30-Second Shootout is a special game found on Supermarket Sweep. Played during the Question Round, the game involved both teammates having to work together.


30 seconds of sweep time


At the beginning of the second segment of the question round, both contestants on a team played an individual game of 30-Second Shootout, which banked the team 30 seconds of sweep time. Each team took turns by playing the game individually. The format usually consisted of a contestant guessing a series of words using the clues given by his or her partner. The first letter of each correct answer was a letter in the name of a brand name or item from the market. Regardless if the word was fully spelled out by the time the buzzer sounded, the team would still earn 30 seconds if they could correctly identify the product. Each of the teams had 30 seconds to achieve this (40 in 1994), and if a word was accidentally blurted out by the clue-giver, the team was automatically disqualified.


  • During the Lifetime era, the clue-giver tried to get his/her partner to say any word or a name beginning with the appropriate letter. The guesser then had to identify the product before time ran out. An additional rule was that once a clue was used on one of the words in the list, it was not to be used again (doing so would lead to disqualification of that team).
  • In the PAX run, pre-selected words to which their initials spell out the product's name were given to the clue-giver and s/he simply had to convey them to his/her partner. If the giver gets stuck s/he can pass and go to the next word. The "no repetitions" rule was lifted, meaning that a player could reuse clues they've already used. When time was up, that's when the teammate guessing tried to guess the product using the letters revealed, although s/he can guess while the clock was still ticking.
  • On some episodes, an alternative format was used with a picture of a product shown. Each clue changed the product's picture.

List of ItemsEdit

  • Barilla (pasta)
  • Mentos (breath mints)
  • Revlon (makeup)


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