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All Clued Up was a United Kingdommarker game show based on the American entry The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime, which was produced by TVS and aired on ITV from 16 April, 1988 to 30 August, 1991. It was hosted by David Hamilton.

Rules of the Game

Like the American shows, two married couples, competed to solve word puzzles, which led to a master solution, in a game show combining the elements of Wheel of Fortune, Definition and Scrabble in North America.

Toss-Up Puzzle

The game begins with a toss-up puzzle (aka speedword, similar to that of Scrabble in the US). Each letter is revealed one at a time except for the last letter, and whomever buzzed in with the correct answer won £10 and the right to pick two letters from a keyboard.

Main Phrase Puzzle

Like in America, the couple with a correct guess gets choose two letters that are in the master puzzle (they call theirs the "Main Phrase Puzzle"). They choose letters from a keyboard. The keyboard contained all 26 letters, plus a star, which is used to represent markings other than letters such as apostrophes, hyphens or numbers. Letters that are in the puzzle are highlighted on the keyboard, plus one letter that is not in the puzzle, which is called a "Stinger" which if picked, caused the team to lose a turn. For each letter revealed in the word, £10 is added to a bank, and the team that correctly solves the puzzle won the pot.

After two letters are picked, if no correct guess is given, another toss-up puzzle is played. Each toss-up puzzle is a clue to the main phrase puzzle that's in play.

Three rounds (sometimes more) were played with the value doubling to £20 later on in the game, and the couple in the lead when time expired won the game & advanced to the bonus round.

Bonus Round

For the first series, the couple is locked into an isolation booth, which is wired so they can only hear host Hamilton. For the other series', the couple stand in front of the keyboard. They choose one of three possible categories and have 50 seconds (instead of 60 in the USA) to guess six words or phrases pertaining to that category. There were no plungers or buttons to stop the clock; once a word or phrase is guessed, the next word or phrase is immediately put in play. Getting all six on their first two appearances won £1,000. Earlier on the winning couple can risk losing half of their £1,000 (or £500) for the right to return the next day for chance to play the bonus game again for £3,000.


Series Start date End date Episodes
16 April 1988
18 June 1989
3 September 1989
19 August 1990
24 June 1991
30 August 1991

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