A Patriotic Finale

Apr 14, 2017
Originally published on October 6, 2017 7:55 am

Philadelphia is where America's Founding Fathers wrote The Constitution, and to celebrate that, we made a final round where every answer contains either the word RED, WHITE or BLUE. For example, if we said, "Fairy tale character who just wanted to visit her grandma," you'd answer, "Little Red Riding Hood."

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now it's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Courtney Mink, who works for a car paint company and can name 50 shades of white, and Josh White, who owns a bakery that ripped off the cronut.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Thanks, Ophira. Courtney and Josh, Philadelphia is where America's Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, which had a pretty good run. So your final round...

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CHUNG: So your final round is a patriotic finale. Every answer will contain the word red, white or blue in the answer. So, for example, if I said a fairy tale character who just wanted to visit her grandma, you'd answer Little Red Riding Hood. We're playing this round like a penalty shootout. Today's big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube and a box of gourmet cupcakes autographed by Amy Sedaris. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Courtney is going first. Here we go. Courtney - the "Wheel Of Fortune" letter turner.

COURTNEY MINK: Vanna White.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Josh - Toronto's bird-named baseball team.

JOSH WHITE: The Blue Jays.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Courtney, in the song "Formation," it's a seafood restaurant chain Beyonce might take you to if you're lucky.

MINK: Red Lobster.

CHUNG: You got it.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Josh, she's the daughter of Jay-Z and Beyonce - three seconds.

WHITE: Bluesy (ph).

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CHUNG: That might be her nickname, but her name is Blue Ivy. Courtney, it's a Nick Jr. show about a man named Steve who lived alone with talking salt-and-pepper shakers and a colorful animated puppy who created mysteries for him to solve.

MINK: "Blue's Clues."

CHUNG: "Blue's Clues" is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Josh - a famous rock duo with Jack on guitar and Meg on drums.

WHITE: The White Stripes?

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Courtney - rules that prohibit the sale of alcohol on Sundays, ruining my weekend more than once.

MINK: Blue laws.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Josh, it's a nickname for an overnight flight.

WHITE: A red-eye.

CHUNG: The red-eye, correct.

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CHUNG: At the halfway point, Courtney, you're up 4 to 3. Courtney - a music genre that usually involves a banjo or the state nickname of Kentucky.

MINK: Bluegrass.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Josh - a California park home to the tallest trees on Earth - three seconds.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHUNG: We were looking for Redwood National Park. Courtney, this body of water separates Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

MINK: The Red Sea.

CHUNG: That is correct. Josh, here's the situation - if you get this question wrong, or she gets one more right, Courtney wins. Astronomers say one of these rare events will occur on January 31, 2018.

WHITE: A blue moon.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Courtney, if you get this right, you win the game. It's Derek Zoolander's signature look.

MINK: Blue Steel.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Congratulations.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Courtney. And that's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is Art Chung.

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EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

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EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Scott Russ (ph), Ellen Title (ph) and senior writers Karen Lurie and J. Keith van Straaten. ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julia Melfi, Denny Shin, Rommel Wood and our intern Toya Singh, along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We were recorded by Damon Whittemore. ASK ME ANOTHER was created by Eric Nuzum and Jesse Baker. We'd like to thank the Keswick Theatre...

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EISENBERG: ...And the staff at WHYY...

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EISENBERG: ...And our production partner, WNYC.

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CHUNG: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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