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Game Show created by Jay Wolpert for Mark Goodson, which aired on CBS from 1976-77. Host Alex Trebek read a series of clues to two contestants, who were in Sound Proof Booths. When one player buzzed in to guess the subject, the other player's booth closed. An incorrect answer resulted in a "penalty clue" and free guess for the opposing player. A correct answer was worth $50 and allowed the player to Dare their opponent to guess the answer with the next clue for $100. If the dared player missed, the darer could "Double Dare" with one more clue for $200. A correct answer on a Dare awarded $50, while one on a Double Dare awarded $100. The first player to score $500 won.

Not to be confused with Nickelodeon's Double Dare, which is a very different (and much messier) show.


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  • The Announcer: Johnny Olson and Gene Wood shared this role.
  • Bonus Round: "The Spoilers," usually three men (sometimes two men and a woman) with doctorates in different disciplines. The contestant was shown a subject and tried to stump the Spoilers by choosing four clues from a pool of eight, with the ability to pass up to four if they felt it was too easy. Each time a Spoiler didn't guess the answer, the contestant received $100; if a Spoiler guessed the answer, they received $100 and sat out for the rest of the round. If at least one Spoiler remained stumped after the fourth clue, the contestant won $5,000.
  • Downer Ending: One contestant had gotten three clues by three spoilers for a total of $900. Unfortunately, all three Spoilers got the answer with the last clue.
  • Epic Fail: Even after the maximum 10 clues, both players were unable to identify Louise Lasser, the star of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
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    • One contestant playing the bonus round managed to pass four straight clues, and wound up being shut out by the Spoilers.
  • Game Show Host: Alex Trebek, in his only game for CBS.
  • Game Show Winnings Cap: $25,000, although champions would be retired after passing the $20,000 mark.

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