Final Round

Jan 17, 2020
Originally published on January 24, 2020 9:50 am

The final two contestants test their knowledge of everything from world leaders to puppets in this rapid-fire game of smarts and strategy.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalist Christian Thomsen, who refuses to photocopy a rare book for his nephews, and Kathryn Brower, who teaches children to like themselves, like what they're doing and like art.

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EISENBERG: OK. You need to be smart and strategic to win this final round, and you also might win an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Justin Long and Marina Franklin. The first contestant to bank eight points wins. There are multiple categories. Each category has four clues. Each clue is worth one point. Your first category is world leaders. Name the country. And the first clue is always a toss-up, so ring in to answer - Angela Merkel.

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EISENBERG: Kathryn.

KATHRYN BROWER: Germany.

EISENBERG: That is correct. OK, Kathryn, you have one point and control of the category. To keep going and earn up to three more points, you just say, ask me another. But the risk is if you miss a clue, your opponent will get a chance to steal control of the category and all the points you haven't banked.

BROWER: Ask me another.

EISENBERG: Great - Shinzo Abe.

BROWER: Oh, sugar - Japan?

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: All right, what do you want to do?

BROWER: I'm good.

EISENBERG: All right.

JONATHAN COULTON: All right, Kathryn. Those two points go in your bank. The score is now 2-0 with you in the lead.

EISENBERG: Your next category is everybody loves puppets. Ring in to answer. This green "Star Wars" character debuted in "The Empire Strikes Back" as a puppet performed by Frank Oz.

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EISENBERG: Christian.

CHRISTIAN THOMSEN: Yoda.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

THOMSEN: Ask me another.

EISENBERG: This British puppet show about a fighting couple dates back to the 1600s.

THOMSEN: "Punch And Judy."

EISENBERG: That is correct. What do you want to do?

THOMSEN: This is puppets, right?

EISENBERG: Yep.

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THOMSEN: I'm good.

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COULTON: All right, that's two points in your bank. The score is tied 2-2 - afraid of puppets.

EISENBERG: Your next category is breakfast. Ring in to answer. This brunch cocktail is made with tomato juice and vodka.

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EISENBERG: Christian.

COULTON: Bloody Mary.

EISENBERG: All right.

THOMSEN: Ask me another.

EISENBERG: This dish is Spanish for eggs ranch-style.

THOMSEN: Huevos rancheros.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

THOMSEN: I'm good.

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EISENBERG: All right.

COULTON: Playing it safe - another two points in the bank. You're now ahead 4-2.

EISENBERG: Here is your next category - bones. Ring in to answer. These bones protect the heart and lungs.

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EISENBERG: Kathryn.

BROWER: The ribs.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

BROWER: Ask me another.

EISENBERG: It's the only movable bone in the skull.

BROWER: Well, you can't move your nose, and you - I'm going to go with the mandible, the jawbone.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's correct.

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EISENBERG: You've got two more clues in this category.

BROWER: Yeah. Ask me another. Sure.

EISENBERG: It's the longest bone in the human body.

BROWER: I'm pretty sure it's the femur.

EISENBERG: I'm pretty sure you're right.

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BROWER: Why not? Ask me another.

EISENBERG: Carpals, metacarpals and phalanges are all bones in this body part.

BROWER: Your hand?

EISENBERG: Yes, that is correct as well.

COULTON: Well done, Kathryn. You ran that category. You got four additional points in your bank. You're now ahead of Christian 6-4.

EISENBERG: All right. We're moving on to your next category, screen to stage. Name the stage musical based on a movie featuring these songs - "Revenge Party" and "Meet The Plastics."

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EISENBERG: Kathryn.

BROWER: "Mean Girls."

EISENBERG: That is correct.

COULTON: Kathryn, if you get this next clue right, you win.

BROWER: And if I don't get it right, I lose all of my self-respect, so I - ask me another.

EISENBERG: "The Whole Being Dead Thing" and "Day-O."

BROWER: "Beetlejuice."

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Wow, wow, wow. Congratulations. Well done, Christian, and congratulations, Kathryn. You're our big winner.

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EISENBERG: And that's our show. Our podcast drops each Friday. Listen and subscribe. ASK ME ANOTHER's house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

COULTON: Hey. My name anagrams to thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Andrew Kane, Scott Ross and senior writer Karen Lurie, with additional material by Cara Weinberger and Emily Winter. ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Kiara Powell (ph), Nancy Saechao and Rommel Wood. We were recorded by Damon Whittemore, Noriko Okabe and David Hurtgen. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neel, and our bosses' bosses our Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Bell House...

COULTON: Hot heel blues.

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EISENBERG: ...And our production partner WNYC. I'm her ripe begonias.

COULTON: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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