCENTRATION!' And now, here is the host of Concentration, Alex Trebek!"

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** "Behind these numbers, is a puzzle. Can you solve it? (puzzle solution is revealed) If you can do that, you could have a chance to win, one of these eight faaabulous fabulous cars, as we play '(Audience says along) CLASSIC CONCENTRATION!' ''CLASSIC CONCENTRATION!'' And now, here is the host of Concentration, ''Concentration'', Alex Trebek!"Trebek!"
*** A later variant on that spiel had "a brand-new car", and the audience saying the name of the show alongside Gene.
4th Nov '16 11:32:56 AM themisterfree
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* TheCameo: Music/BBKing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pWcFVrt-RM once made an appearance]] on a 1990 episode of ''Classic''.
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