...where one word leads to another!
Brief history lesson: created by Bob Stewart, the first version of this ran for 5 months, and then got canned for a daytime talk show hosted by David Letterman. (and now you know how he started in television!) It got brought back a few years later, and last showed up on TV in 2007.
Anyhow, the rules:
The main game involves word chains, such as this one:
The game is played with two teams of two (one celebrity and one contestant on each team). In each round, the players will hold a different responsibility; either guessing the words or giving letters. For example, the celebrity on team 1 gives a letter below SNOW to the other team, which would show up like this:
(blanks do not indicate the length of a word)
The guesser on team 2 guesses what the word below SNOW is. If they're right, they earn money and take control. If you give a letter to your partner, and they get it wrong, control passes to the other team.
Responsibilities alternate with each turn. For example:
Celebrity on team 1 gives clue to opponents, guesser on that team gets it wrong. The contestant on team 1 gets to decide who to give the next letter to above or below a word. If they give it to the opposite team, the other player on that team gets a shot. If they get it right, they decide what to do next.
(that may be a bit confusing; trust me, it'll make sense once we play)
In round 1, each word guessed correctly is worth $50, while the last word in the chain is worth $75. However, in the first round only, plus signs will be next to two words in the chain. Those plus signs double the value of those words. In other words, if an asterisk is next to the final word of the chain, that word is worth $150.
In round 2, words are worth $100, and the last word is worth $200. IN THIS ROUND ONLY, one word will have a dollar sign next to it. Whichever team guesses that word will play the Missing Link for a mini-jackpot (explained below).
In round 3 and any further rounds if necessary, words are worth $200, and the last is worth $400.
The first team to reach $1,500 wins the game and plays the bonus round.
A general compendium of symbols you'll see on the board:
(*) - Indicates that that box contains two words, worth normal value.
(+) - Doubles the dollars for that word, in round one only.
($) - Used in round two only, whichever team guesses the word next to this plays the Missing Link at the end of the round.
The team that has won the right to play this is shown the top and bottom of a three word chain. One player of the team will give the first guess. If this guess is right, the team wins a bonus jackpot that starts at $1,000 and increases by that much every game the full pot isn't won. If the first player is wrong, the other player gets a shot with a letter added.
For each letter revealed before a correct answer in the chain, 20% of the pot is taken out of play (e.g. getting the middle word with one letter and $2,000 in the pot wins you $1,600).
(answer to above chain: Crank)
THE SUPER CHAIN:
The winning team is shown a chain similar to one in the main game, except only the top word and the first letter of every other word is given. Guesses alternate between the celebrity and the contestant. For each correct word, the payout increases like so:
The jackpot starts at $25,000 and increases by $5,000 each day it isn't won.
The catch? You are given seven additional letters in an account at the start. For each incorrect guess, a letter in the current word is filled in and deducted from your account.
The round ends when:
A. The final word is correctly guessed (thus winning the JACKPOT) or
B. an incorrect guess is given with no letters remaining in the account (at which point the player wins the value of the last completed word).
No limits on champion reigns, and celebrities change from episode to episode.
Are you ready to play? I need two contestants and two celebrities (please specify who you'd like to be in the case of the latter).