Jumbled Plots

Dec 16, 2016
Originally published on June 9, 2017 7:37 am

Chris Pratt stars in "Disco Walrus Jr.," a movie in which he runs around a theme park whose genetic engineering produces a funky sea mammal. That's the gist of this game, where titles of recent movies are anagrammed to make new titles.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Next up, we're going to anagram movie titles. So call your loved ones and tell them it's time to turn on the radio. Rohan, if your life was a movie, what would the title be?

ROHAN PIDAPARTI: I mean, right now "Dazed And Confused."

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Bernard, if your life was a movie, what would the title be?

BERNARD BURLEW: "Titanic."

(LAUGHTER)

PIDAPARTI: Hey, man, you're winning.

JONATHAN COULTON: So was the Titanic for a while.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This game is called Jumbled Plots. We've anagrammed the titles of recent movies and rewrote their plot descriptions based on the new titles. So your job is to figure out the original movie. Let's go to our puzzle guru, Art Chung, for an example.

ART CHUNG: Chris Pratt runs around a theme park where genetic engineering produces a funky sea mammal. In the film "Disco Walrus, Jr." The answer we're looking for there is "Jurassic World," which is an anagram of "Disco Walrus, Jr."

EISENBERG: Buzz in to answer. Bernard, you won the last game. So if you win this, you go to the final round. Rohan, you need to win this or we'll say be dog yo to you, which is an anagram for goodbye.

PIDAPARTI: Ooh.

EISENBERG: All right. Here we go. A contestant on a public-radio quiz show buzzes in to answer the question but forgets the answer because she's a fish with a bad memory in "Ding, Dry Info."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Rohan.

PIDAPARTI: "Finding Dory?"

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: On the brink of the 2008 financial meltdown, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling renew their glaucoma treatment prescription in "Got This Herb?"

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Rohan.

PIDAPARTI: What is "The Big Short?" It's also not "Jeopardy!" But yeah, "The Big Short."

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Correct and then correct.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Hawkeye, Black Widow and the gang have their hands full with a robot hurling tubers in this sequel, "Flung A Root As Revenge."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Rohan.

PIDAPARTI: What is "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron?" Oh, I'm sorry.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: Yeah, we'll take that.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Yeah. We'll take that.

CHUNG: There's no the there. But we'll take that.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right. We'll take that. That is correct.

PIDAPARTI: Great.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Tina Fey plays a journalist sent to investigate offshore tax shelters on the island of misfit toys in "Taxing The Work Of Toys."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Rohan.

PIDAPARTI: "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?"

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Yes, absolutely.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: What's going on, guys?

(LAUGHTER)

BURLEW: I couldn't remember that movie.

COULTON: You guys should team up. You'd be unstoppable.

(LAUGHTER)

PIDAPARTI: We'll do the next one together.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Here's your next one. Quentin Tarantino directs this 2015 western about an octet of pro-athlete criminals who bond in a Wyoming cabin in "Athlete Thief Hug."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Rohan.

PIDAPARTI: What is...

(LAUGHTER)

PIDAPARTI: "The Hateful Eight."

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right. This is your final question.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: The world's two greatest male models come out of retirement to donate there really, really, really ridiculously good-looking organs in "Donor Zeal 2."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

PIDAPARTI: "Zoolander 2."

EISENBERG: That is correct. Now, Rohan, I don't know if you noticed last game.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: When we got to the final question, Bernard, knowing he was winning, stepped back.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: But you saw the opportunity to just...

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: That's a Harvard man for you.

PIDAPARTI: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

CHUNG: Well, Rohan tied it up. Congratulations. Were going to go to a tiebreaker.

(APPLAUSE)

CHUNG: All right. I'm going to give you a category. And you're going to go back and forth, naming things that fall in that category. You're going to buzz in to answer first. On a standard QWERTY keyboard, name the nine letter keys in the middle row.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Rohan, you're first.

PIDAPARTI: S.

CHUNG: That is correct. Bernard?

BURLEW: A.

CHUNG: A is correct. Rohan?

PIDAPARTI: D.

CHUNG: D is correct. Bernard?

BURLEW: R.

CHUNG: I'm sorry (laughter). The other letters were F, G, H, J, K and L. That means, Rohan, you're moving on to the final round. Congratulations.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: It's settled. Our finalists are Katie and Rohan. And they will face off in our final round at the end of the show. And if you are mentally anagramming every word in this sentence as I speak it, go to amatickets.org to find out how to become a contestant and come see our show live. Come and be among your eel pop.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Coming up, it won't be the first time a catchphrase has become a game. But it might be the best time when we put Tim Gunn under the gun. I'm Ophira Eisenberg. And you're listening to ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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