Call The Doctor

Dec 5, 2013
Originally published on April 16, 2014 3:46 pm

Puzzle Guru John Chaneski leads this final round in which every correct answer is the name of a real or fictional doctor, most of whom you shouldn't go to for medical advice. Except maybe Dr. Who. Bonus trivia question: On The Muppet Show, who led the house band and played the keyboards?

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Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. So let's bring back from Bruce Willis, Wash Your Mouth Out, Matt Davis. From Bad Things Come in Threes, Linzee Troubh. From Not on the List, Doug Freedman. And from Gone to the Dogs, Ty Cone.


EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru John Chaneski to crown our champion.

JOHN CHANESKI: This final round is called Call the Doctor. In this round, every correct answer will be a real or fictional doctor, most of whom you shouldn't go to for medical advice. For example, if we said that this doctor's known for his gel orthopedics, you'd say Dr. Scholls. Here we go. Matt, this movie doctor once attempted to hold the world ransom for the princely sum of $1 million.


CHANESKI: Dr. Evil is right. Linzee, this doctor packs 23 flavors in a can along with high fructose corn syrup.


CHANESKI: Dr Pepper is right. Doug, he's England's favorite time traveler in a TARDIS.


CHANESKI: Dr. Who is right. Ty, this rapper came straight out of Compton to cofound Death Row Records.

TY CONE: Dr. Dre.



CHANESKI: Matt, on November 10, 1871 Henry Morton Stanley finally found this doctor in present day Tanzania.

DAVIS: I have no idea.

CHANESKI: All right. Step aside for just a second. Let's see if Linzee knows it. Linzee?

TROUBH: No. I also have no idea.

CHANESKI: Step aside for just a second. Let's see if Doug knows it.

FREEDMAN: Dr. Livingstone, I presume.

CHANESKI: You presume correctly, Doug. Way to go.


CHANESKI: We'll have to say good-bye to Matt and Linzee. And we're down to two. Down to Ty and Doug. Here we go, Ty. Call this fellow the doctor of punk rock footwear.

CONE: Doc Martin.

CHANESKI: Doc Martin is right. Doug, when he wasn't helping people commit suicide, this famous doctor was also an oil painter and jazz musician.

FREEDMAN: Dr. Kevorkian.

CHANESKI: That's right.


CHANESKI: Ty, this host of the radio show "Love Line" graduated to helping famous people with their addictions in "Celebrity Rehab."

CONE: Dr. Drew?

CHANESKI: Dr. Drew Pinsky is correct.


CHANESKI: Doug, Omar Sharif plays this title character in a 1965 drama directed by David Lean.

FREEDMAN: Dr. Zhivago.

CHANESKI: Dr. Zhivago is right. Ty, this slamdunk king has had his jersey number retired by two different NBA teams, the Philadelphia 76'ers and the Brooklyn Nets.

CONE: Dr. J?

CHANESKI: Dr. J is right. Doug, in this '90s Nintendo video game, players destroyed viruses by matching colors on descending colored capsules. Three seconds.

FREEDMAN: No idea.

CHANESKI: Let's see if Ty knows it.

CONE: Dr. Mario?

CHANESKI: It is Dr. Mario.


CHANESKI: I thought he was a plumber. Ty, you're the winner of the game.

EISENBERG: Doug, thank you so much. Well done. Ty, you're our ASK ME ANOTHER big winner. Nellie McKay has put together a prize package for you.

CONE: I am so looking forward to the furry handcuffs.

EISENBERG: Yes. You get a signed copy of her Doris Day tribute album, "Normal as Blueberry Pie" as well as those faux fur handcuffs, love cuffs, straight from her to you. So congratulations.

CONE: Thank you so much.


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