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.
- Bonus Round: Crossfire, where the winning contestant and one celebrity teammate had 60 seconds to solve a themeless 10-word puzzle. Getting all 10 won a grand prize. For the revival, a team successful here won a trip, then got to play a 1-in-3-chance game for a car.
- Rules Spiel: Handled, rather oddly, by Roth in the revival.
- Think Music: Used during the "seven-second conference" in the main game.
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