This show pits two couples against each other in a game of solving newspaper-type word puzzles called Altered Headlines to win money. The headlines are make-believe although based on real people and events.
After the headline is solved, couples are then asked two questions (which are connected to the headline) posed by host Martindale. Each correct answer to each question is worth $100.
Three Altered Headlines are played in this round.
Two of each are played in this round.
Bonus questions in this round are worth $200.
Four Altered Headlines are played in this round and after the 4th headline, one question is asked; then the players write down how much they want to wager of their current totals, with the higher wagering couple getting the question first. After the question was asked, if the couple with highest wager gets it right they win the money that they wagered, but a wrong answer deducts the money they wagered; then control passes to the opposing team who will then decide to play or pass the question (same rules apply if they play).
The couple with the most money wins the game although both couples get to keep the cash.
The theme music for the show was called "Sambe De La Noche" by Merv Griffin.
In Wink's biography, "Winking at Life", though Merv was amazed by the pilot (originally titled The Front Page during a screening in his office), not everyone agreed with what he and Wink believed about the show's future. On a promotional tour in Miami, the program director who carried Headline Chasers told Wink the gameplay format was too complex to his knowledge.
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