Celebrity Name Combos

Feb 17, 2017
Originally published on February 17, 2017 12:18 pm

Contestants must guess the phrase created by combining the last names of celebrities. For example, if we said, "When the star of City Slickers met Ricky Ricardo's wife, he used THIS to see their future," the answer would be "Crystal Ball" — mashing together the last names of Billy Crystal and Lucille Ball.

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JULIAN VELARD: 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. I'm Julian Velard, filling in for Jonathan Coulton. Now here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Thank you, Julian. We have a great show for you. Four brilliant contestants are backstage, waiting to play our nerdy games and put their public-school education to good use.

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EISENBERG: But only one will be our big winner. And our special guest is comedian Roy Wood Jr. He's a "Daily Show" correspondent who actually got his start in radio doing hilarious prank phone calls. Don't you miss prank phone calls? You can't do them anymore. They are a thing of the past. Now, at best, our phones prank us by autocorrecting our texts.

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EISENBERG: It happened to me the other day. I texted my husband, I left you some soup in the fridge. But it autocorrected to, I have a secret family.

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EISENBERG: Roy Wood Jr. will join us later in the show. But let's meet our first two contestants. Brianna Rivera on buzzer number one.

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EISENBERG: Brianna, you're a senior at Fordham University, studying communications and film.

BRIANNA RIVERA: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Welcome. All right. Well, your opponent, Nathan Naimark on buzzer number two...

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EISENBERG: ...You are also a senior.

NATHAN NAIMARK: That's true.

EISENBERG: Yeah - at Sarah Lawrence College, studying economics and history.

NAIMARK: Yes.

EISENBERG: Welcome.

NAIMARK: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Both college seniors - Nathan doing a more classical route with the economics.

NAIMARK: It's where the money's at.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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NAIMARK: Although, Sarah Lawrence - so who knows?

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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EISENBERG: All right. Brianna and Nathan, the first of you who wins two of our games will move on to our final round at the end of the show. So let's go to your first game. Your first challenge is a word game called Celebrity Name Combos. Julian and I will give you clues to two celebrities. You're going to take those celebrities' last names, mash them together to form a phrase. Puzzle guru Art Chung, could you give them an example?

ART CHUNG: Sure. If we said, when a star of "City Slickers" met Ricky Ricardo's wife, he used this to see their future, you'd answer crystal ball. That combines the last names of Billy Crystal and Lucille Ball.

EISENBERG: Don't freak out.

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EISENBERG: OK, you can buzz in and talk out your answer. It's going to be great. And the winner will be one step closer to the final round at the end of the show. Here we go. Donna from "Beverly Hills, 90210" competes with the host of "Full Frontal" not for world domination but for word domination. Talk it out.

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EISENBERG: Nathan.

NAIMARK: Spelling bee?

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

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EISENBERG: Tori Spelling, Samantha Bee - sort of the far ends of the blonde spectrum.

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VELARD: "The Call Of The Wild" author and the actor who played The Dude team up on "The Amazing Race" to crisscross the Thames over these British overpasses.

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VELARD: Nathan.

NAIMARK: London Bridges?

VELARD: Correct.

EISENBERG: Nice.

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EISENBERG: Yeah.

NAIMARK: Jack London and Jeff Bridges.

EISENBERG: If the lead singer of the band Hole and an iconic PBS chef had a baby out of wedlock, it would be called this. Puzzle guru Art Chung, do you want to give them a hint?

EISENBERG: I'll give them a hint to both sections. The first one - she was married to Kurt Cobain, I think. Nathan's nodding. So he got that half. In the second half, there was a pretty good movie about this PBS chef starring Amy Adams.

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RIVERA: Love child?

EISENBERG: Brianna, love child is right.

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EISENBERG: That is Courtney Love mashed with Julia Child.

VELARD: The comedian who voiced the zebra in "Madagascar" joined the late actor who played Uncle Buck to enjoy this old-timey boardwalk treat.

CHUNG: Here's another clue. The comedian also has hosted the Oscars twice and was on "SNL." And the late actor was also in "Spaceballs" and "Cool Runnings," my favorite Jamaican-bobsled movie.

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VELARD: "Cool Runnings."

EISENBERG: How many are there?

CHUNG: Just that one.

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EISENBERG: OK.

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EISENBERG: Brianna.

RIVERA: Rock candy?

VELARD: Yes.

EISENBERG: It sure is.

VELARD: Yeah.

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EISENBERG: Yeah.

VELARD: Chris Rock and John Candy.

EISENBERG: Suffer from acid reflux? Well, so does one of the stars of "Ride Along" and the rich, mean friend from "Bridesmaids."

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EISENBERG: Nathan.

NAIMARK: Hart Byrne?

EISENBERG: Yes, exactly.

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EISENBERG: Kevin Hart, Rose Byrne - the zantastic (ph) duo.

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VELARD: It's time for hours of elementary-school athletics with an Oscar winner for "Norma Rae" and an actor from "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia."

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VELARD: Nathan.

NAIMARK: Field day.

VELARD: Correct. Sally Field and Charlie Day.

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EISENBERG: This is your last clue. Peele's comedy partner is sick of hearing about how much bigger Yeezy's house is on this Florida island.

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EISENBERG: Brianna.

RIVERA: Key West?

EISENBERG: Yeah. Key West is right.

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EISENBERG: That, of course, is mashing together Keegan-Michael Key and Kanye West. Puzzle guru Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

CHUNG: They both did great in a tough game. Congratulations to Nathan. You're one step closer to the final round.

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