Jul 31, 2014
Originally published on November 25, 2015 8:49 pm

Don't get too annoyed with this final round. Like "annoyed," every answer contains the consecutive letters "A-N-N" somewhere within it. This game separates the canniest from the wannabes.

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Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back, from Can't Place The Place Name, Saladin Ahmed.


EISENBERG: From It's Easy, Cynthia Hodges.


EISENBERG: From Old McDonald Went To College, John U. Bacon.


EISENBERG: From Can I Kick It? No, You Can't, Craig VanKempen. And from Movie Math, Dan Hirschman. They'll be playing our Ask Me One More final round, and our puzzle guru John Chaneski is going to take us out.

JOHN CHANESKI: This final round is called Sem-ann-tics. In honor of our trip here to beautiful Ann Arbor Michigan, all of the answers in this round are words or names that have the letters A-N-N in consecutive order. For example, if I said, she's been spinning letters on "Wheel Of Fortune" since 1982, you'd say, Vanna White. Now, 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 that answer - last person standing is our ASK ME ANOTHER grand winner. Here we go. Saladin, this is a date that's celebrated because something notable occurred on that date in a previous year.

SALADIN AHMED: Anniversary.



CHANESKI: Cynthia, the ubiquitous fabric of the '90s grunge scene, it's soft and usually plaid.


CHANESKI: Flannel's right.


CHANESKI: John, the Latin name of this dinosaur means tyrant lizard. And believe it or not, Barney's one of them.

JOHN U. BACON: Tyrannosaurus.

CHANESKI: Tyrannosaurus is right.


CHANESKI: Craig, these Italian pastries are tube-shaped shells made of fried dough and sweet, creamy, ricotta filming.




CHANESKI: Dan, it's a tart, green apple commonly used in baking pies. Three seconds. Dan, step aside for a second. Let's see if Saladin knows it.

AHMED: Granny Smith?

CHANESKI: Granny Smith is right.


CHANESKI: Thank you, Dan, for joining us. He's off the stage now. All right. Cynthia, you perform this poolside maneuver by jumping into the water while holding your knees against your chest.

HODGES: A swan dive?

CHANESKI: No, not a swan dive. Step aside. Let's see if John knows the answer.

BACON: Cannonball.

CHANESKI: Cannonball is correct.


CHANESKI: Thank you, Cynthia. Craig, this was Miley Cyrus's alter ego on her Disney Channel series.

VANKEMPEN: Hannah Montana.

CHANESKI: Hannah Montana.


CHANESKI: You looked so proud to know that, Craig. Saladin, if you asked this star of "Lethal Weapon" why he's considering retirement, he'd probably say he's getting too old for this...Stuff.

AHMED: Danny Glover.

CHANESKI: Danny Glover is right.


CHANESKI: John, it's a person who tries to look or act like someone famous or the name of the Spice Girls big, breakout hit.

BACON: I'm blanking.

CHANESKI: All right. Let's see if Craig knows it.


CHANESKI: Wannabe is correct. Thank you, John. Now we're down to just two. It's Saladin and Craig. Saladin, this Greek-born media mogul with a popular news website is regularly spoofed by Nasim Pedrad on "Saturday Night Live."

AHMED: Anna Huffington.

CHANESKI: I can't take that. Craig, you know the answer.

VANKEMPEN: Arianna Huffington.

CHANESKI: Arianna Huffington is right.


EISENBERG: Craig, you ASK ME ANOTHER big winner. And in celebration of your achievement, Luke Song has given us a hat that we will give to you, so congratulations.


EISENBERG: A huge special thanks to John U. Bacon, Luke Song, Michigan Radio and, of course, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. And while I'm at it, thank you for listening. If you would like to be a contestant or come to a live taping, find us on Facebook or Twitter. Just look around for NPR ASK ME ANOTHER. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is John Chaneski.

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

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathon Coulton.

CHANESKI: Thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzle editor is Art Chung, with additional puzzle writing by DiCostanzo, Karen Laurie, Glenn McDonald, Josiah Madigan, Jess Miller and James Ramsey. We'd like to thank the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

CHANESKI: Viruses learn from Batman.


EISENBERG: And our production partner WNYC.


EISENBERG: I'm her ripe begonias.

CHANESKI: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.