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Oct. 30, 2004

Welcome to Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, NPR's weekly news quiz program. Find out how well you know your news by playing the interactive online version below. You can also listen to this week's show with host Peter Sagal.

Who's Carl This Time?

Quote 1 (Listen)

CARL: "Wait a minute -- so there were WMDs in Iraq?"

That's James Robbins in The National Review, taking a news story that's been dominating the campaign for the last week and making it into a plus for President Bush. What is the story?

Answer 1

Quote 2 (Listen)

CARL: "See you in 2090!"

That was a headline on the obviously bitter New York Daily News, suggesting that what historic event Wednesday night won't happen for another 86 years?

Answer 2

Quote 3 (Listen)

CARL: "It really existed! (George) Lucas didn't make these creatures up!"

That's a scientist, nearly hyper-ventilating and guaranteeing the veracity of this week's big paleoanthropological discovery. The scientist is referring to a species of ancient humans that was what?

Answer 3

Who's Carl This Time? Round II

Quote 4 (Listen)

CARL: "Who did I come to see? [Him]! I can see John Kerry any time."

That's Pennsylvania resident Lisa Jackson. She was one of the thousands of people who turned up at a John Kerry campaign rally this week... not for Kerry, but for what extra special attraction?

Answer 4

Quote 5 (Listen)

CARL: "My acid reflux started acting up and I know my real fans know that music and performing is my true passion and you support me for that."

That was somebody trying to explain an incident on last weekend's Saturday Night Live, where she apparently was busted for lip-synching. Who said that acid reflux was to blame?

Answer 5

Quote 6 (Listen)

CARL: "Look for two less wedges in your salad."

That was Scott Hume, executive managing editor of Restaurants & Institutions magazine, talking about the biggest shortage of what in decades?

Answer 6