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Nick

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Re: The "budget saver" episode
« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2024, 11:07:57 AM »
* The Price Is Right: Every time they play Stack The Deck (Honestly, I feel whoever created that game gave it that name just to rub it in).

It is definitely a budget-saver game, and they exploit that fact, though it seems to have a disproportionately high number of contestants who play it badly as well.  The GP pricing can be tricky, but if you're fortunate to land one or two of them and you're picking either of the first two digits for your freebies, then you're asking to lose.
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Neumms

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Re: The "budget saver" episode
« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2024, 03:42:09 PM »
The Price Is Right: Every time they play Stack The Deck (Honestly, I feel whoever created that game gave it that name just to rub it in).

I love this game but, yes, itís brutal. Itís hard even if you get all three grocery prices right, and thatís rare. They at least need to lose a digit from the assortment.

Brian44

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Re: The "budget saver" episode
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2024, 08:40:43 AM »
Toward the end of most TPIR seasons in the early-mid '90s, I really started to notice whether they were over budget because the cars on offer were stripped down and ganes played for luxury cars such as Golden Road and 3 Strikes + went AWOL. And although it wasn't usually played for luxury cars, Dice Game also went on hiatus because, while they could still tighten the game and use more middle digits in the cars' prices, the contestants could still get lucky and roll the exact number, a 1 or a 6.

Kevin Prather

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Re: The "budget saver" episode
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2024, 01:32:02 PM »
Dice Game also went on hiatus because, while they could still tighten the game and use more middle digits in the cars' prices, the contestants could still get lucky and roll the exact number, a 1 or a 6.

You tighten Dice Game by using more outside numbers, not middle numbers. If the digit is 3 or 4, you win it by rolling a 1, 6 or exact, and you also win on a 2 or a 5 if you're not foolhardy. If the digit is a 6, you win on a 1, 2 or 6, have to get lucky with a 3 or 4, and are hosed if you roll a 5.

Brian44

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Re: The "budget saver" episode
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2024, 05:39:33 PM »
Dice Game also went on hiatus because, while they could still tighten the game and use more middle digits in the cars' prices, the contestants could still get lucky and roll the exact number, a 1 or a 6.

You tighten Dice Game by using more outside numbers, not middle numbers. If the digit is 3 or 4, you win it by rolling a 1, 6 or exact, and you also win on a 2 or a 5 if you're not foolhardy. If the digit is a 6, you win on a 1, 2 or 6, have to get lucky with a 3 or 4, and are hosed if you roll a 5.

Appreciate the clarification. You would also use more outside numbers in L7 to make it less winnable.

In any event, you'd still want to play Dice Game less often to save the budget due to the other aforementioned scenarios.

steveleb

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Re: The "budget saver" episode
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2024, 11:30:44 PM »
Never ever forget how Mr. Stewart squeezed every last penny out of CBS with the post-cancellation episodes of Pass the Buck.

Top line: one human body part
The one you needed for 5000 fast bucks: the thyroid gland

I defy anyoneóeven a ned studentóto name that in 15 hours, let alone 15 seconds

Eric Paddon

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Re: The "budget saver" episode
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2024, 11:43:55 PM »
Watching the Narz Concentrations in sequence you can tell that they never wanted to give away more than two cars at most per week because so often the "Double Play" puzzles were impossible to get two of if you had only two or three seconds left after your first one and they would give you a long phrase for the second puzzle, "Gregory Peck was the star of Moby Dick" etc.     But whenever both puzzles tended to be shorter, you could tell they were going for an easy lay-up for the contestant (who wouldn't always necessarily get it).


SamJ93

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Re: The "budget saver" episode
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2024, 06:41:32 PM »
Doing a mini-bump on this thread thanks to the Supermarket Sweep episode I just watched on Samsung TV Plus.

In the bonus round, the final item, a laundry basket, was placed on the shelf leaning on its side, instead of stacked parallel to the floor. This meant that the correct-item indicator mark was placed on the bottom of the basket, recessed and hidden in the shadows--in other words, virtually impossible to see unless you combed through every nook and cranny of the aisle.

Needless to say, there was no way in hell anyone was gonna win the $5K that day...
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Sodboy13

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Re: The "budget saver" episode
« Reply #23 on: February 12, 2024, 01:11:53 AM »
Here's a fun little one I've seen from the same 84-85 season: On a couple of plays of Hole in One, one of the products is a pack of Trident gum. Now, it's a bigger pack of gum, but the pieces were stacked in two or three rows, so it looks about the same size as a normal pack. Both contestants were clearly and confidently like, pack of gum, that's a quarter(ish), that goes first. And so they both had to putt from the back line.

Coincidentally, the $14,000+ Toyota van (with built-in icemaker!) won in the showcase of the episode I started this thread with was in one of those Hole in One playings a few weeks prior.
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