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Break the Bank
Break the Bank Description:

Couples on two teams answered trivia questions to earn one-word clues to solve a puzzle, and time for the bonus round. The first couple to solve two of the puzzles went on to the bonus round. Using the time they earned answering questions, they played a variety of mini-games to earn bank cards. At the end of the bonus round, the couple used the bank cards to try to open a vault. If one of the bank cards opened the vault, they won whatever was inside.

Halfway through the season, Joe Farago took over as host, and the format changed slightly. Teams could win up to ten bank cards, but forfeited a bank card if they needed a hint to solve the puzzle. Each card was revealed in the end to be worth cash and prizes, bankrupting the couple, or "breaking the bank."

Break the Bank Premiered:

September 1985

Break the Bank Hosts:

Gene Rayburn

Joe Farago

Bill Cullen (substitute)

Break the Bank Announcers:

Michael Hanks

Break the Bank Theme Song:

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