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Love Handles was a Canadian-English game show that was similar in the veins of its American counterpart The Newlywed Game.
Three married couples or mates competed,(including occasional same-sex couples) to determine which couple knew each other best.
Rounds 1 & 2Edit
For the first round, one member of each team was offstage in a soundproof room. The three remaining players were asked questions about themselves or their partners. The first player to buzz-in after a question was read would answer first, then the other two would answer. If players buzzed in before the question was completed, then they had to answer without hearing the entire question or any multiple choice options, (if they were any). Three questions were asked in the manner. When the partner returned, they had to match answers. Each match was worth five points, except for the team whose partner rang-in first, which earned them an additional seven-point bonus of they matched. The second round was played identically to the first round, with their partners switching roles. Each match was worth ten points, with the bonus still worth an additional seven points.
On some episodes, the first player's answer was shown to the home viewers as a lower third graphic while the partner made a guess. In either case, the first player simple told the partner what the initial response was.
Rounds 3 & 4Edit
The host showed a written word to one member of a couple, that person then had to come up with a verbal question or clue which allowed the second member to say the exact word (synonyms were not accepted). The guessing partner had push a buzzer to respond. This was repeated with a different word for each couple. However, until the guessing partner sounded the buzzer, the guessing partners from the other teams could say "steal", and try to respond themselves. If the team giving the clue answered correctly, they earned 25 points while a steal was worth 15 points.
The fourth round was played the same was as round three with the partners again switching roles. The teams were encouraged to come up with personalized clues to keep the other team from recognizing the word.
The team with the most points at the end of the game would win a vacation. If the team played a perfect game, (meaning they got every match right, including stealing all four of their opponents words in round three and four) then they would also receive a savings bond worth $100,000 at maturity.
The series is still intact and many episodes have been reran on Prime from 1999 until 2002, and later on Game TV (Canada's GSN/Game Show Network) since 2007.
The set had each couple sitting down in a love seat.
The show was noteworthy for occasionally featuring same-sex couples as contestants. Something that never occurred on it's American counterpart (the Newlywed game) until the recent GSN revival