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Host
Neil Crone
Team Tamers
Mairlyn Smith & Linda Verry
Broadcast
Wild Guess Opening Title.jpg
YTV: 1988
Packagers
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.

Personnel[]

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.

Gameplay[]

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.

Note[]

  • 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!

Music[]

Denis Keldie
”Sessions” Studio

Studio[]

CFCN-TV Studios, Calgary, Alberta

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