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Words With Friends

Words With Friends

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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.


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...



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.

FRIEDMAN: Palestine?


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.


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

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


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?



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: 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.

FRIEDMAN: Appalachian?

CHUNG: Appalachian Trail, that's correct.


BHOWMIK: 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?


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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