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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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Heating Up The Competition

Aug 12, 2016

Every answer contains an object that can be found in a kitchen. For example, if we were to say, "Star of Legally Blonde who won an Academy Award for her role in Walk the Line," you'd say, "Reese WitherSPOON."

Heard On Ira Sachs, Jennifer Ehle, Garance Doré: New York Or Paris?

For Ira Sachs and Jennifer Ehle, moviemaking is less of a job than it is a way of life. Sachs' fascination with the film world began while attending Sundance Film Festival in his early teens. After college, he spent three months in Paris, where he saw three films a day — one hundred and ninety-seven films in total.

The Long And The Short Of It

Aug 12, 2016

'E' is the most commonly-used letter in the English language, but you can never have too much of a good thing. In this game, contestants insert the letter 'E' into a common phrase to turn it into a completely different phrase. For example, if we said, "After an hour of Soulcycle, I learned a lot about the bones in my back," you would answer, "SPINE class."

Garance Doré: New York Or Paris?

Aug 12, 2016

Ten years ago, Garance Doré was a struggling illustrator and street style photographer in Paris. When she would ask someone with great fashion on the street to take their photograph, they would decline. "I was thirty and broke and my mom wouldn't talk to me anymore," she recounted to host Ophira Eisenberg. Her last-ditch effort was her style blog, which she started in 2006. At first, Doré's blog was the subject of much skepticism from the fashion world.

Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Aug 12, 2016

We took the Tears for Fears hit "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and rewrote it to be about power-hungry fictional characters and organizations. You might think you're trivia royalty, but don't let the power go to your head.

Heard On Ira Sachs, Jennifer Ehle, Garance Doré: New York Or Paris?

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Part Zwei

Aug 12, 2016

The German language has a lot of long, crazily specific words. For example, "kummerspeck" literally means "grief bacon," and refers to the weight you gain from eating your feelings. We give contestants words and their definitions, and they have to figure out: are these real German words, or words we made up?

Heard On Ira Sachs, Jennifer Ehle, Garance Doré: New York Or Paris?

The New York Review Of Children's Books

Aug 12, 2016

Contestants guess the piece of classic children's literature based on imagined hoity-toity reviews.

Heard On Ira Sachs, Jennifer Ehle, Garance Doré: New York Or Paris?

Mystery Guest

Aug 5, 2016

This week's Mystery Guest is Darren Wong, who is responsible for a hot new food trend. What's interesting about it is that his creation looks like something it's not. Can Ophira Eisenberg and Julian Velard figure out what his creation is, and what it looks like?

Heard on Gillian Jacobs And Kate Micucci: Your Brain Is Not Enough

No amount of experience makes an actor completely immune to stage fright. At least, that's what Gillian Jacobs and Kate Micucci say. Jacobs, who has been acting since she was very young, rose to fame when she landed the role of Britta in the acclaimed ensemble TV comedy Community. Since then, she has guest starred on Lena Dunham's Girls, and snagged a leading role in Judd Apatow's Netflix comedy series, Love.

EZ Does It

Aug 5, 2016

Every answer in this final round contains the letters "E-Z." So if we said, "An involuntary expulsion of air from your nose," you would answer, "sneeze."

Heard on Gillian Jacobs And Kate Micucci: Your Brain Is Not Enough

Celebrity Sayings

Aug 5, 2016

We give contestants the first part of a common expression, and they give us the rest the expression. The twist? That common expression must end with a rhyming celebrity's name. For example, if we said, "Hey, Godfather of Soul! You know when you throw your cape in the air, 'What goes up...,'" you'd say, "must come James Brown."

Heard on Gillian Jacobs And Kate Micucci: Your Brain Is Not Enough

Contents Under Pressure

Aug 5, 2016

For this high-stakes music parody game, we took Billy Joel's song "Pressure," and re-wrote it to be about things that react to pressure.

Heard on Gillian Jacobs And Kate Micucci: Your Brain Is Not Enough

Help Me, Google

Aug 5, 2016

People ask Google a lot of weird questions. And when you start typing those questions, you might notice that you get a lot of weird autocomplete suggestions. We give contestants the beginning of a question, and three possible options for how Google chose to autocomplete it for us. One choice is real, the other two were made up.

Heard on Gillian Jacobs And Kate Micucci: Your Brain Is Not Enough

I'm So Excited!

Aug 5, 2016

Each answer in this game contains everyone's favorite overused punctuation mark: the exclamation point! For an example, if we said, "This Best Picture Oscar winner was based on Charles Dickens' novel about a poor orphan," you'd answer, "Oliver!"

Heard on Gillian Jacobs And Kate Micucci: Your Brain Is Not Enough

What's the best piece of trivia you learned this week? Share it with us on Facebook or Twitter, and we'll figure out whether it's true or false.

True or false: before 2012, Pizza Hut was the largest purchaser of kale in the US, but they only used it as garnish for their salad bars.

Heard in Looking For Answers

Thank You Notes

Jul 29, 2016

"Dear Sergey and Larry: Thank you for buying YouTube and keeping it free! My "Gangnam Style" video has been played over 2 billion times." Imagine the thank you notes that celebrities might write.

Heard in Looking For Answers

Poetic License

Jul 29, 2016

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is not only a Maya Angelou book but a line from what poem? Get your AP literature on as former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky reads clues about poetic book titles.

Heard in Looking For Answers

More Or Less

Jul 29, 2016

I looked everywhere for my missing mangoes, oranges and pears, but my search was fruitless. All of the answers for this game end in "less" and clues hints to the first part of the word, more or less.

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Single Word Cinema Stumpers

Jul 29, 2016

Would you describe the characters in Braveheart as "Brash Brogue-speakers Bracing for Brutal Battles Brought by Browbeating British"? Guess the movie title from its alliterative description.

Heard in Looking For Answers

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.

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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."

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