History Series / Scrabble

15th Apr '17 6:13:38 PM themisterfree
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** TheAnnouncer: Originally Jay Stewart, with Charlie Tuna replacing him in 1985. Rod Roddy held this role on the 1984 pilot.
** GameShowHost: Chuck Woolery. Steve Edwards hosted a 1990 pilot for a proposed syndicated run via Group W/Westinghouse.

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** TheAnnouncer: Originally [[Series/LetsMakeADeal Jay Stewart, Stewart]], with Charlie Tuna [[Series/{{Battlestars}} Charlie]] [[Series/TimeMachine Tuna]] replacing him in 1985. Rod Roddy fall 1985 (after having alternated with Stewart since the start of the year) so Stewart could concentrate on sister show ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury''. [[Series/PressYourLuck Rod]] [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Roddy]] held this role on the 1984 pilot.
** GameShowHost: Chuck Woolery.[[Series/{{Lingo}} Chuck]] [[Series/LoveConnection Woolery]]. Steve Edwards hosted a 1990 pilot for a proposed syndicated run via Group W/Westinghouse.



* SpeedRound: "Speedword", played at three different times - when all three Stoppers had been drawn for a word, after a 2-2 tie (starting in early 1985), and whenever time ran short (during the second format).

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* SpeedRound: "Speedword", ''Speedword'', played at three different times - when all three Stoppers had been drawn for a word, after a 2-2 tie (starting in early 1985), and whenever time ran short (during the second format).
15th Apr '17 6:09:56 PM themisterfree
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...and would go on to a "Sprint" round, where they tried to solve four words quicker than their opponent (the returning champion in later years) by picking one of two letters in the word at a time (no Stoppers in this half of the game). Whoever won the Scrabble Sprint would attempt a Bonus Sprint, where they had to guess two words in 10 seconds to win $5,000, increasing by $1,000 each time it wasn't won.

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...and would go on to a "Sprint" the ''Sprint'' round, where they tried to solve four words quicker than their opponent (the returning champion in later years) by picking one of two letters in the word at a time (no Stoppers in this half of the game). Whoever Beginning in 1986, whoever won the Scrabble Sprint would attempt then a Bonus Sprint, ''Bonus Sprint'', where they had to guess two words in 10 seconds to win $5,000, increasing by $1,000 each time it wasn't won.



* BonusRound: The "Scrabble Sprint" (and later, the "Bonus Sprint").

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* BonusRound: The "Scrabble Sprint" ''Scrabble Sprint'' (and later, the "Bonus Sprint").''Bonus Sprint'').
21st Mar '17 1:48:06 PM Gimere
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* TheChewToy: The show's head writer, Gary Johnson. Whenever an unusually bizarre clue came up, Chuck would as, "This is another one of Gary's [clues], isn't it?" More often than not, it was.

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* TheChewToy: TheChewToy:
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The show's head writer, Gary Johnson. Whenever an unusually bizarre clue came up, Chuck would as, ask, "This is another one of Gary's [clues], isn't it?" More often than not, it was.
11th Feb '17 4:55:45 PM IlGreven
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* RulesSpiel:
** "We'll play Scrabble until someone guesses three words right; that player goes on to the Scrabble Sprint for a chance at a bonus worth [today's pot size]. Take a look at the board as we set up for our first game...When you think you know the word, hit your buzzer, and don't forget the pink and blue bonus squares, they're worth money."
** In the Sprint: "Don't forget to hit the plunger, that's what stops the clock. There are no Stoppers; all the letters are good."
8th Jan '17 8:47:39 AM Vahanisback
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!!Building on the letter "O", six letters in the word, and the clue is: They're full of endless fun terms on the Internet.

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!!Building on the letter "O", six letters in the word, and the clue is: They're full of endless fun terms on the Internet.You'll spend hours with them.
4th Nov '16 4:55:34 PM WarioBarker
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-->'''[[TheAnnouncer Charlie Tuna]]''': A nine-letter word, the clue is, they hang them on TV Tropes.\\
'''StudioAudience''': [[IncrediblyLamePun LAMPSHADE!]]\\
'''Charlie''': It's the crossword game you've played all your life, but never quite like this!\\
'''Audience''': ''[[TitleScream SCRABBLE]]''!




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-->'''[[TheAnnouncer Charlie Tuna]]:''' A nine-letter word, the clue is, they hang them on TV Tropes.\\
'''StudioAudience:''' [[IncrediblyLamePun LAMPSHADE!]]\\
'''Charlie:''' It's the crossword game you've played all your life, but never quite like this!\\
'''Audience:''' ''[[TitleScream SCRABBLE]]''!



The series originally ran from 1984 to 1990, then returned briefly in 1993 as part of an hour-long block with ''Series/{{Scattergories}}''.

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The series originally ran from 1984 to 1990, 1984-90, then returned briefly in 1993 as part of an hour-long block with ''Series/{{Scattergories}}''.



* BigWinSirens: The stock "NBC sirens" were heard for $20,000, $40,000, Bonus Sprint and Tournament wins.

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* BigWinSirens: The stock "NBC sirens" were heard for $20,000, $40,000, Bonus Sprint Sprint, and Tournament wins.



* BonusSpace: Blue and pink squares, which awarded $500 and $1,000 respectively (if solved immediately after being filled in) during the best-known format. Their locations and colors matched up to the bonus spaces on the original game board: 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 (if solved immediately after being filled in) during the best-known format. Their locations and colors matched up to the bonus spaces on the original game board: blue for double/triple letter, Double/Triple Letter, pink for double/triple word.Double/Triple Word.



** Starting in the Fall of 1986, viewers were invited to send in words and clues to be used in the opening sequence. The viewer whose word was chosen each day received a ''Scrabble'' T-shirt.

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** Starting in with the Fall of format overhaul in September 1986, viewers were invited to send in words and clues to be used in the opening sequence. The viewer whose word was chosen each day received a ''Scrabble'' T-shirt.



** TheAnnouncer: Rod Roddy announced on the pilot, followed by Jay Stewart until 1986 and Charlie Tuna for the rest of the run.
** 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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** TheAnnouncer: Rod Roddy announced on the pilot, followed by Originally Jay Stewart until 1986 and Stewart, with Charlie Tuna for replacing him in 1985. Rod Roddy held this role on the rest of the run.
1984 pilot.
** GameShowHost: Chuck Woolery. Steve Edwards hosted a 1990 pilot on August 1, 1990 for syndication (via a proposed syndicated run via Group W/Westinghouse), after which John O'Hurley and [[Series/FriendOrFoe Lisa Kennedy]] hosted pilots for Creator/{{GSN}}.W/Westinghouse.



* SpeedRound: "Speedword", played at three different times:
## When all three Stoppers had been drawn for a word.
## After a 2-2 tie.
## Whenever time ran short.

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* SpeedRound: "Speedword", played at three different times:
## When
times - when all three Stoppers had been drawn for a word.
## After
word, after a 2-2 tie.
## Whenever
tie (starting in early 1985), and whenever time ran short.short (during the second format).



* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' solve a puzzle if there's a pink or blue square open and only one Stopper left, unless that Stopper is the only letter in front of you.
* TheChewToy: The show's head writer, Gary Johnson. Whenever an unusually bizarre clue came up, Chuck would ask, "This is another one of Gary's [clues], isn't it?" More often than not, it was.
* 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, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eQfL0WPNCs 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 '93 version was that it didn't revolve- but this was because at some point between the 1990 Edwards pilot and the '93, the cube's motor got damaged somehow and it couldn't turn anymore.
* ADayInTheLimelight: During a special week where various game show hosts (including Jamie Farr, who never actually hosted a full-time game show and was promoted as being host of NBC's ''Double Up'', which ended up not selling) played for home viewers, Chuck played several games with [[Series/DoubleDare1986 Marc Summers]] as host; in one game, Chuck won $12,000.

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* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' solve a puzzle if there's a pink or blue square open and only one Stopper left, unless that Stopper is the only letter in front of you.
you. Especially in the '93 series, when those squares were the ''only'' way the Bonus Sprint increased in value.
* TheChewToy: The show's head writer, Gary Johnson. Whenever an unusually bizarre clue came up, Chuck would ask, as, "This is another one of Gary's [clues], isn't it?" More often than not, it was.
** Jan Rabson was also a frequent target.
* 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 1989 episode, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eQfL0WPNCs 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 '93 version was that it didn't revolve- but revolve, though this was because at some point between the 1990 Edwards pilot and taping for the '93, '93 series, the cube's Cube's motor got damaged somehow and it simply couldn't turn anymore.
* ADayInTheLimelight: During a special 1987 week where various game show hosts (including Jamie Farr, who never actually hosted a full-time game show and was promoted plugged as being host of NBC's ''Double Up'', which ended up not selling) played for home viewers, Chuck played several games with [[Series/DoubleDare1986 Marc Summers]] as host; in one game, Chuck won $12,000.



** For the first 2¼-years, the games straddled. 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 $28,000), while a 10-time champion granted him/her a total of $40,000 (originally $55,500) and rendered him/her undefeated.
** The bonus squares were for decoration for most of the first three months. Starting in October 1984, $500 was awarded for correct guess on the blue square, and $1,000 was awarded for the pink. These bonuses were dropped briefly with the Spelling format in 1985, and also starting in 1985, Woolery started handing out to them in fake money called "Chuck Bucks".
** The first week Crossword Game add money into a pot for each letter (an element carried over from the pilot), and the Sprint round was worth three times the winning Crossword amount instead of $1,500.
** Originally, the Sprint round had contestants call out words from their choice of the blue or pink envelope. In March 1985, this was changed to having them play the same three words, with the returning champion being ushered into an isolation booth.
** In the Sprint round, if a letter was called, the other was removed instantly; in January 1985, it was changed to have the other letter go back into the shuffle.
** Originally, if a champion retired undefeated, another Sprint round would be played with two new contestants to find a replacement. This was done only one time on the July 24, 1984 show, after Annie [=McCormick=] retired undefeated, and this was changed to playing a second consecutive Crossword round.
** The short-lived spelling format offered $50 for a white square, $100 for a blue square, and $200 for a pink square; near the end, the pink square became $500.

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** For the first 2¼-years, the games straddled. Two straddled: two new contestants competed in the Crossword Game, with the winning contestant competing winner playing the Sprint against the returning champion. A contestant champ. Players who won five matches won Sprints got a total of $20,000 (originally $28,000), bonus (changed to their total being augmented to $20K in early '85), while a 10-time champion champs got ''another'' $20,000 (changed to their total being granted him/her a total of $40,000 (originally $55,500) and rendered him/her undefeated.
** The bonus squares were for decoration for most of the first three months. Starting in October 1984, $500 was awarded for a correct guess on the a blue square, and $1,000 was awarded for pink squares. This and the pink. These bonuses "Chuck Bucks", which debuted in early '85, were dropped briefly with removed for the duration of the Spelling format in 1985, and also starting in 1985, Woolery started handing out to them in fake money called "Chuck Bucks".
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** The For the first week of the series, the Crossword Game add game added money into a pot for each letter (an element carried over from the pilot), and the Sprint round was worth three times the winning Crossword amount instead of $1,500.
** Originally, the Sprint round had contestants call out words from their choice of the blue challenger pick one of two envelopes (pink or pink envelope. blue), with the champ playing the other packet. In March 1985, this was changed to having have them play the same three (later four) words, with the returning champion champ being ushered into an isolation booth.
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** In the Sprint round, if a players could call every letter was called, the other was removed instantly; in that popped up. In January 1985, it this was changed altered to have the other letter go back into the shuffle.
** Originally, if a champion retired undefeated, another Sprint round would be played with two new contestants to find a replacement. replacement champ. This was done only one time on the July once (July 24, 1984 show, 1984), after Annie [=McCormick=] retired undefeated, and undefeated. By the time the show had its second undefeated champ in August '84, this was had changed to playing a second two consecutive Crossword round.
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** The short-lived spelling Spelling format offered $50 for a white square, $100 for a blue square, and $200 (later $500) for a pink square; near the end, the pink square became $500.square.



** "This is [Contestant's name here]! In just a few moments he/she could win $20,000[[note]]or "$40,000", or "Over $55,000" early on[[/note]] today on ''Scrabble''!"[[note]]Used during the 1984-1986 format if a contestant was going for his or her 5th or 10th win.[[/note]]

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** "This is [Contestant's name here]! In just a few moments he/she could win $20,000[[note]]or $20,000 [[note]](or "$40,000", or "Over "over $55,000" early on[[/note]] on)[[/note]] today on ''Scrabble''!"[[note]]Used ''Scrabble''!" (Used during the 1984-1986 "straddling" format if a contestant was going for his or her a 5th or 10th win.[[/note]])



* ShoutOut: During the first Tournament of Champions from February 1985, Chuck said that they borrowed the glass suitcase from ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury'', another Reg Grundy series that also aired on NBC.
* StockFootage: From 1984-86, each episode began with a shot of the set from the '84 pilot. The set in the pilot had a faster chase light configuration than the one for the series. After the opening spiel, the shot from the current episode, with host Chuck Woolery making his entrance, was then shown. In the Summer of 1986, the studio audience began appearing on camera.

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* ShoutOut: During the first Tournament of Champions from in February 1985, Chuck said that they borrowed the glass suitcase from ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury'', another Reg Grundy series that also aired on NBC.
* StockFootage: From 1984-86, each episode began with a shot of the set from the '84 pilot. The set in the pilot had a faster chase light configuration than the one for the series. After the opening spiel, the shot from the current episode, with host Chuck Woolery making his entrance, was then shown. In the Summer of 1986, Around mid-1986, the studio audience began appearing on camera.on-camera.



* 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 For most of 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.
14th Oct '16 4:03:58 PM Vahanisback
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!!This show provides examples of:

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!!This show provides examples of:!!Building on the letter "O", six letters in the word, and the clue is: They're full of endless fun terms on the Internet.
4th Oct '16 8:01:29 AM Morgenthaler
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Based on the [[{{Scrabble}} board game of the same name]], this Creator/{{NBC}} GameShow hosted by Chuck Woolery, famous for ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/LoveConnection'', featured contestants trying to navigate a crossword puzzle-like board, forming words and winning cash.

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Based on the [[{{Scrabble}} [[TabletopGame/{{Scrabble}} board game of the same name]], this Creator/{{NBC}} GameShow hosted by Chuck Woolery, famous for ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/LoveConnection'', featured contestants trying to navigate a crossword puzzle-like board, forming words and winning cash.
29th Sep '16 8:51:30 PM jayharrison
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* 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 game board: 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 (if solved immediately after being filled in) during the best-known format. Their locations and colors matched up to the bonus spaces on the original game board: blue for double/triple letter, pink for double/triple word.



* 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!"

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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, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eQfL0WPNCs the game board started sliding back during a round. round.]] Once the technicians fixed it, Chuck told the board "Sit! Stay!"



** One contestant, named Andre François Jean [=DuPuy=], had both pink and blue tags for his first three names.



*** The following Monday, this format was adapted and slightly modified for the purposes of regular episodes and future tournaments, adding the Bonus Sprint. In addition, these $100,000 Tourney episodes were the very first to be shown on USA Network in Fall 1991.

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*** The following Monday, this format was adapted and slightly modified for the purposes of regular episodes and future tournaments, adding the Bonus Sprint. In addition, these $100,000 Tourney Tournament episodes were the very first to be shown on USA Network in the Fall of 1991.
26th Aug '16 8:46:23 AM tropower
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** "This is [Contestant's name here]! In just a few moments he/she could win $20,000[[note]]or "$40,000", or "Over $55,000" early on[[/note]] on ''Scrabble''!"[[note]]Used during the 1984-1986 format if a contestant was going for his or her 5th or 10th win.[[/note]]

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** "This is [Contestant's name here]! In just a few moments he/she could win $20,000[[note]]or "$40,000", or "Over $55,000" early on[[/note]] today on ''Scrabble''!"[[note]]Used during the 1984-1986 format if a contestant was going for his or her 5th or 10th win.[[/note]]



* ShoutOut: During the first Tournament of Champions from February 1985, Chuck said that they borrowed the glass suitcase from ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury'', another Reg Grundy series.

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* ShoutOut: During the first Tournament of Champions from February 1985, Chuck said that they borrowed the glass suitcase from ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury'', another Reg Grundy series.series that also aired on NBC.
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