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Lesser-Known Knights

May 29, 2013
Originally published on May 31, 2013 10:19 am

We all know King Arthur's famous Knights of the Round Table, like Sir Galahad, sometimes referred to as the Knight of the Holy Grail, or Sir Lancelot, the Knight of the Lake. But do you know the Knight of Scales, Fangs and Coils: Sir Pent? (Say it aloud a few times.) In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg offers more descriptions of a word or phrase whose first syllable sounds like "Sir."

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's say hello to our next two contestants: Melissa Crotti and Jeff Levinson.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Melissa is a librarian. And for our listeners at home, I will point out, a hot librarian.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: And Jeff is a lawyer and word game nerd. So this is going to be a tight match.

JEFF LEVINSON: And hot lawyer, right?

EISENBERG: Very hot lawyer.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Very hot word game nerd. So, let me ask you this, Jeff, how's your knowledge of medieval times?

LEVINSON: I attended a medieval dinner on Saturday night, so I'm right there with you.

EISENBERG: Okay. You attended a medieval dinner. Is that a way of - are you fancying up going to Medieval times?

LEVINSON: A friend is writing a book about Medieval Italy.

EISENBERG: Okay, I've had enough of this conversation.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: You're serious.

LEVINSON: I've had enough of it too, so I'm ready to go.

EISENBERG: Okay. Melissa, Medieval times?

MELISSA CROTTI: I've seen a couple of seasons of "The Tudors."

EISENBERG: Perfect.

CROTTI: It's smutty. My knowledge is smutty.

EISENBERG: Smutty. That's going to work out for you. This game is called Lesser Known Knights. Everyone has heard of King Arthur's famous Knights of the Round Table, like Sir Galahad, sometimes referred to as the Knight of the Holy Grail, or Sir Lancelot, the Knight of the Lake. But did you know about the Knight of Scales, Fangs and Coils, Sir Pent?

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EISENBERG: That's the game.

JONATHAN COULTON: You know it's going to be a good game when the audience boos the example.

EISENBERG: I know, exactly. They're groaning. So you probably get the gist of this game. We're going to give you a description or a word or phrase that sounds like it could be a knight because it begins with the syllable "sir." And to make it harder, it won't always be spelled with the letters S-I-R. Here we go. The Knight of the Three Rings.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jeff?

LEVINSON: Circus.

EISENBERG: Yes, exactly.

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EISENBERG: The Knight of Sneaky Observation.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jeff?

LEVINSON: Surveillance.

EISENBERG: Surveillance, exactly.

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EISENBERG: Not sir-curity camera.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: The Knight of Peaceful Inner Calm.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jeff?

LEVINSON: Serenity.

EISENBERG: Serenity, also correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: One of my favorite knights, the Knight of Beef and Lobster Feasts.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Melissa?

CROTTI: Surf and turf.

EISENBERG: Yes.

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EISENBERG: The greatest knight of all time, right, yes.

CROTTI: I'm a vegan.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: See, this is what your dreams are made of, this kind of knight. This is the knight you would want to save you. The Knight of Giving Up and Cringing in Submission.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jeff?

LEVINSON: Surrendering.

EISENBERG: No, I'm sorry; the answer is Sir Marriage. No, you're right.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: The Knight of Itchy Red Skin Condition.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jeff?

LEVINSON: Psoriasis.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Psoriasis. That knight was not allowed to sit at the round table.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: The Knight of Outwitting, Outplaying and Outlasting.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Melissa?

CROTTI: Survivor.

EISENBERG: You are correct.

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EISENBERG: The Knight of the Melting Clock Faces.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jeff?

LEVINSON: Sir Dolly.

EISENBERG: You're going in the right direction.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Melissa?

CROTTI: Surrealism.

EISENBERG: There you go, surrealism.

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EISENBERG: Melissa stole from you. Here's your final question. The Knight of the Unexpected Soiree.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jeff?

LEVINSON: Surprise party.

EISENBERG: Surprise party.

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EISENBERG: Well done. Melissa, you were fantastic. You did so great with your knowledge of smutty knights. They really worked out for you. Jeff, you are the winner of this round and you'll be moving on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show.

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EISENBERG: Thank you so much both for playing. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.