Take a Letter (1962)

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Like the better-known Wheel of Fortune, the British game show Take a Letter had much in common with the parlor game "Hangman." Contestants followed a trail of clues to determine the identity of specific letters, which were then used to build words or phrases. The players who completed their tasks the quickest earned prizes in ascending increments of 34 pounds (then nearly 100 dollars). There was also a "viewers' question" round, in which the players fielded queries sent in by the folks at home for a fast five pounds per correct answer. Created by David Housham, Take a Letter was seen on Granada Television from 1962 to 1964, toting up 130 half-hour episodes.