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Apr 24, 2014 (Ask Me Another)

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We don't have to bleep a single word in this final round. Rather, identify famous folks who have four letters in both their first and last names, like the Grammy-winning singer of "I Try," Macy Gray.

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"I wrote all the drag-queen-ish lines," Bobby said, and Kristen added, "I was listening to a lot of Tori Amos at the time. We put a lot of our emotion into it. A lot of things we didn't realize we needed to express went into this song." (Getty Images)

'Let It Go': A Hit Song, Spawned From Partnership

Apr 24, 2014 (Ask Me Another)

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Has "Let It Go," the showstopper from Disney's Frozen, been stuck in your head all winter? You're probably humming it right now. It's a big-sounding song with a strong emotional core, written by husband-and-wife songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. If Queen Elsa, once destined to be the story's villain, is Frozen's superhero, then the Lopezes view "Let It Go" as her origin story moment.

Their own origin story is equally as magical, hinted at in the way the charming pair finishes each other's sentences (and sandwiches). Of their first meeting at a musical theatre workshop, Kristen says: "I fell in love with him immediately." Bobby says: "I thought, 'Thank God, someone who gets me. I can probably get with her.'"

The duo's knack for blending sweetness with irreverence shines through in lyrics such as "I don't know if I'm elated or gassy / But I'm somewhere in that zone." Their musical credits collectively include In Transit, Disney's Winnie The Pooh, Avenue Q and Book of Mormon, the latter two of which earned Bobby multiple Tony Awards. (He now is an EGOT winner.)

On Ask Me Another, Kristen and Bobby graciously lent their voices to a rewritten version of "Let It Go," that quizzed contestants about other cold and frozen items. And later, the gloves came off during a VIP Challenge that pitted spouse against spouse in a Broadway musical mash-up showdown.


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On trying to write songs for an earlier version of Frozen

There was a script, it was very Romancing the Stone live-action at the time. And we tried to write songs for that script, and it was like tuna and chocolate, a little bit. Like, "You put your chocolate in my tuna!" None of those songs stayed.


On finding the inspiration to write "Let It Go"

We stood on picnic benches [in Prospect Park] and imagined what it would be like if you'd put your whole life keeping your feelings in and trying to be perfect. And at the time, she was supposed to be a villain. But up on that picnic table, I started to feel sorry for her, and I started to think, "Well, that stinks!" She's been repressing who she is her whole life, and here at this moment, she's being chased out of a village from these people who she's been sacrificing her whole life for. She has to say goodbye to all of that, and yet there's this release.

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"I wrote all the drag-queen-ish lines," Bobby said, and Kristen added, "I was listening to a lot of Tori Amos at the time. We put a lot of our emotion into it. A lot of things we didn't realize we needed to express went into this song." (Getty Images)

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Which sounds like a more appealing read, The Great Gatsby or Trimalchio in West Egg? They're the same book, but now you've learned Fitzgerald's working title. Identify more book titles in this game.

Heard in Episode 315: Let It Lopez

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"I wrote all the drag-queen-ish lines," Bobby said, and Kristen added, "I was listening to a lot of Tori Amos at the time. We put a lot of our emotion into it. A lot of things we didn't realize we needed to express went into this song." (Getty Images)

This Quiz Never Bothered Me Anyway

Apr 24, 2014 (Ask Me Another)

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Sure you have an Oscar, but do you have an Ask Me Another Rubik's cube? Frozen's Married songwriters Bobby Lopez (Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez let their competitive swagger shine in a game where the answers are mashed-up musicals, like "The Lion King and I."

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"I wrote all the drag-queen-ish lines," Bobby said, and Kristen added, "I was listening to a lot of Tori Amos at the time. We put a lot of our emotion into it. A lot of things we didn't realize we needed to express went into this song." (Getty Images)

Google, You Autocomplete Me

Apr 24, 2014 (Ask Me Another)

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What's the weirdest thing you've ever Googled? Search histories can be so incriminating. In this round, guess celebrities based on their common search terms, like "height" and "goes crazy on Oprah."

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