Ask Me Another http://wnpr.org en Patriotic Language http://wnpr.org/post/patriotic-language Why do we call them "French fries" even though they aren't French? When you're done pondering that question, you'll find that all answers in this final round contain nationalities.<p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/334463713/a-primate-example" target="_blank">Heard in Episode 322: A Primate Example</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 editor 25833 at http://wnpr.org Fair-Weather Friends http://wnpr.org/post/fair-weather-friends There's a trivia storm in the forecast: All the answers in this quiz are celebrities and characters whose names are weather-related. Which poet's travels were blocked by ice crystals? Robert Frost!<p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/334463713/a-primate-example" target="_blank">Heard in Episode 322: A Primate Example</a> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 editor 25834 at http://wnpr.org Place That Band http://wnpr.org/post/place-band Geography rocks! Jonathan Coulton sings songs by classic rock bands named after cities, states, countries and continents, while rewriting the lyrics to hint at the locations.<p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/334463713/a-primate-example" target="_blank">Heard in Episode 322: A Primate Example</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 editor 25835 at http://wnpr.org Really Hard Edition 2: Part 3 http://wnpr.org/post/really-hard-edition-2-part-3 In the final segment, we pull out all the stops for a Very Important Puzzler and some special musical guests. In "Accidental Science," we challenge <em>Radiolab</em> host in the puzzle hot seat for a quiz about unintentional scientific discoveries. Then, They Might Be Giants devise a game literally filled with trick questions, appropriately titled, "Wrong, Wrong, Wrong." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +0000 editor 25449 at http://wnpr.org Really Hard Edition 2: Part 2 http://wnpr.org/post/really-hard-edition-2-part-2 Host Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle editor Art Chung continue the hour with a trio of games that push the limits on your ability to recall cultural references. In "Nick Names," identify famous people and fictional characters named "Nick." (See what we did there?) Sing along with house musician Jonathan Coulton in "Jingle All The Way," as he performs favorite commercial jingles...in Italian. Plus, insert comic strip characters into your favorite novels in "Literary Comic Strips." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +0000 editor 25450 at http://wnpr.org Really Hard Edition 2: Part 1 http://wnpr.org/post/really-hard-edition-2-part-1 In this hour, take on some of our trickiest games in recent memory with host Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle editor Art Chung. Do your best to remember two things at once in "International Doppelgangers" as puzzle guru John Chaneski asks you to combine celebrities with the names of countries, like that South American star, Argentina Fey. Then, try a twist on the mash-up in "Russian Dolls" by "nesting," or placing words inside a different one to make a longer word — putting a LAMB inside of a CAKE creates a CLAMBAKE. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +0000 editor 25451 at http://wnpr.org The Body Eclectic http://wnpr.org/post/body-eclectic Make no bones about it, this final round is body-licious! The answer to every clue contains the name of a body part. Who will prove themselves head and shoulders above the rest?<p><em>Heard in <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/330185780/live-puzzle-repeat" target="_blank">Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:07:00 +0000 editor 25057 at http://wnpr.org The Soundgarden Of Music http://wnpr.org/post/soundgarden-music We mashed up popular musicians with the names of Broadway shows to create a can't-miss theatre lineup. Look out for the show about a rap artist who meets a girl named Maria: <em><em>Kanye West Side Story</em>.</em><p><em>Heard in <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/330185780/live-puzzle-repeat" target="_blank">Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:57:18 +0000 editor 25052 at http://wnpr.org Doug Liman: Action Speaks Louder http://wnpr.org/post/doug-liman-action-speaks-louder Since his earliest films, director Doug Liman has been a rule breaker. He shot <em>Swingers</em> in increasing order of what scenes were most likely to get him arrested. When he made <em>The Bourne Identity</em> and <em>Mr. & Mrs. Smith</em>, Liman treated the multi-million dollar productions like a film school, figuring out every last detail out on the fly.<p>And in his latest film, <em>Edge of Tomorrow</em>, Liman stays true to that belief, as he cast Tom Cruise in a role he's never taken on before: an inept, cowardly soldier.<p>"[Cruise] loved that. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:57:00 +0000 editor 25053 at http://wnpr.org Doug Liman: Action Speaks Louder Nice Outfit http://wnpr.org/post/nice-outfit We're not sure if Prince would be into a girl wearing a "Raspberry Foulard." In this game, we've replaced songs featuring articles of clothing and accessories with more hilarious ones.<p><em>Heard in <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/330185780/live-puzzle-repeat" target="_blank">Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:57:00 +0000 editor 25054 at http://wnpr.org Abumrad And Krulwich: Lab Partners Forever http://wnpr.org/post/abumrad-and-krulwich-lab-partners-forever <strong><strong></strong></strong>Although the on-air chemistry between Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, hosts of WNYC's<a href="http://www.radiolab.org/"><em> Radiolab</em></a>, is a big reason for their show's success, their initial collaborations were not so smooth. They first met when Krulwich ripped up Abumrad's script for a fundraising promo and then proceeded to improvise a new one — somehow mentioning aliens in the process. The pair soon began to meet for weekly breakfasts to chat about science and other worldly matters, and from that the beginnings of Radiolab emerged. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:31:00 +0000 editor 24326 at http://wnpr.org Abumrad And Krulwich: Lab Partners Forever Just Sit Right Back http://wnpr.org/post/just-sit-right-back It used to be that a TV theme song told an entire show's premise. Lately, all you get is a wordless ditty. In this game, we've rewritten the lyrics to classic TV tunes to be about modern-day dramas.<p>Plus, They Might Be Giants perform a new song, "Hate The Villanelle," live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:28:00 +0000 editor 24327 at http://wnpr.org Just Sit Right Back Rule of Three http://wnpr.org/post/rule-three It's said that all good things come in threes — which is why this final round is all about three-word groupings that always go together. Go! Fight! Win! Three cheers for this week's champion.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/325530804/we-might-be-giant-nerds"><em>Heard in Episode 320: We Might Be Giant Nerds</em></a> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:24:00 +0000 editor 24325 at http://wnpr.org Rule of Three Compound Fractures http://wnpr.org/post/compound-fractures Compound words combine shorter ones, like "milkshake." The answers in this game seem compound, but aren't: you get a floor covering ("carpet") by combining a vehicle (car) with the family dog (pet).<p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/321081265/two-can-slay-that-game">Heard in Episode 319: Two Can Slay That Game</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:31:00 +0000 editor 23510 at http://wnpr.org Emily The Puzzle Slayer http://wnpr.org/post/emily-puzzle-slayer We quiz Emily Nussbaum, TV critic for <em>The New Yorker</em>, on her favorite show: <em>Buffy The Vampire Slayer</em>. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:11:00 +0000 editor 23501 at http://wnpr.org Emily The Puzzle Slayer I Sense A Theme Music http://wnpr.org/post/i-sense-theme-music Who could forget Celine Dion's <em>Titanic</em>'s love anthem, "My Heart Will Go On"? We wish we could. In this game, identify movies from their famous soundtrack moments.<p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/321081265/two-can-slay-that-game">Heard in Episode 319: Two Can Slay That Game</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:05:00 +0000 editor 23500 at http://wnpr.org P.S. I Love You http://wnpr.org/post/ps-i-love-you The final round is a postscript to our show, so in this game, we took that idea literally: all the answers are two-word names or phrases with the initials "P.S." Which gal "got married" in a 1986 film?<p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/321081265/two-can-slay-that-game">Heard in Episode 319: Two Can Slay That Game</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:05:00 +0000 editor 23499 at http://wnpr.org Taking A Vowel Of Poverty http://wnpr.org/post/taking-vowel-poverty In this final round, all answers are words that contain three or more of a single vowel—and only that vowel. Strap on your bikinis and muumuus, and crank up the Bananarama!<p><em>Heard in <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/316739150/o-brother-where-art-thou-quiz-show">Episode 318: O'Brother, Where Art Thou Quiz Show?</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 29 May 2014 15:05:00 +0000 editor 22722 at http://wnpr.org John Turturro: Walken On Sunshine http://wnpr.org/post/john-turturro-walken-sunshine Turturro is a star in his own right, but he and his wife, actress Katherine Borowitz play a game about fellow thespian Christopher Walken. We've got a fever, and the only prescription is more trivia!<p>Plus, hear house musician Jonathan Coulton playfully cover Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 29 May 2014 15:05:00 +0000 editor 22723 at http://wnpr.org John Turturro: Walken On Sunshine Fuhgeddaboutdit! http://wnpr.org/post/fuhgeddaboutdit The Spice Girls are comprised of Sporty, Posh, Scary, Ginger and...? We'll tell you all the members of a certain category, except one. Give us your Brooklyn accent and call us out on the one we forgot.<p>Heard in <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/316739150/o-brother-where-art-thou-quiz-show">Episode 318: O'Brother, Where Art Thou Quiz Show?</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 29 May 2014 15:05:00 +0000 editor 22724 at http://wnpr.org Nick Names http://wnpr.org/post/nick-names Many celebrities are better known by their monikers, like George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr. or Jennifer "J. Lo." Lopez. In this game, we created nicknames for people who already have the name "Nick." Do you know who "Mr. Mariah Carey" might be?<p><em><em>Heard in <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/312512195/puzzle-hard" target="_blank">Episode 317: Puzzle Hard</a></em></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 16 May 2014 19:47:00 +0000 editor 21992 at http://wnpr.org Gone Fishing http://wnpr.org/post/gone-fishing There's something fishy about this final round. Every answer contains a type of fish, but be careful: some are unexpected. Did you know that a mullet isn't just Billy Ray Cyrus' go-to hairstyle?<p><em><em><em><em>Heard in <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/312512195/puzzle-hard" target="_blank">Episode 317: Puzzle Hard</a></em></em></em></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 editor 21881 at http://wnpr.org Andrew W.K.: Jesus Christ Super Quiz http://wnpr.org/post/andrew-wk-jesus-christ-super-quiz Musician, motivational speaker, and party pro Andrew W.K. is a man of many talents—but did you know that he is also an expert on <em>Jesus Christ Superstar</em>? We wrote him a quiz on his favorite rock opera.<p>After the game, hear he and house musician Jonathan Coulton duet on "What's The Buzz." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 editor 21882 at http://wnpr.org Andrew W.K.: Jesus Christ Super Quiz Unruly Passengers http://wnpr.org/post/unruly-passengers "I specifically requested <em>not</em> to be on the Pinta!" In this game, we imagine the complaints passengers might have made on certain historical journeys, such as Columbus's expedition to the New World.<p><em><em><em><em>Heard in <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/312512195/puzzle-hard" target="_blank">Episode 317: Puzzle Hard</a></em></em></em></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 editor 21883 at http://wnpr.org Tonight We're Going to Party http://wnpr.org/post/tonight-were-going-party Who says you can only "party like it's 1999"? Not us! Jonathan Coulton sings rewritten lyrics to Prince's classic hit, to describe famous events that happened in less...<em>festive</em> years. Let's party like it's 1775!<p><em><em><em>Heard in <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/312512195/puzzle-hard" target="_blank">Episode 317: Puzzle Hard</a></em></em></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 editor 21956 at http://wnpr.org House Of Games http://wnpr.org/post/house-games 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."<p><em>Heard in <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/310481146/meet-me-in-milwaukee" target="_blank">Episode 316: Meet Me In Milwaukee</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=House+Of+Games&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjIwNTkwMDEzMjI4NDY0MjY4ZTBlNA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:42:00 +0000 editor 21487 at http://wnpr.org Hidden Vegetables http://wnpr.org/post/hidden-vegetables Your parents might have snuck your veggies into unexpected dishes, but we got clever and hid the names of vegetables in the answers of this game. What German composer was a fan of red, edible roots?<p>Plus, hear Jonathan Coulton lead the crowd in a rowdy rendition of "Blister In The Sun" by the Milwaukee-bred rockers Violent Femmes.<p><em>Heard in <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/310481146/meet-me-in-milwaukee" target="_blank">Episode 316: Meet Me In Milwaukee</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 08 May 2014 13:42:00 +0000 editor 21488 at http://wnpr.org The Both: The Newly-Formed-Band-Game http://wnpr.org/post/both-newly-formed-band-game Musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo play together as The Both, but how well do these new bandmates know each other's quirks? Thu, 08 May 2014 13:42:00 +0000 editor 21528 at http://wnpr.org The Both: The Newly-Formed-Band-Game This Quiz Never Bothered Me Anyway http://wnpr.org/post/quiz-never-bothered-me-anyway Sure you have an Oscar, but do you have an <em>Ask Me Another</em> Rubik's cube? <em>Frozen</em>'s married songwriters Bobby Lopez (<em>Book of Mormon</em>,<em> Avenue Q</em>) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez let their competitive swagger shine in a game where the answers are mashed-up musicals, like "The Lion King and I." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=This+Quiz+Never+Bothered+Me+Anyway&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjIwNTkwMDEzMjI4NDY0MjY4ZTBlNA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:23:00 +0000 editor 20712 at http://wnpr.org This Quiz Never Bothered Me Anyway Four-Letter Friends http://wnpr.org/post/four-letter-friends We don't have to bleep a single word in this final round. Rather, identify famous folks who have four letters in both their first and last names, like the Grammy-winning singer of "I Try," Macy Gray.<p><em>Heard in <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/306163577/let-it-lopez" target="_blank">Episode 315: Let It Lopez</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:15:00 +0000 editor 20711 at http://wnpr.org