This is the third game show proposal
on my site, but I actually created the game as a freshman at South
Dakota State University. I wish to use Gloria Estefan’s
“1-2-3” as a theme song, but I am not sure I can get the
proper clearances. Wink
Martindale is a likely host for this show.
Premise: Two contestants,
represented by contrasting colors (say, green and orange), compete to
solve enigma-type puzzles leading to the names of famous people (actors,
U.S. presidents, authors, etc.). Examples:
|Example of a two-word puzzle
||Example of a three-word puzzle
My whole is an ACTRESS
My first: Vega of Spy Kids (5)
My second: He’s on the $10 bill (8)
Solution: Alexa Hamilton
My whole is a COMEDIAN
My first: The Prince of Wales (7)
My second: Riddle or Rockefeller (6)
My third: Monopoly host Michael (6)
Solution: Charles Nelson Reilly
Visual puzzles may also be used. For
example, a flush toilet and assorted sweets would suggest John Candy, a
film comedian of recent years.
The show gets its title from the
arrangement of hexagons in the game board: four hexes on top, three in
the middle and four on the bottom. Two-word puzzles are at hexes 2, 3,
5, 7, 9 and 10; three-word puzzles are at hexes 1, 4, 6, 8 and 11.
The game is played in three distinct
- SCORE FIVE: Be the first player to claim any five hexagons on the
- THREE IN A ROW: Be the first player to claim three hexagons in a line,
horizontally or diagonally.
- FOUR CORNERS: Change all four corner hexagons (#1, #4, #8 and #11) to
your color and win a progressive cash jackpot.
Players alternate turns, starting
with the champion or the winner of a backstage coin toss. On each turn,
a player chooses one numbered hexagon and attempts to solve the puzzle
associated with that hexagon. (Optional: The host may give the first
letter of each word in the answer.)
When a player gives the correct
solution, that hexagon changes to the player’s color, obscuring
the number. When a wrong solution is given, the host reveals the correct
solution and the hexagon remains available to both players. The loser of
the first round gets the first turn in the second round, and the loser
of the second round gets the first turn in the third round.
Scoring: Two-word puzzles are
worth $30; three-word puzzles are worth $70. The contestant with more
money after three rounds is the champion and advances to the bonus
Bonus Round: Of the 11
hexagons on the board, six are green with dollar signs and five are red
with X’s. To win, the contestant must find three green hexagons
before finding two red ones. The reward could be a cash bonus, a prize
package or an automobile.
Comments: The puzzle format is
unique. With the right host and a suitable bonus round, Eleven Up
could be one of the most exciting game shows on television.
I don’t expect much of this
game show, especially since some of my puzzles require specialized
knowledge. (For example, how many people know that John Barrymore had a
pet vulture named Maloney?) It could work just as a midseason
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