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preserved at the Internet Archive. Thanks to William Sydnor Jr. for
providing the screenshots. Can this game be ported to TNT
Basic or Stencyl?
- Airdates: Syndicated, September 1986 to September 1987
- Host: David Sparks
- Announcer: Michelle Roth
- Music: Andrew Belling
- Packager: Crossedwits Productions
Two teams competed in this revival of the 1975-80 Jack Clark format, each
consisting of two celebrities and one civilian captain. Starting with the
winner of a coin toss, the captain of the controlling team chose a word from
a crossword puzzle consisting of several words pertaining to a person
[orange grid], place [blue] or thing [gold]. The crossword grid is always 11
squares by nine squares.
Celebrity teammates took turns. After a word was chosen, Sparks read the
clue. After a word was correctly guessed, the celebrity in control had
seven seconds to solve the master puzzle. If the celebrity was unable to
solve it, the contestant had three seconds to do so; otherwise, control
passed to the other team. Solving a word earned five points for each
letter therein (10 points in the third round), and gave the player a
chance to solve the puzzle or give the other celebrity the next word. Only
a contestant could solve the master puzzle. Solving the puzzle was worth
50 points (100 points in the third round).
Play continued in this manner, starting with the trailing team for each
new puzzle, until three rounds were played. Both contestants received a
dollar per point, and the player with the higher score chose a celebrity
teammate to accompany him/her to the “Crossfire” bonus round.
Bonus Round: Crossfire
This round consisted of a themeless 10-word puzzle on a purple grid, and the
team had 60 seconds to solve as many words as possible, earning a prize of
increasing value for each word solved and a grand prize for getting all 10.
The grand prize could be one of three cars, each represented by a celebrity,
or $1,000 in cash.
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