Brevity Is The Soul Of Wit

Jan 9, 2014
Originally published on May 21, 2015 10:33 am

In keeping with the title of this game, we'll keep this explanation short. All the answers in this game will be two-letter words. That's it!

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Now we're going to bring back all of our prior winners to crown this week's grand champion. So let's welcome back Andrew Cavanagh from Italian Isis.


EISENBERG: From the Wright Brothers', Kelly Garza.


EISENBERG: From Job Search, Gretchen McLaughlin.


EISENBERG: And from literary comic strips, Matt Melchiorre.


EISENBERG: Our puzzle guru Greg Pliska is going to crown a winner and take us out.

GREG PLISKA: All right. This final round is called Vowelling Off. Each answer is going to be a word or a proper noun that contains three vowels in a row. For instance, if I said; it's the only U.S. state that was once its own kingdom, you would say: Hawaii. Which is spelled with three vowels in a row - a-i-i at the end.

Now we play this spelling bee style, so one wrong answer and you're out. You'll have a few seconds to give us an answer and the last person standing is our ASK ME ANOTHER grand winner. All right. Remember, every answer contains at least three vowels in a row.

Here we go. Andrew, it's a traditional Hawaiian party or feast.


PLISKA: Correct.


PLISKA: Kelly, it's how an Italian says, goodbye.

KELLY GARZA: Arrivederci or ciao?

PLISKA: Ciao is correct.


PLISKA: Yes. Thank you, Kelly.


PLISKA: Gretchen, it's how a Frenchman says goodbye or farewell, though it literally means, to God.


PLISKA: Correct.


PLISKA: Matt, this "Today," show host has been seen almost every week day since he joined the program in 1996.


PLISKA: Very good. Yes.


PLISKA: Andrew, it's a game bird that sounds like the last name of George H. Bush's vice president.



PLISKA: I'm sorry. That's incorrect.


PLISKA: Now Kelly, do you know the answer to that one? No, I'm sorry, Kelly. Gretchen?


PLISKA: Quail is correct.


PLISKA: Andrew and Kelly, thank you so much for playing. And we have two people left, Matt and Gretchen. All right. Matt, in addition to being an adventure hero, Indiana Jones was a professor of this?

MELCHIORRE: Archeology.

PLISKA: Correct.


PLISKA: Gretchen, it's the largest city in Kentucky and the home to the Kentucky Derby. Have a guess? No? All right. Matt, do you know this answer?

MELCHIORRE: Louisville.

PLISKA: That is correct.


PLISKA: Thank you, Gretchen.

EISENBERG: Matt, you're our ASK ME ANOTHER big winner. Congratulations. And your prize, Elizabeth Gilbert will give you not only a signed copy of "The Signature of All Things," but you also get 15 cubic inches of moss.


MELCHIORRE: There's nowhere but up to go.

EISENBERG: I know. You can put that in your home or office somewhere in the school.

MELCHIORRE: Thanks very much.

EISENBERG: You're welcome. Congratulations.

MELCHIORRE: It's been a pleasure. Thank you.


EISENBERG: And that's our show. Thank you for listening us. If you would like to be a contestant on our show, find us on Facebook or Twitter. Just look around for NPR ASK ME ANOTHER. And you can be a puzzle player any time, any place by downloading our podcast from iTunes, Stitcher, or TuneIn.

ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is Greg Pliska.

PLISKA: Hey, my name monograms to Sparkle Gig.

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

JONATHAN COULTON: Thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzle editor is Art Chung. I'm her ripe begonias.

COULTON: Ophira Eisenberg.


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