Our Magnum Opus

Jul 17, 2013
Originally published on June 18, 2015 9:02 pm

In this Ask Me Another final round, puzzle guru Art Chung quizzes the remaining contestants on phrases and proper nouns that contain the name of a musical instrument. For example, a narrow type of stemware that you might drink your Dom Perignon out of is a "champagne flute."

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Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back our winners from all of our former games. From Spoiler Alert, Rosie Jonker. From Put A Bjork In It, Seth Christianfeld. From The Meow Mix, Bob Sukovic, from Easy AS B, C, D Allyson Milothsha. From First Name Basis, Rembecca Weintraub. And I'm going to ask our puzzle guru Art Chung to crown our winner.

ART CHUNG: Ophira, this final round is called Our Magnus Opus. Every answer will be a phrase or proper noun that contains the name of a musical instrument. For example, if I said it's a narrow type of stemware that you might drink your Dom Perignon out of, you would say champagne flute. 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 and the last person standing is our grand winner.

Remember, all of the answers will contain the name of a musical instrument. Here we go. Rosie, this Philadelphia icon used to be rung on Independence Day until it cracked.

ROSIE JONKER: What's the Liberty Bell?

CHUNG: That is correct. We're not on "Jeopardy" but you're right.


CHUNG: Seth, the USS Cyclops is one of many ships that have disappeared in this cursed zone.


CHUNG: You've got it.


CHUNG: Bob, this Billy Joel song takes place at 9:00 on a Saturday as the regular crowd shuffles in.

BOB SUKOVICH: Piano man.

CHUNG: Right. Allyson, it's a cone shaped snack food by General Mills.


CHUNG: Bugle.


CHUNG: You got it.


CHUNG: Rebecca, found in your head, the tympanic membrane is commonly known as this.


CHUNG: That's right. Eardrum.


CHUNG: Back to Rosie. You participate in this dance by grabbing the shoulders of the person in front of you. Three seconds.

JONKER: Conga.

CHUNG: That's correct. A conga line.


CHUNG: Rosie pulls that out. Seth, Tevye the milkman sings "If I Were a Rich Man" in this musical.

CHRISTIANFELD: "Fiddler on the Roof."

CHUNG: You got it.


CHUNG: Bob, in a hit song Bob Dylan asks him to play a song for me in the jingle-jangle morning. I'll come following you.

SUKOVICH: "Mr. Tambourine Man."

CHUNG: That's right.


CHUNG: Allyson, this branch of chemistry specifically studies matter that contains carbon.


CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. That's incorrect. Rebecca?

WEINTRAUB: Organic chemistry?

CHUNG: That is correct. Sorry, Allyson. Rosie, this video game allows you to rock out in your living room by pressing multicolored buttons that represent frets.

JONKER: "Guitar Hero."

CHUNG: You got it. That's right.


CHUNG: Seth. It's the name of Oprah Winfrey's production company.


CHUNG: That's right. Nicely done.


CHUNG: Bob, on this '70s game show bad performers were thrown offstage after a judge struck a giant metal disc.

SUKOVICH: "The Gong Show."

CHUNG: That's right. Rebecca, she was nominated for an Oscar for playing Aibileen Clark in "The Help." Three seconds. I'm sorry. Step aside. Rosie, she was nominated for an Oscar for playing Aibileen Clark in "The Help."

JONKER: Viola Davis.

CHUNG: That's correct. Thank you, Rebecca.


CHUNG: Seth, located on the tip of Chile, it looks over the Drake Passage.


CHUNG: Wow. Correct.


CHUNG: Bob, debuting in 1867, it was America's first fashion magazine. Three seconds.

SUKOVICH: Cosmopolitan.

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. That's incorrect. Rosie, do you have an idea?

JONKER: Harper's Bazaar.

CHUNG: That is correct!


CHUNG: We are down to Rosie and Seth. Seth, this 2001 movie starring Nicolas Cage revolves around an Italian military officer who loves to play an eight-stringed instrument.

CHRISTIANFELD: "Captain Corelli's Mandolin."

CHUNG: That is correct.


EISENBERG: How many of these do you have?

CHUNG: Good question. We actually just ran out. So we're down to a tiebreaker.


JONATHAN COULTON: There's another high-five. Well deserved.

CHUNG: All right. Here we go. Here's our tiebreaker. This feline YouTube sensation is often seen playing off embarrassed people.


CHUNG: Rosie.

JONKER: Keyboard cat.

CHUNG: That's right!


EISENBERG: Congratulations, Rosie. You're our ASK ME ANOTHER big winner. And you are going to get some stuff that we found in Paul Feig's bag while he was onstage.


EISENBERG: You're going to get - here's some stuff we found. We found half a pack of gum, some tissues, a metro card of an undetermined value, plus a chocolate in the shape of a building in Berlin and a snapshot of Paul and his cats which he will autograph for you. Congratulations.


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