Inflation hit in 1976 and the daytime version became the $20,000 Pyramid. The $25,000 Pyramid ended its weekly run in 1979 and ABC canceled the daytime show in 1980. The show returned to syndication in 1981 as the $50,000 Pyramid, which had a short run of five months.
In 1982, CBS revived the show as the $25,000 Pyramid on its daytime schedule. Dick Clark, who hosted the previous daytime versions of the Pyramid, returned as host. In 1985, the show returned to syndication with the $100,000 Pyramid with Dick Clark hosting both the daytime and nighttime versions. $100,000 Pyramid ended its run in September of 1987, and the daytime version soon followed in December. The $25,000 Pyramid was replaced by a new CBS daytime game show, Blackout, hosted by Bob Goen. Thirteen weeks later, Blackout was canceled and was replaced by the show it replaced, the $25,000 Pyramid, which ran for 13 more weeks until it was gone for good in July 1988. Family Feud took over the next Monday.
Two contestants paired up with a celebrity partner and would choose from six categories on the small pyramid. The contestant or celebrity would then have to describe seven words that came up on their screen in 30 seconds relating to that subject. A contestant could use gestures and could describe it however he/she wanted to without actually saying the word or saying a form of the word. (i.e. A contestant could not describe lightning by saying "Its the streak of light in the sky during a thunderstorm." because light is contained in the word lightning and that would be an illegal clue.) If a contestant gave an illegal clue, the word would automatically be skipped and the total possible amount of points a contestant could earn out of seven would be six. Contestants played three rounds per game and the team that had the most points at the end of the game, won the game and went to the Winner's Circle for a chance at $10,000.
Example of legal game play for describing "Parts of a Car": "The tires, the hood, the engine, the turn signal," etc.
Example of illegal game play for describing "Parts of a Car": "You drive it, you use a steering wheel to direct it," etc.
If all six categories were correctly guessed in 60 seconds or less, the contestant would win $10,000. On the $20,000 Pyramid, a contestant would try for $10,000 on their first trip to the Winner's Circle, $15,000 on their second, and $20,000 on their third. On the daytime and syndicated $25,000 Pyramid, a contestant would go for $10,000 on their first trip and $25,000 on their second trip to the Winner's Circle.
The daytime rules applied to both the $50,000 and $100,000 Pyramid. Contestants played for the top prize in a tournament style, where the top three contestants with the fastest Winner's Circle time (fastest main game time on the $50,000 Pyramid) would play during a tournament week. During that week, the first contestant to win in the Winner's Circle would win the top prize.
In 1991, the $100,000 Pyramid was revised with John Davidson as the host and it ran until 1992. Donnie Osmond hosted a revival of the $10,000 Pyramid, simply titled "Pyramid" for two seasons from 2002-2004.
(PICTURES OF PYRAMID THOUGHOUT THE YEARS)