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Ophira Eisenberg

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.

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8:09 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Battle of The Silver Screen Sexes

This final round game is all about movies with either "man" or "woman" in the title, like Rain Man and Scent of a Woman. Who will be the last man or woman standing?

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

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8:09 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Disconsolate Consonants

Why are these consonants so gloomy? Because they're all alone. Each answer is a word with just one consonant. For example, the letter D is surrounded by vowels in a French word meaning goodbye: adieu.

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

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8:09 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Instrument Man

Sing us a song you're the... Glockenspiel Man? House musician Jonathan Coulton sings Billy Joel's "Piano Man" with the lyrics rewritten to be about a musical dude jamming out on other instruments.

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

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10:31 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Animal Instincts

John Cameron Mitchell (left) with grand winner Margaret Bortner, post face-painting.
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Redemption is nigh for returning contestants who have reached the final round. Whose instincts about names containing animals (Snoop Dogg) will lead to victory? Plus, Very Important Puzzler John Cameron Mitchell delivers a one-of-a-kind prize to the grand winner: He agrees to paint her face like the character Tommy Gnosis, from his Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Heard in Episode 327: Second Chances

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10:31 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Step up to the mound — every answer in this game is a word, phrase or proper noun that also contains a baseball term. Catch my drift?

Heard in Episode 327: Second Chances

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10:31 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Worst. Vacation. Ever.

The world's a lonely planet, so why not turn to the Internet to figure out which spots need company. Try to guess which famous landmarks are depicted in these less-than-positive TripAdvisor reviews.

Heard in Episode 327: Second Chances

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10:58 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Passionate Proclamations With Gilbert Gottfried

"Every time something pops in my head, I think twice about it and I do it anyway." - Gilbert Gottfried.
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Gilbert Gottfried likes his comedy with a side of something dangerous.

"I think an audience - like when they go to a horror movie or get on a rollercoaster - they want that feeling like they're going to die," he said. "And then [they] get off and everything's okay. And I think when they see a comic they want to feel like something bad could happen. And with me, something bad is happening, because they spent money to see me."

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9:33 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Cultured Film Quotes

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 10:58 am

We love low-brow film, but every once in a while, we crave high culture. In this game, we've classed up a few famous movie quotes with the names of important historical figures: "I'll be Bach."

Heard in Episode 326: Too Soon

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9:33 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Everything But The 'Y'

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 10:58 am

There are words... and then there are super words! Supervocalics are words that include each of the vowels A, E, I, O and U, like "tambourine." All of the answers in this game share this special power.

Heard in Episode 326: Too Soon

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9:33 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Rap It Up

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 10:58 am

We're wrapping up the show with a game featuring the letters R-A-P. All answers contain those letters in consecutive order. For example, "a long-haired lady in fairy tales" is "Rapunzel."

Heard in Episode 326: Too Soon

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11:41 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Double Trouble

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 4:28 pm

What do LL Cool J and e. e. cummings have in common? Not only could both spit a mean verse, their names also both begin with a double letter, as do all of the answers in this final round game.

Heard in Episode 325: What's The Magic Word?

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11:41 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Celebrity Sightings

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 4:28 pm

Celebrities: they're just like us! They shop in malls, eat fast food and play word games. In this round, mash up chain stores or restaurants with celebrity names, like "Betty White Castle."

Heard in Episode 325: What's The Magic Word?

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11:41 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Get Geeky

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 4:28 pm

If you're a fan of nerdy hobbies, then today's your lucky day! Julian Velard breaks out the vocoder and sings the Daft Punk song "Get Lucky" with the lyrics rewritten to be about geeky activities.

Heard in Episode 325: What's The Magic Word?

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11:41 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Bachelor Of Yarrts

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 4:28 pm

Our Ask Me Another linguistic team figured out how to sound like a pirate: simply put a "Y" in front of words that starts with "A-R." Yarr! How many buccaneer words can you guess?

Heard in Episode 325: What's The Magic Word?

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10:16 am
Thu August 14, 2014

The Loneliest Number

The loneliest number is one, of course! Every answer in this final round contains the letters "O-N-E" in consecutive order. Who will prove to be our ONE and only champion?

Heard in Episode 324: His Dark Material

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10:16 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Scrabble City

Scrabble doesn't allow proper nouns, but we're rebels who laugh at their "rules." This game gives hints about cities along with their Scrabble point values. For 19 points, what's the capital of Arizona?

Heard in Episode 324: His Dark Material

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10:16 am
Thu August 14, 2014

It's Elementary

We hope you're "in your element" for this quiz, because every answer contains the name of an element from the periodic table.

Heard in Episode 324: His Dark Material

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11:35 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Can I Kick It? No, You Can't

Listen, we're not your parents. We're not about to tell you what you can and can't do. Besides, the songs in this game, all of which contain the word "can't" in the title, take care of that for us.

Heard in Episode 323: Smitten With The Mitten State

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10:38 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Sem-ANN-tics

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 11:35 am

Don't get too annoyed with this final round. Like "annoyed," every answer contains the consecutive letters "A-N-N" somewhere within it. This game separates the canniest from the wannabes.

Heard in Episode 323: Smitten With The Mitten State

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10:38 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Luke Song: Hat's Entertainment!

Luke Song.
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Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 1:01 pm

Millinery seems like a brilliant career choice, right? Everybody's got a head.

But for Luke Song, the owner of Mr. Song Millinery outside Detroit, it happened by accident. "I wanted to be an artist, but I went the route of biochemistry. A typical route," he told Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg. He quit overnight and went to art school, but still never considered hat design, the chosen profession of his South Korean immigrant parents.

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10:38 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Movie Math

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 11:35 am

If Pythagoras were alive today, we think he'd be a movie buff. Multiply your film knowledge by your math skills in this quiz that asks you to perform computations with the numbers in movie titles.

Heard in Episode 323: Smitten With The Mitten State

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10:19 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Patriotic Language

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 12:11 pm

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.

Heard in Episode 322: A Primate Example

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10:19 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Fair-Weather Friends

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 12:11 pm

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!

Heard in Episode 322: A Primate Example

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10:19 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Place That Band

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 12:11 pm

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.

Heard in Episode 322: A Primate Example

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10:37 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Really Hard Edition 2: Part 1

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:49 am

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.

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10:37 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Really Hard Edition 2: Part 3

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:53 am

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 Radiolab 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."

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10:37 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Really Hard Edition 2: Part 2

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:52 am

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."

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10:07 am
Thu July 10, 2014

The 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?

Heard in Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat

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9:57 am
Thu July 10, 2014

The Soundgarden Of Music

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:07 am

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: Kanye West Side Story.

Heard in Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat

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9:57 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Doug Liman: Action Speaks Louder

Doug Liman.
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Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:07 am

Since his earliest films, director Doug Liman has been a rule breaker. He shot Swingers in increasing order of what scenes were most likely to get him arrested. When he made The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Liman treated the multi-million dollar productions like a film school, figuring out every last detail out on the fly.

And in his latest film, Edge of Tomorrow, Liman stays true to that belief, as he cast Tom Cruise in a role he's never taken on before: an inept, cowardly soldier.

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