History Series / Scrabble

4th Feb '16 5:28:25 AM themisterfree
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/scrabble.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:It's the television version of everybody's favorite game!]]
29th Jan '16 7:38:45 PM themisterfree
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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Scrabble Showdown'' on Creator/TheHub, with the "Scrabble Lightning" round featuring similar gameplay (complete with punny clues).
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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Scrabble Showdown'' ''Series/ScrabbleShowdown'' on Creator/TheHub, with the "Scrabble Lightning" round featuring similar gameplay (complete with punny clues).
29th Jan '16 5:37:56 PM GrammarNavi
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* {{Sweeps}}: The show regularly did tournament weeks during these occasions, featuring past champions, teens, teen stars, game show hosts, and soap stars, among others.
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* {{Sweeps}}: UsefulNotes/{{Sweeps}}: The show regularly did tournament weeks during these occasions, featuring past champions, teens, teen stars, game show hosts, and soap stars, among others.
25th Jan '16 1:03:46 PM Aspie1987
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Fixing a rule about winnings (originally you'd win $28,000 after five Sprint rounds... $1,500 x 5 = $7,500 +
** Two new contestants competed in the Crossword Game, with the winning contestant competing against the returning champion. A contestant who won five matches won a total of $20,000 (originally $21,500), while a 10-time champion granted him/her a total of $40,000 (originally $55,500) and rendered him/her undefeated.
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** Two new contestants competed in the Crossword Game, with the winning contestant competing against the returning champion. A contestant who won five matches won a total of $20,000 (originally $21,500), $28,000), while a 10-time champion granted him/her a total of $40,000 (originally $55,500) and rendered him/her undefeated.
13th Jan '16 7:27:55 PM WarioBarker
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The series originally ran from 1984 to 1990, then returned briefly in 1993 as part of an hourlong block with ''Series/{{Scattergories}}''.
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The series originally ran from 1984 to 1990, then returned briefly in 1993 as part of an hourlong hour-long block with ''Series/{{Scattergories}}''.

* BonusSpace: Blue and pink squares, which awarded $500 and $1,000, respectively, during the best-known format. Their locations matched up to the bonus spaces on the original gameboard: blue for double/triple letter, pink for double/triple word.
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* BonusSpace: Blue and pink squares, which awarded $500 and $1,000, respectively, $1,000 respectively during the best-known format. Their locations matched up to the bonus spaces on the original gameboard: game board: blue for double/triple letter, pink for double/triple word.

** GameShowHost: Chuck Woolery. Steve Edwards hosted a pilot on August 1, 1990, for syndication (via Group W/Westinghouse), after which John O'Hurley and [[Series/FriendOrFoe Lisa Kennedy]] hosted pilots for Creator/{{GSN}}.
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** GameShowHost: Chuck Woolery. Steve Edwards hosted a pilot on August 1, 1990, 1990 for syndication (via Group W/Westinghouse), after which John O'Hurley and [[Series/FriendOrFoe Lisa Kennedy]] hosted pilots for Creator/{{GSN}}.

## When all three stoppers had been drawn for a word.
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## When all three stoppers Stoppers had been drawn for a word.

* AprilFoolsDay: On the April Fool's Day 1989 episode, Chuck walked out and recited his ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' opening spiel, complete with, "Once you buy a prize, it's yours to keep," and the ''Wheel'' puzzle reveal chimes.
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* AprilFoolsDay: On the April Fool's Day 1989 episode, Chuck walked out and recited his ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' opening spiel, complete with, with "Once you buy a prize, it's yours to keep," keep." and the ''Wheel'' puzzle reveal chimes.

* CompanionCube: Literally, the game board was a giant revolving cube, with two sides for Crossword/Sprint rounds, and two sides that were basic Scrabble boards with neon. On one episode, the game board started sliding back during a round. Once the technicians fixed it, Chuck told the board, "Sit! Stay!" ** One of the changes for the 1993 version was that it didn't revolve- but this was because inbetween the Steve Edwards pilot of 1990 and the 1993 revival, the cube's motor got damaged somehow and it couldn't turn anymore.
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* CompanionCube: Literally, the game board was a giant revolving cube, with two sides for Crossword/Sprint rounds, and two sides that were basic Scrabble boards with neon. On one episode, the game board started sliding back during a round. Once the technicians fixed it, Chuck told the board, board "Sit! Stay!" ** One of the changes for the 1993 '93 version was that it didn't revolve- but this was because inbetween at some point between the Steve 1990 Edwards pilot of 1990 and the 1993 revival, '93, the cube's motor got damaged somehow and it couldn't turn anymore.

* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: From 1984 to 1986, the show straddled, and two new contestants competed in the Crossword Round, with the winning contestant competing against the returning champion. A contestant who won 5 matches won a total of $20,000 (originally $21,500). A 10-time champion granted him/her a total of $40,000 (originally $55,500), and rendered him/her undefeated. The first week or so added money into a pot for each letter, and the Sprint round was worth 3 times amount instead of $1,500. Originally the Sprint round had contestants call out words from their choice of the blue or pink envelope, but this was later changed to having them play the same three (later four) words.
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: From 1984 to 1986, For the show straddled, and show's first two years or so, the games straddled. ** Two new contestants competed in the Crossword Round, Game, with the winning contestant competing against the returning champion. A contestant who won 5 five matches won a total of $20,000 (originally $21,500). A $21,500), while a 10-time champion granted him/her a total of $40,000 (originally $55,500), $55,500) and rendered him/her undefeated. undefeated. ** The first week or so added few weeks had the Crossword Game add money into a pot for each letter, letter (an element carried over from the pilot), and the Sprint round was worth 3 three times the winning Crossword amount instead of $1,500. Originally $1,500. ** Originally, the Sprint round had contestants call out words from their choice of the blue or pink envelope, but this was later changed to having them play the same three (later four) words.

* HalloweenSpecial: With the contestants dressed in costume. This would usually be the basis for the one-phrase introductions Charlie Tuna would use at the beginning of each round, such as, "He's a real Bozo; she'll move her tail for you," for a man dressed as a clown and a woman dressed as a cat.
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* HalloweenSpecial: With the contestants dressed in costume. This would usually be the basis for the one-phrase introductions Charlie Tuna would use at the beginning of each round, such as, as "He's a real Bozo; she'll move her tail for you," for a man dressed as a clown and a woman dressed as a cat.

* StockFootage: From 1984 to 1986, each episode began with a shot of the set from the March 1984 pilot episode. The set in the pilot had a faster chase light configuration than the one for the actual show. After the opening spiel, the shot from the current episode, with host Chuck Woolery making his entrance, was then shown.
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* StockFootage: From 1984 to 1986, 1984-86, each episode began with a shot of the set from the March 1984 pilot episode. '84 pilot. The set in the pilot had a faster chase light configuration than the one for the actual show.series. After the opening spiel, the shot from the current episode, with host Chuck Woolery making his entrance, was then shown.

* StageMoney: On the original series, Chuck would walk to the contestants and hand out bonus money if they answered correctly after hitting a pink or blue square. The bills were printed with his picture and referred to as "Chuck Bucks." In 1993, the money just went into a pot for the Sprint.
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* StageMoney: On the original series, Chuck would walk to the contestants and hand out bonus money if they answered correctly after hitting a pink or blue square. The bills were printed with his picture and referred to as "Chuck Bucks." Bucks". In 1993, the money just went into a pot for the Sprint.

** One in particular was instrumental in establishing the shows' better-known format. It was ''The $100,000 All-American Scrabble Tournament'', which ran for 13 weeks from September 29-December 26, 1986 (64 episodes due to a Thanksgiving preemption). 188 of the best players were selected via a nation-wide search. 4 of them competed in each episode in preliminary matches from Monday-Thursday. There were two Crossword Rounds (with the typical $500 and $1,000 bonuses for blue and pink squares respectively), and each of them was followed by a Scrabble Sprint round. The winner of the first Crossword Round won $500, and played four words of six, seven, eight, and nine letters to try to set a time for the winner of the second Crossword Round between two other players. That player would try to beat the time set by the first player, and if he/she did so, they would win $1,000, and advance to the next round. ** On Friday, the 4 winners competed in two quarterfinal matches, and whoever won the 2nd Sprint round, won $5,000, and advanced to the semifinals round, for the final week of the tournament. For the 9th week, a wild card player was chosen for that week's quarterfinal matches. During the final week, from December 22-25, the 12 winners, as well as 4 wild card players, competed in semifinals matches, with the 4 finalists competing in that Fridays' final matches for the grand prize of $100,000. The winner was future ''Series/WinBenSteinsMoney'' champion Mark Bartos, with a grand total of $114,500 ($14,500 of which he earned during the crossword and sprint rounds). ** The following Monday, this format was adapted and slightly modified for the purposes of regular episodes and future tournaments, adding a Bonus Sprint round. With these changes in place, the show became a 30 minute program with no more straddling. In addition, these $100K tourney episodes were the very first to be shown on USA Network in the fall of 1991.
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** One in particular was instrumental in establishing the shows' show's better-known format. It was ''The format: "The $100,000 All-American Scrabble Tournament'', ''Scrabble'' Tournament", which ran for 13 weeks from September 29-December 29 to December 26, 1986 (64 episodes due to a Thanksgiving preemption). 188 of the best players were selected via a nation-wide nationwide search. 4 Four of them competed in each episode in preliminary matches from Monday-Thursday. There were two Crossword Rounds (with the typical $500 and $1,000 bonuses for blue and pink squares respectively), and each of them was followed by a Scrabble Sprint round. The winner of the first Crossword Round won $500, and played four words of six, seven, eight, and nine letters to try to set a time for the winner of the second Crossword Round between two other players. That player would try to beat the time set by the first player, and if he/she s/he did so, they would win $1,000, and advance to the next round. ** round. *** On Friday, the 4 four daily winners competed in two quarterfinal matches, and whoever won the 2nd second Sprint round, Round won $5,000, $5,000 and advanced to the semifinals round, round for the final week of the tournament. For the 9th ninth week, a wild card player was chosen for that week's quarterfinal matches. matches. *** During the final week, from December 22-25, week (December 22-26), the 12 winners, as well as 4 winners and four wild card players, players competed in semifinals matches, with the 4 four finalists competing in that Fridays' Friday's final matches for the grand prize of $100,000. The winner was future ''Series/WinBenSteinsMoney'' champion Mark Bartos, with a grand total of $114,500 ($14,500 of which he earned during the crossword Crossword Games and sprint rounds). ** Sprints). *** The following Monday, this format was adapted and slightly modified for the purposes of regular episodes and future tournaments, adding a the Bonus Sprint round. With these changes in place, the show became a 30 minute program with no more straddling. Sprint. In addition, these $100K tourney $100,000 Tourney episodes were the very first to be shown on USA Network in the fall of Fall 1991.
11th Jan '16 10:34:10 AM DrSlide
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* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' solve a puzzle if there's a pink or blue square open and only one Stopper left.
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* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' solve a puzzle if there's a pink or blue square open and only one Stopper left.left...unless that Stopper is the only letter in front of you.
11th Jan '16 10:31:57 AM DrSlide
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* BonusSpace: Blue and pink spaces, which awarded $500 and $1,000, respectively, during the best-known format. On the game board, they were placed where the "Double Score" and "Triple Score" spaces were in the board game.
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* BonusSpace: Blue and pink spaces, squares, which awarded $500 and $1,000, respectively, during the best-known format. On Their locations matched up to the game board, they were placed where the "Double Score" and "Triple Score" bonus spaces were in on the board game.original gameboard: blue for double/triple letter, pink for double/triple word.

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* BonusSpace: Blue and pink spaces, which awarded $500 and $1,000, respectively, during the best-known format. On the game board, they ** Viewers were placed where the "Double Score" invited to send in words and "Triple Score" spaces were clues to be used in the board game.opening sequence. The viewer whose word was chosen each day received a ''Scrabble'' T-shirt.
30th Dec '15 10:08:42 PM Gimere
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!!GameShow Tropes in use:
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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Scrabble Showdown'' on TheHub, with the "Scrabble Lightning" round featuring similar gameplay (complete with punny clues).
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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Scrabble Showdown'' on TheHub, Creator/TheHub, with the "Scrabble Lightning" round featuring similar gameplay (complete with punny clues).
30th Dec '15 12:04:23 PM themisterfree
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** GameShowHost: Chuck Woolery. Steve Edwards hosted a pilot on August 1, 1990, for syndication, after which John O'Hurley and [[Series/FriendOrFoe Lisa Kennedy]] hosted pilots for Creator/{{GSN}}.
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** GameShowHost: Chuck Woolery. Steve Edwards hosted a pilot on August 1, 1990, for syndication, syndication (via Group W/Westinghouse), after which John O'Hurley and [[Series/FriendOrFoe Lisa Kennedy]] hosted pilots for Creator/{{GSN}}.

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** GameShowHost: Chuck Woolery. One of the changes for the 1993 version was that it didn't revolve- but this was because inbetween the Steve Edwards hosted a pilot on August 1, 1990, for syndication, after which John O'Hurley of 1990 and [[Series/FriendOrFoe Lisa Kennedy]] hosted pilots for Creator/{{GSN}}.the 1993 revival, the cube's motor got damaged somehow and it couldn't turn anymore.
23rd Dec '15 7:20:25 PM Vahanisback
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: From 1984 to 1986, the show straddled, and two new contestants competed in the Crossword Round, with the winning contestant competing against the returning champion. A contestant who won 5 matches won a total of $20,000 (originally $21,500). A 10-time champion granted him/her a total of $40,000 (originally $55,000), and rendered him/her undefeated. The first week or so added money into a pot for each letter, and the Sprint round was worth 3 times amount instead of $1,500. Originally the Sprint round had contestants call out words from their choice of the blue or pink envelope, but this was later changed to having them play the same three (later four) words.
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: From 1984 to 1986, the show straddled, and two new contestants competed in the Crossword Round, with the winning contestant competing against the returning champion. A contestant who won 5 matches won a total of $20,000 (originally $21,500). A 10-time champion granted him/her a total of $40,000 (originally $55,000), $55,500), and rendered him/her undefeated. The first week or so added money into a pot for each letter, and the Sprint round was worth 3 times amount instead of $1,500. Originally the Sprint round had contestants call out words from their choice of the blue or pink envelope, but this was later changed to having them play the same three (later four) words.
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