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"Man of the Month" w/ Jason Concepcion

"Man of the Month" w/ Jason Concepcion

Update: 2024-06-031
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AJ Jacobs and Jason Concepcion, co-host of the podcast Six Trophies, engage in a playful word puzzle game. The game revolves around guessing the first three letters of a month based on clues. For example, the clue "This is a person who works in a school who is also known as a custodian" leads to the answer "janitor" because January starts with J.A.N. The puzzle takes a surprising turn when they reach the summer months, revealing that the first letters of July, August, September, October, and November spell out Jason's name. This unexpected connection leads to a lighthearted discussion about the origins of the months and the influence of Julius Caesar on the calendar. The episode concludes with an extra credit question for listeners, asking them to identify a Canadian province whose capital is Halifax, and whose first three letters are the same as the first three letters of a month.

Outlines

00:00:00
Introduction and Puzzle Setup

This Chapter introduces the hosts, AJ Jacobs and Jason Concepcion, and sets up a word puzzle game. The game involves guessing the first three letters of a month based on clues. The first clue is "This is a person who works in a school who is also known as a custodian," leading to the answer "janitor" because January starts with J.A.N.

00:02:38
The Unexpected Connection

This Chapter continues the word puzzle game, with the hosts working through various clues and months. The game takes a surprising turn when they reach the summer months, revealing that the first letters of July, August, September, October, and November spell out Jason's name. This unexpected connection leads to a lighthearted discussion about the origins of the months and the influence of Julius Caesar on the calendar.

00:11:13
Extra Credit and Conclusion

This Chapter concludes the episode with an extra credit question for listeners, asking them to identify a Canadian province whose capital is Halifax, and whose first three letters are the same as the first three letters of a month. The hosts also remind listeners to rate the show and encourage them to return for more puzzling puzzles.

Keywords

Jason Concepcion
Jason Concepcion is a co-host of the podcast Six Trophies and Xray Vision. He is also a writer and producer, known for his work on the Hulu movie "Miguel Wants to Fight" and the television show "Primo." Concepcion is a super fan of the months of the year, particularly the summer months, as they spell out his name when taking the first letter of each month.

Word Puzzle
A word puzzle is a type of game that involves solving a problem or completing a task using words. The word puzzle in this episode involves guessing the first three letters of a month based on clues. This type of puzzle can be a fun and engaging way to test one's vocabulary and knowledge of language.

Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar was a Roman general and statesman who played a significant role in the Roman Republic's transition to the Roman Empire. He is known for his military campaigns, political reforms, and contributions to Roman literature. In this episode, Caesar is mentioned in relation to his reforms of the Roman calendar, which ultimately led to the modern calendar system we use today.

Months of the Year
The months of the year are a system of dividing a year into twelve periods, each with a specific name and duration. The names of the months are derived from various sources, including Roman mythology, Latin, and Germanic languages. In this episode, the months of the year are the focus of a word puzzle game, highlighting their unique characteristics and unexpected connections.

Extra Credit
Extra credit is a bonus assignment or activity that students can complete to earn additional points or a higher grade. In this episode, the hosts offer an extra credit question for listeners, challenging them to identify a Canadian province based on a clue related to the first three letters of a month. This playful element encourages listener engagement and participation.

Q&A

  • What is the surprising connection between Jason Concepcion's name and the months of the year?

    The first letters of July, August, September, October, and November spell out Jason's name.

  • What is the word puzzle game that AJ Jacobs and Jason Concepcion play in this episode?

    The game involves guessing the first three letters of a month based on clues. For example, the clue "This is a person who works in a school who is also known as a custodian" leads to the answer "janitor" because January starts with J.A.N.

  • How did Julius Caesar influence the modern calendar system?

    Julius Caesar's reforms of the Roman calendar led to the modern calendar system we use today. His reforms included establishing a leap year and standardizing the length of the months.

  • What is the extra credit question posed to listeners at the end of the episode?

    The question asks listeners to identify a Canadian province whose capital is Halifax, and whose first three letters are the same as the first three letters of a month.

Show Notes

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


Puzzling with us today: writer, podcaster, and host of "X-Ray Vision", Jason Concepcion!


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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