created by Mark Goodson
-Bill Todman Productions for CBS
, which replaced The $10,000 Pyramid
. The show aired first from 1974-75 with Jack Narz as host, then returned for a brief stint in 1989 with Chuck Henry (although a went-nowhere pilot in 1985 was helmed by Jack Clark).
The show relied largely on a word-search format, where contestants are given clues to a word and have to search for it in an oversized grid.
The show had two home games
: a box game by Milton Bradley and a computer game by GameTek.
- Line 1, Position 3 — Bonus Round: Circle ten words based on clues given by the host, win at least $5,000.
- Line 3, Position 1 — Golden Snitch: The scoring system on the Narz version was terribly broken: Points were awarded depending on where in the grid the word was (for instance, if it began in the third letter of row two, the word was worth five points). This could be a real pain if you keep getting only the words on the left side, the top two rows or both.
- Line 4, Position 1 — Losing Horns: Recycled from Classic Concentration on the Henry version after a bonus loss.
- Line 2, Position 5 — Personnel:
- The Announcer: Johnny Olson and Gene Wood, Goodson-Todman's most prolific announcers, handled the 1974-75 version (Gene also announced on the 1985 pilot). Disc jockey Mark Driscoll took the first couple of weeks of the 1989 revival, with Don Morrow ("The Shell Answer Man") taking over for the rest of the run.
- Game Show Host: Jack Narz hosted the original version. Jack Clark hosted the 1985 pilot, and Chuck Henry emceed the 1989 revival.
- Studio Audience
This show provides examples of:
- Freudian Slip: Chuck once tried to say that a missed answer was "Peanuts", but a slip of the tongue left out the "T" in that word...
- Real Song Theme Tune: In a rare game show example, it's "Chump Change", written by Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby.
- Shout-Out: The word search screen shown in the intro had the partial titles of other Goodson-Todman shows hidden within, such as "Price" and "Password".