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Bill Cullen hosted the 1980–82 version, with Bob Hilton as announcer.Johnny Olson and Rich Jeffries substituted for Hilton on occasion, with Jeffries taking over for the final two weeks.From the beginning until the change in the front game format, the longest a champion could stay on the original Blockbusters was eight matches.Following the change, each champion was permitted to stay up to 10 matches.Bill Rafferty hosted the 1987 version, with Jeffries announcing the entire run.Blockbusters and Las Vegas Gambit, which premiered on the same day, were added to the NBC schedule to replace The David Letterman Show.
The same board layout was used, with the left and right sides now colored gold, and the object was to complete a path across the board within 60 seconds.
If the solo contestant missed, only one member of the family pair could attempt to answer.
If both teams missed the same question, a new one was asked using the same letter.
A correct response turned the hexagon gold, while a miss or pass blacked it out, forcing the contestant to work around that space to complete the path.
The bonus round was originally known as the "Gold Rush" and was played after each game in the match.
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The solo player had the advantage of being able to win with as few as four hexagons, while the family pair required at least five. The first contestant to buzz in was given a chance to answer; if a contestant did so before the host finished the question, he stopped reading and the contestant had to answer immediately.