Two contestants, one a returning champion, competed to solve a rebus concealed behind a 30-space board. Each contestant called out a pair of numbers on the board which contained the names of prizes, humorous joke prizes and WILD and action cards (the latter three explained later). No match passed control to the opponent, but a match gave whatever prize was printed on the card or allowed him to perform an action, revealed two pieces of the rebus (identifying a person, phrase, place, thing, etc.) and allowed him/her a chance to solve the rebus. WILD cards provided an automatic match, while TAKE cards allowed the contestant at that moment to snatch a prize his/her opponent might have in their possession. A FORFEIT card meant the player immediately had to give up one of the prizes he/she had in his possession. The joke prizes (things such as a banana peel, a button, etc.) actually served as insurance markers against opponents TAKE cards and the FORFEIT cards he/she might stumble upon. ... Written by
Brian Rathjen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jack Berry productions came up with this in 1958. The secret to it's success through the 1960's was host Hugh Downs. Downs was such a consummate host that he went on to help ABC start the news magazine 20/20 and between those shows had a long career.
The game is played by matching the prizes on a board by turning over number tiles & remembering the prizes behind them. Spice was added by having tiles that would give your opponent a prize / take one of their prizes / or a wild card which would give you any prize chosen with it. Each time a match is made, it revealed pieces of a puzzle behind. since the winner had to solve the puzzle, it did not matter who made the most matches which makes it a little different from most games. Being the best puzzle solver was really the key to winning.
Downs made the show exciting & when he retired from it in 1969, the hosts who replaced him just never got back the original spirit he gave the show.
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