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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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10:02 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Answers So Nice, They Named Them Twice

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 12:31 pm

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

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10:02 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Fictional Illnesses

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 12:31 pm

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

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10:02 am
Thu November 13, 2014

One Letter Away From Fame

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 12:31 pm

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

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10:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Load Of B.S.

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

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10:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Cinema Snacks

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

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10:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Rick Rolling

House musician Jonathan Coulton gives Rick Astley a run for his money. Donning a turtleneck and trench coat, he sings "Never Gonna Give You Up" with the lyrics changed to be about other famous Ricks.

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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10:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Accentuate The Positive

What do Beyoncé, André the Giant, and a soufflé have in common? Why, the accents in their names, bien sûr! The answers in this final round will be words, names, or phrases containing an accent.

Heard in Episode 329: Lake Street Dive Bar Trivia

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10:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Very Confused TV Guide

Have you ever been perplexed by the on-screen guide descriptions of your favorite TV shows? Us too. We serve up descriptions of shows, whose titles have been taken perhaps a bit too literally.

Heard in Episode 329: Lake Street Dive Bar Trivia

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10:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

IQ Test

These words, names, and phrases contain the letters "IQ" consecutively somewhere inside of them. Does this somewhat oblique game pique your interest?

Heard in Episode 329: Lake Street Dive Bar Trivia

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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

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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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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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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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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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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