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Split Second 

Fast-paced quiz show, where contestants were rewarded not only on their ability to answer correctly, but on how many others were also correct on questions in that same category.






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Tom Kennedy Tom Kennedy ...  Himself - Host 2 episodes, 1972
Jack Clark Jack Clark ...  Himself - Announcer 2 episodes, 1972


Fast-moving game show where three contestants, one a returning champion, competed to answer general knowledge questions and win cash. Host Kennedy announced a category (e.g., "Presidential losers") and a question relating to the category ("Everyone remembers the winners in a presidential election, but do you remember who they defeated?"); the players were shown three clues (Harry Truman (1948); Lyndon B.Johnson (1964); and Richard M. Nixon (1968)). All three contestants rang in, the one who rang in first having the first chance to select a clue and provide an answer. If he was right, he won a share of the pot; his/her opponents could answer two or possibly all three questions. Players were rewarded based on their ability to answer $5 each if all three contestants provided one right answer; $10 if two of them were right; and $25 if just one answered all three questions correctly (by the way, the correct answers were, in order, Thomas Dewey, Barry Goldwater and Hubert H. Humphrey). ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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20 March 1972 (USA) See more »

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As in the original "Jeopardy", all three contestants on "Split Second" were allowed to keep their cash earnings, but only the winner was allowed to play the bonus round to win a car, returning for the next installment if he or she didn't win the car. See more »

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Oh the Vega!!!
24 May 2008 | by kayakkennSee all my reviews

I feel for the above poster, I would have gone for the big Chevy wagon too! I bet it was the one with the fake wood on the sides, the roof rack, and the tailgate that disappeared downward into the car.

I watched this show during my youth while I was on break from school. I remember being very angry when the winning contestant would choose to attempt to start the lousy Vega over the much nicer Caprice! Jeez, at least go for the Chevelle or Monte Carlo!! I did love this show, and I recall that the cars were usually Chevys. I also seem to remember some Pontiacs also. Were they always GM cars? I don't recall any Ford or Chrysler products. They ranged from the economy model to the top of the line. The winner could choose from five cars to attempt to start. I would love to see those now vintage cars sparkling new again.

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