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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.

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Sharing Pairing

Sep 23, 2016

In this final round, every answer is a rhyming pair of words. The second word is created by changing the first letter of the first word. For example, if we said, "a non-competitive race for charity," you'd answer, "Fun Run."

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Natasha Lyonne: Random Houses

Sep 23, 2016

Natasha Lyonne premiered three movies in two weeks--Yoga Hosers, a Kevin Smith comedy/horror film about two girls who fight Canadian Nazis in the form of sausages; Antibirth, a horror farce about a party girl who finds herself pregnant with a demon after a crazy night; and Intervention, about a group of friends who come together to give a couple a marriage intervention. "That's my genre," she told host Ophira Eisenberg, of the off-beat projects she's been involved in.

Mr. Mojo Risin'

Sep 23, 2016

Strap in, everybody, because it's time for ANAGRAMS ON THE RADIO! We decided to inject a little rock-n-roll into our anagram game by adding the most famous anagrammed name in rock — Mr. Mojo Risin', the anagram for The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison. The answer we're looking for is an anagram of the last word you hear. It's like we're giving you the answers!

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Something, James Something

Sep 23, 2016

"Joyce. James Joyce." That's how you'd respond to Jonathan Coulton singing about the author of Finnegan's Wake. We rewrote James Bond movie themes to be about other famous people named James. Score a bonus point by identifying the Bond theme!

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Mystery Guest

Sep 23, 2016

Ophira and Jonathan become the contestants in a round of Mystery Guest! Tim League owns a business that he's bringing to New York City. Ophira and Jonathan must figure out what Tim's business is by asking yes-or-no questions.

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Herb, My Little Pony, Or Enya Song?

Sep 23, 2016

In this edition of This, That or the Other, contestants must guess: is it a culinary herb, a My Little Pony character, or an Enya song?

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A Film Lover's Travel Guide

Sep 23, 2016

Jonathan and Ophira read entries from a travel guide; all you have to do is figure out what city they're describing. Easy enough, except that this travel guide was written by someone who never left their home, and only researched the cities by watching movies.

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Roll The Dice

Sep 16, 2016

What game received this poor review? "Terrible game. No one can play it, not even my husband, and he IS a surgeon!" If you guessed Operation, you've got a handle on this game, where contestants identify popular board games based on 1-star Amazon reviews.

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Bruce Campbell

Sep 16, 2016

Bruce Campbell thinks "it's about dog-gone time" that horror is mainstreaming━and so do his fans. Now a cult-horror icon, Campbell got his big break making Evil Dead (1981) with his high school friend Sam Raimi (who went on to direct the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies and Oz the Great and Powerful). Since the original Evil Dead, there have been two sequels and a reboot movie. But the fans just can't get enough. "They demanded it." Campbell told host Ophira Eisenberg on the Bell House stage in Brooklyn.

Art For Art's Sake

Sep 16, 2016

Smartphone, pop-tarts and kickstarter. All of these answers have the letters a-r-t in order. Our final round is deceivingly simple as that!

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Bring Out Your Undead

Sep 16, 2016

We asked our audience questions about how they would handle the end of the world. Then we put VIPs and undead experts Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless head-to-head to guess our audience's responses. What's your weapon of choice against the zombie apocalypse — shotgun, chainsaw, or crossbow?

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Flip It And Reverse It #2

Sep 16, 2016

In our nerdy homage to Missy Elliot, every answer is a famous title or phrase, backwards. What long-running BBC show is about Roger Daltrey's time-traveling physician? Who Doctor. That's Doctor Who, backwards.

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Musical Re-enactments

Sep 16, 2016

Pat Benatar sang about the toughest combat zone in her hit, "Love Is A Battlefield." But we've rewritten the lyrics to describe historic battles. All together now! "Waterloo is a Battlefield."

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Trick Or Tweet

Sep 16, 2016

In this game, we read two outrageous celebrity tweets — one's real, the other fake. Then contestants choose the correct set of 140 characters. Did Donald Trump tweet about his massive IQ or the nerdiness of Star Wars and Star Trek?

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Comedians often have a moment in childhood that, in hindsight, shapes them into a comic. For Cameron Esposito it may have been that, as a kid, she wore an eyepatch for eight years to correct her crossed eyes. "Yea, so it wasn't really a moment, as [it was] an entire childhood," she told host Ophira Eisenberg. "Just imagine a little sweetie Cammy Esposito: she's got an eye patch, she's got a bowl-cut, she's got glasses and braces. That's right--glasses on top of an eye patch!"

Hail To The Chief

Sep 9, 2016

In this final round, every answer contains the last name of a U.S. President. For example, if we said, "In the 1970s, this musical group featured Jermaine, Tito, Jackie, Marlon, and Michael" — you would say, "The Jackson Five."

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Get The H Out Of Here

Sep 9, 2016

Shaver saver, tenth tent, hit it. We'll hint at two word phrases like these. Get the second word by removing the letter "H" from the first. That's it!

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Craig Robinson: One For The Ladies

Sep 9, 2016

Comedian Craig Robinson, best known for films such as "Hot Tub Time Machine" and his role as Darrell on The Office, got his start in Chicago comedy clubs like Heckler's Heaven at The Q Club. After three minutes, a bell would ring. Three judges had rubber chickens and if you got all three chickens, you were booted off the stage. "The first time I went up I got two chickens and I quit before I got my third," he reminisced. These events inspired him to include music in his act. The next time he went on stage, Robinson brought his keyboard — "And no chickens."

Ghandi Or Jolie?

Sep 9, 2016

"I kinda wanted to be a vampire." Was that said by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Mahatma Gandhi, or Academy Award winner and star of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie? This one's harder than you'd think.

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Dude Stole My Invention

Sep 9, 2016

You know the old saying that behind every successful man, there's a woman who actually did the work but doesn't get any of the credit? We were inspired by true stories of men who took credit for a woman's invention or discovery, and wrote those accounts as if they appeared in a crime blotter.

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I'm A Business, Man

Aug 26, 2016

You've heard of "Beats by Dre," the "Oprah Winfrey Network," and Ophira Eisenberg's fragrance line, "Musty Top Notes, by Ophira." Put this knowledge to the test by mashing up the name of a famous person with the name of a company. If we said, "This California Gurls singer tries her hand at men's fashion," you'd answer, "Katy Perry Ellis."

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You Do Know Jack

Aug 26, 2016

For this final round, every correct answer contains the name "Jack." For example, if we said, "A person who cuts down trees," you'd answer, "He's a lumberjack," and be O.K.

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Considering the many dramatic plot twists and turns, you'd think that actors Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton from the Starz show Power would race to the end of the script to make sure their characters make it through the episode alive. Hardwick plays Ghost, a nightclub owner leading a double life as a drug kingpin trying to go straight. Naughton plays his wife, Tasha, who is power hungry in her own right. But now that the show is in its third season, they are not as anxious to read the scripts. "Sometimes you don't wanna know that far ahead.

Mystery Guest

Aug 26, 2016

Ophira and Jonathan become the contestants in a round of Mystery Guest. Rebecca McMackin works in Brooklyn, and she has hired some temporary workers to help her out with an interesting problem. Ophira and Jonathan must ask yes or no questions to figure out who these workers are, and what they do.

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Pie In The Skymall

Aug 26, 2016

There was once a time when airlines didn't allow you to use electronic devices during taxi, landing and takeoff. The only entertainment bored passengers had was an in-flight catalog filled with absurd products no one would ever need. It was called "SkyMall." In this game, contestants tell us if something is a real or fake SkyMall product.

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