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GameShow that originally ran in daily syndication from 1975-80, originally hosted by Jack Clark. Two teams, each consisting of two celebrity guests and a civilian captain, competed to solve thematic {{crossword puzzle}}s. The celebrities earned money for their team captain by answering individual clues, but only the contestants were allowed to solve the master puzzle.

A one-season revival aired for the 1986-87 season as ''The New [=CrossWits=]'', hosted by David Sparks. The new version used color-coded puzzles, depending on whether the solution was a person, place or thing.
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!!GameShowTropes in use:
* BonusRound: Crossfire, where the winning contestant and one celebrity teammate had 60 seconds to solve a themeless 10-word puzzle. Getting all 10 won a grand prize. For the revival, a team successful here won a trip, then got to play a 1-in-3-chance game for a car.
* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer: The original series alternated between veteran announcers Jay Stewart and John Harlan plus then-disc jockey Jerry Bishop (currently the announcer on ''JudgeJudy''). Michelle Roth was announcer on the revival.
** GameShowHost: Jack Clark, then David Sparks.
** LovelyAssistant: Jerri Fiala in the original.
** StudioAudience
* RulesSpiel: Handled, rather oddly, by Roth in the revival.
* ThinkMusic: Used during the "seven-second conference" in the main game.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* CrosswordPuzzle: The main premise.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Jerri played as a celebrity for one week, with Kitty Hilton (then-wife of game show announcer Bob Hilton) performing puzzleboard duties.
* JerkAss: During one week of the original run, [[Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn Alan Sues]] wanted to play the BonusRound but wasn't picked until Friday...at which point he stood silent the entire time and didn't help the contestant at all.
* {{Pilot}}: Two were done in '''1966''' called ''Crossword'', with just one celebrity per team. The host was [[Series/YouBetYourLife George Fenneman]], who was visibly uncomfortable and unrehearsed on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaoIAchOyS0 Pilot]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgYLeGGc88M A]] (with [[{{Series/Bonanza}} Michael Landon]] and [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Carolyn Jones]]) but more in control for [[http://tvsgameshow.com/tv.cfm Pilot B]] (with Tippi Hedren and [[TheHollywoodSquares Paul Lynde]]).
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