Final Round: Super Duper

Apr 5, 2019

In this superb, not superfluous final round, our superstar contestants must compete in an insuperably tricky trivia game where every answer contains the word "super." Super!

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Elizabeth Foland, who can squat 140 pounds...

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EISENBERG: ...And Paige Bowman, who can't give you a personality.

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EISENBERG: Elizabeth and Paige, in honor of the never-ending onslaught of superhero movies, your final round is called Super Duper. Every answer contains the word super. Our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Greta Lee and Leslye Headland. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage. And Elizabeth is going first. Here we go. Elizabeth, this is the explosion of a star at the end of its life.

ELIZABETH FOLAND: Supernova.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Paige, the Concorde was an example of this type of aircraft that could fly faster than the speed of sound.

FOLAND: Superjet.

EISENBERG: Very close. Good guess. We were looking for supersonic.

PAIGE BOWMAN: Oh, yeah.

EISENBERG: Elizabeth, America Ferrara stars in this NBC comedy set in a business loosely modeled after a Target or Wal-Mart.

FOLAND: I've definitely seen trailers. "Superstore"?

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Paige, this CW show about two brothers battling demons was originally intended to last five seasons. It's been on for 14 and counting.

BOWMAN: "Supernatural."

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Jonathan Coulton, how are our finalists doing?

JONATHAN COULTON: So far it's Elizabeth's game. It's 2-1.

EISENBERG: OK. Elizabeth, it's the largest of the Great Lakes.

FOLAND: Oh, Lake Superior.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Paige, this person oversees a school district or an apartment building.

BOWMAN: Superintendent.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Elizabeth, contestants raced through a grocery store on this TV game show.

FOLAND: Oh, Super Sale?

EISENBERG: OK, good. Very close. The show was called "Supermarket Sweep." Paige, according to Mary Poppins, if you say it loud enough, you'll always sound precocious.

BOWMAN: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: All right. We're at the halfway point. Jonathan Coulton, what's going on?

COULTON: Paige has made up the difference. It's now a tie - score 3-3.

EISENBERG: Exciting. Elizabeth, this type of sugar, also known as caster, is recommended for souffles and meringue.

FOLAND: Sucrose?

EISENBERG: It doesn't have the word super in it. We were looking for superfine. Paige, this Stevie Wonder hit contains the lyric, when you believe in things that you don't understand.

BOWMAN: "Superstitious."

EISENBERG: That is not correct. Sorry.

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EISENBERG: Sorry. I can't accept that. The name of the song is "Superstition."

BOWMAN: Oh. Fair.

EISENBERG: Elizabeth, this English rock band is known for "The Logical Song."

FOLAND: I was going to say "Super Trouper," but that's an ABBA song (laughter).

EISENBERG: OK. Three seconds.

FOLAND: Oh. Super - oh, no.

EISENBERG: We were looking for Supertramp.

FOLAND: Oh.

EISENBERG: Paige, John Legend completed his EGOT when he won an Emmy for producing a live TV version of this musical, which he also starred in.

BOWMAN: Oh, Super - fudge. I don't remember.

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BOWMAN: The Judy Blumen (ph) answer. I don't know.

EISENBERG: I love Judy Blume. But that is incorrect. We were looking for "Jesus Christ Superstore" - Superstar. "Jesus Christ Superstar."

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EISENBERG: Superstore.

COULTON: Yeah. I do all my shopping there.

EISENBERG: It's where I get all my Bibles.

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COULTON: They have everything you need.

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EISENBERG: Elizabeth, with the ability to perform 200 quadrillion calculations per second, IBM's Summit is this type of device.

FOLAND: Supercomputer.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Paige, according to Merriam-Webster, these are, quote, "a translation of foreign language dialogue displayed above an opera performance."

BOWMAN: Supertitles?

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: We have one last question for each of you. Jonathan, what's the situation?

COULTON: The score is tied, Ophira.

EISENBERG: OK. Elizabeth, cyanoacrylate adhesives are marketed under this name.

FOLAND: Superglue.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Paige, in 2019, ad time during this sporting event cost more than $5 million for 30 seconds.

BOWMAN: Super Bowl.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: All right. I guess we're down to a tiebreaker question. Ring in to answer. This is for the game. In a yearbook, awards for best dressed, most likely to succeed and class clown are known as these.

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COULTON: Paige.

BOWMAN: Superlatives.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: You're amazing. Such a close game. Congratulations. And congratulations, Paige. That is our show.

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

COULTON: Hey. My name anagrams to thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Camilla Franklin, Jamie Greenberg (ph), Madeline Kaplan, Ruth Morrison (ph) and senior writer Eric Feinstein, with additional material by Ashley Brooke Roberts and Emily Winter. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neel. ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Kiara Powell (ph), Nancy Saechao (ph), Rommel Wood and our intern Sean Goal (ph), along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We're recorded by Damon Whittemore, Noriko Okabe and Jeff O'Neill (ph). 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 ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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