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Tic Tac Dough

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The format of this nighttime quiz show was essentially the same as that of its daytime counterpart. The game itself was a variation of tic-tac-toe in which each contestant put his ‘X’ or ‘O’ in a given box by answering a question in the category covering that box.


After each round (one question for each contestant) the categories were rotated to different boxes. The value of the outside-box questions was $300 and the tougher centre-box question was worth $500. The winner kept the cash value of the correct questions he had answered.

In a tie game, the winnings were added to the value of the next game.

Jay Jackson hosted the nighttime show, but only for its premiere episode. He was replaced the following week by Win Elliot, who remained with it until it was cancelled.

Hosts of the daytime version were Jack Barry, Gene Rayburn, and Bill Wendell.

Nearly 20 years later, in 1978, Tic Tac Dough was revived as a daytime series on CBS and, simultaneously, a five-episodes-per-week syndicated series. Wink Martindale hosted both, with his workload cut in half when the CBS version was cancelled in September after less than two months on the air.

The syndicated version, however, remained in production through the 1985-1986 season. Jim Caldwell replaced Wink Martindale as host in the fall of 1985.

The syndicated version of Tic Tac Dough was revived for the 1990-1991 season, with Patrick Wayne as host.