What An Idiot: Match Game
Match Game was a very crazy and fun show in its heyday, but some of its players should've never passed the (blank)ing auditions. Note: As with the other Game Show pages in What an Idiot, some of the following contestants may very well have given these stupid answers on purpose, while other contestants earnestly try to give a good answer but are stumped or blurt out an answer that in retrospect makes them look bad. That doesn't make them any less stupid, mind you, but instead become far more worthy of being here.
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- Year Unknown. "Instead of receiving Egg Foo Yung, Ollie received Egg Foo (blank)."
- Contestant said: Old.
- Five out of six panelists said: Old.
- One said: Mein.
- 1979: "The salesman said 'That caterpillar must be an athlete. He just bought 100 sneakers and a (blank).'" The contestant guesses accordion, followed by instant groaning from the audience, while Gene and the celebrities can hardly believe what they just heard.
- 1975: "Johnny Olson's beautiful wife Penny said, 'Last night it was very hard to sleep. All night long, Johnny kept shouting (blank).'"
- Contestant said: Come on down!
- Only two out of fivenote panelists said: Come on down!
- The others said: "Wake up!" (Scoey), "Hi there!" (Brett), and "Are you happy?" (Fannie). All three of these responses received boos from the audience.
Gene: Are you HAPPY?? Where the heck did you get that dumb idea from?
- To be fair: Scoey had a bit of trouble understanding Gene's clue of "You don't know too much about Johnny's career, do you?" and Brett never watched The Price is Right.
- Year Unknown: (Paraphrased) "I never should have married that hockey player. When we ran out of the chapel, everybody threw (blank)s".
- All six panelists said: Pucks.
- Contestant said: Sticks.
- January 6, 1976: "Fog (blank)"
- You'd Expect: "Horn".
- Instead: The contestant says "Cloud".
- 1979: The contestant responsible for "100 sneakers and an accordion" makes it to the Super Match round, and is given "Cuckoo (blank)".
- You'd Expect: "Clock" at best; if the contestant thinks her paired celebrity, Robert Walden, did not write that as an answer, maybe a different but understandable guess.
- Instead: Cuckoo Friend and Ollie.note The audience immediately breaks into hysterics as host Gene Rayburn can hardly contain his disbelief at such an answer, and starts spinning the Star Wheel just to articulate how ridiculous it was. Robert hastily writes a joke answer of "Accordion" before showing his actual answer, "Clock".
- 1979/1980(?), Match Game PM: "(Blank) Tennessee"
- You'd Expect: Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, or even a little city called Nashville.
- Instead: The contestant says Mississippi.
- What Makes It Worse: She was playing for $20,000.
- 1981: (blank), New Jersey. Rather than any major city in the Garden State (perhaps Atlantic City, Trenton, Newark, Princeton ... or any of the handful of other well known cities from the state), the contestant is unable to answer. Rayburn tries to encourage her at first, to think about the question and geography, and come up with an answer. Eventually, wanting to move the game along, he gives her five seconds to answer...and she remains stumped. In the entire history of the franchise, she's the only one that failed to answer a Head-to-Head Match, and she later admitted that she had never been to New Jersey.
- 1990: "Bart (blank)"
- 1976(?): "(Blank) wrench"
- You'd Expect: Monkey, as in "monkey wrench".
- Instead: The contestant says "Nut wrench".