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Thu February 13, 2014
That's A-L-L, Folks
To wrap up the show, puzzle guru Greg Pliska asks our finalists to give it their "a-l-l," and think up answers that contain those letters in consecutive order. Unlike Porky Pig, however, contestants have to reach deep into their trivia brains to make sure they don't come up with any fa-l-lacies!
OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:
Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back the winners from our earlier games. From The Answer Lies Within, Kelsey Amentt.
EISENBERG: From Mime Time, Shawn Dugas.
EISENBERG: From Sounds Delicious, Ryan Fanelli.
EISENBERG: And from Presidential Monster Hunter, Juan Gelpi.
EISENBERG: Our puzzle guru, Greg Pliska is going to crown our winner.
GREG PLISKA: OK. Here we go. His final-round it's called: That's A-L-L, Folks. Every answer is going to be a word or proper nouns that have the letters A-L-L in consecutive order within it. For instance, a mistaken belief or an unsound argument would be a fallacy, F-A-L-L-A-C-Y. Now we're playing this spelling bee style, which means that if you have a wrong answer your out. You'll only have a few seconds to give us an answer, and the last person standing will be our ASK ME ANOTHER grand winner.
Here we go. Kelsey, you're up first. Something that parents give to kids sometimes in exchange for doing chores.
KELSEY AMENTT: Allowance.
PLISKA: Correct. Shawn, the musical partner of John Oates.
SHAWN DUGAS: Daryl Hall.
PLISKA: Ryan, a highly infectious viral disease that was declared eradicated in 1980.
RYAN FANELLI: Smallpox?
PLISKA: Juan, a standup comic known for smashing watermelons.
JUAN GELPI: Gallagher.
PLISKA: Kelsey, members of this California subculture like popularized up talk.
AMENTT: Valley girls.
PLISKA: Shawn, the most famous chorus from Handel's "Messiah."
PLISKA: Ryan, an Australian marsupial like a kangaroo but smaller.
FANELLI: A wallaby?
PLISKA: Juan, Anna Pavlova and Dame Margot Fontaine are two famous examples of this kind of dancer.
GELPI: Ballet .
PLISKA: Kelsey, founded in 1856, this U.S. company specializes in maps and Atlas'.
PLISKA: I'm sorry, that's not correct.
PLISKA: Shawn, do you know the answer to that one?
DUGAS: Rand McNally.
PLISKA: Wow. Yes, that is correct.
PLISKA: All right, thank you for playing, Kelsey. Sorry to see you go. Ryan's up next. In music a notation meaning a rapid tempo.
PLISKA: Juan, (Singing) Day-o. He comes up and counts Harry Belafonte's banana.
GELPI: Hey, Mister Tally Man.
PLISKA: Tally Mann is correct. Very good, Juan.
PLISKA: All right, Shawn, this Alabama superspeedway is NASCAR's longest track.
DUGAS: I don't know. I don't know.
PLISKA: OK. Thank you. Ryan, you know the answer?
PLISKA: Talladega is correct.
PLISKA: Thank you for playing, Shawn. So we've got to people left, Ryan and Juan. Juan, you're up. The subject of the play "Master Class," this opera soprano was known for being a demanding diva.
GELPI: Maria Callas
PLISKA: All right. Ryan, an organ-like instrument with a set of steam powered whistles or the Greek mews of epic poetry.
FANELLI: I have no idea.
PLISKA: OK. Juan, do you know?
PLISKA: Yes, that is correct. Well done, Juan.
PLISKA: And thank you, Ryan.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Ryan.
EISENBERG: Well done, Juan. You're our ASK ME ANOTHER big winner. Congratulations.
GELPI: Thank you. Thank you very much.
EISENBERG: You not only get an autographed copy of Delia Ephron's book, "Sister Mother Husband Dog, Etc," but Delia will give you a personalized consultation on what kind of dog you should get.
EISENBERG: She'll access who you are, what you're into and give you a brief to consultation. So congratulations.
GELPI: Thank you. Thank you very much.
EISENBERG: That's our show. Thanks for listening. If you would like to be a contestant, find us on Facebook or Twitter. Just look around for NPR ASK ME ANOTHER. And you can be a puzzle player any time, any place by downloading our podcast from iTunes, Stitcher, or TuneIn. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is Greg Pliska.
PLISKA: Hey, my name anagrams to Sparkle Gig.
EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.
JONATHAN COULTON: Thou jolt a canon.
EISENBERG: Our puzzle editor is Art Chung, with additional puzzle writing by Kyle Beakley(ph), John Chaneski, Travis Larchuck(ph), Karen Laurie(ph), Josiah Madigan(ph), and Dan Schofield. ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Jesse Baker(ph), Josh Rogason(ph), John Asanti(ph) and Eleanor Kagan along with Portia Robertson-Migas(ph) and Eric Newsom(ph).
We are recorded by Paul Rouest(ph), Ivan Currieve(ph), Noriko(ph) Okave(ph) and David Herkin(ph). We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, New York, The Bell House...
COULTON: Hot Heel Blues.
EISENBERG: ...and our production partner WYNC. I'm Her Ripe Begonias.
COULTON: Ophira Eisenberg.
EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.
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