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- Airdates: Syndicated, September 1985 to January 1986
- Host: Art James
- Announcer: John Harlan
- Packager: Marty Pasetta Productions
Two players competed. The computer would illustrate a popular “catch
phrase” for the players. These animated full-color puzzles were
similar to the recurring Wacky Wordies in Games
magazine. Some of the puzzles featured a yellow robot named Herbie.
Once a bell sounded, the players were allowed to buzz in. Whoever correctly
guessed the catch phrase added money to the bank — the value of each
toss-up puzzle was randomly determined at the beginning of the round by one
of the players — and was allowed to uncover one piece of the
“Super Catch Phrase”. After the square was revealed, the player
had five seconds to guess the Super Catch Phrase. If right, then that player
was awarded the money in the bank. If neither player solved the Super Catch
Phrase after all nine portions had been revealed, the host gave the correct
solution and the bank was carried over to the next round.
The contestants played as many Super Catch Phrases as time allowed; a TNT
Basic port should allow players to choose how many Super Catch Phrases to
play. Whoever had more money at the end of the game advanced to the bonus
Bonus Round: Catch Phrase Bingo
The player was shown a board of 25 squares, lettered A through Y, each one
hiding a catch phrase.
The player was allowed to make as many guesses as desired, and was allowed to
pass at any time and return to that catch phrase if there was still time on
the clock. The goal was to solve five Catch Phrases across the board
vertically, horizontally or diagonally in 60 seconds. Doing so won a prize
worth about $5,000, unless the line went through the center “M”
box (whose puzzle was more difficult than the others), which won a more
attractive prize valued at over $10,000. Otherwise the contestant received
$200 in cash for each correctly solved puzzle.
A player who won five games in a row won a bonus prize (usually a car or
boat, such as the grand prize for the bonus round) and retired undefeated.
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