September 9, 1985 - June 6, 1986
Syndicated Game Show

Wink Martindale

Johnny Gilbert

This show pits two couples against each other in a game of
solving newspaper-type word puzzles called Altered
Headlines to win money. The headlines are make-believe
although based on real people and events. A newspaper
page is revealed on a giant monitor. Its headline has several
letters missing with a few left in there. This is classified
as an Altered Headline. Then four clues are shown to the
couples one by one, with more letters revealing after
each. The first couple to buzz-in gets to solve the headline,
and if they are correct, they win money; but if they are
wrong the opposing couple gets to decide to either see
more clues and letters to solve the headline. A correct
answer is worth $500. After the headline is solved, the
couples are then ask two questions connected to the
headline. Each correct answer to each question is worth
$100. In round 2, instead of headlines, the couples now
face real-life and well-known magazines. Each one has
a distorted face that the contestants must identify on the
cover. Also distorted film clips of newsmakers are played
with the couples trying to identify them by voice only. Again
correct answers are worth $500. Round three is played the
same as Round one except that the altered headlines are
now worth up to $1,000. Four Altered Headlines are played
in this round and after the 4th headline, one question is
asked; then the couples write down how much they
want to wager of their current totals, with the higher
wagering couple getting the question first. After the question
was asked, if the couple with the highest wager gets it
right they win the money that they wagered, but a wrong
answer deducts the money they wagered; then the
question passes to the opposing team who will then
decide to play or pass the question. The couple with the
most money won the game. Both teams kept their
cash. The winning couple plays a bonus round called
Headline Extra. To start, the couple chooses which
subject to solve one last altered headline from. Then the
headline was revealed and they have 5 seconds to think
it over and then solve the headline, otherwise if they
are stumped they can ask to buy another clue. When they
ask for clues they then get 7 seconds to solve the
headline. A correct answer is worth $5,000 minus $1,000
for every clue they bought, while failure to solve the
headline wins nothing. The highest possible score is
$23,600 and only possible if a couple answered every
question correctly, doubled their score with the final
question, then won the bonus. This was the first game
show Wink Martindale ever created and/or produced.

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