Rolling In The Deep

Mar 31, 2017
Originally published on April 11, 2017 11:27 am

Guest musician Julian Velard puts on his scuba diving equipment to sing a classic break-up song from deep down in the ocean. In this parody of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," clues are rewritten to be about things you could find in the sea.

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CECIL BALDWIN: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin here with guest musician Julian Velard. Now here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Thank you, Cecil. Coming up, we've got a musical parody game with Julian Velard who's been consuming nothing but hot lemon water to get ready to parody an Adele song. Let's meet our next two contestants. First up, Brandi Love on buzzer number one.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: You work in tech for an investment bank. Welcome.

BRANDI LOVE: I do. Thank you.

EISENBERG: Your opponent is Peter Storey on buzzer number two.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: You are a retired lawyer. Welcome.

PETER STOREY: Thank you.

EISENBERG: We've got a music parody for you. And I'm going to throw it over to Julian Velard.

JULIAN VELARD: Thank you, Ophira. We rewrote Adele's song "Rolling In The Deep" to make it about things you find deep down in the ocean.

(LAUGHTER)

VELARD: Buzz in when you know what I'm singing about or if you want to tell me that my voice is better than Adele's.

(LAUGHTER)

VELARD: (Singing) There's a fire starting in my heart. I saved your life. Now I don't want to be apart. Try to coax my dad to no avail, made a deal with Ursula to trade away my tail.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Peter.

STOREY: Mermaid.

VELARD: Can you be more specific?

STOREY: Ariel the mermaid.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Yeah, that's right.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: You know, Ariel is perfect. We were looking for "The Little Mermaid." But you're right. She was very average-sized...

BALDWIN: She grew up.

EISENBERG: ...For a mermaid. You're right. You're right.

(LAUGHTER)

BALDWIN: That's my favorite fable, "The Mermaid."

EISENBERG: "The Mermaid," "The Average Mermaid."

(LAUGHTER)

VELARD: (Singing) The rotting hull's gone the way of Jonah. On these large vessels, is there any treasure there? The Lusitania, the Arizona sank to the bottom.

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EISENBERG: Peter.

STOREY: Wrecks? Shipwrecks.

EISENBERG: Yeah, shipwrecks.

VELARD: Yes, yes.

EISENBERG: Exactly. That's what we were looking for.

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EISENBERG: Although we now call them ship-hot-messes (ph).

(LAUGHTER)

VELARD: (Singing) As low as you can go, Challenger deep, in the Pacific Ocean, deep sea valley, walls are steep.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Brandi.

LOVE: Submarines?

EISENBERG: No, submarines is not exactly what we're looking for here. Peter, can you steal?

STOREY: Mariana Trench.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

VELARD: Wow.

EISENBERG: That's exactly what we were looking for.

VELARD: Wow, Peter.

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EISENBERG: Yeah, it's the deepest part of the ocean and east of Pacific Islands that share its name. It's also getting its own Whole Foods.

(LAUGHTER)

VELARD: (Singing) Baby, this was a story Plato told to teach a lesson about hubris in a nation bold. Plate tectonics say no lost continent, but some writers used to wonder where it went.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Peter.

STOREY: Atlantis

EISENBERG: Yeah, Atlantis.

(APPLAUSE)

VELARD: (Singing) I have eight arms, but I use my tentacles to catch my prey. I'm so big they wind up dead. I'm like an octopus but not identical. Release the Kraken.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Peter.

STOREY: Giant squid.

EISENBERG: Giant squid.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Peter, you really know your sunken stuff.

(LAUGHTER)

STOREY: I go low.

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Well done, sir.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Got a couple more.

VELARD: (Singing) The engines from this craft carried Buzz and Neil. They lay in the Atlantic till Jeff Bezos some zeal.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Brandi.

LOVE: It's one of the Apollos.

EISENBERG: Yeah, we'll take it.

LOVE: Yeah?

EISENBERG: Apollo 11.

LOVE: (Laughter).

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EISENBERG: One of the Apollos is good enough.

VELARD: (Singing) Sharks and dolphins, turtles, fish and more but less coral than there used to be before. Natural wonders, this place can boast. Off of Australia, it's down by Queensland's coast.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Peter.

STOREY: The Great Barrier Reef.

EISENBERG: Great Barrier Reef is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And this is your last clue.

VELARD: (Singing) He gave us "Avatar," "Terminator" also. He likes to go on solo dives. He's exploring, exploring, exploring, exploring like Cousteau.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Anytime, anyone? Do you want to - puzzle guru...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Oh, Peter.

STOREY: James Cameron?

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin, how did our contestants do?

BALDWIN: Peter, well done. You are one step closer to moving on to our Final Round.

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