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In 1979, NBC revived the classic game show Password and added in a few new features to give the show a "plus." There were two contestants and they were paired up with a celebrity. Then the celebrity or a contestant tried to communicate a "password" by using one word clues. When the password was sovled, the word would go up on the password puzzle board. That password would be a clue that would describe a person, place, thing, or event. A person who solves the puzzle in the first game won $100. The second game was worth $100. The third game was worth $200. The first person to reach $300 was the winner of the game and went on to play Alphabetics for a chance to win $5,000.
(The contestant on the far left is Rich Cronin, former president of Game Show Network.)
In 1981, the format of the game changed. The first three games were worth $100 and contestants changed partners after the third $100 puzzle. The fourth puzzle was worth $200 and the contestant who reached $500 won the game. In Alphabetics the rules stayed the same except the jackpot went up an additional $5,000 each time the jackpot was not won. Password ran on NBC daytime until 1982.
Bill Cullen (Sub)
Johnny Olson (Sub)
January 08, 1979
March 26, 1982