Ask Me Another
8:55 am
Thu November 7, 2013

As Easy As B-C-D

If we asked you to name a side dish that combines onion, celery, butter, and bread cubes stuck inside of a turkey--the answer would be "stuffing," which begins with the letters "s-t-u." Host Ophira Eisenberg leads this game in which every correct answer will begin with a string of three consecutive letters of the alphabet, like "d-e-f," or "h-I-j."

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On our stage right now we have Jason Arrigo and Allyson Miloscia.

(APPLAUSE)

ALLYSON MILOSCIA: Hi.

JASON ARRIGO: Hi.

EISENBERG: Hello to you both. Jason, you run an Apple genius bar?

ARRIGO: I do.

EISENBERG: OK. So what - let's talk about those dumb end users. What is the number one question you're asked?

ARRIGO: When is the next iPhone coming out?

EISENBERG: Really?

ARRIGO: That's the number one, and the answer is, of course, we have no idea when. When it hits is when it hits, and we freak out just like everybody else.

EISENBERG: Jason, we both know the answer to that. It's next week. OK? That is always the answer. Allyson, you recently changed your careers, but you used to be a health inspector for the city of Newark.

MILOSCIA: Yeah.

EISENBERG: OK, all right.

JONATHAN COULTON: God bless you.

MILOSCIA: You're welcome.

EISENBERG: Now I don't want everyone to freak out with how gross things are, but can you give me one little memory?

MILOSCIA: Well, I did go into a restaurant once, and they wouldn't let me in the basement, and when I, you know, used my ninja skills to break the door down, it turned out they were chopping up your chicken in knee-deep sewage.

COULTON: Well, but the chicken wasn't touching the sewage though, right?

MILOSCIA: No, it was in the bathtub.

COULTON: Yeah, so that's fine.

MILOSCIA: I'm not kidding.

EISENBERG: Thank you again to all of our Newark listeners.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Our next game is called Easy As B-C-D. In this game, every correct answer will begin with a string of three consecutive letters of the alphabet, like B-C-D or U-V-W. Art Chung, puzzle guru, can you please give us an example?

ART CHUNG: If we said this side dish asks you to combine onions, celery, butter and bread crumbs and then stick it all inside of a turkey, the answer would be stuffing, which begins with the letters S-T-U.

ARRIGO: Great.

EISENBERG: Oh yeah, OK, got it? Now contestants, we're not going to tell you what the string of three consecutive letters are that each answer begins with. You have to figure that out for yourself. This San Francisco company is a manufacturer of premium brownie mixes and dark chocolate bars.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Allyson?

MILOSCIA: Ghirardelli.

EISENBERG: Correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: See, not so bad, right? Bernie Mac, D.L. Hughley and Chris Rock have all done standup on this HBO comedy series.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jason?

ARRIGO: "Def Jam Poetry"?

CHUNG: Can you clarify? We'll give you another shot.

ARRIGO: "Def Jam Comedy Night Hour Thing" on...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Are you just saying words now, Jason?

ARRIGO: No, no, no, no, no, I've watched this show. It's "Def Jam Comedy Night."

CHUNG: We'll take that, Jason.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: All right, this is a musical clue. Name this Huey Lewis tune.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

COULTON: (Singing) We are bound by all the rest, like the same phone number, all the same friends and the same address. Yes, it's true, I am happy to be...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Allyson?

MILOSCIA: Stuck with you.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: It's the kind of hilarious horseplay and adventures Scooby Doo and the friends might get into.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Allyson?

MILOSCIA: Hijinks.

EISENBERG: Hijinks is right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Claiming to be the oldest airline in the world, it's known as Royal Dutch Airlines in English.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jason?

ARRIGO: KLM?

EISENBERG: KLM, correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Which Art, what does that stand for again?

CHUNG: Oh, it stands for (unintelligible).

COULTON: That's - I was totally going to pronounce that, absolutely.

EISENBERG: Yeah, exactly. I know, I always want to say it, but he's so much better at the Dutch. This is your last clue. Miriam-Webster says the meaning of this word is the action or the process of stating the meaning of a word or a word group.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jason?

ARRIGO: Define.

EISENBERG: Art Chung?

CHUNG: We'll that take. Definition we were looking for, but yes.

EISENBERG: But we'll take define, well done.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right, Art, how did we do?

CHUNG: It must be the air because we have another tie.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: We have another tie?

ARRIGO: All right, all right, high-five.

COULTON: Here we go. Name the number one hit by the Jackson Five that fits this category.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Allyson?

MILOSCIA: "ABC."

COULTON: You got it.

(APPLAUSE)

ARRIGO: She's quick on the buzzer.

EISENBERG: Another neck-and-neck game, great job, Jason. Allyson, you'll be moving no to our Ask Me One More final round. Well done.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Jonathan, would you like to play something?

COULTON: I would love to play something, and Ophira, you know I always try to play songs that are thematically linked to the games...

EISENBERG: Yes, you're excellent that way.

COULTON: This song was about letters in the alphabet that are next to each other. This is a Glenn Miller song called "Kalamazoo."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "KALAMAZOO")

COULTON: (Singing) A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I got a gal in Kalamazoo. I don't want to boast, but I know she's the toast of Kalamazoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo. Years have gone by; my, my how she grew. I liked her looks when I carried her books in Kalamazoo, zoo, zoo, zoo. Gonna send a wire, hope in on a flyer, leaving today. Am I dreaming? I can hear her screaming hiya Mr. Coulton. If it faila, OK, A, L, A, M, A, Z, O, oh what a gal, a real pipparoo. I'll make my bid for that freckle-faced kid I'm hurrying to.

(Singing) I'm going to Michigan to see the sweetest gal in Kalamazoo.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Jonathan Coulton. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.