Lingo (Quebec game show)

Lingo (Quebec Game Show)

Lingo (Quebec game show)

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Lingo was a Quebec game show that ran for 439 episodes on Radio-Canada, from 1998 to 2001. It was hosted by longtime actor and radio/TV host Paul Houde.

Main game

The object of the game is the score the most in order to win the match. The team gets five guesses at a mystery five-letter word puzzle. If at any time they make a mistake, such as taking too long at a guess, misspelling a word, spelling a word that doesn't exist, spelling a word that is not five letters in length, repeats a word already guessed, or the word does not start with the established first letter, control passes over to the other team and is given a free letter unless only one is missing. The team that guesses the correct word will receive $50.

Lingo board

At the start of the match, both teams receive a Lingo board, with the red team playing with odd numbers and the green team playing with even numbers. 8 numbers are marked off each of their boards. Once a team guesses the right word, they get the chance to pull two numbers (one per player) out of a hopper. Once they complete their Lingo board, by getting 5 in a row across, up or down, or diagonally, they get $100. If however they pull a black ball out, they lose their turn and control passes over to the other side. (The black ball is called in French "L'infâme boule noire!", which translates to "infamous black ball".)

End of match

At some point during the match, a bell will go off, signifying the match will end after the...
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