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NPR's Ask Me Another is a lively hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of (and with) a live audience. Ask Me Another's entertaining melange of brainteasers and fun is a descendant of Weekend Edition Sunday's Puzzle Segment with Will Shortz, but infused with the vibrancy and quick wit of Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me

Listeners can play along, testing their knowledge of history, geography, literature, grammar, spelling, pop culture and even mathematics along with the competitors called up to the stage.

Host Ophira Eisenberg wearing a very stylish WUNC T-shirt.
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Walk, Don't Run

May 18, 2018

In this final round, every answer contains one of three natural human gaits — "walk," "skip," or "run."

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Wisdom Of The Crowd

May 18, 2018

Ophira and Jonathan estimate various quantities, such as how many blocks make up the Great Pyramid of Giza. They compare their estimates to an average of the guesses made by a previous Bell House audience.

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Cash Rules Every Song Around Me

May 18, 2018

Yen for a currency events quiz? Make cents of this: Jonathan Coulton parodies songs with "money" in the title, making them about international tender.

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The End Is Nearer

May 18, 2018

A rabbit rabbi walked into a bard bar and played this game about two-word phrases made by removing the last letter of the first word. Needless needles!

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Actor Diane Guerrero already had a lot on her plate in 2014, with roles in Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. That's when Guerrero wrote an op-ed that appeared in The Los Angeles Times, telling a story she hadn't told publicly before.

She wrote, "My real story is this: I am the citizen daughter of immigrant parents who were deported when I was 14. My older brother was also deported."

Put Me In, Coach!

May 18, 2018

Contestants identify clips of coaches and athletes from film and TV. Will this game be a blowout, or go into overtime?

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Real Or Fake Fitness Class?

May 18, 2018

Let's get quizzical: Fitness is a $27 billion industry, and there are some wacky concepts out there. Contestants sort the authentic exercises from the fitness fakes.

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De-Nature Of De-Beast

May 4, 2018

It's de-lightful, it's de-licious, it's de-humanizing! Contestants must guess words that begin with the letters "D-E" based on some alternate definitions. For example, a word that means "to nullify one's ballot" could be "devote."

Heard on Jenn Colella And The Phantom Broadway Tattoo.

According to actor Jenn Colella, growing up in South Carolina meant she didn't have a lot of exposure to Broadway musicals as a child. So when she saw Phantom of the Opera at the age of 18, it left quite an impression. "I was just blown away, I had never heard anything so beautiful," Colella told host Ophira Eisenberg. "It was the moment I decided I was going to do this." So she went and got a tattoo of the Phantom of the Opera mask on her bicep, mark of her dedication to musical theater.

Real Or Fake News?

May 4, 2018

NPR has an April Fools' Day tradition of airing a fake humorous news piece in one of its news shows. Can you tell the difference between the fake news stories and the merely bizarre ones?

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Beauty And The Feast

May 4, 2018

In this game, contestants must replace one word in the title of a Disney song with a food that rhymes with that word — it's a roll new world!

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Dude, Where's My Car?

May 4, 2018

In this final round, all the answers contain the consecutive letters "C-A-R". Dude! Sweet!

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Mystery Guest

May 4, 2018

This episode's mystery guest, Laurie Pressman, has a job in which she helps select the winner of a well-known annual award. Can you solve the mystery before Jonathan and Ophira do?

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Literally Geographic

May 4, 2018

If you can't place the name of that popular band, you'll have a hard time with this game about bands named for places. In this music parody, Jonathan Coulton sings about various geographic locations, to the tune of songs performed by bands named after those locations. It's a thing!

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Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine: Muse Clues

Apr 13, 2018

Born to Ugandan immigrants and raised in an academically-minded household, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine stunned his parents when he told them he wanted to pursue acting. "I really took years off their lives when they heard that," he told host Ophira Eisenberg. "It was a shock to the system."

Power Ballads

Apr 13, 2018

It's time to feather your hair, layer on the schmaltz, and pack an extra phone charger: we rewrote classic power ballads to be about things that run on battery power. Ring in to identify what product Jonathan Coulton is singing about and, for a bonus point, name the song or artist he's parodying.

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Mad Skillz

Apr 13, 2018

We've taken the liberty of drafting new LinkedIn profiles for famous people, all of whom have names that sound like jobs or occupations. Based on these revised, more literal career summaries, can you identify the celebrity? Make sure to keep your answers to one page, and choose your fonts carefully.

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Not What I Nintended

Apr 13, 2018

Blockbuster movies always get video game tie-ins, but sensitive art house films deserve cash-grab spinoffs too. We imagine what would happen if some unlikely movies were adapted into video games. See if you can identify the original movie, and, for a bonus point, program a fully-playable version for our office.

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Which Came First?

Apr 13, 2018

MTV or PBS? Mickey Mouse or Mickey Mantle? Captain Kangaroo or Cap'n Crunch? With victory on the line, contestants must determine which came first. It's a question as old as chickens. Or eggs.

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Ask Me Another Again Later

Apr 13, 2018

Step aside, IBM supercomputer Watson: The future of trivia is here, and it's a Magic 8-Ball. Host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton answer yes-or-no trivia questions, then compare their answers to those of the classic lo-fi toy.

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Guitar Heroes

Apr 13, 2018

For this audio quiz, we visited the Brooklyn Guitar School and recorded some enthusiastic, beginner guitar students as they attempted to shred some of their favorite tunes. Contestants ring in and identify what these future rock stars are playing.

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Ask Me Another Again Later

Mar 16, 2018

In a brand-new segment, host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton test their trivia acumen against their toughest competitor yet: a Magic 8-Ball. Ophira, Jonathan, and the 8-Ball each answer a series of yes-or-no questions. Who will come out on top? Sources say "listen."

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Singing Around The House

Mar 16, 2018

In this music game, we've rewritten songs with the word "house" in the title to be about famous residences. Guess what house Jonathan Coulton is singing about, and, for a bonus point, guess the song he's parodying.

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Mary J.K. Blige

Mar 16, 2018

I.M. Pei is famous for designing the Louvre Pyramid, but what about the lesser-known architect/movie buff IMDB Pei? Every answer in this game is the name of a famous person with initials in their name. We replaced those initials with an initialism beginning with the same letters.

Heard On William Jackson Harper: Getting To The Good Place

Before appearing on the hit comedy The Good Place, William Jackson Harper was nearly ready to give up on acting. "I was in the basement of my feelings," he told host Ophira Eisenberg. "I was, you know, living with a whole bunch of dudes. And I was thirty-five. And I was like, 'I think I've been fair to this profession. I think it's time to move along.'" He went to Los Angeles for one last pilot season and was cast as the indecisive ethics professor Chidi Anagonye on NBC's afterlife sitcom.

Tunes For Tots

Mar 16, 2018

This game is what happens when rock stars have toddlers and suddenly need music their kids can listen to. We'll play a children's song by a well-known musical artist, and contestants ring in to tell us who's singing.

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Memorabilia For Real, Ya?

Mar 16, 2018

A program from Lucille Ball's funeral? Dan Quayle's law degree, which was chewed up by his dog, Barnaby? Puzzle guru Art Chung's discarded coffee cup? They're all here! Guess which pieces of celebrity memorabilia are real and which are fake.

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I Smell A Rat

Mar 16, 2018

It's time to RATchet up the stakes: the answer to each question in this final round game contains the consecutive letters R-A-T.

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The Prime Directive

Mar 2, 2018

Our two finalists go head to head in this math-inspired final round. The catch? Each answer has a prime number in it.

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Mystery Guest

Mar 2, 2018

Amanda Brennan's job title is "Senior Content Insights Manager." Ophira and Jonathan ask yes-or-no questions to figure out what on earth she actually does.

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