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The $20,000 Pyramid
The $25,000 Pyramid
The $50,000 Pyramid
The $100,000 Pyramid
Two celebrity guests each paired with a contestant to form teams competing against each other. Teams took turns playing a round in which they gave clues to their teammate, helping them to guess seven words in a single category. The team had thirty seconds to guess as many words correctly as they could. The teams alternated playing rounds. The team with the hightest score after three rounds advanced to the bonus game.
Played in front of a large pyramid game board, the bonus round grand prize was $10,000. Subsequent versions of the show raised the grand prize amount (and the name of the show) to $20,000, $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000. The bonus game lasted 60 seconds. One player was facing away from the pyramid board, looking at the teammate. The teammate saw a category on the game board (such as, "Things a plumber might use) and listed clues out loud (such as, "wrench, plunger, ...). The first player had to guess the name of the category before the team could move on to the next one. The team worked their way up to the top of the pyramid (and to the grand prize).
Bob Clayton 1973-1990
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The fastest team to finish the pyramid bonus round was led by celebrity guest star Billy Crystal, who together with his teammate reached the top of the pyramid in twenty-six seconds.
William Shatner and Leonard Nemoy were both celebrity guests at the same time, during "Kirk vs. Spock Week."
David Letterman, then a stand-up comedian, often appeared as a celebrity guest on the show.
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