# Zero G

Mar 17, 2017
Originally published on September 8, 2017 9:51 am

In this final round, every answer is a two-word phrase where the first word ends in "I-N-G" and the second word sounds like the first word, with the last G removed. But don't worry, it's not as complicated as it seems! For example, the answer to "Brushing dirt off of the actor Hoffman" is "Dusting Dustin."

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's welcome back our contestant Elyzabeth, who adopted a cat she calls Captain Butthead...

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EISENBERG: ...And Kris, who when given the choice between being a bachelor or a contestant on "The Bachelorette," he'd choose the latter because he struggles with decision-making.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru John Chaneski, take it away.

JOHN CHANESKI: OK, Kris and Elyzabeth, your final round is called Zero G. I'll give you a clue to a two-word phrase. The first word ends in I-N-G, and the second word sounds like the first word with the last G removed. For example, if I said, brushing dirt off the actor Hoffman, you'd answer, dusting Dustin. Now, we're playing this round like a penalty shoot-out. Our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Judy Gold.

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CHANESKI: Now, we flipped a coin backstage and, Kris, you're going to go first. Kris, stealing money from Batman's sidekick.

KRIS SUNDERIC: Robbing Robin.

CHANESKI: That's correct.

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CHANESKI: Elyzabeth, lifting up a dried grape.

ELYZABETH GORMAN: Raising raisin.

CHANESKI: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Kris, multiplying by two the population of the Republic of Ireland's capital.

SUNDERIC: Doubling Dublin.

CHANESKI: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Elyzabeth, dipping something into coffee with the king from "Macbeth."

GORMAN: Dunking Duncan.

CHANESKI: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Kris, connecting to the URL of the author of the "Gettysburg Address."

CHANESKI: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Elyzabeth, using an oven with Kyra Sedgwick's husband Kevin.

GORMAN: Baking Bacon.

CHANESKI: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Kris, roughly pulling along a mythical flying creature. Three seconds.

SUNDERIC: Griffing (ph) Griffin?

CHANESKI: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHANESKI: It's dragging dragon. Elyzabeth, strolling with the Christopher who said more cowbell.

GORMAN: (Laughter) Walking Walken.

CHANESKI: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Now, we're at the halfway point. Elyzabeth is in the lead 4 to 3. Kris, separating hair with a comb with singer Dolly.

SUNDERIC: Parting Parton.

CHANESKI: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Elyzabeth, losing a tan with the former governor of Alaska.

GORMAN: Paling Palin.

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CHANESKI: You seem so excited. You are correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Yes, Paling Palin. Kris, having an outstanding debt with Luke Wilson's brother.

SUNDERIC: Owing Owen.

CHANESKI: That's right, owing Owen.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Elyzabeth, grabbing a quarter of the year distinguished by its weather. Three seconds.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUZZER)

CHANESKI: That was seizing season. Kris, busting a move with Mary Steenburgen's husband, Ted.

SUNDERIC: Dancing Danson.

CHANESKI: Yes, that's right, dancing Danson.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: You pulled it out. Elyzabeth, making a turkey sound with an evil, elf-like creature.

GORMAN: Gobbling goblin.

CHANESKI: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Now, we're on the last question for each of you. The score is tied. You each have one question left. Here we go. Kris, raising your voice with the chair of the Federal Reserve.

SUNDERIC: Yelling Yellen.

CHANESKI: Yes, yelling Yellen.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Elyzabeth, you must answer this question correctly or Kris wins. Staying out of view with composer Franz Joseph.

GORMAN: Hiding Haydn.

CHANESKI: Hiding Haydn is right.

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CHANESKI: We are tied. Here's your tie breaker. Join a sorority with a native of the country that has Moscow as the capital.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHANESKI: Elyzabeth.

GORMAN: Rushing Russian.

CHANESKI: Rushing Russian is correct. Congratulations.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Elyzabeth. And that's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is John Chaneski.

CHANESKI: Hey, my name anagrams to, oh, heck, ninjas.

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

CHANESKI: Thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Ashlyn Hatch, Shawn Kennedy, Glenn McDonald and senior writers Karen Lurie and J. Keith van Straaten. Our senior supervising producer is Art Chung. ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julia Melfi, Danny Shin, Rommel Wood and our intern Toya Singh along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore, Rick Quan (ph) and Nate Kinsella. 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.

CHANESKI: Hot heel blues.

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

CHANESKI: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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