Stay Gold, Ponyboy

Aug 2, 2019
Originally published on August 2, 2019 2:26 pm

In this final round, every answer contains the word "Golden."

Heard on Topher Grace And Arturo Castro: Cereal Stans.

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It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Wynter Chatman, who placed second in a pole dancing contest in the category of senior level exotic one, and Ryann Greenberg from Boston, who says she can't get in a boat because she gets wicked seasick.


EISENBERG: Wynter and Ryann your final round is called Stay Gold, Ponyboy. Every answer is a phrase that contains the word golden. Our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Topher Grace and Arturo Castro. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Wynter is going first.

Here we go. Wynter, Augustus, Veruca, Violet, Mike and Charlie each find one.

WYNTER CHATMAN: A golden ticket.

EISENBERG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: Ryann, it's the nickname for McDonald's' logo.

RYANN GREENBERG: Golden arches.

EISENBERG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: Wynter, it's an Emmy-winning sitcom from the 1980s and '90s.

CHATMAN: "Golden Girls."

EISENBERG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: Ryann, this award given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognizes achievements in film and TV.

GREENBERG: Golden Globes.

EISENBERG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: Wynter, it's a large payment given to an executive who's terminated after a merger or takeover. Three seconds.

CHATMAN: Don't know.

EISENBERG: We were looking for golden parachute. Ryann, in the Book of Exodus, it's the idol worshipped at the base of Mt. Sinai.

GREENBERG: Golden calf.

EISENBERG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: Wynter, this restaurant chain bills itself as America's number one buffet and grill.

CHATMAN: Oh, Golden Corral.

EISENBERG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: Ryann, this James Bond film became a popular Nintendo 64 game.

GREENBERG: "Goldeneye."

EISENBERG: That is correct. OK, we're at the halfway point. Julian, how are our contestants doing?

JULIAN VELARD: Ryann is in the lead, 4 to 3.

EISENBERG: All right. Wynter, in Japan, it's a cluster of four national holidays in the spring.

CHATMAN: I don't know.

EISENBERG: OK, no problem. We were looking for Golden Week. Ryann, this mathematical concept may be expressed as X squared minus X minus one equals zero.

GREENBERG: Golden ratio.

EISENBERG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: Wynter, in Greek mythology, when Paris awarded this to Aphrodite, he indirectly started the Trojan War.

CHATMAN: Golden arrow, I don't know.

EISENBERG: Very close, but the answer is golden apple.

VELARD: Here is the situation right now.

EISENBERG: Yes, Julian.

VELARD: The score is 5 to 3.


VELARD: Ryann, if you get this question right, you win.

EISENBERG: Ryann, according to the U.S. Apple Association, it's America's sixth favorite apple.

GREENBERG: Golden Delicious.

EISENBERG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: Wynter, thank you so much. You were an awesome contestant. And congratulations, Ryann. And that's our show.

Our podcast drops each Friday. Listen and subscribe. ASK ME ANOTHER'S guest musician is Julian Velard.

VELARD: Hey, my name anagrams to naive dull jar.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Camilla Franklin, Andrew Kane and senior writer Karen Lurie (ph), with additional material by Ashley Brooke Roberts and Cara Weinberger. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neel. ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Kiara Powell (ph), Nancy Saechao and Rommel Wood and our intern Hannah Maier-Katkin, along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore, Jason Russo (ph), and David Hurtgen. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., The Bell House...

VELARD: Hot heel blues.

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

VELARD: Ophira Eisenberg.


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