Building on the letter "F", five letters...
No personal examples. Let's keep it to ones from the TV series.
December 25, 1984: The show's first Christmas episode had this exchange.
Chuck Woolery: Did you get what you wanted for Christmas? Contestant: Uh, no, considering I'm Jewish. Chuck (after several seconds of laughter): Well, what did you get for Hanukkah? Contestant: Nothing yet, it's not that time of the year yet, Chuck. note (Hanukkah in 1984 lasted from December 19-26, so Aaron indirectly revealed that the show had been taped in advance.)
1985: For a brief period, the rules were amended so that the contestants had to spell the words instead of saying them, with each letter adding to a pot which the contestant won for spelling the word correctly. It was removed following a game where it took more than seven turns for two contestants to spell "mosquitos" correctly.
Chuck: I'm going home, I don't know about you!
The start of a game presented ___O____ with the clue "Guys with short ones often have problems." The audience, obviously inventing their own jokes, started laughing. The laughter got even louder as the contestant drew tiles and the letters "S" and "M" popped up.
"Dolly Parton has a big one." And the board reveals ____TIT_.
A female contestant is faced with a choice between "P" and "P". Her response? "I think I'll take a 'P'."
During one episode, Chuck said "We're going to recrap the scores."
1993: During a Speedword with the clue "an underworld boss", one contestant rang in and said "devil", which was wrong (it was "demon"). His parting gift? A Dirt Devil vacuum. Even Charlie Tuna couldn't help laughing when he announced that.
During the show's second Game Show Hosts Week, one game had Wink Martindale playing against Vicki Lawrence. This game in particular had one particularly funny puzzle:
The first moment of hilarity comes with the clue itself:
Chuck: Building on the E in CELEBRATE, six letters in the word (____E_), and the clue is "Women..." (to producers:) Oh, come on, you guys. Why do you do this to me? Why? "Women usually put the seat down when they go there."
Vicki: Oh, please! This show is disgusting!
Wink: What's the clue again, Chuck?
Chuck: "Women usually put the seat down when they go there."
Wink: I knew it; I just wanted to hear you say it again.
Vicki: Yeah, and guys always forget to put it back down!
The next moment comes after Wink draws his two tiles — an I and an O. He plays the O first, which conveniently pops into the second position, leading to an all-to-predictable outcome.
Wink: I can't believe it's really... it wouldn't be that, would it?
Chuck: No, it wouldn't. (laughs)
(The solution to this puzzle: MOVIES)
For the clue "Kids sometimes hear their parents doing it" (_____N_), the male contestant loses control of the word after playing a C. The female contestant receives the word as (__ORIN_), but after playing an S, she seems embarrassed to attempt to answer. After the puzzle is solved by her opponent (SNORING), she whispers her answer — SCORING — to Chuck. Her answer gets picked up by her microphone, and the audience breaks out in laughter.
Another one from the 1993 version: "Fathers say it's too soon when their sons ask what it means." When the word reads _REMA____, one contestant picks up a pair of letters that prompts Chuck to take a jab at writing staff. (The answer: PREMATURE)
Chuck: "A P or a U. Kinda like how this puzzle smells, isn't it?" (audience laughter) "I'm sorry ... but this is one of those things you just can't resist!"