January 5, 2002

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 with Real Audio)

CARL: "Why marry a ballplayer when you can have the whole team?"

That was Mae West, letting a rival blonde know that she had settled for too little. Who was Ms. West upbraiding?

Answer 1

Quote 2 (Listen with Real Audio)
CARL: "Take away the pop-eyes, the cigarette, and those funny clipped words and what have you got? She's phony, but I guess the public likes that."

That was Joan Crawford taking a swipe at her long-time screen rival. Who?

HINT: Hush, hush, sweet Joan. Or Whatever Happened to... or whatever.

Answer 2

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CARL: "She was multi-talented from the start, but with the social instincts of a landlady. [She's] only interested in [herself], and her only marriage that will survive is the one between her ego and her career."

That was Liberace -- perhaps the greatest diva of them all -- commenting on a singer who opened for him at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas in 1963. Who was this rising star?

HINT: James Brolin would like to argue with him about that last comment...

Answer 3

Who's Carl Round II

Question 4 (Listen with Real Audio)
CARL: "The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat and dishwatery utterances of the man who has to be pointed out to intelligent foreigners as the President of the United States."

So wrote The Chicago Times about a commemorative speech by one of our better-known presidents. What speech?

HINT: It was also one of his shorter speeches.

HINT: This speech is the only reason we still recognize that a score is 20.

Answer 4

Question 5 (Listen with Real Audio)
CARL: "I'm ashamed to say, who is Wheeler?"

That was Republican presidential nominee Rutherford B. Hayes in a letter to his wife. We put the same question to you: who is Wheeler?

HINT: Or, what post was he to fill?

Answer 5

Question 6 (Listen with Real Audio)
CARL: "I have done an in-depth study of Drug Abuse and Communist Brainwashing Techniques and I am right in the middle of the whole thing, where I can and will do the most good."

That was a letter to Richard Nixon from December 1970, in which a leading entertainer asks for credentials to become a federal agent in order to selflessly help his country. Who?

HINT: The president should have been flattered to get such a request from a "king."

Answer 6

Limerick Challenge

Limerick 1: (Listen with Real Audio)

"Get a grip," the white settler commands.
"You've seen sillier things on your lands.
So we do not have qualms
About rubbing our palms.
What's so funny when we're shaking __________?"

Answer 1

Limerick 2: (Listen with Real Audio)

You are scheduled as early marauder
To bring back the chief's kidnapped daughter.
It's a time-sensitive matter.
So, make use of your bladder.
Before bed, drink a whole lot of __________.

Answer 2

Limerick 3: (Listen with Real Audio)

When we fight, it's with great sense of flair.
So I truss up my mane with much care.
I'm not ready for battle
So I've got to skedaddle.
Hey, wait, let me finish my __________.

Answer 3