Ménage À Trois

Feb 17, 2017
Originally published on July 7, 2017 11:09 am

They say two is company and three's a crowd, but these treasured trios prove that saying wrong. Contestants must guess the collective name given to a particular trio. For example, "Larry, Moe and Curly," are "The Three Stooges."

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Now it's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Nathan Naimark, who has his own theme song that sounds suspiciously similar to "The Flintstones" theme song, and Janet Wong, who does the same thing every morning and always puts her right pant leg on first.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle Guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Thanks, Ophira. Janet and Nathan, your final round is called Menage a Trois. Each question is about a group of three members. I'll name each individual member, and you tell me their collective name. So, for example, if I said Larry, Moe and Curly, you'd say The Three Stooges. We're going to play this round like a penalty shoot out. You'll each get the same number of questions. The contestant who scores the most points will be our big winner. Your prize is an Ask Me Another Rubik's Cube and a jigsaw puzzle of two squirrels at a picnic table signed by Roy Wood Jr.

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CHUNG: We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Janet is going first. Here we go. Janet - Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Beyonce Knowles.

JANET WONG: Destiny's Child.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Nathan - "International Man Of Mystery," "The Spy Who Shagged Me," "Goldmember."

NATHAN NAIMARK: Austin Powers movie?

CHUNG: That's the Austin Powers trilogy.

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CHUNG: Janet - "Diary," "The Edge of Reason," "Baby."

WONG: Bridget Jones movies.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Nathan - from an Alexandre Dumas novel - Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Three seconds. Any guesses?

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CHUNG: Those were the three musketeers. Janet - from a McG movie, agents played by Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz.

WONG: "Charlie's Angels."

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Nathan - Blossom, Bubbles, Buttercup.

NAIMARK: Powerpuff Girls.

CHUNG: Those are Powerpuff Girls, correct.

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CHUNG: Now we know your wheel houses.

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CHUNG: Janet - Darryl McDaniels, Jam Master Jay, Rev. Run.

WONG: Run-D.M.C.

CHUNG: That is right.

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CHUNG: Nathan - Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti. Three seconds.

NAIMARK: The three opera singers?

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CHUNG: Technically correct, but we were looking for The Three Tenors specifically. All right, we're at the halfway point. Janet is in the lead 4-2. Janet, you may not injure a human. You must obey orders unless this violates the first law. You must protect yourself unless this violates the first or second law.

WONG: I do not know, so I'm going to guess the rules for the Hunger Games.

CHUNG: (Laughter) Also a good guess. No, we're looking for the rules of robotics by Isaac Asimov from "I, Robot." Nathan - in the Olympics a 1500-meter swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride and a 10-kilometer run.

NAIMARK: Triathlon.

CHUNG: Those are triathlon events, correct.

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CHUNG: Janet - in religion - Brahma, Vishnu and Shivah.

WONG: They're Hindu gods.

CHUNG: We're looking for a specific term.

WONG: Do you want all three of their names? Shivah is the destroyer. Vishnu is the creator. And...

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WONG: Did you say Brahma?

CHUNG: I'm sorry. We're looking for the Hindu Trinity. They're specifically - you're correct. They are the gods of birth, life and death. Nathan, you need to get this right to stay in the game. In your own body - the duodenum, the jejunum and the ileum.

NAIMARK: The three central body parts.

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CHUNG: I'm sorry. Those are all parts of your small intestine, which means, Janet, congratulations. You're our winner.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Janet. And that's our show. Information on how to see ASK ME ANOTHER live, including our upcoming show in Philadelphia on February 24, is at amatickets.org. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is Art Chung.

CHUNG: Hey, my name anagrams to narc thug.

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Julian Velard.

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