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Host
David Waters
Broadcast
Match Mates
Nine Network: 1981–1982
Packagers
Grundy Organisation
Nine Network Children's Programming

Match Mates was a game show that was a little like Concentration for kids.

GameplayEdit

Each round started with a question. The first player to buzz-in with the correct answer got control of the board first. The two contestants playing picked off numbers two at a time. Each time they uncover a match, two pieces of a puzzle was revealed. The first player to solve the puzzle won the round.

The First Two RoundsEdit

The round started with a "Ripper Rhyme". The first player to buzz-in with correct rhyme got control of the board first. The contestants took turns picking off numbers two at a time. Each number hid a picture, and each time a player uncovered two pictures that matched each other in some way, two pieces of a rebus puzzle was revealed. The winners of each of these round went to play round three.

Special CluesEdit

  • Sound Effect – In Round 1, one number, represented by a drawing of an ear, contained a sound that was associated with one of the pictures on the puzzle board.
  • Catch-a-Clue – In Round 2, one number, represented by a drawing of a butterfly net, contained a verbal clue that was read by the announcer and was associated with one of the items on the puzzle board.

Round 3Edit

This time instead of a rebus, the contestants were trying to solve what's called the "Superword".

The controlling question in this round featured kids from all around Australia giving clues to a specific subject. The first player to buzz-in with correct subject got control of the board first. The winners of the first two rounds battled it out to solve a super word. This time the board was divided in half; the first ten numbers had pictures behind them, and the last ten hid scrambled words & phrases. Behind some of the boxes were letters to a word/phrase/name which were in the proper order. The first player to solve the puzzle won a $50 savings bond. All runners up received consolation gifts, including toys and games.

Match a MimeEdit

At the end of the show all four contestants would do a special game where they had to act out the same gestures as the previous person. With three of the children having their backs turned to the action, the emcee would mime out a situation or story to the first child. When finished, a bell sounded and the first child then had to repeat the mime to the second child. When the bell sounded again, the second child had to repeat the mime to the third child, and then the third child had to repeat the mime to the last child. At the end, the emcee then asked the last child to identify the situation/story that was observed and pantomimed, followed by the third child, the second child, and finally the first child. At the end of the round, the children selected a toy or game to keep from a table full of toys at one end of the set.

InventorEdit

Based on the American game show Concentration by Jack Barry and Dan Enright

YouTube LinksEdit

A Full Episode

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