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Thu July 10, 2014

Something Special In The Air

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:07 am

What does the painting American Gothic and a "continental" breakfast have in common? They both contain names of airlines. Grab your boarding pass and get ready for take-off in this quiz.

Heard in Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

This game is called Something Special In The Air, and we have two big travelers here. Let's welcome Jonathan Hytowitz and Ameet Kabrawala.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: So, Jonathan, I'm told New York is just a stop for you right now in between Denmark and Baltimore.

JONATHAN HYTOWITZ: That's correct.

EISENBERG: So hat happened?

HYTOWITZ: Well, my wife is a bit smarter than I am, and she earned a Fulbright grant to study renewable energy in Copenhagen.

EISENBERG: Woah. What went wrong that you're going to Baltimore?

HYTOWITZ: It was just limited time, and she's finishing her PhD at Johns Hopkins 'cause...

EISENBERG: Oh, well. And you're on the quiz show.

HYTOWITZ: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

HYTOWITZ: It's pop culture, so...

EISENBERG: I love it. No, that's perfect. Ameet, I'm told that you have two travel tips, which I love; in every place you go, you get a haircut. And by right now, I would say your haircut is short and tight.

AMEET KABRAWALA: That's fair.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK, where did you get it?

KABRAWALA: I actually got it at subway station in Brooklyn Heights today.

EISENBERG: Was it actually a haircutting establishment? Or..

KABRAWALA: Yes, yes. Oh, yes. A fine establishment.

EISENBERG: Or just some guy with scissors threatening people?

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KABRAWALA: I've had that kind of haircut before.

EISENBERG: OK. What do you hate, as two seasoned travelers, about airports or flying?

HYTOWITZ: Namely, other people.

EISENBERG: Jonathan says other people. I am with you. Yeah, you're more of a private-plane kind of guy.

HYTOWITZ: If I could pull that off, sure.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Well, I think your wife's on the right path.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Ameet?

KABRAWALA: I hate being reminded that there could be a water landing.

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EISENBERG: You think they should just strike that from the thing. It's like...

KABRAWALA: However unlikely it is, yeah.

EISENBERG: Right.

KABRAWALA: They should just strike it.

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: A water landing - that's optimistic.

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EISENBERG: Right. Do you ever look at the people in the exit row and go, nope, we're going to die.

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KABRAWALA: I'm that guy.

EISENBERG: You're that guy?

KABRAWALA: That's the poor man's first-class.

EISENBERG: All right, so in this game, all of the answers will contain the name of an airline. But it actually has nothing to do with aviation. So that's the explanation of the game. Good luck.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: No, let's go to our puzzle guru, Art Chung, for an example.

ART CHUNG, BYLINE: So if we said, this genre of African-American music originated in Mississippi, the answer would be the Delta blues, with the airline being Delta.

EISENBERG: Aha, yes. And here is a hint; the airlines are either current or retired; they are either domestic or international.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Sky's the limits. That's the way we play it. And the winner of this game will move to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show. In the U.S., your hotel might help greet you in the morning by serving you a pastry, coffee and juice; a combination known as what?

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EISENBERG: Jonathan.

HYTOWITZ: A continental breakfast.

EISENBERG: Exactly. Yes, it is.

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EISENBERG: Wikipedia takes half of its name from wiki, a word meaning quick in what language?

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EISENBERG: Jonathan.

HYTOWITZ: Hawaiian.

EISENBERG: Yes.

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EISENBERG: You said that with such confidence.

HYTOWITZ: I went to the University of Hawaii.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Ohh.

KABRAWALA: Wait a minute.

EISENBERG: Did it take you a while to get your degree, or were you wiki about it?

HYTOWITZ: I was in fact wiki about it, unlike the rest of the class.

EISENBERG: Yeah, most people take, like, nine years to get a bachelors there.

HYTOWITZ: I can't surf, so...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: What are the 11th 12th and 13th letters of the English alphabet respectively?

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EISENBERG: Ameet.

KABRAWALA: KLM.

EISENBERG: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: This masterpiece is actually of the painter Grant Wood's sister and dentist.

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KABRAWALA: American Airlines?

(LAUGHTER)

KABRAWALA: Oh, American Gothic sorry.

EISENBERG: Yes, exactly, Ameet. American Gothic. American Airlines.

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COULTON: Famous masterpiece, American Airlines.

EISENBERG: Yes American Airlines allows pitchforks now.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: It's the state where you'll find Denali National Park.

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EISENBERG: Ameet.

KABRAWALA: Alaska.

EISENBERG: Yes, that is correct.

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: In the theater, it's an adhesive used to attach fake hair and mustaches to the skin. I feel like Ameet wants to ring in, but he's not going to do it.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Oh, Jonathan.

HYTOWITZ: Tam? It's an international airline.

COULTON: Yeah, just start saying stuff.

HYTOWITZ: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Oh, I see.

COULTON: United mustache glue.

HYTOWITZ: Exactly.

COULTON: Maybe that's it.

EISENBERG: Southwest tape. No. All right. Anyone out there?

AUDIENCE: Spirit gum.

EISENBERG: Spirit gum. All right, this is your last question. What Alfred Hitchcock classic was rumored to have had the working title of the man on Lincoln's nose?

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EISENBERG: Ameet.

KABRAWALA: "North by Northwest."

EISENBERG: Correct.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru, Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

CHUNG: It looks like Ameet's getting an upgrade 'cause he is our winner.

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EISENBERG: Well done, both of you. Ameet, you'll be moving on to our final round at the end of the show. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.