Series / The Cross Wits

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Game Show 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 puzzles. 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.

Game Show Tropes in use:


This show provides examples of:

  • Crossword Puzzle: The main premise.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Jerri played as a celebrity for one week, with Kitty Hilton (then-wife of game show announcer Bob Hilton) performing puzzleboard duties.
  • Jerk Ass: During one week of the original run, Alan Sues wanted to play the Bonus Round 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 George Fenneman, who was visibly uncomfortable and unrehearsed on Pilot A (with Michael Landon and Carolyn Jones) but more in control for Pilot B (with Tippi Hedren and Paul Lynde).
  • Video Credits: Used in the Clark run; all four celebrities would have their names appear crossword-style around the box; after that, the screen would show the producer/director credits.

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