ABC Daytime, Tuesday, January 31, 1961 – Friday, December 29, 1961
Run time
30 Minutes
Bud Collyer
Ralph Paul
Ritz Theatre, New York City, New York

Number Please was a preceded Wheel Of Fortune-like word game where letters were revealed by numbers. 

Game formatEdit

Two contestants faced a game board of twenty blank spaces, each marked with a number from 1-20. Each player got their own row. To start, each contestant picked three numbers to reveal some letters, then they took turns picking off spaces by their corresponding numbers to reveal letters or space spaces. The solutions to those puzzles were prizes or descriptions of prizes. As soon as a player knows the answers, he/she must then buzz-in and solve both puzzles. A correct solution to both puzzles won the game and a prize package which included the described prizes.

Originally, each win by a contestant meant the championship, and playing against a new opponent. Five wins retired the player as undefeated champion. Eventually, this was amended to a best-two-out-of-three wins starting in May, resulting in a player being named champion and remaining to face a new challenger.




Parker Brothers (1961)Edit

Released a home game based on the show in 1961.


Episode StatusEdit

Only one episode is known to exist, it has aired on GSN in the past.


NUMBER, PLEASE opening credits ABC game show

NUMBER, PLEASE opening credits ABC game show

Number Please (1961) part 1 2

Number Please (1961) part 1 2

Number Please (1961) part 2 2

Number Please (1961) part 2 2