Tuesday 05/30/2017 by ucpete


Welcome to the 276th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday Tuesday, the final and most difficult of May. My apologies for the holiday space cadet move – I hope everyone enjoyed their day off yesterday, and took a minute to reflect on those who sacrificed their lives for our safety and freedom. I'm not sure they had "freedom to blast dabs and listen to the same 30 second clips repeatedly instead of working" in mind, but that's besides the point! The winner will receive an MP3 download code courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. To win, be the first person to identify the songs and dates of the four mystery clips – these clips are connected by a (bizarre) theme, but the theme needn't be part of the answer. Each person gets one guess – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday Wednesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday Thursday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Good luck!

Hint: If you've ever played this game, you might have an easier time figuring out the dates of this week's clips:

Answer: It isn't often that the Blog gets a win, but for the second time in 2017 and only the 19th time ever, that's exactly what happened! This week's difficult MJM played off the numerical theme from last week's dates, but in a not-so-obvious fashion. That said, finding one of the clips and reading about Krypto, a game where the goal is to use arithmetic to take one set of numbers to arrive at a target number, this one becomes much more tractable. This week's clips were the 3/31/93 It's Ice outro, the 9/11/99 Wolfman's, the 4/23/92 Mike's Song, and the 8/12/96 It's Ice – the astute observer will note the following:

3/31/93: 3 x 31 = 93
9/11/99: 9 x 11 = 99
4/23/92: 4 x 23 = 92
8/12/96: 8 x 12 = 96

Stay tuned for MJM277 next week, when we go back to square one on the difficulty scale while playing for two clips.


, comment by GottaJibboo
GottaJibboo Have absolutely no clue, but damn Fish is killing it in these clips. Or perhaps there is at least one clip with more than just Fish on percussion? Hmmm.....
, comment by mcgrupp81
mcgrupp81 You are the maker of "Trouble" with that board game hint. I swear the final MJM ever should be a few notes of "Have Mercy".
, comment by braindeadr
braindeadr I know one of the clips! I'm counting this as a personal victory! Woo-hoo!!
(I don't have time to dig into it like the Hall of Famers and soon-to-bees).
, comment by braindeadr
braindeadr Am I allowed to post my guess for only one of the clips?
, comment by ucpete
ucpete @braindeadr said:
Am I allowed to post my guess for only one of the clips?
You may as well take a crack at guessing at the other ones. You can't win with only one correct clip, so guessing with only one of them before the answer is revealed accomplishes exactly one thing, and nothing else: it gives away one answer to someone else, and that is strongly discouraged.

If you do have one, and you think about the hint (or read about it, in this case) and look at the date of the clip you found, it should be straightforward to find the other three clips... which also means that if you give one away, you could be handing the answer to someone else on a silver platter.
, comment by TwiceBitten
TwiceBitten great clips
great band

wish I had the time.

I know one of them
, comment by mcgrupp81
mcgrupp81 I got them. The hints are only dicky when you don't get them. And that's not a reference to Dick's or Dick's Picks or anything else dick related.
, comment by drshaws
drshaws Good puzzle blog. Well played.
, comment by TwiceBitten
TwiceBitten They never said there'd be math in real life!

Oh wait maybe they did...
, comment by melt_the_tek9
melt_the_tek9 I knew I was in attendance for that last clip, and that the Mike's jam was either '92 or '93, other than that, no chance!
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