Dis Course Is Pass Fail How would a Brooklynite react to a GROSS sudden burst of wind? With disgust. That's "this gust," pronounced with a classic Brooklyn accent. Every answer is a combination of "dis" and another word.

Dis Course Is Pass Fail

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JONATHAN COULTON: From NPR and WNYC, coming to you from The Bell House in beautiful Brooklyn, N.Y., it's NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and trivia, ASK ME ANOTHER. Now, here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg,

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Thank you, Jonathan Coulton. We have a great show for you. Eight contestants are here to play our nerdy games but only one will win our grand prize, provided by our special guest. He's a standup comic, former "Daily Show" correspondent and his latest comedy album is titled "Furry Dumb Fighter." Our VIP is Wyatt Cenac.

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EISENBERG: Also, we are going to talk about fashion week. But don't think New York or Paris - think Pakistan or the Gaza Strip because joining us for our Meet The Expert segment, from the Viceland TV series "States Of Undress," we have Hailey Gates.

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EISENBERG: Let's start things off with our first two contestants. Emily Crowe (ph), you are a middle school science teacher.

EMILY CROWE: Yes, I am.

EISENBERG: And you once taught recently in Qatar.

CROWE: Yes, I did.

EISENBERG: Now, is that - were there any different activities that you did with the schoolchildren out there?

CROWE: Not really. It was just a very different kind of school than a school that you would find in the south Bronx, so...

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah?

CROWE: Yeah, very different.

EISENBERG: In what sense?

CROWE: Just as far as the students that are there and the things that you do and where everyone goes on spring break and different things like that. It's very, very different.

EISENBERG: Elise Fisher (ph), you're getting your Ed.D. in education. Now, you also taught Yiddish on a Native American reservation.

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ELISE FISHER: It's a little bit of an exaggeration, but I was the library media specialist on an Indian reservation for a few years. And anytime they didn't have anything to talk about, they would say, Elise, teach the kids some Yiddish because the sounds were the same in the tribal language - Keresan - as they were in Yiddish...

EISENBERG: Really?

FISHER: ...So I would teach them kvetch. And the other Anglo teachers would be like kuh-wetch (ph). They couldn't get that K-V. And the kids would be like, I'm kvetching up a storm, Miss Fisher. Or schvitz...

EISENBERG: Schvitz, yes, the sweats.

FISHER: ...Which I'm doing right now.

EISENBERG: Sure. So this is good because you both work in education. So I feel like this is a good matchup because our first game is called Dis Course Is Pass Fail. Jonathan Coulton and I will read clues in a stereotypical Brooklyn accent.

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EISENBERG: And the answer to each clue was a word starting with dis (ph) - clever. Jonathan, can you give us an example?

COULTON: I would love to. If I said (imitating Brooklyn accent) you may have a different opinion, but there's something about that perfume smell I really like.

I don't know if that's a Brooklyn accent or not. I'm not sure.

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COULTON: You would answer dissent, which is how someone with a Brooklyn accent might say this scent.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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EISENBERG: Right, there's a few things out there you can still make fun of and this is one of them.

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EISENBERG: So every answer will be a word beginning with dis, and when you remove the dis you have what sounds like another word. Here we go. (Imitating Brooklyn accent) He can't practice law anymore, but this beer pub he opened is awesome.

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EISENBERG: Elise.

FISHER: (Imitating Brooklyn accent) Disbar.

EISENBERG: Spell your word.

FISHER: D-i-s-b-a-r.

EISENBERG: Yes, exactly.

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EISENBERG: Your Brooklyn accent was too authentic. I had to double-check.

COULTON: It is confusing. It's a confusing accent. (Imitating Brooklyn accent) I was cleaning my apartment and throwing away stuff. Sorry, I got rid of that birthday note you bought me at the Hallmark store.

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COULTON: Elise.

FISHER: Discard.

COULTON: Discard is correct.

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EISENBERG: (Imitating Brooklyn accent) I'm distressed. How could you also schedule your wedding in the same month as Mother's Day?

I know, the acting throws people off.

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EISENBERG: Emily.

CROWE: Dismay.

EISENBERG: Dismay is perfect.

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COULTON: (Imitating Brooklyn accent) This museum has a great exhibit of props and costumes from "Death Of A Salesman" on Broadway.

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EISENBERG: Should we go to our puzzle guru Art Chung for a hint?

ART CHUNG: "Death Of A Salesman" is a type of what?

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COULTON: Emily.

CROWE: Display.

COULTON: That's right.

EISENBERG: Display.

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COULTON: (Imitating Brooklyn accent) I found something new last night. It's a great band but they only play other people's songs. You should hear them do "Born To Run."

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COULTON: Emily.

CROWE: Discover.

COULTON: That's right, discover.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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EISENBERG: (Imitating Brooklyn accent) They also do "Dis Is How We Do It."

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EISENBERG: "Sweet Dreams Are Made Of Dis."

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EISENBERG: (Imitating Brooklyn accent) I can't believe how gross this is. I hate it when there's a sudden burst of wind.

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EISENBERG: Elise.

FISHER: Disgust.

EISENBERG: Disgust is correct.

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COULTON: (Imitating Brooklyn accent) It cost me an arm and a leg, but I finally got to join my local country club.

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COULTON: Elise.

FISHER: Dismember.

COULTON: Yeah, you got it.

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EISENBERG: Dis is your last clue (laughter).

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EISENBERG: (Imitating Brooklyn accent) I know you feel let down. We'll reschedule your dentist visit for another time.

Let down and reschedule your dentist visit or haircut or...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Emily.

CROWE: Disappointment.

EISENBERG: Disappointment is correct, yeah. All right.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

CHUNG: They did equally amazing, so here's a tiebreaker.

EISENBERG: What?

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CHUNG: (Imitating Brooklyn accent) I got a reduced price on my hotel room for my trip to Transylvania. Only problem - I got to bunk with Dracula.

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CHUNG: Emily.

CROWE: Discount.

CHUNG: That's correct, congratulations. You're moving on to the final round at the end of the show.

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