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NPR's exciting 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.

Grooving Mountains

Apr 7, 2016

Jonathan Coulton reworks "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to be about things that aren't high enough. Just kidding, this game is about real and fictional mountains.

Heard on Jason Jones: Comfy Bunny Hug

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Movie Mistakes

Apr 7, 2016

Some moviegoers demystify movie magic by pointing out plot holes. In this game, we'll read you an actual movie mistake posted on IMDB — that's the Internet Movie DataBase — and you tell us the movie.

Heard on Jason Jones: Comfy Bunny Hug

Jason Jones: Comfy Bunny Hug

Apr 7, 2016

When comedian Jason Jones' children asked about the birds and the bees, he responded, "Well, what do you think?" They answered, "I think [the seed] goes in through the forehead...and a baby comes out mommy's tummy scar."

"[My wife Samantha Bee and I] had to correct that," Jones explains to Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

Meet The Expert: Hailey Gates

Mar 24, 2016

Our expert Hailey Gates is a writer, producer, and host of the Viceland TV series "States of Undress," where she covers fashion weeks in some unlikely places. Traveling around the world to locales such as Pakistan, the Gaza Strip, and the Republic of Congo, Gates found that there are familiar aspects to fashion weeks everywhere. "It's kind of a beacon of hope," Gates tells Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY. "Fashion weeks tend to be places of refuge for outsiders."

Horror Minus Horror

Mar 24, 2016

Horror movies are designed to scare the pants off of you...but we think the real world is scary enough already. We've rewritten the plots of horror movies and REMOVED all the horror elements.

Heard on Wyatt Cenac: Pop Culture Fights

The Produce Section

Mar 24, 2016

In this final round, each answer contains an item that you might find in your supermarket's produce section. For example, "This satirical newspaper's motto is Latin for 'you are dumb,'" is "The Onion."

Heard on Wyatt Cenac: Pop Culture Fights

Everyday Portmanteaus

Mar 10, 2016

For this final round, every answer is a portmanteau — that's a word created when two words, and their meanings, are combined. Like our favorite meal of the day, brunch!

Heard on Mark And Jay Duplass: 'They Give Us Blazers!'

In 2003, Mark and Jay Duplass decided to make a $3 movie — the cost of a mini-DVR tape from a nearby 7-Eleven — which resulted in a short film called "This Is John." The short, about a guy trying to create an outgoing message on his answering machine, was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival and quickly launched the careers of the Duplass Brothers.

You're The First, The Last, My Everything

Mar 10, 2016

Named after Barry White's classic song about alphabetizing, of course. In this game, we give our contestants a category (for example, the cast of Friends) and ask what comes alphabetically FIRST and alphabetically LAST.

Heard on Mark And Jay Duplass: 'They Give Us Blazers!'

Disruptive Spelling

Mar 3, 2016

Hulu — can you use that in a sentence please? Our spelling-bee-style final round is an actual spelling bee! We ask our contestants to spell the names of notable app and tech companies.

Heard on Sketchfest 2016: Phil Johnston, Steve Sansweet and Mo Willems

After working as a regional weatherman at a northern Midwest station for nine years, Phil Johnston concluded that he didn't know a single thing about the weather. Rather, his forecast read "film school." Johnston took a chance and pursued his passions by enrolling at University of Columbia's MFA film program. Today, you've seen his work in Cedar Rapids, Disney's Wreck-it Ralph and Zootopia, and in Sacha Baron Cohen's The Brothers Grimsby.

The Rainbow Connection

Mar 3, 2016

Inspired by the rainbow flag, this game features answers that are a mashup of two things, connected by a color, such as the fictional Oprah Winfrey/Prince film, "The Color Purple Rain."

Heard on Sketchfest 2016: Phil Johnston, Steve Sansweet and Mo Willems

We found a t-shirt online for Arkansas that said "If Kansas Was A Pirate." In this game, contestants guess the U.S. state from a captions from an actual T-shirts for sale on online.

Heard on Adrian Tomine: Cover Me

Who's The Boss

Feb 18, 2016

30 Rock's Liz Lemon. Who's her boss? In this final round, we name fictional employees and ask for the boss best associated with that characters.

Heard on Adrian Tomine: Cover Me

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A Store By Any Other Name

Feb 18, 2016

We head to the mall with nothing but a debit card and a thesaurus. We read clues in which the name of a popular retailer is replaced with a synonym and asked our contestants for the real store name.

Heard on Adrian Tomine: Cover Me

America The Foodiful

Jan 27, 2016

Buffalo wings, California rolls and baked Alaska⎯don't listen to this game on an empty stomach! In this final round, all of the answers are a food or drink that has an American geographic location in its name.

Heard in George Takei: Oh Myyy

Oh Myyy (With George Takei)

Jan 27, 2016

Not only does VIP George Takei have one of the best catchphrases around, but he's also a fan of wordplay. We put the two together for a special game where every answer begins with his signature saying "Oh Myyy" and is mashed up with something that starts with the "my" sound.

Heard in George Takei: Oh Myyy

Teenage Theme

Jan 27, 2016

Listeners, you make us feel like we're living a teenage dream. In a tribute to the Katy Perry song, we ask contestants to channel their inner teen and guess the less romantic teenage things we're singing about

Heard in George Takei: Oh Myyy

Famous Sons

Jan 13, 2016

From Jackie Robinson to Emma Watson, there are a lot of famous "sons" out there. In this final round, every answer is the name of a real or fictional person whose last name ends with the letters S-O-N.

Heard in Taran Killam: The Day Before Sunday In Real Time

Be Positive

Jan 13, 2016

Ever notice that "inscrutable" is a word, but "scrutable" is not? This game is about words that exist in a negative form without a common positive partner.

Heard in Taran Killam: The Day Before Sunday In Real Time

The Day Before Sunday in Real Time

Jan 13, 2016

Taran Killam was a fan of Saturday Night Live years before he joined the ensemble cast in 2010. Since then, he has graced the famous Studio 8H as 18th-century newspaper critic Jebidiah Atkinson, Matthew McConaughey and Robyn, among others.

The Rites Of Springfield

Jan 13, 2016

There are more than 35 places named Springfield in America, all of them wonderful in their own unique way. But the most famous Springfield is the fictional one where The Simpsons is set. In this game, we imagine that Simpsons characters have moved to a real Springfield somewhere in the United States. Contestants tell us which U.S state we're talking about.

Heard in Taran Killam: The Day Before Sunday In Real Time

Unpresidentially Yours

Jan 7, 2016

This game is a celebration of democracy... and the never-ending presidential election cycle. Candidates travel around the country talking to voters, the press, and babies. It's fraught with peril, because at any moment, a candidate could say the one thing that dooms his or her presidential hopes. Guess which electoral hopefuls uttered these unfortunate quotations.

Heard in David Cross: Increasingly Poor Decisions

When actor David Cross found out that IFC wanted to renew his cult TV show, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, for a third season after a gap of four years, he was incredulous. "I [was] like, 'How? How can there be a third season? The whole world blows up,'" Cross told guest host Faith Salie on the Ask Me Another stage in Brooklyn. "I said out of professional common courtesy that I'd approach the writers...

Some Of The Small Things

Jan 7, 2016

For this game we turn a very complicated song into a very complicated game. House musician Jonathan Coulton sings our version of Blink 182's "All the Small Things," which is about...yes, small things.

Heard in David Cross: Increasingly Poor Decisions

Sounds Like A Good Book

Jan 7, 2016

Lord of the Flies becomes Ruler of the Winged Insects in this final round where every correct answer is one of Modern Library's Top 100 English Language Novels of All Time. As a clue, we give a phrase that's synonymous, or nearly synonymous, with the title.

Heard in David Cross: Increasingly Poor Decisions

Snack Time!

Dec 24, 2015

Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano and co-star Emilio Delgado joins us to play "The Muppets in Your Neighborhood." Then, the two serenade our audience with the Sesame Street classic, "Hola!" Our next game, "Name That Candy Bar," is sure to make your mouth water. Then make sure to warm up your thumbs for our Ask Me One More Final Round, "Initial This," about texting abbreviations.

Heard in Kids' Favorites!

Arts And Crafts!

Dec 24, 2015

We welcome an unusual VIP to the studio (he couldn't make it to a live taping). Host Ophira Eisenberg, house musician Jonathan Coulton, and puzzle editor Art Chung quiz an 8-and-a-half-year-old fan who's a precocious superhero expert. Then "Be Our Guest" and sing along in "The Disney Wrongbook" before we break out the crayons for "Color Me Badd."

Heard in Kids' Favorites!

Recess!

Dec 24, 2015

Host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton ring the bell for recess and take classic games to the next level in "Playground Nationals." Then contestants make some of the silliest sounds ever heard on the Ask Me Another stage in a game called "What's That Sound?"

Heard in Kids' Favorites!

And So It Goes

Dec 10, 2015

Panda, Dandruff and Chandelier. What do these words all have in common? In this Final Round, all answers are words or names that contain the common conjunction "and" in them.

Heard on Ellie Kemper: Good Day, Ellie

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