A few tips:

  1. Use of ear plugs and ear buds with music on is legal.
  2. Every year, moms or random commercials knock out many players.
  3. Avoid shopping . . .
  4. Traveling? Beware of airports, airport shuttles, and airport bars
  5. It’s okay to ask your taxi/Uber/Lyft to turn off the radio. The customer is always right.
  6. Turn off your radio. And your TV.
  7. Do not station surf! Control your surroundings.
  8. If you hear the song but your friend/partner does not, do not yell, “OH SHIT, WE’RE OUT!” Let your friend/partner stay oblivious and alive. If you feel anxious about their awakening, consider “jumping on the grenade” by clasping your hands over their ears and vacating the area immediately.
  9. If you dream it you are not out, unless you are playing at some Jedi-cheetah level.
  10. Before you tell anyone exactly what the game is, reinforce how serious it is to you.
  11. One strategy we have learned from playing the game for over 20 years is to explain the game, but to name a different song.  You will soon learn who your real friends are.
  12. Don’t tell anyone you are playing unless you absolutely have to. ;^)