Lone Star

Sep 27, 2019
Originally published on September 27, 2019 12:34 pm

In this stellar final round, each answer contains something found in outer space.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back Letty Leal Evans, who's the David Lee Roth in a Van Halen cover band...

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EISENBERG: ...And Wendi Aarons, who's wearing tunics now.

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EISENBERG: Letty and Wendi, your final round is called The Lone Star. Texas is the lone-star state. So in this game, every answer will include something you'd find in outer space. And our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Matthew McConaughey. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage. And Wendi is going first. Here we go.

EISENBERG: Wendi, she's Frank Zappa's daughter, whose voice is featured on his song "Valley Girl."

WENDI AARONS: Moon Unit Zappa.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Letty, this Sega home video game console hit the U.S. market in 1995.

LETTY LEAL EVANS: Genesis.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. That is incorrect.

LEAL EVANS: Oh.

EISENBERG: We're looking for Sega Saturn. Wendi, in badminton, you hit this object with a racket.

AARONS: A birdie.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Birdie is not found in space yet.

AARONS: Yeah.

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EISENBERG: We were looking for shuttlecock.

AARONS: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

AARONS: Letty, this Mexican lager is the most imported beer in the United States - three seconds.

LEAL EVANS: Well, there's Dos Equis...

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LEAL EVANS: ...Corona - Corona.

EISENBERG: Corona is correct. Yes. It's the outer part of a star.

LEAL EVANS: I was just going to name all of the Mexican beers.

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EISENBERG: Jonathan, how are our contestants doing?

JONATHAN COULTON: Well, it's tied 1-1, Ophira.

EISENBERG: Wendi, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she's Gamora's sister.

AARONS: Oh, god. She's probably green and has antenna. It's not Sodom. I know that.

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EISENBERG: Three seconds.

AARONS: I don't - pass. I don't know.

EISENBERG: There's no passing, but the...

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EISENBERG: The answer is Nebula. Letty, Halifax is the capital of this Canadian province.

LEAL EVANS: Ontario.

EISENBERG: This hurts my soul.

LEAL EVANS: Wait. Is that a city?

EISENBERG: All right.

LEAL EVANS: Sorry.

EISENBERG: We're just going to stop it right there.

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EISENBERG: The answer is Nova Scotia.

LEAL EVANS: Oh.

EISENBERG: Wendi, Taryn Edgerton plays Elton John in this 2019 biopic.

AARONS: "Rocketman."

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Letty, this brand of bleach powder is often packaged in a bright-green tube.

LEAL EVANS: Comet.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: All right. We're halfway through our questions. Jonathan, how are our contestants doing?

COULTON: Ophira, it's tied 2-2.

EISENBERG: Wendi, these multi-grain snacks come in harvest cheddar, garden salsa and French onion. They were once sold in a bag that was louder than a lawnmower when opened.

AARONS: Sun Chips.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Letty, this detective show starring Kristen Bell got its second wind thanks to Kickstarter and its third wind thanks to Hulu.

LEAL EVANS: "Veronica Mars."

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Wendi, this competitive, real-time, sci-fi strategy game spawned a huge professional gaming scene in South Korea.

AARONS: Oh, man. Pokemon doesn't live...

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AARONS: ...In outer space. And I know it's not Dungeons and Dragons. That's, like, way wrong. I...

EISENBERG: Three seconds.

AARONS: I don't know. I don't know.

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EISENBERG: We were looking for Starcraft.

AARONS: No. I never would have known that.

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EISENBERG: Letty, in 1979, Atari produced this arcade game to compete with Space Invaders.

LEAL EVANS: Asteroids.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Jonathan, how are things going?

COULTON: Wendi has to get this one right, or Letty will win the game.

EISENBERG: Wendi, it's the periodic element with the symbol HG.

AARONS: Oh, man. Helium - oh, gosh. This is, like, my weak spot - is space.

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EISENBERG: Three seconds.

LEAL EVANS: It's very vast.

AARONS: Helium - it's not right.

EISENBERG: Sorry. That is incorrect. We were looking for mercury. So congratulations, Letty. You're our big winner.

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EISENBERG: You were both awesome. Congratulations - and what a pleasure. And 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.

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