Ask Me Another

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NPR's exciting new show featuring puzzles, word games and trivia played in front of a live audience. Ask Me Another is a co-production of NPR and WNYC.

Like A Confused Boss

May 14, 2015

In this game, we give a sentence with an overly literal misuse of a common business cliché, and you give us the cliché. For example, "I really need you to force the flat rectangular paper container to move forward!" is "push the envelope."

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Come Sail Away

May 14, 2015

Inspired by the waters off the coast of Santa Barbara, we rewrote the lyrics to the song "Sloop John B" so that the verses describe real or fictional sailing vessels.

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Street Smarts

May 14, 2015

In Southern California, the car is king, and traffic is queen. In this final round, every answer is a common phrase or proper name that contain a type of roadway.

Heard in A Mad Men Endgame

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When Matthew Weiner was working as a writer on the HBO series The Sopranos, a crewman walked up to him and said, "I heard you were the son of a doctor from Hancock Park. What are you doing here?" Weiner responded, "Well, I have what they call 'an imagination.' "

More than 15 years later, that imagination landed Weiner a hit series on AMC. To date, Mad Men has earned him seven Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, a Peabody and more.

You Call That An Ending?

May 14, 2015

In honor of the final episode of Mad Men, we consider some TV series that ended in very bizarre ways. For instance, which family matriarch sits with her typewriter in the basement, as a voiceover tells us that she never won the lottery?

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Initially Incorrect

Apr 23, 2015

An intialism is an abbreviation of a phrase that is pronounced letter-by-letter, like TMI. In this game, every clue is a sentence that ends with a well-known initialism, BUT is the opposite of what we're looking for.

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Remember Me?

Apr 23, 2015

VIP Ingrid Michaelson whips out her ukulele and joins Jonathan Coulton for a game about amnesia-afflicted movie characters, set to the tune of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know."

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"AMA" Let You Finish

Apr 23, 2015

For this final round, every answer ends with our show's initials, A-M-A. We say, "This Nepalese prince found enlightenment and became the Buddha;" you say, "Siddhartha Gautama."

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There's no shortage of tech startups in Silicon Valley, and since these companies are founded by people who can identify every Star Wars character at the drop of a hat, their names tend to sound pretty weird. Is Zurg a new app that analyzes your dreams, Doctor Who's nemesis, or a 12th-century warlord? For our show at San Francisco Sketchfest, we make contestants earn their nerd cred by telling us — is it a historical figure, a sci-fi villain or a tech company?

See if you measure up with our quiz!

Grandparent Movie Database

Apr 9, 2015

If grandparents ran IMDB, descriptions would sound like this: "He's that one in the Grabbed movies? He has a particular set of skills." Can you guess the actors by their slightly confused bios?

Heard in Sketchfest 2015: Alex Borstein, Brad Bird and Dan Savage

Although she's best known as the voice of Lois, the put-upon wife of Peter Griffin on Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy, Alex Borstein is a jane-of-all-trades. She's done improv, stand-up, sketch comedy on MADTv, and wrote for the '90s cartoon Pinky and the Brain.

Born To Run And Fail

Apr 2, 2015

A rewritten Bruce Springsteen classic--growled to perfection by They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh--recounts candidates who ran for President, and lost. "Champs like us, Joey we were born to run!"

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Measure For Measure

Apr 2, 2015

Go the distance for this final round, where all the answers contain some form of measurement. For example, the nickname for London's Metropolitan Police Service is "Scotland Yard."

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Pair It Down

Apr 2, 2015

Why are Doc Holliday and Dr. Martens a paradox? Because they're a "pair of 'Docs.'" Every answer is a word that begins with the letters p-a-r-a, followed by the word that two clues have in common.

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Everything Old is New Again

Mar 19, 2015

For the final round all answers in this game contain the letters "n-e-w" or "o-l-d" in order. What term did Hugh Hefner coin for the large portrait stuck in a magazine? Hint: it's not a centerf-new.

Heard in Looking For Answers

What's the best piece of trivia you learned this week? Share it with us on Facebook or Twitter, and we'll figure out whether it's true or false.

True or false: before 2012, Pizza Hut was the largest purchaser of kale in the US, but they only used it as garnish for their salad bars.

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Poetic License

Mar 19, 2015

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is not only a Maya Angelou book but a line from what poem? Get your AP literature on as former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky reads clues about poetic book titles.

Heard in Looking For Answers

Homecoming Game

Mar 12, 2015

In this final round, contestants school each other for the chance to be serenaded by VIP Tituss Burgess.

The chicken is headed for the endzone aaaand...it's good! Touchdown for Perdue! All the answers in this game contain the name of a major U.S. college or university.

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What Is Jeopardy?

Mar 12, 2015

Because you've been programmed to give answers in the form of a question, all the answers in this game are famous phrases that begin with the question "what is."

Heard in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Stateside Attractions

Mar 12, 2015

Everybody knows how to identify state names from the first few letters, but the last ones? What state ends with a "s-i-n"? As added bonus trivia, we'll tell you a too-weird-to-be-true-but-guess-what-it's-real roadside attraction found in each state.

Heard in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Hooded figures drift in the dog park, which one is never supposed to enter. A desert pier goes nowhere. Stay away from wheat, and wheat by-products. Welcome to Night Vale.

N-E-R-D Alert

Feb 26, 2015

Be on the lookout for 'banner drops,' 'dinner dates' and other words, names and phrases that have the letters N-E-R-D in order.

Heard in All Hail The Might Quiz Show

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The World Makes Money Go Round

Feb 26, 2015

What Swiss currency buys you exactly one hot dog? A Frank! Play this game for more international currency puns.

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Just Because

Feb 26, 2015

What famous spy likes his martinis shaken, not stirred? Every answer for this final round is the name of a person or fictional character with the initials JB.

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Off The Rack

Feb 12, 2015

Proofreading matters! We've changed magazine titles by one letter to make them appealing to an even more niche audience. Maybe sip a margarita while browsing Lime Magazine?

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Movies That Really Stink

Feb 12, 2015

The fur flies in this final round as contestants go ape trying to guess movies that have the names of animals in their titles. Who will Chicken Run their way to victory?

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Mo Willems: Sunny Day

Feb 12, 2015

A botched job interview wound up landing Willems a gig on Sesame Street, where he stayed for a decade.

"I preferred writing for children because there are no cultural modifiers," he said. "The Eiffel Tower doesn't mean anything. Rock groups. Cars. It was easy for me to write about love and jealousy. Counting to 40 and the alphabet are my palette."

Will an Ask Me Another Challenge about the legendary show turn Willems into a giggling Ernie, or Oscar the Grouch?

What's Your Number?

Feb 12, 2015

Who is Count Von Count's favorite rapper? Two-pac! Ah, ah, ah! Guess the Count's other favorite celebrities--they all have numbers in their names, like Ernest Borg-nine and Harrison Four-d.

Heard In The Pigeon Is On A Game Show!

For New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer's debut young adult novel, Belzhar, there wasn't much of a difference between writing for adults and teenagers. Save for shorter paragraphs and fewer tangents. "You have to be the writer that you always are," she explained to Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg.

What's the best piece of trivia you learned this week? Share it with us on Facebook orTwitter, and we'll figure out whether it's true or false.

Did David Bowie really invent Connect Four? Or did our listener completely make this up? Find out in the latest edition of The Best Piece of Trivia You Learned This Week.

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