"DAVID: Are you ready to play the game? TEAMS: Yeah! DAVID: Okay. We're gonna give the first players a chance to pick up some extra seconds, so partners, we'll see you later."
―David Ruprecht (at the start of the Question Round)

The Question Round is the front game on Supermarket Sweep. Contestants are asked questions relating to products found in a supermarket and correct answers were worth extra time which was used during the Big Sweep.


Staying true to the original version, all three teams are instantly given a base time of one minute and thirty seconds (1:30) at the beginning of the game.

The question round is divided up into three segments. In the first, three contestants play games involving items found in a supermarket, in the second, their teammates get their shot at answering questions, and in the third, the Round Robin, teammates rotate after each question. Correct answers add time to a players' clock and the time acquired is used during the "Big Sweep", in which three players, one from each team, is give to run wild in the aisles trying to amass the largest total of items as they can. The team with the highest total after all bonuses and groceries are tallied up go on to play the Bonus Sweep, when they can play for $5,000 cash.


In the original 1965-1967 version, the question round consisted solely of Pricing Games, in which contestants would try to guess the exact retail price of an item or a combination of items. The player whose answer was closest to the actual price of the item not only won that item but also 15 seconds of time that their "runners" could spend out in the market in the "Big Sweep". Later versions would add many more Pricing Games including Higher or Lower and Item on Sale.

Question TypesEdit

Players were asked a series of questions, usually with a specific brand of grocery items used as answers, and each question was worth 10 seconds. In each round, the questions followed a specific format, which varied between rounds and episodes. The formats used on the show included:

  • Name the Product - Guessing which item a series of interesting facts described.
  • Mystery Product - Determining the brand name of a product, after being shown a picture of the product in which the brand name had been edited out.
  • Slogans - Guessing which item went with a particular slogan, tagline, or jingle.
  • Multiple Choice - Selecting one or more of the answers to a series of questions from a bank of four, five or six possible choices.
  • Three Right - Selecting which three of six items belonged to a certain brand, item or genre.
  • Word Games - Filling in the blanks to reveal a product's name.
  • Fill in the Blank - Determining a word shared by two well-known phrases.
  • This or That or Fact or Not a Fact - Selecting one of two answers, one right answer and one wrong answer.
  • Animal Sounds - Answer animal related questions by making the sound the animal makes.
  • Twisted - Guessing a product's name from synonyms and/or antonyms that replaced each word.
  • Opposites - Guessing a product's name from antonyms that replaced each word.
  • County Fair - Testing the players' sense of knowledge of a particular gadget.
  • Household Hints - Guessing a product's name based off of home remedies found in "Mary Ellen's Household Hints".
  • Supermarket Trivia - Answering questions about items sold in the supermarket.
  • Fat Chance - Determining which of three items had the fewest grams of fat.
  • Pass Up The Salt - Determining which of three items had the fewest grams of sodium.
  • Counting Calories - Determining which of three items had the highest or fewest calories.
  • Checkstand Headlines – Answering questions about a famous person or event that was read about in checkstand tabloids.
  • Proverbs – Completing these popular expressions with items found or sold in the supermarket.
  • Video Rental - Guessing the name of a well-known movie found in a supermarket video section.
  • Odd One Out

See AlsoEdit

Question Round
Pricing Games Exact Retail Price · Correctly Priced · Incorrectly Priced · Higher or Lower? · Bought For a Certain Amount · Above or Below · Not a Given Price · Item on Sale · What's Wrong? · What's Right? · Most Expensive
General Games Name the Product · Product Origins · Four of a Kind · Mystery Product · Slogans · Multiple Choice · Three Right · Word Games · Random Reveal · Reverse Reveal · First and Last · Random Letters · Scrambled Letters · Fill in the Blank · Two Phrases, One Word · Before and After · This or That · Fact or Not a Fact · Animal Sounds · Twisted · Opposites · County Fair · Household Hints · Supermarket Trivia · Fat Chance · Pass Up The Salt · Counting Calories · Checkstand Headlines · Proverbs · Video Rental · Odd One Out
Special Games 30-Second Shootout · Snack Attack Movie Game
Mini-Sweep Round Robin
Tournaments Twin Car Giveaway · Gourmet Week · You Can't Lose! · Double Your Money Week · Mother-Daughter Week · Family Week · Cruise to Paradise · Cruise Week · Tournament of Heroes · TV and Movie Week · Second Chance Week · Everything is Super!
Big Sweep Bonus Specials · Super Bonus · Super Super Bonus
Coffee · Candy · Shopping List · Alphabet Game · Magazine Display · Jelly Belly Display · International Bread Center · Fruit Fantasy · Breakfast Break · Instant Coupon Machines · Frozen Yogurt Machine · Decorate Your Own Cake · TV Mystery Product · Splitting the Name · The $300 Movie · Manager's Special · Red Tag Special · Stack Job · Recycling Center · Super Sandwich · Sweep Swipe · Market Madness · CrackerJackpot! · Jolly Time Is Money! · Bonus Envelope · Video Envelope · Giant Box of Laundry Detergent · Balloon Pop · Double and Triple Coupons
Bonus Sweep
Hosts David Ruprecht · Bill Malone
Announcers Wally King · Richard Hayes · Johnny Gilbert · Randy West
International Versions Argentina (1987-88) · Argentina (1996) · Australia · Brazil · Canada/English · Canada/French · Chile · Greece · Japan · Mexico · Spain · Thailand · Turkey · Ukraine · United Kingdom
International Hosts Christian Tétreault · Dale Winton · Enrique Simon · Erdinç Doğan · Ian Turpie · Juan La Rivera · Pablo Krögh · Pierre Pagé · Ricardo Corte Real · Rylan Clark-Neal · Tino Monte · Yiğit Alici

International Announcers Dave King
Merchandise Board Game · Video Slot Machine
Other Mini-Baskets · Pilot · Video Archive · Video Gallery · Market Monsters · Phone Game · Supermarket layout · Bonus Sweep items
Episode Guide 1967-07-14 · 1989-12-18 · 1990-02-05 · 1990-02-06