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.

Why You Buggin'?

Jul 30, 2015

It's summertime, and you know what that means: lots of time outside, and lots of bug bites to go with it. Grab your DEET-free bug spray for this final round — every answer here is an insect, arthropod, or arachnid.

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

First Day Of Camp

Jul 30, 2015

Candy Crush

Jul 30, 2015

Sweet, dude. Celebrities get the sugar rush-treatment in this mashup game that combines your favorite candies with well-known people. Which rap & rock star shouts "Bawitdaba!" as he battles the tart, acidic flavor of his favorite chewy candy?

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

Yo Yo Yo!

Jul 30, 2015

Put on your best New York accent and get ready to shout along with this game — all the answers begin with the letters Y-O. Because, you know, YOLO.

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

Show Me First

Jul 23, 2015

In this final round, it's not all about you--in fact, it's all about "M-E." In honor of our visit to the Show Me State, every answer begins with these two letters. What's a three-letter slang word used to express a lack of interest or enthusiasm?

Heard in Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades of Jane

Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades Of Jane

Jul 23, 2015

Author and St. Louis resident Curtis Sittenfeld is best known for her first novel Prep, which was published when she was only 29. Ten years later, Sittenfeld thinks the novel still holds up. "There's plenty of horrible things I've written before and since, but I stand by Prep. If I hadn't written it, I'd still enjoy reading it," Sittenfeld told host Ophira Eisenberg on the stage of the Pageant in St. Louis.

True or false — Ho Chi Minh invented Boston Cream Pie? Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton find out.

Heard in Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades of Jane

Forget This Mother Father Game

Jul 9, 2015

Oh, bleep! When R-rated movies go to network TV, some of their saltiest language is dubbed out in favor of less impassioned — and more hilarious --alternatives. Can you identify the famous film by its redubbed iconic line? "Pardon my French, but you're an aardvark!"

Heard in Jim Gaffigan: The Dad Bod Diet

Tasty Sayings

Jul 9, 2015

Everyone loves food, so naturally, many English idioms involve edible delicacies. We've put a literal spin on some of these yummy sayings — what's "a lazy tuber sprouting on the upholstered piece of furniture intended to seat multiple people"?

Heard in Jim Gaffigan: The Dad Bod Diet

According to Jim (Gaffigan)

Jul 9, 2015

In his new TV Land show The Jim Gaffigan Show, Gaffigan plays a version of himself. That is, he plays a stand-up comedian raising five kids in a small two bedroom New York City apartment. But how autobiographical is it actually? "I'm better looking in real life," Gaffigan told Ophira Eisenberg on stage at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Joining him was his wife Jeannie, who is also a writer and executive producer on the show.

"We do have five kids," Jeannie Gaffigan said. "And we do live in Manhattan, and we definitely did the two bedroom apartment [with them]."

Spell My Name

Jul 9, 2015

G-L-O-R-I-A! Gloria! You know that Van Morrison song-- we've improved it by rewriting the lyrics to describe other women, real and fictional, whose first names have six letters and end in "i-a." Warm up your vocal cords and croon along!

Heard in Jim Gaffigan: The Dad Bod Diet

I Want My Puzzle Back

Jul 1, 2015

Even if you've never set foot in a Chili's, you know their classic jingle. In this game, contestants are given clues to three-syllable things that rhyme with "back." Could you go for some Kraft microwavable elbow-shaped noodles in cheese sauce? "I want my Easy Mac, Easy Mac, Easy Mac."

Heard in Results May Vary

Celebrity Foods

Jul 1, 2015

In this punny round, contestants are described famous people who have food as part or all of their last names. For example: "Wesley Crusher had to leave when the Enterprise went gluten-free and no one would stand by this actor." Answer: Wil Wheaton.

Heard in Results May Vary

Don't Be So Literal

Jul 1, 2015

We describe film titles literally, like the 1999 film Richard III, Louis XIV and Tutankhamen, aka Three Kings.

Heard in Results May Vary

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Melted

Jun 11, 2015

In this final round, contestants must guess the correct movie titles upon hearing their opposite wording. For example: 'Melted' would be the opposite of the movie Frozen.

Heard in They Might Be Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

Fields Of This

Jun 11, 2015

They Might Be Giants join Jonathan Coulton in ruining the Sting song 'Fields of Gold' by singing about other elements on the periodic table.

Heard in They Might Be Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

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Goodfellas

Jun 11, 2015

All the answers are real people who, although they were never in the Mob, could be considered "good fellas" because they have the word "Good" in their name.

Heard in They Might Be Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

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Wardrobe Of Games

May 27, 2015

For this final round, every answer contains an article of clothing or wardrobe accessory. So if we said, "colorful wasps sometimes mistaken for bees," the answer would be "yellow jackets."

Heard in Veep of the Rings

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Give 'Em The Go-Ahead

May 27, 2015

We all remember Clint Eastwood's character Dirty Harry and his famous line, "Go ahead, make my day." In this game, contestants deliver that line... Ask Me Another-style. So go ahead, make our pâté.

Heard in Veep of the Rings

I'm Quitting The Band

May 27, 2015

It's hard to keep a good rock band together; you're always losing members. In this game, we take the names of famous bands and drop a letter to make a whole new band. For instance, a "Seven Nation Army" couldn't stop The White Strips from selling out to a Crest bleaching product.

Heard in Veep of the Rings

Veep Of The Rings

May 27, 2015

In this game, VIP Anna Chlumsky is quizzed about something near and dear to her heart — Lord of the Rings. And just like Frodo had Samwise to help him on his quest, Anna brings along a friend to join her onstage.

Heard in Veep of the Rings

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.

Heard in A Mad Men Endgame

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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."

Heard in A Mad Men Endgame

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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"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."

Heard in Quiz Me The Way I Am

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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.

Heard in Quiz Me The Way I Am

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."

Heard in Quiz Me The Way I Am

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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!

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