So-called because the contestant has to cover up wrong numbers (or, as of June 4, 2013, #6382K, something nonsensical, often with a common theme) with the right numbers to win a car.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

  • 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 the answer is negative as signified by a buzzer, any right digits 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, 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.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Cover Up premiered on September 13, 1993 (#8881D). When it debuted, the lights around the bottom row of numbers were red. The lights were changed to blue on the game's third playing, September 30, 1993 (#8904D), to make them more visible for the folks at home and the studio audience. On the premiere playing's first try, 4 out of the 5 numbers were right with the 4th number being wrong. Contestant James Callaway thought the fourth number was a 1 when it was a 7. The correct price for the Ford Aerostar was $16,379.
    • 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 10:00 a.m. (instead of the usual 11:00 a.m.), like WIVB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Buffalo, New York. This episode has left an enigma until it was posted as a studio master recording from Jonathan Spencer on YouTube by David Downs on September 17, 2018.
  • The game received its first win on its second playing, on September 22, 1993 (#8893D), which was the first to be seen in most of the nation.
  • On January 11, 1995 (#9413D), a contestant named Clara became the first of four contestants to lose Cover Up by getting all five numbers wrong on the first try (the other three occurred on November 27, 1996, #0153K, with Hatea Paoa on December 20, 2012, #6144K and with Neisha Gipson on December 17, 2019, #8942K).
  • 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 for him and won a Chevrolet Prism on the first try worth $13,475, one of three contestants to accomplish this feature (the other two occurred with Susan on October 23, 2006, #3731K, and with Anna June 12, 2007, #4032K, the final playing with Bob Barker).
  • Cover Up was won twice out of the five times it was played on the primetime version of the show.
  • On April 30, 2008 (#030SP, aired out of order on May 21) edition of the The Price is Right $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.
  • Originally, contestants began the game by covering up a fake price. Starting on June 4, 2013 (#6382K), contestants conceal the symbols that change with each playing. Episode #6411K, which was intended to air on June 24, 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 March 24, 2017 (#7865K aired out of order on March 31), the College Rivals episode, a $20,843 car was played for Kate Ceredona (UCLA), but lost and Demontea Thompson (USC) won $1,000.
  • On June 20, 2017 (#7992K) and June 21, 2019 (#8805K), during the Summer Beach Party specials, Cover Up was renamed Beach Cover Up.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The most number of times this game was played in any season was 34.
  • Cover Up was one of seven pricing games seen on the third taping session of Season 36, which was seen on October 17, 2007 (#4043K, aired out of order on November 13), October 25, 2007 (#4054K, aired out of order on January 3, 2008), November 6, 2007 (#4072K, aired out of order on October 17), and November 15, 2007 (#4084K, aired out of order on November 7). It was also one of four "old" pricing games seen on the tenth/eleventh taping session of the season, which was seen on November 30, 2007 (#4015K), December 6, 2007 (#4114K, aired out of order on December 3), December 11, 2007 (#4122K, aired out of order on December 10), January 11, 2008 (#4135K), January 16, 2008 (#4143K), and January 24, 2008 (#4154K)

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • 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).

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Additional Page[edit | edit source]

Cover Up/Base Looks

YouTube Videos[edit | edit source]

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)
Cover Up for a Jeep Compass Sport SUV (June 24, 2013 #6411K, aired out-of-order on April 17)
First win with the running gags (December 23, 2013, #6541K)
A 5-Try Win from 2014 (May 7, 2014, #6733K)
A Rare Cover Up Win (October 6, 2014, #6831K)
A Disastrous Playing/Early Exit from 2019 (December 17, 2019, #8942K)

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