About Blankety Blank
A game show with contestants and a celebrity panel which has been hosted by Les Dawson and Lily Savage.
Two contestants competed against each other, who were always a man and a woman or two women; at no point did two men compete head-to-head. The object was to match the answers of as many of the six celebrity panelists as possible on fill-in-the-blank statements.
The main game was played in two rounds. The challenger was given a choice of two statements labelled either "A" or "B". The host then read the statement, when Les Dawson became the host the programme did away with the A or B choice but was reinstated when Lily Savage became the host.
Frequently, the statements were written with comedic, double-entendre answers in mind:
"Did you catch a glimpse of that girl on the corner? She has the world's biggest _________."
While the contestant pondered his/her answer, the six celebrities wrote their answers on index cards. After they finished, the contestant was polled for his/her answer. Frequently, the audience responded appropriately as the host critiqued the contestant's answer (for the "world's biggest" question, the host might compliment an answer such as "boobs" or "rear end", while expressing disdain to an answer such as "fingers" or "bag").
The host then asked each celebrity, one at a time, beginning with the celebrity in the upper left hand corner to give his/her response. The contestant earned one point for each celebrity who wrote down the same answer (or reasonably similar as determined by the judges) up to a maximum of six points for matching everyone.
After play was completed on the contestant's question, the host read the statement on the other card for the challenger and play was identical. The challenger again began Round 2, with two new questions, unless he/she matched everyone in the first round. Only celebrities that a contestant didn't match could play this round.
Tiebreaker rounds - if the players had the same score at the end of "regulation", a tiebreaker was used that reversed the game play. The contestants would write their answers first on a card in secret, then the celebrities were canvassed to give their answers. The first celebrity response to match a contestant's answer gave that contestant the victory; if there were still no match, the round was replayed with a new question.
A fill-in-the-blank phrase was given, and it was up to the contestant to choose the most common response based on a studio audience survey. After consulting with three celebrities on the panel for help the contestant had to choose an answer. The answers were revealed after that; the most popular answer in the survey was worth 150 Blanks, the second-most popular 100 Blanks, and the third most popular 50. If a contestant failed to match any of the three answers, the bonus round ended.
Another game was played with two new players, and the one who amassed the most from the Supermatch won the game and if the two winners got the same it would go to sudden death. Here, they could win a better prize. The player chose one of the celebrities who would write down their answer to a "word BLANK" phrase. The player would then give their answer, if they matched, they won.