The In Crowd

Nov 17, 2017

If you want to win Ask Me Another, just channel the Arthur theme song and "Believe in Yourself." Case in point: We challenged our contestants to a final round in which every answer is a three-word phrase with the middle word "in."

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists, Giacomo Santangelo, who uses "Sleeping Beauty" to teach about John Stuart Mill, and Leah Berkowitz, a rabbi who once was asked to bless a Golden Corral.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Thanks, Ophira. Giacomo and Leah, your final round is called The In Crowd. Every answer is a three-word phrase or a hyphenate that contains the word in. For example, if I said female parent of one spouse frequently depicted in comedy as an overbearing or meddling presence, you'd say mother-in-law. Our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Mozhan Marno. We rolled a 20-sided die back stage, and Giacomo is going first. Here we go. Giacomo, it's a golf term for a lucky shot when a ball hit from the tee finishes in the cup.

GIACOMO SANTANGELO: A hole-in-one.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Leah, expression used to wish someone who has passed away a state of tranquility in death.

LEAH BERKOWITZ: Rest in peace.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Giacomo, term that refers to the U.S. president's role in relation to the U.S. Armed Forces.

SANTANGELO: Commander in chief.

CHUNG: That is right.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Leah, military term abbreviated with the letters M-I-A.

BERKOWITZ: Missing in action.

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Giacomo, a woman whose official job is to attend to the needs of a queen or princess.

SANTANGELO: Lady-in-waiting.

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Leah, Bonnie and Clyde, Leopold and Loeb, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are all examples of this term for accomplices committing illegal acts.

BERKOWITZ: Partners in crime.

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Giacomo, a 1997 film about agents J and K who police extraterrestrial life forms on Earth.

SANTANGELO: "Men In Black."

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Leah, a recurring "Muppet Show" sketch set aboard the USS Swinetrek featuring Captain Link Hogthrob throb and Dr. Julius Strangepork.

BERKOWITZ: "Pigs In Space."

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: More bacon.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: We're at the halfway point, and the score is tied at 4 points each. Giacomo, figure of speech used to indicate irony involving the placement of a muscular mouth organ.

SANTANGELO: Tongue-in-cheek.

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Leah, Scott Baio sitcom about a student taking care of three children while attending college.

BERKOWITZ: "Charles In Charge."

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Giacomo, number one hit for Beyonce in 2003 that went on to win Grammys for best R&B song and best rap/song collaboration.

SANTANGELO: "Crazy In Love."

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Leah, 2000 Christopher Guest film about quirky dog owners.

BERKOWITZ: "Best In Show."

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Giacomo, a two-part 1990s Tony-and-Pulitzer-winning Tony Kushner play about the AIDS crisis.

SANTANGELO: "Angels In America."

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Leah, a 1924 George Gershwin composition combining elements of classical music and jazz, later used in United Airlines ads.

BERKOWITZ: "Rhapsody In Blue."

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Score's tied. You each have one question left. Giacomo, this 1987 comedy about a night of child care gone awry was Christopher Columbus's directorial debut.

SANTANGELO: "Adventures In Babysitting."

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Leah, you need this question correct to stay in the game. A 2002 romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Fiennes (ph).

BERKOWITZ: "Maid In Manhattan."

CHUNG: That is right.

(SOUNDBITE OF DING)

CHUNG: Well done.

(APPLAUSE)

CHUNG: Well done, guys. We're going to a tiebreaker. Hands on your buzzers. It's a common Mother's Day treat. This involves serving the first meal of the day to someone while they're still on their mattress.

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CHUNG: Leah.

BERKOWITZ: Breakfast in bed.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: You're both amazing. Well done. It came down to the buzzer, and it was a great game. Thank you so much, Giacomo. And congratulations, Leah. That's our show.

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EISENBERG: ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is Art Chung.

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EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

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EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Eric Feinstein, Greg Pliska and senior writers Greg Lightman and J. Keith van Straaten. ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julia Melfi, Danny Shin, Rommel Wood and our intern Madeline Kaplan, along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore, Noriko Okabe and David Hurtgen. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., The Bell House...

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