What The Bell?

Apr 14, 2017

To honor Philadelphia's iconic symbol of freedom that doesn't ring anymore, the Liberty Bell, contestants hear audio clues about people and things that have "bell" in the name and ring in to guess what--or who--they're about!

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JONATHAN COULTON: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER, coming to you from the Keswick Theatre outside Philadelphia. I'm Jonathan Coulton here with puzzle guru Art Chung. And now here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.

(APPLAUSE)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Thank you, Jonathan. Before the break, we met our contestants, Josh and Emma. Coming up, they'll play an audio quiz inspired by this riddle - what do you call a bell that makes no sound? A national landmark. But first, let's check in with them. Emma, what's your ring tone?

EMMA LOWE: I'm pretty boring. I stick to the marimba.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) It's a funny statement. I'm pretty boring. I stick to the marimba.

(LAUGHTER)

LOWE: It's an oldie but a goodie.

EISENBERG: Yeah? OK. Josh, what's your ring tone?

JOSH WHITE: Mine is the really creepy whistling assassin in "Kill Bill."

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Excellent, yeah, people like that. Work's calling.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: We're here near Philadelphia, home of the Liberty Bell. So your game is an audio quiz called What The Bell? We'll play audio clues about people and things that have bell in their name. And you just have to ring in and tell us the answer. Josh, you're in the lead. So you win this, you go to the final round. Emma, you need to win this, or we're all going to go, after the show, to Wawa, and you're buying.

(LAUGHTER)

LOWE: It's fair, it's fair.

EISENBERG: Here's your first clip.

(SOUNDBITE OF AD)

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As character) So when you see the Naked Chicken Chalupa with the first shell made entirely out of fried chicken, you might think it's crazy - crazy delicious.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Emma?

LOWE: Taco Bell.

EISENBERG: That is Taco Bell, yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: It's weird that it - they say naked chicken.

COULTON: Yeah, you shouldn't call attention to the fact that the chicken used to have a body and walk around, I feel.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Or that you took off its dress.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Listen to this.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST")

PAIGE O'HARA: (As Belle, singing) He was mean. And he was course and unrefined. And now he's dear and so unsure. I wonder why I didn't see it there before.

EISENBERG: Name this famous Stockholm Syndrome victim...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...And the movie she's featured in.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Emma?

LOWE: Belle from "Beauty And The Beast."

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Winona Ryder danced to this song in a movie where she was more chill about supernatural shenanigans than she is in "Stranger Things."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "JUMP IN LINE")

HARRY BELAFONTE: (Singing) Shake, shake, shake, senora. Shake your body line. Shake, shake, shake, senora, shake it all the time. Work, work, work, senora. Work your body line.

EISENBERG: Who sang this song?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Emma.

LOWE: It's from "Beetlejuice."

EISENBERG: Good.

LOWE: So, Bell from "Beetlejuice?"

EISENBERG: No, no, I know, yeah, that's a good idea - that's a good idea. Someone else sang this song. Josh, can you steal? Who sang that song?

WHITE: Bell Biv Devoe?

(LAUGHTER)

WHITE: It was that or Belle and Sebastian. Those were the two Belles I had.

EISENBERG: We were looking for Harry Belafonte.

LOWE: Oh.

EISENBERG: You know you're a '90s kid if you can name the TV show this clip comes from.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "SAVED BY THE BELL")

LARK VOORHIES: (As Lisa Turtle) I cannot run track today. You know, I have so much food inside of me, you could put a quarter in my mouth and a bag of Doritos would come popping out.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Josh?

WHITE: "Saved By The Bell?"

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Name this Scottish band.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE STARS OF TRACK AND FIELD)

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN: (Singing) The stars of track and field, you are. The stars of track and field are beautiful people.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Interesting. Do you want to just buzz in and take a guess? No?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Emma?

LOWE: Belle and Sebastian?

LOWE: Yes, that's correct.

(APPLAUSE)

WHITE: I said that.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) I know, Josh. You talked yourself out of that, right?

WHITE: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Because you were like it's the only two I know...

EISENBERG: I would've gone with Bell Biv Devoe again.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK, give me the full name of this fictional character who has questionable taste in men.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "TWILIGHT")

ROBERT PATTINSON: (As Edward Cullen) I'm designed to kill.

KRISTEN STEWART: (As Bella Swan) I don't care.

PATTINSON: (As Edward Cullen) I've killed people before.

STEWART: (As Bella Swan) It doesn't matter.

PATTINSON: (As Edward Cullen) I wanted to kill you.

STEWART: (As Bella Swan) I'm here. I trust you.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Emma.

LOWE: I'm upset that I know this, but it's Bella from "Twilight."

EISENBERG: Yeah, we need the full name, so...

ART CHUNG: We're looking for her last name.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

LOWE: Well, her name eventually becomes Bella Cullen.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: I think that's a deep cut. So we'll give that to you.

EISENBERG: All right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: So we were looking for Bella Swan, but then, you went a step further...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...And told us where she's at right now - very good. All right, puzzle guru Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

CHUNG: Well done, Emma, you won that game, so you've tied it up.

(APPLAUSE)

CHUNG: So it's time for a quick game three. I'm going to give you a category, and you're going to go back and forth naming things that fall in that category. The first contestant to mess up either by giving me a wrong answer, repeating an answer or taking too much time will be eliminated. Buzz in to answer first. Here's your category - we're looking for the first nine cities or locations that have hosted the MTV reality series "The Real World."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Josh, you are first.

WHITE: Miami.

CHUNG: That is correct, season five - Emma.

LOWE: Seattle.

CHUNG: Seattle, season seven - Josh.

WHITE: Los Angeles.

CHUNG: Correct, season two - Emma.

LOWE: Boston.

CHUNG: Boston was season six. Josh, your turn.

WHITE: New York.

CHUNG: New York was the first season - Emma.

LOWE: Vegas.

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. Vegas was much later. The other ones were Honolulu, London, New Orleans and San Francisco. Emma, I'm sorry to say, we have to see you go. Josh, congratulations, you're moving on to the final round.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELLE AND SEBASTIAN'S "THE STARS OF TRACK AND FIELD") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.