This year, the syndicated version of Jeopardy! turns 25. There's also the quarter-century-old Wheel of Fortune, which is coming to Central Florida so you can try out (see the box). We figure there's no better way to celebrate the two shows than a game show trivia quiz. So put down your coffee, grab your buzzers and make Alex Trebek proud. (And for those of you not addicted to the Game Show Network, you might want to involve mom or grandma for some of these.) Then when you're done, head over to tampabay.com for the REAL mind-bending test. The quiz
1) Which game show did Jeopardy!'s Alex Trebek NOT host?
a. The Wizard of Odds
b. High Rollers
c. Classic Concentration
d. Card Sharks
2) The first letter Vanna White ever turned over on Wheel of Fortune was:
a. R b. T c. S d. B
3) Football great Joe Namath briefly signed on to host what show? (He never appeared.)
a. Family Feud
b. High Rollers
c. The Dating Game
d. Card Sharks
4) Which celebrity appeared on The Dating Game in the early '70s and got to pick from three bachelorettes?
a. Robert Redford
b. Sylvester Stallone
c. Michael Jackson
d. Rod Stewart
5) What's the most one contestant has ever won in cash and prizes on the daytime Price is Right?
6) The very first item up for bid on the Price is Right in 1972 was a:
a. Fur coat
d. Television 7) What was reportedly the most risque word or phrase ABC would let Bob Eubanks use to refer to sex when the Newlywed Game premiered in 1966?
a. Bumpin' uglies
8) What's the name of Jeopardy!'s theme song?
a. Time's Up
b. Time, for Tony
d. Rock Around the Clock
9) When Let's Make a Deal first aired in 1963, the contestants wore everyday business attire. Then one day, a contestant came dressed as a:
10. On the $25,000 Pyramid, what celebrity who's now starring in an ABC dramedy threw a chair out of the winner's circle and screamed like a banshee when he screwed up a clue?
a. James Denton (Desperate Housewives)
b. Donald Southerland (Dirty Sexy Money)
c. William Shatner (Boston Legal)
d. Victor Garber (Eli Stone)
Compiled by Kelly Smith, Times Staff Writer
And the answers are ... 1. d. Card Sharks. But he was one of a group of game show hosts who competed in a tournament for charity on the show in 1980. The Wizard of Odds, however, is our all-time favorite game show name. It ran briefly, from 1973-74. 2. b. T for the puzzle "General Hospital." The touch screen board appeared in 1997.
3. a. Family Feud. That was in 1988, but producers and creator Mark Goodson had second thoughts and went instead with Ray Combs, who was fired in 1994. 4. c. Michael Jackson, 14 at the time. You can find the hilarious video on YouTube. No details on how that date went ...
5. d. $147,517 on Sept. 18, 2006, when Vickyann Chrobak-Sadowski won both showcases. It was also a record for a single appearance on a network daytime game show. 6. a. Fur coat. How did animal-lover Bob Barker allow that?
7. b. Whoopee. And it's stuck with him ever since.
8. b. Time, for Tony. It was composed by Merv Griffin, who also wrote Changing Keys as the theme music for Wheel of Fortune. 9. a. Chicken. Monty Hall picked her, and a few days later, someone else came dressed in a costume. And the rest is history.
10. c. William Shatner, in an infamous meltdown. See it on YouTube by typing "A Good Sportsman" in the search box.