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Title: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: GameShowKid on June 10, 2018, 09:19:24 PM
We're back for another season of one of my favorite game shows and a classic. I've just finished watching the season premiere and there aren't many changes compared to last year. The main game trilons are now rotated one at a time to reveal each subject and for some reason the Winner's Circle directions ("Give a list", "Don't use your hands", etc.) weren't broadcast, but these are minor differences.

Excellent and extremely high-energy gameplay to start off the new season. Perfect 21-21 first round and so close in the first Winner's Circle round. There was a nice $50K win in the second half of the first full game. 

In the second half-hour contestant Camille, a very good and intelligent player, tried for $50K and later $100K. She ended up with $12K total.

As for some of the subjects, it took me a little time to come up with "Copperfield" and "Brinkley" for "Famous Men Named David", but "Duchovny" was an excellent clue. I would have said "a dull pencil" right away for "Things You Sharpen", but not much time was spent on that anyway. "UPS (trucks)" was great for "Things That Are Brown"; I thought of "Michael Strahan's skin". "A peach" came to mind immediately for "Things That Have Pits"; I'm a bit surprised the contestant didn't say it (he didn't need to :) )

Good to see the show return; I hope to watch every episode this season.   
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: PGS25 on June 10, 2018, 09:33:36 PM
I would have also said Mr. Letterman for "Men named David". I also would have said a UPS uniform for "Brown". For "pull", I would have said a bad tooth. I never would have thought of underarms, because I thought underarm and pit were synonyms. Hopefully there will be a $100,000 win next week.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: GameShowKid on June 10, 2018, 09:37:59 PM
I would have also said Mr. Letterman for "Men named David". I also would have said a UPS uniform for "Brown". For "pull", I would have said a bad tooth.
Those are some excellent clues.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: JayC on June 10, 2018, 09:47:04 PM
For "Things You Pull" I would've said a muscle, a hamstring, an all-nighter in addition to hair.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: GameShowKid on June 10, 2018, 09:50:52 PM
For "Things You Pull" I would've said a muscle, a hamstring, an all-nighter in addition to hair.
Very nice. I especially like the all-nighter clue.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: wrikent3500 on June 11, 2018, 06:19:35 PM
Would 90210...hangout...Peach...Mine... work as clues for pit as well
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: GameShowKid on June 11, 2018, 10:54:58 PM
Would 90210...hangout...Peach...Mine... work as clues for pit as well
The subject was "Things That Have Pits"; one has to give a list of things that fit the subject. Clues like "90210" and "hangout" wouldn't be allowed. This is Pyramid, not the Alphabetics round from Password Plus. :)  (Hmmm... I don't even think one could get away with "90210" as a clue there either).
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: PatrickRox80 on June 11, 2018, 11:01:08 PM
(Hmmm... I don't even think one could get away with "90210" as a clue there either).

You can't. In Password, each number counts as a word. "Nine oh two one oh" would definitely be illegal.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: goldroadfanatic on June 12, 2018, 05:14:59 AM
You can't. In Password, each number counts as a word. "Nine oh two one oh" would definitely be illegal.

The only exception to that would be if the subject is "Zip Codes," which has happened at least once before:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xe5VehYKGE

I attended a taping session on May 5th. I am not sure if the games I saw will be in the same hour or split between two different episodes. The second game had a gameplay first for the current era of Pyramid, and there was a stopdown to decide how to proceed. When the episode airs, I will share the details and give my thoughts.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: WilliamPorygon on June 12, 2018, 08:45:46 AM
You can't. In Password, each number counts as a word. "Nine oh two one oh" would definitely be illegal.
Well, technically you could get away with it if you left a distinct pause between each digit, but by that point you've spent so much time going off on a ridiculous tangent that you've already lost anyway.

("Peach... seed" would almost certainly be all you need for Password, anyway)
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: wrikent3500 on June 13, 2018, 11:23:48 AM
you could say Zazu but no one but a film buff knows who that is
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: lejusteprix on June 14, 2018, 05:45:05 AM
I attended a taping session on May 5th. I am not sure if the games I saw will be in the same hour or split between two different episodes. The second game had a gameplay first for the current era of Pyramid, and there was a stopdown to decide how to proceed. When the episode airs, I will share the details and give my thoughts.

GoldenroadFanatic:
I also was in attendance for that taping - good fun but also fascinating!
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: PGS25 on June 17, 2018, 04:51:47 PM
Another "David" came to my mind the other night. Cassidy.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: goldroadfanatic on June 17, 2018, 09:00:13 PM
It was awesome to see the first $150,000 win of the season. There was hesitation on the winning category, "Jazz Musicians" (or something similar), but Anthony Anderson, despite his lack of confidence, helped the contestant win. If only we can have someone max out their winnings by winning the cash plus the Mystery 7 trip...

We also had a gameplay first in the current era of Pyramid: Jennifer Lewis' team could not catch up to Anthony Anderson's team after their three rounds of play. They scored 9 after their three rounds to Anthony Anderson's team's 10, which was scored in two rounds, so Anthony's team won by default. Granted, it wasn't the best game when Jennifer's team got 2 on their first round, three on their second, and the ESP wasn't strong between the contestant and celebrity.

In the second half...

Is Ask Jeeves still a thing? Kevin James went to that instead of the correct answer of "Wikipedia" when his contestant partner described the "fake Google" site where you look up information.

I'm surprised "Things in a High School" was won with only "School." I suppose that's the essence of the category, but I would think the judges would wait for the key word/phrase before sounding the bell.

The last Winner's Circle was heartbreaking. The sixth subject, "Things That are Tough," was a trap; one would have to stay focused and say "Leather," "A wrestler," "Nails," or another suitable object and hope their partner says "Tough."
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: PGS25 on June 17, 2018, 09:12:42 PM
For "Skunk", I thought of "My name is Pepe Le Pew, and I stink."
For "Spin", I had Wheel of Fortune, The Price Is Right wheel, and a top.
For "Jazz", I was thinking Ella Fitzgerald, and Harry Connick Jr.
And for "tough", I had shoe leather, a decision, and an overcooked steak.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: GameShowKid on June 17, 2018, 09:29:59 PM
Congratulations to Luigi. He came up with some very good clues under pressure, such as "rainforest" (excellent) , "dreidel", "Coltrane", and "Wakanda". :)

I'm surprised "Things in a High School" was won with only "School." I suppose that's the essence of the category, but I would think the judges would wait for the key word/phrase before sounding the bell.
If I was the judge, I wouldn't have accepted it. Why even include the word "high" in the subject if one is going to accept just "school"?

That 10-9 score was the lowest I've seen in this incarnation of Pyramid.

For "Skunk", I thought of "My name is Pepe Le Pew, and I stink."
For "Spin", I had Wheel of Fortune, The Price Is Right wheel, and a top.
For "Jazz", I was thinking Ella Fitzgerald, and Harry Connick Jr.
And for "tough", I had shoe leather, a decision, and an overcooked steak.
Those are some great clues.  My sister thought of "Sears kids jeans" for that last subject, hoping that the receiver would think of Toughskins. And I can clearly hear Dick Clark saying "HIS script", "HIS props", "HIS coach" etc. for "Things An Actor Uses".
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: Richie on June 18, 2018, 12:05:17 AM
That second winners circle in the Joy Behar/Kevin Smith episode was devastating.  I didn't think they wanted the $100,000 extra won because two of those categories were traps waiting to be sprung...BATHROOM was one trap, the other was the last one (TOUGH) due to the synonyms.  There were way too many synonyms for TOUGH.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: Off_trak on June 18, 2018, 01:00:53 PM
Is Ask Jeeves still a thing? Kevin James went to that instead of the correct answer of "Wikipedia" when his contestant partner described the "fake Google" site where you look up information.

That would be Kevin Smith, director of Clerks and Mallrats. Kevin James starred in King of Queens.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: GameShowKid on June 24, 2018, 09:10:38 PM
On the June 24th episode: One $50K win (first half-hour) and one $100K win (second half-hour) tonight. I thought the subjects in the first win were particularly easy; "Things That Are Sweet" at the top? I thought of "wax" and "wrapping" for "Types of Paper". The judge(s) accepted Snoop's "Things on Paper" for that one, and I think the host influenced that decision. Hmmm... I'm shaking my head a little bit on that one.

I also came up with "skis" (along with other clues) for "Sports Equipment", and "toll" for "Types of Booths". (Kudos to the contestant for saying "phone" and "voting".) This was the same contestant who said "Lance Armstrong" for "Famous Astronauts" and couldn't think of any other clues. That probably cost her the $50K win.

There were a few other brain freezes during the hour, including "Beyonce" and "rabies". And I personally thought all of the Questlove related subject titles during the second main game were overkill.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: Richie on June 25, 2018, 12:17:02 AM
On the $100,000 attempt in the second half hour, I studied the middle tier carefully.  BOTH Things at a MAGIC SHOW and People at an AIRPORT were trap categories.  The wrong giver would easily fall for those traps.  TYPES of BOOTHS was also a killer too.  Besides PHONE, VOTING, and I heard TOLL from one of our own here, I thought KISSING for TYPES of BOOTHS. 
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: GameShowKid on June 25, 2018, 12:57:09 AM
BOTH Things at a MAGIC SHOW and People at an AIRPORT were trap categories.  The wrong giver would easily fall for those traps.  TYPES of BOOTHS was also a killer too.  Besides PHONE, VOTING, and I heard TOLL from one of our own here, I thought KISSING for TYPES of BOOTHS. 
Yep, those take careful thought. I thought of “the wand” for that first subject, and “the baggage handlers” for the second.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: wrikent3500 on June 26, 2018, 04:35:25 PM
For Types Of Booths.... would... Powers.... get a zap
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: GameShowKid on June 26, 2018, 09:12:34 PM
For Types Of Booths.... would... Powers.... get a zap
I would say yes. The subject is not “People named Booth”.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: GameShowKid on June 26, 2018, 09:55:56 PM
For Types Of Booths.... would... Powers.... get a zap
Also, and I just looked this up, the actor’s last name was “Boothe” not “Booth”.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: mellongraig on June 27, 2018, 07:52:45 PM
On the Stu's Show program today, apparently in one session eight times when contestants gave out clues, those had to be bleeped out. They say it is moving the direction of where Family Feud is going.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: urbanpreppie0004 on June 28, 2018, 07:52:01 AM
On the Stu's Show program today, apparently in one session eight times when contestants gave out clues, those had to be bleeped out. They say it is moving the direction of where Family Feud is going.

Of course they would.  :roll:
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: Briguy on June 28, 2018, 08:47:11 AM
On the Stu's Show program today, apparently in one session eight times when contestants gave out clues, those had to be bleeped out. They say it is moving the direction of where Family Feud is going.

I don't know how true it is they're moving to a, well, more raunchy direction.

That said, I think I've said here before that bleeping an answer was very rare on the original "Pyramid." Maxene Fabe's book "The Game Show Book" did state one known instance, where Sandy Duncan was bleeped for a clue she gave for "Things That Are Stiff." (Use your imagination.)

(Sandy, BTW, was also known to have been the lone clue giver to break the straps to hold your hands during the WC gameplay, so as to discourage/stop hand-gesturing.)

Brian
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: goldroadfanatic on July 08, 2018, 06:47:19 PM
I attended a taping session on May 5th. I am not sure if the games I saw will be in the same hour or split between two different episodes. The second game had a gameplay first for the current era of Pyramid, and there was a stopdown to decide how to proceed. When the episode airs, I will share the details and give my thoughts.

While browsing TV Guide's listings (http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/match-game/episodes/924276/) for the upcoming episodes, I learned that the second game I saw (the one with the historic moment) will air on July 29th, with Erin Foster and Sara Foster playing.

I can't wait to see how the final product appears on TV. I don't know when the first game I saw in my taping session will air.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: GameShowKid on July 08, 2018, 09:15:13 PM
On the July 8th episode: Interesting thing happened this evening. During the first half-hour a team picked the Mystery 7 subject last and needed 5 points to tie, 6 to win the game, and 7 to win the trip. The same scoring situation occurred during the second half-hour. In both cases, the trip was won.

I had a problem with the very first Winner's Circle round, in which the $50K was won, but it became less of a problem for me upon rewatching. The judge(s) accepted "Things That Start with "B"" for "Sports That Start with "B", and I thought, "Why even include the word "Sports" if you are going to accept "Things"? I later saw that the celebrity player actually did say "Sports That Begin with B" after the ding of acceptance was heard. Still, I personally would not take "Things".

The second Winner's Circle round subjects (for $100K) proved more challenging. I thought of "the large audience", and "the tickets" for "Things at a Concert". I threw in "apples" and "tomatoes" for "Red Fruits (Foods)". I came up with "wedding" and "engagement" for "Types of Rings". "Things with Stripes" seemed a bit easier, but the team ran out of time.

I was surprised the male contestant in the second half-hour didn't say "electricity" or "static electricity" (Strahan's clue) for "Things That Shock You". He got stuck on unexpected events.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: PGS25 on July 09, 2018, 01:36:39 PM
I thought of promise and onion for ring. How would you phrase "5 golden rings" from "12 Days of Christmas"?
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: GameShowKid on July 09, 2018, 03:48:55 PM
I thought of promise and onion for ring. How would you phrase "5 golden rings" from "12 Days of Christmas"?
Hmmm... I suppose someone could say “Christmas golden” with the hope the receiver would understand the reference; I don’t think singing the clue would be allowed. :)

Tough subjects that round. Dick Clark often said “Get a picture”; I think that would have helped with “Red Fruits (Foods)”, at least.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: imhomerjay on July 10, 2018, 09:11:54 AM
I don't know how true it is they're moving to a, well, more raunchy direction.

That said, I think I've said here before that bleeping an answer was very rare on the original "Pyramid." Maxene Fabe's book "The Game Show Book" did state one known instance, where Sandy Duncan was bleeped for a clue she gave for "Things That Are Stiff." (Use your imagination.)

(Sandy, BTW, was also known to have been the lone clue giver to break the straps to hold your hands during the WC gameplay, so as to discourage/stop hand-gesturing.)

Brian

From this week’s episode there was a thoroughly unnecessary item for things that follow other things. They didn’t really need to go there.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: PGS25 on July 15, 2018, 09:06:22 PM
The perfect clue for "murder, "_____, She Wrote."
November: "I'm the month Thanksgiving is in."
I totally did not expect Danielle to win the game and win $150,000.
$169,000 was won tonight. That's good.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: GameShowKid on July 15, 2018, 09:12:58 PM
On the July 15th episode: Here's something I don't remember seeing before in this version of Pyramid. The same Mystery 7 trip destination was offered in both the first and second half-hours. I also noticed that the main game subject titles were not revealed one by one as done earlier this season.

Concerning some of the Winner's Circle subjects: Good idea from Strahan to add "Mr" to "Travolta" for "Men named John"; under pressure I could only come up with "Kennedy" and "Brown". I too thought of "A movie theater" for "Things You Sneak Into", but I probably would have whispered the clue. Great clues for "Things You Cuddle (Snuggle)", but the word just didn't come to mind apparently. Perhaps the contestant should have also said "your girlfriend" or something to that effect.

Danielle was an excellent Pyramid player. Very clever saying "the exit one", "the entrance one", and "the sliding one" for "Types of Doors". Adding "hot" to "ice cream" for "Things That Melt" was smart. She also played the main game really well.
 
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: GameShowKid on July 15, 2018, 09:16:14 PM
The perfect clue for "murder, "_____, She Wrote."
November: "I'm the month Thanksgiving is in."
I totally did not expect Danielle to win the game and win $150,000.
$169,000 was won tonight. That's good.
I thought her two Winner's Circle round subjects were pretty easy overall, especially those for $50K. She blasted through those. I'm also glad she didn't say "I'm the month after October"; I would have avoided that also for the possibility of being buzzed.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: JayC on July 15, 2018, 09:52:48 PM
Things You Sneak Into was definitely a difficult subject. I would've said a movie theater, an R rated movie, a nightclub, a private party, and a private swimming pool.
Title: Re: The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan - Season Three
Post by: GameShowKid on July 15, 2018, 10:01:48 PM
Things You Sneak Into was definitely a difficult subject. I would've said a movie theater, an R rated movie, a nightclub, a private party, and a private swimming pool.
Very good thinking: including a couple of "private" clues.