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Nov 22, 2019

Everything's bigger in Texas, but some places are bigger than Texas. In this final round, contestants guess whether a geographic area is larger than the Lone Star state.

Heard on Robert Earl Keen: Texas Troubadour.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists, Clairissa Simmons, who says the key to writing a good quiz is to pretend to be dumb, and Ali Foran, who knows a kid named Jake who eats too many Cheetos. Clairissa and Ali, your final round is called, Is It Bigger Than Texas? We know that everything is bigger in Texas, but there are some places that are bigger than Texas. So in every question, all you have to do is figure out whether the region I give you is bigger or smaller than the state of Texas. And our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Robert Earl Keen.

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EISENBERG: We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Clairissa is going first. Here we go. Clairissa, which is bigger, Texas or France?

CLAIRISSA SIMMONS: Texas.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Ali, which is bigger, Texas or Australia?

ALI FORAN: Australia.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Clairissa, which is bigger, Yellowstone National Park or Texas?

SIMMONS: Texas.

EISENBERG: That's right, by more than...

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EISENBERG: ...265,000 square miles. Ali, which is bigger, Texas or America's biggest national park, Wrangell–St. Elias in Alaska?

FORAN: The second one.

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EISENBERG: Sorry, the answer is actually Texas.

(CHEERING)

FORAN: That's all right.

EISENBERG: All right, Jonathan, how are our contestants doing?

JONATHAN COULTON: So far, Clairissa's in the lead 2-1.

EISENBERG: All right. Clairissa, which is bigger, Texas or the biggest Great Lake, Lake Superior?

SIMMONS: Texas.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

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EISENBERG: Ali, the Great Barrier Reef or Texas?

FORAN: The Great Barrier Reef.

EISENBERG: Actually, Texas is about twice as big. Clairissa, the Gulf of Mexico.

SIMMONS: The Gulf of Mexico.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Yes, by 350,000 square miles. Ali, the Sea of Tranquillity on Earth's moon or Texas?

FORAN: Texas.

EISENBERG: Yeah, Texas is right.

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EISENBERG: All right, we're halfway through our questions. Jonathan, what's going on?

COULTON: Clairissa seems to be unstoppable. She's in the lead 4-2.

EISENBERG: OK. Clairissa, which is bigger, Texas or the surface area of Pluto's moon Charon?

SIMMONS: Texas.

EISENBERG: Sorry, Pluto's moon, by more than 1.5 million square miles.

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EISENBERG: Ali, the Sahara Desert or Texas?

FORAN: The Sahara.

EISENBERG: The Sahara Desert is correct...

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EISENBERG: ...Yes, by more than 3 million square miles. Clairissa, Death Valley or Texas?

SIMMONS: Texas.

EISENBERG: Yeah, Texas is correct.

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EISENBERG: Ali, the Himalayas or Texas?

FORAN: Texas.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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EISENBERG: Texas, by only 38,000 square miles. All right, only a few questions left. What's going on, Jonathan?

COULTON: Well, Ali made up some of that lead. It's now 5-4.

EISENBERG: All right, Clairissa, which is bigger, Texas or Greenland?

SIMMONS: Greenland.

EISENBERG: Yes, Greenland by about 570,000 square miles.

COULTON: Ophira.

EISENBERG: Yes.

COULTON: Clairissa is now in the lead 6-4. Ali, if you get this wrong, Clairissa wins the game.

EISENBERG: Ali, which is bigger, Texas or Egypt?

FORAN: Wow. I'm going to go Texas.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry.

FORAN: It's OK.

EISENBERG: Egypt is bigger by more than 120,000 square miles. That means, Clairissa, you are our winner.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Clairissa. 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.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Camila Salazar, Ryan Leach (ph), Mary Tobler, Cara Weinberger and senior writer Karen Lurie, with additional material by Ashley Brooke Roberts and Emily Winter. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neel.

COULTON: El ranch eel.

EISENBERG: ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Kiara Powell (ph), Nancy Saechao...

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COULTON: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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