The Sound of Art

No, this isn't a game about the many bird-like vocalizations of puzzle guru Art Chung. Host Ophira Eisenberg describes two words that, when combined, phonetically create the name of a famous artist. This is the word game equivalent of a priceless, 15-passenger vehicle + what that vehicle does at a green light. (Van Gogh!)

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Moving on, here are our next two contestants, Michelle Skinner and Max Genecov. We are happy to have you.

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EISENBERG: Michelle, are you into - do you have any hobbies, outdoor hobbies?

MICHELLE SKINNER: Not so much.

EISENBERG: Not so much.

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EISENBERG: Sort of...

SKINNER: I'm a runner. I run.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's outdoors.

SKINNER: Yeah, yeah.

EISENBERG: Unless you run in circles in a basement.

SKINNER: Yeah.

EISENBERG: I don't know. You could do that.

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EISENBERG: Okay. That's fair. How about you? Max, outdoor activity?

MAX GENECOV: I also run quite a bit.

EISENBERG: You run quite a bit?

GENECOV: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Okay, then this game is kind of perfect. It's called The Sound of Art. So what we've done is we've recorded our puzzle guru Art here, making different sounds. And we've mixed them in with a few different kinds of birdcalls. And it's your job to figure out is it a bird or is it the sound of Art.

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EISENBERG: Okay? So we're going - that's not the game. How could that possibly be the game?

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EISENBERG: That is not the game. Art, how are your birdcalls?

(SOUNDBITE OF BIRDCALL)

EISENBERG: Yes.

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ART CHUNG: I'm a bird.

SKINNER: Bird.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that would have been too hard of a game for us.

CHUNG: It's hard, too hard.

EISENBERG: It's too hard. So we've written something else. We're going to teach you how to pronounce the surname of famous artists by piecing together smaller words. For example, if we asked, "what French impressionist's last name is the combination of the bossiest of the Three Stooges plus the sound a horse might make," you would put together "Mo" and "Neigh," to come up with Monet. Yes?

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EISENBERG: I got the thumbs up from Max. Michelle, you want to give me some thumbs up? Are you into this? Thumbs up. Feel free to sound out the clues right into the microphone after you buzz in. What American pop artist's last name is a prolonged armed conflict between nations plus a corridor inside of a building?

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EISENBERG: Michelle?

SKINNER: Warhol.

EISENBERG: Warhol.

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EISENBERG: See, easy. What Belgian surrealist's name is an informal term for mother plus a word meaning to welcome or receive?

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EISENBERG: Michelle?

SKINNER: Magritte.

EISENBERG: Magritte.

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EISENBERG: What Spanish romantic's name is a Yiddish term for someone who is not Jewish...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Michelle is already laughing. Plus a short interjection of hesitation or uncertainty.

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EISENBERG: Michelle?

SKINNER: Goya.

EISENBERG: Goya.

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EISENBERG: What Russian American abstract painter is the last name of the author of "Goodbye Columbus" plus the abbreviated term for a company?

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EISENBERG: Max?

GENECOV: Rothko.

EISENBERG: Rothko is correct.

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EISENBERG: What French postimpressionist is an honorific used before the given name of a British knight plus the name of the ancient Egyptian sun god?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Max?

GENECOV: Seurat?

EISENBERG: Seurat is right.

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EISENBERG: Pointillism for you.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: What French sculptor is a three-letter term for fish eggs plus the first name of the host of the popular Savage Love podcast?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Max?

GENECOV: Rodin.

EISENBERG: Rodin, yes, exactly, Rodin.

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EISENBERG: What Spanish surrealist is a two-letter Irish nickname for a father plus the last name of the author "To Kill a Mockingbird?"

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Max?

GENECOV: Dali?

EISENBERG: Dali, that is correct.

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EISENBERG: Max, you are our winner. You will be moving on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show.

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EISENBERG: Michelle, thank you so much. Another hand for our contestants extraordinaire.

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