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Lifespan: July 1974 - January 1975
Host: Bill Cullen
Announcer: Don Pardo
Produced by: Bob Stewart Productions

Front Game Rules

A typical first-round boardThe contestant... um... cylindersThe front game of Winning Streak is played in somewhat of a tournament fashion. In the first game, the champion faces off against a challenger. Both players are shown a grid of 16 letters, and a category which they must satisfy. (For example, "Parts of a book".) The challenger picks a letter, and host Cullen reads a clue to a word beginning with that letter. (Think Blockbusters.) Whoever buzzes in with the right answer gets to control that letter and has the choice of placing it on their board in one of seven slots or refusing it, then picking another letter off the board. The first player to complete a word with the letters they control wins the round and moves on to the next round.

What word can you think of with a G, an M and a U?In the second round, the contestant goes it alone against the big board. To start, the player chooses one of six numbers off the board; hidden behind that number is a cash value from $100 to $200. Then, the other 12 spaces on the board are put in play. The contestant chooses one of them and finds a letter. At that point, the contestant has 5 seconds say a word that contains that letter. If successful, the player gets that dollar amount and can then choose to keep it or go for double. To do that, the player chooses another space, finds another letter, and must give another word that contains the letters uncovered. This process continues until either the player calls it quits or stumbles.

A second game is then played with two new contestants. If the winner of either match craps out in the money round, then the other player is automatically crowned the champ. Otherwise, they face off in the final round.

End Game Rules

The two front game winners face off in the ShowdownIn the final round, the two winners from the front game face off in a one-on-one showdown. The top winner of the two gets the choice of going first or second. They then take turns picking spaces off the board, trying to come up with a word that contains all the letters shown. They continue until one player trips up, at which point the other player becomes the new champion and wins the combined total of their scores from the second round.

Loogaroo Looks it Over

Winning Streak

Gameplay: 1 pt.
The tournament made the game a little more cohesive, but I still think the rules were more complicated than they had to be.
Host: 2 pts.
2 points is low for Cullen, but he seemed a little handcuffed with this show.
Presentation: 2 pts.
Lots of chasing lights, a trademark for a Stewart show.
Execution: 1 pt.
Don't advertise a $100,000 win if it's basically impossible for that to happen.
Total Score: 6 pts.

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