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March 26, 2005

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: "Americans ought to send Bill Frist their requests: 'Dear Dr. Frist: Please watch the enclosed video and tell us if that mole on my mother's cheek is cancer. Does she need surgery?"

That's a New York Times reader commenting on what he felt was grandstanding by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and other politicians when it came to whom?

Answer 1

Quote 2 (Listen)

CARL: "Queen? Princess Consort? She can be officially known as Susan if it suits them. Who really cares?"

That, from a comment on BBC.com, sums up the public reaction to a new tempest in England. It turns out unless something is done, British subjects might have to bow to Queen... whom?

Answer 2

Quote 3 (Listen)

CARL: "Like omigod, I have to tell the maid to buy diapers and get the pool boy to walk the dog? Can't I just make out with Kevin all the time? Being married sucks."

That's how a young woman described the trials and tribulations of marriage to a man with two children from a previous marriage. Who has discovered that wedded bliss isn't all it's cracked up to be?

Hint: Oops, she opened her mouth again!

Answer 3

Who's Carl This Time? Round II

Quote 4 (Listen)

CARL: "Would you like to buy some panties, wholesale?"

Thanks to a bloodless revolution in a central Asian country, people there are now free to loot department stores and offer the merchandise for sale on the street. What country?

Answer 4

Quote 5 (Listen)

CARL: "You wanted me to jump off the bridge, I finally have jumped. You wanted to bring me down, you've finally brought me and my family down."

That's a baseball star telling reporters that he's had enough of their attempts to destroy him -- by asking him questions about bad things he might have done. Who?

Hint: It's just the steroids talking.

Answer 5

Quote 6 (Listen)

CARL: "Sex would be extremely difficult in [my car]. You'd have to be a real acrobat."

Hint: His car is most famous for its appearance in Back to the Future.

Answer 6

Limerick Challenge

Limerick 1: (Listen)

That ozone hole makes the sun boil.
Like food, it makes our glacier spoil.
So a large, crinkly sheet,
Will stave off the heat.
We'll wrap mountain ice in tin ________.

Answer 1

Limerick 2: (Listen)

That visage I trust and embrace.
It seems rather easy to place.
The features I see,
Remind me of me.
I trust anyone who's got my ________.

Answer 2

Limerick 3: (Listen)

For the swine from the south Georgia bog.
It's his twirly tale's big epilogue.
His exhumed remains,
Made porcine facts plain.
He was a great, huge, epic ________.

Answer 3