On The DL

Jun 16, 2017
Originally published on December 29, 2017 11:55 am

We're benched this final round, where every answer has the initials D.L. For example, if we asked, "Who hosted his final episode of 'Late Show' in May, 2015," the answer would be "David Letterman."

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Now it's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists, Emily Mannix, who works with Instagram-famous dogs, and Robbie Chernow, who went viral when he was the only one at his friend's bachelor party.


EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Thanks, Ophira. Emily and Robbie, your final round is called On The DL. Every answer will be two words. The first one starts with D. The second one starts with L. So, for example, if I said, he hosted his final episode of "Late Show" in May 2015, you'd answer David Letterman.

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 an autographed copy of Annabelle Gurwitch's book "Wherever You Go, There They Are."

We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Robbie is going first. Here we go. Robbie, in 1903, Missouri and Massachusetts were the first states to issue this document to motor vehicle operators.

ROBBIE CHERNOW: Driver's license.

CHUNG: That is correct.


CHUNG: Emily, Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th person known by this holy title.

EMILY MANNIX: The Dalai Lama.

CHUNG: Correct.


CHUNG: Robbie, it's an extreme, kissy-face selfie pose.

CHERNOW: Duck lips.

CHUNG: That's right.


CHUNG: Emily, Pixar's logo features this animated object which appeared in its short film "Luxo Jr."

MANNIX: A desk lamp?

CHUNG: That's correct.


CHUNG: Robbie, this Mexican actor starred in "Y Tu Mama Tambien" and "Rogue One."

CHERNOW: Daisy Lewis.

CHUNG: That is incorrect.


CHUNG: We were looking for Diego Luna. Emily, this term for dark or salacious secrets is also the name of two different songs by Kelly Rowland and Don Henley.

MANNIX: Dark and salacious secrets...

CHUNG: Three seconds.

MANNIX: The down-low?


MANNIX: No, this was the DL.

CHUNG: Sorry. The answer we're looking for was dirty laundry. Robbie, according to the kids' song, it's the street where the Muffin Man lives.

CHERNOW: Drury Lane.

CHUNG: That's correct.


CHUNG: Drury Lane. Emily, the Arthur Murray studio famously offers this.

MANNIX: Dance lessons.

CHUNG: That's correct.


CHUNG: We're at the halfway point. The game is tied at three points each. All right. Robbie, a table with size that can be folded down to save space.

CHERNOW: Drop legs.

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry (laughter). We were looking for drop leaf. That's the term.


CHUNG: Emily, a band featuring one-armed drummer Rick Allen.

MANNIX: Def Leppard?

CHUNG: That is correct.


MANNIX: Oh, good.


CHUNG: Robbie, it's Michigan's NFL team.

CHERNOW: The Detroit Lions.

CHUNG: That's correct.


CHUNG: Emily, this 1988 film earned Oscar nominations for Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer.

MANNIX: "Dangerous Liaisons."

CHUNG: That is correct. Well done. Robbie, she sang "Cool For The Summer" and covered "I Will Survive" for "The Angry Birds Movie." Three seconds.

CHERNOW: Diana Loric (ph).


CHUNG: Sorry, we were looking for Demi Lovato. Here's the situation. The score is 5 to 4. Emily, if you get this question right, you win. This Cub Scout supervisory position requires a person to be at least 21 years old.

MANNIX: Den leader.


CHUNG: That's right. Congratulations.

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

CHUNG: Hey. My name anagrams to narc thug.

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

CHUNG: Thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Eric Feinstein (ph), Matthew Foster and senior writers Karen Lurie (ph) and J. Keith van Staaten. ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julia Melfi, Danny Shin, Rommel Wood and our intern, Kurt Van Zandt (ph), along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We were recorded by David Whittemore, Noriko Okabe and David Hurtgen. 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...

CHUNG: Hot heel blues.

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

CHUNG: Ophira Eisenberg.


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