What A Geome-Treat

Jan 3, 2020

In this final round, every answer is a 2-D or a 3-D shape.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Sarah Sandkuhler, who opened a refrigerator door full of human eyes, and Mickey Lambert, a Mets fan whose hobbies include masochism, disappointment and losing. That's right.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: Mickey and Sarah, your final round is called Geometry. To every answer is a 2D or 3D shape. And our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Luke James. We rolled an icosahedron backstage, and Mickey is going first. Remember - every answer is a 2D or 3D shape. Here we go. Mickey, the name of this shape comes from the Latin for egg.

MICKEY LAMBERT: Oval.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: That is correct. Sarah, the U.S. Department of Defense is headquartered here.

SARAH SANDKUHLER: The Pentagon.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: That is correct. Mickey, parafoil, box and Delta are all types of this flying toy.

LAMBERT: A kite.

EISENBERG: That's correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Sarah, in Taoism, eight trigrams representing natural forces are often arranged into this shape.

SANDKUHLER: An octagon.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: That is correct. Jonathan, how great are our contestants doing?

JONATHAN COULTON: They're doing very well. It's a tie game - 2-2.

EISENBERG: All right. Mickey, the Disney theme park Epcot is known for Spaceship Earth, a large geodesic structure shaped like this.

LAMBERT: A sphere.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: (Laughter) That is correct. Sarah, Brandon Flowers of The Killers sang that Andy is this shape in nobody's eyes but mine.

SANDKUHLER: A star.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SANDKUHLER: I love that song.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Mickey, in 2013, Edward Snowden leaked the existence of this NSA surveillance program.

LAMBERT: I'm going to hate myself in a minute. Dodecahedron.

EISENBERG: Great guess. We were looking for PRISM.

LAMBERT: Oh, ouch.

EISENBERG: Sarah, this payment company produces point-of-sale devices often used at hip coffee shops.

SANDKUHLER: Apple.

EISENBERG: Sorry, we were looking for square. OK, we're halfway through our questions. Jonathan, how are our contestants doing?

COULTON: A little less well, but it is still a time...

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Still a tie game - 3-3

EISENBERG: Mickey, in acrobatics, it's a tiered formation of three or more humans.

LAMBERT: A pyramid.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: That is correct. Sarah, in the human eye, these photoreceptors allow you to see colors.

SANDKUHLER: Cones.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Yes, that is correct.

COULTON: Seems unfair.

EISENBERG: Appropriate. Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Sometimes you get the question you need.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Mickey, in DNA, nucleic acids are arranged into this double shape.

LAMBERT: A helix.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Sarah - Canada, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the U.S. all have at least some land in the area of the globe known as the Arctic this.

SANDKUHLER: Circle.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: That is correct. OK, only a few questions left. Jonathan, what is the situation?

COULTON: Well, there can be only one winner, but it's very unclear who that's going to be.

EISENBERG: OK.

COULTON: It is still a tie game.

EISENBERG: Mickey, the region around NC State, Duke and UNC Chapel Hill is known as the research this.

LAMBERT: Triangle.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: That is correct. Sarah, in a beehive honeycomb, each cell is this shape.

SANDKUHLER: A hexagon.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: That is correct. OK, we have one last question for each of you.

COULTON: And it is still a tie game.

EISENBERG: Mickey, 60 years have passed if you're celebrating this anniversary or jubilee.

LAMBERT: Diamond.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: OK. Sarah, you need to get this question right to force a tiebreaker question.

EISENBERG: Sarah, in an engine, it's the chamber paired up with a piston.

SANDKUHLER: Cylinder.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: That is correct. All right.

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EISENBERG: We are down to our big tiebreaker. Here's your tiebreaker. The name of this four-sided shape with four right angles comes from the Latin for right angle.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Mickey?

LAMBERT: Rectangle.

EISENBERG: That is correct. Congratulations. Well done, Sarah, and congratulations, Mickey.

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EISENBERG: 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 Jamie Greenberg (ph), Scott Ross and senior writer Karen Lurie, with additional material by Ashley Brooke Roberts and Emily Winter. ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Kiara Powell, Nancy Saechao, Rommel Wood and our intern Natalie Hitayen. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore and Noriko Okabe. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neil (ph). Our bosses' bosses are Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., The Bell House...

COULTON: Hot-heel blues.

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

COULTON: Ophira Eisenberg.

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