The Prime Directive

Mar 2, 2018

Our two finalists go head to head in this math-inspired final round. The catch? Each answer has a prime number in it.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - LaGina Hill (ph), whose personal hell is a cold warehouse filled with type A ladies, and Mark Lerner (ph), aka the ultimate dad superhero, The Yeller.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Thanks, Ophira. LaGina and Mark, your final round is called the Prime Directive. Every answer contains a prime number. Our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's cube signed by Derek DelGaudio. We cut a deck of cards backstage. Mark drew the king of diamonds and elected to go second, so LaGina is going first. Here we go. LaGina - it's a date that occurs only in leap years.

LAGINA HILL: February 29.

CHUNG: That is correct. Mark - this competitor of Teen Vogue and CosmoGirl has been in publications since 1944.

MARK LERNER: Seventeen.

CHUNG: That's right, Seventeen magazine. LaGina - it's a Jennifer Garner movie in which a teenager magically becomes 17 years older.

HILL: "Thirteen Going On 30."

CHUNG: That is right. Well done. Mark - the introductory level for a field of study in many colleges.

LERNER: One-oh-one.

CHUNG: That's right. LaGina - a Lou Bega hit from 1999 including such name drops as Angela, Pamela, Sandra and Rita.

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HILL: "Mambo No. 5."

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CHUNG: That is right.

JONATHAN COULTON: Wow.

CHUNG: Mark - the first album by Prince to reach top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart - three seconds.

LERNER: "Seven."

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. We're looking for - "1999" was the name of that album and a song. LaGina - a tree-dwelling South American mammal that only moves 41 yards in an average day.

HILL: Oh.

CHUNG: Three seconds.

HILL: Sloth.

CHUNG: Do you want to elaborate?

HILL: Oh.

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HILL: Three sloths.

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CHUNG: Do you want to elaborate one more time?

HILL: One sloth.

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CHUNG: No, I'm sorry, that's a little confusing. No, we were looking for three-toed sloth. That's a specific type of sloth.

HILL: Oh, wow.

CHUNG: Yeah, sorry. Mark - pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth.

LERNER: The seven deadly sins.

CHUNG: The seven deadly sins is correct. We're at the halfway point. The game is tied to three points each. LaGina - this rap group whose breakout album was "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" was unsuccessfully sued for obscenity.

HILL: Three 6 Mafia.

CHUNG: No, good guess. We were looking for 2 Live Crew.

HILL: Oh, come on.

CHUNG: The lawyers knew that.

LERNER: Yeah, exactly.

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CHUNG: It's a Supreme Court case. It's an important case. Mark - according to Blink 182 song "What's My Age Again?" nobody likes you when you're this age.

LERNER: Twenty-three.

CHUNG: That's correct.

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CHUNG: LaGina - an overproof rum that seemed really great in college due to its 75.5 percent alcohol content by volume.

HILL: Oh.

CHUNG: All right, three seconds.

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CHUNG: Sorry. We were looking for 151 or Bacardi 151. Mark - the logo of Baskin's Robbins contains this hidden number, a nod to the variety of flavors available in its stores.

LERNER: Thirty-one.

CHUNG: That is correct. Here's the situation. Mark is in a lead, 5 to 3. LaGina, you need to get this question right or Mark wins the game. LaGina - the NASA mission that carried humans to the moon's surface for the first time.

HILL: Oh, Apollo 7.

CHUNG: Oh, close, we were looking for Apollo 11.

HILL: Bummer.

CHUNG: That means, Mark, you win.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Mark, and 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 Jonathan Coulton.

CHUNG: Thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Adam Markowitz, Scott Ross, Mary Tobler and senior writers Josiah Madigan (ph) and J. Keith van Straaten. 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, Noriko Okabe and David Hurtgen. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., The Bell House...

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

CHUNG: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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