Ask Me Another
9:38 am
Thu July 31, 2014

It's Eezy

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 10:35 am

We're spotlighting both the most common and least common English letters in this game — E and Z. Every clue points to a word or phrase containing "E-E-Z" spelled consecutively. Easy!

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's say hello to our next two contestants, Cynthia Hodges and Elizabeth Fisher. Now, you both hail from Michigan.

CYNTHIA HODGES: Yup.

ELIZABETH FISHER: Yes.

EISENBERG: Elizabeth, where are you from originally?

FISHER: Grosse Point.

EISENBERG: OK, what is your favorite thing about living in the state of Michigan?

FISHER: I love the fact that we're surrounded by water. It's been a huge part of my life. I'm practically born on a boat, raised on a boat. I love everything about the water.

EISENBERG: Cynthia, where are you from in Michigan originally?

HODGES: I'm from Ann Arbor.

EISENBERG: Oh, an Ann Arbor native.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And what's your favorite thing about Michigan/Ann Arbor?

HODGES: Well, it's the part of the map that always gets forgotten - the Upper Peninsula.

EISENBERG: Oh yeah, the uppers.

FISHER: Yeah, that's the part - uppers...

EISENBERG: Uppers.

HODGES: Uppers, that's right.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I'm learning, I'm fitting in really well, don't worry about it.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This game should be pretty easy for the two of you. In fact, the game is called It's Eezy. Of course that is spelled E-E-Z-Y, or for my Canadian friends, EEZEDY because all of the answers will have the letters E-E-Z in consecutive order in them. See? It couldn't be easier. In 1953, a team of scientists led by Edward Traisman introduced this pasteurized yellow topping for corn chips and hot dogs, which Kraft Foods' website describes as having a unique tangy flavor with zing.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Cynthia.

HODGES: That would be Cheez Whiz.

EISENBERG: That would be Cheez Whiz.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I love food made by teams of scientists. Yes.

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: All right, here's a musical clue. Just tell me the name of this song. (Singing) Because she's playing all night and the music's all right. Mama's got an accordion, daddy never sleeps at night.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Cynthia.

HODGES: Do I have to sing it?

JOHN CHANESKI: If you'd like, sure.

COULTON: Now you do.

HODGES: Can I? (Singing) Mamas got a squeeze box, daddy never sleeps at night.

COULTON: That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Well sung, Cynthia.

HODGES: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Should we ask the bonus question?

COULTON: (Laughing) Sure, sure. Ask the bonus question.

EISENBERG: In this song, what is the squeezebox?

HODGES: I think it's the accordion.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

COULTON: It's a metaphor for something though.

(LAUGHTER)

HODGES: Yeah, I bet it is.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Yeah, it is. It definitely is.

EISENBERG: That's just for fun.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: In the pretty terrible 1997 film "Batman and Robin," Arnold Schwarzenegger starred as this Batman villain, uttering lines like let's kick some ice.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Elizabeth.

FISHER: Mr. Freeze.

EISENBERG: Mr. freeze is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Kanye West issued his sixth studio album in 2013 with such luminary tracks as "I am a God" featuring God. What is the title of that album? (Laughing) You're barely deigning to shake your heads. You have no - no idea at all. All right, who knows it?

AUDIENCE: "Yeezus"

COULTON: "Yeezus," that's right.

EISENBERG: I know Kanye comparing himself to God is his idea of being self-deprecating, I believe.

COULTON: That's right.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: She was one of the first women admitted to the Augusta National golf club and was one of three women to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Elizabeth.

FISHER: Condoleezza Rice.

EISENBERG: Correct.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: All right, this is your last clue and it is a musical one. Just name the band that sang this song. (Singing) I look just like Buddy Holly, oh, oh, and you're Mary Tyler Moore. I don't care what they say about us anyway, I don't care about that.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Cynthia.

HODGES: That would be Weezer.

COULTON: Absolutely right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Thank you to both of you. Cynthia, you'll be joining us for our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SIR DUKE")

EISENBERG: Since we're in Ann Arbor, we're rooting for the Wolverines. But this is public radio, so we can't officially go blue. But we will stretch our public radio sensibilities with a game about sports. So stick around, I'm Ophira Eisenberg and this is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SIR DUKE")

WONDER: (Singing) They can feel it all over, they can feel it all over people, oh. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.