Hail To The Chief In this final round, every answer contains the last name of a U.S. President.
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Hail To The Chief

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now it's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists, Evan and Morgan.

EISENBERG: All right, puzzle guru Greg Pliska, take it away.

GREG PLISKA: Thank you, Ophira. Evan and Morgan, your final round is called Hail To The Chief. Every answer in this round contains the name of a U.S. president. We're playing this round like a penalty shootout. The contestant who scores the most points will be our big winner. And your prize will be an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Craig and Cameron, toonie (ph) signed by Cameron and a set of stickers from "Take My Wife." Now, we flipped a coin back stage, and Morgan is going first.

In 1908, this company produced the first commercially successful upright vacuum cleaner.

MORGAN RICHARDSON: The Hoover.

PLISKA: That is correct.

PLISKA: Evan, it's a nickname for the elevated thyroid cartilage at the front of a man's neck.

EVAN HAMMOND: Adam's Apple.

PLISKA: That is correct...

PLISKA: ...Evan. Morgan, children's building toy invented in the early 20th century.

RICHARDSON: Lincoln Logs.

PLISKA: That is...

PLISKA: ...Correct. Evan, vehicle company that makes the F-150.

HAMMOND: Ford.

PLISKA: Correct. Morgan, this cartoon cat loves lasagna as much as he hates Mondays.

RICHARDSON: Garfield.

PLISKA: Correct.

PLISKA: Evan, the piece of foliage through which God commanded Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

PLISKA: We've got three more seconds.

PLISKA: No, I'm sorry. We were looking for the burning bush. OK, Morgan, the University of Wisconsin Badgers play their home football games in this city.

RICHARDSON: Madison.

PLISKA: Madison is correct.

PLISKA: Evan, this Midwest city hosts the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and hosted the 2016 Republican National Convention.

HAMMOND: Cleveland.

PLISKA: That is correct.

PLISKA: OK, Morgan, this is your question - the name of this Central European dance style means Polish woman. Three more seconds.

PLISKA: No, the correct answer is polka - get it, James Polk - it's - ah, it's tricky. James Polk.

Evan, to poke a hole through something like an ear.

HAMMOND: Pierce.

PLISKA: Correct.

PLISKA: Morgan, a spinoff of "All In The Family," this sitcom featured a couple who moved on up to the East Side.

RICHARDSON: The Washingtons.

PLISKA: No (laughter). The other spinoff, "The Jeffersons." Evan, in this 1998 film, Jim Carrey plays a man whose every waking moment is televised. Three more seconds.

HAMMOND: The Truman Game?

PLISKA: No. I'm sorry, so close. "The Truman Show" is what we were looking for. Morgan, she played the sassy and cynical Miranda Hobbes on "Sex And The City." Three more seconds.

RICHARDSON: Oh, no.

PLISKA: That would be Cynthia Nixon - no relation to the president. Evan, she plays Olivia Pope on "Scandal."

HAMMOND: Last name is Washington.

PLISKA: We're going to need a full name, Evan.

HAMMOND: No.

PLISKA: Yeah.

PLISKA: Really only fair that way.

HAMMOND: Olivia Washington.

PLISKA: No, I'm sorry. The correct answer is Kerry Washington. All right, so we have a tie. Here is your tie-breaker question. The songs "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space" appear on her best-selling album "1989."

PLISKA: That would be Evan.

HAMMOND: Taylor Swift.

PLISKA: Taylor Swift is correct.

EISENBERG: Wow, down to a tiebreaker. Both of you are equally amazing. Evan, you are our big winner. Enjoy your prize.

EISENBERG: That's our show. Thank you so much for playing. For bonus games and stuff that's too hot for radio, look us up on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our podcast on Google Play, iTunes and Stitcher. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is Greg Pliska.

PLISKA: Hey, my name anagrams to Sparkle Gig.

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

PLISKA: Thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our senior supervising producer is Art Chung.

PLISKA: Hung chart (ph).

EISENBERG: Our puzzles are written by Eric Feinstein, David Israel, Julia Melfi, Jess Miller and senior writer Kyle Beekly. ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Denny Shin, Rommel Wood and our intern Ashlin Hatch...

PLISKA: Halt I can sh...

EISENBERG: ...Along with Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore, Mike Cohn (ph) and Tyler McAllister (ph). ASK ME ANOTHER was created by Eric Nuzum and Jesse Baker. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., The Bell House...

PLISKA: Hot heel blues.

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

PLISKA: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: ...And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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