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From NPR and WNYC, this is ASK ME ANOTHER. Buckle up because we have a hour of our favorite word-themed puzzles, word games and trivia for you. This is our homage to road trips. And hitching a ride with me is our house musician Jonathan Coulton.


EISENBERG: And our puzzle editor Art Chung.


EISENBERG: Now, every road trip needs a killer soundtrack of course. What is on a puzzle editor's soundtrack? Let me think about this. "Games Without Frontiers" by Peter Gabriel.

CHUNG: I love that song.

COULTON: That's a good one. Maybe "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" by the Backstreet Boys.

CHUNG: I lest love that song.

EISENBERG: It's for the puzzle romance.

CHUNG: When I want to get my grove on, I like to put on "Foolish Games" by Jewel.

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah. That's like a slow jam, but I like that that's what you're thinking. It's very soulful of you.

CHUNG: It makes me drive a little slow, but it's sweet.

COULTON: It's worth it.

EISENBERG: Well, when it comes to classic summer tunes, we know all about them because we played a game about them where Jonathan quizzes our contestants about the best songs of the summer.

COULTON: And for this round, I'm joined by singer-songwriter Nellie McKay.


EISENBERG: Judy, Cassidy, what is a song that I might find on your summer soundtrack?

CASSIDY BROWN: I think I have to download it still, because...


BROWN: ...But the (singing) hot town, summer in the city, the back of my neck getting dirty and gritty.

Love that song.

EISENBERG: That's a good one. Great. Judy?

JUDY WOLF: OK. I'm going to be nostalgic. How about will I see you in September? Have a good time for the summer - (humming).

I don't know.

EISENBERG: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Those are both great songs, and that's good to know because this next game is called Songs of Summer. Jonathan, this is your department.

COULTON: Yes, well, every summer, there is one song that you just cannot escape, that capture what it feels like to be sitting on the beach or barbecuing in the backyard. Last year, is was Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." Two hundred and fifty years ago, it was "Yankee Doodle Came to Town" also by Carly Rae Jepsen, weirdly.


COULTON: So in this game, Nellie and I are going to play some songs of summers gone by, and you must identify them. Here's your first question.

NELLIE MCKAY: (Singing) I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind. There was something so pleasant about that place. Even your emotions have an echo and so much space. Does that make me mmmm? Does that make me mmmm? Does that make me mmmm? Possibly.



WOLF: "You Make Me Crazy?"

EISENBERG: "Crazy" is correct.


EISENBERG: Gnarls Barkley's song from 2006, although I have to say if you remember when you lost your mind, you are the sanest lunatic I have ever met.

COULTON: (Singing) Nonsense, this course is just nonsense, (humming), yeah, yeah.






BROWN: By the gorgeous Hansen Brothers.

EISENBERG: Wow, yes.

MCKAY: (Singing) Sometimes you picture me, I'm walking too far ahead. You're calling to me, I can't hear what you've said. Then you say go slow, I fall behind. The second hand unwinds.

COULTON AND MCKAY: If you're lost, you can look, and you will find me, blah, blah, blah, blah.


COULTON AND MCKAY: (Singing) If you fall I will catch you, I will be waiting, blah, blah, blah, blah.



BROWN: (Singing) "Time After Time."



COULTON: OK, here we go.

MCKAY: (Singing) I play along with the charade. There doesn't seem to be a reason to change. You know, I feel so dirty when they start talking cute, I want to tell her that I love her, but the point is probably moot.

COULTON AND MCKAY: Because she's watching him with those eyes, and she's loving him with that body, I just know it. And he's holding her in his arms late, late at night. You know I wish that I had...


EISENBERG: Oh, Judy rang in, but Cassidy got there first. Cassidy?

BROWN: (Singing) Jesse's girl.

WOLF: (Singing) Do do do.

EISENBERG: I like that Judy's doing backup for that, by the way. That was awesome.


COULTON AND MCKAY: (Singing) Oooh, ooh, nobody knows it. When I was down, I was your clown. Ooh, ooh, nobody knows it, nobody knows. Right from the start, I gave you my heart.

COULTON: (Singing) So don't go doing this thing.

MCKAY: (Singing) I won't go doing this thing.

COULTON AND MCKAY: Don't go doing this thing.



WOLF: "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

EISENBERG: "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" is correct.


ELTON JOHN: (Singing) So don't go breaking my heart.

KIKI DEE: (Singing) I won't go breaking your heart.

ELTON JOHN AND KIKI DEE: (Singing) I won't go breaking your heart.

EISENBERG: Of course, when you go on a road trip, you need a great car. I, of course, remember my first car. Everyone remembers their first car very fondly.


EISENBERG: I had Datsun Zed X. That's what we said in Canada. Here it would be the Datsun ZX. It had racing stripes - did not deserve racing stripes, by the way, but it had them. And I named it Wilbur.

CHUNG: Adorable.

COULTON: That's a cute car name.

EISENBERG: Yeah. It was sort of a nerdy name for a car that had racing stripes.

COULTON: Yeah. My first car was a Volkswagen Rabbit diesel so it made loud noises and didn't go very fast.

EISENBERG: But that was a cool car.

COULTON: It didn't feel like a cool car when you were trying to get up a hill. I didn't like it. It was like driving a truck, a tiny truck.

EISENBERG: With a sewing machine for an engine engine.

CHUNG: My first car was a Chevy Nova that broke down at every intersection in town.

EISENBERG: How long did you have this car for?

CHUNG: About a year until I blew out my tires on the New Jersey Turnpike, and then that was it.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) That was the moment.

CHUNG: I walked away.

EISENBERG: It stalled, but you were like, I'll wait til all the tires are bald. Got it.

COULTON: Well, in this next game, puzzle guru Greg Pliska puts contestants Dan Mullins and Craig Belson to the test in a game about famous fictional cars.


EISENBERG: What is the first car that you owned?

DAN MULLINS: It was a 10-year-old Honda Accord that I named Roxanne...



MULLINS: ...'Cause she didn't have to put on the red light.


EISENBERG: Craig, what is the first car you owned?

CRAIG BELSON: I don't know if I can top that. First car I owned was a 2007 Scion.

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah.

BELSON: Shadowfax.

COULTON: You named your Scion Shadowfax? That's the most adorable thing I've ever heard.

BELSON: It was gray, so it wasn't entirely...

COULTON: Yeah, no, no, obviously it was gray. I get it.


COULTON: You're not going to name a red car Shadowfax.

EISENBERG: It's like, two Scions talking to each other right now. It's adorable. Well, we've got a car for you. Not just any car. The cars in this game are all famous, fictional rides that we've created classified ads for. You just have to name the book, movie, television show or song for which each car is famous.

COULTON: So for example, for sale - classic DeLorean with pre-installed flux capacitor, can go from 0 to 88 in a flash, runs on garbage, perfect for time travel. That would be an ad for Doc Brown's car from the movie "Back To The Future."

EISENBERG: All right. Let's go. Modified Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, perfect for the curly-haired crime fighter in you. Turbo boost allows high-speed travel and leaps over obstacles, but no CD player. But it does include a talking super computer named KITT.



BELSON: "Knight Rider."

EISENBERG: "Knight Rider" is correct.


COULTON: Orange Dodge Charger, previously owned by two good old boys. Horn plays the first 12 notes of "Dixie." Warning - passengers must enter and exit through windows because the doors are welded shut.



MULLINS: "The Dukes of Hazzard."

COULTON: Oh, yeah, "Dukes of Hazard."


EISENBERG: For sale - foot-powered car made of stone, wood and animal skins. Very few amenities, but the horn is a live bird. Just the thing to get you to and from the quarry, toned calves guaranteed.



MULLINS: "The Flintstones."

EISENBERG: "The Flintstones," exactly.


EISENBERG: Every bit of technology in "The Flintstones" was like, basically abusing a prehistoric animal. That was basically - that was it.

MULLINS: No PETA back then.


COULTON: This Aston Martin DB5 comes with a bullet-proof shield, revolving license plates and ejector seats. Previous owner was a British spy. He owned several, but this was his first, issued to him by MI6 during his mission to stop an attack on Fort Knox.


BELSON: James Bond.

COULTON: We are looking for the name of the - not the character, but the movie. Dan, do you know the answer?

MULLINS: "Goldfinger"?

COULTON: "Goldfinger" is correct, yeah.


EISENBERG: For sale - rosy-colored luxury car with crushed velvet seats. Previously owned by Bruce Springsteen who rode in the back, cruised down the street, waved to the girls and felt out of sight. He apparently also spent all his money on a Saturday night.



BELSON: "Pink Cadillac."

EISENBERG: "Pink Cadillac" is correct.


COULTON: Former race car restored by eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts, for his two young children. It can fly, thanks to hidden wings and propellers, and can be driven on water, thanks to deployable flotation devices. Named for the sound its engine makes including loud back-fires.



MULLINS: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?"

COULTON: That's correct.


EISENBERG: I feel like you weren't sure, and then you found that answer, right? You just found it.

MULLINS: Pulled it.

EISENBERG: Do you remember seeing that movie?




EISENBERG: It's the chittiest movie you'll ever see.


EISENBERG: It's very chitty. I mean, maybe not the chittiest. This is your last question. Frighteningly violent, vintage, red and white Plymouth Fury with the ability to restore herself. Full disclosure - two people have died while in this car. Previous owner also now dead, but apparently still possesses the car, if you know what I mean.



BELSON: "Christine?"

EISENBERG: "Christine," exactly. Correct.


EISENBERG: And then when she doesn't make a car payment, it gets repossessed.


EISENBERG: Coming up on ASK ME ANOTHER, we'll continue to make our way through the countryside with a game about roadside attractions. So put your car in park 'cause you're not going to want to miss this.

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