Rinse, Pete, Repeat

Apr 28, 2017
Originally published on August 18, 2017 10:12 am

This word game is inspired by our favorite prefix! We invented alternate definitions for words that start with "re." If we said, "I GIVE UP trying to WRITE MY NAME at the bottom of this letter," you would say, "Re-sign" or "resign."

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Next, we'll play a game based on our favorite prefix, re. What's your favorite prefix? Please let us know on Facebook or Twitter. Let's meet our next two contestants. First up, Shoshana Simones on buzzer number one.



EISENBERG: Hi. You're a wish manager at Make-A-Wish Foundation. Welcome.


EISENBERG: Your opponent is Frea Mehta on buzzer number two.



EISENBERG: You're a senior at Arizona State studying molecular biology and chemical engineering.

MEHTA: I am.



EISENBERG: Shoshana, you work at Make-A-Wish. Is there a wish that you have granted that was particularly memorable?

SIMONES: It would have to be I wish to hug a penguin.


SIMONES: We had a wish kid who told us that he dreamed about hugging penguins. His whole room was decorated in penguins. So I asked him you, know, well, what do you think that'll be like? Oh, it's going to be soft and fluffy. So I was like hate to break it to you but it'll be like hugging a fish.


SIMONES: But he did it and he loved it.

EISENBERG: He hugged the penguin?

SIMONES: He actually stole a kiss, as well.

EISENBERG: That sounds great. Frea, you received a Fulbright research grant but it's to work in a lab in the Netherlands on developing lab-grown meat.

MEHTA: Indeed. Would you eat lab-grown meat, Ophira?

EISENBERG: I mean, if someone said to eat this lab-grown meat, I'd probably - I'd try a little bit but it does sound disgusting.

MEHTA: We're working on that.



EISENBERG: And we are growing meat in a lab to try to stop basically slaughtering animals. Is that the idea?

MEHTA: Yeah. So, I mean, meat consumption's pretty bad for the environment...


MEHTA: ...Pretty bad for animals. So that's like the potential to sort of like change the landscape of, like, resource consumption and food security. And also you have sort of this mad science aspect. So, like, if we're growing stuff in a lab, can we grow like a meat no one's ever had before? What if it's super tasty?

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's how it goes, a meat we've never had before. You're like, let's grow a meat product that I can, like, hang out with and be friendly with and - that's what's going to happen. OK. Remember, Shoshana and Frea, the first of you who wins two of our games will move to the final round at the end of the show. Let's go to your first game.

Your first game is a word game called Rinse, Peat, Repeat. When the prefix re as an R-E comes before a word. It usually means that you're doing something over again like rewrite or reorder. But in this game, we've invented alternative definitions for words that start with re. Let's go to our puzzle guru, Art Chung, for an example.

ART CHUNG: If we said, I give up trying to write my name at the bottom of this letter, you would say re-sign or resign. Get it?

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Let's go. Here's your first one. I absolutely will not put a new circuit breaker in the house.


EISENBERG: Shoshana.

SIMONES: Refuse.

EISENBERG: Refuse is correct, yeah.


JONATHAN COULTON: Let's go over what happened. Your hat fell off, so you put it back on, right?



MEHTA: Recap.

COULTON: Recap is correct.


EISENBERG: I didn't mean to jump back like that but you scared me when you said we needed to put new springs in the mattress.


EISENBERG: Shoshana.

SIMONES: Recoil.

EISENBERG: Recoil is correct, yes.


COULTON: I can fix both of these bad relationships. You should be in a couple with him instead. And she should be in a couple with that other guy.

SIMONES: Your voice is so soothing but I can't...

COULTON: Oh, thanks. I know. I'm just...


COULTON: My distractingly soothing voice. You fall asleep before the clue's over. I know. Somebody buzzed in. Who was it?



MEHTA: Is it repair?

COULTON: It is repair. That's right.


EISENBERG: I'm going to make this right. Put your clothes back on.


EISENBERG: Shoshana.

SIMONES: Redress.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.


COULTON: This is your last clue. They just let me out of prison and now I can rent my apartment for another year.



MEHTA: Release.

COULTON: That's right.


COULTON: Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

CHUNG: It's a tie.

COULTON: Oh, boy.

CHUNG: Here's your tiebreaker. I've got my energy back. Let's get back out there and rack up some expenses on my AmEx.


SIMONES: Recharge.

CHUNG: That's right, Shoshana. Well done, you're one step closer to moving on to the final round.


EISENBERG: If it was excruciating for you to pick your favorite prefix, you should be a contestant on our show. Go to amatickets.org. Coming up, we'll meet a mystery guest who's from Phoenix. All I've been told is that it's not Alice Cooper. I'm Ophira Eisenberg and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.