November 16, 1975 for CBS
Run time
30 Minutes
Jack Barry
Johnny Jacobs

Game FormatEdit

Main GameEdit

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Two contestants competed, each having selected a favorite category before the game.

The game board consisted of three hexagonal windows. The window on the top displayed a random category, and the two windows on the bottom displayed dollar amounts, which were added to a pot.

The player in control "spun" the game board by squeezing two crossed rods together. After each spin, the player could decide whether to answer a question in the displayed category for the sum of the values in the "money windows" or spin again in hope of getting a better category. According to Barry's explanation, if a cross appeared in either of the bottom windows, the player lost control of the board and all the money accumulated to that point.

The first player to score $1,000 or more won the game and advanced to the bonus round, which could be worth more than $4,000.

Bonus RoundEdit

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The champion is allowed five spins in which to accumulate $1,000 or more in order to win a special prize (in the pilot, a trip to Africa). As in the main game, the player stops the windows by squeezing crossed rods together.

The two windows on the bottom still display random dollar amounts, but the top window now displays instructions such as "add $300" or "this spin is zero". The player has the option to stop and take the money after any spin.


  • Given the timeframe of this pilot, it is believed that Double Cross was CBS' attempt to make amends with Barry after attempting to replace The Joker’s Wild with Spin-Off and later Give-N-Take (which ended less than two weeks after this pilot was taped) without actually returning Joker to the schedule.
  • The idea of each player selecting a category before the game was incorporated into the main game of Play the Percentages for the second part of its run.
  • The layout of the game board was inverted for Bullseye, with the hexagonal windows changed to circular ones.