was a very crazy and fun show in its heyday, but some of its players should've never passed the (blank)ing auditions.
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.
- 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. 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)"
- You'd Expect: Simpson, or possibly Braverman.
- What Actually Happened: The contestant hesitantly says, "Bart...Black?"
- What Makes It Worse: Her celebrity matcher is Marcia Wallace, aka Mrs. Krabappel from The Simpsons.
- Contestant's "Justification": "I don't watch children's shows."
- 1976(?): "(Blank) wrench"
- You'd Expect: Monkey, as in "monkey wrench".
- Instead: The contestant says "Nut wrench".