Match Game 73 (TV Series 1973–1982) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • Game show in which 6 guest stars (which change from week to week) are given a humorous phrase with one word missing. The stars write down a word they think would be most appropriate for the missing word, and then two contestants try to guess what the stars have chosen. A point is given for each correct match, and the one with the most points wins.

  • This is the 2nd Edition of the game. Two(2) contestants, one(1) champion & one(1) challenger . Host Rayburn reads a funny fill-in-the-blank statement (e.g., "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary couldn't make her garden grow with water, so she used *blank* instead). The six(6) star panelists wrote their responses with a word or phrase which they thought best completed said statement; the contestant was then asked for his/her answer. A correct match was worth one(1) point each. Two(2) rounds were played with celebrities sitting out the second-round question that whatever a contestant they matched one(1) of them the first time. The contestant having the most matches (ergo: 6 points) after two(2) rounds (or after a tie-breaker if needed) became the champion and won $100 and played the "Super Match" for up to greater than $5000. In the "Super Match," Rayburn read a simple fill-in-the-blank phrase (e.g.: "*blank* phone") to which a previous studio audience had responded the greatest popular answer was worth $500 with the less-popular answers are worth $250 and $100. The contestant could ask three(3) of six(6) celebrities (stars) for suggestions, after which he/she could choose one or come up with his/her own response (answer). After the answers were revealed, the contestant won the appropriate amount of money and that could win up to 10 times the cash award (ergo: $1000, $2500 or $5000) by matching one celebrity on one more fill-in-the-blank question (e.g.: "cookie *blank*"). Contestants continued to compete until defeated. On June 28-July 4, 1978, the producers added the Star Wheel to the "Super Match," which the contestant spun to determine: 1. What star they would play with and 2. what he or she would be playing for the "double" stakes within these gold stars will be stopped or one of the color spaces for the "regular" stakes (e.g.: $10,000 instead of $5000, $5000 not $2500 and $2000 not $1000). Contestants must complete before defeated otherwise reached or passed the $25,000 limit (1973-1978) and later $30,000 (1978-1979) and faced the new challenger.

  • The five-day-a-week syndicated successor to the popular CBS game show, where two could compete to match fill-in-the-blank phrases with those of the celebrities.


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