After the puzzle is solved, the winning player's team is shown a
"Blankety Blank," a sentence with 1-4 words missing, that can be filled in
with a pun. If they guess correctly, the money becomes theirs to keep, and
their opponents also get a strike. If wrong, the money stays in the bank,
and should they guess another puzzle later, the dollar value is added and
they can win the whole total on a Blankety Blank.
Contestants remained on the show until they amassed a total of three
Game show fans who remember the series don't remember it fondly, which is
understandable. The game doesn't have much variety to it, and "draw a card,
show a clue, guess, draw a card, show a clue, guess" could get a little
tedious after a spell.
Bob Stewart was evidently fond of the show, as he restructured it several
times more in future game shows like "Shoot for the Stars" and its spinoff,
"Double Talk." Realistically, the show isn't that bad. The computer scanning
and cards were a novel idea, and the set is rather spiffy looking, albeit
The pilot for the series was videotaped
February 10, 1975 with guests Anita Gillette and Soupy Sales. The game was
nearly identical to the aired format, except that instead of numbers, clues
were classified by letters in those clues (so for example, the letter Z
might be hiding "THAT CRAZY LADY")
19, 1975, Bill announced that the show was "starting things over" and the game
had new rules that stayed in place for the remainder of the show's brief run.
each puzzle, a category was announced but no clue. Contestants were credited the
money amount for solving the puzzle, and could win that amount again by
solving the Blankety Blank.
first side to accumulate $2,500 or more wins the game, all the cash credited,
and the right to meet another opponent.
I sense Bill's love of bad puns is the same as my own because he is
enjoying himself here. The game flows quickly, but it's a very mechanical
game and Bill can't add much to it, try as he might.