March 12, 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: "Please send this message: I am not Saddam Hussein. I want to cooperate."

That was the leader of Middle Eastern nation practically begging us to not get all rough with him. What's the country whose leader wants us to know despite being a dictator with a moustache, he's not at all like Saddam?

Hint: It's conveniently located just across the western border from Iraq.

Answer 1

Quote 2 (Listen)

CARL: "If the U.N... building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference."

That was a typical comment from John Bolton, a "diplomat" who has made it clear over the years that he doesn't care much for the United Nations. This week he was nominated for a new job: the U.S. ambassador to what?

Answer 2

Quote 3 (Listen)

CARL: "We had a slight hitch in our giddy up, but we corrected that."


"This race is tight like a too-small bathing suit on a too-long ride home from the beach."


"One's reminded of that old saying, 'Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek."

and finally...

"When the going gets weird, anchor men punt."

What anchor man finally punted this week?

Answer 3

Limerick Challenge

Limerick 1: (Listen)

The tomato debate is not moot.
It's a New Jersey legal dispute.
The court here asserts,
Since it's not a dessert,
Then, legally, it's not a ________."

Answer 1

Limerick 2: (Listen)

The Egyptian boy king could kick butt.
No conspiroglyphs here. You're a nut.
The CT mummy scan,
Shows a healthy dead man.
It appears no one murdered King ________.

Answer 2

Limerick 3: (Listen)

That wolf in a suit is a creep.
Oh, sure, he might fool miss Bo Peep.
But I never misplace,
A friend's unique face.
It's not easy to fool flocks of _______."

Answer 3