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* HilariousInHindsight: Ho, boy.
** At least one billboard promoted the show as being "from the creator of ''Series/{{Monopoly}}''". [[SarcasmMode Because when you think]] Creator/MervGriffin, you think of that [[SarcasmMode mega-popular]] game that ran on Creator/{{ABC}}'s Saturday-night schedule for 12 shows in Summer 1990 '''after being in development for three years!'''
** An [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdxiEtuJI3Y official video]] posted on Website/YouTube to promote ''Crosswords'' had the staff and crew talking about how great the show was and anticipating a long run; at the end, the narrator stated that "''Crosswords'' is sure to achieve the elite status of Griffin's [[Series/{{Jeopardy}} other]] [[Series/WheelOfFortune two]] franchises, and become the third jewel of his triple crown!" No, seriously.
*** The video also had Ty saying "the thing that sets ''Crosswords'' apart from some of the other game shows is...there is no resting here"; although in context he was referring to the game's lightning-fast pacing (which is debatable) and Spoiler mechanic, it implied that more than just a single week's worth of episodes were taped in a single day. Considering Ty never seemed to improve as host and the whole OutOfOrder business...
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: ''Crosswords'' never tried any holiday-themed episodes, celebrity specials, or tournaments in at least a feeble attempt to change things up and maybe get slightly better ratings. It did nothing for Sweeps minus the removal of the Getaways on November 1 (a '''Thursday'''), and even that [[OutOfOrder didn't stick for very long]]. The only "special" kind of thing they ever really did was the week of February 4-8, 2008, where all of the contestants were from Chicago. Even though Ty made a big deal of this, Chicago-themed clues in the games themselves were nonexistent.
** Even its partner-in-suck ''{{Temptation|2007}}'' did two three-day tournaments and two celebrity specials...and the less said about '''that''' show in general, the better.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Averted; the many format and aesthetic changes the show went through during its run (when viewed in taping order, [[OutOfOrder if you can figure it out]]) were all seen as positive the clue value increases and Edd Hall introducing the Spoilers being prominent examples. Of course, when pretty much ''everything'' sucks from the start, then pretty much ''anything'' is an improvement.
* TheyJustDidntCare: Pretty much everything else on this page and the other tabs, especially the overall NoBudget feel and the "format hopscotch" three months in. When your HomeGame offers considerably larger payouts, and the viewers (and home games!) come up with better formats than the one you went with, you just fell into this trope...and technically, if you got here you probably knew the format sucked beforehand.
* WhatAnIdiot: Again, the staff took what was essentially a half-baked format and made '''45 WEEKS''' from it.
** From a contestants-and-gameplay standpoint, the "BANANA"/"POOP" and "-$250" episodes.
** Arguably, the fact that several big-time game show contestants (such as Scott Hostetler, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMkVGtVQuSA Joe Van Ginkel]], Robert Wargo, and several former ''Jeopardy!'' players) appeared on the show.
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