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Pressure Point

Producer: Reid/Land Entertainment
Host: Clint Holmes
Taping Info: March 19, 1990, probably Los Angeles
Made it to Air: No
Availability: UCLA Archive

Pressure Point is an attempt by Reid/Land, one of the more prolific producers out of Nashville-based programming including the game Top Card, to break into the non-Nashville world. Your host is Clint Holmes, which may not mean much to you, but he had a hit with the 1973 song P"layground in My Mind" (My name is Michael, and I have a nickel...) and he is currently a popular lounge act in Vegas. I apologize for sticking that song back in your mind.

In Pressure Point, there are three players, four categories and six questions per categories three worth 10 points, two worth 20 and one worth 30. Captain Lounge Act reads a general knowledge question plus the first letter of the answer, and the contestant answers the question for points. One intriguing category was "Maim That Tune", where the answer had to be sung. Three of the possible 24 questions held bonuses one was doubled in points, one was tripled in points and the third tied your score with that of the leader. When time was up, the leader in points did not win the round.

Yep. You scored the most points. But you may not win, because the two players who do not have the lead decide on a category for you to answer a question (a la the end part of Trivial Pursuit, the board game). Answer it correctly, and you do win the round. If you don't, a 60 second speed round is played where each question is now worth 20 points. In the first game of the pilot, the end round leader had 130 points, failed to answer her end question, and lost in the speed round.

The bonus game started with a 2 x 12 matrix with each column having a dollar sign in either the first or second row, such as the example below:

1 	2 	3 	4 	5 	6 	7 	8 	9 	10 	11 	12
_ 	$ 	$ 	_ 	_ 	$ 	_ 	$ 	$ 	$ 	_ 	_
$ 	_ 	_ 	$ 	$ 	_ 	$ 	_ 	_ 	_ 	$ 	$

You had 10 seconds to look at the board before it blanked. You then asked for top or bottom. If you picked the one with a dollar sign and answered the question correctly, you could move on to the next column, otherwise, you had to answer another question in order to move on. If you get all with 60 seconds, you win. Unfortunately, I forgot to write down what you win, but I believed it was prize based.

This was then repeated with the same players and same point amounts with the scores wiped clean. Nothing really special here, The bonus game was nice, the questions during both portions were pretty dippy, the you've outscored everyone but you don't win wasn't good at all. It would have made a good USA Network game, but it wasn't broadcast caliber.

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