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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On Monday-Friday January 12-16, 1976, "THE $10,000 PYRAMID" on ABC-TV and the last celebrity guest stars of "$10,000 PYRAMID" are Jo Ann Pflug & Soupy Sales and the following weekday is/are/was/were Monday-Friday January 19-23, 1976 we all saw/see the ABC-TV Daytime Game Show has/is renamed the show's title & it's own value and becoming/became "THE $20,000 PYRAMID" with it's very slightly raised/raising the cash value and the new winning game structure and the 1st Tryout to The Winner's Circle is still worth $10,000 in Cash, The 2nd Tryout to The Winner's Circle is worth $15,000 in Cash and the 3rd and all tryouts is worth $20,000 in Cash. The 1st celebrity guests/guest stars on the re-titled daytime game show are Jo Anne Worley & Bill Cullen on the same time slot at 2:00-2:30PM (Eastern) and on Monday-Friday January 16-20, 1978 "THE $20,000 PYRAMID" moves to 12NOON-12:30 PM (Eastern) and fills in for the canceled Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Game Show "THE BETTER SEX (1977)" and also unfortunately the certain number of ABC-TV Network Stations (except ABC 7 Stations are still owned by the network) has/are all local news stations to fill in this show and it's hard to see it and on Monday-Friday June 23-27, 1980 and the last celebrity guest stars are Miss Lois Nettleton & Mr. Bill Cullen and ABC-TV Cancel the Show Anyway and "THE FAMILY FEUD (1976)" taking/took over the same time slot and starring Richard Dawson. See more »

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Host: For now, Dick Clark.
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Bubble Gum For the Tired Mind
2 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

This was the perfect type of game show for the person coming home from work at the end of a long day. While it was a challenging game for the contestants, the viewer could just sit & watch & be mind numb when necessary.

Dick Clark made his first move from being America's teenager into being Americas game show host with this show. Actually he is pretty good at it as he would always keep things moving along at a brisk pace.

Each program would have two contestants & two celebrities teamed against each other & competing for the right to get into the winners circle. The team that got to the winners circle (after winning some cash for winning the game) would have a chance to climb a 6 subject pyramid in 60 seconds & win $10,000 (later 20, 25, 50 & then 100). The rules were more stringent on the pyramid than during the regular game.

Certain celebrities were excellent at playing the game. Some were not, which in a way was telling as the celebrities were exactly the same as the contestants. To me, it was always exciting watching a team win the 60 second round. Think the best ever done was around 25 seconds which was amazing.

This game was word association, & actually took the concept from a previous game, Password, only put it into hyper speed by trying to do everything in 30 second or 60 second bites. It worked really well considering it ran non-stop pretty much for 19 seasons & recently has been revived with new syndicated versions again & again.


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