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A well-known Canadian Game Show created by the same people who created The Newlywed Game, which ran from 1974-89 on CTV, and was produced at the network's Toronto station CFTO.

Much like Wheel of Fortune (which debuted at around the same time), Definition was a game show based on Hangman, where two teams of a celebrity and civilian player competed to solve such a puzzle. Both teams alternated guessing letters that were in a puzzle on a board (accompanied by a crossword-style hint), one team member had to guess a letter which wasn't in the puzzle, after which their teammate guessed a letter that was. Successful guesses earned chances to solve, and the first to win a best-two-out-of-three became champion and played a bonus round.

Game Show Tropes in use:

  • Bonus Round: One more puzzle, the letters are revealed in alphabetical order. Win $10 multiplied by the number of unrevealed letters and a prize if solved.
  • Consolation Prize: For losing the Bonus Round, you get just $10. No, that's not a typo, Ten bucks.
  • Home Game: One was issued by Milton Bradley in 1981, recycling parts from their 1975 Wheel Of Fortune games. Interestingly, the box art predates the change to all-civilians.
  • Home Participation Sweepstakes: Later in the run, puzzles could also be sent in by viewers.
  • Personnel:
  • Undesirable Prize: Just about everything, given how cheap the show was.

This show provides examples of:

  • Ascended Extra: Jim Perry was promoted from announcer to emcee at the beginning of Season 2.
  • Hurricane of Puns: A lot of the clues were like this.
  • Long Runner: Fifteen years, making it one of Canada's longest-running game shows.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "Soul Bossa Nova" by Quincy Jones (his music seemed to always end up on word games, it seems). The song became cemented in Canadian pop culture ... until a certain Mike Myers film came out.
    • In tribute to the show, "Soul Bossa Nova" got a Sampled Up hip-hop version, "My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style", from a Canadian group. This song became Ascended Fanon in a promo celebrating CTV Toronto's 50th anniversary, which featured clips from the show.
  • Transatlantic Equivalent: A British version ran on ITV from 1978-86, hosted by Don Moss and Jeremy Beadle.

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