Capital Schleps

Jan 4, 2019

It really doesn't get any more "Ask Me Another" than this: In this final round, every clue is an anagram of a capital city.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right. It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists. Mary Hangley, an opera singer who promises it's as interesting as movies or TV. And Maggie Probst Bussard, who says the game Guess Who? needs more women.

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EISENBERG: All right. Mary and Maggie, your final round is called Capital Schleps. Get ready for anagrams of world capitals. I know you've been waiting for that your whole life. I'm going to give you a country and an anagram of that country's capitol city. You unscramble the anagram. For example, if I said USA - sandwich tong, you'd answer, Washington, D.C. Our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Jay Pharoah and Adam Pally. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Maggie is going first. Here we go. Maggie, Italy - more.

EISENBERG: Rome.

MAGGIE PROBST BUSSARD: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Mary, Hungary - bad upset.

MARY HANGLEY: Budapest.

EISENBERG: Correct.

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EISENBERG: Maggie, Columbia - bat goo. Three seconds.

BUSSARD: OK.

EISENBERG: We were looking for Bogota.

Mary, Ethiopia - Abba Adidas.

HANGLEY: Addisaba (ph) - A-D-D-I-S Aba.

EISENBERG: One more chance to save it. Just spell it out.

HANGLEY: A-D-D-I-S A-B-B-A.

EISENBERG: OK. So close, but I'm sorry, that is incorrect. We were looking for Addis Ababa. A-D-D-I-S A-B-A-B-A. There we go. OK.

Maggie, Serbia - bed lager.

BUSSARD: Oh, my goodness. OK. Belgrade. No, that's not right.

EISENBERG: Belgrade is correct.

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EISENBERG: Mary, Australia - crab near.

HANGLEY: Canaberra (ph).

EISENBERG: Canberra, yes, that is correct.

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EISENBERG: Maggie, Romania - shares tuba.

BUSSARD: OK. In theory, I know Eastern European geography, but it's not coming.

EISENBERG: It's OK. Three seconds. Bucharest is what we were looking for.

Mary, Japan - TKO yo.

HANGLEY: Tokyo.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: All right. We're at the halfway point. Mary's in the lead 3-2.

Maggie, Denmark - hog penance.

BUSSARD: Oh, my goodness. I am blanking so hard, and I know this.

EISENBERG: That's OK.

BUSSARD: All right. Hog penance.

EISENBERG: Three seconds. Copenhagen.

BUSSARD: Wow.

EISENBERG: It's all right.

Mary - India, held wine.

HANGLEY: Held wine. The capital of India with a W. Oh, New Delhi.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Maggie - Somalia, guido hams.

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EISENBERG: Feel free to think out loud. Guido hams.

BUSSARD: OK. It has a G. OK. Because my brain wants to say New Guinea, and that's a different place. Not sure.

EISENBERG: OK. Three seconds. Mogadishu. The score is 4-2. Mary, if you get this right, you win.

Mary, Czech Republic - pug ear.

HANGLEY: Prague.

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EISENBERG: That is correct. Congratulations.

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EISENBERG: You both did an amazingly hard Final Round. You were incredible. Maggie, thank you so much.

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EISENBERG: And congratulations, Mary.

HANGLEY: Thank you. Thanks.

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

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