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Our Nation's Capital

Feb 9, 2018
Originally published on February 13, 2018 3:49 pm

Question: what do single-elimination tournaments and the International House of Pancakes have in common? Answer: They're both NATION-al! In the final round of our D.C. show, each answer contains the word "nation."

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists - Heather Hurley, who has her dream job working at the Library of Congress, and Katie Fox, who wants to smuggle a polar bear skull from the Smithsonian.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Heather and Katie, your final round is called Our Nation's Capitol. Every answer contains the word nation. For example, if I said it's the format of the NCAA March Madness tournament, you'd answer single elimination. Our big winner will receive a guitar pick that Chris Hadfield used in space. And you know what? I'll throw in free admission to the Hirshhorn Museum as well.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: We rolled a 20-sided die backstage, and Heather is going first. Heather, full name of the diner chain known by the acronym IHOP.

HEATHER HURLEY: International House of Pancakes.

CHUNG: That is correct.

Katie, according to WebMD, if you see, hear, smell or taste something that isn't there, you're experiencing one of these.

KATIE FOX: I don't know.

CHUNG: Three seconds.

FOX: An ischemic stroke. That doesn't have nation in it.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: Not so serious. We were looking for hallucination.

Heather, during a courtroom trial, this is when an attorney ask questions to a witness called by opposing counsel.

HURLEY: Cross examination.

CHUNG: That is correct.

Katie, Nestle brand of evaporated milk.

FOX: Carnation.

CHUNG: Correct.

Heather, school lockers and escape rooms often feature this security device opened by dialing in a series of numbers.

HURLEY: Combination lock.

CHUNG: That is correct.

Katie, bees help flowers reproduce by transferring genetic material in a process known as this.

FOX: Pollination.

CHUNG: That is correct.

Heather, diseases like polio or smallpox were eradicated or greatly reduced thanks to this, the administration of a substance orally or via injection to protect against a disease.

HURLEY: Vaccination.

CHUNG: That is correct.

Katie, it's the film where Nicolas Cage declares, I'm going to steal the Declaration of Independence.

FOX: Oh. Oh, I know it. "National Treasure."

CHUNG: That's correct. At the halfway point, the score is Heather 4, Katie 3.

Heather, this Janet Jackson hit from 1989 peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Any guess?

HURLEY: Not even a good one.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: We were looking for "Rhythm Nation."

Katie, Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka sings this song before any children are maimed in his chocolate factory tour.

(LAUGHTER)

FOX: Something, something, imagination. I can't remember the rest of it.

CHUNG: No? Can you guess? No?

FOX: Only in your imagination.

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. That's close. We were looking for "Pure Imagination."

Heather, horror film franchise in which beautiful young people survive an accident only to die later in overly-complicated ways.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: Three seconds.

HURLEY: Something, something damnation?

CHUNG: No, we were looking for "Final Destination."

Katie, this is the subtitle of the fifth "Mission Impossible" film. Just go through the list of "Mission Impossible"...

FOX: "Rogue Nation."

CHUNG: Yeah, well done.

Heather, this British soap opera debuted in 1960 and follows the lives of working-class characters in the fictional town of Weatherfield.

HURLEY: "Coronation Street."

CHUNG: That is correct.

Katie, this White Stripes song is often spontaneously sung by crowds at sporting events.

FOX: I don't know. Oh, "Seven Army Nation."

CHUNG: I'm going to give you a chance to correct that.

FOX: "Seven Nation Army."

CHUNG: That is correct.

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CHUNG: We're on the last question for each of you, and the score is tied.

Heather, Leslie Odom Jr., Brad Paisley and Tori Kelly have all appeared in TV ads singing the jingle for this company. Three seconds.

HURLEY: The nation.

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. We're looking for Nationwide, which is on your side.

HURLEY: Not in this case, ironically.

CHUNG: So, Katie, this is the last question. If you get this correct, you win. This London-based NGO's stated mission is to defend human rights across the world.

FOX: Is it the International Rescue Committee?

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. We're looking for Amnesty International. So we have a tie, and here's your tiebreaker. Hands on your buzzers. Humor magazine that ceased publication in 1998 whose name is attached to the movies "Animal House," "Vacation" and "Van Wilder."

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CHUNG: Heather.

HURLEY: National Lampoon.

CHUNG: That's correct. Well done.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Heather. You are our big winner.

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