Read It? I Devoured It!

Dec 20, 2019

Returning champions mash up authors and foods in one of Ask Me Another's most challenging word games ever.

Heard on Kal Penn And Dan Soder: The Tournament Of Champions.

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JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER: The Tournament of Champions. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Thank you, Jonathan. Today we invited some of our previous big winners, and we're going to find out who will be the biggest winner. Our next game combines food and books. You're going to mash up writers' names with foods.

COULTON: For example, if we said, the author of "The Awakening" can't resist a short stack, you would answer, Kate Cho-pancakes (ph).

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EISENBERG: That is a deep dive.

COULTON: I apologize in advance to everyone.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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EISENBERG: And because this game is impossible, the points are doubled. Lance stayed in the lead, and you are in the final round. Leah, you need to get more points or - read my lips - you'll have to eat your words.

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EISENBERG: The secret identity of this Neapolitan Novels author won't be revealed no matter how many little deep-fried potatoes cylinders the Ore-Ida company bribes her with.

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EISENBERG: Leah.

LEAH BERKOWITZ: Elena Ferran-tater (ph) Tots?

EISENBERG: Yeah. That's right.

COULTON: Wow.

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COULTON: A little-known fact about the southern modernist who wrote "The Sound And The Fury" - he loved to pound back a box of these colorful pebble-shaped tangy candies.

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COULTON: Lance.

LANCE MERLO: So the candy's Nerds. For the author...

COULTON: "Sound And The Fury."

MERLO: Yeah. I'm drawing a blank.

COULTON: All right. Leah, do you know the answer?

BERKOWITZ: James Faulknerds (ph)?

COULTON: No, it's not James Faulknerds. I can't give it to you. It's William Faulknerds.

EISENBERG: I had a cocktail at a bar in Brooklyn called the Faulkner Groni.

UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE: (Groaning).

EISENBERG: Yeah, I know. It had groan in the name, so that was good.

COULTON: In the name, yeah.

EISENBERG: This "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" and "The Year Of Magical Thinking" author always shells out the extra four bucks to upgrade from french fries to these deep-fried circular appetizers.

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EISENBERG: Leah.

BERKOWITZ: Joan Didionion (ph) Rings?

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

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COULTON: The Frito-Lay company is honoring the Nigerian author of "Americanah" and "We Should All Be Feminists" with a limited edition run of this crunchy, bright orange snack available in jalapeno, Flamin' Hot and original crunchy.

EISENBERG: Leah is holding her head. Lance is just shaking his head at me...

BERKOWITZ: I read the book.

EISENBERG: ...In disgust.

COULTON: What we're looking for is Chimamanda Ngozi Adi-Cheetos (ph).

BERKOWITZ: Oh.

EISENBERG: All right. This is exciting.

COULTON: This is very exciting. This is your last clue. Wondering how this "To Kill A Mockingbird" author kept it tight well into her 80s?

UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBER #1: Oh, my God.

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EISENBERG: Finally, a question elicits the response that we were hoping.

COULTON: The answer - she subsisted solely on microwaveable low-calorie frozen dinners.

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COULTON: Leah.

BERKOWITZ: I'm, like, embarrassed to say this.

COULTON: How do you think I feel, Leah?

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BERKOWITZ: Harper Lean Cuisine?

COULTON: Harper Lean Cuisine.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

COULTON: That's right.

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EISENBERG: All right. That was a really hard game. You guys are amazing - big round of applause for our contestants.

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EISENBERG: And congratulations. Leah is going to our final round.

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