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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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Mystery Guest

Jan 12, 2018

Amy Webb has an interesting job that incorporates data and advice. Can you guess what it is before Ophira and Jonathan?

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Movie Sandwiches

Jan 12, 2018

If you tend to doze off in the middle of Movie Night, this game will be an extra challenge. In this final round, we took movies with three-word titles and removed the middle word. Contestants tell us what the missing word is.

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Stuck Singing "The Middle" With You

Jan 12, 2018

This one goes out to all you Jimmy Eat World superfans! We've rewritten their song "The Middle" to be about other things that are in the middle.

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Appiness Is A Warm Pun

Jan 12, 2018

Found a 5-star restaurant? Just tap this app to let out a loud, piercing cry that alerts other foodies to your exact location. Thanks, "Yelp." We redesigned popular smartphone applications to do exactly what their names suggest. Contestants guess the app based on its revised, more literal description.

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Luka Kain: Pikachu, Strike A Pose

Jan 12, 2018

Breakout star Luka Kain had never vogued before filming Saturday Church, an indie film about Ulysses, a genderqueer teen finding community in the New York City ballroom scene. "I had a one hour crash course, [...] I learned three moves, [...] and I worked those three moves to high heaven." What's the secret to this dance style that originated out of 1980s queer culture? "You gotta have good knees!" the 17-year-old told host Ophira Eisenberg. "And this sounds cheesy, but be yourself, cause voguing is a form of self-celebration."

Whistle While You Work

Jan 12, 2018

So what if whistling bothers your co-workers? In this audio quiz, it just might give you an edge. Contestants hear clips from popular songs that feature whistling and ring in with the name of the song or artist.

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For Your Amusement...Park

Jan 12, 2018

Is the Screamin' Gator Zip Line a real or fake amusement park attraction? We describe a park or attraction, and our contestants guess if it's real, or one we made up.

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Action!

Jan 5, 2018

First up, a word game that reimagines a movie's plot based on its anagrammed title. Then, an audio quiz about sound designers' favorite effect— the Wilhelm Scream. Plus, a high stakes game about low stakes horror films, and a final round that will "Melt" your "Frozen" heart.

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Camera!

Jan 5, 2018

We revisit our interview with actor-director brothers Jay and Mark Duplass. They talk about their journey from nerdy film kids to nerdy film adults. Then, a music parody game about unlikely movie-to-musical adaptations.

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Lights!

Jan 5, 2018

First, you've heard of dinner and a movie, but what about dinner in a movie? Then, a James Bond themed parody game about other people named James.

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Quiz-mas Spirits

Dec 22, 2017

In this last-ditch effort to soften the soul of Puzzle Guru Ebenezer Scrooge, every answer contains the name of a cocktail, spirit, or other alcoholic beverage.

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Mystery Ghost

Dec 22, 2017

The bell tolls thrice! Will a visit from a Mystery Guest— or should we say, a Mystery Ghost of Quiz-mas Yet To Come— melt the heart of Puzzle Guru Ebenezer Scrooge? Jonathan Coulton and Scrooge ask yes or no questions to guess our Mystery Ghost's secret.

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Future Future

Dec 22, 2017

We peek into the future with a music parody game where songs with sci-fi themes are rewritten to be about TV shows that are— at least partially— set in the future.

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Gift Exchange

Dec 22, 2017

We move into the present for this game about presents. Contestants identify the famous pop culture duo based on a description of the gifts they might give each other. Here's the twist: if a contestant answers correctly, they get to open a present. And just like during the holidays, the winner of this game won't be the contestant with the MOST gifts, but the contestant with the BEST gift...and by BEST gift, we mean the most expensive one.

Anthony Ramos: A Quiz-mas Carol

Dec 22, 2017

As a member of the original cast of the Broadway musical Hamilton, Anthony Ramos had never actually seen the show from the audience's perspective until a month after he left. His verdict? "It was dope!" Between playing John Laurens and Philip Hamilton, Ramos died on stage sixteen times a week. "It gets hard on your heart after a while, you know?" he confessed to host Ophira Eisenberg at the Bell House in Brooklyn.

Meet The Expert: Holiday Word Origins

Dec 22, 2017

The bell strikes one and we're visited by the ghost of Quiz-mas past, Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper! Our guest expert is the author of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries. Stamper leads a game about the strange origins of holiday words. Will our first spirit be able to take the bah humbug out of Scrooge?

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Victorian Inventions

Dec 22, 2017

Our story begins with a quiz about the past. Charles Dickens is one of the best novelists of the Victorian Era, but he's not the only good thing to come out of that time. Contestants ring in to identify things invented in the 1800s.

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Mystery Guest

Dec 15, 2017

Mystery guest Mary McKenzie runs an unusual business. Can you guess her secret before Ophira and Jonathan do?

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Writer and academic Roxane Gay resisted the world of competitive Scrabble as long as she could. A brilliant wordsmith, Gay thought she was "too cool" for the intensity of the tournament circuit. "Slowly but surely," though, her competitive side took over.

"I have my own portable board and it has a special case with straps so you can wear it," she told host Ophira Eisenberg at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida. "Kind of like a Ninja Turtle."

F-L-A To Win

Dec 15, 2017

Finally, an Ask Me Another quiz made for Flava Flav fans: We crowned our big Orlando winner with a final round in which every answer contains the consecutive letters F-L-A.

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Hard Times

Dec 15, 2017

Did you know that Neil Diamond is a ten on the Mohs Scale of Hardness? In honor of our venue, Orlando's Hard Rock Live, we rewrote famous rock 'n roll songs to be about things that are hard.

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This, That, Or The Other

Dec 15, 2017

Our contestants give it their all—blood, sweat and tears, win, lose or draw. Can you guess whether each phrase is a Pitbull lyric, a nursery rhyme or a Mark Twain quote?

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What's So Funny?

Dec 15, 2017

Can you tell a Fran Drescher from a Seth Rogen? In this quiz, contestants have to identify famous people from their distinctive laughs.

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Rhymes With Orange

Dec 15, 2017

Contestants are challenged to a quiz about obscure words that rhyme with famously unrhymable words.

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This, That, Or The Other

Dec 1, 2017

Contestants guess whether phrases are spooky urban legends, nicknames of old-timey Hall of Fame baseball players, or a phrase following "The Adventure of" in the title of a Sherlock Holmes story.

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Jason Mraz: Choco-mole And Pie

Dec 1, 2017

Like many aspiring performers, Jason Mraz graduated from high school and moved to New York to study musical theatre. But, just a year later, he realized he wanted to follow a different path.

"I knew I wanted to drop out of school and pursue original music," Mraz told host Ophira Eisenberg, "so I needed to find somebody who agreed with me."

Start Me Up

Dec 1, 2017

DING! That imaginary bell means it's time for an audio quiz about the sounds you hear when events, movies, and video games begin.

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Hanks For Nothin'

Dec 1, 2017

Break out your multiple Oscars for a game that mashes up Tom Hanks movie titles! It's his best work since Apollo 13 Going On 30.

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The One-Thousandth Game!

Dec 1, 2017

We've officially played one thousand games on Ask Me Another! And what better way to celebrate than with a final round in which every answer contains the consecutive letters 'U-S-A,' just like the word 'thousandth.'

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Wisdom Of The Crowd

Dec 1, 2017

Can you guess how many people follow the most-followed raccoon on Instagram? We challenged house musician Jonathan Coulton and the hive mind of our audience to a guesstimation game.

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