ZZ Topics

Nov 16, 2018
Originally published on November 16, 2018 12:54 pm

Every answer in this final round contains the consecutive letters "Z-Z."

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Karen Chee, who dreams of becoming a barn fiddler, and Sara Petit-McClure, who stole her own placenta.

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EISENBERG: Karen, Sara, your final round is called ZZ Topics. Every answer contains the consecutive letters Z, Z or zed, zed if you want to say it the right way. Our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Dascha Polanco and Mo Amer. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Sara is going first. Here we go.

Sara, Tim Allen voices this "Toy Story" character.

SARA PETIT-MCCLURE: Buzz Lightyear.

EISENBERG: That's correct.

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EISENBERG: Karen, styles of this food include New York, deep dish and grandma.

KAREN CHEE: Pizza.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Sara, this Italian cheese is traditionally made from the milk of water buffaloes.

PETIT-MCCLURE: Mozzarella.

EISENBERG: Correct.

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EISENBERG: Karen, this brown bear's name could describe its hair or its demeanor.

CHEE: Grizzly.

EISENBERG: Correct.

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EISENBERG: Sara, it's a hot tub with jets named after its inventor, whose first name was Candido.

PETIT-MCCLURE: Jacuzzi.

EISENBERG: Correct.

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EISENBERG: Karen, this "Magic School Bus" teacher took her students on field trips that looked amazing and terrifying.

CHEE: Ms. Frizzle.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Yes. Sara, she's a hip-hop artist from Minneapolis whose single "Fitness" was dropped in March 2018.

PETIT-MCCLURE: I have no idea.

EISENBERG: OK. The answer is Lizzo.

PETIT-MCCLURE: Lizzo.

EISENBERG: Karen, this website contains news, memes and clickbait quizzes such as build a hamburger, and we'll tell you which G20 leader you are.

CHEE: Buzzfeed.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: We're at the halfway point. And Karen is in the lead 4-3. Sara, this song kicks off the musical "Chicago."

PETIT-MCCLURE: Oh, "All That Jazz" (laughter).

EISENBERG: Correct.

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EISENBERG: Karen, later in the musical "Chicago," Billy Flynn sings this song about legal theatrics.

CHEE: I have no idea (laughter).

EISENBERG: Want to take a guess?

CHEE: (Laughter) "Jazz Hands."

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EISENBERG: Good guess. The answer is "Razzle Dazzle."

CHEE: Oh.

EISENBERG: Sara, this British actor and comedian wrote "Believe Me: A Memoir Of Love, Death And Jazz Chickens."

PETIT-MCCLURE: British - I have no idea.

EISENBERG: Three seconds.

PETIT-MCCLURE: British comedian.

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EISENBERG: Eddie Izzard.

PETIT-MCCLURE: Oh.

EISENBERG: Karen, this Black Sabbath frontman famously bit the head off of a bat.

CHEE: Izzy Pop? Izzy...

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EISENBERG: Good guess. We were looking for Ozzy Osborne.

Sara, this Italian term for a female singer means half soprano.

PETIT-MCCLURE: Mezzo-soprano.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Karen, he was the king of Babylon from 605-561 BC. Three seconds.

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CHEE: I don't know.

EISENBERG: We were looking for Nebuchadnezzar II.

CHEE: What?

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EISENBERG: The score is 5-4. Sara, if you get this question right, you win.

Sara, it's part of the bird's digestive system.

PETIT-MCCLURE: Gizzard.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Well done. Congratulations, Sarah.

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EISENBERG: Well done, Karen. You were awesome.

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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 to Thou Jolt a Cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles are written by Camilla Franklin, Ruth Morrison (ph) and senior writers 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 Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Kiara Powell (ph), Edward Wyckoff Williams (ph), Rommel Wood and our intern Alexis Stroemer along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We were recorded by Rick Kwan (ph), David Hurtgen (ph), ValveTone Recordings and Ari Debenellos (ph). We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y. - The Bell House...

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EISENBERG: ...And 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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