Encore Question of December 22nd, 2001.
Played at The Frog & Firkin in North York Ontario.


  1. John Tesh
  2. Kenny G
  3. Yanni
  4. Joshua Redman
  5. Joe Lovano

Tonight I'm playing with Richard BERGIE, Dave COITIS, Brian SHARK (as his OLDUDE board conked out earlier), Marlo ZIGGY, and Bill MADDOG. I was disappointed I couldn't get to 20000 points before the Encore round but my chances were limited after the OnBeat round.

My game so far had gone like this:
TuneUp....4500/5000...2nd/8...COITIS wins with a perfect round while I'm in a two-way
tie for 2nd.
OnBeat...9000/14000...3rd/8...ZIGGY wins round with 9750.  I only get five right, two wrong,
and two not answered and BERGIE helped me with two of the answers.
JukeBox...13784/20000...2nd/7...BERGIE wins round with ZIGGY still in lead.
Triviaoke...19182/28000...2nd/7...I win this round.

The answers come up and Richard is the first to mention that these were New Age artists. Yeah I've only heard of the first three of them. I bookmark the ones I know.

Encore Question:..."Sax On The Beach" was a follow up to this artist's Top 10 jazz album "Sax By The Fire".



I don't know this. Who plays the saxophone? Well I flip open to Kenny G but see it's not him. I say it must be '4' or '5' to Richard but start thinking. I know I've seen this album in my book before. John Tesh? There was something funny when I read it before. John Tesh was known for playing the piano and I thought for his Christian beliefs so that's why this seemed strange for album titles. Since I've bookmarked him anyway....Yes! Found him. I tell our group with about 15 seconds to go.

Correct Answer:...1. John Tesh

NTN Extra Fact:...Composer Tesh gained fame as an "Entertainment Tonight" anchor.

I stay in second and finish with 28773 points. I earn 3000+ points for meeting this week's 16000 point standard. Our bar is ranked 2nd in North America with a 26936 average but with 10th place being 4241, something looks wrong. [However, by the end of the week our score still held so it's legit!, just the individual scores were knocked down]. I finish 8th in North America with Marlo 7th overall on the Network Top 10 (not 20) board but under the name MARLO winning the game. All the players got overrated positions so it seemed like we weren't connected to the main NTN satellite.

Here's how the rest of the bar did:
Player 	preEncore	Final	Rank	Revised Rank
ZIGGY	19210		28815	   7	12		
ROCKET	19182		28773	   8	13
MADDOG	17435		26153	   9	19
SHARK	17199		25799	  10	20	
BERGIE	16761		25141	  11	23
COITIS	16696		25044	  12
CRANKY	 6591	x	 3295	  67

I had a great time tonight. Ray MAC had tipped off some of the players that it was my birthday today (yeah age 43!). Also there were some people who I hadn't seen for months like Richard BERGIE and Brian OLDUDE/SHARK. Even I guy I had never seen at this bar but a friend from my twice a week visits to the swimming pool was here. I make sure to say goodnight to Doug CRANKY who was staying away from us to avoid the temptation to smoke. Hmm six in our group tonight and only I don't smoke!

Other games:...I start the evening with 1574800 Players Plus points.
7:30pm...Countdown...1406/15000...6th/6...I earn 500+ points...I'm 8871st in NA...bar is 1141st...I'm here in time for the last two questions...BERGIE wins.
8:00pm...Countdown...12814/15000...1st/10...I earn 1000+ points...I'm 393rd in NA...bar is 289th.
8:30pm...Countdown...12003/15000...1st/10...I earn 2000+ points...I'm 54th in NA...bar is 83rd.
9:00pm...Wipeout...11224/15000...1st/12...I earn 1000+ points...I'm 1612th in NA...bar is 295th.
9:30pm...Countdown(!)...11156/15000...1st/10...I earn 1000+ points...I'm 379th in NA...bar is 17th in North America with a 10417 average.
Plenty of answer sharing tonight help me pick up my scores.

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