Nearly a decade before The Cross-Wits, there was a simple little show called Crossword that didn't quite make it.
George Fenneman, who'd been Groucho Marx's sidekick on You Bet Your Life, and would share announcer's duties on Dragnet during its 1967-70 revival, was tapped to host. I had previously seen this on the TV4U website some time back, but only half the show is available on YouTube. Let's scope it out. The guests include Paul Lynde (Bewitched) and Tippi Hedren.
The more recent Merv Griffin's Crosswords fell more into line with this show than the much more successful Cross-Wits. Small wonder, then, that it ended up failing.