Now that the episode has aired, I feel safe letting you know that I did, in fact, win Carl Kassell’s voice in my answering machine. I was asked a question about John Edward’s affair which I was able to answer without problem. The second question was about e-mails sent back and forth during the Clinton campaign. I missed that one initially, but got some hints and was able to get to a correct answer in a roundabout way. The final question was about the recent death of Isaac Hayes, which I answered with no problem. Having made a list of possible questions really, really helped.
I was curious as to how the show would be edited. While holding on the phone I had to listen to Peter Sagle ask the panelists four questions. The questions that he asked were NOT the ones that were added before my segment. There was just a moment of confusion as to whether or not I was listening to the correct show.
NPR was very gracious with their editing, though, and my bumbling was edited out to make a tighter, more coherent sound segment. Also cut, I guess in the interested of time, were the question and answer about the weather in Greenville. No matter. I won, and they made me sound good doing it, so I’m happy. Now we expect to get some unusual calls on our machine just to hear Carl’s voice.
You can hear the show on the Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me website. It will be available for download from the Podcast link through next Sunday (August 24). After that it will be available on their archives page.
Since I was successful at this, I may have to make this a pentathlon and get on both Car Talk and the NPR Puzzler.
[tags]Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, NPR[/tags]