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Ron Maestri
USA (Daily): 6/27/1994 – 12/23/1994 (reruns aired until 10/13/1995)
Stone-Stanley Productions/USA Network

Quicksilver was a short-lived Stone-Stanley game show hosted by Ron Maestri that aired on USA Network from June 27, 1994 to December 23, 1994.


Main Game[]

Three contestants competed in this game of questions & answers. Most of the questions used a pun or play on words for their answer, and were structured so that the first few words could mislead the contestants.

Round 1[]

Four words or phrases were revealed at the start. These words or phrases were the answers to three questions in a packet. Maestri began reading a question, and players buzzed-in whenever they wanted. Due to the nature of the questions, being pun-laden and written as they were, buzzing-in early could cause a contestant to miss crucial information. Before the first question was asked, Maestri would warn the contestants that sometimes the questions could be a little tricky. Maestri would pause at certain points to emphasize this risk.

Given these choices: Monty Hall, Picador, Pandora's Box and Trading Places
And this question: "On the game show Let's Make a Deal…this is what host Monty Hall would ask players to do."

A contestant who buzzed-in before the question was finished might choose Monty Hall, thinking that the question would call for the name of the host, and be ruled wrong. The correct answer is "Picador," a soundalike for the phrase "pick a door." Most questions had misleading wording and pun answers given in this format, known as a "swerve" in quiz bowl culture.

The first player to buzz-in with a correct answer got 25 points, but an incorrect answer locked that player out of the question and gave the opponents a chance to respond.

After every three questions, four new answers were revealed. Five or six packets of questions and answers were played in Round 1.

Round 2[]

At the start of this round, four new answers were revealed along with a space labeled "Quicksilver" ("Mystery Blank" in early episodes). Gameplay proceeded as in Round 1, with each question worth 50 points and correct answers being replaced as they were used. If a contestant believed that the answer to a question was not on the board, they could buzz-in and call "Quicksilver," then give the answer. Accurately doing so awarded 100 points and gave the contestant a chance to wager a portion of their score on a follow-up question pertaining to that answer (up to either 200 points or their entire total, whichever was lower). The wager was added to the contestant's score for a correct answer or deducted for a miss. Only one "Quicksilver" answer was in play during this round; once it was revealed, the rest of the round was played using five answer options rather than four. This round ended after 10 questions had been played.

The first contestant to give a correct "Quicksilver" answer at any point during the game won a bonus prize.

Round 3[]

This round was played in two parts.

Part 1[]

In the first part, the board began empty, and filled with the answers to eight questions. Right answers were worth 75 points at that time.

Part 2[]

The answers from the first part were now used for a new set of questions, with two "Quicksilver" answers added, and were discarded as they were used. Each correct answer from the set of eight scored 100 points. A "Quicksilver" answer was worth 200 points and gave the contestant a chance to wager up to 400 points or their entire score (whichever was lower) on a follow-up question. The round ended after a total of eight toss-up questions had been played, and the high scorer became the day's champion and won a prize. If the game ended in a tie, one last toss-up was played between the tied contestants, using the two remaining answers.

Bonus Round: Silver Streak[]

The champion was shown 15 answers that fit a particular category and had 45 seconds (60 in earlier episodes) to answer 10 questions using them. Correct answers were removed from the board after being used. If the champion passed or missed a question, the host would ask a new one. The champion won $50 for each correct answer, and getting 10 right won both the accumulated $500 and a grand prize trip.


Hollywood Center Studios, Los Angeles, CA


The podiums were later used for the broadcast pilot Grill Me (also meant to be a USA Network show) in 1996.


A Quicksilver rule page
Another Quicksilver rule page

YouTube Videos[]

Premiere Show

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Elisabeth vs. Joe vs. Cynthia
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