All The Answers From A To A

Mar 6, 2017
Originally published on May 30, 2017 2:07 pm

This final round is inspired by our very own acronym: AMA! The answer to every clue begins and ends with the letter A.

Heard on Tim Daly: Mr. Madam Secretary

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now it's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists, Sam Keenar, who's editing a highlight reel for his middle school basketball team that he coaches, and Caroline Barnard, who's a recovering lawyer.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Thanks, Ophira. Sam and Caroline, your final round is called All The Answers From A To A. Every answer will begin and end with the letter A. We're going to play this round like a penalty shoot-out. You'll each get the same number of questions. 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 Tim Daly. We roll the D6 backstage, and Sam is going first.

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CHUNG: Smattering of laughter, some people get that. Remember, every answer will begin and end with the letter A. Sam, the full name of the pet detective played by Jim Carrey.

SAM KEENAR: Ace Ventura.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Caroline, the full name of the actor who starred as Hawkeye Pierce on "MASH."

CAROLINE BARNARD: Alan Alda.

CHUNG: Correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Sam, the full name of the actor who won an Emmy for her role on "Ugly Betty."

KEENAR: America Ferrera.

CHUNG: Correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Caroline, the gel from this plant's leaves is commonly used to soothe sunburned skin.

BARNARD: Aloe vera.

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Sam, this 2014 Nicki Minaj hit featured samples from "Baby Got Back."

KEENAR: "Anaconda."

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Caroline, this magic word is also the title of a hit song for the Steve Miller Band.

BARNARD: Abracadabra.

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Sam, it's a bottled water brand manufactured by Pepsi.

KEENAR: Aquafina.

CHUNG: You got it.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Caroline, this Leo Tolstoy novel was adapted into a movie starring Keira Knightley in the title role.

BARNARD: "Anna Karenina."

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: We're at the halfway point, and the game is tied at 4 points each. Sam, this Supreme Court justice died in February, 2016. Three seconds.

KEENAR: Alito? No...

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. We're looking for Antonin Scalia. Caroline, this tennis player was 2002's most Googled female sports figure.

BARNARD: Anna Kournikova.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Sam, it's the Spanish word for grandmother.

KEENAR: Abuela.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Caroline, this continent contains is Pakistan, Bhutan and Tajikistan.

BARNARD: Asia.

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

KEENAR: Seems like a trick question.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: Sam, Luanda is the capital of this African country.

KEENAR: Angola.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Caroline, this Chinese online marketplace went public in 2014, raising $25 billion and becoming the largest IPO in history.

BARNARD: Alibaba.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: The score is 7-6. Sam, to stay in the game, you must answer this question correctly. This musical, featuring the music of Elton John, ran on Broadway for over 1,800 performances. Three seconds.

KEENAR: She's good.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: I'm sorry. We're looking for "Aida." That means, Caroline, congratulations. You're our winner.

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EISENBERG: Sam, so good. Congratulations, Caroline. And that's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is Art Chung.

CHUNG: Hey my name anagrams Narc Thug.

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

CHUNG: Thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Andrew Kane and senior writers Greg Lightman, Karen Laurie, Josiah Madigan and J. Keith van Straaten. ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julia Melfi, Denny Shin, Rommel Wood (ph), and our intern, Toya Singh along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We're recorded by Damon Whittemore, Richie Clark (ph) and David Hirkin. ASK ME ANOTHER was created by Eric Newsom and Jesse Baker. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., The Bell House.

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EISENBERG: And our production partner, WNYC.

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EISENBERG: I'm her ripe begonias.

CHUNG: Ophira Eisenberg.

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