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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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 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."

Ask Me Another
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."

Ask Me Another
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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10:07 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.
Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images

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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9:57 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Nice Outfit

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

We're not sure if Prince would be into a girl wearing a "Raspberry Foulard." In this game, we've replaced songs featuring articles of clothing and accessories with more hilarious ones.

Heard in Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat

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11:31 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Abumrad And Krulwich: Lab Partners Forever

Jad and Robert: the Jay-Z and Beyoncé of public radio.
Steve McFarland

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 1:28 pm

  • Jad and Robert on their first impressions and a never-ending argument

Although the on-air chemistry between Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, hosts of WNYC's Radiolab, is a big reason for their show's success, their initial collaborations were not so smooth. They first met when Krulwich ripped up Abumrad's script for a fundraising promo and then proceeded to improvise a new one — somehow mentioning aliens in the process. The pair soon began to meet for weekly breakfasts to chat about science and other worldly matters, and from that the beginnings of Radiolab emerged.

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11:28 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Just Sit Right Back

They Might Be Giants and Jonathan Coulton believe that modern-day dramas need some theme song love, too.
Steve McFarland

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 1:30 pm

It used to be that a TV theme song told an entire show's premise. Lately, all you get is a wordless ditty. In this game, we've rewritten the lyrics to classic TV tunes to be about modern-day dramas.

Plus, They Might Be Giants perform a new song, "Hate The Villanelle," live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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11:24 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Rule of Three

Contestants Micaela Blei and Krissa Corbett Cavouras share a hug after a thrilling final round game.
Steve McFarland

It's said that all good things come in threes — which is why this final round is all about three-word groupings that always go together. Go! Fight! Win! Three cheers for this week's champion.

Heard in Episode 320: We Might Be Giant Nerds

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11:31 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Compound Fractures

Compound words combine shorter ones, like "milkshake." The answers in this game seem compound, but aren't: you get a floor covering ("carpet") by combining a vehicle (car) with the family dog (pet).

Heard in Episode 319: Two Can Slay That Game

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9:11 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Emily The Puzzle Slayer

Through the wonders of technology, actor Tom Lenk — who played Andrew on Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- serves as V.I.P. Emily Nussbaum's lifeline during her quiz at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 11:31 am

We quiz Emily Nussbaum, TV critic for The New Yorker, on her favorite show: Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Why Buffy?

"Buffy was the first show that I actually became a deranged fan that would frighten the people involved with the show," said Nussbaum.

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9:05 am
Thu June 12, 2014

P.S. I Love You

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 11:31 am

The final round is a postscript to our show, so in this game, we took that idea literally: all the answers are two-word names or phrases with the initials "P.S." Which gal "got married" in a 1986 film?

Heard in Episode 319: Two Can Slay That Game

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9:05 am
Thu June 12, 2014

I Sense A Theme Music

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 11:31 am

Who could forget Celine Dion's Titanic's love anthem, "My Heart Will Go On"? We wish we could. In this game, identify movies from their famous soundtrack moments.

Heard in Episode 319: Two Can Slay That Game

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11:05 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Taking A Vowel Of Poverty

In this final round, all answers are words that contain three or more of a single vowel—and only that vowel. Strap on your bikinis and muumuus, and crank up the Bananarama!

Heard in Episode 318: O'Brother, Where Art Thou Quiz Show?

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11:05 am
Thu May 29, 2014

John Turturro: Walken On Sunshine

John Turturro turns to his wife, actress Katherine Borowitz, for help during a quiz about the legendary Christopher Walken, on stage at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 11:33 am

Turturro is a star in his own right, but he and his wife, actress Katherine Borowitz play a game about fellow thespian Christopher Walken. We've got a fever, and the only prescription is more trivia!

Plus, hear house musician Jonathan Coulton playfully cover Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis."

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11:05 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Fuhgeddaboutdit!

The Spice Girls are comprised of Sporty, Posh, Scary, Ginger and...? We'll tell you all the members of a certain category, except one. Give us your Brooklyn accent and call us out on the one we forgot.

Heard in Episode 318: O'Brother, Where Art Thou Quiz Show?

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3:47 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Nick Names

Many celebrities are better known by their monikers, like George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr. or Jennifer "J. Lo." Lopez. In this game, we created nicknames for people who already have the name "Nick." Do you know who "Mr. Mariah Carey" might be?

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Unruly Passengers

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

"I specifically requested not to be on the Pinta!" In this game, we imagine the complaints passengers might have made on certain historical journeys, such as Columbus's expedition to the New World.

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Tonight We're Going to Party

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

Who says you can only "party like it's 1999"? Not us! Jonathan Coulton sings rewritten lyrics to Prince's classic hit, to describe famous events that happened in less...festive years. Let's party like it's 1775!

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Gone Fishing

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:47 pm

There's something fishy about this final round. Every answer contains a type of fish, but be careful: some are unexpected. Did you know that a mullet isn't just Billy Ray Cyrus' go-to hairstyle?

Heard in Episode 317: Puzzle Hard

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10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Andrew W.K.: Jesus Christ Super Quiz

What's the buzz, Andrew W.K.?
Neilson Barnard Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:51 pm

Musician, motivational speaker, and party pro Andrew W.K. is a man of many talents—but did you know that he is also an expert on Jesus Christ Superstar? We wrote him a quiz on his favorite rock opera.

After the game, hear he and house musician Jonathan Coulton duet on "What's The Buzz."

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9:42 am
Thu May 8, 2014

House Of Games

It's the home stretch in this final round, a game in which all the answers contain the word "house." For example, a popular spy-themed restaurant in Milwaukee is "Safe House."

Heard in Episode 316: Meet Me In Milwaukee

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9:42 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Hidden Vegetables

Your parents might have snuck your veggies into unexpected dishes, but we got clever and hid the names of vegetables in the answers of this game. What German composer was a fan of red, edible roots?

Plus, hear Jonathan Coulton lead the crowd in a rowdy rendition of "Blister In The Sun" by the Milwaukee-bred rockers Violent Femmes.

Heard in Episode 316: Meet Me In Milwaukee

Ask Me Another
9:42 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The Both: The Newly-Formed-Band-Game

Aimee, presumably wearing the leather shorts she would save from a fire. No word on where Ted's giraffe-print cardigan is.
Christian Lantry

Musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo play together as The Both, but how well do these new bandmates know each other's quirks? To find out, we quiz them in the style of The Newlywed Game, where each must figure out how the other would answer questions such as "What's the worst piece of clothing you brought on tour?" and "What one item would you rescue from your burning house?"

Plus, hear a live version of "No Sir," from the duo's eponymous debut album as The Both.

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10:23 am
Thu April 24, 2014

This Quiz Never Bothered Me Anyway

Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and their daughters, who appear as singers (and accidental lyricists) in Frozen.
Cindy Ord Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 12:25 pm

Sure you have an Oscar, but do you have an Ask Me Another Rubik's cube? Frozen's married songwriters Bobby Lopez (Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez let their competitive swagger shine in a game where the answers are mashed-up musicals, like "The Lion King and I."

Ask Me Another
10:15 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Four-Letter Friends

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:28 am

We don't have to bleep a single word in this final round. Rather, identify famous folks who have four letters in both their first and last names, like the Grammy-winning singer of "I Try," Macy Gray.

Heard in Episode 315: Let It Lopez

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