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Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!" and two incarnations of "Treasure Hunt," died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83. Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, agent Fred Westbrook said. Edwards also worked as a radio DJ and actor, appearing on TV shows including "Petticoat Junction," ''I Dream of Jeannie" and "Diff'rent Strokes." "Geoff was one of the cleverest, funniest radio and television personalities I've worked with," said fellow game show host Wink Martindale.


1. Jeopardy!: From its original Art Fleming-hosted incarnation to the long-running Alex Trebek-emceed version, this quiz show has never insulted its audience's intelligence.

2. Wheel of Fortune: A Merv Griffin creation, this puzzle show didn't really start spinning until the early '80s, when host Pat Sajak and letter turner Vanna White took over the vowel-selling business.

3. Family Feud: Survey says: It's a classic, no matter who's chatting up the warring clans. From serial kisser Richard Dawson to wisecracker Steve Harvey (with Louie Anderson, John O'Hurley, Richard Karn and Ray Combs in between. *

4. Match Game: Host Gene Rayburn (and his patented extralong, superslim microphone) engaged in shamelessly hilarious double entendres about Dumb Dora or Donald with smart-ass panelists like Brett Somers and Charles Nelson Reilly.

5. The Price is Right: Come on down! Play Plinko, spin the wheel and go to the Showcase Showdown. And don't forget to spay and neuter your pets!

6. The Hollywood Squares: We prefer the swinging '60s and '70s version, featuring Peter Marshall, Rose Marie, Charley Weaver and the unambiguously fey Paul Lynde in the center seat.

7. Password: Host Allen Ludden was star of this clue-driven contest. After Ludden's untimely 1981 death, he was succeeded by Tom Kennedy (Password Plus), Bert Convy (Super Password) and Philbin (Million Dollar Password).

8. You Bet Your Life: The original and best-known version was hosted by Groucho Marx of the Marx Brothers, couples chose from a list of 20 available categories before the show, then tried to answer a series of questions within that category.

9. Let's Make a Deal: Hosted by Monty Hall, people dressed in costume tried to make a deal on great prizes, without getting zonked. Now hosted by Wayne Brady.

10. Treasure Hunt: Hosted by Geoff Edwards, the show featured contestants selecting a treasure chest or box with surprises inside, in the hope of winning large prizes or a cash jackpot. **

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