The Quiz Kids Challenge

(ended 1990)


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Welcome to The Quiz Kids Challenge guide at A youths-vs.-the adults affair. That's the way to summarize the short-lived The Quiz Kids Challenge, the most recent revival of the popular children's quiz show from the Golden Age of Radio and early television. Two teams of three players - one of kids, ages 11-15; and the other a rotating panel of adults - competed in a three-round question and answer contest, played thusly: * Round 1: Host Prince revealed eight categories, each containing three answers. The returning champions chose the first category. A correct answer was worth $50, though a wrong answer allowed the opposing team to guess. The entire category was played before moving to another. * Round 2: Eight new categories were revealed. The first question in each category was worth $50. If one player was correct, one of his/her teammates could answer a second question for $100. If that player was correct, the remaining team member could answer a third question for $200. The teams could stop at any time, especially since a wrong answer at any point allowed the opposing team to guess and run the category for all the cash. * Round 3: A 100-second speed round. Just four categories were shown. The team in the lead chose the first category. Correct answers were initially worth $50 and allowed that player to choose the next category; values increased every 25 seconds to a maximum of $400 (at the 75-second mark). The team with the most cash at the end of the round was the champion and kept their winnings. Pretty staid, run-of-the-mill affair, and by 1990, that wasn't good enough. The Quiz Kids Challenge lasted just three months in daily syndication (largely seen on Fox or independent stations with a healthy dose of kid-friendly programming), but later was rerun on Game Show Network (now GSN).moreless