Not more common than I think. I've recorded all of the 100K and previous lease 25k episodes, and there were dozens of examples of re-used questions/categories. The only reason I brought it up with P+ and SP was the coincidental factor that both episodes with recycled questions recently aired close together (within one week).
"We are on a long journey... it isn't over yet."
- Dr. Marlena Evans, Days of our Lives, 9/27/2011
"Never pass a good chance to shut up." - JR Ewing, Dallas, 6/13/2012
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Especially considering all the episodes of Match Game Mrs. Ludden did with CNR....
Down With Cablevision!
CNR was on much more than "a few years". He had almost 550 weeks of taping in all of the match game incarnations, second only to Brett Somers, who had just over 600. Even Richard Dawson had less than 400 weekly appearances.
If by "creepy" or "not normal" you mean gay, then you would be correct. As far as being funny, most of his funny moments came from his and Brett's interactions and insults toward each other.
So basically, he had a longer run on Match Game than I thought. Apologizes, I'm not a regular viewer of the show, and didn't watch in the 70's. Wow, he actually had one of the longest celebrity runs probably. CNR was "creepy" on air and off air, but he was a good Match Game panelist