For The Win

Jan 27, 2017
Originally published on July 26, 2017 6:02 am

Our finalists compete for the win — literally! In this final round, all answers contain the consecutive letters W-I-N. For example, the answer to "buildings that Don Quixote believes are giants" is "windmills."

Heard on Zazie Beetz: Atlanta In Brooklyn

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right, now it's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists, Evan Halperin who works from home and claims that he wears pants...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...And Laurie Boeder, who saved her boss's life one hour after her performance review.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: Puzzle guru John Chaneski, take it away.

JOHN CHANESKI: Laurie and Evan, your final round is called For the Win. Every correct answer contains the consecutive letters W, I, N. For example, if I said buildings that Don Quixote believes are giants, you'd answer windmills. Now the letters W, I, N may come anywhere in the answer and may not necessarily be pronounced win. We're playing this round like a penalty shootout. You'll each get up to eight questions. The contestant who scores the most points will be our big winner. Your prize is an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Zazie Beetz.

(APPLAUSE)

CHANESKI: We flipped a coin backstage. And Laurie, you will begin.

The musical family containing clarinets, oboes and saxophones but not trumpets.

LAURIE BOEDER: Woodwinds.

CHANESKI: Woodwinds is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Evan, she plays mom Joyce Byers on the Netflix series "Stranger Things."

EVAN HALPERIN: Winona Ryder.

CHANESKI: That is correct, Winona Ryder.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Very good.

Laurie, NPR's Susan Stamberg famously went into a closet and chewed this mint flavor of Life Savers to confirm that they create sparks.

BOEDER: Wintergreen.

CHANESKI: We'll accept wintergreen...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: ...Or Wint O Green.

Evan, urban legend says these snack foods have an indefinite shelf life. Hostess says they have a shelf life of 45 days.

HALPERIN: Twinkies.

CHANESKI: Twinkies is right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Laurie, she controversially played the Ancient One in the Marvel movie "Doctor Strange."

BOEDER: Tilda Swinton.

CHANESKI: That's right, Tilda Swinton.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Evan, a young Leonardo DiCaprio appeared in the final season of this 1980s sitcom about the Seaver family. Three seconds.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHANESKI: That was "Growing Pains."

Laurie, mobile home company headquartered in Forest City, Iowa.

BOEDER: Windstream?

CHANESKI: Windstream is incorrect. That was Winnebago...

BOEDER: Oh.

CHANESKI: ...We were looking for.

Evan, American rapper behind the single "Pony." He's also the spokesman for a vodka beverage called Adult Chocolate Milk.

(LAUGHTER)

HALPERIN: I don't know.

CHANESKI: We're looking for Ginuwine - Ginuwine.

(LAUGHTER)

CHANESKI: We are at the halfway point. Laurie is in the lead, 3-2. And Laurie, it's your turn. This DJ Khaled song has a German version called "Ich Kann Nur Gerwinnen".

BOEDER: (Whispering) Ich Kann Nur Gerwinnen.

"I Can't Win"?

CHANESKI: No, it's "All I Do Is Win".

BOEDER: Oh.

(LAUGHTER)

BOEDER: I can't.

CHANESKI: It was worth a shot, worth a stab.

(LAUGHTER)

CHANESKI: Evan, appliance made by Bernina, Brother and Singer.

HALPERIN: Sewing machine?

CHANESKI: Yeah, sewing machine.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Pulled it out - nicely done.

(APPLAUSE)

CHANESKI: Laurie, Vogue editor-in-chief at the center of the documentary "The September Issue".

BOEDER: Anna Wintour.

HALPERIN: That's correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Evan, the color with Pantone code 173932. It shares its name with a plant that has a small, bluish flower. Three seconds.

HALPERIN: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHANESKI: We were looking for periwinkle. Laurie, the American novelist who wrote "The Fire Next Time," "Go Tell It On The Mountain" and "Giovanni's Room." Three seconds.

BOEDER: I don't have it.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHANESKI: It's James Baldwin.

Evan, author who wrote biographies of the Roosevelts, Kennedys and Abraham Lincoln. Three seconds.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHANESKI: That's Doris Kearns Goodwin.

All right, the score is 4-3. You each have one question left. Laurie, if you get this question right, you win. Major League Baseball team that plays at Target Field in Minneapolis.

BOEDER: The Twins.

CHANESKI: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Unbelievable. Thank you so much, Evan. Laurie, congratulations. You're our big winner. And that's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is John Chaneski.

CHANESKI: Hey, my name anagrams to oh, heck, ninjas.

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

CHANESKI: Thou jolt a canon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Eric Feinstein, Mike Nathnagel, Scott Ross and senior writers Kyle Beakley and Karen Lurie (ph). Our senior supervising producer is Art Chung. ASK ME ANOTHER's 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, 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...

CHANESKI: Hot heel blues.

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

CHANESKI: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

[POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: In this episode, we describe Ginuwine as a rapper. We should have described him as an R&B artist.]

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