Contestants guess the correctness of celebrities' answers in order to win spaces in a tic-tac-toe game.
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Nine celebrities, seated in a three-by-three tier as in a tic-tac-toe board, joined two contestants one of them a champion in a game known best for the celebrities' witty answers to questions. The object was to win an otherwise standard game of tic-tac-toe by determining whether a celebrity was giving a correct answer to a general knowledge question or bluffing ("agree" or "disagree"). Contestants selected a celebrity, for which host Marshall read a question; a correct decision to agree or disagree by the player allowed him/her to place their mark in that box, while the opponent's mark was placed there if said decision was incorrect (unless it led to tic-tac-toe, in which case the contestant had to earn the box). During the first complete game of a show, a "Secret Square" game offered the contestants a bonus prize package for a correct answer. The contestant winning the best-of-three match was champion and returned to face a new challenger. Five-time champions retired un-defeated with... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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17 October 1966 (USA)  »

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(1966-1980)| (surviving kinescope prints from mid-1960s)

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1.33 : 1
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The following Paul Lynde answers are famous censored moments from unknown episodes that have been shown on "bloopers and out-takes" compilation TV shows: (1) Question by Peter Marshall: "Paul, is there anything that can make a monkey cry?" Paul Lynde's answer: "Yes ... when Cheetah found out that Tarzan swings both ways!" (2) Question by Peter Marshall: "Paul, according to mythology, which is better looking, a pixie or a fairy?" Paul Lynde's answer: "Well, looks aren't everything! [audience laughter] I'll go for the fairy!" See more »


Peter Marshall: According to the IRS, out of every 10 Americans audited, how many end up paying more taxes?
Paul Lynde: 11.
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The Hollywood Squares
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The Rules of the Game
10 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

The 2 contestants are stationed at "X" & "O" to play tic-tac-toe. 3 Squares Across, Up & Down or Diagonally or 5 Squares were possible. One Contestant picks a square by determined the correct answer or making one up will Agreed or Disagreed the answer. The 1st contestant get 3-5 squares with either "X" or "O" wins $200 and completes the 2 out of 3 match wins $400. The Champion completes 10 games (5 matches) wins $2000 plus a new car. In the 1st or 2nd game was "The Secret Square" and the contestant choose that square can win merchandise prizes from $2000 to $5000 and later it raised up greater than $10,000. Contestants will compete before losing the game. In 1976-1977, The Program presents "The Bonus Prize Squares" and all 9 stars has an envelop that anything such as an car or $5000 cash.

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