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The Most Unusual Tea Shop In The World

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 11:11 am

At the Ask Me Another tea shop, we don't sell chai, but we do have tea that encourages faith and devotion: "loyal-tea." That's because all answers in this game sound like "tea." Share a cup with us!

Heard in Episode 322: A Primate Example

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

This game is called The Most Unusual Tea Shop In The World.

ELEONORE OPPENHEIM: Oh, no.

EISENBERG: And our contestants to play it are Matt Jacobs and Eleonore Oppenheim.

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EISENBERG: Have either of you heard that British slogan can't beat a cup in a crisis?

OPPENHEIM: Now I have.

EISENBERG: Yeah. It's a good one.

MATT JACOBS: First time.

EISENBERG: That is actually for tea, which is exciting. And, of course, our VIP is Andy Serkis. And we thought, you know, he's British. We should have tea some in the green room. And I was trying to think, like, what blend of tea is, like, calling, but is fun. So we put Long Island Iced Tea back there.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Right. That's how you start a Saturday morning. What is your go-to lift-your-spirits drink, Eleonore?

OPPENHEIM: I'm a simple gal. It's just coffee.

EISENBERG: I like that about you.

OPPENHEIM: Thank you.

EISENBERG: I like that about you.

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EISENBERG: I like the way you said that - I'm a simple gal. I'm like, wow.

OPPENHEIM: Easy to please.

EISENBERG: Yeah. I was like, I want whatever she's having immediately. Matt, how about you?

M. JACOBS: I'm a Vodka Gimlet fan in the summer.

EISENBERG: Vodka Gimlet, very, very classy. So in this game, you own a tea shop, and I'm in the market for specific and unusual blends of tea. So I'll give you a description, and you'll tell me what it's called. Puzzle Guru Art Chung, how about an example?

ART CHUNG: So if I said, I'm looking for some tea that will encourage faithfulness or devotion, you would say, yes, we sell loyal-tea.

AUDIENCE: Ah.

EISENBERG: It's basically a thinly failed word game, and the answers will all be words or phrases that end in T. OK, and to get the point, you must answer my little question by saying yes, we sell blank. OK? So I'm looking for some tea that will make me famous like the people in US Weekly. Do you sell it?

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EISENBERG: Eleonore.

OPPENHEIM: Would that be royal-tea? We have royal-tea. Are the in the - she's in the thing. Kate - no. She's always in it.

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CHUNG: I'm sorry. The keyword was they will make me famous.

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EISENBERG: Matt.

M. JACOBS: Why yes, we carry celebri-tea.

EISENBERG: That is what we're looking for. Yes.

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EISENBERG: I'm looking for some tea that will help me move quickly and easily. Do you sell it?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Matt.

M. JACOBS: Yes, we carry agili-tea.

EISENBERG: Oh, fantastic. Thank you.

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EISENBERG: I'm sure that has a lot of caffeine in it. I'm looking for some tea that, according to an old saying, killed the cat.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Matt.

M. JACOBS: Yes, we carry curiosi-tea.

EISENBERG: Yes, you do.

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EISENBERG: I'm looking for some tea that has the same name as that 1983 Police album with the single "Every Breath You Take" on it.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Eleonore.

OPPENHEIM: Oh, I finally got that buzzer working. Yes, we have synchronici-tea.

EISENBERG: Yes. Fantastic.

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EISENBERG: I'm looking for some tea named after a Japanese character with a red bow and no mouth.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Eleonore.

OPPENHEIM: Yes, we have a Hello Kit-tea.

EISENBERG: Yes, we do.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: OK, this is your last clue. We're looking for some tea that is so (bleep) good the sensors will have to bleep it out.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Matt.

M. JACOBS: This is my favorite kind of tea. Yes, we carry profani-tea.

EISENBERG: Are we excepting that?

CHUNG: We are accepting that.

EISENBERG: Yes, that is correct, Matt.

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EISENBERG: The other possibility was obscenity, but profanity works perfectly. How did our contestants do, Art?

CHUNG: It was a tough game, but Matt is our winner.

EISENBERG: Congratulations, Matt.

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EISENBERG: Great game guys. And, Matt, you will be moving on to our final round coming at the end of the show. What is it like to wear a hooded unitard covered in ping-pong balls for days on end? We're about to find out when we talk to our VIP actor Andy Serkis. So stick around. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER.

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