Encore Question of November 29, 1997.


  1. Susana Hoffs
  2. Cyndi Lauper
  3. Debbie Harry
  4. Madonna
  5. Annie Lennox

Tonight I have a slight lead on GUNNER as I have 18521 and she has 17314. I had to claw my way back after being 4th of 7 players after a terrible OnBeat round but that's the only round I lost. I have to risk 50% as also OLDUDE, EL PAP, and MADDOG all had more than 14000 points. I thought I knew all about these women of rock...

Question:...This flamboyant 1980's singer welcomed her first child into the world last week.

Well I don't know this one, got to think. Let's see Madonna had a baby about a year ago now...Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles had a baby about two years ago I saw her in an interview on tv...I saw Cyndi Lauper on Letterman just after she got married and thought she had a child before that...I saw Annie Lennox pregnant at LiveAid (or some other tribute) but she miscarried. Was Debbie Harry too old for this? I press in '3' for Debbie Harry. Some other players check with me but I admit I'm not sure.

Correct Answer: 2. Cyndi Lauper

I'm wrong and fall to 3rd place with only 9261 points. All the top five players are wrong! The winner is BRWNCH with 17873. I was glad of that as my Top 10 places on the Hall of Fame board were safe this week...I never expected that. I earn only 1000 Players Plus points for not making the 16000 point standard. I finish 6687th in North America and the bar is 1848th.

The band tonight was 'Medicine Man' who were a trio of guitarist, bassist and drummer. Their bassist tonight was a substitute for their ill regular player. The bassist and guitarist switched instruments for a few songs. Mostly pop covers.

While playing here I noticed that the Frog & Firkin bar down the street was racking up big scores on the Network Top 20. This was confirmed when their bar is Number 1 in the 1:00am game and DAVETV was the Number 1 player. Ok I'm going! I was in transit during the 1:30am game but got there to see the last half of the game which their bar finished Number 1 again with MOLSON in 3rd. DAVETV was working four playmakers at once. He was playing with about four others in his group who I'd met before. The basic strategy is whoever knows the answer calls it out for the others. Often this is done before the five choices for the answer are given.

DAVETV gives me one of his playmakers before the 2:00am game. He keeps me in the game with about five answers I didn't know right off but when we get to the last question which asks "...whose first single 'One Bad Apple' reached Number 1 for five weeks" , I called out 'The Osmonds' but Dave thought it was the 'Jackson 5'. I started to sing it to show how sure I was of the answer but he didn't change until the clue gave it away that it wasn't the answer. The bar finished first with six players in the top 20 of the Network board and I finished 1st on the whole continent! A congratulations from DAVETV himself was itself a reward. I guess I'll be the music expert if we ever form a team. Anything personal about the mystery man? Well it was suggested that DAVETV go into standup comedy at one of those 'open mike' nights at a comedy club. He was good as any of them although standup isn't one of my favourite ways of laughing.

Other games:
I start the night with 407500 points.
9:30pm...Wipeout...8194/15000...4th/7...1000 Players Plus points...2267th in North America...bar is 568th in NA...OLDUDE wins. (I'd have done better if I'd got here before the 3rd question).
10:00pm...Playback (see above)...
11:00pm...RetroTV...13191/15000...1st/5...1000 P+points...351st in NA...bar is 770th.
11:30pm...Countdown...11066/15000...4th/7...1000 P+ points...1360th in NA...bar is 396th. BRWNCH wins.
12:00am...Countdown...11003/15800...1st/13...1000 P+ points...92nd in NA...bar is 69th. This included our bar having one question blacked out in a technical problem.
12:30am...Countdown...12173/16000...1st/11...1000 P+ points...45th in Canada...bar is 11th with a 10928 average.
1:00am...Countdown...12739/15000...1st/?...1000 P+ points...15th on the Network Top 20 board...21st of all players...bar is 15th.
1:30am...I'm in transit to the Frog & Firkin.
2:00am...Countdown...14466/15000...1st/13...1000 P+ points...1st in North America...F&F bar is 1st bar in North America with a 14021 point average!! Patrons in the bar are 1st, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th and 11th!!

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