House Of Games

May 8, 2014
Originally published on October 2, 2014 8:49 am

It's the home stretch in this final round, a game in which all the answers contain the word "house." For example, a popular spy-themed restaurant in Milwaukee is "Safe House."

Heard in Episode 316: Meet Me In Milwaukee

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Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back Play Ball, Andrew DeGuire; from Shark Jumping, Sean Horkheimer; from My-my-my Clues, Crysta Jarczynski; and from Hidden Vegetables, Julie Bamberger Roubik.

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EISENBERG: Our puzzle guru Art Chung will take us out.

ART CHUNG: Thank you, Ophira. This final round is called House of Games. In this round, every correct answer will have the word house somewhere in the answer. For example, if I said it's a secret hiding place for spies or the main of a popular spy theme restaurant right here in Milwaukee, you would say safe house.

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CHUNG: So we're playing this spelling bee style. So one wrong answer and you're out. You only have a few seconds to give me that answer and the last person standing will be our Ask Me One More final winner. Remember, every answer will contain the word house. Here we go. Andrew, it's a poker hand with three cards of one value and two cards of another value.

ANDREW DEGUIRE: Full house.

CHUNG: That's correct.

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CHUNG: Sean, this company insists that you don't have to buy any magazines to win its sweepstakes or to receive an oversized check from the Prize Patrol.

SEAN HORKHEIMER: Publishers Clearinghouse?

CHUNG: Yup. That's right.

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CHUNG: Crysta, this 1978 John Belushi film depicted the adventures of the Delta Tau Chi fraternity at Faber College.

CRYSTA JARCZYNSKI: "Animal House."

CHUNG: That's right.

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CHUNG: Julie, after serving five months in prison in 2005, Martha Stewart spent another five months under this type of confinement.

JULIE BAMBERGER ROUBIK: House arrest.

CHUNG: That's right.

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CHUNG: Back to Andrew. A mostly southern restaurant chain offering hash browns smothered, covered, chunked, capped or topped - among other options.

DEGUIRE: My favorite place on vacation, the Waffle House.

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CHUNG: That's right.

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CHUNG: Sean, it's a type of creature in the Harry Potter universe personified by Dobby.

HORKHEIMER: A house elf?

CHUNG: That is right. A house elf.

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CHUNG: Crysta and Ibsen play focusing on Torvald and Nora Helmer and their three children. Three seconds.

JARCZYNSKI: I don't know.

CHUNG: I'm sorry, you'll have to step aside. Julie, do you know the answer?

ROUBIK: Is it "A Doll's House?"

CHUNG: That is correct. Thank you, Crysta. Crysta's out.

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CHUNG: We are back to Andrew. The Kurt Vonnegut books subtitled, "The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death." Three seconds. I'm sorry, you're out of time. Sean, do you know the answer?

HORKHEIMER: "Slaughterhouse-Five?"

CHUNG: That is correct. Andrew is out.

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CHUNG: We are down to two players, Julie and Sean. Julie, it's the madness song which begins with the lyric, father wears his Sunday best.

ROUBIK: I don't know.

CHUNG: You do not know. Sean, if you know this, you will be our winner.

HORKHEIMER: "Our House?"

CHUNG: That's correct.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Sean, you're our ASK ME ANOTHER big winner.

HORKHEIMER: Thank you.

EISENBERG: And in celebration of your achievement, our VIPs, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have agreed to send you a personalized copy of the song "Milwaukee" rewritten to include personal details from your life.

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HORKHEIMER: All right. That's pretty cool.

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