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Begins And Ends With ME

Aug 4, 2017

It's all about ME this final round, where every answer begins with the letter M and ends with the letter E.

Heard on Kerry Bishé: Halt And Catch Science

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists, Emma Ruopp, who once rented a casket, and Shreyas Vangala, who spent a summer using French fries to catch pigeons.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Thanks, Ophira. Emma and Shreyas, your final round is called It Begins And Ends With ME. Every answer will begin with the letter M as in maracas and end with the letter E as an eagle. So if I said, rodent who was the first animated character to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you'd answer Mickey Mouse.

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. And your prize is an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Kerry Bishe. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage and Shreyas is going first. Here we go. Shreyas, biceps, triceps and deltoids are examples of this type of body part.

SHREYAS VANGALA: Muscle.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Emma, our intern's favorite condiment famously made by Hellmann's or Best Foods.

EMMA RUOPP: Mayonnaise.

CHUNG: That's right.

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CHUNG: Shreyas, popular in the U.K., it's a brand of food spread made from yeast extract.

VANGALA: Marmite.

CHUNG: Correct.

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CHUNG: Emma, it's the largest city in Wisconsin.

RUOPP: Yes, 'cause people live there for sure, so it's probably Milwaukee.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Shreyas, this state is the easternmost of the 48 conterminous, aka contiguous, United States.

VANGALA: Maine.

CHUNG: Correct.

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CHUNG: Emma, a multi-platinum artist with the hit song "Be Without You."

RUOPP: Yeah, "Be Without You."

CHUNG: Three seconds.

RUOPP: Definitely not Mickey Mouse. You already said that (laughter).

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CHUNG: I'm sorry, we were looking for Mary J. Blige. Shreyas, artist known for the songs "What's Going On" and "Sexual Healing."

VANGALA: Marvin Gaye.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Emma, like Kelis, my ice cream-based drink brings all the boys to the yard.

RUOPP: Milkshake.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: We're at the halfway point. Shreyas is in the lead, 4-3. Shreyas, in desserts, a baked treat typically made from whipped egg whites and sugar, the basis of a pavlova.

VANGALA: Meringue.

CHUNG: Correct.

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CHUNG: Emma, in deserts, an optical illusion that causes people to think they see water.

RUOPP: Mirage.

CHUNG: That's right.

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CHUNG: Shreyas, Alexander Calder is credited with creating this art form. Three seconds.

VANGALA: Mime.

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CHUNG: That's incorrect. He created the mobile. Emma, the last name of a French artist from the early 20th century known for his colorful cutouts and his painting "La Danse."

RUOPP: It's definitely the one who did all the hands.

CHUNG: Three seconds.

RUOPP: Mobe (ph) (laughter).

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

RUOPP: Yes. Oh, yeah.

CHUNG: Shreyas, a member of the Royal Canadian Police.

VANGALA: Mountie.

CHUNG: That is right.

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CHUNG: All right, Emma, here's the situation - Shreyas in the lead, 6-4. Emma, if you get this question wrong Shreyas wins the game. Messaging system made of dots and dashes.

RUOPP: Morse code.

CHUNG: That is right.

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CHUNG: Shreyas, if you get this next question right you win. In Shakespeare, Romeo's family.

VANGALA: Montague.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Well done, Emma. Thanks so much for joining us. Congratulations, Shreyas. 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 and senior writer J. Keith van Straaten. ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julia Melfi, Danny Shin, Rommel Wood and our intern, Kurt Van Zandt (ph)...

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EISENBERG: ...Along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore, Noriko Okabe and David Hurtgen. ASK ME ANOTHER was created by Eric Nuzum and Jesse Baker. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., The Bell House...

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EISENBERG: ...And our production partner, WNYC. I'm her ripe begonias.

CHUNG: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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