For years, one of America's favorite board games was Scrabble, the Selchow & Righter-marketed game introduced in the 1930s. The game was revised and brought to television in 1984 by Reg Grundy Productions. Two contestants competed in the "crossword" round, played on a giant Scrabble board. Host Woolery announces a letter to build on, announces the number of letters in the word and reads a clue to said word (e.g., a seven letter word; "Experts really know how to pick them"; answer: "pockets"). The contestant chosen to go first draws two numbered tiles from the rack; the rack (positioned between the contestants) contained all the letters in the word, plus three "stoppers," or letters not in the puzzle. The contestant indicates which letter he wants to place in the word; if the letter fits, he/she may either attempt to guess the word or place another letter in the puzzle (the contestant draws two more tiles if he/she still doesn't attempt a guess). If the letter tried is a "stopper" or ... Written by
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It's the Crossword Game You've Played All Your Life, But Never Quite Like This!
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Initially the players built up a "pot" each round that started at $25 and went up $25 every correct letter placed. Placing a letter in a pink or blue bonus square added $100 or $50, respectively. If a player won the round, they won the pot. That was quickly changed to each round being worth $500, with the pink and blue bonus squares worth $1000 and $500 if the contestant solved the puzzle right after placing a letter on one of those squares. See more
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