"Merv Griffin's Crosswords" is a fast paced gameshow from the master of gameshows, the late Merv Griffin. The show is hosted by Ty Treadway and announed by Edd Hall. "Crosswords" is played among three rounds. The questions give a clue and the length of the answer, much like a typical crossword puzzle. Dollar values range from $50 to $150 in the first round, depending on the length. These values are doubled in the second and third rounds. Special clues include a "Crossword Getaway" where answering correctly earns the contestant a trip, and "Crossword Extra", where the player may bet money on a clue. Money and prizes are cached in a contestant's podium. The second round introduces three new players, known as spoilers, who may take over the podium of one of the contestants upfront if those do not know the answer and they do. At the end of three rounds, whoever has the most money moves on to the end game. That player will have 90 seconds to complete the puzzle and, if successful, will win an additional $2,000 and another trip.
"Crosswords" is slated to air fall 2007 and has landed a big syndication deal with five NBC-owned stations. Check your local listings for air dates and times.moreless