Keep It Country

Feb 27, 2014
Originally published on February 27, 2014 10:03 am

We're going around the world for this game, in which every answer contains the name of a country. Puzzle guru John Chaneski stumps our contestants in the shortest Ask Me Another final round ever.

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Now we're going to crown this weeks grand champion. So let's bring back from Oscar Winners Dan Marrin. From All Answers our alliterative Katy Kosey. From a Family Affair Jill Arrington. And from Product Placement Dan Esposito.


EISENBERG: You're about to play our Ask Me One More final round. And puzzle guru John Chaneski, why don't you take this out.

JOHN CHANESKI: I'll do that. I hope you are paying attention to the last song Jonathan sang, "Alphabet of Nations," because some of them may be answers in our final round, Keep It Country. Every answer is going to be a proper noun or phrase that includes the name of one of the nearly 200 countries in the world. For example, if we said the soft drink brand that originated in 1904 is best known for its ginger ale, you would say, Canada Dry.

We're playing this spelling bee style, so one wrong answer and you're out. You'll only have a few seconds to give us an answer. Last person standing is our ASK ME ANOTHER grand winner. Remember, every answer contains the name of one of the world's nations. Here we go. Dan Marrin, in 2012, Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven titles from this historic race.

DAN MARRIN: The French - oh god, oh.

CHANESKI: Sorry. Let's see if Katy knows it.

KATY KOSEY: Tour de France.

CHANESKI: The Tour de France is right. Thank you for playing, Dan - Dan Marrin.


CHANESKI: Jill, this triple-decker sandwich features a certain kind of poultry, plus bacon, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise on toasted bread. Three seconds. Let's see if Dan Esposito knows. Dan, this triple-decker sandwich features a certain kind of poultry, plus bacon, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise on toasted bread.

DAN ESPOSITO: Yeah. Big America?

CHANESKI: No. But see if Katy knows it.


KOSEY: A Turkey Club.

CHANESKI: A Turkey Club is correct.


CHANESKI: Katy, you are our grand winner.

KOSEY: Whoa.

CHANESKI: Wow. This was the quickest final round I've ever had.

EISENBERG: Katy, you're our ASK ME ANOTHER big winner. And as your grand prize, Sarah and the "World Almanac" staff have offered to find the answer to any fact-based questions of your choosing. So you can think of anything you've ever wanted to know about and they'll put their research team together and figure it out for you. And this is something, you know, fact based, something that you can do research on - not something philosophical like, do all dogs really go to heaven?


EISENBERG: Because the answer is yes.


EISENBERG: So congratulations, Katy.


EISENBERG: That is our show. Thank you so much for listening. And if you would like to be a contestant, just find us on Facebook or Twitter. Just look around for NPR ASK ME ANOTHER. And you can be a puzzle player any time, any place by downloading our podcast from iTunes, Stitcher, or TuneIn. 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.

JONATHAN COULTON: Thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzle editor is Art Chung, with additional puzzle writing by Matt Foster, Mark Halpin(ph) Greg Lightman(ph), Brock Mann(ph) and Dan Schofield. ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Jessie Baker(ph), Josh Roguson(ph), John Asanti(ph) and Eleanor Kagan, along with Portia Robertson Migas(ph) and Eric Newsome(ph).

We are recorded by Damien Whitamore(ph), Dan Sherony(ph) and David Herkin(ph). We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, New York, the Bell House.

COULTON: Hot hill blues.


EISENBERG: And our production partner WNYC. I'm Her Ripe Begonias.

COULTON: Ophira Eisenberg.



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