Encore Question of December 23rd, 2000.
Played at The Frog & Firkin in North York Ontario.


  1. Jerry Garcia
  2. Eric Clapton
  3. George Harrison
  4. Sly Stone
  5. Bob Dylan

Tonight I'm playing with Doug CRANKY, Bill OH YA, Bill MADDOG, Kimmo KAV, and Paul ZUKEE. Mostly we were worried by a non player Robert coming back to distract us. This old guy was given the nickname 'Touchy Feely' because he was always shaking hands and patting your shoulder or back but who didn't want to play 'this F****** game' but he'd be offering answers after the answer was displayed. We'd never seen him before. He was convinced to go over and play pool and looked like he was having a better time than hanging around us and so didn't bother us during Playback. Most of the game had been Christmas songs except the current event OnBeat round. In that one I was only 5 right, 2 wrong, and 2 I didn't even guess.

We felt lucky just to play as the 9:30pm game had be restarted when the questions and answers superimposed on the advertisements and they made the screen unreadable by the second question. It happened the night before they said. We had time for 11 questions but the Playback game came uninterrupted.

Here's how my game had gone so far:
TuneUp....4000/5000....2nd/10 in three way tie...ZUKEE wins with 4500.
OnBeat...8500/14000...1st/10...I win this round.
JukeBox...13887/20000...1st/10...I win this round.
Triviaoke...19916/28000...1st/10...I win this round.

I end up with the usual points so can't really complain about the Christmas theme. It was the TuneUp round that threw me. I was wearing my 10000 Maniacs t-shirt over a long sleeved shirt but the news of Robert Buck's death may have been too late in the week.

So these names for Encore didn't sound too Christmasy. Except George Harrison sang 'Ding Dong'...

Encore Question:...23000 fans packed Madison Square Gardens to witness the 1974 marriage of:



My book is good for birthdates, place of birth and deathdates but not marriages so it didn't help. "Anybody know?" I ask as now PJ had come into the bar. Nobody could say. I think I would have heard if George Harrison had been married like that with all the recent stories about the Beatles for their book. Did Jerry Garcia ever get married? Was Eric Clapton also quiet? I'd already pressed in Sly Stone and didn't think Bob Dylan would want all that publicity. I'm glad I ran out of time or I may have changed my answer. What feeble reasons for a choice.

Correct Answer:...4 Sly Stone

I'm right and win with 29874. That's good for 3000+ Players Plus points for meeting this week's 15000 point standard. Neither our bar nor the individual rankings were given and that meant even the Top 20 for both categories.

*Later in the week I found the Top 100 rankings at the ntn.com site. Our bar finished 7th in North America with a 23299 average. I finished 14th on the Network Top 20, 24th overall.

Here's how the rest of the bar did:
Player	preEncore	Final	Rank
ROCKET	19916		29874	  24	(14th on Network Top 20)
MADDOG	18219		27329	  40
OH YA	16383		24575	  80
ZUKEE	14361	x	 7181
FREEKS	13553		20299
TASIA	13111		14422
KAV	12696	x	 6348
CRANKY	12213	x	 6107
DAHID(?) 8555		12833
NCC OI	 5279	x	 2639

Other games:
7:30pm...Countdown...205/15000...10th/10...500+ points...I'm 83rd in NA...the bar is 4th in North America!...I'm here for the last question but that 500+ makes up for some of those tough games.
8:00pm...Countdown...9912/15000...1st/10...1000+ points...I'm 18th in NA on the Network Top 20 (45th overall)...bar is 8th with an 8889 average.
8:30pm...Countdown...8580/15000...3rd/8...2000+ points...I'm 79th...bar is 12th with an 8920 average.
9:00pm...Wipeout...7088/15000...1st/8...1000+ points...I'm 43rd...bar is 10th with a 5588 average.
9:30pm...Countdown...8104/11000...1st/10...1000+ points...no individual nor bar rankings after 10 minute late start and cut off at question 11.

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