Everything Old is New Again

Everything Old is New Again

10:14am Mar 19, 2015

For the final round all answers in this game contain the letters "n-e-w" or "o-l-d" in order. What term did Hugh Hefner coin for the large portrait stuck in a magazine? Hint: it's not a centerf-new.

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Jonathan Coulton. Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back, from Thank You Notes, Harmony Barker; from Single Word Cinema Stumpers, David Nikithser; from Hella Ellas, Liz Starin; from More Or Less, Camelia Stan; and from Poetic License, Molly Balikov.


EISENBERG: Our puzzle guru Art Chung will lead this final round titled Everything Old Is New Again.

ART CHUNG, BYLINE: For this final round, every answer will include either the letters N-E-W or O-L-D in order - new or old. For example, if we said, this comedic actress is Kate Hudson's mother, you would say Goldie Hawn. We're playing the spelling bee style, so one wrong answer and you're out. You only have a few seconds to give me that answer. The last person standing is our ASK ME ANOTHER grand winner. And for your prize, you'll win the scapular necklace that Richie gives Patrick in season one of "Looking," suitable for your home or office.


CHUNG: Here we go. Harmony, according to a well-known saying, beauty is in the eye of the what?


CHUNG: That's right.


CHUNG: David, on "Seinfeld," Jerry begrudgingly says hello to this neighbor.


CHUNG: Well done.


CHUNG: Liz, on this classic game show, recently married couples try matching answers to often naughty questions.

LIZ STARIN: "Wheel Of Fortune."

CHUNG: I'm sorry, that is incorrect.


CHUNG: Step aside. Camelia, do you know the answer?

CAMELIA STAN: Newlyweds?

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. That's not exactly the answer we're looking for. Can you fix it?


STAN: No. I'm sorry.

CHUNG: All right. I'm sorry, step aside. Molly?

MOLLY BALIKOV: Is it "The Newlyweds Game"?

CHUNG: It is "The Newlywed Game." We'll accept that answer. I'm sorry. Thank you. Liz and Camelia, you're out. We are quickly down to three players. Harmony, Hugh Hefner coined this term for a large portrait stuck into a magazine.

BARKER: Centerfold?

CHUNG: Centerfold is correct.


CHUNG: David, recruited by his brother Donnie, Mark Wahlberg was briefly a member of this boy band.

NIKITHSER: New Kids On The Block.

CHUNG: NKOTB, that's right.


CHUNG: Molly, according to the Mayo Clinic, while preschoolers are most susceptible to catch this viral illness, even adults get it a few times a year. I'm going to have to say three seconds.


CHUNG: Sorry, step aside. Let's see if Harmony knows the answer.

BARKER: A cold?

CHUNG: That's right, a common cold.


CHUNG: I'm sorry. Thank you, Molly, for playing. We're down to two players, David and Harmony. David, this literary antihero was introduced in J. D. Salinger's short story, "I'm Crazy."

NIKITHSER: Holden Caulfield.

CHUNG: That is correct.


CHUNG: Harmony, Jeff Daniels plays troubled TV anchorman Will McAvoy on this HBO series.

BARKER: "The Newsroom."

CHUNG: Good job. Back to David. Appropriately, this was America's oldest car brand until it was discontinued by General Motors in 2004.

NIKITHSER: Oldsmobile.

CHUNG: Correct.


CHUNG: Harmony, this amphibian, closely related to the salamander, can regenerate limbs and internal organs.

BARKER: Wait, you said it was related to the salamander?

CHUNG: Closely related to the salamander. I'm sorry. Do you have an answer?


CHUNG: OK, step aside. David, if you know the answer, you're our grand-prize winner.

NIKITHSER: Would that be a newt?

CHUNG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: David, you are our ASK ME ANOTHER big winner. Nice job. Well done.


EISENBERG: That is our show. Thanks so much for playing. You can be a puzzle player anytime, anyplace by downloading our podcast from iTunes or Stitcher. If you would like to step up your game and be a contestant, find us on Facebook or Twitter - @NPRAskMeAnother. And to see us live, go to amatickets.org. 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: Additional puzzle writing by Eric Feinstein, Greg Lightman, Adam Markowitz, Jess Miller, Noah Tarno (ph) and senior writers, Kyle Beakley and Karen Laree (ph). ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Jesse Baker, Josh Rogosin, Eleanor Kagan, Denny Shin and our intern, Aaron James, along with Portia Robertson Migas and Eric Newsom. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore and Kristen Mueller. 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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