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Often when there is some element in a Game Show that is hidden from the contestants' view or knowledge, the home audience will get a "sneak peek" at the gameplay element in question. In some instances, the host will sometimes remind viewers to look away if they are playing along, with an audible indicator to let the viewer know when it is okay to resume watching.

Please note that this is only to reveal a certain key component of gameplay, not all instances of game questions being shown on-screen.


  • On the first few episodes of Classic Concentration, the rebus solution would be revealed to the audience superimposed over the numbered squares. Also, Alex Trebek would often use this exact phrase at the end of a round, saying "Let's show the folks at home how [contestant] solved the puzzle."
    • The Jack Narz version of Concentration did this with the rebus solutions before the actual rebus was shown in the Double Play Bonus Round.
  • The price of the items offered in "Clock Game" on The Price Is Right. The audience also sees the prices, hence why the host asks for silence (a rarity on Price as it's one of the few shows that actually allows the audience to help the contestant come up with an answer, if not the only show). This is to avoid helping the contestant in this case, and at least one person had to be escorted out of the audience for failing to comprehend this simple rule.
  • The approximate location of the hidden object when a room is searched on the Toffler and UK versions of Finders Keepers. The cameramen on the Eure version would occasionally zoom in on the hidden object's location if the contestants were searching the wrong part of the room.
  • Wheel of Fortune: From Season 23 through Season 30, what is hidden behind the "Mystery Wedge" when the wheel landed on it is superimposed over the overhead shot for a few moments while Pat spiels about the decision. In Season 31, this changed to the wedge only being shown if a contestant decides against flipping it over. This practice stopped entirely in Season 38.
  • Possible Trope Namer - John Daly and Garry Moore would actually say the phrase as the contestants' occupations/secrets were revealed on What's My Line? and I've Got a Secret. What's My Line? experimented a couple of times with not showing the occupation, but it didn't stick, because a big part of the fun of the show was the audience being "in the know" when the panel wasn't. (For example, it would be amusing if the panel asked "Could this be used by both men and women?" for a product that was intended for use by animals.)
  • The first contestant's answers in the Fast Money bonus round of Family Feud.
  • Briefly used on the syndicated Deal or No Deal.
  • On the 1960s Camouflage, a contestant reaching 30 points in score saw a picture of the object she had to locate and trace. The object was similarly shown to the studio and home audiences.
  • The names on You Don't Say!! At least once per show, however, the name would be replaced with "Guess Who?" or a set of question marks.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? would often include games where the contestant is trying to guess what another contestant is supposed to acting like, with subtitles revealing the answer for viewers at home.note 
  • An odd variation occurred during NBC's coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics where, attempting to mesh live updates with pre-taped and edited footage, they would occasionally flash medal updates on-screen, while the commentator advised those who didn't want to be spoiled to look away. Unfortunately, they usually went ahead and spoiled the results in their promos anyway, but you have to give them something for the effort.
    • This is actually a pretty common occurrence worldwide with Olympic coverage, such that "If you don't want to know the results, look away now" became a catchphrase in many countries.
  • Parodied on radio quiz I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, which tells the listeners that the studio audience are seeing the answer on the "Laser Display Board", but really uses a runner with a bit of card. For the Folks At Home themselves, there's a "Mystery Voice".
  • Starting in 1999, televised poker events made use of a "pocket cam" to get a peek at the players' face-down cards for the benefit of TV viewers.
  • Survivor does this visually in two ways. When an immunity or reward challenge ends with a jigsaw, slide or scrambled letter puzzle, the solution will be shown to the audience via timelapse footage while Jeff Probst concludes narration of the challenge rules. In later seasons, when a contestant is searching for an immunity idol or advantage, editors will often add a flare effect in post-production to highlight the location of the item.
  • In Bargain Hunt, the viewers at home will get a sneak peak at what the auctioneer thinks of the items the teams bought, and more importantly what the auctioneer thinks of the expert's "bonus item" that the team may or may not go with. Usually this is the auctioneer saying just exactly how badly the item in question is going to do.
  • Legends of the Hidden Temple used this when the room the artifact of the day was hidden in was announced by Olmec, the camera would pan to a close-up of the artifact sitting in the room in question.
    • This was averted on one occasion, in the season 2 episode The Secret Battle Plan of Nathan Hale. The first three rounds (Moat, Steps of Knowledge, Temple Games) of the episode were taped on the first filming day of the season. At this point, the artifact was intended to be hidden in the Throne Room (while this was never outright specified, the artifact can be seen in the room during the Temple Games). For unknown reasons, the taping of the temple run was postponed and rescheduled for later in the season. By the time the run was able to be taped, the Throne Room had been replaced with the Laser Light Room, so the artifact was relocated to the Shrine of the Silver Monkey. However, also for unknown reasons, instead of quickly filming a close-up of the Battle Plan in the Shrine, the shot of the Shrine normally used during Olmec's rundown of the temple's rooms was used instead.
  • Figure It Out: The first contestant's secret was shown to home viewers prior to the Opening Narration. The second contestant's secret was done twice: once before the commercial break and once afterward. Both Secret Slime Actions were revealed prior to Round 2 of each game.
  • This often happened on The Crystal Maze. If the solution to a puzzle was not revealed in-universe, it would often be shown after the game; either as a series of cross-fades of the stages of the puzzle, or with subtitles. A notable example was when coloured wires had to be connected to the right pictures to form word chains (e.g. red tape, blue chip etc.), in a game which the contestants never figured out. Showing the solution was often achieved during the game with close-ups of the right answer; and at one point even discussed in-universe, with Richard saying "the camera gave you a clue" to the contestants watching on the monitor. Revealing the solution was averted at one point in series 2, with a maze game involving keys in the Futuristic zone, and Richard told everybody present, "Who knows? You will never know!"
  • The musical quiz Keynotes did this, when contestants had to guess a song title from the rhythm, and some of the notes.
  • The fourth series of Cluedo revealed the solution to the television audience, with a short film of the murder, and the solution appearing on the screen. This was preceded with "look away from the screen now".
  • Fort Boyard would reveal the solution to the Professor's riddles, if the contestant failed to answer them correctly.
  • Nickelodeon's U-Pick Live: If the contestant who played the Prize Wall chose a door that did not have the Bucket of Bucks, Brent, Candace or Pick Boy would open the door hiding the bucket for the home audience.