What's More

Oct 19, 2018
Originally published on November 2, 2018 1:17 pm

Sometimes less is more, but not today. In this final round, contestants must pick which of two things there's more of.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Jill Zarcone, who loves a funny obituary, and Liz Jazwiecki, who says bunny rabbits do not enjoy dangling hindquarters.

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EISENBERG: Jill and Liz, your final round is called What's More. It's a 50-50 guessing game. All you have to do is tell me which of two things there is more of. Our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Nick Kroll. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Jill is going first. Here we go. Jill, who had more Billboard Hot 100 hits - the Beatles or Mariah Carey?

JILL ZARCONE: The Beatles.

EISENBERG: That's right.

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EISENBERG: The Beatles had 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits, and Mariah Carey 18. Liz, what's bigger - a bushel or a peck?

LIZ JAZWIECKI: Bushel?

EISENBERG: Correct.

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EISENBERG: Bushel - 9.3 gallons versus 2.3 gallons for a peck. Jill, are there more episodes of "Saturday Night Live" or episodes of "The Simpsons?"

ZARCONE: "The Simpsons."

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. That is incorrect. "Saturday Night Live" with more than 800 vs "Simpsons'" 600. Liz, are there more spaces on a roulette wheel or on TV's "Wheel Of Fortune"?

JAZWIECKI: Roulette wheel.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Roulette 38 versus 24 on "Wheel Of Fortune." Jill, tiles in a standard Scrabble game or tiles in a standard Bananagrams game?

ZARCONE: Scrabble.

EISENBERG: Oh, I'm sorry. Bananagrams, 144. Scrabble has 100. Liz, number of iPhones ever sold or the number of Rubik's Cubes ever sold.

JAZWIECKI: Got to go Rubik's Cube.

EISENBERG: I wish.

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EISENBERG: Iphones. I'm sorry. That is incorrect - iPhones - more than 1 billion versus a mere 350 million Rubik's Cubes. Jill, people employed by Walmart in the United States or the population of Vermont.

ZARCONE: I'm going to say Walmart.

EISENBERG: Yes, Walmart.

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EISENBERG: One-point-five million versus 624,000 in Vermont. Liz, what's more, the current yearly salary of a U.S. president or the prize for winning a season of "Big Brother?"

JAZWIECKI: U.S. president.

EISENBERG: Actually, it's "Big Brother" - $500,000 versus the president - $400,000. We're at the halfway point, and the score is tied 2-2. Jill, in the 20th century, more Republican presidents or Democratic?

ZARCONE: Republicans.

EISENBERG: Yes.

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EISENBERG: Republican 11 versus 7 Democratic. Liz, the number of elements on the periodic table or the number of member states in the U.N.

JAZWIECKI: Member states.

EISENBERG: That's right. The U.N. 193 versus 118 elements in the periodic table. Jill, what's more, the number of people who've walked on the Earth's moon or the number of rovers driven on Mars?

ZARCONE: Rovers on Mars?

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. Moon walkers is 12 and rovers four. Liz, moons of Venus or moons of Mars.

JAZWIECKI: Moons of Mars.

EISENBERG: Moons of Mars two. That's correct.

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EISENBERG: Venus zero. Ha-ha.

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EISENBERG: Jill, inches in a meter or ounces in a liter?

ZARCONE: Ounces in a liter.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. It's inches in a meter - 39 versus 33 ounces in a liter. OK. Here's the situation. The score is 4-3. Liz, if you get this question right, you win. Nobel Prize categories or Pulitzer Prize categories?

JAZWIECKI: Nobel Prize?

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. It's Pulitzer Prize categories - 21 versus 6 Nobel Prize categories. OK, Jill. You need to get this right to stay in the game U.S. states starting with the letter A or states starting with the letter O.

ZARCONE: A.

EISENBERG: A is correct.

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EISENBERG: Four versus O 3. Liz, if you get this right, you win. Otherwise, we'll go to a tiebreaker. Liz, letters in the Greek alphabet or letters in the English alphabet.

JAZWIECKI: English alphabet?

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: English alphabet 26 versus Greek alphabet 24. What a close game. Congratulations, Liz. You are our big winner.

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EISENBERG: 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: Are puzzles were written by Camilla Franklin and senior writers Kyle Beakley, (ph) Karen Lurie (ph) and J. Keith van Straaten, with additional material by Emily Winter. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neel. ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Sylvie Douglis...

COULTON: Oiled ivy slugs.

EISENBERG: ...Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Kiara Powell (ph), Edward Wyckoff Williams, Rommel Wood and our intern Alexis Stroemer, along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore, Andrew Sharone (ph) 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 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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