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Cray Crayola

Sep 15, 2017

We pick the brightest crayon in the box with this final round in which every answer is also the color of a Crayola crayon. It's "bittersweet," which also happens to be a very nice shade of orange.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists, Bree Fowler, who's an internet security writer and says, your password should not be password, and Caitlin Doyle, who did a FaceTime interview with a cat.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Thanks, Ophira. Bree and Caitlin, your final round is called Cray Crayola. Every answer is also the color of a Crayola crayon. So, for example, if I said it's an adjective to describe food that's acrid and saccharin, you'd answer bittersweet, which is also a nice shade of orange. 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 Julia Stiles. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Bree is going first. Here we go. Bree, a fairground treat made of spun sugar on a stick often dyed pink.

BREE FOWLER: Cotton candy.

CHUNG: Correct.

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CHUNG: Caitlin, a clump of dried plant parts that rolls across the desert blown by the wind.

CAITLIN DOYLE: Tumbleweed?

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: It's a light brown. Bree, California produces most of the world's supply of these nuts popularly used in nondairy milk substitutes.

FOWLER: Almonds.

CHUNG: That's correct.

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CHUNG: Caitlin, in the Christmas song, it roasts on an open fire.

DOYLE: Chestnuts.

CHUNG: That's right.

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CHUNG: Bree, it's a Danish band with the hit song "Barbie Girl." Shaking your head. Three seconds.

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CHUNG: I'm sorry. We were looking for Aqua. Caitlin, in Harry Potter, the first name of the Gryffindor student with the last name Brown who develops a crush on Ron Weasley.

DOYLE: Lavender.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Bree, an aquatic creature nicknamed sea cow.

FOWLER: Manatee.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Caitlin, known in the U.K. as an aubergine, this vegetable's emoji has a scandalous double meaning.

DOYLE: Eggplant.

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CHUNG: We're at the halfway point. Caitlin is in the lead, 4-3. Bree, this is the symbol of Ireland, also known as a three-leaf clover.

FOWLER: Shamrock.

CHUNG: That is right.

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CHUNG: Caitlin, eating this vegetable can make your urine smell weird, but some people can't sense the odor.

DOYLE: Beets?

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. We're looking for asparagus. Bree, in the "Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants," the eponymous pants are made of this material.

FOWLER: Denim.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Caitlin, the Desperate Housewives lived on this lane.

DOYLE: Wisteria.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Bree, wavelength of light not visible to the human eye used in many remote controls.

FOWLER: Infrared.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Caitlin, in the Nicktoon, Dagget and Norbert are angry members of this species.

DOYLE: Beaver?

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: The score is tied, and you each have one question left. Bree, the film adaptation is about Charlie Kaufman's attempt to adapt a book by Susan Orlean which features this plant on the cover.

FOWLER: Violet?

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. We're looking for orchid, which means, Caitlin, if you get this answer right, you win. It's an ice cream brand headquartered in Brenham, Texas.

DOYLE: Haagen-Dazs?

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. We're looking for Blue Bell. So that means we're all tied up. And we're going to a tiebreaker. Hands on your buzzers. It's the alias of the professor played by Christopher Lloyd in the "Clue" Movie.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Bri.

FOWLER: Professor Plum.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: We've got to say that was a pretty amazing final round - so close. Well done, Caitlin. Thank you so much.

DOYLE: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Congratulations, Bree. That's our show.

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EISENBERG: 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 Matthew Foster, Kyrie Greenberg, Scott Ross and senior writer Karen Lurie (ph). ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julie Melfi, Danny Shin, Rommel Wood and our intern Madeline Kaplan (ph), along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore, Mike Cohn (ph) 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...

CHUNG: Hot heel blues.

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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