Meredith Vieira
Mark Istook (Test Run)
Jamie Anderson (National Run)
25 Words or Less
FOX O&O's: 8/6/2018 – 8/24/2018
Syndication (Daily): 9/16/2019 – Present
Dino Bones Productions
Fox First Run

25 Words or Less is a new game show that's based on the popular board game of the same name, in which players have 25 words or less to convey clues to their partners.

The show premiered on nine Fox-owned stations for a three-week test run in August 2018.[1] It was successful enough for the show to expand nationally with the national run premiering on September 16, 2019.[2]


Two teams of two celebrities and one contestant compete. Two teammates are shown a set of five words and must bid back and forth as to how few clues out of a given number they can use to get their teammates to guess those five answers. Upon being challenged to do so, if the teammate can successfully convey the five words in the allotted clues and within 45 seconds, they earn the points. If not, the opponents do. Passing is allowed, and it won't count against the clue-giver, and they can't use their hands. The clue-giver cannot use any form of the answer as a clue to the receivers. Other illegal clues are what the answer starts with, and the number of letters in the answer. If that happens, the round automatically ends, and the other team gets the points. Each teammate has a turn per round. The first round is worth 250 points, and the second is worth 500 (dropped to 250 for the national run). Also, during gameplay, the clue-giver is allowed to say how many words the answer has.

For Round 3, the celebrities are sent backstage, and the contestants choose their own set of answers for their teammates, five sets of three. The greens are worth 250, the yellows are 500, and the reds are 1,000. Each teammate has 20 clues to use within a 45 second time limit, and if a team can guess all the words chosen, they earn an additional 1,000. If an illegal clue is given in Round 3, the word in play is thrown out, and the contestant is disqualified from earning the additional 1,000 points, but the round continued as normal. The team with the highest score wins. If there is a tie, after Round 3, then one final word is played, the first to buzz wins the game. However, if the player buzzed in with an incorrect response, the other player wins by default. For the national run, the loser leaves with a prize worth $200.

Money RoundEdit

One member of the winning team has 60 seconds and all 25 clues to get their partners to say 10 words. If they can, the contestant wins $10,000. If not, they win a trip as a consolation prize. If the clue-giver goes over the 25-word limit or gives an illegal clue at any time, the Money Round automatically ends, and the $10,000 is forfeited.

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  1. Paige Albiniak. "Meredith Vieira to Host '25 Words or Less'", Broadcasting & Cable, July 11, 2018. Retrieved on August 16, 2018. 
  2. ‘25 Words Or Less’ Game Show Hosted By Meredith Vieira Set For Fall 2019 Launch On Fox TV Stations


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