Month To Month

Oct 5, 2018

In this final round, every answer includes a month of the year.

Heard on Tom Arnold and Jill Sobule: Nostalgia Kills.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Brandon Bycer, who won over the audience with his mentions of the Dallas Cowboys and Kylie Jenner, and Sam Grossman, who knows all about Japanese cat wine.

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EISENBERG: Brandon and Sam, your final round is called Month To Month. In this final round, every answer contains the name of one of the 12 months of the year, and there will be repeats. Our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Tom Arnold and Jill Sobule, so the weirdest thing anyone has ever owned.

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EISENBERG: We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Brandon is going first. Here we go. Brandon, she played Betty Draper on "Mad Men" and Emma Frost in "X-Men."

BRANDON BYCER: January Jones.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Sam, this playwright's Pittsburgh Cycle includes "Fences," "The Piano Lesson" and "Jitney."

SAM GROSSMAN: August Wilson.

EISENBERG: Yes.

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EISENBERG: Brandon, this celebration also known as Freedom Day recognizes the end of slavery and the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. Three seconds.

BYCER: March....

EISENBERG: I'm sorry.

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EISENBERG: We were looking for Juneteenth. Sam, he's the Mad Hatter's rabbit tea party companion in "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland."

GROSSMAN: I don't know.

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EISENBERG: We're looking for the March Hare.

GROSSMAN: Sure.

EISENBERG: Brandon, this is a distress signal and the name of the resistance group in "The Handmaid's Tale."

BYCER: Well, I don't watch "The Handmaid's Tale." That's not going to help here. Is this July?

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EISENBERG: Interesting distress signal. The answer is mayday.

BYCER: Oh.

EISENBERG: Sam, she wrote the book "Little Women."

GROSSMAN: Louisa May Alcott.

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EISENBERG: That is correct. Brandon, in the 1994 movie adaptation of "Little Women," Winona Ryder plays this protagonist.

BYCER: June June.

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EISENBERG: We were looking for Jo March. Sam, Aubrey Plaza played this "Parks And Recreation" character whose alter ego is Janet Snakehole.

GROSSMAN: April Ludgate.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: We're at the halfway point. Sam is in the lead, 3 to 1. Brandon, she became prime minister of the U.K. following David Cameron's resignation.

BYCER: Theresa May.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Sam, it's the rock band with the No. 1 album "The King Is Dead."

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GROSSMAN: I don't know.

EISENBERG: We're looking for The Decemberists.

GROSSMAN: Oh.

EISENBERG: Brandon, in "Walk The Line," Reese Witherspoon played this singer-songwriter.

BYCER: Not Johnny Cash.

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EISENBERG: Three seconds.

BYCER: Winona - no.

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BYCER: Rye's like bread.

EISENBERG: OK. June Carter Cash is what we are looking for. Sam, it's the world's largest beer festival, most notably celebrated every year in Munich.

GROSSMAN: Oktoberfest.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Here's the situation. Sam is in the lead, 4 to 2. Brandon, you must get this question right to stay in the game. A famous British folk verse about Guy Fawkes asks the reader to, quote, "remember, remember" the fifth of this month.

BYCER: Remember, remember fifth of November.

EISENBERG: Yes, indeed.

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EISENBERG: Sam, if you get this right, you win. A famous Earth, Wind & Fire song asks if you remember the 21st night of this month.

GROSSMAN: September.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Sam. You're our big winner. And that's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER's house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

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

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Madeline Kaplan and senior writer Karen Lurie (ph) with additional material by Emily Winter. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neil (ph). ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Sylvie Douglas, Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Kiara Powell (ph), Rommel Wood and our intern, Alexis Strohmer (ph), along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We're recorded by Damon Whittemore, Rick Kwan and David Hurtgen. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., The Bell House...

COULTON: Hot heel blues.

EISENBERG: ...Our live event sponsor, American Mensa, and our production partner, WNYC. I'm her ripe begonias.

COULTON: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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