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Producer: : Art James
Host: : Art James
Announcer: Tom Whitaker
Taping Info: 1972
Made it to Air: No

Even by 1972, the concept of straight trivia quizzes was starting to get long into the tooth. And the concept of wife swapping on the game show hadn't occurred yet. So, let's try to combine the two. Your host and creator is Art James.

Three couples are introduced, and one of the spouses is designated the "question answerer" and the other the "scorekeeper". Fortunately for the viewer, in this case all of the men answered and all of the women kept score. At that point, the answerers are moved to other scorekeepers and these new teams are staked with 200 points and the fun begins.

The first team is asked a question, and the answerer gives his answer. The scorekeeper decides whether to agree or disagree with the answer and a wager up to 100 points. The audience is told whether they are correct or not via impressive-for-1972 chyron technology, but not the players. This continues for three questions per couples. An answerer may bluff, and a few times that was effective, since the answerer is trying to help his wife to win, not the assigned scorekeeper.

This continues for a second round and a third round with no changes in possible values. For whatever reason, the true scores are also not given to the home audience, I guess to create some fake drama.

After the three rounds, the prize round begins. The couples are reunited, and they are shown nine possible prizes each with a point value. Only the highest value prize is awarded, and only if the couple have enough points for it. So each couple tries to pick a prize based on what they think they scored, or they can choose to cash out at $1 a point and forfeit their chance at winning. Some couples figured it out pretty well, others were way off.

The bonus round allows the couple to convert their prize into a car plus some cash. If they choose to go, they are given one question and are allowed to confer. In this case, the question was "give me the first few words of the Declaration of Independence", with no indication on what "few" meant. If they are correct, the prize is converted into a car and the couple is cash based on their total points doubled minus 1,000.

Two major flaws in the game, and they both involve the prize round. What if all three teams cash out? What if all three teams try to buy a prize they can't afford? Neither of those eventualities were covered. The game was OK, but it was very dry especially with Art James' rather robotic hosting. A better way to do the game would be to keep with a team through their round until their questions are complete, allowing for some banter. No idea how to fix the prize round, it just seems too flawed.

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