M&Ms

Aug 16, 2019

In this final round every word begins and ends with the letter M.

Heard on Antoni Porowski: Queer Eye For The Quiz Guy.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Monica Thieu, who turned "America's Funniest Home Videos" into her thesis, and Nolan Boggess, who loves getting cold on a bridge.

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EISENBERG: Nolan and Monica, your final round is called M and M's. Every answer begins and ends with the letter M. And our big winner will receive a corgi signed by Antoni Porowski or an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's cube.

We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Nolan is going first. Here we go. Nolan, this CBS sitcom stars Allison Janney and Anna Faris.

NOLAN BOGGESS: "Mom."

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EISENBERG: That is correct. Monica, Frankie Muniz played this titular character who was in the middle on a early 2000s Fox sitcom.

MONICA THIEU: Malcolm.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Nolan, Cinderella's Castle can be found in this part of Disney World.

BOGGESS: Magic Kingdom.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's correct.

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EISENBERG: Monica, it's a brand of ice cream or a Trojan condom.

THIEU: I hate that I know this one, magnum.

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EISENBERG: I think it's positive. You are correct. Nolan, this word can be an old-timey way to politely address a woman or the head of a brothel.

BOGGESS: Ma'am.

EISENBERG: Ma'am is short for madam, so we will accept it.

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EISENBERG: Monica, it's a proverb such as haste makes waste or don't count your chickens before they hatch.

THIEU: A maxim.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Nolan, MoMA, LACMA and the Tate are all examples of this.

BOGGESS: Museums.

EISENBERG: Yeah, we can take that. Modern art museum...

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EISENBERG: ...But just museum is good, too. Monica, it's the name for the bodily process of converting food into energy.

THIEU: Metabolism.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: All right, we're halfway through. Cecil, how are our contestants doing?

CECIL BALDWIN: The game is tied. Four points each.

EISENBERG: Beautiful. Nolan, this practice of making unfounded accusations is named for a senator who accused Americans of being communists.

BOGGESS: McCarthyism.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Monica, anyone can publish a think piece on this website created by the former CEO of Twitter.

THIEU: Medium.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Nolan, "One Hundred Years Of Solitude" is a famous example of this literary genre born in Latin America.

BOGGESS: Mbookm.

EISENBERG: Good.

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BALDWIN: Checks out.

EISENBERG: Good guess, good guess. We were looking for a magical realism. Monica, a magician pretends to be able to read your mind in this form of stage magic.

THIEU: Mesmerism.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry, we cannot accept mesmerism. That is hypnosis, not mind-reading.

THIEU: Yeah.

EISENBERG: We were looking for mentalism. All right, only a few questions left. Cecil, how are our contestants doing?

BALDWIN: We're still tied.

EISENBERG: We are still tied. Nolan, it's the product of mass and velocity.

BOGGESS: Momentum.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Monica, the Taj Mahal is a famous example of this type of building, which houses a tomb.

THIEU: A mausoleum.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: OK, we have one last question for each of you. Nolan, oyster and porcini are two varieties of this fruiting, fungus body.

BOGGESS: Mushroom.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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BALDWIN: The score is seven to six. This is the last question. Monica, you must answer this question correctly to stay in the game and force a tiebreaker.

EISENBERG: Monica, this mineral can be found in legumes and vegetables.

THIEU: Magnesium.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: OK, we have one final tiebreaker question. You have tied it up, so grab your buzzers. It's the name of the test you take halfway through an academic course.

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EISENBERG: Nolan.

BOGGESS: Mid-sem. Midterm. My college would call them mid-sems, not midterms.

EISENBERG: Actually, they both start and end with M, so we're going to take that. Yes, congratulations.

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EISENBERG: Monica, great job. And congratulations, Nolan. You're our big winner. And that's the show. Our podcast drops every Friday. Listen and subscribe. ASK ME ANOTHER'S guest announcer is Cecil Baldwin.

BALDWIN: Hey, my name anagrams to blind ice claw.

EISENBERG: Our guest musician is Julian Velard.

JULIAN VELARD: Naive dull jar.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Matt Foster, Sean Goal (ph), Scott Ross, Mary Tobler and senior writer Karen Lurie, with additional material by Cara Weinberger. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neel.

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