Behind these numbers is a puzzle. If you can solve it, you could win a fortune in cash and prizes as we play...
Super Concentration

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 rules apply.

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 idea entirely.


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 broadcast run.

Copyright 2002–present by James H. Vipond
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