NTN Encore Question of March 3rd, 2012.
Played at The Frog & Firkin in North York, Ontario.

Headliner:...WOMEN IN ROCK over Teen Queens and Starts With The Letter 'S'

Encore Question:...Christina Aguilera is credited as one of the writers for which Kelly Clarkson hit?

Tonight I'm playing with my two boards with Rob COSMO, and Phil PLBAAB. We couldn't get a fifth board for our table as the boards had all been given out to the bar players and some other group who were signing on multi times with as many swear words as NTN would allow. (very tame PG rating but could get away with more than I could nearly thirty years ago when I tried).

Here's how my game went and my comments:
Tune Up...ROCKET...4000/5000...3rd/9.     
.............LITBOX...4000/5000...3rd/9...PLBAAB sweeps round. Rob helps me on two or I would have done worse.
The Line Up...ROCKET...13000/15000...3rd/9. 
Our four boards get 9 right and 1 wrong for a very good round. Rob gets us one that I didn't know.  
Triviaoke...ROCKET...21240/25000...2nd/9...ROCKET wins round.
............LITBOX...21210/25000...3rd/9...Rob gets us two and I take no -250s this week for an excellent round.   
Opening Act...ROCKET...29240/35000...1st/9.
...........LITBOX...29210/35000...2nd/9...My two win round. 
The Pound key round.  I went 8 right for 1000, 1 for +250, 1 for -250, and 0 I didn't answer.  I steer us all wrong on one of my answers.
............LITBOX...50460/56250...2nd/9...I go for 10 for 10 for an excellent round and convince the others of my answers.
WOMEN IN ROCK:...1. Stevie Nicks was the lead singer of this 1970s rock group:--Fleetwood Mac...2. Both Lita Ford and ____________ left the girl
group The Runaways for successful solo careers:--Joan Jett...3. Which 1980 flick's soundtrack featured Blondie's 'Call Me'?--American Gigolo...
4.  Which Amy Winehouse song won a 2007 Grammy for 'Song of the Year'?--Rehab...5. She was discovered in the late 1970s at New York City's 'Catch 
A Rising Star' nightclub:--Pat Benatar...6. Kid Rock had a Top 40 hit 'Picture' which featured this female rocker:--Sheryl Crow (Allison Moorer, 
the singer of the Country version of this duet was not a choice)...7. 'I Love Rock And Roll', do you?  What was the name of Joan Jett's
backup band?--The Blackhearts...8. 'To Bring You My Love' and 'Uh Huh Her' are albums by this female rocker:--P J Harvey...9. Who was the lead
singer for Garbage, the 1990s album rock group?--Shirley Manson...10. In 1995 Alanis Morissette had a Top 10 remix dance hit with what Seal

I helped us sweep through this round easily. I have read about Pat Benatar while playing her greatest hits CD within the last year and came across that fact. The date was too early for Madonna's career. I'd also remembered the album title in Q8 but 'Liz Phair' had me doubting myself.

Now the Encore betting comes up. Well 50% as usual.


  1. Since U Been Gone
  2. Miss Independent
  3. Behind These Hazel Eyes
  4. Breakaway
  5. A Moment Like This





I don't know this and pick 'Behind These Hazel Eyes' as I was thought that song was an Encore answer before and could picture Christina Aguilera singing it. The only song I could rule out was 'A Moment Like This' which was written by the conglomerate behind the show that would be the first single of whoever won that first American Idol season. Well my friends have asked me but Phil says couldn't it be 'Miss Independent'? Hmmm. Well for female empowerment for both of their reputations, that would be a good answer I think, (like Aguilera's songs 'Beautiful' and 'Fighter'). "Yeah it could be!" I say with a really positive tone and change my answer. Ron CHATZ has come over without his board to see what we've picked. I'd promised to go over to his group if I knew the answer.

This is the first season that I'm actually watching American Idol and The Voice. I read just a few days ago about the sniping between the two groups of judges and the news that Kelly Clarkson would guest on The Voice this season as a mentor for their contestants. Maybe if I read the article deeper they may have mentioned the link between Clarkson and Aguilera and it would have made this question easier.

Correct Answer:....2. Miss Independent

[NTN Extra Fact:...The song was the first single from her 2003 album debut album 'Thankful'.]

I'm right and win as ROCKET with 75735. I earn 3000+ points for meeting the standard of 18000. I finish 4th on the Network Top 20 in all North America. The bar was 9th in North America with a 43308 average...I place first on this bar's Hall of Fame board as the only entry as the board for all games has been reset wiping out all the old records.
(ntn.com listed 1573 bars as they've now split off a few hundred into Playback West who play this game at later time then us). I wonder if they play the same game and if that allows Playback East players to phone their friends out west?

I get the question right but Phil didn't change his answer from my first suggestion even when I said I'd changed with seconds to spare. We only had four boards anyway so wasn't expecting a great bar score. I thought before I got here that this bar was cut off from the Network again since I couldn't find last night's scores for this location on the ntn.com site.

Here's how the rest of the bar did:   
Player	preEncore       Final           Rank   ntn.com rank
ROCKET   50490  2       75735              4          10
LITBOX   50460  2       75690                         11
PLBAAB   50430  3       25215                        399
COSMO    49800  3       24900                        413
CHATZ    30000  4       15000                       1136                        
GOD      12075          12075                       1574 
JES       7500           7500                       2740
VW        5500  X        2750                       4865                 
MOOBS     4910           4910                       3849 
PENESS    4500           4500                       3982                        
MMMKAY    3500           3500                       4431
CDT       2500           2500                       4950
DOGPOO    2480           2480                       5097
BADMAA    1968           1968                       5361 
TIHS       450            450                       6233
(ntn.com listed 7138 players with 6345 having a positive score)

There's so many players at our bar listed I was sure the recap skipped our first ten players to jump right to the second board.

Our television screen has been magnified and cuts the 10th and 20th place off every recap listing and after a question is asked it
rolls the question to the top of the screen and cuts the first line of the question off when the possible answers are shown.

Other games:
The Playback game has been moved up to 8:00pm for some reason although I'd been warned for the last month. Some of their onscreen ads still listed a 9:00pm start. It looks like Topix has been bumped to Friday night (and Thursday night as always) in all the shuffling. This early start could cause me to miss more games than last year once the soccer season gets going.

7:30pm...Countdown...ROCKET...9459/15000...1st/11...1000+ points...I'm 454th in NA.
...............LITBOX...9416/15000...2nd/11...1000+ points...I'm 461st in NA. I'm here in time for the last 12 questions.
8:00pm...Playback...(see above)
9:00pm...Tuned In...ROCKET...8543/10000...1st/11...1000+ points...I'm 66th in NA.
.............LITBOX...8493/10000...2nd/11 (tied with COSMO)...1000+ points...I'm 69th in NA.
9:15pm...Speed Freaks...ROCKET...2000/27000...4th/8...900+ points...I'm 2245th in NA...COSMO wins with 6000.
............LITBOX...-250/27000...6th/8...300+ points...I'm 4590th in NA.
I played ROCKET until I got to 2000 then switched to LITBOX and got 5 wrong and 1 right.
9:30pm...Countdown...ROCKET...9919/15000...3rd/8...1000+ points...I'm 468th in NA.
...........LITBOX...9956/15000...2nd/8...1000+ points...I'm 462nd in NA.

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