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Thu February 27, 2014
Ask Me Another

All Answers Are Alliterative

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

Fee, fi, fo, fum! We smell a word game... in this one, you'd better bend your brain to come up with answers that are all three- or four-word alliterative phrases.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's say hello to our next two contestants, Katy Kosey and Becky Goldstein.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Katy, your - let me get this right. Your lifestyle alter ego is Ponder Woman?

KATY KOSEY: Yes, yes she is.

EISENBERG: OK. I like that. What is Ponder Women's origin story?

Sure. So I was interning, living in New York City and I was applying for another internship where they required us to make a minute and a half video about us. So I thought what better to showcase my time in New York City than to run around fighting crime - like every New Yorker, right? So, thus, Ponder Woman was born, solving crimes, having the situation ponder control.

Oh nice.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: You're going to do just fine on this show.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Becky, you are a superhero of the theater, working at a stage manager. That is the real superhero of a theater.

BECKY GOLDSTEIN: Thank you.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I can imagine you saving the day at a number of times?

GOLDSTEIN: Once or twice.

EISENBERG: Yeah? Do you have one that sticks out?

GOLDSTEIN: I was office managing and I had been on site for about 28 hours and we get this phone call that the transport for 45 attendees to our event had broken down in New Brunswick, New Jersey. We ended up calling enough car services that would pick them up on the side of the road without a contact number or a payment option and picked them up and they brought them to us, and we ended up being an exorbitant amount of money, all while on zero sleep.

EISENBERG: Nice.

JONATHAN COULTON: Wow.

EISENBERG: On the corporate dime.

(APPLAUSE)

GOLDSTEIN: Now that I know about Ponder Woman I'm going to put her on my Rolodex.

EISENBERG: That's what you're going to do next time.

GOLDSTEIN: Yes.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Very smart. This is perfect, actually because this game is called All Answers Are Alliterative. Mm-hmm. Just a jovial josh at this juncture. Right, Jonathan?

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Yes. And you might have guessed in this game, the answers will be three or four word phrases that all begin with the same letter. So all you have to do is give us that phrase. For example, if I say in this game you try to align a trio of Xs or Os, the answer is, of course, tic-tac-toe. Now if you need a hint, we will give you the letter that starts each word in the answer. Here we go. This is the sign that you wished had been taped to the busted vending machine before you lost your money in it.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Becky.

GOLDSTEIN: Out of order.

COULTON: That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I will tell you that I once lost my money and I called the number on the vending machine. And...

COULTON: Did they just laugh at you?

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah, they just laughed and hung up. No there was a machine, after wishing, and it could leave your address, and I did. And said hey, and I got an envelope in the mail with two one dollar bills cash.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: They sent me two one dollar bills...

COULTON: That's insane.

EISENBERG: ...with a little handwritten note that said, sorry.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: All right. Blunderbore and Thunderdill(ph) are names sometimes given to a character from folklore who roars what line of dialogue before chasing Jack down the beanstalk?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Katy.

KOSEY: Fee-fi-fo-fum?

COULTON: That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: If you help or encourage someone committing a crime, you might be accused of what alliterative offense?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Katy.

KOSEY: Aiding and abetting.

COULTON: You got it.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Wowzer. It's a phrase that klutzy robotic detective from a 1980 kid show my youth activate his telescopic legs, the helicopter rotor is coming out of his hat or other built-in mechanical contraption.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Katy.

KOSEY: Go-Go-Gadget?

COULTON: That's right.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Precursor to Siri.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Very early Siri.

EISENBERG: Very early.

COULTON: This comedy about romantically challenged scholars, adapted into a 2000 movie musical by Kenneth Branagh isn't the only Shakespearean play with and alliterative title.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

KOSEY: "Love's Labours Lost"?

COULTON: That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Nice.

COULTON: OK. This is your last question. "Bottomless Potamus" is one of four classic creatures getting whacked over and over again as players try to swallow as many marbles as possible in what came from Hasbro?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Katy.

KOSEY: "Happy Happy Hippos."

AUDIENCE: Oh.

KOSEY: Oh no. Oh no.

COULTON: No. I'm sorry. Katy.

KOSEY: Oh.

COULTON: That is not quite right. Becky, you know what it is?

GOLDSTEIN: "Hungry Hungry Hippos."

COULTON: That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Wow. That's a tough beat right there.

EISENBERG: I love "Happy Happy Hippos."

COULTON: "Happy Happy Hippos."

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: That's a way better game.

COULTON: There's plenty of marble to go around. Don't worry.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: It's going to be just fine.

KOSEY: This game is driving me marbles.

COULTON: Just open them up and dump them in. Everybody gets filled with marbles.

EISENBERG: Like, you know what...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I didn't know they had names. That's new, that they have names.

COULTON: "Bottomless Potamus."

EISENBERG: Yeah. And this one, there "Sweetie Potamus" and there's "Veggie Potamus." Yes.

COULTON: It seems unnecessary.

EISENBERG: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Those marbles are meatless, my friend.

COULTON: I liked them better when they were just nameless hippos. Just starving.

EISENBERG: Just starving. And mad.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Desperate and angry. John Chaneski, what happened in this game?

JOHN CHANESKI: We have...

COULTON: I don't remember.

CHANESKI: We have a totally terrific tie.

AUDIENCE: Ooh.

EISENBERG: Ooh.

(APPLAUSE)

CHANESKI: So we're going for a tiebreaker. Here we go. According to a well-known tongue twister, this is how a certain woman makes a living using the exoskeletons of mollusks at the beach.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Sally sells sea shells by the seashore.

I'll take it. Yes. Very good.

KOSEY: Oh.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Congratulations. We'll be seeing you at the end of show, Katy.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'")

COULTON: (Singing) The roof is rockin'. The neighbors are knockin'. But we all bums when the wagon comes, I mean, this joint is jumpin'. Eddie Lou.

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