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In their heyday fifty years ago, game shows -- from The Price Is Right to Family Feud -- were the bedrock of daytime television, keeping yet-to-be-liberated housewives busy guessing and bidding in front of the tube before the afternoon soaps came on. Only a few vestiges, like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, remain today, yet even some pop-culture-savvy millennials know about their frenzied forebears. And guess what? Like their board-game counterparts, those earlier games never lose their appeal. People of all ages still like to try their luck or cheer others on in battles of wit.
If you count yourself among that group, get yourself to Interstate Kitchen’s Monday Game Show Night, which taps into an ageless zeal for pressing the buzzer first and guessing right. Games change weekly, rotating between several favorites: Tonight at 8 p.m., Password, a Goodson-Todman relic from the ’60s and ’70s, will be played. The rules? Well, it’s got to do with a not-so-secret word known to the audience and one person on each of two teams, the giving of one-word clues and a shot at making extra bucks in a “Lightning Round” for the winning team; expect hilarity and communication breakdowns as the teams try to decode the password. Prizes will be won, admission is free, and even if you’re just a spectator, there’s food and drink to keep you going well into the night. Interstate is at 1001 Santa Fe Drive; go to interstaterestaurant.com.