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Online Encore Game

You can blame Shmuel for this. Actually, he has other people to pass the thanks or blame on to, but I would not have found it were it not for him.

Anyway, there is a board game (and parlor game) called Encore, in which the object is to sing a portion of a song containing the challenge word. You have to include at least eight consecutive words for it to count. What makes this fun for the challenger (in this case, me) is to try to come up with words that aren't found in a lot of songs. To make it more challenging, you are supposed to do this from memory, not via google or your music collection.

I've come up with a bit of a scoring variation, as you will see, and have in mind actual physical prizes. (I hesitate to say "valuable prizes" as value is in the eye of the beholder.)



Rules: Use the comments to include your snippet of lyrics. I will award 1 point each for lyrics, name of song, and source (either performer or, in the case of lyrics from musicals, name of the musical). If you come up with a song other than the one I had in mind, I'll give a bonus point. I reserve the right to award other bonus points for any extraordinary cleverness I think deserves them.

None of the words are in the titles of the songs I have in mind. All of the songs are primarily in English. A few of these should be insanely easy, but a couple are pretty obscure. It might help if you know that I tried to mix things up by not using more than one song from any given source.

The game will run no longer than a week, at the end of which I will award prizes for first, second and third place. I also reserve the right to provide clues.

Words are bolded if nobody has gotten them. I will unbold them when there is a successful lyric and italicize when there are also successful guesses for song title and source. Strikethrough means that somebody has gotten the song I had in mind (and the song title and source).

Here is an a to z list of challenge words (including a few proper nouns) for your consideration:

Asada
betel
compos mentis
defrocked
Elderhostel
fart
G-man
Hudson
Idaho
Joliet
kaleidoscope
limestone
masticating
Nikon
OD
polyethylene
queer
rhubarb
savannah
Thoreau
usherette
verandahs
Weight Watchers
Xerox
Yorick
zamboni


Hints, Take 1:

3 of the songs, including 2 of the bolded ones, are by singers from north of the Firth of Forth. Two are by people who would, if they were alive, be annoyed with the Dodgers this month.

One is by a group named after a city in Africa and another was written by somebody whose name includes a European capital.

Two songs, including one of the bolded ones, might make you cry "Uncle".

One is on an album with "obscurity" in its title.

One song has lyrics that also discuss capri pants and book of the month club.

While all songs are in English, one is partly in la lingua del Los Angeles and another is both in gibberish and very proper English.

And, finally, there's a country song with an amount of money in it's title.

Hints, Take 2:

I've decided to just include the sources for the two songs for which complete lyrics were provided. See the comments for those.

Two of the answers (one bolded and one italicized) are from Broadway musicals. One of those was the originally performed by members of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. The other one's main character might share a sentiment with Tevye, but he's been lumbered.

The three Scottish performers whose songs are included are Adam McNaughton, Andy M. Stewart, and Old Blind Dogs. McNaughton's song has been covered by Dick Gaughan and Mike Agrawal (in a somewhat Americanized version), while the Old Blind Dogs song is claimed to be related to "Streets of Laredo" and may date to the War of 1812.

One song was the flip side to a song about a TV character played by Jerry Mathers.

One singer eats cold pizza for breakfast, one notices who (or what) drinks pina coladas at Trader Vic's, and another went to Camp Granada.

One song title is the name of a former Asian leader.

And since I can't come up with fair but obscure clues for them, I'll reveal that the sources for the remaining songs are Pepe & the Bottle Blondes, Two Nice Girls, and Uncle Bonsai

Third and Final Hints:

It will no longer be possible to get points for the source, since that's the subject of these hints.

Asada - Brazzaville
compos mentis - Andy M. Stewart
G-man - Pins and Needles by Harold Rome
limestone - Old Blind Dogs
OD - Angel & the Reruns
polyethylene - Christine Lavin
queer - Two Nice Girls
rhubarb - Stop the World, I Want to Get Off by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse
Savannah - Pepe & the Bottle Blondes
Thoreau - Allen Sherman
verandahs - Uncle Bonsai
Yorick - Adam McNaughton

I will post answers and final scores some time on Sunday night.
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