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Heating Up The Competition

Aug 12, 2016

Every answer contains an object that can be found in a kitchen. For example, if we were to say, "Star of Legally Blonde who won an Academy Award for her role in Walk the Line," you'd say, "Reese WitherSPOON."

Heard On Ira Sachs, Jennifer Ehle, Garance Doré: New York Or Paris?

For Ira Sachs and Jennifer Ehle, moviemaking is less of a job than it is a way of life. Sachs' fascination with the film world began while attending Sundance Film Festival in his early teens. After college, he spent three months in Paris, where he saw three films a day — one hundred and ninety-seven films in total.

The Long And The Short Of It

Aug 12, 2016

'E' is the most commonly-used letter in the English language, but you can never have too much of a good thing. In this game, contestants insert the letter 'E' into a common phrase to turn it into a completely different phrase. For example, if we said, "After an hour of Soulcycle, I learned a lot about the bones in my back," you would answer, "SPINE class."

Mystery Guest

Aug 5, 2016

This week's Mystery Guest is Darren Wong, who is responsible for a hot new food trend. What's interesting about it is that his creation looks like something it's not. Can Ophira Eisenberg and Julian Velard figure out what his creation is, and what it looks like?

Heard on Gillian Jacobs And Kate Micucci: Your Brain Is Not Enough

No amount of experience makes an actor completely immune to stage fright. At least, that's what Gillian Jacobs and Kate Micucci say. Jacobs, who has been acting since she was very young, rose to fame when she landed the role of Britta in the acclaimed ensemble TV comedy Community. Since then, she has guest starred on Lena Dunham's Girls, and snagged a leading role in Judd Apatow's Netflix comedy series, Love.

EZ Does It

Aug 5, 2016

Every answer in this final round contains the letters "E-Z." So if we said, "An involuntary expulsion of air from your nose," you would answer, "sneeze."

Heard on Gillian Jacobs And Kate Micucci: Your Brain Is Not Enough

Celebrity Sayings

Aug 5, 2016

We give contestants the first part of a common expression, and they give us the rest the expression. The twist? That common expression must end with a rhyming celebrity's name. For example, if we said, "Hey, Godfather of Soul! You know when you throw your cape in the air, 'What goes up...,'" you'd say, "must come James Brown."

Heard on Gillian Jacobs And Kate Micucci: Your Brain Is Not Enough

Contents Under Pressure

Aug 5, 2016

For this high-stakes music parody game, we took Billy Joel's song "Pressure," and re-wrote it to be about things that react to pressure.

Heard on Gillian Jacobs And Kate Micucci: Your Brain Is Not Enough

Come Together

Jul 22, 2016

We've reworked The Beatles' hit "Come Together" to be about things that go together, like macaroni and cheese, or Bert and Ernie.

Heard on Loudon Wainwright III: 'Please Discover Me Now!'

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M-M Good

Jul 22, 2016

Every answer in this final round is a two-word phrase or name in which each word starts with the letter M, like "Mickey Mouse."

Heard on Loudon Wainwright III: 'Please Discover Me Now!'

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Share And Share Alike

Jul 22, 2016

This game is about music sharing. Every answer in this quiz is the name of a song whose title is shared by more than one artist. For example, if we said, "This is a Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch song featuring Marky boxing and making out, and a memorable Beach Boys tune that features a theremin," you'd say "Good Vibrations."

Heard on Loudon Wainwright III: 'Please Discover Me Now!'

Floral Arrangements

Jul 8, 2016

Each of these answers contains the name of a flower or flowering plant. If we were to say, "British singer who recorded the albums "It's Not Me, It's You," and "Sheezus," you would reply, "Lily Allen."

Heard on Big Freedia: Queen Diva Of Quizzes

Movie-Rap Mash Up

Jul 8, 2016

Contestants must mash up movie titles with the names of famous hip-hop and rap artists. For example, if we said, "Veteran cop Denzel Washington mentors Ethan Hawke about the album Three Feet High and Rising," you'd answer, "Training Day La Soul."

Heard on Big Freedia: Queen Diva Of Quizzes

State the State

Jul 8, 2016

Contestants guess which U.S. state we're talking about based on a list of clues. Jell-O is the official snack of what state?

Heard on Big Freedia: Queen Diva Of Quizzes

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An Emotional Ending

Jun 24, 2016

We're closing this show like any good TV show or movie — with "An Emotional Ending." Every answer in this round contains a word that is also a feeling or emotion. If we said, "It's an app where avians are flung across the screen at piggies," you'd answer, "Angry Birds."

Heard On Jeff Goldblum, Maika Monroe, 'Weird Al' Yankovic: 10 Out Of 10 Goldblums

This Is Our Administrative Assistant Day!

Jun 24, 2016

Actor Jeff Goldblum is a busy guy. From hunting down dinosaurs in Jurassic Park to fighting aliens in Independence Day, he has done it all. But, as he tells host Ophira Eisenberg, these days he is learning the ropes of a completely new role-- father to his one-year-old son, Charlie Ocean, who was born, believe it or not, on July 4th.

OMG VIP

Jun 24, 2016

We've mashed up the names of famous people with common text messaging abbreviations. If we said, "You'll be 'Laughing Out Loud' when you hang out with this rapper and 'N-C-I-S Los Angeles' actor," you'd answer, "L-O-L-L Cool J."

Heard On Jeff Goldblum, Maika Monroe, 'Weird Al' Yankovic: 10 Out Of 10 Goldblums

Show Stopper

Jun 17, 2016

No, this is not the final round of the Great British Bake-Off. Instead, to cook up this round's clues, we took the names of famous plays and musicals and ran them through our thesaurus. For example, if we gave the clue, "The Male Monarch and Me," you'd answer, "The King and I."

Heard on Kimiko Glenn: Celine Di-On It!

What's Wrong With Jonathan Coulton

Jun 17, 2016

In this installment of What's Wrong With Jonathan Coulton, he must discern which statement is true:

One: The city of Cincinnati, Ohio, was once widely known by the nickname "Porkopolis."

Two: The city of Eugene, Oregon was once widely known by the nickname "Cougar Town."

Heard on Kimiko Glenn: Celine Di-On It!

Wikisneaks

Jun 17, 2016

Anyone with a computer can edit almost any Wikipedia page they want. We imagine what would happen if famous people wrote their own pages to make them sound a little more flattering.

Heard on Kimiko Glenn: Celine Di-On It!

This bonus game comes from the final round on our episode with Bob Boilen and the winner of the Tiny Desk Contest, Gaelynn Lea. The round ended quickly, so we had a bunch of clues left over. Here's how the game works: we'll give the rough opposite of a band's name; you give us the name of the band. For example, if we said VIDEO FEET, you'd say, RADIO HEAD.

In honor of our guests, this final round is music-themed. We've taken the names of bands from the Recording Industry Association of America's list of the 300 best-selling artists of all time, and have replaced them with rough antonyms. For example, if we said "Videofeet," you would answer, "Radiohead."

Heard on Bob Boilen And Gaelynn Lea: What's In Your Tiny Desk?

The Price Was Right

Jun 3, 2016

How much did it cost to build the Titanic? In this game, we describe a piece of historical merchandise. Contestants each guess how much the item cost to buy or build...back then. Whoever comes closest to the historical price without going over gets the point.

Heard on Bob Boilen And Gaelynn Lea: What's In Your Tiny Desk?

The Rest Of The Tiger

Jun 3, 2016

Tigers have plenty of body parts worth singing about, but since 1982, all we've been hearing about is their darn eyes! So we've rewritten Survivor's classic workout montage song, "Eye of the Tiger," to be about other tiger body parts.

Heard on Bob Boilen And Gaelynn Lea: What's In Your Tiny Desk?

Spy Spy Spy

May 20, 2016

Orlando is the primordial soup from which many of the most successful boy bands emerged: The Backstreet Boys, O-Town, and, of course... N*SYNC. In recognition, we have rewritten N*SYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" to be about famous fictional spy spy spies.

Heard on Mike Rowe And NASA Scientists: Dirty Jobs In Spaaace!

See You Later Alligator

May 20, 2016

Florida is home to about 1.5 million alligators, so we've crafted this game around the expression, "See you later, alligator!" Each answer contains a word that ends in ator. See you later, gladiator!

Heard on Mike Rowe And NASA Scientists: Dirty Jobs In Spaaace!

Fantasy Sports

May 20, 2016

We ask contestants to identify sports franchises that share their names with things found in fantasy literature. If we said, "This Florida basketball team is named for the supernatural art studied at Hogwarts," the answer would be "The Orlando Magic." Because this is public radio and sports are hard, they only have to know the fantasy word.

Heard on Mike Rowe And NASA Scientists: Dirty Jobs In Spaaace!

Who Are You Wearing?

May 6, 2016

Our producers went out onto the C2E2 convention floor and asked some cosplayers, "Who are you wearing?" In this game, cosplayers describe their outfit and you have to guess who they are.

Heard on C2E2: Rose McGowan

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It sounds like a Hollywood cliche, but a teenage Rose McGowan was discovered in 1995 on the street corner of Beverly and Sweetzer in Los Angeles. Her "angry girl" demeanor landed McGowan the leading role in Gregg Araki's The Doom Generation, and launched a movie career in films such as Jawbreaker and Grindhouse. On the lighter side, she spent five seasons as the witch Paige on the TV show Charmed.

Stop And Go

May 6, 2016

Red light, green light! Every answer in this final round will contain one of these three words: red, yellow or green.

Heard on C2E2: Rose McGowan

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