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Neil Crone
Team Tamers
Mairlyn Smith & Linda Verry
Wild Guess Opening Title.jpg
YTV: 1988
KEG Productions Ltd. in association with CFCN-TV

Opening Spiel: "Are you tickled by tigers? Are you wowed by whales? Are you crazy about crocodiles? Well, here's a guy who's zany about zebras! Our Wild Guess master, NEIL CRONE!"

Wild Guess was a kids game show about animals taped in Canada. It was taped in 1988, and it later reran on The American Animal Planet Network for one year from 1996-1997.


The show was hosted by Neil Crone (referred to on the air as "the Guessmaster"), and accompanied by "Team Tamers" Mairlyn Smith and Linda Verry.


Two teams of two kids each with an animal name & assisted by an adult team captain (either Mairlyn or Linda), competed in a game of answering animal questions. In each round, host Crone read a question with four possible answers. The teams held up a number that corresponds to one of the answers (the selected number & answer was announced by the appropriate team tamer). A correct answer was worth 30 points, but an incorrect answer forces the team to either take a Wild Guess (choose another answer) or pass it up and end the question. When taking a Wild Guess, if the team in control is correct this time they get 20 points, but an incorrect answer gave the opposing team a chance to steal for 10 points, If they're wrong, no points were awarded.

Round Subjects[]

Five rounds each with two questions were played, with the last round played differently. Each round had a category.

  • Living Proof - video clips of four animals were shown. Host Crone read a clue about a specific animal and the team had to guess which of the four animals is different from the rest.
  • Triviology - answering questions relating to general knowledge or something specific about a given animal.
  • Creature Feature- host Crone would read a clue about an animal and the team had to guess which of the four animals Crone was describing.
  • Call of the Wild - teams would listen to a sound clip of an animal call and Crone gave four possible animals the team had to identify. After the correct answer was revealed, a video clip of the animal was shown.
  • Monkey Business - a clip of an animal doing an unusual activity was shown and the team has to guess why the animal did the action.
  • Catnips - teams buzzed-in on a series of questions. Correct answers were still worth 30 points, but incorrect answers deducted 10 points.

The team with the most points won the game and a prize package.


  • On commercial breaks one of the team tamers asked a true or false home-viewer/audience question.
  • During a point in the show, Crone would make up a limerick using the animals representing each team

Famous Catchphrase[]

Linda/Mairlyn: You can always take a.....

Audience: WILD GUESS!


Denis Keldie
”Sessions” Studio


CFCN-TV Studios, Calgary, Alberta