RUSH LIMB+BAW (LIMBAUGH)
Behind these numbers is a puzzle.
If you can solve it, you could win a fortune in cash and prizes as we
Host: to be chosen by audition
Announcer: to be chosen by audition
Network: NBC, USA Network or syndication
The Main Game
Two pairs of contestants play, as on The
Last Word and The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime.
(At present I have not decided whether to use husband-wife teams or
celebrity-civilian teams. Rachelle Greek has suggested that other types of
contestant pairings be considered.) As always, the object is to match
prizes and uncover parts of a rebus puzzle. The first player to solve the
rebus gets all the prizes credited to that team. The first team to solve
two rebuses advances to the bonus round.
One member of each team is
designated to play the first round, while their partners sit and
watch. For the second round, the first-round players sit and watch
while their partners play. If a tie-breaker is necessary, each team
selects a player.
Celebrity-civilian format: The
civilians play the first round and the celebrities play the second
round. Celebrities play for the entire week, assuming daily
broadcasts; civilians play as long as they win the main game. If there
is a defending champion on Friday, he/she will have a new celebrity
partner the following Monday. Possible guests for the pilot: Dick Van
Dyke of Diagnosis Murder and Nancy Cartwright of The
Simpsons (I made the Poser
4 image and the Cartwright figure myself).
Couples format: The husbands play
the first round and the wives play the second round. This format is
more likely since I live in South Dakota.
Alternate cash-only format: The
rebus board has 12 distinct but related pairs of icons: geometric
shapes, national flags, etc. The remaining space on the board is a
Wild Card. Each match is worth $100.
The Rebus Board
The Super Concentration
rebus board consists of 25 touch-sensitive color monitors, similar to
those in the current Wheel of Fortune puzzle board, in a
5-by-5 matrix. Initially the monitors display numerals from 1 to 25.
When the model touches a screen displaying a numeral, that screen
changes to a prize (or information such as TAKE ONE GIFT or WILD CARD).
When two screens display the same prize, that prize is credited to the
team and the model touches the screens again to display parts of the
rebus. If, however, the prizes are different and neither is a Wild Card,
the screens revert to numerals. Other standard Concentration
Notice that I use the word
“model” instead of “hostess”. The show
should have at least four prize models, two of each sex, as on the
Jim Perry version of $ale of the Century. The primary
model, not necessarily female, would operate the rebus board.
The Bonus Round
The bonus round is played like that
on Classic Concentration. Behind the 15 numbers on the
board are names of eight cars (one has no match). One member of the
champion team selects one number, then the other selects another
number. If all seven cars are matched before time expires, the team
wins the last car matched; otherwise, the team gets $100 cash for each
car matched. The base time starts at 45 seconds and increases by 5
seconds each time the round is not won. (thanks to David Livingston)
David Johnson has another
It’s a shame that such a
popular and long-running game show has been out of production for
such a long time, and even more so that NBC lost the whole daytime
run of Concentration to CBS and refuses to let GSN
show the Narz and Trebek versions, or the 1961 prime-time version
with Hugh Downs.
While the basic premise of
the show has not changed, the introduction of tag teams in Super
Concentration should ensure another good, long
Copyright 2002–present by James
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