Split Second

ABC (ended 1975)


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Welcome to the Split Second guide at TV.com. Every good quiz show requires not only knowing the answer, but being able to quickly provide the response. On the fast-paced Split Second, contestants not only won cash based on answering questions, but gained an edge by ringing in sooner. Three contestants, including a returning champion, competed on Split Second to answer general knowledge questions and win cash. The host (Tom Kennedy in the 1972-1975 ABC daytime version; Monty Hall in the 1986-1987 five-a-week syndicated entry) announced a category and a three-part question relating to that category. e.g., The category is "Presidential losers," with the following question: "Everyone remembers the winners in a presidential election, but do you remember who they defeated?" The players were shown three clues. In this case, the clues were Harry Truman (1948); Lyndon B.Johnson (1964); and Richard M. Nixon (1968). All three contestants rang in, the one who rang in first having the first chance to select a clue and provide an answer. If he was right, he won a share of the pot; his/her opponents could answer two or possibly all three questions. Players were rewarded based on their ability to answer $5 each if all three contestants provided one right answer; $10 if two of them were right; and $25 if just one answered all three questions correctly. By the way, the correct answers were, in order, Thomas Dewey, Barry Goldwater and Hubert H. Humphrey. The dollar values were inflated to $10, $25 and $50 for the 1986-1987 version. After an undefined time limit, dollar values were doubled to $10, $25 and $50 ($20, $50 and $100 in 1986-1987). In the game's final round, contestants were seeded based on their score up to that point the player in the lead needing four correct answers to become champion, second place requiring five and third place requiring six; ties required the players to answer the lesser of the required number of questions. The player who met his requirements first was the day's winner. That player moved on to the bonus round, as thus: • 1972-1975 – The champion chose a set of keys and the car he/she wanted (from a choice of five Pontiacs or Chevrolets, always a wide variety and very nicely equipped). If the car started, the champion retired undefeated, winning the car and a progressive jackpot (which began at $1,000 and grew each day by $500 until claimed) if it didn't; he/she got to return the next day, where upon successive wins, their chances became better at winning a car (e.g., 1 in 4 chance on the next show). • 1986-1987 – One of two end games were used. One game had the champion choosing from three of five screens; if they all read "CAR," they won that prize and left undefeated, otherwise, they could accept a "FUR" or a "TRIP" and leave or give it back for a return to the next show. The other game required the player chose one of five screens; if it said "CAR," they won the car and retired undefeated, otherwise it was $1,000 and a return to the next show, where a championship win meaning improved odds (since all previously chosen screens were "blacked" out). Champions competed until defeated, winning the car or until their fifth day as champion (at which time they automatically won a car and retired undefeated). There is no editor for this show. If you would like to be the editor look here for details.moreless