Categories To The Letter

Feb 3, 2017
Originally published on June 2, 2017 8:19 am

Who's the only U.S. President with the letter X in their last name? Richard Nixon, of course! In this final round, contestants are given a category and a letter, and must respond with the only item or person that fits the bill.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now it's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Sonny Farnsworth, who says that people who work in the sex toy industry are very friendly, and Rob Martinez, who owns a dummy that he throws off buildings for comedy.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

PUZZLE GURU ART CHUNG: Thanks, Ophira. Sonny and Rob, your final round is called Categories to the Letter. In this round I'll give you a category and a letter. You tell us the only item in that category that has that letter in it. For example, if I said the only U.S. president's last name with the letter X, you'd answer Nixon. You only have a few seconds to give me that answer. And we're playing this round like a penalty shootout. The contestant who scores the most points will be our big winner. Your prize is an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Kathleen Madigan and Lewis Black and a spork that's been in Ophira's purse for two years.

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CHUNG: We flipped a coin backstage and Sonny is going first. Here we go. Sonny, it's the only chess piece with the letter A in it.

SONNY FARNSWORTH: Pawn.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Rob, the only U.S. coin containing the letter K.

ROB MARTINEZ: Nickel.

CHUNG: Correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Sonny, the great lake with the letter T in it.

FARNSWORTH: Um...

CHUNG: Three seconds.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHUNG: I'm sorry, we were looking for Ontario. Rob, a classic five-card poker hand with the letter Y. Three seconds.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHUNG: I'm sorry, we were looking for a royal flush. Sonny, the zodiac sign with the letter M as in Mike.

FARNSWORTH: Gemini.

CHUNG: Correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Rob, the planet in our solar system with the letter C. And don't give us any of that dwarf planet garbage.

MARTINEZ: Mercury.

CHUNG: Correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Sonny, Disney's "Snow White" dwarf with the letter F as in foxtrot.

FARNSWORTH: Oh, God.

CHUNG: Three seconds.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHUNG: These are tough. The answer was Bashful. Rob, Santa's reindeer with the letter Z. I need an answer.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHUNG: Sorry, we were looking for Blitzen. In this tough game we are at the halfway point, and the game is tied two points each. Sonny, one of the seven deadly sins with the letter W.

FARNSWORTH: Wrath.

CHUNG: Correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Rob, a current summer Olympic sport with the letter Q as in Quidditch. Three seconds.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHUNG: We were looking for equestrian. Sonny, the African country with the letter J in it.

FARNSWORTH: Djibouti.

CHUNG: Correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Rob, you need to get this question right or Sonny wins. The noble gas with the letter X.

MARTINEZ: Xenon.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: We're on the last question for each of you. Sonny, if you get this right you're going to win. The only U.S. state containing the letter Z.

FARNSWORTH: Arizona.

CHUNG: Correct. Congratulations, you're our winner.

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EISENBERG: All right, that was an insane game. Well done, both of you. Congratulations, Sonny. You're our big winner. And that's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is Art Chung.

CHUNG: Hey, my name anagrams to narc thug.

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

CHUNG: Thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Shawn Kennedy, David Levinson Wilk and senior writer Kieran Lurie (ph). ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julia Melfi, Denny Shinn, Rommel Wood and our intern, Toyah Sing (ph), along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We're recorded by David Whitimore (ph), Noriko Okabe and David Hertkin (ph). ASK ME ANOTHER was created by Eric Nuzum and Jesse Baker. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, New York, The Bell House...

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

CHUNG: Ophira Eisenberg.

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