Everything's Bigger In Texas

Oct 11, 2019
Originally published on October 11, 2019 10:55 am

In this final round, every answer contains the word "big." The ending is a BIG surprise.

Heard on Kristin Chenoweth: No Rest For The Wicked.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Amy Paull, who's been on five game shows and even one "Supermarket Sweep," but she doesn't know any songs...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...And Nathan Crowell, who knew his girlfriend was the one when she ate the biggest fish in his roommate's fish tank.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: Amy and Nathan, your final round is called Everything's Bigger In Texas. Every answer contains the word big. And our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Kristin Chenoweth. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Nathan is going first. Here we go.

Nathan, though it's often used to refer to the entire clock tower at the Palace of Westminster, this name really just refers to the great bell.

NATHAN CROWELL: Big Ben.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Amy, this children's book about a giant canine was first published in 1963 and went on to sell more than 100 million copies.

AMY PAULL: "Clifford The Big Red Dog."

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Nathan, this comedian is known for his films "Sleepwalk With Me" and "Don't Think Twice." Three seconds.

CROWELL: Big Bob (ph).

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

EISENBERG: Good guess. The answer is Mike Birbiglia. Amy, she's the first woman to receive the Academy Award for best director.

PAULL: Is it Kathryn Bigwell (ph)?

EISENBERG: So close - it's Kathryn Bigelow. Nathan, this NCAA football conference only has 10 teams despite its name.

CROWELL: The Big 12.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Amy, first sold in Uniontown, Pa., in 1967, this fast-food item was created to satisfy hungry steelworkers.

PAULL: The Big Mac.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: All right, Jonathan. We are halfway through. How are our contestants doing?

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: This is a tough game, but they are tied 2 to 2.

EISENBERG: My goodness. Nathan, this country duo is known for their 2010 hit "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)"

CROWELL: Big and Rich.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Amy, Joni Mitchell wrote this song in 1970 on a trip to Hawaii when she witnessed a blight on paradise.

PAULL: "Big Yellow Taxi."

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Nathan, this Jean Knight song was No. 1 on the soul singles chart for five straight weeks in 1971.

CROWELL: "Big Red Taxi In Paradise."

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: See? It's worth it. That's incorrect. The answer is "Mr. Big Stuff." Amy, despite only having released two albums, he is regarded as one of the most influential rappers of the '90s.

PAULL: Oh, no.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Three seconds.

PAULL: I...

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

PAULL: ...Don't know.

EISENBERG: Biggie Smalls...

PAULL: Oh.

EISENBERG: ...Was what we were looking for - or Notorious B.I.G. OK, only a few questions left. What's the score, Jonathan?

COULTON: These guys are real scrappers. It's still tied...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK.

COULTON: ...Three to three.

EISENBERG: OK. Nathan, this national park located on the border of West Texas and Mexico is home to Emory Peak and Chisos Basin. Do you want to - OK, you're out of time. You want to throw in an answer?

CROWELL: No.

EISENBERG: OK. The answer is Big Bend.

EISENBERG: Amy, this stretch of California coastline contains many popular hiking destinations.

PAULL: Big Sur.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: OK.

COULTON: Something very exciting has happened here.

EISENBERG: OK.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: The tie has been broken. Amy is now in the lead, 4 to 3. Nathan, this is the last question for each of you, so to stay in the game, you have to answer this question correctly and Amy has to miss her question.

EISENBERG: Nathan, this 2003 film stars Ewan McGregor and was directed by Tim Burton.

CROWELL: Big Edward Scissorhands.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: That's a heck of a guess. I can't believe I'm saying this to you. The answer is, Nathan, "Big Fish."

(LAUGHTER)

CROWELL: It all comes back to that.

EISENBERG: I don't know how this happened.

COULTON: This show was a really long setup for that punchline.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: It's amazing.

EISENBERG: I mean, we've been working on this premise for seven years.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Yeah, that's right. It finally came together.

EISENBERG: Finally, we did it.

COULTON: And now we're just going to stop doing the show because we did it.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Guess what, Amy?

PAULL: Woo.

EISENBERG: Woo. You're our winner.

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EISENBERG: Big hand for Nathan. And congratulations, Amy. That's our show. Our podcast drops each Friday. Listen and subscribe. ASK ME ANOTHER's house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

COULTON: Hey, my name anagrams to thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Andrew Kane, Hannah Maier-Katkin, Ruth Morrison (ph) and senior writer Karen Lurie, with additional material by Ashley Brooke Roberts, Kara Weinberger and Emily Winter. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neil. ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk...

COULTON: Sick hurt larva.

EISENBERG: ...Kiara Powell, Nancy Saechao, Rommel Wood...

COULTON: Old memo row.

EISENBERG: ...And our intern Natalie Hitayen (ph), along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore. We'd like to thank the University of Houston's Cullen Performance Hall...

COULTON: All helpful necromancer.

EISENBERG: ...Houston Public Media...

COULTON: Bodacious unlit hemp.

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

COULTON: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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