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Here's a celebrity twist on the classic word game "Tom Swifties," which combines a spoken sentence and a pun which describes how the sentence was said. In this round, puzzle guru Greg Pliska uses celebrities whose surnames turn into adverbs when you add "-ly" to the end. For example: "They promised they'd explain the rules really fast," said Taylor, Swiftly.


Ready or not, here are our next two contestants: Sean Patterson and Jonathan Turer, settling in behind the puzzle podiums.


EISENBERG: Welcome to you both.



EISENBERG: Jonathan Turer, interesting last name, because you also do tours.

TURER: This is like destiny.

EISENBERG: You're a tour - oh my god.

TURER: It's strange.

EISENBERG: New York City tour guide, that is fascinating. You have themed tours. One of the themes is the tour of fear.

TURER: There's a lot in the city to be afraid of.

EISENBERG: I agree with you.


EISENBERG: You take the tourists, you're like don't go down this street. That kind of thing? I'm going on your tour, that's all I can say. And Sean, welcome. You have a pretty amazing career as a lyricist.

PATTERSON: Well, I've not written anything you've heard, so I don't know that it's all that amazing.


EISENBERG: Hey, it's amazing, okay.

PATTERSON: Thank you.

EISENBERG: I'm going to do this right now for you. I'm going to help you out.

PATTERSON: I needed the encouragement.

EISENBERG: Yeah, you're doing great. What are you currently working on?

PATTERSON: I have a show opening in New Orleans actually.

EISENBERG: Look at that.



EISENBERG: Congratulations. You're both wordsmiths in your own way, and that's good because this game is called Taylor Swifties. That's the name of Taylor Swift's fans, right, Taylor Swifties?

GREG PLISKA: That's actually the name of her ex-boyfriends.


PLISKA: Whoa, whoa, no more Taylor Swift jokes.

EISENBERG: There's just so many of them that many of them are here tonight. That's why there was that sound.

PLISKA: None of them or all of them? So, yeah, this game is based on the classic word puzzle called Tom Swifties. A Tom Swifty features a spoken sentence and a pun which describes how the sentence itself was spoken.

For example, I really hate eating shellfish, said Tom, crabbily. Shellfish, crabbily. Good, you like that. It's clever.

EISENBERG: It's funny. Yeah, it's funny.

PLISKA: So we're going to play the celebrity version of this game. We're going to give you clues to famous people whose names can be turned into adverbs by adding the letters L-Y to their last name. For example, I did a Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner and John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal and Zac Efron and Connor Kennedy and Harry Styles, said?

EISENBERG: Taylor Swiftly. Yes, because that's a list of Taylor's ex-boyfriends, but he said them very fast, or swiftly.

PLISKA: Just remember that these celebrities have last names that can be kind of turned into adverbs by adding L-Y to the end. The clues will give you a hint to the identity of the celebrity and the adverbial form of their last name. I hope that make sense because we're going to start playing.


PLISKA: All shock jocks go to the back of the boat, said?


PLISKA: Jonathan?

TURER: Howard Sternly.

PLISKA: Yes. Yes, Howard Sternly.


PLISKA: Xena the Warrior Princess never has to follow anybody's rules and regulations, said?



PATTERSON: Lucy Lawlessly.

PLISKA: Very good, yes.


PLISKA: I wrote "The Joy Luck Club" while lying on the beach said?


PLISKA: Jonathan?

TURER: Amy Tanly.



PLISKA: Tanly, Amy Tan, the author of "Joy Luck Club." Here's another one for you. Actually, mad dogs and Englishmen are terrified of the midday sun said?



PATTERSON: Noel Cowardly.

PLISKA: Yes, very good. Noel Coward, the speaker of that quote and the author of that lyric.


PLISKA: "30 Rock" is such a campy show said?


PLISKA: Jonathan?

TURER: Tina Feyly.

PLISKA: Tiny Feyly, yes. Fey being a word that means campy. When I walked on the moon, I could bicep curl six times as much as I could on earth said?



PATTERSON: Neil Armstrongly.

PLISKA: Yes, of course.


PLISKA: Now, I want you all to go home and use that word in a sentence.


PLISKA: Donna Martin, D-O-N-N-A M-A-R-T-I-N said?


PLISKA: Jonathan?

TURER: Tori Spellingly.

PLISKA: Yes, Tori Spellingly.


PLISKA: She played Donna Martin on "Beverly Hills 90210," of course. Step right up, step right up, get your copies of "A Brief History of Time" right here, said?


PLISKA: Jonathan?

TURER: Stephen Hawkingly.

PLISKA: Yes. Stephen Hawking, the author of "Brief History of Time."


PLISKA: No, I deserved an Oscar nomination for "The Devil Wears Prada," not Meryl Streep, said?



PATTERSON: Oh, Stanley Tuccily.


PLISKA: No, I'm afraid that's not correct.


PLISKA: Really. Jonathan?

TURER: I've only got Anne Hathawayingly.

PLISKA: Shall we open this to the audience?

EISENBERG: Let's throw it out there.


TURER: Emily Bluntly.

PLISKA: Emily Bluntly, yes, Emily Blunt, the actress from that film. Ophira, do we have a winner?

EISENBERG: Just by a hair. Jonathan, congratulations, you'll be moving on to our Ask Me One More final round.


EISENBERG: That was a close game. Well done to the both of you.

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