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Mo Questions, Mo Problems

Aug 25, 2017

In this final round, every answer begins with the letters "M-O."

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now it's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Anthony Nobles, a 6-foot-4 limbo champion whose new nickname is Supple Spine.

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EISENBERG: And Tadd Sholtis, whose mom said he was too tall for "Teen Jeopardy."

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Thanks, Ophira. Anthony, Tadd, your final round is called Mo (ph) Questions, Mo Problems. Every answer will begin with the letters MO. We're playing this round like a penalty shootout. You'll have up to eight questions. The contestant who scores the most points will be our big winner. Your prize will be an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube and a signed copy of Rita Dove's book, "Collected Poems: 1974-2004." We rolled a 20-sided die, and Tadd is going first. Tadd, Russ Leatherman provided the voice to what service that gave callers film showtimes?

TADD SHOLTIS: Moviefone.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Anthony, according to the CDC, the Zika virus is spread primarily by what insect?

ANTHONY NOBLES: Mosquitoes.

CHUNG: That's right.

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NOBLES: Tadd, what term is used to describe either a person of great wealth and power or a bump in a ski run?

SHOLTIS: Mogul.

CHUNG: You got it.

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CHUNG: Anthony, the title of this 2016 Disney film means ocean in Hawaiian and Maori.

NOBLES: "Moana."

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CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Tadd, Maputo is the largest and capital city of what East African country?

SHOLTIS: Mozambique.

CHUNG: You got it.

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CHUNG: Anthony, in what country would you find Casablanca and Marrakesh? Three seconds.

NOBLES: Mozambique.

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CHUNG: Wrong. The answer we're looking for was Morocco. Tadd, born Yasiin Bey, what artist was nominated for a Grammy for his rap album, "The Ecstatic"?

SHOLTIS: Mos Def?

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Anthony, what deep voiced actor won an Academy Award for his role in "Million Dollar Baby"? Three seconds, shaking your head.

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CHUNG: Sorry. We were looking for Morgan Freeman. At the halfway point, Tadd is in the lead 4-2. Tadd, what classic American novel begins with the line, call me Ishmael?

SHOLTIS: "Moby Dick."

CHUNG: That is right.

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CHUNG: Anthony, capable of accommodating over a million worshippers, Masjid al-Haram in Mecca is the world's largest what?

NOBLES: Mosque.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Tadd, what CBS sitcom stars Allison Janney as Bonnie?

SHOLTIS: "Mom"?

CHUNG: That's right.

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CHUNG: Here's the situation. Tadd is in the lead, 6-3. Anthony, if you get this question wrong or Tadd gets another one right, Tadd will win the game. What comedian and former talk show host won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Precious"?

NOBLES: Meryl Streep.

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CHUNG: I'm sorry, that is incorrect. We were looking for Mo'Nique. That means, Tadd, you're our winner.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Tadd. You're our big winner. 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, Kyrie Greenberg, Shawn Kennedy, Mary Tobler and senior writer J. Keith van Straaten. ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julia Melfi, Denny Shin and Rommel Wood, along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore. ASK ME ANOTHER was created by Eric Nuzum and Jesse Baker. We'd like to thank the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and the Virginia Arts Festival...

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CHUNG: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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