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Mister-y Men

Sep 4, 2013
Originally published on March 4, 2015 12:12 pm

In this final round, puzzle guru Art Chung gives descriptions of fictional men who go by "Mr." and you must identify their surnames. For example, the owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant on The Simpsons is Mr. Burns.

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Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back from Mind in the Gutteral Scott Bergeron; from All in the Cards, Melissa Kalwanaski; from Charming Old Moviehouse Justin Sheen; from I Am Not the Walrus, Jonathan Firestone; and from Down With O.P.P, Stacey Molski.


EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru Art Chung to take us out.

ART CHUNG: This final round is called Mister-y Men and it's about fictional characters who are known by the courtesy title Mister. I'll give you a pithy description of the fictional mister. You identify his last name. For example, if I said this evil mister is the owner of the Springfield nuclear power plants on "The Simpsons" that would be Mr. Burns.

We're going to play this spelling bee style, so one wrong answer and you're out. You'll only have a few seconds to give the answer. The last person standing is our grand winner. Remember, all of the answers will be a fictional Mister. Here we go. Scott, this monocled mister has been the official mascot of the snack food company Planters since 1916.


CHUNG: Mr. Peanut. You got it.


CHUNG: Melissa, this highly logical mister is Captain Kirk's pointy-eared chum on "Star Trek."


CHUNG: That's right.


CHUNG: Justin, this hunky mister was Carrie's main love interest on "Sex and the City."


CHUNG: Mr. Big. That's right. Jonathan, this elderly cartoon mister gets into no end of trouble due to his poor eyesight.


CHUNG: Three seconds.

FIRESTONE: I - Mr. Unknown.


CHUNG: I'm sorry; that's not the right answer. Stacey, do you know the answer?


CHUNG: Mr. Magoo is correct.


CHUNG: Thanks, Jonathan. We're back to Scott. Played by Jimmy Stewart in a 1939 film, this mister goes to Washington and launches into a senate-shaming filibuster.

BERGERON: Mr. Smith.

CHUNG: "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."


CHUNG: Melissa, this clay mister often yells oh, no in a cute falsetto voice in old "Saturday Night Live" short films.


CHUNG: Mr. Bill.


CHUNG: Justin, this meddling mister lived downstairs from Jack, Janet, and Chrissy on "Three's Company" with his sarcastic wife Helen.

SHEEN: Mr. Barney Fife.


CHUNG: No. Closer than you think but no. That's not right. Stacey, do you know the answer?

MOLSKI: Mr. Roper.

CHUNG: That's correct. Thank you.


CHUNG: We're back to Scott. This wise mister teachers Daniel-son how to wax on, wax off in the original "Karate Kid" movie.

BERGERON: Mr. Miagi.

CHUNG: Correct.


CHUNG: Melissa, this hairless mister is Dr. Evil's beloved cat in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery." Do you have an answer?

KALWANASKI: Mr. Nibbles?

CHUNG: Mr. Nibbles. Adorable but incorrect.


CHUNG: Stacey, do you have an answer for that?

MOLSKI: Mr. Bigglesworth.

CHUNG: That is correct. Thank you, Melissa.


CHUNG: We are down to two players, Scott and Stacey. Scott, this satchel-carrying mister is urged to please wait a minute in a 1961 hit song by the Marvelettes.

BERGERON: Mr. Postman?

CHUNG: That is correct.


CHUNG: Stacey, this grouchy mister owns the successful fast food restaurant where SpongeBob Squarepants works as a fry cook.

MOLSKI: Mr. Krabs.



CHUNG: Scott, this colorful mister is the title of a 1978 single by Electric Light Orchestra.

BERGERON: "Mr. Blue Sky."

CHUNG: That is correct.


CHUNG: All right. We've run out of questions so here's your tie-breaker. Hands on your buzzers. This vegetative mister with a famously-shaped noggin has been a supporting character in the "Toy Story" movies.


CHUNG: Scott.

BERGERON: Mr. Potato Head.

CHUNG: That's right.


EISENBERG: Stacey, runner-up. Amazing job. A huge round of applause for Stacey. Scott, you're our big ASK ME ANOTHER winner and as your prize you get to record Peter Sagal's outgoing voicemail message.


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