Ask Me Another
9:07 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Hi-Ho Elemental Metals, Away!

We all know about Silver, the Lone Ranger's trusty steed — but did you know that he had a whole herd of other stallions, also named after metals? House musician Jonathan Coulton tests our contestants' mettle in this musical game, in which the answers to his musical clues — sung to the theme song of The Lone Ranger — are all the names of other metals. Hi-ho, word games, away!

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

To play our first round, please welcome to the stage our contestants Juliet Green and Brad Timmers.

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EISENBERG: Now, we have two visitors to New York. Juliet, you're visiting us from Paolo Alto, California.

JULIET GREEN: California.

EISENBERG: Excelente.

GREEN: Sunny California.

EISENBERG: Sunny California. You're here for a jazz convention.

GREEN: Yes. The Jazz Connect Conference that is going on at the Hilton this weekend.

EISENBERG: And it's because you are a jazz musician?

GREEN: I am a jazz singer.

EISENBERG: Jazz singer. Awesome. What's one of your favorite standards, jazz standards, to sing?

GREEN: Oh, my goodness. I like vocalese. So I like instrumental standards that some crazy person has put words to.

EISENBERG: Like what?

GREEN: Like "Twisted." That's sort of the most famous Annie Ross, Joni Mitchell kind of cool thing.

JONATHAN COULTON: My analyst told me. That's how it starts. My analyst told me.

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Right. Would you mind singing a line? How do you feel about that?

GREEN: (singing) That I was right out of my head, the way he described it. He said I'd be better dead than live.

EISENBERG: Yeah. All right. Nice!

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EISENBERG: Now, Brad is visiting all the way from New Jersey. But you are a big traveler.

BRAD TIMMERS: Yes. This year I went to Uzbekistan.

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah. How was that?

TIMMERS: Actually, not as exotic as it sounds.

EISENBERG: Oh.

TIMMERS: It's somewhat normal over there. You shouldn't be scared of it.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yes. So if someone - I think that should be given to their tourism board, that little...

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EISENBERG: It's somewhat normal over here. Visit Uzbekistan. This game is called Hi-Ho, Elemental Metals Away! Jonathan, you seem like the Long Ranger type.

COULTON: Thanks.

EISENBERG: That is mysterious.

COULTON: Sure.

EISENBERG: With a closet full of black masks and chaps.

COULTON: That's right. I actually had to move them to the storage space.

EISENBERG: I understand. There's so many.

COULTON: Yeah.

EISENBERG: What is this game about?

COULTON: Well, the Lone Ranger loved to make a dramatic exit by yelling hi-ho, Silver, away. Silver was the name of his horse, obviously. In this game we have added lyrics to "The William Tell Overture," also known as the Lone Ranger theme song, to describe metals other than silver found on Periodic Table of Elements.

EISENBERG: That is so us.

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COULTON: That's how we do. So you have to tell us which metals we're talking about and when you answer we would appreciate it if you would give us your best Lone Ranger impression and yell hi-ho uranium away. Everyone will think you seem very cool when you do that, I promise. So the winner of this game will move on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show.

Are you ready?

TIMMERS: Yes.

COULTON: OK. (singing) It once was in paint and in gasoline but the government thought it should intervene. But it's still found in bullets and fishing weights and in crystal it scintillates.

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COULTON: Juliet.

GREEN: Hi ho lead, away.

COULTON: Yes.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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EISENBERG: Lead is not a fast horse, I take it.

COULTON: No.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: (singing) In a soda can or in some foil this is what you'll see, something that in England is pronounced a little differently.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Juliet.

GREEN: Hi-ho aluminum - aluminium - away.

COULTON: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: That's right.

GREEN: Right.

COULTON: That's the British Lone Ranger. (singing) It's liquid at room temperature but don't drink it; you'll go mad for sure.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Juliet.

GREEN: Hi-ho mercury, away.

COULTON: Hi-ho mercury, away. That's right. (singing) It's in pots and in pans and electric wires, on domes, on statues, tall church spires. If it's clean it'll have a bright orange sheen, but if not then it will turn green.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Juliet.

GREEN: Hi-ho copper, away.

COULTON: You got it.

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EISENBERG: You've a lot of glee in your voice, Juliet.

GREEN: I do.

EISENBERG: It's good.

COULTON: The Lone Ranger was a happy fellow.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: (singing) Thatcher was this type of lady, Tony Starks this kind of man. Add it to a butterfly or maiden and you'll have a band.

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COULTON: Brad.

TIMMERS: Hi-ho iron, away.

COULTON: That's right.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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COULTON: See that, Brad? Everybody was rooting for you all along.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

COULTON: (singing) There's a coin named for this element with the face of the third president.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Brad.

TIMMERS: Hi-ho nickel, away.

COULTON: Yes. You got it.

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COULTON: All right. This is your last question. (singing) On a lifeguard's nose it'll make a splash. It'll get rid of dandruff in a flash. It can smash diaper rash. Of course we themed the oxide of the element whose symbol is the end, Z end, the end.

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COULTON: Brad.

TIMMERS: Hi-ho zinc, away.

COULTON: That's right.

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COULTON: Puzzle guru Art Chung, who won that game?

ART CHUNG: In this round the gold medal winner was Juliet.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Juliet. We will see you again at our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.