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Alter Egos

Jan 18, 2019

Harry Houdini or Harry Hou-dat? In this nail-biter finale, contestants must provide the famous alter-ego of a real or fictional person.

Heard on Terry Crews: The Man's Got Talent

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists Liz Rodwell, whose political science background helps her work with physicians, and Emily Mongeau, who knows how to rent a giraffe.

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EISENBERG: Liz and Emily, your final round is called Alter Egos. I'll give you the name of a real or fictional person. You give me that person's most famous alter ego. For example, if I said author Samuel Clemens, you'd answer Mark Twain. And our big winner will receive an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube signed by Terry Crews. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Emily is going first. Here we go. Emily, comic book character Diana Prince - three seconds.

EMILY MONGEAU: Captain Marvel.

EISENBERG: Good guess. Actually Wonder Woman is the answer. Liz, comic book character Selina Kyle.

LIZ RODWELL: I'm going to go with Captain Marvel.

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EISENBERG: Incorrect. The answer is Catwoman. Emily, poet Marguerite Annie Johnson - three seconds.

MONGEAU: Oh, I don't know. I'm sorry.

EISENBERG: It's OK - Maya Angelou. Liz, children's book author Theodore Geisel.

RODWELL: He has - he's a doctor - Dr. Seuss.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Emily, music artist Ahmir Thompson - three seconds.

MONGEAU: Akon.

EISENBERG: Good guess - QuestLove. Liz, music artist Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor.

RODWELL: Sinead O'Connor.

EISENBERG: Incorrect. The answer is Lorde.

RODWELL: Very close, very close.

EISENBERG: Very close.

EISENBERG: Emily, fictional masked vigilante Don Diego de la Vega.

MONGEAU: Zorro.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Liz, fictional ad man Dick Whitman.

RODWELL: Don Draper.

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EISENBERG: That is correct. We're at the halfway point. The score is 1-2, with Liz in the lead. Emily, writer of stories with surprise endings William Sydney Porter - three seconds.

MONGEAU: I don't know.

EISENBERG: O. Henry. Liz, director Adam Spiegel - three seconds.

RODWELL: I have no idea.

EISENBERG: Spike Jonze.

RODWELL: Oh, yeah.

EISENBERG: Emily, advice columnists Ruth Crowley and Eppie Lederer.

MONGEAU: Ask...

EISENBERG: Three seconds.

MONGEAU: Oh, it's right there. Ask...

EISENBERG: Ann Landers is what we were looking for. Liz, missionary Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu.

RODWELL: Mother Teresa.

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EISENBERG: That is correct.

RODWELL: Complete guess.

EISENBERG: All right. Liz is in the lead 3-1. Emily, if you get this wrong, Liz wins. Soccer legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

MONGEAU: Pele.

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EISENBERG: That is correct. Liz, if you get this right, you win. Hollywood icon Norma Jeane Mortensen.

RODWELL: Marilyn Monroe.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Well done, both of you. And congratulations, Liz. You're our big winner. And that's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER's house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

JONATHAN COULTON: Hey, my name anagrams to thou jolt a canon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Jamie Greenberg (ph), Andrew Caine (ph), Scott Ross, Mary Tobler and senior writer Karen Lurie (ph), with additional material by Sarah Lazarus (ph) and Emily Winter. Our senior supervising producer is Rachel Neil (ph). ASK ME ANOTHER is produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuck, Kiara Powell (ph), Nancy Zechow (ph), Edward Wyckoff Williams, Ramel Wood (ph) and our intern Sean Goal (ph), along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We were recorded by Rick Cohen (ph), David Hercan (ph), Jeff O'Neill (ph) and ValveTone recordings. We'd like to thank our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., The Bell House...

COULTON: Hot heel blues.

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EISENBERG: ...And our production partner WNYC. I'm her ripe begonias.

COULTON: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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