Myth Connections

Sep 28, 2018
Originally published on September 28, 2018 5:12 pm

Do you know your myths from Aeneas to Zeus? In this final round, every answer contains a mythological figure.

Heard on DeRay Mckesson: The Vest Is Yet To Come.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists, Quidditch coach Tirosh Schneider and Susan Gross, who isn't afraid of moving fast in cars or in love.

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EISENBERG: Susan, Tirosh, your final round is called Myth Connections. Every answer includes a character from Greek or Roman mythology. Our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by DeRay McKesson. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Tirosh is going first. Here we go. Tirosh, this music streaming service launched in 2004.

TIROSH SCHNEIDER: That could be Pandora.

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EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Susan, this band is famous for "Come Sail Away" and "Mr. Roboto."

SUSAN GROSS: Styx.

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EISENBERG: That is correct. Tirosh, this book by Ayn Rand contains a 60-page speech by the character John Galt.

SCHNEIDER: "Atlas Shrugged."

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Susan, Carl Weathers played this reigning heavyweight champ in the movie "Rocky."

GROSS: All I can think is Muhammad Ali, and I know it's not right (laughter).

EISENBERG: Muhammad Ali is not correct. The answer is Apollo Creed.

GROSS: Oh, right.

EISENBERG: Tirosh, Michael B. Jordan played this character in the movie "Creed."

SCHNEIDER: He is Apollo Creed's son, whose name is Hercules Creed.

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EISENBERG: Good answer but incorrect. We were looking for Adonis Creed. Susan, this athletic apparel company has been represented by athletes including Serena Williams and Colin Kaepernick.

GROSS: Nike.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Tirosh, this band of tissue connects the calf to the foot.

SCHNEIDER: Achilles tendon.

EISENBERG: Yes.

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EISENBERG: Susan, in the musical "Hamilton" he, quote, "heard ya mother said come again."

GROSS: Sorry, no, I'm blank.

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EISENBERG: Hercules Mulligan is what we were looking for. OK, we're at the halfway point. The score is 3 to 2. Tirosh, you're in the lead. Tirosh, this veined Italian blue cheese, originated in Milan, is sometimes crumbled on top of salad or pizza.

SCHNEIDER: Gorgonzola.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Susan, this brand of cleaning products has the catchphrase stronger than dirt. Three seconds.

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EISENBERG: We were looking for Ajax. Tirosh, he's Ariel's father in Disney's "The Little Mermaid."

SCHNEIDER: Poseidon or Neptune.

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SCHNEIDER: Or neither.

EISENBERG: Sorry, that is correct. We were looking for King Triton. Susan, this mermaid drama series airs on the cable channel Freeform.

GROSS: Persephone.

EISENBERG: It's a good guess. Incorrect. The answer is "Siren."

GROSS: Oh.

EISENBERG: OK, the score is 4 to 2. Tirosh, if you get this question right, you win. This 19th-century instrument is also known as the steam organ.

SCHNEIDER: The Archimedes piano.

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EISENBERG: Another creative answer - I'm sorry, that is incorrect. The answer is calliope. Susan, you need to get this right to stay in the game. This style of upbeat Afro-Caribbean music is often associated with Harry Belafonte.

GROSS: Calypso.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: One last question for each of you. Tirosh, if you get this right, you win. This 1972 disaster movie is about a capsized cruise ship.

SCHNEIDER: "The Poseidon Adventure."

EISENBERG: Yes, that is correct.

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EISENBERG: Tirosh, you won the game.

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EISENBERG: And that's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER's house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

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

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Andrew Caine (ph), Ruth Morrison (ph), Scott Ross and senior writer Eric Feinstein with additional material by Shantira Jackson and 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) and Rommel Wood along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore, Rick Kwan, Noriko Okabe 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, and our live event sponsor, American Mensa. I'm her ripe begonias.

COULTON: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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