The Concentration pilot that would become
Can you decode this puzzle?
E + QUILL P+HAY 4
E + QUILL W + OAR + K
EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK
This Concentration pilot was taped in 1985, two years before the premiere of Classic Concentration. This pilot was not hosted by Alex Trebek, but instead by Orson Bean.
The pilot featured the theme music that would later be used on Classic Concentration. Additionally, the game board was very similar. However, the numbered square did not open up like a door, but it wiped instead to reveal a word, this is where the pilot and Classic Concentration differ.
Orson Bean goes over to greet the conestants.
The game was played like this: There were 25 numbered squares and behind each number was a word, not a prize. The contestant would have to match the word with a synonym. Each correct match was worth $100.
So "Reduce" and "Diet" would be a match.
Bar + Bee + Que'd
S + Pear Ribs
BAR=B=QUED SPARE RIBS!
When the contestant solved the puzzle, they would keep the money that they won during the main game and go on to the bonus round for a chance to win prizes and $5,000!
In the bonus round, there were 15 numbered squares and the contestant would have 50 seconds to match all 7 prizes on the board. The contestant won every prize matched. If the contestant matched all 7 prizes in the allowed time, they would win a bonus of $5,000!
This contestant missed the last prize by one match. So he missed out on the bonus of $5,000, but keeps all the prizes he matched.
Concentration would evolve into Classic Concentration two years later, replacing the short-lived revival of Blockbusters on NBC.