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Rule of Three

Jun 26, 2014
Originally published on March 4, 2015 11:52 am

It's said that all good things come in threes — which is why this final round is all about three-word groupings that always go together. Go! Fight! Win! Three cheers for this week's champion.

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Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back from Shall We Dance, Lucy Ruth Cummins. From Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Micaela Blei. From It Was The Best Of Lines, Krissa Corbett Cavouras. From Just Sit Right Back, Rachel Lang. And our puzzle guru, Art Chung, will take us out.

ART CHUNG: Thanks Ophira. This final round is called the rule of three. In this round every correct answer will be three words or phrases that are known for going together. For example, if I said, it's Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir, which was made into a movie starring Julia Roberts, you would say "Eat, Pray, Love."

We're playing this spelling bee style, so one wrong answer and you're out. You'll only have a few seconds to give me that answer and the last person standing is our ASK ME ANOTHER grand winner. Here we go. Lucy, the three types of Olympic medals.

LUCY RUTH CUMMINS: Gold, silver and bronze.

CHUNG: That's right.


CHUNG: Micaela, the mascots for Rice Krispies cereal.

MICAELA BLEI: Snap, crackle, pop.

CHUNG: That's right.

CHUNG: Krissa, It's the helpful instructions on a shampoo bottle.

KRISSA CORBETT CAVOURAS: Lather, rinse, repeat.

CHUNG: Yep, that's right.


CHUNG: Rachel, what a director might say to start filming a movie scene.

RACHEL LANG: Speed, rolling, action?

CHUNG: That's not the trio we're looking for.

CHUNG: Lucy, What a director might say to start filming a movie scene?

CUMMINS: I don't know.

CHUNG: We're going to pass on that.

CHUNG: Micaela, do you know the answer?

BLEI: Lights, camera, action?

CHUNG: Right, that's the phrase we're looking for.


CHUNG: We're down to Micaela and Krissa. Krissa, three unalienable rights we're endowed with according to the Declaration of Independence.

CAVOURAS: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

CHUNG: That's right.


CHUNG: Micaela, Three scary animals in "The Wizard of Oz" - oh, my.

BLEI: Lions, tigers, bears.

CHUNG: Lions, tigers and bears, oh my.


CHUNG: Back to Krissa. The nursery rhyme feature a mouse running up the clock.

CAVOURAS: "Hickory, Dickory, Dock."

CHUNG: That's right.


CHUNG: Micaela, this game you play with your hands is also called Rochambeau. No answer?

CHUNG: If you know the answer you win.

CAVOURAS: Rock, paper, scissors?

CHUNG: That's right.


EISENBERG: Congratulations, Krissa, you're our ASK ME ANOTHER big winner.


EISENBERG: In celebration of your achievement Krissa, John Flansburgh from They Might Be Giants, who's just moved his mother to Florida is going to give you something out of his mother's apartment.


EISENBERG: Also you will get a They Might Be Giants signed final copy of their album "Lincoln." So congratulations.


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