Words With Friends
OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:
OK. Standing in front of me is our new contestant, Liz Friedman. Welcome Liz.
LIZ FRIEDMAN: Thank you.
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...
FRIEDMAN: I hope.
EISENBERG: Currently you work as a Management Consultant?
FRIEDMAN: Again, fancier than it is.
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.
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?
CHUNG: Six correct and you move on to our ASK ME ANOTHER one final round.
CHUNG: Here we go. Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to live here.
CHUNG: Ophira, was she Jewish?
FRIEDMAN: I'm hoping for humor points.
CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. The answer is Buckingham Palace.
FRIEDMAN: That makes more sense.
CHUNG: The palace. OK.
CHUNG: In "Apocalypse Now", Robert Duvall character says, I love the smell of what in the morning? I hear whispering in the audience but...
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.
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.
EISENBERG: I know that trying to find that made you want to tear your eyes out right?
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.
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.
CHUNG: All right, hope - This one's a little closer to home.
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.
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...
EISENBERG: ...you know where we should put our headquarters.
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.
CHUNG: Appalachian Trail, that's correct.
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.
FRIEDMAN: I - Audience?
CHUNG: Audience, anyone?
UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Palimpsest.
CHUNG: Palimpsest. I don't even know what that words means.
EISENBERG: Yeah, [unintelligible].
EISENBERG: Liz, fantastic.
FRIEDMAN: Thank you.
EISENBERG: Thank you Liz. You were a great contestant. Thanks for being on our show.
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