It's Element-ary

Feb 16, 2018
Originally published on February 27, 2018 9:27 am

Time to brush up on your chemistry: the answer to each final round question contains an element from the periodic table. Isn't it iron-ic, don't you think?

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalist Shaylyn Berlew, who says millennial pink isn't going anywhere...

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EISENBERG: ...And Ciera Velarde, who gets paid to look at pictures of hot guys.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Thanks, Ophira. Shaylyn and Ciera, your final round is called it's elementary. Each answer contains an element from the periodic table. For example, if I said Reynolds Wrap is a popular brand of this product, you'd answer aluminum foil. Our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Lola Kirke. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Ciera is going first. Here we go. Ciera, Superman was born on this planet.

CIERA VELARDE: Krypton.

CHUNG: That is right.

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CHUNG: Shaylyn, many tech companies operate in a part of California nicknamed this - also the name of an HBO series.

SHAYLYN BERLEW: Silicon Valley.

CHUNG: That is right.

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CHUNG: Ciera, this Frito-Lay brand is one of the top-three, best-selling pretzel brands in the United States - three seconds.

VELARDE: Neon.

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CHUNG: I'm sorry. We're looking for Rold Gold. Shaylyn, he was the front man for the band Queen.

BERLEW: Freddie Mercury.

CHUNG: That is right.

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CHUNG: Ciera, despite selling more than 50 million albums, this Canadian rock group is often regarded as the most hated band of all time.

VELARDE: Nickelback.

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CHUNG: That is right.

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CHUNG: Shaylyn, this magician made the Statue of Liberty disappear, and took his name from the title character of a Charles Dickens novel - three seconds.

BERLEW: Ah, man. Magicians...

CHUNG: Three seconds.

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BERLEW: Ah, no. Sorry.

CHUNG: We were looking for David Copperfield.

BERLEW: Ah, man.

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BERLEW: All I could think of was David Blaine.

CHUNG: Like one of your 25 books.

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CHUNG: Ciera, this cable channel launched in 2000 as a women's lifestyle network, but rebranded in 2017 as the new network for crime.

VELARDE: Oxygen.

CHUNG: That is right.

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CHUNG: Shaylyn, pedantic people love to complain about this Alanis Morissette song that contains the lyric it's like rain on your wedding day.

BERLEW: Ironic.

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CHUNG: Ironic is correct. We're at the halfway point, and the game is tied at three points each. Ciera, it's Arcade Fire's second studio album - three seconds.

VELARDE: Silver.

CHUNG: No.

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CHUNG: I'm sorry. We're looking for "Neon Bible."

VELARDE: There's the neon.

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CHUNG: Shaylyn, in 2017, American Express raised the annual fee for this to $550.

BERLEW: Its platinum card.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Ciera, in Greek mythology, this group of 50 sailors went with Jason to find the golden fleece. We need an...

VELARDE: Spartans. I don't know (laughter).

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. We're looking for the Argonauts, argon being the element. Shaylyn, this fast-food chain shares a name with a character from "Treasure Island."

BERLEW: Long John Silver's.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Here's the situation. Shaylyn is in the lead five to three. Ciera, if you get this question wrong, you lose.

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VELARDE: Got it.

JONATHAN COULTON: Not to put too fine a point on it.

EISENBERG: Wow, I didn't think we phrased it that way.

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CHUNG: Yeah. You're right. We - I don't know why. It just - we'll pick it up. If you get this incorrect, Shaylyn will win the game.

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CHUNG: Same thing - it's the same thing.

COULTON: That's nicer. That's nicer though. It feels better.

CHUNG: Feels better. This Frank Capra movie stars Cary Grant as a man who discovers his family are murderers.

VELARDE: Family are murderers? I don't know.

CHUNG: I'm sorry. We were looking for "Arsenic And Old Lace," which means Shaylyn, congrats, you win.

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EISENBERG: Big kudos to you, Ciera. Well done.

VELARDE: Thank you (laughter).

EISENBERG: Thank you so much for being part of it.

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EISENBERG: And congratulations, Shaylyn. That's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is Art Chung.

CHUNG: Hey, my name anagrams to narc thug.

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

CHUNG: Thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Mark Halpin, Carol Lee and senior writer J. Keith van Straaten. ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julie Melfi, Danny Shin, Rommel Wood and our intern Camilla Franklin, along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We were recorded by Damon Whittemore, Noriko Okabe and David Hurtgen. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., The Bell House...

CHUNG: Hot heel blues.

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

CHUNG: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER...

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