EZ Does It

Aug 5, 2016
Originally published on February 23, 2017 1:53 pm

Every answer in this final round contains the letters "E-Z." So if we said, "An involuntary expulsion of air from your nose," you would answer, "sneeze."

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now, it's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our final two contestants Jake and Ross.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Ross and Jake, your final round is called Easy Does It. Every answer will contain the letters E-Z next to each other, though not necessarily at the beginning of the answer. So if I said it's an involuntary expulsion of air from your nose, you would answer sneeze. We're playing this round like a penalty shootout. You'll each get up to eight questions, and we'll alternate back and forth. The contestant who scores the most points will be our big winner. Your prize will be an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's cube, a "Don't Think Twice" poster signed by Gillian and Kate, and Kate has drawn an amazing illustration just for you.

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CHUNG: We flipped a coin backstage, and, Ross, you're going first. Here we go. Ross - it's a candy that comes in a mechanical plastic dispenser with characters heads on top.

ROSS FREILICH: PEZ.

CHUNG: Correct.

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CHUNG: Jake - a short horizontal bar attached to the ends of two suspended ropes used in acrobatics.

JAKE TOFFLER: Trapeze.

CHUNG: Correct.

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CHUNG: Ross - a French word for a meeting at an agreed time.

FREILICH: Rendezvous.

CHUNG: Correct.

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CHUNG: Jake - it's a round, red hat with a flat top, no brim and a tassel.

TOFFLER: A fez.

CHUNG: Correct.

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CHUNG: Ross - this singer starred in Disney's "Wizards Of Waverly Place" and the film "Spring Breakers."

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CHUNG: Ross is - shaking your head, no answer. We were looking for Selena Gomez.

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CHUNG: It's ok not to know that.

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CHUNG: Jake - this actress won a Golden Globe for her role as Jane the virgin.

TOFFLER: I knew Selena Gomez.

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CHUNG: Sorry. We were looking for Gina Rodriguez. Ross - it's the lowest balcony of a theater.

FREILICH: Mezzanine.

CHUNG: Correct.

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CHUNG: Jake - a wicked biblical woman, also a feminist blog.

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CHUNG: Three seconds.

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CHUNG: You clearly don't read Jezebel.

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CHUNG: We're at the halfway point, and Ross is in the lead, 3 to 2. Ross - it's a selection of Greek or Middle Eastern dishes often served as an appetizer.

FREILICH: Mezza.

CHUNG: Correct.

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CHUNG: Jake - it's the part of a ring or bracelet to which gems are attached.

TOFFLER: The cortez (ph).

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry.

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CHUNG: We were looking for bezel. Ross - it's Spanish for beer.

FREILICH: Cerveza.

CHUNG: True.

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CHUNG: All right, Jake, here's the situation. Ross is in the lead 5 to 2. If you get any of your remaining questions wrong or if Ross gets any of his right, Ross will win the game. A French word meaning at the home of often used in restaurant names.

TOFFLER: Chez.

CHUNG: Correct.

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CHUNG: Ross, if you get this right, you'll win the game. A four-sided figure that has two parallel and two non-parallel sides.

FREILICH: I know it's - trapezoid.

CHUNG: Correct. Congratulations. You're our big winner.

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EISENBERG: That was incredibly tense.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Ross. Enjoy your prize.

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