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"Earbuses" w/ Malika Andrews

"Earbuses" w/ Malika Andrews

Update: 2024-05-311
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AJ Jacobs, host of "The Puzzler Podcast", welcomes Malika Andrews, Emmy-winning journalist and host of NBA Today on ESPN, as a guest. They play an audio-rebus game called "ear bus" where AJ says a word in a specific tone of voice or accent, and Malika has to combine the word and the manner of speaking to reveal a two-word phrase related to sports. They start with "motion" spoken slowly, which reveals "slow motion". They continue with "play, play, play" spoken repeatedly, leading to "triple play". AJ then introduces the concept of a "three-peat" and discusses the rarity of a "six-peat" in sports. They move on to clues like "skating" and "yards" spoken quickly, revealing "speed skating" and "rushing yards". AJ also throws in a bonus clue, "Jonathan", spoken in a specific way, which reveals "Jonathan Quick", a famous hockey goalie. The game continues with clues like "jump" and "yelp", leading to "fade away jumper" and "reverse play". Finally, AJ leaves the listeners with an extra credit clue, "Charlie", for them to solve. The episode ends with Greg Pliske, the chief puzzle officer, revealing the answer to the previous episode's extra credit clue, which was "Orlando Science", the opposite world version of the Orlando Magic.

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00:00:00
Introduction and Ear Bus Game

This Chapter introduces AJ Jacobs, host of "The Puzzler Podcast", and his guest, Malika Andrews, Emmy-winning journalist and host of NBA Today on ESPN. They begin playing an audio-rebus game called "ear bus" where AJ says a word in a specific tone of voice or accent, and Malika has to combine the word and the manner of speaking to reveal a two-word phrase related to sports. They start with "motion" spoken slowly, which reveals "slow motion". They continue with "play, play, play" spoken repeatedly, leading to "triple play". AJ then introduces the concept of a "three-peat" and discusses the rarity of a "six-peat" in sports.

00:05:12
Three-Peat Theme and Speed Skating

This Chapter continues the "ear bus" game with a theme of three-peats. AJ starts with "skating" spoken repeatedly, which reveals "speed skating". He then gives another clue in the same genre, "yards" spoken quickly, leading to "rushing yards". AJ also throws in a bonus clue, "Jonathan", spoken in a specific way, which reveals "Jonathan Quick", a famous hockey goalie.

00:08:08
Fade Away Jumper and Reverse Play

This Chapter continues the "ear bus" game with clues like "jump" and "yelp", leading to "fade away jumper" and "reverse play". AJ then gives the listeners an extra credit clue, "Charlie", for them to solve.

00:10:34
Extra Credit Answer and Outro

This Chapter features Greg Pliske, the chief puzzle officer, revealing the answer to the previous episode's extra credit clue, which was "Orlando Science", the opposite world version of the Orlando Magic. The episode ends with a reminder to subscribe and a preview of the next episode's puzzles.

Keywords

The Puzzler Podcast
A podcast hosted by AJ Jacobs that focuses on puzzles and games. The podcast features a variety of puzzles, including word puzzles, logic puzzles, and riddles. Guests often join AJ to play games and solve puzzles.

Audio-rebus
A type of puzzle where a word or phrase is represented by a combination of a picture and a word. In the context of the podcast, the "ear bus" game is an audio-rebus where the word is spoken in a specific tone of voice or accent, and the listener has to combine the word and the manner of speaking to reveal the phrase.

Ear Bus
A term coined by AJ Jacobs for the audio-rebus game played on "The Puzzler Podcast". The game involves combining a word spoken in a specific way with the manner of speaking to reveal a two-word phrase.

Three-peat
A term used in sports to describe a team or individual winning a championship three times in a row. The podcast discusses the rarity of a "three-peat" and the even rarer occurrence of a "six-peat".

Malika Andrews
An Emmy-winning journalist and host of NBA Today on ESPN. She is a guest on "The Puzzler Podcast" and plays the "ear bus" game with AJ Jacobs.

Jonathan Quick
A famous hockey goalie who is the winningest American-born goalie ever. He is mentioned as a bonus clue in the "ear bus" game.

Reverse Play
A maneuver in football where a player carrying the ball reverses direction, often to deceive the opposing team. This is revealed as the answer to one of the "ear bus" clues.

Orlando Science
The opposite world version of the Orlando Magic, an NBA team. This is revealed as the answer to the previous episode's extra credit clue.

Q&A

  • What is the "ear bus" game?

    The "ear bus" game is an audio-rebus where AJ Jacobs says a word in a specific tone of voice or accent, and the listener has to combine the word and the manner of speaking to reveal a two-word phrase related to sports.

  • What is a "three-peat"?

    A "three-peat" is a term used in sports to describe a team or individual winning a championship three times in a row.

  • Who is Malika Andrews?

    Malika Andrews is an Emmy-winning journalist and host of NBA Today on ESPN. She is a guest on "The Puzzler Podcast" and plays the "ear bus" game with AJ Jacobs.

  • What is the answer to the bonus clue "Jonathan"?

    The answer to the bonus clue "Jonathan" is "Jonathan Quick", a famous hockey goalie.

  • What is the answer to the previous episode's extra credit clue?

    The answer to the previous episode's extra credit clue is "Orlando Science", the opposite world version of the Orlando Magic.

Show Notes

Hello, Puzzlers! AJ has a new book out! You can order "The Year of Living Constitutionally" right now!.


Puzzling with us today: sports journalist and host of NBA Today, Malika Andrews!


Join host A.J. Jacobs and his guests as they puzzle–and laugh–their way through new spins on old favorites, like anagrams and palindromes, as well as quirky originals such as “Ask Chat GPT” and audio rebuses.


Subscribe to The Puzzler podcast wherever you get your podcasts! 


"The Puzzler with A.J. Jacobs" is distributed by iHeartPodcasts and is a co-production with Neuhaus Ideas. 


Our executive producers are Neely Lohmann and Adam Neuhaus of Neuhaus Ideas, and Lindsay Hoffman of iHeart Podcasts.


The show is produced by Jody Avirgan and Brittani Brown of Roulette Productions. 


Our Chief Puzzle Officer is Greg Pliska. Our associate producer is Andrea Schoenberg.

See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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