Two contestants, each with a celebrity partner, must guess words from their partners' clues; then the roles are reversed. Winners face the pyramid.
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The Object of the game is simple to get to the top of the Pyramid (aka "The Winner's Circle") in the shortest time possible. But to do so, contestants must face celebrities (goes back and forth) by naming as many answers (8 things from 1973 to 1974 & 7 from 1974 to 1992) in a particular category (subject) within 30 seconds. If a contestant (the winner) wins the game and they get the right to go to the Winner's Circle to try winning the grand cash prize and in which throughout the series has ranged from $2500 to $100,000 in 60 Seconds (1 Minute) after they fail to do so, "The Cash Blocks: has ranged from 1973 to 1992 from $50 to $300 are too can be collected. The 2 Greatest popular incarnations of the series are "The $50,000 & $100,000 Pyramids", where 3 or Greatest Top Winners who've been gone on top of the pyramid in the shortest amount of time return for The Tournament and in which the grand cash prizes are in 1981, It's Worth $50,000 and from 1985 to 1992, It's Worth $100,000. Written by Ben Hallums<benhallums1@hotmail.com>

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The highest scoring main games on the record (through some amazing tie-breakers) occurred on The Friday July 4 (Independence Day), 1975 Broadcast of "THE $10,000 PYRAMID" and that features Lucie Arnaz & Anson Williams with the score of 45-44 & The Monday June 12, 1978 Broadcast of "THE $20,000 PYRAMID" with the score of 43-42 and that features Sandy Duncan and Nipsey Russell. The celebrity guest star with his civilian partner, who was able to win at the big pyramid in the quickest time on record was Billy Crystal in November 1977 with an amazing 26 seconds (while a few others have done it in 30 seconds) out of general time of "The Winner's Circle" is 60 Seconds. See more »

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Announcer: Bob Clayton: Keep your eye on this spot. You're about to see one celebrity and one contestant to step into this circle with a chance to win $10,000 in less than a minute. Ladies and Gentlemen, THIS IS "THE $10,000 PYRAMID!"
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Tuning Up (1982 Remake)
Written by Kenneth "Ken" Aldin
Arranged by Robert "Bob" Cobert
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legendary
18 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

It didn't matter what money figure was on the name of the show, it was the best game show in my opinion of all time, very exciting and nerveracking. I know there is a new version which is the same game minus the legend host and name celebs, but I guess Dick Clark and being on network tv made it better. I really favored the 82'-88' version the $25,000 version, I being about 5 or 6 vaguely remember the last few episodes of this version, I really didn't care for the John Davidson version either. I miss those days where games ruled the tv.


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