Encore Question of May 8th, 2004.
Played at the Bull & Firkin in Toronto Ontario.


  1. Boys Don't Cry
  2. Love Cats
  3. Friday I'm In Love
  4. Love Song
  5. Pictures Of You

Tonight I'm playing with two boards, ROCKET and LITBOX alone at The Bull & Firkin in uptown Toronto after finding out that the NTN satellite system was still broken at The Frog & Firkin in my suburb. I had been warned by some posters on the Playback message board that I should inform the bar's management or NTN about that problem but because I expected one of the other players from some of the weeknight games would have made the request not someone like me who only comes here once a week. No wonder the high scores for this early in the month all all over 14000. The bar has now installed a video machine of Golden Tee Golf which knocks out any chance of having a second row players at one end of the bar. I knew from the first question at 7:30pm that nothing had been done but the bartender had already poured me a beer so I stayed for twenty minutes then took the subway to the other bar. Only 25 minutes between the two places.

My game so far had gone like this:
TuneUp...ROCKET...4000/5000...2nd/7...my two boards all alone in 2nd.
..........LITBOX...4000/5000...2nd/7...TRICK wins round.
I switched to a wrong answer with one second to go which hurt but that experience kept me
from doing that again which helped in some of the later rounds.
OnBeat...ROCKET...11000/14000...1st/8...my two boards win round ...7 right and 2 wrong was 
just fine although I realized I had read about the other two answers but couldn't think of them.
.............LITBOX...11500/14000...1st/8...noone else got more than four right.
JukeBox...ROCKET...16171/20000...2nd/8...LITBOX wins round.
Triviaoke...ROCKET...23708/28000...1st/8...ROCKET wins round.
I'm very pleased with this.  I think the round is over by the sixth question but any more just increases my
score.  I don't take any -250s this round.  NTN threw three 'new' songs (current hits) into this week's 
questions and I got them.  
I unintentially tie myself on the last question scoring 1000 with ROCKET and 990 for LITBOX.  I've never
seen this before and wonder how I'll be credited on the system.  Well more encouragement for me to
be right for the Encore.

Now the Encore answers come up. Yipes. They are ALL songs by The Cure. I don't know that much about this group. Currently there's a group covering their hit 'Love Song'. Couldn't think of the group but I'll know if I see it but I don't believe NTN would ask something that easy. [The group is named '311'] I've come a long way tonight, let's hope it pays off...

Encore Question:...On which Cure song does Robert Smith sing "So wonderfully wonderfully pretty"?




I must still be in Triviaoke mode because I start rushing through that song, then the instrumental break and I think of their video with one or two of the group hidden behind a piano holding up two plastic cats as if those toys were playing the piano. Sure there's the lipstick-wearing Robert Smith with the frayed hair singing 'Love Cats'. Wow and over 25 seconds to spare. I signal to a couple playing one board but don't get their attention. I'm having enough trouble with my coat tangled in the bar stool to get up so I don't go any further. I am sure aren't I? Yeah! '2' seems to be the new default Encore answer anyway.

Correct Answer:....2. Love Cats

[NTN Extra Fact:...Actually the lyric repeats the word "Wonderfully" four times in a row.]

It was never an American Top 100 Pop hit. I guess you'd have to have heard the song on alternate rock radio in the early 80's or seen their video. Yes to both counts for me.

I'm right and win with both ROCKET and LITBOX at 35562. I finish 12th on the Network Top 20 for all North America. I earn 3000+ Players Plus points for meeting this week's standard of 17000 points. The bar finishes 591st in North America with an 18276 average. [NTN.com moves us up to 50th of 2018 bars]. I place 1st and 2nd on this bar's Hall Of Fame standings with ROCKET. (Seems like the three Southern Ontario bars I've played this game, the Hall of Fame 'twins' the top score so there's really only five different places on their Top 10).

Wow. It was worth the $5.00 subway fare to get away from my usual bar.

Here's how the rest of the bar did: 
Player	preEncore	Final	Rank	ntn.com rank
ROCKET	23708		35562	  12	  26
LITBOX	23708		35562	  12	  27
METAL	16502	x	 8251	7583	2804
TRICK	12093	x	 6047	8228	4474
LOWIQ	10547	x	 5273	8455	5111
HICCER	 9832	x	 4916	8560	5440
CACTUS	 7972	x	 3986	8832	6194
J	 7475	x	 5956	8255	4527		
[NTN.com listed 9771 players]

Other games:...I start the evening with ROCKET at 3,003,500 P+ points and LITBOX at 813,500.
7:30pm...Countdown...ROCKET...2959/15000...2nd/4...500+ points...no rankings.
...........LITBOX...2919/15000...3rd/4...500+ points...I'm here in time for the last three questions.
8:00pm...Countdown...I have the lead after the first five questions but sign off then take the subway to the other bar.
8:30pm...RetroTVCountdown...ROCKET...8933/15000...4th/7...1000+ points...I'm 1813th in NA...the bar is 9th in Canada with a 9247 average.
..............LITBOX...9186/15000...3rd/7...1000+ points...I'm 1581st in NA...HICCER wins.
One Simpsons question and even I got it right away as it was the name of their hometown.
9:00pm...Playback (see above).
10:00pm...Countdown...ROCKET...11493/15000...1st/7...1000+ points...I'm 1576th in NA...bar is 539th.
...............LITBOX...11480/15000...2nd/7...1000+ points...I'm 1586th in NA.

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