Are We There Yet?

Apr 28, 2017

In honor of our long flight from Brooklyn to Phoenix, this final round is called, "Are We There Yet?" Every answer contains something that sounds like a method of transportation. For example, if we said, "This astronomer was the original narrator of the science show, 'Cosmos,'" you'd answer "Carl Sagan..." which has "car" in it.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now it's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists. Cole Eskridge, whose motto is less talk, more PowerPoint and Frea Mehta, who's researching lab-grown meat.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Thanks, Ophira. Cole and Frea, in honor of our long flight from Brooklyn to Phoenix, your final round is called Are We There Yet? Every answer will contain something that sounds like a method of transportation. So for example, if I said, this astronomer was the original narrator of the science show "Cosmos," you'd answer Carl Sagan, which has car in it. We're playing this round like a penalty shootout.

You'll each get up to eight questions. The contestant who scores the most points will be our big winner. Your prize is an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Penn Jillette. We rolled a virtual 20-sided die backstage and Cole is going first. Here we go. Cole, some regions prefer a hoagie or grinder, but most of America enjoys this large sandwich.

COLE ESKRIDGE: A sub. A submarine sandwich.

CHUNG: That's correct.

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CHUNG: Frea, he's pictured in the 1889 painting "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear."

FREA MEHTA: Van Gogh.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Cole, Liza Minnelli starred in the 1972 film version of this musical.

ESKRIDGE: "Cabaret."

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Frea, a 1987 comedy starring Cher and Nicolas Cage. I'll give you three seconds.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHUNG: I'm sorry, we were looking for "Moonstruck" - truck.

JONATHAN COULTON: They really don't like that one.

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CHUNG: Cole, it's a widely used brand of playing cards.

ESKRIDGE: Bicycle.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Frea, a popular family game using five dice and a cup. Three seconds.

MEHTA: Oh, man. Yeah, I don't know.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHUNG: I'm sorry, we were looking for Yahtzee.

MEHTA: Yahtzee?

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CHUNG: That's what you're supposed to say, yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: Cole, a backyard game in which you score three points for a ringer or one for a leaner.

ESKRIDGE: Horseshoe?

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Frea, a modern term for a mom or dad who hovers over their children's every move.

MEHTA: Helicopter parents.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: We're at the halfway point. Cole is in the lead 4-2. Cole, it's a simple machine also known as a ramp. Three seconds.

ESKRIDGE: A ramp?

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHUNG: That is incorrect. We were looking for inclined plane.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: Frea, it's a popular sunscreen brand with a yellow logo.

MEHTA: A Banana Boat?

CHUNG: That is correct. Cole, a palindromic travel-booking website.

ESKRIDGE: Kayak?

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Frea, an English singer-songwriter who was the lead singer of Roxy Music. Three seconds.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHUNG: We were looking for Bryan Ferry. Look them up good. It's good.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: The score is five to three. Cole, if you get this question right, you win. He's the Hollywood martial arts star from China who appeared in all three "Expendables" movies.

ESKRIDGE: Jackie Chan?

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry, we were looking for Jet Li. All right, Frea, if you get one more question wrong, Cole will win the game. It's a long-running hip hop and R&B music show hosted by Don Cornelius.

MEHTA: This is not the right answer and I know it, but it has the word run in it. So I'm going to run with it and Run-D.M.C. Clearly not the correct answer.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. The answer was Soul Train, which means...

MEHTA: Soul Train.

CHUNG: ...Cole, you're our winner.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Cole. And that's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER'S puzzle guru is Art Chung.

CHUNG: Hey, my name anagrams to narc thug.

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

CHUNG: Thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Eric Feinstein, Andrew Kane and senior writers Kyle Beakley and Karen Lurie. ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julia Melfi, Danny Shin, Rommel Wood and our intern Toya Singh, along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We were recorded by Rick Kwan and ValveTone Recordings. ASK ME ANOTHER was created by Eric Nuzum and Jesse Baker. We'd like to thank the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz...

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EISENBERG: ...And our production partner WNYC.

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CHUNG: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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