Encore Question of August 8, 1998.
Played at the Frog & Firkin in North York.


  1. Saxophonist
  2. Bassist
  3. Pianist
  4. Clarinetist
  5. Drummer

Tonight I have the lead with 22446 points in this small crowd of six for this game. I was four way co-winner of the Tune-Up round (5000/5000) and outright winner of the other rounds. MADDOG was 2nd with 17930. I risk 50% of my points to get a high score. I didn't feel comfortable with answers like this--the question would obviously be "Somebody plays this instrument". With 11223 on the line....

Question:...Ron Carter is a major jazz instrumentalist. What instrument does he play?

I have no idea who this is. I had mentioned to MADDOG that I hoped it wouldn't be another jazz Encore question like every few weeks but here we go again! A 20% chance with no clues? Well no--I have an idea...thinking I can outsmart NTN. A clarinetist and saxophonist seem a bit too obvious for me in that they would be the most likely to be jazz instruments. I have an idea that a bassist which is a requirement in any band would not be thought of as specifically jazz by the thousands playing this game. Oops also would a bassist be thought of as a soloist? Maybe I'm reading too much into this. I've already pressed '2'.

Correct Answer:...2. Bassist

I'm right and win with 33669 points. I was the only one right in the bar. The score was good enough to finish 67th in North America but the bar finished 1380th with everyone else wiping out. I earn 3000 Players Plus points. I needed another 1300 points to be on the Network Top 20 and think of some of the On-Beat round where I sat on my hands. I also place 3rd of 9 on the bar's reset Hall Of Fame board.

I go around later to the players I know and tell them I guessed it.

Other games:
9:00pm...Wipeout...3718/15000...2nd/6...5969 in North America...bar is 2018th...1000+ Players Plus points...DBA wins...(it would have helped if I'd been here before the 11th question.
9:30pm...Wipeout...11560/15000...1st/5...319th in NA...bar is 698th...1000+ points.
10:00pm...Playback...(see above)
11:00pm...RetroTV...13987/15000...1st/6...118th in NA...bar is 286th...1000+ points.
11:30pm...Countdown...11020/15000...1st/12...443rd in NA...bar is 670th...1000+ points.
12:00am...Countdown...10971/15800...3rd/13...154th in Canada...bar is 18th in Canada with an average of 11003 points...1000+ points...MOLSON wins.

I finish the evening with 84925 total points and have earned 8000 Players Plus points for the evening. This is a little relief to the time I wasted phoning NTN at the beginning of the week to transfer my points and find they didn't do anything. Yeah lookout! Here's that new guy Greenstar with 10000 Players Plus points. Maybe I'll try again.

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