AHA!

May 26, 2017
Originally published on September 22, 2017 10:39 am

In this final round, every answer contains the letters A-H-A in consecutive order, somewhere in the answer. For example, if the clue was, "Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen on this CBS sitcom," the answer would be, "Two and A HAlf Men."

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now it's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Hudson Krakowski, who traveled across the country on a Greyhound bus, and Cassie Wood, who, as a teenager, lied to her own diary.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Hudson and Cassie, your final round is called Aha! Every answer contains the letters A-H-A in consecutive order somewhere in the answer. And sometimes the letters might straddle the beginning and ends of words. So for example, if I said Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen on this CBS sitcom, you'd answer "Two And A Half Men."

We're playing this round like a penalty shootout. You'll each get up to eight questions. The contestant who scores the most points will be our big winner. Your prize is an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube and copies of Tank and the Bangas' albums "Think Tank" and "The Big Bang Theory" signed by the band.

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CHUNG: We rolled a 20-sided die backstage and Hudson is going first. Here we go. Hudson, Japanese musical instrument company whose logo is three overlapping tuning forks.

HUDSON KRAKOWSKI: Yamaha.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Cassie, in "Moby Dick," he's the captain of the Pequod.

CASSIE WOOD: Captain Ahab.

CHUNG: Correct.

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CHUNG: Hudson, axe-like tool or long-range missile whose name comes from Algonquin word.

KRAKOWSKI: Tomahawk.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Cassie, these Nabisco snacks look like cute, little bears that you can bite the heads off of.

WOOD: Teddy Grahams

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Hudson, this west coast NFL team won the Super Bowl in 2014.

KRAKOWSKI: Oh...

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KRAKOWSKI: Let's see...

CHUNG: Three seconds.

KRAKOWSKI: The footballers.

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CHUNG: I'm sorry, we were looking for the Seattle Seahawks. Cassie, in Africa, it's the largest hot desert in the world.

WOOD: The Sahara.

CHUNG: Correct.

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CHUNG: Hudson, she won an Emmy for playing Blanche Devereaux on "The Golden Girls."

KRAKOWSKI: Rue McClanahan.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Cassie, the title of one of her comedy books begins, "Are You There Vodka, It's Me..."

WOOD: Oh, oh no.

CHUNG: Three seconds.

WOOD: I know this. I know. I don't know it, no.

CHUNG: We were looking for Chelsea Handler.

WOOD: Yeah, yeah. OK.

CHUNG: We're at the halfway point. The game is tied at three points each. Hudson, the singer known as the queen of gospel and civil rights leader who performed before Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. Three seconds.

KRAKOWSKI: Yeah, I don't know.

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CHUNG: Sorry, we were looking for Mahalia Jackson. Cassie, Olympic figure skater who was permanently banned from competition after a plot against Nancy Kerrigan. Three seconds.

WOOD: Some - it's...

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WOOD: Sharapova.

(LAUGHTER)

WOOD: No.

CHUNG: We were looking for Tonya Harding.

WOOD: There you go.

CHUNG: Hudson, last name of the Michael formerly of "Live With Kelly And Michael."

KRAKOWSKI: Michael Strahan.

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: Cassie, she got an Oscar nomination for starring in "Frida."

WOOD: It begins with an S - no...

CHUNG: Three seconds. Don't have it?

WOOD: No, I don't think so.

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CHUNG: We were looking for Salma Hayek.

WOOD: Oh, I did have it. I just didn't trust myself.

CHUNG: We're on the last question for each of you. Hudson, you're in the lead. In "The Shawshank Redemption," Andy Dufresne had a poster of this classic actress on his cell wall.

KRAKOWSKI: Oh, my God. That's what the book is called, something, something and "The Shawshank Redemption."

CHUNG: Three seconds.

KRAKOWSKI: Something, something (laughter).

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CHUNG: We were looking for Rita Hayworth. Cassie, you need this to stay in the game.

WOOD: OK.

CHUNG: She played Sarah Connor in the first two "Terminator" movies.

WOOD: Oh, God. I don't have anything left, no.

CHUNG: Sorry, we were looking for Linda Hamilton. That means, Hudson, congratulations, you're our winner.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Hudson. And that's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is Art Chung.

CHUNG: Hey, my name anagrams to narc thug.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Andrew Kane, Shawn Kennedy, Carol Lee, Danielle Thompson (ph) and senior writer J. Keith van Straaten. ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julia Melfi, Danny Shin and Rommel Wood, along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by Bill Moss, Noriko Okabe, Jeff O'Neill (ph), Nate Kinsella (ph) and Josh Rogosin. ASK ME ANOTHER was created by Eric Nuzum and Jesse Baker. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., The Bell House.

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

CHUNG: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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