A Purr-fect Game

Old MacDonald has got nothing on resident rock star Jonathan Coulton, as he leads contestants in a pun game inspired by barnyard noises. Each question contains clues about both an animal, and a phrase or name containing the sound that animal makes. For example, the band name "Hootie and the Blowfish" includes the sound of an owl. This game is a hoot.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On stage right now, we have Alexa Fields and Michael Haskell.

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EISENBERG: Hello, Michael.

MICHAEL HASKELL: Hello.

EISENBERG: Like many of our contestants, you are really into Dungeons and Dragons.

HASKELL: I assume all of them.

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EISENBERG: All of them. And you've been even playing one game for about eight years.

HASKELL: Nine.

EISENBERG: Nine.

HASKELL: Ninish.

EISENBERG: Yeah, okay. If you could have any D&D monster as a pet, which one would it be?

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HASKELL: Go on.

EISENBERG: Yeah, which one would it be? Which one would you like to have as a pet?

HASKELL: Bullywug.

EISENBERG: Okay, can you describe bullywug to...

HASKELL: Frog men with spears, but cool, but cool, but cool.

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EISENBERG: Sure. Alexa, do you understand what that whole conversation was about? Do you play D&D?

ALEXA FIELDS: I do.

EISENBERG: Wow, look at that.

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EISENBERG: Do you have a favorite monster from D&D that you would like to have as a pet?

FIELDS: Oh, I'm afraid I don't.

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HASKELL: Bullywug.

FIELDS: I'm perfectly happy with just my cat.

EISENBERG: It's hard to know who's cooler right now, isn't it?

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EISENBERG: Our next game is called A Purr-fect Game. Sounds punny, Jonathan.

JONATHAN COULTON: I don't know why you would think it sounds punny. But, yes, you are right. This game is purr-fect because every correct answer will have an animal sound in it. To help you out, we will name the appropriate animal in the clue. For example, if I ask, "Larry Bird's 140-character blurb was so funny, you shared it with your friends by doing this." You would say re-tweet.

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COULTON: We have offended at least one person. So you see Larry Bird, it has the word bird in it and then it's re-tweet, which is an animal sound. You get what's happening, right? Okay, here we go. If a cow wore this piece of fad jewelry, its gem might turn black after a stressful day of milking, or blue when she's enjoying a nice graze.

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COULTON: Michael?

HASKELL: Mood ring.

EISENBERG: Can you say it with the animal sound?

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HASKELL: Mooo ring.

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COULTON: That is right. This astronaut was as busy as a bee while trying to land on the Sea of Tranquility with Neil Armstrong.

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COULTON: Alexa?

FIELDS: Buzz Aldrin.

COULTON: Yes.

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COULTON: On this classic children's show, the postman, Mr. McFeely often made special deliveries like saddles or lucky horseshoes.

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COULTON: Michael?

HASKELL: Humbug.

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COULTON: Alexa?

FIELDS: Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.

COULTON: Yes.

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COULTON: I admire your commitment to theater. That's fantastic. This eventful decade began with frolicking flappers and ended in financial ruin, and featured the first appearance of MGM's Leo the Lion.

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COULTON: Michael?

HASKELL: Roaring Twenties.

COULTON: Yes.

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EISENBERG: I like how we've inadvertently made another level of competition we've added.

COULTON: Yes.

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COULTON: This word is defined as wordy and generally unintelligible jargon, like a turkey trying to recite Shakespeare.

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COULTON: Michael?

HASKELL: Gobbledygook.

COULTON: Yes. That's the worst turkey I've heard, but yes, that's right.

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COULTON: While watching "Lassie" on your home entertainment system, this large speaker might provide some serious bass for the dog's barks.

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COULTON: Michael?

HASKELL: Woofer.

COULTON: Yes. Yes.

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COULTON: We were actually looking for subwoofer, but I will accept woofer.

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COULTON: The pigeons swooned when this CNN anchor walked around Haiti in a tight fitting t-shirt that highlighted his white hair.

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COULTON: Alexa?

FIELDS: Anderson Cooper.

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COULTON: Very good.

EISENBERG: That was beautiful, Alexa. Well, it looks like Michael won this round. Congratulations. Michael, you'll be moving on to the Ask Me One More final round.

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EISENBERG: Thank you so much, Alexa.

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