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So called because the contestant has to cover up wrong numbers (or, as of June 4, 2013, something nonsensical, often with a common theme) with right numbers to win a car.

GameplayEdit

  • A game board is presented with five spaces at the bottom. Digits are provided above each space-- two options for the first space, three for the second and so on up to six options for the fifth space. The contestant must choose a digit and cover up each space.
  • Once all five digits have been covered, the host asks if the price given is correct. If answer is negative as signified by a buzzer, any digits that are right are lit up and the contestant is directed to cover up each of the remaining incorrect digits. This sequence then repeats as necessary. The game ends when the contestant either wins by having the entire price correct or loses by having no new correct numbers in a round of guessing. Often times, if it is guaranteed to be the last round, Drew will press the button to reveal the correct price to be more dramatic (Bob only asked if the price is right before pressing the button). It's possible to have a situation where a win is guaranteed if the contestant gets the fourth and fifth numbers before the second and third; Drew Carey has the contestants play the game out in this situation.

HistoryEdit

  • Cover Up premiered on September 13, 1993 (#8881D). Due to a CBS News Special Report that aired most of the day, the vast majority of people didn't see this game's debut (which was also the Season 22 premiere). The only people who did see the game were a very select few CBS affiliates in the Eastern time zone who aired the show at 10:00am (instead of the usual 11:00am), like WIVB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Buffalo, New York.
  • On the game's earliest times it had been played, the lights around the bottom row of numbers were red instead of blue.
  • On January 11, 1995 (#9413D), a contestant named Clara became the first of three contestants to lose Cover Up by getting all five numbers wrong on the first try (the other two occurred on on November 27, 1996, #0153K, and December 20, 2012, #6144K).
  • On September 27, 1999 (#1191K), the show held the distinction of having the first handicapped contestant in history-- Paul Rossmann; Janice Pennington managed to cover up the wrong numbers and won a $13,475 Chevrolet Prism on the first try, one of three contestants to accomplish this feat (the other two occurred on October 23, 2006, #3731K, and June 12, 2007, #4032K).
  • Cover Up was won twice out of the five times it was played on the primetime version of the show.
  • On the April 30, 2008 (#030SP, aired out of order on May 21) edition of the $1,000,000 Spectacular, Cover Up was chosen as the Million Dollar Game. To win the bonus, the contestant had to correctly set the price of the car in their first attempt.
  • Episode #6411K, which was intended to air on June 23, 2013, featured an actual wrong price; it was taped out-of-order and aired on April 17, 2013, well before the change was made.
  • On May 8, 2015 (#7121K), the losing horns were not played.
  • On September 9, 2015 (#7203K, aired out of order on September 8), in keeping with the Back-to-School theme, in addition to the car, $500 worth of school supplies were offered (this was offered to every teacher who made their way up on stage).
  • On February 17, 2016 (#7413K), during Dream Car Week, a Porsche Panamera Edition worth $84,731 was offered, but was not won.
  • On June 20, 2017 (#7992K), during the Summer Beach Party special, Cover Up was renamed Beach Cover Up.

TriviaEdit

  • The most number of times this game was played in any season was 34.

Cover Up Base LooksEdit

  • Since June 4, 2013 (#6382K), due to host Drew Carey's complaints about the wrong price for Cover Up's cars, the "wrong price" is now something nonsensical. On that playing, it was five pictures of Carey, all apparently taken from the ones that show up on Punch-A-Bunch's $25,000 bill.
  • On June 12, 2013 (#6393K), it was represented by symbols found on the number row of a keyboard, like swear words in most newspaper comic strips. It read "$#%@&" or "43527."
  • On June 20, 2013 (#6404K), the show featured chemical elements.
  • On August 15, 2013 (#6414K, aired out-of-order on August 16), it was Greek symbols.
  • On September 25, 2013 (#6423K, aired out-of-order on October 14, originally rescheduled to air on October 16), it was "car" in five different languages.
  • On October 8, 2013 (#6442K, aired out-of-order on October 1), it was five upside down breast cancer ribbons.
  • On October 25, 2013 (#6465K, aired out-of-order on October 11) (Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol's final day), there were five pictures of George Gray, the show's announcer.
  • On November 1, 2013 (#6475K), it did a play on the game's name by showing off five different covers (i.e. a book cover, a pot cover, trash can cover, etc.)
  • On November 6, 2013 (#6483K), it showed five different smileys.
  • On November 12, 2013 (#6492K), it showed off five icons from sister show Let's Make a Deal-- host Wayne Brady, announcer Jonathan Mangum, the Zonk symbol, model Tiffany Coyne and keyboardist Cat Gray.
  • On November 27, 2013 (#6513K), the numbers had to cover five Thanksgiving-related food items.
  • On December 3, 2013 (#6521K, aired out-of-order on December 17), it was an upside down 4 7 2 3 5.
  • On December 23, 2013 (#6541K), it showed off Santa and four reindeer. The trend continues into 2014.
  • On January 10, 2014 (#6565K), the false price was four duck icons and one goose icon.
  • On January 17, 2014 (#6575K), the false price was the first four notes of the Price is Right theme song preceded by the time signature.
  • On January 22, 2014 (#6583K, aired out-of-order on January 20), it was represented by five road signs.
  • On January 31, 2014 (#6595K), it was the evolution of Drew.
  • On February 12, 2014 (#6613K), there were Abraham Lincoln graphics in honor of what would have been Lincoln's 205th birthday.
  • On February 24, 2014 (#6631K), there were lucky symbols.
  • On March 7, 2014 (#6645K), it represented the Miss America graphics including a picture of Nina Devuluri receiving her crown.
  • On March 25, 2014 (#6672K), it spelled "price."
  • On April 11, 2014 (#6695K), there were five Maritime signal flags.
  • On April 23, 2014 (#6713K), it was a 'Price is Right' rebus: purr + ice is "arrow pointing right."
  • On May 7, 2014 (#6733K), it represented April showers bring May flowers.
  • On May 13, 2014 (#6742K, aired out-of-order on April 4), there were TPiR logos and televisions through the years.
  • On May 22, 2014 (#6754K), there were pictures of a Penguin, a Rhinoceros, an Iguana, a Cat and an Elephant.
  • On June 6, 2014 (#6775K, aired out-of-order on May 16, originally rescheduled to air on June 13), there were five firefighter graphics.
  • On June 10, 2014 (#6782K, aired out-of-order on June 3), the graphics showed "Tweet @ Price is Right".
  • On June 25, 2014 (#6803K, aired out-of-order on June 26), in honor of the World Cup, there were flags of the last five nations to host the World Cup—France (1998), Japan (2002), Germany (2006), South Africa (2010) and Brazil (2014).
  • On September 25, 2014 (#6814K), the false price was 43 candles in honor of the 43rd season premiere week.
  • On October 6, 2014 (#6831K), there were Price is Right rebus puzzles, 'come' inside an arrow pointing down, person seeing 43, price with a check mark next to it on the right, a person carrying the word ":drew" and a big "WHEEL."
  • On October 21, 2014 (#6582K), in honor of Halloween, the pumpkins spelled "price."
  • On November 4, 2014 (#6872K), in honor of Election Day, there were five Election Day symbols.
  • On November 27, 2014 (#6904K, aired out-of-order on December 1), in honor of Cyber Monday (which was on December 1), it was "Price is Right Cyber Monday" in binary code.
  • On January 20, 2015 (#6972K), there were car horn sound effects.
  • On February 5, 2015 (#6994K, aired out-of-order on February 3), it was a five-day weather forecast.
  • On February 13, 2015 (#7005K), in honor of Valentine's Day, there were five love symbols.
  • On February 19, 2015 (#7014K), in honor of the first day of the Chinese New Year, there were five Chinese New Year symbols.
  • On March 6, 2015 (#7035K, aired out-of-order on April 10), it showed five different coffee symbols.
  • On March 25, 2015 (#7063K), in honor of the arrival of spring, it showed winter changing to spring.
  • On April 7, 2015 (#7082K, aired out-of-order on March 3), in honor of Fashion Week, it was the mountain climber from Cliff Hangers modeling five different outfits, including the classic outfit.
  • On April 14, 2015 (#7092K, aired out-of-order on April 28), the running gag was the Wizard of Oz quote, "Lions, tigers and bears, oh, my!"
  • On April 24, 2015 (#7105K), in honor of Arbor Day, it showed five pictures of a seed growing into a tree.
  • On May 8, 2015 (#7125K), in honor of Mother's Day, it showed a picture of a telephone and the phrase "Call" "your" "MOM" "!!!"
  • On May 25, 2015 (#7151K), in honor of Memorial Day, it showed the U.S. flag.
  • On June 11, 2015 (#7174K), the "wrong price" was PRICE in sign language.
  • On June 23, 2015 (#7192K, aired out-of-order on May 20), it showed five wheels and it was called "The History of Wheels" (e.g. a pirate ship wheel, a car wheel and the big wheel).
  • On September 9, 2015 (#7203K, aired out-of-order on September 8), the "wrong price" was the phrase "I will win a car."
  • On September 23, 2015 (#7213K), in keeping with the 1990s theme, the "wrong price" was the pricing games that were retired during the 1990s in no random order-- $uper $aver (March 11, 1996, #9891D), Bump (November 20, 1991, #8193D), Gallery Game (April 11, 1991, #7994D), Split Decision (January 16, 1997, #0214K) and Super Ball!! (January 12, 1998, #0601K).
  • On October 12, 2015 (#7241K, aired out-of-order on October 15, originally rescheduled to air on October 13), it showed people in U.S. currency.
  • On October 21, 2015 (#7253K), Back to the Future Day, it showed The Price is Right Football Field.
  • On October 27, 2015 (#7262K), it featured Drew transforming into a wolf man.
  • On November 12, 2015 (#7284K), the word "Price" was in Morse code.
  • On December 9, 2015 (#7313K), it showed a really long wiener dog.
  • On December 28, 2015 (#7341K), the word price was printed for the third time, this time on Christmas gifts.
  • On January 13, 2016 (#7363K), it showed various Price logos in proper order-- Cullen, 1972, 2002, 2007 and the current logo.
  • On January 26, 2016 (#7382K, aired out-of-order on January 19), it was an ode to James O'Halloran, the first Australian-born male model.
  • On February 5, 2016, #7395K), in honor of Super Bowl 50, it showed Super Bowl icons.
  • On February 17, 2016 (#7413K), in honor of Dream Car Week, the icons were customized.
  • On March 8, 2016 (#7442K), in honor of Daylight Savings Time on March 13, 2016, it was to remind us to "Remember" to "Spring" "Forward" "One Hour" "Sunday."
  • On March 14, 2016 (#7451K), in honor of "Pi Day," it showed the first 388 places-- 400 digits total-- of Pi (3.14159...) as the digits in that date are the same as the digits representing Pi itself.
  • On March 22, 2016 (#7462K), in honor of Easter, it showed colored eggs.
  • On April 4, 2016, #7481K), in honor of Square Root Day, the first four squares showed the first four Square Root Days of this century: 1/1/2001, 2/2/2004, 3/3/2009 and 4/4/2016, with the square root symbol and "Happy Square Root Day" in the fifth spot.
  • On April 22, 2016 (#7505K), in honor of Earth Day, it showed Earth Day-themed products.
  • On May 10, 2016, (#7532K), in honor of Mash-Up Week, it showed a combination of Price is Right and Let's Make a Deal icons.
  • On May 24, 2016 (#035SP), in honor of the Big Brother Special, the icons from Big Brother were used.
  • On May 27, 2016 (#7555K), in honor of Memorial Day, the icons were an American flag, with the words "MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND" to follow.
  • On June 8, 2016 (#7573K), in honor of World Ocean Day, the icons were "WORLD OCEAN DAY."
  • On June 17, 2016 (#7585K), for Father's Day, pictures of ties were used.
  • On September 28, 2016, the "wrong price" was a five-day calendar, with Wednesday showing a camel hump for "Hump Day."
  • On October 6, 2016 (#7623K), the "wrong price" was a map of Route 66.
  • On October 27, 2016 (#7664K), in honor of Big Money Week, the icons were $ BIG MONEY WEEK $ in that order.
  • On November 2, 2016 (#7673K), the "wrong price" was autumn leaves.
  • On November 17, 2016 (#7694K), the "wrong price" was Cover Up in different languages-- Spanish, French, Italian, German and Latin.
  • On January 12, 2017 (#7764K, aired out of order on February 6, originally rescheduled to air on February 7), the "wrong price" was a diagram showing how to parallel park.
  • On February 14, 2017 (#7812K). the wrong price was the valentine's day decorations.
  • On March 3, 2017 (#7835K), the "wrong price" were 5 personalized license plates based on things having to do with the show: "1DLRDRW" ("1 dollar, Drew!") YDLY GUY (Yodely Guy), SC SDWN (Showcase Showdown), PLKO CHP (Plinko Chip), SPAY NTR (Spay or Neuter).
  • On April 12, 2017 (#7893K, aired out of order on April 5), the wrong price was hashtags for Socially Awesomeness Week based on this week: #ModelMonday, #TwitterTuesday, #WinsDay, #TBT, and #FacebookFriday!
  • On May 5, 2017, Cinco de Mayo, the "wrong price" was the letters C, I, N, C, and O on the Mexican flag.

StrategyEdit

  • A possible strategy is to intentionally choose an incorrect digit for the first or second positions in the price, as they are usually the easiest to guess, as it allows the player to guess the numbers correctly in a later round and ensure that the game continues to at least a third round of guessing (if necessary).

GalleryEdit

Cover Up Base LooksEdit

YouTube VideosEdit

Cover Up Perfection (June 12, 2007, #4032K)
Cover Up with the Match Game music (April 1, 2009, #4693K)
A Wipeout from 2012 (December 20, 2012, #6144K)
First playing with the running gags (June 4, 2013, #6382K)
First win with the running rags (December 23, 2013, #6541K)
A 5-Try Win from 2014 (May 7, 2014, #6733K)
A Rare Cover Up Win (October 6, 2014 #6831K)

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