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Bird's The Word

Jul 28, 2017
Originally published on November 23, 2017 9:47 pm

Spread your wings and fly to glory in this final round, where every answer contains the name of a bird!

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It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists. Greg Burnham, who works at a summer math camp, where the kids have more fun doing algebra than whitewater rafting. And Paige Young, who was once a flight attendant and was proud of an angry passenger who later apologized for his behavior.


EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin, take it away.

CECIL BALDWIN: Greg and Paige, your final round is called Bird's the Word. Every answer will contain a bird. For example, if I asked you the term for a person who has more energy in the evening, you would answer night owl. You'll be playing this round like a penalty shoot-out. 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 playbills from "Marvin's Room" signed by today's guests, Lili Taylor and Jeanine Garofalo. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Greg is going first. Here we go. Greg, Johnny Depp's character in the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" franchise.

GREG BURNHAM: Jack Sparrow.

BALDWIN: Correct.


BALDWIN: Paige, wrinkles in the corner of your eyes.

PAIGE YOUNG: Crow's feet.

BALDWIN: Correct.


BALDWIN: Greg, this "Blurred Lines" singer twerked with Miley Cyrus at the 2013 VMAs.

BURNHAM: Robin Thicke.


BALDWIN: Correct. Paige, mermaid-adorned tuna can.

YOUNG: Chicken of the sea.

BALDWIN: Correct.


BALDWIN: Greg, on a compass rose, this term describes north, south, east and west.

BURNHAM: Cardinal direction.

BALDWIN: Correct.


BALDWIN: Paige, groovy 1970's sitcom about a rock band that traveled by school bus.

YOUNG: The Byrds.


BALDWIN: Oh, I'm sorry - incorrect. The answer was "The Partridge Family."


BALDWIN: Greg, old timey criminals might use this slang for a police informant.

BURNHAM: Canary.

BALDWIN: That is correct.


BALDWIN: We were looking for stool pigeon, but that is definitely a slang word for an informant. Paige, a Cold War filmstrip taught children to survive nuclear blasts with this three-word phrase.

YOUNG: I'm thinking canary in the coal mine right now.

BALDWIN: I'm sorry, the answer is duck and cover. So we're at the halfway point and Greg is in the lead 4-2. Greg, term that describes an unfair political attack named for a veteran group that ran ad campaigns against John Kerry in 2004.

BURNHAM: Swift boat.

BALDWIN: Correct.


BALDWIN: Paige, the Nantucket-based airline owned by Joe Hackett in the 1990's sitcom "Wings."

YOUNG: Oh, Blue Bird Air?

BALDWIN: Oh, I'm sorry. We're looking for Sandpiper Air. Here's the situation. The score is 5-2. Greg, if you get this question right, you win. Nickname for University of Iowa's sports teams.

BURNHAM: Cornhuskers, but that's neither a bird, nor right (laughter).

BALDWIN: Oh, sorry. We're looking for Hawkeyes. Paige, if you get this question wrong, Greg wins the game. In golf, it's a score of two under par.

YOUNG: Birdie.

BALDWIN: Paige, I'm sorry, the answer was eagle. Greg, you're our big winner.


EISENBERG: Well done, Paige. Congratulations, Greg. You're our big winner. And that is our show. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is Cecil Baldwin.

BALDWIN: Hey, my name anagrams to blind ice claw.

EISENBERG: Our guest musician is Julian Velard.

BALDWIN: Naive dull jar.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Andrew Kane, Jack Lechner (ph), Scott Ross and senior writer J. Keith van Straaten. Our senior supervising producer is Art Chung. ASK ME ANOTHER's 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 are recorded by Damon 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...

BALDWIN: Hot heel blues.

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

BALDWIN: Ophira Eisenberg.


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