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"Today on Baffle, you'll meet (insert claim and celebrity name) playing against (insert claim and celebrity name)! And now, here's your host, Dick Enberg!"
(All-Star) Baffle was a short-lived daytime game show which in turn is a revival of the word game PDQ.
Just like in PDQ, the object of the game was to get your partner to say a word or a phrase by placing letters on a board. Only this time, you'd have to do it in a faster time than your opposing team.
Two teams of two (consisting of one celebrity & one contestant) competed in this year-long remake. As usual, one player was locked in an isolation booth while his/her partner stood in front of a rack filled with letters, which was now on a moving stand coming out of the team's letter board wall. When host Enberg gave the signal, the clock started and the outside player placed three letters on his/her board (with the first being always the first letter), and then the contestant took an unlimited number of guesses. Note: The first three letters used cannot be the first three letters of the answer; if that happened, the team was assessed a 15-second penalty. Every few seconds, a bell would sound signaling the outside player to add another letter. The outside player can also use gestures/charades to get the isolated player to say the answer. A team's half of the round ended when the isolated player got the word, or if the clock reached the 60-second time limit. The first team sets the time while the opposing team tried to beat the time. The team with the fastest time won a prize for the contestant.
The game was played in two halves with three rounds each (later two) and the times set in each round were added together. At halftime, the contestants switched partners for the remainder of the game. The team with the lowest total amount of time won the game. Only the contestant of the winning team went on to play the bonus round.
The bonus round was also the same as PDQ's except that the winning contestant now had 30 seconds to solve five puzzles. The puzzles still had three letters as clues, but there was no time limit for any of the puzzles. Each correct word was worth $50 and three bonus seconds of solving time for a maximum of $250 and 15 seconds. After getting through the first five words, the winning contestant used the time earned from guessing the first five words to solve one final word which was harder than the others. Solving the final puzzle won a brand new car for the contestant.
Contestants stayed on the show until they lost or won five games regardless of how many cars won. At least one contestant won five cars in all five games.
Partway through the run, the show became an all star format where both teams consisted of nobody but stars.
The game remained the same except that in halftime, the celebrities swapped positions. Also since celebrities can't play the bonus game, the winning team drew a name of an audience member on a card out of a drum. The audience member selected played the bonus game for (a) bonus prize(s).
In the bonus game, the selected audience member had 30 seconds to solve (this time) nine puzzles. The number of correct answers determined the value of the prize that contestant took home (the bigger the number of correct words, the bigger the prize). Eight correct answers won a car, but all nine correct answers not only won a car, but also a trip and $5,000 in cash.
- This was the first game show of any kind to have the use of neon lighting on a game show set. The set itself was designed by Jim Newton.
- Baffle had the same premiere and cancellation dates as CBS' The $10,000 Pyramid.