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Two teams of five contestants (one consisting of men, the other consists of women) compete in a battle of the sexes game of word association.
In each round, the captain of the team in control chose one of two words presented by the host. The other four team members wore headphones to ensure they couldn't hear the word. Once a word was chosen, the team was given 40 seconds to communicate the word down the line. The team captain would describe the word to the second team member, who, after guessing the word, would then do the same for the third team member. The process is continued down the line until one of the following events happen:
- The team completed the transition down the line (classified as a Hot Streak)
- Time ran out
- A player repeats a clue or a keyword already given
In Rounds One and Two, each successful transition was worth $100, for a maximum of $400 per round. For Round Three, each correct transition was worth $200, for a possible $800. The maximum grand total for a game was $1,600.
The team with the most money won the game, kept the cash and advanced to the bonus round. If the game ended in a tie, the captain of the champion team was given one final word and opted to play or pass. The team that played the tie-breaker had to score a hot streak to win; failing to do so sent the other team to the bonus round.
The Bonus RoundEdit
A subject was given to the team captain to start, with his/her teammates once again wearing headphones. The captain gave four words associated with the subject, the ones he/she thought were the most obvious. After that, the teammates have 20 seconds (five seconds per team member) to guess the four words provided by their captain. Each word guessed was worth $200. This process was repeated with a second subject worth $300 per correct guess.
For the third and final subject, if the team was able to guess all four words provided by the captain within 20 seconds, their bonus round score was multiplied by five, for a maximum payoff of $10,000. If the team was unable to do so, they added whatever they won in the first parts of the bonus round to their winnings from the main game.
The pilot bonus was played exactly the same except that the payoffs are different:
Subjects #1 & 2 - $300
Subject #3 - 10 times the value
The Party Line PilotEdit
- Main article: Party Line
Three pilots for the show were made, with the first from 1983 titled Party Line. It was hosted by Gene Rayburn with Jay Stewart announcing. Forsyth hosted the other two pilots (with Rod Roddy announcing both).
For the most part, the main game was played the same as the other two pilots and series, but contestants earned points instead of money. Ruck Zuck, the German version of this show, used the same scoring format.
However, the bonus round for the first pilot was substantially different from the series and other two pilots. The winning team faced a zigzag line of nine players, and all team members were given the same word. The team captain was given a baton, and with the baton he or she gave clues to each of the nine players, without repeating any clues. If at any time the captain runs out of clues, he/she can pass to the next teammate in line (the process is the same for the other team members). The first transaction was worth $100 and the money doubled for every subsequent transition, up to $25,600. The process lasted for 40 seconds as in the main game.
The following are a list of countries that did their versions of (Bruce Forsyth's) Hot Streak:
Ray & Marc Ellis
"Don't wanna be left out, do ya? If you're feeling hot, and wanna streak, then tune in each and every day of the week on Hot Streak. Cheerio!" - Bruce Forsyth - 1986
- Rules for Hot Streak
- Xanfan's Hot Streak Page
- Xanfan's Older Hot Streak Page
- Michael Tiller's Hot Streak Page
- Josh Rebich's Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak Rule Sheet
- Official Pearson site for (Bruce Forsyth's) Hot Streak (via Internet Archive)
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