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Nick Names

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 2:47 pm

Many celebrities are better known by their monikers, like George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr. or Jennifer "J. Lo." Lopez. In this game, we created nicknames for people who already have the name "Nick." Do you know who "Mr. Mariah Carey" might be?

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's say hello to our next two contestants, Silvija Ozols and Darwin Conner.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Darwin, Silvija, would you - did you give yourself a nickname growing up or were you given one? Darwin? Your name's Darwin. Was there any nicknames?

DARWIN CONNER: Yes. I can't believe I'm going to say this in public...

EISENBERG: OK.

CONNER: ...let alone on the radio. But in junior high school, I thought it was a good idea to call myself Big D.

(LAUGHTER)

CONNER: And a friend of mine got me a red sweatshirt - this is in the '80s - that said, "Big D," in quotes, which I wore to junior high school. So that worked out well.

EISENBERG: And you're like but what I did for myself. I made myself very...

CONNER: Very, very popular.

EISENBERG: ...very popular.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Silvija, what did you decide to call yourself?

SILVIJA OZOLS: I never had a nickname, really, because I was kind of a serious kid. And so like nobody felt compelled to give me a nickname.

(LAUGHTER)

JONATHAN COULTON: Man, they're a lot of sad stories on stage tonight.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah. Did you have one like if you could have one?

OZOLS: I did briefly call myself Silent J because there's a silent J in my name.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Aw.

OZOLS: But it didn't really stick.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: It's like an "Electric Company" story.

EISENBERG: I know.

COULTON: It's Big D and Silent J.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I know.

ART CHUNG: It's like an '80s rap group.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: All right, Big D, Silent J, this game is called Nick Names. And in this game we'll get real familiar with people named Nick. I'm going to give you three made up nick names to describe a famous person or fictional character and you have to ring in in the nick of time...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...and tell us who we're talking about. Puzzle guru Art Chung, how about an example?

CHUNG: Sure. If we said Coppola's kin, Mr. Moonstruck and a "National Treasure," the answer, of course, was Nick Cage.

EISENBERG: OK. And these nicknames, just remember, are made up. They're not real ones - as far as we know. And we're also talking about people with variations on the name Nick. So don't be thrown.

Let's go. "Rich Man, Poor Man," Malibu mug shot model and the sexiest man alive in 1992.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Silvija.

OZOLS: Nick Nolte?

EISENBERG: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

CONNER: He was the sexiest man alive?

EISENBERG: I know. That is the most...

COULTON: I would never get that.

EISENBERG: Yeah. And that's...

CONNER: It was slim pickens in 92.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Not a nickname he gave himself.

CONNER: I mean he was not the sexiest man. Slim Pickens was not the sexiest man in...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Slim Pickens.

CONNER: The pickings literally were slim.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: He's all that. Ringmaster of "America's Got Talent" and Mr. Mariah Carey.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Silvija.

OZOLS: Nick Cannon?

EISENBERG: Yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

CONNER: Totally knew that one.

EISENBERG: Yeah, you did?

CONNER: My buzzer's not working.

EISENBERG: Oh, you want to test it?

CONNER: Nah, I'm just kidding.

EISENBERG: OK.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Paris's pal, Lionel's girl, not so simple lifer.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Silvija?

OZOLS: Nicole Richie?

EISENBERG: Yes, indeed.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: What happened to you, Big D?

EISENBERG: It's Silent J's big moment.

JIM NAUGLE: Call me Silent D.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Brit critic, Arsenal soccer fan, high fidelity described scribe.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Silvija. Take a gasp.

OZOLS: Nick Hornby?

EISENBERG: Yeah. Exactly.

(APPLAUSE)

CONNER: Never heard of that person.

OZOLS: About a boy?

EISENBERG: Darwin, you've never heard of that person?

CONNER: I've never heard of that person. I have no idea who that is.

EISENBERG: No? Did you...

CONNER: This is completely unfair.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I know. We always try to write personal quizzes and it's hard.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Maybe you know this one. We'll find out.

CONNER: Nick Cannon.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Pink wig enthusiast "Idol" judge dropout, feud fueled rapper.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Silvija.

CONNER: Aw, I know it...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Don't feel bad. Don't feel bad.

OZOLS: Can I whisper to him and have him say it?

EISENBERG: No. You say the words.

(LAUGHTER)

CONNER: I know.

OZOLS: Nicki Minaj. Exactly.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right. This is your last clue. Tambourine tapper, leather and lace lover, Fleetwood Mac Mama.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Oh.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(LAUGHTER)

CONNER: She's looking at me and answering.

OZOLS: I feel bad. Stevie Nicks.

EISENBERG: Stevie Nicks is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

OZOLS: Don't hate the player, hate the game.

(LAUGHTER)

CONNER: Wow. I do. I hate the game.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: I don't even know if we need to go for it, but clearly, Sylvija was our winner.

EISENBERG: Congratulations, Sylvija.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: We will see you later for our Ask Me One More final round. I love those two.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: They should have a sitcom.

EISENBERG: They totally should have a sitcom.

(LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll talk musician, motivational speaker and high priest of partying, Andrew W.K. I'm Ophira Eisenberg and this is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PARTY HARD")

ANDREW W.K.: (Singing) When it's time to party we will party hard. You, you work all night (all night). And when you work you don't feel all right. Party hard. Awwww. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.