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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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According to NPR Music's Bob Boilen, this year's Tiny Desk Contest received 6,600 submissions from all 50 states. He joined host Ophira Eisenberg to introduce this year's winner: Tank and the Bangas, the New Orleans-based band that blends hip hop and R&B with poetry, humor, and storytelling. The band was the judges' clear favorite, because, as Boilen put it, "There's so much life there." He continued, "It takes care of the head, cause it's a lot of thinkin'.

AHA!

May 26, 2017

In this final round, every answer contains the letters A-H-A in consecutive order, somewhere in the answer. For example, if the clue was, "Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen on this CBS sitcom," the answer would be, "Two and A HAlf Men."

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Wisdom Of The Crowd

May 26, 2017

It turns out that the Tiny Desk Contest isn't the only competition Tank and the Bangas vocalist Jelly Joseph has participated in. Jelly tells us about making Jennifer Lopez tear up on "American Idol," then we invite her to play a round of Wisdom of the Crowd. Jelly has to determine whose wisdom she trusts more: a recent live audience we polled or, the wisdom of puzzle guru Art Chung.

Then the band joins her onstage to play their song "Walmart."

What & Where Did I Eat?

May 26, 2017

In this game, contestants help Ophira remember what she ate and where she ate it. The trick is, wherever she goes, she only eats foods that rhyme with her geographic location. For instance, if Ophira said, "I ate a spiral-cut Honeybaked while getting baked in the capital of the Netherlands," the answer would be, "You ate ham in Amsterdam."

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This, That, Or The Other

May 26, 2017

Is "Me And My Hormones" an old ABC Afterschool Special, a song from the "High School Musical" trilogy, or a tagline used to advertise men's grooming products? Those are the three categories in this troubled teens edition of This, That, or the Other.

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Don't Quit Your Day Job

May 26, 2017

iIn this audio quiz, we play clips of famous people singing. The twist is, these people are not musicians! Guess the celebrities from listening to their attempts to carry a tune, some more successful than others.

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Parents Just Don't Understand

May 26, 2017

On the Internet Movie Database, there's a section called "Parents' Guide" that helps parents decide whether to give their kids permission to watch a movie, or just let their kids watch the movie behind their back. Contestants must guess movies based on a real description of their risque content.

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Two-time Tony nominee Andy Karl is no stranger to the movie-turned-Broadway musical. His very first Broadway performance was in Saturday Night Fever, where he met his wife Orfeh; they both performed in Legally Blonde: The Musical (for which she received a Tony nomination); and he was nominated for his first Tony for playing Rocky Balboa in Rocky the Musical.

Trials And Tribute Bands

May 12, 2017

Is Joanne Joanne, an all-female Duran Duran tribute band, a real group? That's the gist of this game, where contestants guess if a supposed cover band is a real band, or one that we made up. (P.S. — they're a real band.)

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Body Tourist

May 12, 2017

There are a lot of stories based on the idea of shrinking down and traveling through the human body, but what if this technology was actually possible? Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin play the part of travel agents who are selling trips to different parts of the body. Contestants guess where they're traveling.

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Friends Everywhere

May 12, 2017

Every answer in this final round will contain the first name of a character from the TV show "Friends." And if you've never seen "Friends"... we'll be there for you — for moral support. But not for hints.

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Mystery Guest

May 12, 2017

Our Mystery Guest, Dick Zigun, founded a popular New York City event in 1983. Ophira and guest house musician Julian Velard work together to figure out this secret by asking "yes" or "no" questions.

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Take Me To Church

May 12, 2017

We took the Hozier song "Take Me to Church," which compares falling in love to going to church, and rewrote it to be about other cheap date ideas. Makes total sense!

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And The Scar Goes To...

May 12, 2017

We removed the first letter from one of the words in a movie's title, and rewrote the plot to match the new title. For example, if the clue was, "In this Coen Brothers film, Josh Brolin works as a Hollywood doctor trying to rid movie star George Clooney of a terrible stomach ache," the answer would be, "Ail, Caesar." That's "Hail, Caesar," with the first letter of one of the words removed.

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Are We There Yet?

Apr 28, 2017

In honor of our long flight from Brooklyn to Phoenix, this final round is called, "Are We There Yet?" Every answer contains something that sounds like a method of transportation. For example, if we said, "This astronomer was the original narrator of the science show, 'Cosmos,'" you'd answer "Carl Sagan..." which has "car" in it.

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Mystery Guest

Apr 28, 2017

Our Mystery Guest Stacey Gordon has an interesting job that takes her from Phoenix to a street in New York City. Can you guess what it is before Ophira and Jonathan?

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Things With Wings

Apr 28, 2017

Inspired by the 1980s band from Phoenix, Arizona, house musician Jonathan Coulton takes us under his wing for the Mr. Mister parody the world's been waiting for! We rewrote their hit song "Broken Wings" to be about things...with wings.

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Rinse, Pete, Repeat

Apr 28, 2017

This word game is inspired by our favorite prefix! We invented alternate definitions for words that start with "re." If we said, "I GIVE UP trying to WRITE MY NAME at the bottom of this letter," you would say, "Re-sign" or "resign."

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Penn Jillette: Fool Us Once

Apr 28, 2017

Magician Penn Jillette prefers tricks to illusions: "which is just gluing two front surface mirrors together at 45 degree angles, and then the sides look like the back!" He doesn't particularly like spending time with his stage partner Teller: "We wanted to work together, but there was no sort of affection." And he doesn't even like magic: "I was never fond of it."

Daylight Saving Time Travel

Apr 28, 2017

Fun fact! Phoenix, Arizona does not recognize Daylight Saving Time! So we wrote an audio quiz with clips from famous works involving time travel.

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Click-Bait And Switch

Apr 28, 2017

Many people don't like learning about history, but they DO like reading Buzzfeed articles about kittens. To get more people interested in history, we've written clickbait-style headlines for important historical events. Contestants ring in to guess the event — but what happens after that will SHOCK you.

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What The Bell?

Apr 14, 2017

To honor Philadelphia's iconic symbol of freedom that doesn't ring anymore, the Liberty Bell, contestants hear audio clues about people and things that have "bell" in the name and ring in to guess what--or who--they're about!

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The Final Drow

Apr 14, 2017

Rev up your reverse word repository! In this game, contestants hear clues to a well-known phrase with the last word reversed, and try to guess what that word is. For example, if we said, "My roommate is a VILLAIN, but we get along because our motto is LIVE AND LET BLANK," you'd answer, "evil..." which is the word "live" backwards.

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Amy Sedaris: Etsy Or Smithsonian?

Apr 14, 2017

Comedian Amy Sedaris isn't sure if her cult Comedy Central show Strangers With Candy, which she co-created with Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, and Mitch Rouse, could be made today. "You just can't make fun of anything anymore," she told host Ophira Eisenberg at the Keswick Theatre outside Philadelphia. "That's what we did in Strangers-- we hit everybody, we made fun of everybody, maybe that's one reason we got away with it back then."

Bald Eagles

Apr 14, 2017

For this week's episode recorded outside Philadelphia, Ask Me Another is in Eagles country! So in this game, Jonathan Coulton parodies songs by the Eagles, to be about people who are currently, or were at some point, bald. Contestants identify the bald person he's singing about.

Amy Sedaris: Etsy Or Smithsonian?

Trip Revisor

Apr 14, 2017

It's time to slip into some cozy robes and order up some room service because it's hotel trivia time! Contestants guess the names of these fictional hotels from the fake reviews we've created for them.

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A Patriotic Finale

Apr 14, 2017

Philadelphia is where America's Founding Fathers wrote The Constitution, and to celebrate that, we made a final round where every answer contains either the word RED, WHITE or BLUE. For example, if we said, "Fairy tale character who just wanted to visit her grandma," you'd answer, "Little Red Riding Hood."

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Mystery Guest

Apr 14, 2017

This week's Mystery Guest is Anna Dhody, who has an unusual job connected to The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Can you figure out what she does before Ophira and Jonathan?

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Occupational Hazards

Mar 31, 2017

Get ready for a final round about everyone's favorite subject: Work! Every answer contains a job or occupation. What Clark Gable character said, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn?" That would be "Rhett BUTLER."

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Strip Ts

Mar 31, 2017

Ask Me Another raunches up this word game where every answer is a famous phrase, but with its "Ts" stripped away. If we said, "Paul Bunyan, John Henry and Pecos Bill are the subject of unlikely stories about drinking every beer," the answer would be "all ales." That's "tall tales" without the letter T.

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