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P.S. I Love You

Jun 12, 2014
Originally published on June 12, 2014 10:31 am

The final round is a postscript to our show, so in this game, we took that idea literally: all the answers are two-word names or phrases with the initials "P.S." Which gal "got married" in a 1986 film?

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We are now going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back, from This Means Wiki-War, Amelia Gollini.


EISENBERG: From This, That Or The Other, Matt Brozik. From I Sense A Theme Music, Jack Burke.


EISENBERG: And from Compound Fractures, James Van Aken. Our puzzle guru John Chaneski will take us through the final round.

JOHN CHANESKI: This final round is titled P.S. I Love You. The final round is sort of a postscript to our show. So it's fitting that this game is all about the letters P and S. All the answers will have the initials P.S. For example, if I asked for a device used to maintain a graphite writing utensil, you'd say pencil sharpener.

Now we're playing this spelling-bee styles so one wrong answer, and you're out. You'll only have a few seconds to give us an answer. Last person standing is our ASK ME ANOTHER grand winner. Remember, every answer will be a two-word name or phrase with the initials P.S. Here we go. Amelia, this man has won several Emmy awards for hosting wheel of Fortune.


CHANESKI: That's right.


CHANESKI: Matt, something you might see a lot of on the TV shows "Nip Tuck" or "The Real Housewives Of Orange County."

MATTHEW BROZIK: Plastic surgery.

CHANESKI: That's right.


CHANESKI: Jack, a notice that an employee might receive to tell him he's been laid off is sometimes called this.

JACK BURKE: Pink slip.

CHANESKI: That's right.


CHANESKI: James, a puree of green legumes that sometimes split.




CHANESKI: Back to Amelia. Amelia, while visiting Seattle, you can go whale watching in this body of water that feeds into the Pacific Ocean.

GOLLINI: Puget Sound.

CHANESKI: Correct.


CHANESKI: Matt, according to its unofficial motto, neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night can deter this quasigovernmental agency.

BROZIK: Postal service.

CHANESKI: Postal service is right.


CHANESKI: Jack, it's when a lot of bad things happen at once like in the 2000 movie starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane. Three seconds. Jack, step aside. Let's see if James knows it.


CHANESKI: Step aside. Let's see if Amelia knows it.

GOLLINI: "Perfect Storm."

CHANESKI: Perfect answer. Way to go, Amelia.


CHANESKI: We're going to say goodbye to Jack and James. And we're quickly down to two contestants - to Amelia and Matt. Matt, you're next. A time-saving recap you might read on IMDB or in Cliff's notes.

BROZIK: Plot summary.

CHANESKI: Plot summary is correct.


CHANESKI: Amelia, according to the band TLC, a scrub is someone who hangs out of this part of his best friends ride.

GOLLINI: Passenger side.


CHANESKI: Passenger side is right. Matt, in a biblical parable, a reckless deserter who comes back feeling sorry for what he's done.

BROZIK: Prodigal son.

CHANESKI: Yes, that's correct.


CHANESKI: Amelia, a mythical substance believed to turn any metal into gold or silver or to make immortality possible.

GOLLINI: Philosopher's stone.

CHANESKI: You got it. Philosopher's stone.


CHANESKI: Matt, he was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame for songs like "When A Man Loves A Woman."

BROZIK: Percy Sledge.

CHANESKI: Percy Sledge is correct.


CHANESKI: Well, I've used up all my questions. It's time to go to a tiebreaker.


CHANESKI: Grab those buzzers. Here's our tiebreaker question. His most famous line from "Dirty Dancing" is nobody puts baby in a corner.



GOLLINI: Patrick Swayze.

CHANESKI: Patrick Swayze is correct. You're our winner. Congratulations.


EISENBERG: I love that she just curtsied, and then went off. Amelia, you are our big ASK ME ANOTHER winner. Congratulations. And as our grand prize, our VIP, Emily Nussbaum, has agreed to put her powers of argument and persuasion to use to defend your television guilty pleasure to your friends, coworkers, the Twitter universe, who ever you need to convince. So thanks one more time to our VIP, New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum.


EISENBERG: And that is our show. Thanks so much for listening. If you would like to be a contestant, just find us on Facebook or Twitter. Look around for NPR ASK ME ANOTHER. And you can be a puzzle player anytime, anyplace by downloading our podcast from iTunes, Stitcher or TuneIn. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is John Chaneski.

CHANESKI: Hey, my name anagrams to Oh, heck. Ninjas.

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

CHANESKI: Thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzle editor is Art Chung. I'm hripe begonias.

CHANESKI: Ophira Eisenberg.



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