Ask Me Another

  • Hosted by 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.

Hooded figures drift in the dog park, which one is never supposed to enter. A desert pier goes nowhere. Stay away from wheat, and wheat by-products. Welcome to Night Vale.

Just Because

Feb 26, 2015

What famous spy likes his martinis shaken, not stirred? Every answer for this final round is the name of a person or fictional character with the initials JB.

Heard in All Hail The Might Quiz Show

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

N-E-R-D Alert

Feb 26, 2015

Be on the lookout for 'banner drops,' 'dinner dates' and other words, names and phrases that have the letters N-E-R-D in order.

Heard in All Hail The Might Quiz Show

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

The World Makes Money Go Round

Feb 26, 2015

What Swiss currency buys you exactly one hot dog? A Frank! Play this game for more international currency puns.

Heard in All Hail The Might Quiz Show

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Off The Rack

Feb 12, 2015

Proofreading matters! We've changed magazine titles by one letter to make them appealing to an even more niche audience. Maybe sip a margarita while browsing Lime Magazine?

Heard In The Pigeon Is On A Game Show!

Movies That Really Stink

Feb 12, 2015

The fur flies in this final round as contestants go ape trying to guess movies that have the names of animals in their titles. Who will Chicken Run their way to victory?

Heard In The Pigeon Is On A Game Show!

Mo Willems: Sunny Day

Feb 12, 2015

A botched job interview wound up landing Willems a gig on Sesame Street, where he stayed for a decade.

"I preferred writing for children because there are no cultural modifiers," he said. "The Eiffel Tower doesn't mean anything. Rock groups. Cars. It was easy for me to write about love and jealousy. Counting to 40 and the alphabet are my palette."

Will an Ask Me Another Challenge about the legendary show turn Willems into a giggling Ernie, or Oscar the Grouch?

What's Your Number?

Feb 12, 2015

Who is Count Von Count's favorite rapper? Two-pac! Ah, ah, ah! Guess the Count's other favorite celebrities--they all have numbers in their names, like Ernest Borg-nine and Harrison Four-d.

Heard In The Pigeon Is On A Game Show!

For New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer's debut young adult novel, Belzhar, there wasn't much of a difference between writing for adults and teenagers. Save for shorter paragraphs and fewer tangents. "You have to be the writer that you always are," she explained to Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg.

What's the best piece of trivia you learned this week? Share it with us on Facebook orTwitter, and we'll figure out whether it's true or false.

Did David Bowie really invent Connect Four? Or did our listener completely make this up? Find out in the latest edition of The Best Piece of Trivia You Learned This Week.

Heard in Teen Angstagrams

This Old House

Feb 5, 2015

All of the answers in this round contain the name of a room, piece of furniture or item that is commonly found in a house. So don't forget your loofa for the bridal shower.

Heard in Teen Angstagrams

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

Bureaucracy In Action

Feb 5, 2015

"Acting Associate Administrator for Administration for the Maritime Administration" is a fake government job, right? Well, try fitting these titles on a business card, because some are actually real.

Heard in Teen Angstagrams

The Hills Are Alive

Jan 22, 2015

Every correct answer contains the letters H-I-L-L. What phrase metaphorically refers to a fatal weak spot? If you slay this round, then perhaps you don't have one of these when it comes to trivia.

Heard in 'Til Death Metal Do Us Part

The Actor Factor

Jan 22, 2015

Stars sell movies. Be honest: would you rather watch Snakes on a Plane or "Snakes on a John Wayne"? In this game, contestants replace words in movie titles with rhyming celebrity names.

Heard in 'Til Death Metal Do Us Part

State Of Mind

Jan 22, 2015

Get on that midnight train to...North Korea?? Guess what US state actually completes these lyrics as Jonathan Coulton sings famous songs with the wrong geographic regions in their titles.

Heard in 'Til Death Metal Do Us Part

Cookie Monster Vocals

Jan 8, 2015

Some death metal singers have a gravelly voice known as "Cookie Monster vocals." However, in this game we focus on Cookie Monster's habit of confusing "I" with "me," and convert pop songs to Cookie's grammatical tendencies--so, a certain Beatles hit becomes "Me Want to Hold Your Hand."

Heard in Stark Raving Mad

Bad Information

Jan 8, 2015

In this final round, the answers are words, phrases and names that contain the letters "b-a-d" in order. Listen sharply, though, and the outcome will be g-o-o-d for you.

Heard in Stark Raving Mad

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

Comparatively Speaking

Jan 8, 2015

A comparative adjective is a word used to compare two things, such as "I am hairier than the puzzle guru." This game is about nouns that only seem like they're comparative adjectives because they end in the letters i-e-r. What might you call a high chest of drawers with a more delicate whipped texture? A "chiffon-ier chiffonier."

Heard in Stark Raving Mad

Ho Ho Ho

Dec 18, 2014

In this final round, every correct answer will start with a jolly "Ho!" sound. Which goalkeeper has won two Olympic medals with the U.S. women's soccer team? That would be Ho Ho Hope Solo!

Heard in Holiday Spectacular 2014

All I Don't Want For Christmas

Dec 18, 2014

Warm up your vocal chords and join in singing some holiday tunes with the songwriting duo from Disney's Frozen, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The Oscar-winning husband-and-wife musical team has written some of the all-time catchiest tunes about winter, and on a previous episode of Ask Me Another, graciously lent their voices to a rewritten version of "Let It Go."

Chappy Cholidays

Dec 18, 2014

All answers in this round start with the letter "h", but we want you to pronounce them with that back-of-the-throat "ch" sound, in honor of the "ch" in "Chanukah." Have a lozenge or two ready.

Heard in Holiday Spectacular 2014

We'll Always Be Royals

Dec 9, 2014

The most popular lord of the 21st century is a teenage pop star from New Zealand who spells her name "L-o-r-d-e." We've rewritten her hit song "Royals" to be about famous royalty, both real and fictional.

Heard in Coupe De Grace.

What's the best piece of trivia you learned this week? Share it with us on Facebook or Twitter, and we'll figure out whether it's true or false.

After World War II, did Idaho really airlift beavers around the state using parachutes? Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton debate the premise before revealing the truth.

I Definitely Not Before E

Dec 4, 2014

Sometimes words like to break the rules. Every answer in this final round contains the letters "E" and "I" in that order, with complete disregard for the "I before E except after C" rule!

Heard in Coupe De Grace.

A-Plus

Dec 4, 2014

In this game we'll give certain words an A! For instance, if you give a purple fruit an A, you get what confident word? "Aplomb." All the answers will start with "A" and involve terrible wordplay.

Heard in Coupe De Grace.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

Answers So Nice, They Named Them Twice

Nov 13, 2014

They call New York, New York, "the city so nice, they named it twice," and that's the theme for this game. All answers will be phrases that feature repeated words or names.

Heard in Episode 402: The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

Fictional Illnesses

Nov 13, 2014

R2-D2-berculosis? In this game, we've mashed up the names of fictional comic, sci-fi and fantasy characters with medical diseases or conditions. Welcome to the hypochondriac's Comic Con.

Heard in Episode 402: The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

One Letter Away From Fame

Nov 13, 2014

Take a single letter away from a celebrity's name and he's transformed. If the star of World War Z lost a letter in his first name, he becomes a piece of lingerie: "Bra Pitt."

Heard in Episode 402: The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

Load Of B.S.

Nov 6, 2014

Don't worry, this is a G-rated game. The answers will be people and things with the initials B.S., like "baby shower." Then, VIP Ethan Hawke serenades the winner live on the Ask Me Another stage.

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

Cinema Snacks

Nov 6, 2014

If you think the best part of going to the movies is the popcorn and candy, this game is for you! All the answers are mash-ups of movie titles and names of foods, like "Children of the Corned Beef."

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

Pages