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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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From family fights to finding roadkill, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III does not consider any topic off limits. Many fans know Wainwright for his 26-album repertoire of witty and personally revealing music, chronicling the ups and downs of his life from early adulthood to his early sixties.

Perfectly Cromulent Words

Jul 22, 2016

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a "word" is a "sequence of one or more sounds, or morphemes, constituting the basic units of meaningful speech." Contestants must decide whether the clues we give them are real words we found in the dictionary, or something we made up.

Heard on Loudon Wainwright III: 'Please Discover Me Now!'

For this game, we've rewritten the intro to Law & Order: SVU to be about other things known by three initials. If we said, "In Munich's car manufacturing system, the dedicated assembly-line workers are members of an elite Beemer factory," you'd answer, "Law &Order: B-M-W."

Heard on Loudon Wainwright III: 'Please Discover Me Now!'

Come Together

Jul 22, 2016

We've reworked The Beatles' hit "Come Together" to be about things that go together, like macaroni and cheese, or Bert and Ernie.

Heard on Loudon Wainwright III: 'Please Discover Me Now!'

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M-M Good

Jul 22, 2016

Every answer in this final round is a two-word phrase or name in which each word starts with the letter M, like "Mickey Mouse."

Heard on Loudon Wainwright III: 'Please Discover Me Now!'

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Share And Share Alike

Jul 22, 2016

This game is about music sharing. Every answer in this quiz is the name of a song whose title is shared by more than one artist. For example, if we said, "This is a Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch song featuring Marky boxing and making out, and a memorable Beach Boys tune that features a theremin," you'd say "Good Vibrations."

Heard on Loudon Wainwright III: 'Please Discover Me Now!'

Sonia Manzano: I Met A Girl Named Maria

Jul 15, 2016

Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria on Sesame Street, is retiring after forty-four years on the show. One of the most pressing questions Ophira Eisenberg had for Manzano on the Ask Me Another stage was this: "Where is Sesame Street?"

"Sesame Street is everywhere," Manzano replied. This specific magic — the kind that only a show like Sesame Street can impart on children and adults, seemed to punctuate much of the interview.

Turning Swords Into Words

Jul 15, 2016

There are two playful water mammals from the weasel family, which is the sexier one? The hotter otter! This is what puzzlers call beheadments, a type of wordplay in which removing the first letter of a word creates another word. Contestants must figure out two-word phrases featuring a word and its beheadment.

Heard in Sonia Manzano: These Are The Muppets In Your Neighborhood

Use The Force

Jul 15, 2016

"Do or do not. There is no try," is arguably one of 900-year old puppet Yoda's most quotable lines. In this game, we ask our contestants whether we should "do or do not" certain words that rhyme with try, all in their best Yoda-speak.

Heard in Sonia Manzano: These Are The Muppets In Your Neighborhood

It's All Relative

Jul 15, 2016

This final round quiz is a family affair! All of the answers feature a type of familial relation. Pretty easy, Papa Smurf!

Heard in Sonia Manzano: These Are The Muppets In Your Neighborhood

TV On The Radio

Jul 15, 2016

J.D. from Scrubs is hanging out the passenger side of Turk's ride, much like the scenario described in TLC's song "Scrubs." For this game, Jonathan Coulton plays songs whose song titles include the title of a TV program, with the lyrics rewritten to be about the show.

Heard in Sonia Manzano: These Are The Muppets In Your Neighborhood

Floral Arrangements

Jul 8, 2016

Each of these answers contains the name of a flower or flowering plant. If we were to say, "British singer who recorded the albums "It's Not Me, It's You," and "Sheezus," you would reply, "Lily Allen."

Heard on Big Freedia: Queen Diva Of Quizzes

Movie-Rap Mash Up

Jul 8, 2016

Contestants must mash up movie titles with the names of famous hip-hop and rap artists. For example, if we said, "Veteran cop Denzel Washington mentors Ethan Hawke about the album Three Feet High and Rising," you'd answer, "Training Day La Soul."

Heard on Big Freedia: Queen Diva Of Quizzes

State the State

Jul 8, 2016

Contestants guess which U.S. state we're talking about based on a list of clues. Jell-O is the official snack of what state?

Heard on Big Freedia: Queen Diva Of Quizzes

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Queen Diva Of Quizzes

Jul 8, 2016

Queen diva Big Freedia's fierce and fabulous energy is contagious. Born and raised in New Orleans, this musical risk-taker and lightning-speed booty shaker was first introduced to bounce music (a call-and-response style subgenre of hip-hop) in the early '90s. She was immediately hooked and, as she tells Ophira Eisenberg, spent the following decades working nonstop to establish herself as an icon of the New Orleans music scene. Today she's on the cutting edge of the bounce movement, performing most nights of the week in clubs from New Orleans to L.A.

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