Words With Friends

Art Chung is not only a puzzle guru, he's also a true pal! He asks our contestant to get chummy with names and phrases that contain the letters "PAL," such as South Carolina's nickname.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

OK. Standing in front of me is our new contestant, Liz Friedman. Welcome Liz.

LIZ FRIEDMAN: Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now Liz, I'm very impressed. You're clearly a bit of a renaissance woman. I know that you went to university and studied philosophy, economics, politics.

FRIEDMAN: It sounds fancier than it is.

EISENBERG: Doesn't it and...

(LAUGHTER)

FRIEDMAN: I hope.

EISENBERG: Currently you work as a Management Consultant?

FRIEDMAN: Again, fancier than it is.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Fantastic. And you are a crossword, Scrabble enthusiast. You love all that stuff?

FRIEDMAN: I love it.

EISENBERG: OK. Well that puts you in good shape. Art, do you want to talk about what we're going to play next?

ART CHUNG: Sure. Do you have the iPhone App "Words With Friends"?

FRIEDMAN: I have it.

CHUNG: This has nothing to do with that, so.

FRIEDMAN: Good.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: Our version of "Words With Friends" centers on the word pal. So we're going to ask you about words or phrases that have the letters P A L in them, somewhere together in the phrase. So, for example, Shonali, if I said to you, "Jane's Addiction" singer Perry Farrell named his popular music festival after a word meaning an unusual event, you would say?

SHONALI BHOWMIK: Oh, oh yeah. Lollapalooza. Yeah.

CHUNG: That's right, Lollapalooza. OK Liz, are you ready?

BHOWMIK: Yeah.

FRIEDMAN: Sure.

CHUNG: Six correct and you move on to our ASK ME ANOTHER one final round.

FRIEDMAN: OK.

CHUNG: Here we go. Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to live here.

FRIEDMAN: Palestine?

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: Ophira, was she Jewish?

FRIEDMAN: I'm hoping for humor points.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. The answer is Buckingham Palace.

FRIEDMAN: That makes more sense.

CHUNG: The palace. OK.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: In "Apocalypse Now", Robert Duvall character says, I love the smell of what in the morning? I hear whispering in the audience but...

(LAUGHTER)

BHOWMIK: It smells like victory.

UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBER #3: Oh.

BHOWMIK: The audience is just dying to answer this question.

CHUNG: We're going to go to the audience. Someone in the audience?

UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Napalm.

BHOWMIK: Oh. Liz,, that was not meant to make you feel bad.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: Our next clue: it's what Freud would say you'd have if you were a boy who really, really loves his mom.

FRIEDMAN: Oedipal Complex?

CHUNG: That's right.

BHOWMIK: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I know that trying to find that made you want to tear your eyes out right?

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: All right. Liz, you wouldn't want to be friends with this 15th Century Prince of Wallachia, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's "Dracula."

BHOWMIK: His favorite hors d'oeuvre was head on a stick.

CHUNG: Anyone in the audience?

UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Vlad the Impaler.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: That was Vlad the Impaler.

EISENBERG: Did you know that? I didn't know that.

FRIEDMAN: No, I didn't know that one.

BHOWMIK: No, that's impressive.

EISENBERG: I know a lot of us went outside with our free time so.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: All right, hope - This one's a little closer to home.

FRIEDMAN: Hope.

CHUNG: This Northern California city is home to the very first Victoria's Secret, as well as Facebook, Hewlett Packard and Stanford University.

FRIEDMAN: Oh, Palo Alto.

CHUNG: Yes.

BHOWMIK: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

BHOWMIK: Wow. This audience is standing behind you Liz.

EISENBERG: And can we just take a minute to discuss how brilliant that is. That first, a lingerie store opens and then all the nerds with computer companies were like...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...you know where we should put our headquarters.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: Here we go Liz. In 2009, while South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was in Argentina having an ex-marital affair, his staff claimed he was on this legendary hiking route.

FRIEDMAN: Appalachian?

CHUNG: Appalachian Trail, that's correct.

EISENBERG: Yes.

BHOWMIK: Correct.

(APPLAUSE)

BHOWMIK: Nice.

CHUNG: Finally. Meaning a piece of parchment where writing has been erased and written over with new text, this pretentious word was a title of Gore Vidal's 1995 memoir.

FRIEDMAN: Oh my god.

BHOWMIK: A hint: it has the word pal in it.

(LAUGHTER)

FRIEDMAN: I - Audience?

CHUNG: Audience, anyone?

UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Palimpsest.

CHUNG: Palimpsest. I don't even know what that words means.

EISENBERG: Yeah, [unintelligible].

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Liz, fantastic.

FRIEDMAN: Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Thank you Liz. You were a great contestant. Thanks for being on our show.

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