Be Positive Ever notice that "inscrutable" is a word, but "scrutable" is not? This game is about words that exist in a negative form without a common positive partner.
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Be Positive

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FAITH SALIE, HOST:

Our next contestant is on the line. Hi. You're on ASK ME ANOTHER.

AARON WHITE: Hey, this is Aaron White from Minneapolis.

SALIE: Aaron.

WHITE: Yes.

SALIE: A lot of stuff happens in Minneapolis. I don't know...

WHITE: A lot does.

SALIE: Yeah. One of our contestants on the show spent his honeymoon there. What do you think of that? Is Minneapolis a sexy place?

WHITE: Well, I mean, depending on what time of year he was here there could have been a lot of time to stay in the hotel room.

(LAUGHTER)

SALIE: Aaron, what is something you remind yourself of what you need to stay positive - you know, when you need to look on the bright side?

WHITE: You know, I had a choir director once who always said in every situation, be cheerful or be flexible and, as often as possible, be both. I'm not always 100 percent at applying it, but it's been pretty good so far.

(LAUGHTER)

SALIE: All right. Well, I'm glad that you have a positive attitude. I can hear it. You're Minnesota nice. I like it.

WHITE: (Laughter).

SALIE: This next round is called Be Positive. In this game, we'll quiz you about words that exist in a negative form without a common positive partner, like the word inscrutable. There is no such word as scrutable (ph), right?

WHITE: Right.

SALIE: So I'll give you the positive form of a word, and you'll slap on the correct prefix and supply the original negative word. I know this is going against your grain, Aaron, but we're going to ask you to get negative, OK?

WHITE: Well, I don't think I can do it.

SALIE: Just be flexible, Aaron. Work with me.

(LAUGHTER)

JONATHAN COULTON: Oh, I see - I see what you did there, Aaron.

SALIE: Nice, nice.

COULTON: That's tricky. That's good.

SALIE: So if I said effable (ph), you'd say ineffable. And if you get enough right, you will win a very limited edition, made-in-China ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's cube. Are you ready?

WHITE: Perfect.

SALIE: All right, Aaron. Here we go. Cessant (ph).

WHITE: Incessant.

SALIE: Yes. Plussed (ph).

WHITE: Nonplussed?

SALIE: Promptu (ph).

WHITE: Impromptu.

SALIE: Crushing it. Gusting (ph).

WHITE: Oh, disgusting.

SALIE: Yep. Sheveled (ph).

WHITE: Disheveled?

SALIE: Delible (ph).

WHITE: Indelible.

SALIE: Very good. Givings (ph).

WHITE: Givings?

SALIE: Yep.

WHITE: Oh, misgivings?

SALIE: Yes, nice, Aaron.

WHITE: All I was thinking was Thanksgivings.

(LAUGHTER)

SALIE: You know, could sort of...

COULTON: That's also a negative word.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Depending on your family.

(LAUGHTER)

SALIE: Ane (ph).

WHITE: Inane?

SALIE: Oh, wow. Yes. Combobulated (ph).

WHITE: Discombobulated.

SALIE: Aaron, excellent. This is your last one. Chalant (ph).

WHITE: Nonchalant.

SALIE: Congratulations, Aaron.

(APPLAUSE)

SALIE: You win an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's cube.

WHITE: Awesome. Thank you.

SALIE: Thank you.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND")

ROBYN: (Singing) Call your girlfriend. Say you have to talk.

SALIE: Coming up, we'll talk to our very important puzzler Taran Killam about the art of the celebrity impression. Stay tuned. I'm Faith Salie, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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