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Pricing Games: What the Common Trait?
« on: July 12, 2020, 07:07:45 AM »
How about a stress-free, non-controversial Price is Right topic?

Here is a list of games I've compiled that share a common trait. Can you figure out what it is?

Cliff Hangers
Danger Price
Gas Money
Golden Road
Grand Game
Grocery Game
Lucky 7
More or Less
Shower Game
Triple Play
Walk of Fame

Hints:

1. I've left out a large number of games that qualify for the list, but would be silly to include because of what the common trait is and because it would make the list much longer. Double Prices and Most Expensive are two such games.

2. Certain other games could technically qualify but it would be extremely unlikely for the key trait to come into play. It's Optional and Credit Card come to mind.

3. Cover Up, One Away, and That's Too Much should perhaps be on the list, but I consider them borderline. TTM! is the least borderline case.

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Re: Pricing Games: What the Common Trait?
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2020, 11:21:09 AM »
How about a stress-free, non-controversial Price is Right topic?

No, YOU'RE wrong!

I mean, okay. Let me study the list...

(a few minutes pass)

All right, I have a guess. I'll write it in really small text because I assume we're all on the honor system to not read the other answers in the thread.

My guess: All of the games can end after the contestant makes one pricing decision. (Although in Lucky Seven's case, it depends on what the thousands digit is. And I say "pricing decision" because of Walk of Fame's second-chance autograph books.)
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Re: Pricing Games: What the Common Trait?
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2020, 11:55:09 AM »
Very nice puzzle!

Took me about 20 minutes but I think it clicked.
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Re: Pricing Games: What's the Common Trait?
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2020, 12:23:56 PM »
Scott, you're about 90% of the way there...and reallly, close enough! Clarifcation/hint for those who have scrolled this far down and are still playing: Now that Scott brought it up, Walk of Fame shouldn't have been on the list specifically because of the autograph books, which I forgot about. Also, yeah, specific conditions need to be in place for Lucky 7 to fit the criteria, but it can fit.

The specific answer I was going for: These are games that can end in an immediate loss on the contestant's first decision.
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Re: Pricing Games: What the Common Trait?
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2020, 12:39:30 PM »
The hint that helped me out the most was Hint #2. It forced me to ask "What condition can TECHNICALLY happen in hypothetical playings of It's Optional and Credit Card, but isn't likely to ever happen?" That made me focus in on a small number of possibilities.

The pricing game on the list whose inclusion helped me the most was Shower Game. It forced me to ask All of these games feature multiple "prizes" in play except this (and Lucky Seven, if you don't count the $6); how Shower Game like the others?, which led me to asking if one-prize quickies like Double Prices could make the list, why weren't they included?
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Re: Pricing Games: What the Common Trait?
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2020, 12:58:08 PM »
Another hint: You could also create a list of games where the OPPOSITE can happen, but it would be a much shorter list (again leaving out the games from hint number 1). Bullseye and Grocery Game are the only two that I can think of quickly, with That's Too Much qualifying only under highly unlikely circumstances.
« Last Edit: July 12, 2020, 01:08:55 PM by actual_retail_tice »
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Re: Pricing Games: What the Common Trait?
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2020, 02:12:41 PM »
You could make the opposite list...with That's Too Much qualifying only under highly unlikely circumstances.
Shopping Spree, too.
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Re: Pricing Games: What the Common Trait?
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2020, 03:15:43 PM »
<applause applause applause>

THIS is the kind of thread I enjoy during Priceless Summer, thank you for sharing!

Also for the record my initial guess was "Games that require exactly three decisions", but some of the games in the list wouldn't apply.
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