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The Williams Trivia Audiocyclopedia
An "audio bonus" is an assortment of brief musical clips, ranging from 1 to several seconds apiece. The clips are always selected around a theme, which could be fairly broad (i.e. classical music excerpts) or highly specific (i.e. lyrical mentions of U.S. States). Sometimes the segments in an audio are not music-related, such as "Video Game Sounds," "Movie Dialogue," or "Cartoon Voices."
Teams are obliged to tape the audios as they are played over the radio, and have one hour to identify the sources of the clips. Audio Hour Boni have ranged between 20 and 60 clips, though they typically settle in the 30-40 clip zone. Audio Super Boni tend to hit triple-digit totals.
In 29 of the first 30 contests, Williams Trivia did not feature audio boni. Since then, however, they have been a regular, anticipated feature.
The use of planned audio components in trivia (besides songs, of course) was not restricted to the Audio Bonus. Trivia sometimes included a format called "actualities," which has since vanished. An "actuality" was a three-minute- or-so audio clip usually taken from a film. In other words, you'd hear a three-minute excerpt of "Dr. Strangelove" between the question and the answer in lieu of a Top 40 song. Teams had to identify the movie from sonic clues alone. Before the days of VCRs, isolating and playing these represented a small technological accomplishment.
Another precursor to the audio bonus can be found in 1978's BOMO contest, which featured a pre-taped Super Bonus. However, that tape consisted of 20 on-campus speakers reciting the advertising slogans for various products, with teams required to name the accompanying brand names and the person reading each phrase. As such, it doesn't really constitute an audio bonus as we know it. It resides more under the umbrella of "Mystery/Guest Readers," another longtime audio contest element which has since disappeared. A question featuring a Guest Reader automatically became at least a 3-point play, since ID'ing the person was worth an extra point. On very rare occasions, a Guest Reader would turn a 3-point play into a 4-point play.
Audio bonuses are different animals. The earliest audio bonus located to date comes from the May, 1976 contest hosted by General Bumble. Assembled in the form we all recognize today, Mike Ryan's lightning-quick montage of 1950's and 60's songs managed to fit 46 clips into 55 seconds of tape.
Circumstantial evidence suggests that this was the first-ever audio bonus: other General Bumble members applauded Ryan after he'd finished reading the answers, and one teammate asserted that he thought it was "one of the best Superbonuses ever to come out of a Trivia contest, if we do pat ourselves on the back and all over our bodies." Considering the celebratory atmosphere that greeted Ryan's audio bonus, it is peculiar that no one would attempt another for more than five years.
It fell to Charlie Singer of the legendary Phasers on Stun to bedazzle the trivial assembly with his resurrection of the form. Trivia players of the time were struck by the Phasers audio and still remember its impact today. Neither they nor Singer could know that the concept had been used by General Bumble while they attended high school. In any event, the Phasers audio did what Ryan's strangely did not: Singer's "1970s Death Quiz" triggered the era when music excerpt montages became a perennial feature of Williams Trivia contests.
Charlie Singer recounts: "It was inspired by those radio contests which did the same thing... I always loved those... It took 20 hours to construct in the CFM Production Studios (2x10 hours Sat and Sun). Back in the days of analog, I made over 100 splices of tiny one inch long cuts of audio tape! I still have the original reel to reel, which would probably crumble if I tried to play it. All 100 songs were top 10 (top 5?) from the 70's. No one got them all. It was heaps of fun to build."
Comparatively, 1990's folks like Ethan Zuckerman and Jon Young were able to assemble and edit their most recent creations entirely on computer. With the increase in long-distance play, most contests today format their audio boni so that they can be downloaded online.
Like some other innovations over the years, the audio bonus was not instant trivia law. But by 1983, it had become a regular feature included by virtually all teams. Now, of course, a trivia contest without an audio bonus is like a day without sunshine. The usual total is two per night, one in each half. Occasionally just one audio has been offered; one team went as high as five out of their eight Hour Bonuses.
The following is a list of all audio boni and who assembled them (where known). Naturally, some audios are the product of teamwide suggestions, but at some point, they are filtered through a single consciousness; these final arbiters are the folks who are credited here. Ha, ha.
There are occasional gaps in our research. A blank contest does not necessarily mean it had no audio boni. Neither does the presence of one audio listing preclude a second. For many contests through Spring 1990, there are still blank Hour Bonus slots in our archive whose topics are not available; these may well be audios.
All audio bonuses are Hour Boni except where noted.
#20 Spring 76
Host - General Bumble
YELPS, WHOOPS, AND CROONS (SUPER BONUS)-- 46 clips from songs. Each clip was a burst of vocal derring-do from the 1954-1967 era, such as "bah baah" from "At the Hop" or "oo ee" from "Witch Doctor." Teams may have only needed to get the song titles for credit. Assembled by Mike Ryan.
#31 Fall 81
Host - Phasers On Stun
- THE 1970s DEATH QUIZ (SUPER BONUS)-- 100 clips from songs, each song being a Top 10 hit wrenched from the bowels of the 1970s. Teams needed to identify each song's title and artist. Assembled by Charlie Singer.
#32 Spring 82
Host - The Singleman Party
- MULTI-MEDIA AUDIO (SUPER BONUS) -- A bizarre hash of song clips, sound effects, famous quotes, TV theme songs, and other aural randomness. Contained approximately 30 clips.
#33 Fall 82
Host - Local 12
(*There was NO audio bonus in this contest.)
#34 Spring 83
Host - Smedley Terrace
- NUMBERS-- Clips from 21 songs, each excerpt featuring a numeral mentioned in the lyrics. The numbers counted up from zero to 20. Assembled by Lee Farbman and Bill Wright.
#35 Fall 83
Host - Phasers On Stun
- TV THEME SONGS: 31 crisply-edited clips from television theme songs.
#36 Spring 84
Host - Rule Six
- COMEDY-- Clips from comedy albums. Assembled by Kenneth Taylor.
#37 Fall 84
Host - Chicago 60609
(*There was definitely an audio in this contest.)
#38 Spring 85
Host - Nasty Big Pointed Teeth
- BILLY "WOH-OH-OH" JOEL-- 32 clips from 32 different Billy Joel songs, each of which featured one of Joel's vocal variations on "whoa-oh-oh." Assembled by Des Devlin.
- STRANGE SPOKEN EXCERPTS-- 24 song clips, leaning heavily on "classic rock," each excerpt being a not-quite-sung phrase or a throwaway aside. Assembled by multiple Teeth.
- CLASSICAL MINI-AUDIO-- The "Culture" Superbonus included a short audio section. 10 clips from classical works were played, and Questions 1-20 of the Superbonus were to name the title and composer for each.
#39 Fall 85
Host - Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius
(*There was NO audio bonus in this contest.)
#40 Spring 86
Host- My Second Favorite Organ
- "TIME" KEEPS ON TICKIN', TICKIN': The word "time" as repeatedly excerpted from 20 popular songs, some of which helpfully had "Time" in their titles.
#41 Fall 86
Host - The Giant Pygmies of Beckles
- BEATLES -- Because the originals would have been just too darned easy, this bonus featured cover versions of Beatles songs.
- WEDDINGS -- This mostly paper bonus included an very brief 5-clip song section with lyrical references to wedlock (i.e. "Will you marry me, Bill?" or the fingers in the wedding cake from "Alison").
#42 Spring 87
Host - We Begin Bombing in Five Minutes
- XXX-RATED SMUT-- WCFM's policy on which words could not be uttered over its airwaves was rudely fucked by this parade of musical filth.
- GUITAR SOLOS-- Clips from popular songs. Each excerpt was an instrumental paroxysm of twang. Assembled by Joe Francis.
- THE FACULTY SING!-- Clips of various professors singing lines from that beloved anthem, "The Mountains."
- (*VIDEO GAMES HOUR BONUS-- This bonus, half written, half sonic, contained an audio section with 15 sound effects, taken from arcade and home versions of Pac-Man, Galaxian, etc. Assembled by Mark Conger.)
#43 Fall 87
Host - I Don't Have To Answer That Question
- MOVIE DIALOGUE-- Spoken bits extracted from films, including a hefty amount of SNL alumni.
- COVER VERSION INTROS-- Based on the introductory musical lead-ins to various records (mostly), teams had to name the usual title/artist, as well as each song's original performer.
- BROADWAY SHOW TUNES-- Audio clips from musicals.
- GUTTERAL UTTERANCES-- The sub-vocal grunting, shrieking and inhuman gurgling that makes rock 'n roll what it is.
- SHAKESPEARE QUOTES-- As spoken by various Williams campus faculty, adminstration and personalities. Teams needed to identify the original play and character, plus the contemporary speaker.
#44 Spring 88
Host - A Judo, A Chop-Chop-Chop
- (*VIOLENCE SUPER-- This Super Bonus included an 20-excerpt audio section, all musical, with each song clip making lyrical reference to brutality, bloodletting, etc.)
- (*There definitely was also a separate audio Hour Bonus in this contest.)
#45 Fall 88
Host - Silly Me, That's Not The Talking End
Silly Me attached mini-audios to some of their regular bonuses, no matter how tenuous (or non-existent) the connections.
- MOVIES SUPER-- Contained a 10-clip audio of song countoffs ("1-2-3-4!").
- MYSTERY TOPIC (FAT MEN)-- Contained a 10-song audio of live music performances. Besides the usual requirements, teams were asked to name the venue, too.
#46 Spring 89
Host - Leave The Gun, Take The Cannolis
- TV THEME SONGS-- Clips from the opening music, or other introductory bits (such as the "60 Minutes" stopwatch or Bob Newhart's ringing telephone).
- THE FUNKY GROOVY "DIG IT" AUDIO BONUS-- 20 song clips from the 1960s and 1970s in which either "funky," "groovy," or "dig it" were sung.
#47 Fall 89
Host - Harry "Snapper" Organs
- CARTOON VOICES-- Clips from TV and movies, each excerpt being a line of dialogue from an animated character. Teams had to identify the characters. Assembled by Paul Kahn.
- GRAHAM CHAPMAN TRIBUTE-- Clips from TV and movies, each featuring dialogue spoken by the then-quite-recently-dead Graham Chapman. Teams had to name the character being portrayed by Chapman, and give the sketch or film that was its source. Assembled by Ted Benson.
#48 Spring 90
Host - Son, You've Got a Panty On Your Head
- NUMBERS-- Ascending numbers, each taken from a different popular song.
- HELLO, GOODBYE-- Greetings and farewells from song lyrics.
#49 Fall 90
Host - Oxygen Is For Losers!
- GRUNTS N GROANS-- Clips from 20 songs. Each excerpt was a yowl, odd sound, or some other tracheal travesty. Assembled by Maggie Heaman and Joe Francis.
- DRUM SOLOS-- Clips from songs. Teams needed to name the song from which each drum solo was taken, and rather than the band name, provide the name of the drummer. Assembled by Dan Sissman.
#50 Spring 91
Host - Five Is Right Out
- NAME THAT NAME -- BABY BOOM -- I LOVE YOU, TRULY (SUPER BONUS)-- Clips from songs, divided into three sections, with brief narration in between. The first was a succession of famous names, mostly real-life, such as "Marlon Brando" or "Joe DiMaggio." The second selected "baby"s from various tunes. The third was a litany of the phrase, "I love you." Copies of the nearly 10-minute tape were handed out at halftime to the teams. Assembled by Des Devlin.
- MOVIE Q-AND-A's-- Dialogue clips from movies, in which a question was spoken. Teams had to identify the film from which each question was taken, then answer the question precisely as it had been answered in each film. Assembled by Des Devlin and Paul Kahn.
#51 Fall 91
Host - Phasers On Stun: The Next Generation
- 21 INSTRUMENTS FROM 21 SONGS-- As the title would suggest, 21 clips from songs. There were no vocals. Besides identifying song and artist, each featured a different musical instrument which also needed to be named.
- DUMB LYRICS-- Clips from songs, each excerpt containing a risible bit of lyrical hooey.
- COMEDY-- Spoken clips from comedy albums; teams needed only to identify the yokmeister in each.
#52 Spring 92
Host - Not Everyone Keeps Their Genitals In The Same Place
- FIRST/LAST LINES-- Clips from 20 movies, each excerpt being the very first spoken line of dialogue heard in the film. Teams had to name the film and the speaker for each first line, as well as provide the LAST line uttered in each film and ITS speaker. Assembled by Jared Levine.
- CLASSICAL MUSIC-- Clips from (mostly) well-known classical music works. Assembled by Carter Smith.
#53 Fall 92/93
Host - Phasers On Stun: The Next Generation
- "ABCDE...WXYZ"-- Clips from songs, 27 in total, all but the first featuring a letter of the alphabet. Assembled by Des Devlin.
- TV BACKING MUSIC & SOUNDS-- Clips from TV shows. Instead of the more- familiar "TV theme song" concept, musical cues and tracks taken from the background action, segues, or establishing shots of various series were used. Assembled by Jon Heck.
#54 Spring 93
Host - Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun To Be With
- BLUE -- Nothing but the word "blue," repeated over and over. It was dedicated to Jen Lehoczky, then playing on another team. Assembled by her paramour, Toby Elliott.
- BASS LINES-- 20 all-instrumental clips (except for Steve Miller going, "doo doo doo doo") of ominous twangin'. Assembled by Dan Sissman.
- NONSENSE WORDS-- Gibberish, ejaculations, and other folderol from popular song. Assembled by Jon Young.
#55 Fall 93
Host - The Purpose of the Military is to Kill People and to Break Things
- FOREIGN PHRASES-- Clips from songs, each featuring language from another land. Assembled by Kate (sadly, her last name is currently foreign to us).
- BROADWAY MUSICALS-- Clips from Broadway show tunes. For each, teams had to name the song's title, and identify its respective musical. Assembled by Heather Morton.
#56 Spring 94
Host - Oh No, Bette Midler!
- MOVIE MUSIC-- Clips from movies, each featuring a bit of music written for, or largely associated with, a particular film. Teams had to name the 50 films. Assembled by Dan Sissman.
- THINGS THAT BLOW-- Excerpts from songs. Each was an wordless clip featuring instruments that are blown. Besides listing song and artist for each, teams had to name the specific thing producing the sound. Assembled by Chris Roosenraad and Douglas Briggs.
- 1970s SUPER BONUS-- This mostly-paper bonus also included a 31-excerpt subsection, using clips from 1970-1979 Top 40 songs. Assembled by Joe Francis.
#57 Fall 94
Host - How DARE They Challenge Us With Their Primitive Skills?
- "HA HA HA HA!"-- Clips from 37 songs, each excerpt featuring a burst of laughter. Assembled by Des Devlin.
- GEOGRAPHY-- Clips from 36 songs, each featuring one or more locales, mostly real-world. Assembled by Des Devlin and Marc Whinston.
#58 Spring 95
Host - Can't.....Do......Plaid..... (thud)
- THE SAGA OF O.J.-- Clips from songs, chosen and edited so as to create a humorous, ever-so-slightly-biased look at the neverending O.J. Simpson murder trial. Assembled by Jon Young.
- COVER VERSIONS-- Excerpts from songs. Besides ID'ing those singing in the bonus proper, the artists who'd done the ORIGINAL versions of each song also needed to be named. Assembled by Timothy Ballew.
- MOVIE LINES-- 21 dialogue clips from films. Teams had to identify the actor speaking each line, and the movie. Assembled by Betsy Moore.
- "CONTRACT ON AMERICA" SUPER BONUS-- (*This mostly-paper bonus also included an audio section, taken from songs, which listed almost all of the 50 U.S. states. Assembled by Maggie Heaman.)
#59 Fall 95
Host - Elvis Needs Boats!
- HEAVEN & HELL-- Clips from songs, each containing a reference to Satan, God, devils, angels, sin, salvation, etc. Assembled by Rachel Barenblat and Ethan Zuckerman, with Rich Flynn.
- ATARI BLEEPS-- Clips from home video games; the bwzzzaps, squarks, and other sounds from different titles. Assembled by Jared Levine.
#60 Spring 96
Host - A Bunch of Mindless Jerks Who'll Be First Up Against the Wall When the Revolution Comes
- NUMBERS-- Clips from songs, chosen to refer to the digits 1-24, inclusive. Assembled by Betsy Moore.
#61 Fall 96
Host - We Make Holes In Teeth!
- THE MOVIE MEGA BONUS (SUPER BONUS, BASICALLY)-- Clips from movies, 98% of it dialogue, arranged by theme (exposition, sex, brutality, etc). Teams had from midnight until 7:30 to make it through this one. Copies of this bonus were handed out at the beginning of the contest to all the teams. Assembled by Jon Young.
- TV TITLES-- Clips from songs, chosen or re-arranged to make TV show titles ("Diff'rent Strokes," "Wheel of Fortune," "Suddenly Susan," etc). Assembled by Des Devlin.
#62 Spring 97
Host - Gentle Tongue-Tongue, He Weeps, For He Has But One Tongue With Which to Taste an Entire World
- CLASSICAL-- Musical clips of less-ubiquitous classical works. Assembled by Brian Wecht with Ethan Zuckerman.
- FAMILY VALUES-- Lyrical mentions of mothers, sisters, cousins, Uncle Jam, and other sundry relations. Assembled by Sandy Ryan and Ethan Zuckerman, with mass Tongue-Tongue input (eww!).
#63 Fall 97
Host - Chthulu Matata
- MOANS & GROANS-- An orgasmic series of grunts, gasps, glurps, and other
suggestively moist song clips. Assembled by Kate Krolicki.
#64 Spring 98
Host - A Dead Postman Doesn't Deliver Much Mail
- "THE CATCHER IN THE RYE"-- The full first sentence of the ever-popular
J.D. Salinger coming-of-age novel, trickily reconstructed via song clips.
Assembled by Adam Schreiber.
#65 Fall 98
Host - At 200 Miles Per Hour, There Is No Diplomatic Immunity
- LEITMOTIFS -- 25 musical themes representing specific characters, concepts or spaceships. Teams had to identify each clip's composer and origin, as well as who (or what) the leitmotif represented. Assembled from soundtracks, symphonies and TV shows by Josh Lawton and Bob Galloway.
- THE BALLAD OF BILL AND MONICA -- The inescapable story of 1998. Assembled by the demented minds of Betsy Rosenblatt, Jeff Bolas and Ethan Zuckerman.
#66 Spring 99
Host - I've Got Ives in My Pants
- THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY -- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, how could we have played so long, and never had this bonus? Music clips from Disney songs. Assembled by Clay Elliott.
#67 Fall 99
Host - Pokemon Labolatory
- MONKEYS, MONKEYS, MONKEYS! -- The word "monkey," as repeatedly extracted from various songs. Assembled by the opposable thumbs of Chris Fairbanks.
#68 Spring 00
Host - Make Way for Ducklings, Motherfucker
- 100 YEARS, 100 SONGS (SUPER BONUS) -- As the millennial odometer rolled over, the Ducklings seized the once-in-a-century opportunity. This giveaway cassette included 100 music clips taken from each of the years 1900-1999, inclusive. Virtually every recording was an authentically contemporary release. Assembled by Des Devlin.
- PRODUCT PLACEMENT -- 40 snippets from popular songs, forming 28 brand names of sodas, cereals, sandwich spreads, disposable douches, and other items on sale in any supermarket. Assembled by Des Devlin.
- SYNTHESIZERS -- 20 (mostly) instrumental excerpts. Assembled by Dan Sissman. (Dan had previously created the "Drum Solos" audio and the "Bass Lines" audio. Given enough chances, Sissman will systematically work his way through the entire orchestra!)
#69 Fall 00
Host - The Funk of 40,000 Years
- BOOTY (SUPER BONUS) -- Baby got back to shaking that rump as part of the super.
- NONSENSE -- Whoops, wails, shama-lama-something-somethings. Assembled by Betsy Rosenblatt.
- WORLD TOUR -- New York, London, Paris, Munich. Everybody talk about ... the little sound clips. Assembled by Ethan Zuckerman.
#70 Spring 01
Host - Holy Sack and the Resident Vomit Specialist
- FOOD -- An all-edible smorgasbord of foodstuffs, as mentioned in the lyrics of popular songs. Assembled by Mary Flynn.
- HOLES-- A sub-section of the Hol(e)y Super Bonus, this audio contained variations on the word "hole" from song lyrics (including "whole"). Assembled by Mary Flynn.
#71 Fall 01
Host - I Say It's Duck Season and I Say Fire
- SUPERMAN -- "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!" The complete TV show intro, all the way through "truth, justice, and the American way," reformulated by song clips. Assembled by Des Devlin.
- BEDTIME STORIES -- Nursery rhyme and fairy tale references (i.e. Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty, Hickory Dickory Dock, Fee, Fi, Fo and Fum, and more). Taken from 50 musical sources. Assembled by Des Devlin.
#72 Spring 02
Host - Neutered Vampires Who Cheat at Kitten Poker
- BROADWAY MUSICALS -- With lyrical clips taken from the Great White Way, there was a broken heart for every excerpt. Assembled by Maura Gallagher.
- "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER" intro -- The opening narration from the long-running show was recreated, using clips from songs. Assembled by Betsy Rosenblatt.
- MUSIC VIDEOS (audio overlap) -- The first Super Bonus, a montage of music video images, contained an audio track that hadn't been previously linked with the pictures being shown. These audio clips came from popular songs, and were worth 20% of the bonus' value. Assembled by Jon Young.
- COMMERCIALISM (sub-section) -- The second Super Bonus, Commercialism, contained an audio bonus. The audio section combined specific ad jingles, outside music adopted for ad campaigns, and a few extraneous bits. Assembled by Betsy Rosenblatt.
#73 Winter 02
Host - Joanie Loves Trotsky
- MUSIC NAMES -- Fifty song clips in which the singer refers to a group or musician. With the exception of egomaniacs Wang Chung, Bo Diddley, and the Beastie Boys, everyone was singing about somebody else. Assembled by Des Devlin.
- YEARS -- Calendar years mentioned in song lyrics. Presented in ascending chronological order, from 1492 to 7510, though most came from the 20th century. Assembled by Des Devlin.
#74 Spring 03
Host - Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil Mutant Hellbound Zombified Flesh-Eating Subhumanoid Living Dead Part IV
- INSTRUMENTALS -- Music, music, music, without the harsh intrusion of the human voice. Jazz riffs, classical crescendos, pop bridges, rock moments, and more. Assembled by Steve Winslow and Emily Bright.
- LETTERS -- All the consonants and vowels you could ever want, from ABC to TNT to JFK to NRY to OPP to SOS to KKK to NWA to FDA to MCA to DOA (and broadcast over WCFM). Assembled by Steve Winslow.
#75 Winter 03
Host - Click Here to Get Huge
- THE WIZARD OF OZ -- The biggest audio bonus in Williams Trivia history. This 254-clip, 15-minute behemoth recreated the complete storyline to the beloved 1939 film, scene by scene, via song lyrics. Assembled by Des Devlin.
- DAYS OF THE WEEK -- 60 song clips that started on Monday, ended on Sunday, and stopped by every day in between. Assembled by Des Devlin.
- PUZZLE BONUS -- Part of a multi-stage puzzle that involved Papa Charlie's, MAD Magazine cartoonists, toast sculpting, and awareness of Ed Sullivan. The first step in this process was a 25-clip series of songs; teams needed to identify them, realize that all the song titles were just two words long, and that the first letters of those words spelled out a message with further instructions. Assembled by Des Devlin.
- HOWARD STERN -- A section of the Radio Super Bonus, this was a 25-clip assortment of spoken soundbytes from recurring guests, characters, and members of the Stern crew. Teams had to identify the speakers. Assembled by Steve Homer, Jeff Cohen, and Des Devlin (yes, it took the combined efforts of THREE human beings to produce this staggering 1:37 subsection!).
#76 Spring 04
Host - Mortal Wombat
- MUSIC SUPER -- Contained three separate audio sections, on one handout CD.
- MOVIE MUSIC -- Just what it sounds like. Best appreciated in the dark with somebody's cell phone going off. Assembled by Dave Letzler and Laura Effinger-Dean.
- GAMES -- Videogame backing tracks, or music to get carpal-tunnel syndrome to. Assembled by Dave Letzler and Laura Effinger-Dean.
- MOSTLY OVERTURES -- Representing dead classical dudes, gay Broadway dudes, and a couple of extra dudes. Assembled by Laura Effinger-Dean and Sam Clapp.
- PI -- The ratio of the circumference to the diameter of any circle. Few lyrics contain the word "circumference," though, so Mortal Wombat contented itself by using song clips to establish the value of pi to its 40th digit. Assembled by Dave Letzler.
- ALSO: REVERSE AUDIO -- When the derelict Wombat who'd promised an audio bonus came up blank at the last minute, the team was left one bonus short. In a last-minute switcheroo, teams were asked to provide their own prospective audio answer key for a verse and chorus of Don McLean's "American Pie." Assembled by, well, everybody.
#77 Winter 04/05
Host - Worker and Parasite
- "THE MICHAEL JACKSON STORY" (SUPER BONUS) -- Just an ordinary man, trying to get through a typical life. 125 song clips detailing the King of Pop's legal, moral and nasal woes. Assembled by Des Devlin.
- CHRISTMAS MUSIC -- Reindeer games were never like this. 41 clips, mostly arranged into rhyming sections. Assembled by Steve Homer and Des Devlin.
#78 Spring 05
Host - Deine Mutter ist Geekenvermachtstaffle
- TV THEMES -- From A-Team to X-Files, an opening credit montage worth of TV themes.
#79 Winter 05/06
Host - Gratuitous Use of the Word "Belgium"
- CLASSICAL UPS AND DOWNS -- Instrumental snippets that ascend or descend the musical scale. Assembled by Chris Paci and Dave Letzler.
- "HELLO, GOODBYE" -- Lyrical greetings and farewells from musicians on the move. Assembled by Dave Letzler.
#80 Spring 06
Host - Awesome Sauce: Grammar For Pussies Like You
- "TO BE OR NOT TO BE" -- Hamlet: The Musical? Well, his famous soliloquy, anyway, pieced together word-by-word with song lyrics. Ay, there's the dub.
- DAVES -- Music performed by artists with the name "Dave" (or "David"), from Bowie to Grohl to Davies to Brubeck to Lee Roth to Byrne to St. Hubbins. Assembled by Dave Letzler.
#81 Winter 06/07
Host - Suite, Suite Lovin'
- A DATE WITH THE BEATLES -- Love, love, love; love is all you need. But bring the vibrating handcuffs just in case. A romantic encounter in 50 clips, each song from the Beatles catalogue. Assembled by Dave Letzler.
- SUPERHEROES -- With a great audio comes great responsibility. 50 clips, each providing the name of a different superhero. Dave Letzler, assemble!
#82 Spring 07
Host - Lay Men: JC Superstars: Take Me, Caiaphas
- JESUS -- Hallowed be His name. It was hallowed 31 times, to be precise.
- ANIMALS -- An alphabetical zoological lyrical pinnacle, from the bullfrog to the dolphin to the mighty squirrel. 45 clips.
#83 Winter 07/08
Host - The Ubernebulous Space Otters of Alpha Centauri
- SHOW TUNES -- Try to remember the kind of September, remember me to Herald Square, but mostly, try to remember the 26 clips in this all-Broadway soundtracks audio. Assembled by Alan Arias and Jacquita Richardson.
- A GROSS OF MUSIC (SUPER BONUS) -- 144 separate song clips, mostly from classical composers, with a few movie soundtracks added in. Assembled by Andrea Currie.
#84 Spring 08
Host - I'm Oxford Dot Com
- COVERED IN COVERS -- 23 performers, each putting their unique and individual spin on 23 preexisting songs. Assembled by Steve Melis.
- VIDEOGAMES -- An audio section of the Hour Bonus featured backing music from a series of games. Assembled by Jason Ren.
#85 Winter 08/09
Host - Stink, Stank, Stunk!
- BYE-BYE, BUSH (SUPER BONUS) -- The 85th contest ended on January 18th. The 43rd Presidency ended on January 20th. The math was irresistable. Assembled by Des Devlin.
- THE MOST ORIGINAL AUDIO BONUS EVER! -- Musicians know that a well-placed cliche that hits the nail on the head is worth its weight in gold, and makes lyric writing as easy as pie. Was this audio bonus the best thing since sliced bread? Or were the 50 clips just beating a dead horse? Oh well, beggars can't be choosers. Assembled by Des Devlin.
#86 Spring 09
Host - Silence in the Hub
- ORGANIC, THEME-FREE AUDIO (SUPER BONUS) -- 100 song clips which did not necessarily have things in common, and which did not necessarily combine to form a concept or premise. Randomness! Assembled by Sue Fu.
- VIRAL VIDEO -- Bro gets tased, they don't leave Britney alone, and the chipmunk still brings the drama. Audio snippets from the internet's most familiar oddball clips, minus the visuals. Assembled by Zach Safford.
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