Alphabet Soup

Aug 31, 2018
Originally published on August 31, 2018 6:03 pm

In this final round, every answer is a letter of the alphabet. Why is "B" very cool? Because it's sitting in the "A-C"! No? O-K.

Heard on Rose Byrne-ing Down The House.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's now time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Nikki Palumbo, who writes dad jokes for Google Assistant, and Maura Foley, whose hydration point is 75.

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EISENBERG: Nikki, Maura, your final round is called Alphabet Soup. Every answer is a letter of the alphabet, so if you get stumped, you have a 1 in 26 chance of guessing the answer. Our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Rose Byrne. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Maura is going first. Here we go. Maura, this MPAA rating requires children under 17 to be accompanied by an adult.

MAURA FOLEY: R.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Nikki, this negative blood type was long considered the universal donor.

NIKKI PALUMBO: O.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Maura, This Kendrick Lamar single won him a Grammy for best rap performance and best rap song in 2014.

FOLEY: "Y."

EISENBERG: Good guess, but I'm sorry, that is incorrect. The answer is "I." Nikki, this character is the fictional head of MI6 in the James Bond books and films.

PALUMBO: M.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Maura, Brad Pitt starred in this movie adaptation of the Max Brooks novel World War this.

FOLEY: Z.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Nikki, in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," this is the titular letter.

PALUMBO: A.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Maura, according to Britannica, in "Treasure Island," Robert Louis Stevenson introduced the concept of using this symbol on maps to mark buried treasure.

FOLEY: X.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

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EISENBERG: Nikki, this vitamin also known as ascorbic acid prevents scurvy.

PALUMBO: C.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

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EISENBERG: We're at the halfway point, and Nikki is in the lead, 4 to 3. Maura, this is the title of The New York Times Style Magazine.

FOLEY: T.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Nikki, it's the nickname of Chicago's rapid transit system.

PALUMBO: L.

EISENBERG: That's right.

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EISENBERG: Maura, on HBO's "True Blood," highly coveted vampire blood is known as this for short.

FOLEY: V.

EISENBERG: Yes.

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EISENBERG: Well done. Nikki, this is the only letter that does not appear in the name of any U.S. state.

PALUMBO: Z.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry, that is incorrect. We were looking for Q. Maura, the logistic curve used in mathematical models of growth processes is also called this type of curve after the shape it resembles.

FOLEY: S.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Nikki, on the periodic table potassium is represented by this symbol.

PALUMBO: K.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

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EISENBERG: All right, the score is tied. We have one last question for each of you. Maura, Josh Brolin stars as a U.S. president in this 2008 Oliver Stone biopic.

FOLEY: "W."

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Extra point for that impersonation. Nikki, this postapocalyptic comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan is subtitled "The Last Man."

PALUMBO: I don't know.

EISENBERG: You have to answer this to stay in the game.

PALUMBO: "J."

EISENBERG: Good guess. We were looking for "Y." Well done (laughter).

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EISENBERG: You were great, both fantastic competitors. And, Maura, congratulations. You are our big winner.

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EISENBERG: ASK ME ANOTHER's house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

JONATHAN COULTON: Hey, my name anagrams to thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Andrew Kane, Carol Lee and senior writers Eric Feinstein and Greg Leitman (ph) with additional material by Emily Winter and Shantira Jackson. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neil (ph). ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Sylvie Douglas (ph), Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Kiara Powell (ph), Denny Shin and Rommel Wood along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore, Rick Kwan (ph) and David Hurtgen. We'd 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 the ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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