Lifespan: September 1985 - September 1986
Host: Wink Martindale
Announcers: Johnny Gilbert
Produced by: Wink Martindale
Front Game Rules
Two couples competed. In the first round, teams were presented with the headline to a hypothetical newspaper with letters missing. A team won $500 for buzzing in and solving the headline without any extra help, otherwise clues and extra letters cost $100 apiece. If one team answered incorrectly, the other team had the rest of the headline to themselves. After the headline, two follow-up questions were asked, worth $100 each.
In the second round, play alternated between video clips and magazine covers. First, the teams were shown a video clip of a newsmaker being interviewed, with his/her face heavily pixelated. Players tried to buzz in an identify the person by way of his/her voice. The picture became clearer as time went along, with the value (which started at $500) decreasing the longer it took. Then the teams were shown a magazine cover of a famous person, with his face blanked out. Clues were given at certain intervals, diminishing the value of identifying the person by $100.
The third round was played identically to the first round, with the dollar values doubling. For the last headline, only one follow-up question was asked, and the teams wagered any portion of their scores. The team that wagered the most was given the right to answer the question. The team with the most money won the game and headed to the bonus round.
End Game Rules
The winning team was given the choice of five categories for the final round. One final headline was played, and if the team could solve the headline without help, they won $5000. Otherwise, they could buy clues and letters for $1000 a pop. The team only got one guess, and a wrong answer ended the round.
This was Wink Martindale's first foray into producing game shows.
Loogaroo Looks it Over
In some ways, this was a very interesting concept. The idea of using newspaper headlines and identifying newsmakers is a good one. Unfortunately, they didn't take it to the next step and actually quizzed players on current events. I think that twist would've made the show more successful. As it was, it's not a bad show - Wink looks a bit stiffer in his hosting job, but that may just be because this was a new show. High marks for a great-looking set and nice newsroom-like graphics.