|Game Show Network: January 18, 2021-present|
Start Entertainment, LLC
Game Show Enterprises (GSE)
People Puzzler is a new game show based on the famous Celebrity People Puzzler crossword books. It is hosted by Leah Remini and produced by Game Show Network. It premiered on January 18, 2021.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Main Game[edit | edit source]
Three contestants compete in this game of pop culture and crosswords. They'll be racing to see who knows more about pop culture and complete a series of crossword puzzles for three rounds of gameplay.
The First Two Rounds[edit | edit source]
At the beginning of each round, the first contestant playing selects a category for the puzzle, afterwhich the puzzle under the category is revealed. They are four categories to start with one less category to choose from in each new round.
The contestant in control selects a position to solve. Unlike The Cross-Wits, the firstmost letter is given regardless if there are any letter previously given. Then Leah gives a clue and the contestant then answers. A correct answer scores points based on how many letters are in the answer. S/he keeps control until the contestant misses one or gives three correct answers in a row. If the latter happens, then that player scores bonus points, which is ten times the letter value. The round plays until the puzzle is filled or until time runs out.
Some of the puzzles contain two words that connect to each other,; this is called the "Double Word". Solving this word scores the combined total of all letters in the two words.
Round 1[edit | edit source]
In round one, each letter is worth 10 points and three-in-a-row is worth a 100 point bonus.
Round 2[edit | edit source]
In round two, each letter is worth 20 points and three-in-a-row is worth a 200 point bonus. In addition, one of the words is a wager word; this means that the contestant in control must wager any or all of his/her current score. A correct answer adds the wager, but an incorrect answer deducts the wager. However, if a contestant chooses the wager word while they have a score of zero, they simply play for the regular point value of that word.
At the end of the round, the player with the lowest score is eliminated from the game, but receives a one year subscription to People Magazine.
Round 3: Head to Head Showdown[edit | edit source]
In the final round, each player is given a puzzle and has 60 seconds to fill in as much of their puzzle as possible. Each letter in this round is worth 50 points and completing the puzzle before time runs out scores a 1000 point bonus.
To start, two categories are given. The player in the lead selects first, leaving the other for the other player.
The player with the most points at the end of this round, wins the game, $1,000 and goes on to play the "$10,000 Fast Puzzle Round".
Bonus Round: Fast Puzzle[edit | edit source]
In the Fast Puzzle Round, the winning contestant is given four new categories. S/he must select any three of them to play. Each puzzle under each category consists of just three words. The winner has 60 seconds to complete all three puzzles and win the $10,000.
Rating[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- There was a previous attempt to bring the famous magazine People to television as a game show in June of 1990. It was called People on TV with former footballer and Trump Card host Jimmy Cefalo as the host.