Ask Me Another
9:39 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Double Trouble

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 4:28 pm

What do LL Cool J and e. e. cummings have in common? Not only could both spit a mean verse, their names also both begin with a double letter, as do all of the answers in this final round game.

Heard in Episode 325: What's The Magic Word?

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right, now we are going to crown this week's grand champion. So let's bring back from In The Beginning, Cindy Nacson-Schechter.

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EISENBERG: From Bachelor Of Yarrts, Diana Hsu. From Get Geeky, Ember Chabot. And from Celebrity Sightings, Liz Mayer. They will be competing in our Ask Me One More final round right now, and let's hand it over to our Puzzle Giant John Flansburgh.

JOHN FLANSBURGH: It's all ladies in Double Trouble, Ophira. So this round is called Double Trouble- every answer is a word, name or phrase that begins with two of the same letters. I'll say that again - two of the same letters. That's a hint for how you can win. For example, if I said there is a four-letter Russian acronym for Soviet Union, you might want to answer CCCP because that's the answer to the question. We're going to play this game spelling bee-style, which is a very nice way of saying if you give her the wrong answer, you're out. Your prize - this is - you guys are already winners. But one of you will be the big winner - one of the four. And your prize - this is an amazing prize. Lev Grossman is going to write a piece of original fanfiction -think about that - based on your favorite fictional character. Your choice.

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FLANSBURGH: All right. Here's the first question. Famous for its snowboots, this outdoor clothing company is based in Freeport, Maine. Cindy.

CINDY NACSON-SCHECHTER: L. L. Bean.

FLANSBURGH: You are correct.

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FLANSBURGH: Diana, express the year 2014 in Roman numerals.

DIANA HSU: MMXIV.

FLANSBURGH: That is correct.

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FLANSBURGH: Ember, Britney Spears boasted that she was not that innocent in this song.

EMBER CHABOT: "Hit Me Baby One More Time"? No, that doesn't work.

FLANSBURGH: That is incorrect. Please step to the side. And Liz?

LIZ BERNSTEIN: "Oops!...I Did It Again."

FLANSBURGH: Liz you are correct.

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FLANSBURGH: Ember, thank you for playing our game. Cindy, if you're in England watching the Beeb, you would be watching this television network.

NACSON-SCHECHTER: BBC.

FLANSBURGH: That is correct.

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FLANSBURGH: Diana, this rapper stars aS special agent Sam Hanna on the TV series "NCIS Los Angeles."

HSU: LL Cool J.

FLANSBURGH: That is correct.

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FLANSBURGH: Good job. Liz, he created the beloved bear Winnie the Pooh.

BERNSTEIN: A. A. Milne.

FLANSBURGH: Well done.

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FLANSBURGH: Cindy, you're back. This adjective is defined in the dictionary as so mysterious, strange or unexpected as to send a chill up the spine.

NACSON-SCHECHTER: Eerie.

FLANSBURGH: It's eerie.

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FLANSBURGH: Cindy, you got the question right. Hello, Diana. The Incas used this woolly animal to transport goods through the Andes.

HSU: Llama.

FLANSBURGH: Yes. Goal.

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FLANSBURGH: Liz, he won two Emmys for playing Jesse Pinkman on breaking bad.

BERNSTEIN: Aaron...

FLANSBURGH: Say the words.

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FLANSBURGH: He has a last name.

BERNSTEIN: I can't. No, I can't.

FLANSBURGH: Cindy's coming up the microphone. You're doing this to Liz.

NACSON-SCHECHTER: I'm so sorry, Liz. Aaron Paul?

FLANSBURGH: It is Aaron Paul. Diana, the question is, a name beloved by crossword constructors, this Finnish-born architect designed St. Louis's Gateway arch.

HSU: Arno (ph) or something?

FLANSBURGH: I can't answer the question for you, Diana.

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HSU: Hilda Arno (ph).

FLANSBURGH: That is incorrect. Cindy.

NACSON-SCHECHTER: Saarinien.

FLANSBURGH: I'm going to have to look to the judges for their verdict.

NACSON-SCHECHTER: Eero Saarinen.

FLANSBURGH: The torture will stop now. Cindy, you are the winner. It's Eero Saarinen.

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EISENBERG: Nice job, Cindy. You're our ASK ME ANOTHER big winner.

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FLANSBURGH: Hey, my name anagrams as Sh jr bun on flan.

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FLANSBURGH: Ophira Eisenberg.

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