Welcome to the 305th edition of Phish.Net's Mystery Jam Monday, the most difficult of December and the final MJM of 2017! 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 song and date of the three mystery clips, which are connected by two completely unrelated themes – one around which I crafted the puzzle, another I noticed after the fact, neither of which need be identified to answer correctly (though as usual, it usually helps). Each person gets one guess to start – if no one guesses correctly, I will post a hint on Tuesday around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, after which each person gets one more guess before I reveal the correct answer on Wednesday. Good luck!
Note: As mentioned (and flub'd) in the MJM304 wrap and in today's preamble, this is the final MJM of 2017. I was curious when the last time the MJM took a break, and really didn't grasp how long the streak has been till just now: today's MJM makes 80 consecutive Mondays with a puzzle. With the various tournaments and different flavored contests in between, we’ve listened to 225+ jams during the streak – and that's just since June of last year! An entire spreadsheet of LivePhish codes has been won by you all, in addition to copies of TPCs 1-3, posters, etc. – this all despite the increasing difficulty of the puzzles (the blog has only won six times in the past year and a half). I’m not entirely sure where I'm going with this, but I really appreciate this small but thriving jam-nerd community in our corner of the internet, and I wanted to wish everyone the happiest of holidays. We’ve all earned next week’s MJM off. To those headed to MSG – have a blast! The MJM will return on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018. – pete
Hint: Apologies for the delay – the MJM will be extended by two hours (if needed) until 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET tomorrow.
Updated: I'm in a giving mood and it's feeling a little stump-y out there, so I'll clarify the hint a little more.
The songs in these clips have been played in succession at least once. And at most once.
Answer: Another 'W' for Wumbo indeed – that's four in a row and six since August for @wforwumbo! Impressive; most impressive. As mentioned in the comments, this week's puzzle was jams from songs that form the "Leo Trio," i.e. the songs during which you're most likely to hear Trey say "Play it Leo!". There weren't many options for "NICU" and "Rocky Top" (especially the latter), but I was able to piece together a tricky final puzzle of the year. But with my giving mood and the extra hinting, it was no match for @wforwumbo, who correclty identified the 12/1/94 "NICU," the 12/13/97 "Ya Mar" (here's my SBD copy from the third Super Ball FTA broadcast), and the 12/15/99 "Rocky Top." Only after I had made the Leo Trio MJM did I notice that I had selected three December jams. Funny how that worked out... Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year! See you next year...
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 Fish on trombone.
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