5318008

Nov 8, 2019

In this final round, every answer can be spelled on a traditional LCD calculator by turning it upside-down.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Jeramey Kraatz, who has a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper full of his ancestors hair...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...And Jovane Caamano, who helped train medical students by pretending to have herpes.

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EISENBERG: Jeramey, Jovane, Dallas is home to Texas Instruments, the company who brought us the hand-held LCD calculator - or as I call it, 1988's iPhone. So your final round is called 5318008.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah. Turn that upside down, and it is a very old-fashioned sext.

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EISENBERG: Every answer in this game can be spelled on a traditional LCD calculator by turning it upside down, and our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Alejandro Escovedo. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Jovane is going first. Here we go. Jovane, this word-finding tabletop game that uses 16 dice and a three-minute timer.

JOVANE CAAMANO: Word-finding game with dice is what's stumping me. Sixteen dice...

EISENBERG: And a three-minute timer. Three seconds.

CAAMANO: Three-minute timer - that's a lot of dice. I don't know.

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EISENBERG: We were looking for Boggle.

CAAMANO: Oh.

EISENBERG: Jeramey, the name of this construction toy comes from the Danish for play well.

JERAMEY KRAATZ: Lego?

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Jovane, the name of this fashion magazine means she in French.

CAAMANO: Elle.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Jeramey, homophones of this word include a music genre and the capital of South Korea. Three seconds.

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EISENBERG: Sorry, we were looking for Seoul. Jonathan, how are our contestants doing?

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: They are tied 1 to 1, Ophira.

EISENBERG: OK. Jovane, the Erdapfel is the earliest known example of this object and did not include the Americas.

CAAMANO: First thing of this object - map.

EISENBERG: Good guess. I'm sorry. That's incorrect. We were looking for globe. Jeramey, the famous drawings of a swoosh and a bitten apple and the golden arches are all famous examples of this.

KRAATZ: Logo.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Jovane, Matt Damon bought one of these in a 2011 film.

CAAMANO: 2011, Matt Damon, he bought something - that's all we know. OK.

EISENBERG: Three seconds.

CAAMANO: A book.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Good guess. We were looking for zoo.

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EISENBERG: Jeramey, it's Deuce Bigelow's profession.

KRAATZ: Gigolo.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: All right. We're halfway through. Jonathan, what's going on?

COULTON: Well, Jeramey's in the lead 3 to 1.

EISENBERG: Jovane, this fantasy character was played by Ian Holm and Martin Freeman.

CAAMANO: Bilbo.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jeramey, in Western astrology, it's the sign for people born between July 23 and August 22. Three seconds.

KRAATZ: Libra?

EISENBERG: Good guess. I'm sorry. We were looking for Leo. Jovane, the title character of this Kay Thompson book has the motto, getting bored is not allowed.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Just shaking your head.

CAAMANO: Lee.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Close. We were looking for Eloise. Jeramey, this Phyllis Reynolds Naylor book about a beagle won the 1992 Newbery Medal.

KRAATZ: Oh, god. The kid lit community is going to kill me. "Shiloh"?

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: All right. There's only a few questions left. Jonathan, what's the score?

COULTON: Here's the situation, Ophira.

EISENBERG: OK.

COULTON: Jeramey is now in the lead 4 to 2, so Jovane, if you get this question wrong, Jeramey wins the game.

EISENBERG: Jovane, cartoonist Bill Watterson famously won't allow merchandise of this tiger character.

CAAMANO: Hobbes.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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COULTON: Jeramey, if you get this question right, you win.

EISENBERG: Jeramey, the cor anglais is the larger relative of this double-reed woodwind instrument.

KRAATZ: The oboe?

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Well done - close game. And congratulations, Jeramey. You're our winner.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Our podcast drops each Friday. Listen and subscribe. ASK ME ANOTHER's house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

COULTON: Hey. My name anagrams to thou jolt a cannon.

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