Ask Me Another

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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Ask Me Another
10:11 am
Thu April 10, 2014

We Are the Champions

It's often said that winners write history. Well, they also helped us write this game. We'll give you four major award winners—your job? Tell us the name of the prize they share.

Heard in Episode 314: Let's Do This Thing

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11:59 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Blurred Rhymes

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 3:50 pm

Robin Thicke's 2013 song "Blurred Lines" asks, "What rhymes with hug me?" He should have asked guest musician Julian Velard, who sing reworked lyrical clues that answer the question with some blurred rhymes of their own.

Heard in Episode 313: This Birbiglian Life

Ask Me Another
11:59 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Insert Coin Here

Video game characters lead dangerous lives, so they could use our advice on how to stay out of trouble. Identify classic video games based on some helpful tips — before the ghosts get you!

Heard in Episode 313: This Birbiglian Life

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9:49 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Hello, Goodbye

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 11:59 am

We love to say hello to our final round contestants, but we have to say goodbye to those who can't think up famous salutations and valedictions from film and TV. Think quick before "You're fired!"

Heard in Episode 313: This Birbiglian Life

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9:49 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Trivia

"[Father Patterson's] not funny, I'm funny. I should be the priest!"
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 11:59 am

He's known for his stand-up comedy, as well as a particular sleepwalking episode, but asked to play a game on...Catholicism? Holy moly! We quiz him on the Bible and more in this VIP challenge.

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9:49 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Our Delicious Bodies

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 11:59 am

Cannibalism is gross, but admittedly, ladyfinger cakes are delicious. Try not to get too hungry as you think up various foods, all of which have a human body part in their name.

Heard in Episode 313: This Birbiglian Life

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9:57 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Foodie Favorites, Part III: Dessert

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 10:02 am

Start with a musical game that "Sounds Delicious," then find a challenge in "Crisp Game Arenas"— and identify dishes from anagrams. For a palate cleanser, enjoy a final round that is all about water.

Heard in Episode 005: Foodie Favorites

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9:57 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Foodie Favorites, Part II: Dinner

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 10:02 am

Hear Bon Appetit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport dish about his dislike of the term "foodie" and play a game based on fast food Yelp! reviews. Plus, mash up foods and bands at the "Soft Rock Cafe."

Heard in Episode 005: Foodie Favorites

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9:57 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Foodie Favorites, Part I: Brunch

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 10:02 am

Dig in as we revisit "Breakfast Cereal Haiku," a game that puts a poetic spin on your favorite childhood cereals, and "Natalie Portmantoast," in which we mash up celebrities with the names of foods.

Heard in Episode 005: Foodie Favorites

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10:02 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Winter Weather

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 11:39 am

Puzzle guru Art Chung helps our contestants cool off in this Ask Me Another final round, in which all the answers contain the word "frost," "ice," or "snow." Bundle up, it's getting chilly in here!

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

Ask Me Another
10:02 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Nathan Sawaya: Lego My Van Gogh

Lego brick artist Nathan Sawaya in his studio. Can you guess how many bricks he has?
Photo courtesy of brickartist.com

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 2:15 pm

As a kid, artist Nathan Sawaya made a life-size Boxer out of Lego bricks when his parents wouldn't get him a dog. But it took many years before he turned an obsession into a career.

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10:02 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Every End is a New Beginning

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 11:25 am

House musician Jonathan Coulton asks contestants to name words that complete two common phrases, as the last word of one phrase and the first of the other, like "log cabin" and "cabin fever."

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

Ask Me Another
11:20 am
Thu March 13, 2014

The News, According To Huey Lewis

Contestants Karen Sulkis (left) and Jocelyn Draw draw on their mutual love for 1980s pop culture for this Huey Lewis-inspired round.
Jakub Mosur

Ask Me Another: it's strong and it's sudden and it's cruel sometimes, but it might just save your life. Jonathan Coulton twists Huey Lewis & the News' "The Power of Love," into a game about the 1980s.

Heard in Episode 311: Puzzlin' On The Dock of the Bay

Ask Me Another
11:17 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Danny Pudi: What's My One-Liner?

Danny Pudi, at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, where Ask Me Another performed as part of SF Sketchfest, the comedy festival.
Jakub Mosur

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 1:09 pm

  • Danny serenades the grand winner in Polish
  • Danny talks about his documentary, "Untucked"

You might expect that the actor who's brought Community's most idiosyncratic character, Abed, to life, with such skill and empathy must relate to him in some way. Danny Pudi admits that while he's not so similar to his encyclopedically-inclined alter ego (save one incident of lighting himself on fire as a teenager), there is one area in which the actor and the character overlap: their love of film.

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11:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Outta This World

"TYLER'S HOUSE!" This will all make sense once you hear the game. Promise!
Jakub Mosur

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 11:22 am

We're going galactic with this final round. Play along as puzzle guru Art Chung quizzes contestants on some truly extraterrestrial trivia, in which the answers are all things found in outer space.

Plus, V.I.P. Danny Pudi presents the grand winner with a one-of-a-kind prize: a personalized song, sung in Pudi's native Polish.

Heard in Episode 311: Puzzlin' On The Dock Of The Bay

Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Keep It Country

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

We're going around the world for this game, in which every answer contains the name of a country. Puzzle guru John Chaneski stumps our contestants in the shortest Ask Me Another final round ever.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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10:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Product Placement IV

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

What if companies put their products in the titles of films? In this game, combine the names of famous brands and movies to imagine the resulting product placement, like "Some Like It Hot Pockets."

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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10:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

A Family Affair

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

Snap your fingers as Jonathan Coulton performs the The Addams Family theme with the lyrics rewritten to be about other families, both real and fictional. Your job? Tell us what clan we're describing.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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11:50 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Delia Ephron: Tag Line, You're It!

Delia Ephron.
Josh Rogosin

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 11:54 am

"I didn't want to be a writer; I was too scared," says Delia Ephron of her younger self, whose body of work now includes 15 books, seven films (six of which were co-written with her sister Nora), two plays and countless articles. Ephron grew up as part of a powerhouse family of writers — her parents were successful screenwriters, and her sisters Nora, Amy and Hallie all became writers too ... eventually.

"Everyone knew they had to do it but couldn't face it," she told Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg of the family destiny.

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11:42 am
Thu February 13, 2014

That's A-L-L, Folks

To wrap up the show, puzzle guru Greg Pliska asks our finalists to give it their "a-l-l," and think up answers that contain those letters in consecutive order. Unlike Porky Pig, however, contestants have to reach deep into their trivia brains to make sure they don't come up with any fa-l-lacies!

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11:40 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Presidential Monster Hunter

Did you see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? Well, Honest Abe wasn't the only Commander-in-Chief to fight the supernatural. In this game, we ask you to imagine other films that might depict presidents and the mythological creatures they fought, like George Washington: Dinosaur Hunter. Who knew that the father of our country was fighting T. Rex as well as Rex Anglie (The King of England)?

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11:09 am
Thu January 30, 2014

W. Kamau Bell: After 'Totally Biased,' What's Next?

W. Kamau Bell.
Matthias Clamer Courtesy of FX

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 5:30 am

  • W. Kamau Bell, heckled by Barbara Walters: hear the story

Imagine stepping offstage from performing your one-man comedy show in a tiny black box theater to find none other than Chris Rock waiting for you backstage. If you're W. Kamau Bell, then you've lived it.

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11:07 am
Thu January 30, 2014

AM/PM

From morning until night, Ask Me Another contestants are always working on their puzzling skills. In this final round, puzzle guru Art Chung asks our contestants to come up with two-word phrases or proper nouns that have either the initials AM or PM. It's Positively Mesmerizing!

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11:07 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Jacko Of All Trades

Did you know that Grammy Award-winning musician Michael Jackson was also a word nerd? In this challenge, host Ophira Eisenberg leads our phone contestant through questions whose answers are all titles of Jacko's greatest hits. As far as trivia games go, you can't "Beat It"!

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Ask Me Another
10:55 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Vowelling Off

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 11:17 am

In this paean to final rounds everywhere, puzzle guru Greg Pliska acts as liaison between contestants and their hope of squeaking their way toward becoming grand prize winner. How many words in your oeuvre contain three vowels in a row? This paragraph is riddled with them, for starters.

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10:55 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Elizabeth Gilbert: An Adventurer Travels Back In Time

Elizabeth Gilbert.
Jennifer Schatten

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 5:17 am

"I wrote for and about men," says author Elizabeth Gilbert, of her early career as a journalist for GQ, Esquire and Spin. "Which is why it's so ironic that now I am the uber chick lit author."

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10:55 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Job Search

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 11:18 am

What was your first minimum-wage job? Was it as a house musician on a public radio quiz show? The hardworking Jonathan Coulton covers tunes by the likes of Lady Gaga and Elton John, but replaces the rather glamorous jobs in the lyrics with different, and perhaps more attainable, professions.

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12:02 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Happy Geek Colors

Potter and designer Jonathan Adler takes to the puzzle podium for his Ask Me Another challenge.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 4:28 pm

Host Ophira Eisenberg puts designer Jonathan Adler in the puzzle hot seat for a quiz all about how certain colors got their name. Does the guy who coined the word "chambeige" know which color is named after a desert-dwelling animal that also gives its hair to make overcoats? Find out.

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10:49 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Homophones To Phone Home About

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 4:28 pm

What would you call a type of neck-wear worn while participating in a form of exercise founded by Billy Blanks? A "Tae Bo-bow tie"! In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg offers clues to phrases or compound words that change meaning when the words are reversed.

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10:49 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Colorful Names

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 4:28 pm

What do Vanna White, James Brown, and Ron Burgundy have in common? In this final round, puzzle guru Art Chung asks you to identify famous people or fictional characters who has a color in their name.

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