Fair-Weather Friends

Jul 24, 2014
Originally published on March 4, 2015 12:43 pm

There's a trivia storm in the forecast: All the answers in this quiz are celebrities and characters whose names are weather-related. Which poet's travels were blocked by ice crystals? Robert Frost!

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Please welcome to the stage Dianna Garten and Cleo Conde.


EISENBERG: So here's an odd question for you, but what is your favorite season, and why, Diana?

DIANNA GARTEN: My favorite season's fall because pumpkin, apple everything - and it's the best for layering. And layering's the best. And the colors are beautiful.

EISENBERG: Yes, I agree with everything you said. I love the layering. I'm pro-layering. Cleo, how about you?

CLEO CONDE: I would have to say summer because minimal clothing.


GARTEN: Opposite takes on it.

EISENBERG: So the exact opposite.


EISENBERG: No layering.

CONDE: Ebony, ivory.

EISENBERG: One layer for Cleo.

CONDE: No layers.

EISENBERG: No layers. So this game is called Fair Weather Friends, which you guys kind of are already. But this is about famous folks and fictional characters who have weather-related names. Yeah, I know - good, right? So we'll give you the clues to a person or character and the weather condition. And you tell us their name.

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: And here is a little weather forecast for you now. The pun warning has been upgraded to a pun watch.

CONDE: Uh oh.

COULTON: So please be very careful out there.


EISENBERG: This co-anchor on "CBS This Morning" and Oprah's best friend is a force to be reckoned with.



CONDE: Gayle? King?

EISENBERG: Yes, Gayle King - exactly.

COULTON: It's hard to believe that a frozen body of water would come straight out of Compton, but this rapper-turned-actor keeps cool with a career that goes from Friday to next Friday and to the Friday after next.



CONDE: Ice Cube.

ART CHUNG: Yes, Ice Cube.


EISENBERG: Thunder always comes in second place to this red-bodied Disney speed demon, a hot shot race car who travels around like an electric discharge of high voltage.



GARTEN: Lightning McQueen.

EISENBERG: Lightning McQueen, yes. That was taken straight from, like, a Disney press release. Thunder always comes in second place. This is not a kid's movie.

COULTON: On "Three's Company," her character's name was Chrissy Snow, but this actress' real last name conjures thoughts of a much warmer season.


CHUNG: Cleo.

CONDE: Suzanne Somers.

COULTON: That's right.


COULTON: All right, this is your last question. This Pearl Jam singer's voice behaves like a current of air or water running against the predominant flow.



CONDE: Eddie Vedder.

CHUNG: That's right, taken from one of his press releases - not true.

EISENBERG: Well done.

CONDE: He's so foxy, too.


COULTON: All right, Art. How did they do?

CHUNG: It's clear skies for Cleo because she is our winner.

EISENBERG: Congratulations, Cleo. We'll see you for the final round at the end of the show. Coming up, we'll find out how well our VIP, Andy Serkis, knows the British language. They call it English, but is it? Find out by saying tuned. This is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.