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March 2, 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: "The office is done. What do you want, blood?"

That's Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld telling reporters, alright already, don't bother him anymore, he's closed a controversial office in the Pentagon -- even before it opened. This office was reportedly going to be in charge of what?

Answer 1

Quote 2 (Listen with Real Audio)
CARL: "That bluegrass stuff that we heard was hot."

That's Michelle Williams from hip-hop group Destiny's Child giving it up for the hottest new trend in music. Bluegrass was the big winner at what annual event this week?

Answer 2

Quote 3 (Listen with Real Audio)
CARL: "Kill the wabbit, Kill the wabbit... kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit..."

That was an excerpt from perhaps the greatest cultural artifact Western Civilization has ever produced, a cartoon called "What's Opera, Doc." Its creator passed into immortality this week, at the age of 89. Who was it?

HINT: Carl was singing the role of Elmer Fudd.

Answer 3

Who's Carl Round II

Question 4 (Listen with Real Audio)
"This is the first sports endorsement deal accompanied by an immediate denial that the pitchman uses the product."

That's ABC Radio's Keith Olberman commenting on baseball star Rafael Palmiero's expected endorsement of what product?

HINT: We believe no mention is made in the commercial of the size of his bat.

Answer 4

Question 5 (Listen with Real Audio)
"Which candidate is attempting to gain your trust, yet used photos of himself and his wife holding hands in his TV ads -- and then divorced her five days after the election in order to marry his 23-year old assistant? Don't know who? Better find out before Election Day Nov. 5."

That's MSNBC's hypothetical version of what political ads might sound like if what bill, now in the Senate, is signed into law?

Answer 5

Question 6 (Listen with Real Audio)
"It's the same reason you don't see elephants jumping over fences or galloping... They're not like chipmunks."

That's Stanford biologist John R. Hutchinson on the big research discovery this week that something thought to be fast and scary was actually pretty slow and clumsy.

HINT: Basically, what they're saying was that when Sam Neill was running away in his Jeep, he had absolutely nothing to worry about.

Answer 6

Limerick Challenge

Limerick 1: (Listen with Real Audio)

Coach, let me please keep my nose whole.
I can't get the ball near our foe's goal.
Just call off this game.
The flowers weren't lame.
So let's not add shame to the __________.

Answer 1

Limerick 2: (Listen with Real Audio)

My friend charged low rents, I'm no greedier.
But oil was found, hence my dough's speedier.
Ask the Britannica man
How I got all that land.
It came free with my __________.

Answer 2

Limerick 3: (Listen with Real Audio)

On his light source he never would let us in.
So we got far away from his medicine.
Since he holds the patent
He'd have our heads flattened.
So we'll stay far away from Tom __________.

Answer 3