The Cross-Wits (1975–1980)

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Two three-member teams compete to fill a crossword puzzle.


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Series cast summary:
 Herself (5 episodes, 1976-1977)
 Herself (4 episodes, 1975-1977)
 Himself (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
 Himself (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
 Herself (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
 Herself (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Robert Q. Lewis ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
 Himself (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Conny Van Dyke ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
 Herself (2 episodes, 1976-1977)


Two teams of three members each (a contestant and two celebrities) compete to guess words in a crossword puzzle; the words all combining to lead to the identity of a famous person, place, thing, etc. The contestant chooses a word ("I'll take 1 down, please") and selects one of his teammates to guess the answer to a clue host Clark read (e.g., "An eight letter word that's a type of foil") ; the point value of the word depended on the round and how many letters were in the clue. If the celebrity correctly guessed the clue (in this case, "aluminum") within a 10 second limit, the contestant got to guess the puzzle's master solution; otherwise, control passed to the opposing side. Either way, the points were deposited into a bank and the word appeared in the appropriate space. Anywhere from five to nine clue words appeared in the puzzle, all combining to lead to the master solution (e.g., aluminum, engine, small, economical, car, General and Motors could lead to the master solution "... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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15 December 1975 (USA)  »

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A Successful Syndicated Game Show
20 August 2007 | by (St. Louis Park, MN) – See all my reviews

Since Truth or Consequences debuted in 1966, there have been very few game shows without a network track record that lasted more than a season in syndication. The Cross-Wits defied logic and ran for six seasons.

There were several keys to the show's success. The first was it was a simple game that viewers can play along at home. Second, it was a format viewers could relate to since a lot of people like to do crossword puzzles. And third, a host who handle a celebrity-civilian format well, Jack Clark. His experience subbing for Allen Ludden on the original Password definitely payed off. He also interacted well with both the celebrities and contestants and kept the show moving.

As for the celebrities, they were pretty funny at times but they helped the contestant solve the puzzle.

Throughout its six year run, the set evolved into one of the best looking of any game show I have seen at that time and the theme music became more up tempo. I really enjoyed The Cross-Wits it was one of the best word games of the late 70s-early 80s.

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