T-M Information In this final round, every answer is a brand name that is often used in a generic way, such as Kleenex.
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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Avi Zacherman, whose dream alarm clock is the "Hawaii Five-0" theme song...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...And Constantine Petallides, who owns a lot of swords.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Avi, Constantine, your final round is called TM Information. Kleenex is a trademark name, but many people use that word to refer to any brand of tissue. So in this game, every answer is a brand name that's commonly used in a generic way. And our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Michael C. Hall and Ronnie Chieng. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Avi is going first. Here we go. Avi, Johnson & Johnson makes these adhesive strips used for cuts and scrapes.

AVI ZACHERMAN: Band-Aids.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Constantine, Unilever makes these short rods with cotton swabs on both ends commonly used to clean ears in ways that go against the warning on the package.

(LAUGHTER)

CONSTANTINE PETALLIDES: Q-Tips.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

JONATHAN COULTON: Avi, Good Humor makes this flavored, water-based frozen treat on a stick.

ZACHERMAN: Fudgesicles.

EISENBERG: Water-based treat. I'm going to give you a chance to correct. We're looking for a water-based treat.

ZACHERMAN: Creamsicles.

EISENBERG: Three seconds.

(LAUGHTER)

ZACHERMAN: Popsicles.

EISENBERG: We'll give you...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: ...Popsicle. There you go.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Constantine, Parker Brothers, now part of Hasbro, holds the trademark on this activity also known as table tennis.

PETALLIDES: Ping-Pong.

EISENBERG: That's correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Avi, Marvel and DC Comics joined forces to trademark this term for a crime-fighting character with special powers.

ZACHERMAN: Superhero.

EISENBERG: Correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Constantine, a large, nerdy gathering for graphic novel and sci-fi lovers held annually in San Diego and elsewhere.

PETALLIDES: Comic-Con.

EISENBERG: Correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Avi, if you misspell your co-worker's name on a birthday card, you may grab this name-brand correction fluid made by BIC.

ZACHERMAN: Wite-Out.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Constantine, the Sealed Air Corporation holds the trademark on this poppable (ph) packaging material.

PETALLIDES: Bubble Wrap.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: We're at the halfway point, and the score is tied at 4-4. Avi, Wham-O holds the trademark on frisbees and this small bean bag kept in the air by one or more players using only feet.

ZACHERMAN: Hacky Sack.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Constantine, Sunbeam Products hold the trademark on this home appliance, also known as a slow cooker, that caused tragedy on "This Is Us."

PETALLIDES: Microwave.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. That is incorrect. We were looking for Crock-Pot. Avi, not every food storage container belongs to this name brand introduced in 1946 and known for its burp.

ZACHERMAN: Tupperware.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Constantine, next time you're stuck in a plane that hasn't even left the gate, you can look at the asphalt on the ground and thank this English company.

PETALLIDES: The asphalt on the ground is the tarmac. But the English company - Tarmac.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Avi, this name-brand term is often used to describe any text superimposed at the bottom of the screen during a TV broadcast.

ZACHERMAN: Crawl.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry, that is incorrect. We were looking for Chyron. Constantine, if you're at a live sporting event watching the giant TV screen, you may use this term to describe it, trademarked by Sony.

PETALLIDES: The JumboTron.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: The score is tied 6-6, and we have one last question for each of you. Avi, between hockey periods, you'll see ice resurfacers, invented in California by the guy whose name is commonly used to describe them.

ZACHERMAN: Zamboni.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Constantine, Dow Chemical Company holds the trademark on this word which is commonly used to describe the white, squeaky material disposable coffee cups and food containers are made of.

PETALLIDES: Styrofoam.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: OK. We're going to come down to a tie-breaker question.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: So here's your tiebreaker. This trademark is held by the corporation originally known as the Haloid Photographic Company. It's commonly used to describe any photocopier.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Constantine.

PETALLIDES: Xerox.

EISENBERG: That is correct. Congratulations.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And congratulations. Constantine, you're our big winner. And that's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER'S house musician Jonathan Coulton.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Hey, my name anagrams to Thou Jolt A Cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Camilla Franklin, Andrew Kane and senior writer Karen Lurie (ph) with additional material by Emily Winter. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neil (ph). ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Kiara Powell (ph), Edward Wyckoff Williams, Rommel Wood and our intern Alexis Stroemer, along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We're recorded by Damon Whittemore, Rick Kwan and Jeff O'Neil (ph). We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y. - the Bell House...

COULTON: Hot Heel Blues.

EISENBERG: ...And our live event sponsor, American Mensa, and our production partner, WNYC. I'm Her Ripe Begonias.

COULTON: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

(APPLAUSE)

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