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Final Round: Two-Timers, Google And Gum

Final Round: Two-Timers, Google And Gum

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Elizabeth Filipovich, who SoulCycled (ph) next to Michelle Obama, and Molly Rubin, who, as a production assistant on a true crime show, had to put photos in order from least to most gory.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right. Elizabeth and Molly, you need to be smart and strategic to win our grand prize, which is an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Dan Deacon. 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 Two-Timers Who Won It Twice. And the first clue is always a toss-up, so ring in to answer.

She won the Grammy for album of the year for the albums "21" and "25."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Elizabeth.

ELIZABETH FILIPOVICH: Adele.

EISENBERG: That is correct. All right, Elizabeth.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: You have one point and control of the category. To keep going and earn up to three more points, just say, ask me another. But the risk is if you miss a clue, your opponent can steal control of the category and all the points you haven't banked. So what will it be?

FILIPOVICH: Ask me another.

EISENBERG: He won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for "Fences" and "The Piano Lesson."

FILIPOVICH: August Wilson.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: What do you want to do?

(APPLAUSE)

FILIPOVICH: Ask me another.

EISENBERG: This country won the FIFA men's World Cup in 1998 and 2018.

FILIPOVICH: Spain.

EISENBERG: Sorry, that is incorrect.

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: Molly, if you know the answer to this question, you will steal Elizabeth's two points and take control.

MOLLY RUBIN: Germany.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry, that is incorrect. The answer is France.

RUBIN: Never would've guessed that.

COULTON: OK, so Molly was unable to steal. Those two points stay with you. Elizabeth, you are now in the lead 2-0.

EISENBERG: OK, here's your next category. It's Economics. Ring in to answer.

With Friedrich Engels, he wrote "The Communist Manifesto."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Elizabeth.

FILIPOVICH: Karl Marx.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: What would you like to do?

FILIPOVICH: I'm good.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Playing it safe - all right. Banking that one point, you're now ahead 3-0.

EISENBERG: Your next category is Chew Some Gum. Ring in.

Halitosis is the technical term for this condition.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Molly.

RUBIN: Bad breath.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: What would you like to do?

RUBIN: Ask me another.

EISENBERG: Pike Place Market Theater wall is famously covered in used chewing gum. It is located in this city.

RUBIN: Seattle.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

RUBIN: Ask me another.

EISENBERG: This chewing gum brand is represented by a rainbow zebra named Yipes.

RUBIN: Dubble Bubble?

EISENBERG: Sorry, that is incorrect. Elizabeth?

FILIPOVICH: Fruit Stripe?

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: OK. You stole two points, and you got a point for that answer. You now have three and control of the category.

EISENBERG: What would you like to do, Elizabeth? There's one clue left in this category.

FILIPOVICH: OK. I'm good.

COULTON: OK. Banking those three points, you now have six.

EISENBERG: Your next category is Dead Google Products. Ring in.

In 2011, Google took down its online version of this reference. Competitors include the OED and Merriam-Webster.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Elizabeth.

FILIPOVICH: Dictionary.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: All right. Elizabeth, you are within striking distance of victory. If you get this next one correct, you will win the game.

FILIPOVICH: OK.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: We're all very excited.

EISENBERG: What would you like to do? You can make a choice, though. You can...

FILIPOVICH: Oh, oh. Right, right. Ask me another. Sorry.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This symbol is found in the name of one of Google's failed social networks and in the names of Disney and Apple's TV streaming services.

FILIPOVICH: Plus.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EISENBERG: Congratulations, Elizabeth. You are our big winner.

(APPLAUSE)

FILIPOVICH: Awesome. Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: 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 Sean Gaul (ph), Madeline Kaplan, Mary Tobler, Emily Winter and senior writer Karen Lurie, with additional material by Kate Villa. ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Travis Larchuk, Kiarra Powell, Nancy Saechao, Rommel Wood and our intern Nick Garrison. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neel. Our bosses' bosses are Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by the masterful Damon Whittemore...

COULTON: Idea worth moment.

EISENBERG: ...Noriko Okabe...

COULTON: Kooky baron.

EISENBERG: ...And David Hurtgen. And a huge thank you to Frank Bianco...

COULTON: Cobra ink fan.

EISENBERG: ...Rick Kwan (ph)...

COULTON: Warn kick.

EISENBERG: ...Bill Moss...

COULTON: Limb loss.

EISENBERG: ...Kristen Muller...

COULTON: Killer sternum.

EISENBERG: ...And Jay Russo.

COULTON: Jury as so.

EISENBERG: We'd also 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.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Hey, Washingtonians. ASK ME ANOTHER is hitting the road and heading to you. We will be live at the Lincoln Theatre on Saturday, March 28, for an evening of comedy, trivia, word games and a very special guest. You don't want to miss it. For tickets and more information, go to amatickets.org.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EISENBERG: Next time on ASK ME ANOTHER, we're in San Antonio, Texas, with Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen. And he walks us through his first forays into music, what it's like to play at Willie Nelson's picnic and his "Americana" podcast. Then it's Tex-Mex time as we play a game about unconventional guacamole recipes. So join me, Ophira Eisenberg, on ASK ME ANOTHER, the answer to life's funnier questions.

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