Accentuate The Positive

Oct 23, 2014

What do Beyoncé, André the Giant, and a soufflé have in common? Why, the accents in their names, bien sûr! The answers in this final round will be words, names, or phrases containing an accent.

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And now we're going to crown this week's grand champion, so let's bring back the winners from all of our games. From "It's A Snap," Emily Kadish. From "Celebrity Wedding Announcements," Shawn Shaffer. From "Presidential Keywords," Isaiah Tanenbaum and from "IQ Test" Chad Lavimoniere and from "Very Confused TV Guide," Julia Meinwald. They'll be playing our "Ask Me One More Final Round and our puzzle guru Art Chung will tell us what that's going to be.

ART CHUNG: Thanks Ophira. This round is about accents - those slanted lines above certain vowels that tell you to pronounce the letter. All the answers in this game will be words, phrases or names that contain one or more accents. So for example, if I said it's a trite or overuse expression, you would say cliche. The accent over the E tells me not to pronounce it cleesh. We're going to play this spelling bee style, so one wrong answer and you're out. You'll only have a few seconds to answer. The last person standing is our ASK ME ANOTHER grand winner. And for your prize, Lake Street Dive has prepared a gift basket of their favorite gas station delicacies that they've discovered on tour. Here we go. Emily, it's a document listing your background and employment qualifications.


CHUNG: That's correct. Shawn, it's a classy word for a person's rear end.


CHUNG: Correct.


CHUNG: Isaiah, it means to fry lightly in fat with a shallow open pan.


CHUNG: Saute is right. Chad, it's that strange feeling you've played this game before.


CHUNG: Correct. Julia, it's that strange feeling you've - no, it's not that, sorry.


CHUNG: Julia, you'd say this to acknowledge a hit in fencing or a good point in an argument.

KADISH: Touche.

CHUNG: Touche, tres bien. We are back to Emily. It's a pink table wine that you're not too snobby to drink.


CHUNG: That's right. Shawn, this philosopher famously wrote I think, therefore I am.

SHAFFER: Descartes.

CHUNG: Can you give me the full name?

SHAFFER: Oh, come on. Plato Descartes, I don't know.

CHUNG: I'm sorry step aside. Let's see if Isaiah knows the answer.

TANENBAUM: Rene Descartes.

CHUNG: Rene Descartes, sorry. Thanks for playing, Shawn. Rene was the part with the accent in it. We move on to Chad. It's a dessert consisting of a rich custard-base, topped with a layer of hard or burnt caramel.

LAVIMONIERE: Creme brulee.

CHUNG: Creme brulee, that's correct. Seven feet, five inches tall and over 500 pounds, this actor played Fezzik in "The Princess Bride."

JULIA MEINWALD: Andre The Giant?

CHUNG: That's right.


CHUNG: Emily, this person is on the staff of an ambassador or embassy, or is a type of briefcase.

KADISH: Attache.

CHUNG: Attache is right.


CHUNG: Isaiah, it's a clear soup made of strained meat or vegetable stock.

TANENBAUM: Bouillabaisse?

CHUNG: I'm sorry, there's no accent in that. If you can subside. Chad?


CHUNG: Consomme is correct. Thank you, Isaiah.


CHUNG: Julia, it's the political arm of the revolutionary Irish Republican Army.

MEINWALD: Dublinee?


CHUNG: Hold on. Emily, do you know the answer?

KADISH: I don't know how to pronounce it, but I can try?

CHUNG: You can try, go for it.

KADISH: Sinn Fein with an accent over the I? Yes? Maybe?

CHUNG: I'm going to give it to you. It's Sinn Fein, with the accent over the E. Thank you, Julia.


CHUNG: We're down to Chad and Emily. Chad, this giant Swiss food company has over 8,000 brands, including Kit-Kat, Hot Pockets and Haagen-Dazs.


CHUNG: That's right.


CHUNG: Emily, it's a code that prohibits speaking or divulging information about certain criminal activities.

KADISH: It's not NDA, but that's all I'm coming up with.

CHUNG: No, it's not. Chad, if you know this, you're our grand prize winner.


CHUNG: Omerta is correct.


EISENBERG: Well done, Chad. You're our ASK ME ANOTHER big winner. Enjoy your gas station treat. And also an autographed copy of Lake Street Dive's new CD, "Bad Self Portraits." One last hand for our VIPs - Lake Street Dive.


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