The Hairy Ape

Jan 26, 2018

The answers to questions in this final-round game all contain the letters A-P-E in consecutive order. Like Grape Nuts, everyone's favorite cereal that contains neither grapes nor nuts.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Mychael Chinn, who met the Queen of Denmark at her side castle, and Alissa Fitzgerald, who gets paid to write cheesy puns about cheese.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin, take it away.

CECIL BALDWIN: All right. Mychael and Alissa, I hope you're fans of the playwright Eugene O'Neill because your final round is called The Hairy Ape. Every answer contains the letters A-P-E in consecutive order. For example, if I said a breakfast cereal brand containing neither of the foods mentioned in the name, you could say Grape Nuts. And our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube autographed by Mary Wiseman.

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BALDWIN: We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Alissa is going first. Here we go. Alissa, Pampers, Huggies and Seventh Generation are brands of this baby item.

ALISSA FITZGERALD: Diapers.

BALDWIN: Correct.

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BALDWIN: Mychael, the kind of pepper that when smoked and dried becomes a chipotle.

MYCHAEL CHINN: Apeio (ph) - I have no idea.

BALDWIN: I'm sorry, that is incorrect. The correct answer is jalapeno.

CHINN: I did know that. Just kidding.

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BALDWIN: Alissa, a food item often found in a brine of vinegar, salt or wine derived from immature, dark green flower buds.

FITZGERALD: Capers.

BALDWIN: Correct.

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BALDWIN: Mychael, according to Merriam-Webster, this is a quadrilateral having only two sides parallel.

CHINN: Trapezoid.

BALDWIN: That is correct.

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BALDWIN: Alissa, 3M engineer Richard Drew invented this name-brand adhesive product often used to seal wrapping paper.

FITZGERALD: Scotch Tape.

BALDWIN: That is correct.

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BALDWIN: Mychael, an old-timey method for making copies originally using sheets coated with element number six from the periodic table.

CHINN: I don't know - carbon something. Carbonate...

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CHINN: ...Pa (ph) - carbonate pa (ph) - I don't know.

BALDWIN: You were so close. The answer we're looking for is carbon paper.

CHINN: Oh, God.

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BALDWIN: Alissa, the original campus of the University of North Carolina is located in this town.

FITZGERALD: Charlotte?

BALDWIN: I'm sorry. The correct answer is Chapel Hill. Mychael, a peninsula of Massachusetts popular for its beaches and Kennedys.

CHINN: Cape Cod.

BALDWIN: That is correct.

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BALDWIN: Hey, we're at the halfway point. Alissa is in the lead 3-2. Alissa, the capital of Hungary.

FITZGERALD: Budapest.

BALDWIN: Correct.

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BALDWIN: Mychael, an older person who accompanies young people at a social gathering to ensure proper behavior.

CHINN: A chaperone.

BALDWIN: Correct.

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BALDWIN: Alissa, a light alcoholic drink often served before a meal.

FITZGERALD: An aperitif.

BALDWIN: Correct.

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BALDWIN: Mychael, an appetizer consisting of a piece of bread or cracker topped with a savory spread.

CHINN: A canape.

BALDWIN: Correct.

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BALDWIN: Alissa, a decorative woven fabric often used for wall hangings, also the title of a Carole King album.

FITZGERALD: Is it macrame?

BALDWIN: I'm sorry, the answer we're looking for is tapestry. Mychael, Nirvana's song containing the lyrics, "hey, wait. I've got a new complaint."

CHINN: (Singing) Hey, wait. I got a new complaint.

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FITZGERALD: (Singing) Forever in debt to your priceless advice...

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CHINN: Girl, thank you for trying to help me, but I ain't got this. Like, is it "Cape May" (ph)? I don't know.

BALDWIN: The answer is "Heart-Shaped Box."

CHINN: What?

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BALDWIN: The score is now 5-4. You each have one question left. Alissa, if you get this question right, you win. Circus apparatus consisting of a short horizontal bar attached to the ends of two suspended ropes.

FITZGERALD: That would be a trapeze.

BALDWIN: That's right.

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BALDWIN: Alissa, you won.

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EISENBERG: Mychael, fantastic...

CHINN: Ophira.

EISENBERG: ...And so close. Fantastic.

CHINN: Girl, thank you so much.

EISENBERG: Well done. Congratulations, Alissa. And that's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER'S puzzle guru is Cecil Baldwin.

BALDWIN: Hey, my name anagrams to blind ice claw.

EISENBERG: Our guest musician is Julian Velard.

BALDWIN: Naive dull jar.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Danielle Thompson (ph), Eric Feinstein, Juan Escalante and senior writer Josiah Madigan. Our senior supervising producer is Art Chung. ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julia Melfi, Denny Shin, Rommel Wood and our intern, Camilla Franklin, along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We were recorded by Damon Whittemore, Frank Bianco (ph) and David Herkin (ph). We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, New York, The Bell House...

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EISENBERG: ...And our production partner, WNYC. I'm her ripe begonias.

BALDWIN: Ophira Eisenberg.

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