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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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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.

Heard on Movie Favorites

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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.

Heard On Anthony Ramos: A Quiz-mas Carol

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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.

Heard On Anthony Ramos: A Quiz-mas Carol

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.

Heard On Anthony Ramos: A Quiz-mas Carol

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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?

Heard On Anthony Ramos: A Quiz-mas Carol

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.

Heard On Anthony Ramos: A Quiz-mas Carol

Mystery Guest

Dec 15, 2017

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

Heard on Roxane Gay: The Facts And The Furious: Orlando Drift.

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.

Heard on Roxane Gay: The Facts And The Furious: Orlando Drift.

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.

Heard on Roxane Gay: The Facts And The Furious: Orlando Drift.

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?

Heard on Roxane Gay: The Facts And The Furious: Orlando Drift.

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.

Heard on Roxane Gay: The Facts And The Furious: Orlando Drift.

Rhymes With Orange

Dec 15, 2017

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

Heard on Roxane Gay: The Facts And The Furious: Orlando Drift.

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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.

Heard On Jason Mraz: Choco-mole And Pie

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.

Heard On Jason Mraz: Choco-mole And Pie

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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.

Heard On Jason Mraz: Choco-mole And Pie

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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.'

Heard On Jason Mraz: Choco-mole And Pie

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.

Heard On Jason Mraz: Choco-mole And Pie

Cop To It

Dec 1, 2017

Get ready for the ultimate Sting operation: We rewrote songs by The Police to be about famous cop shows.

Heard On Jason Mraz: Choco-mole And Pie

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The In Crowd

Nov 17, 2017

If you want to win Ask Me Another, just channel the Arthur theme song and "Believe in Yourself." Case in point: We challenged our contestants to a final round in which every answer is a three-word phrase with the middle word "in."

Heard On Mozhan Marnò: Diaries, Screenplays, And Blacklists

Mystery Guest

Nov 17, 2017

We spoke to Chloe Swantner, who practices an unusual craft. Can you solve the mystery before Ophira and Jonathan figure it out?

Heard On Mozhan Marnò: Diaries, Screenplays, And Blacklists

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Sounds Like Teen Spirit

Nov 17, 2017

Finally, a game that combines the glitz of bromocriptine with the glamour of phosphocreatine! We rewrote Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to be about other things that end with "teen."

Heard On Mozhan Marnò: Diaries, Screenplays, And Blacklists

Letters Witch

Nov 17, 2017

In this word game, contestants must identify a common two-word phrase, then move the first letter of the second word to the end of the first word to form a completely new phrase. Perfect for fans of wordplay, cruise ships, and Cruise's hips.

Heard On Mozhan Marnò: Diaries, Screenplays, And Blacklists

Actor and writer Mozhan Marnò started writing at a very young age, in a very serious place: her diary. She kept a journal between the ages of 8 and 22, then picked it up again ten years later. Her earliest entries, she told host Ophira Eisenberg, tended to focus on one theme in particular. "It was like, 'why I like John,' and then the next week it was like, 'pros and cons of John,' and then the next week it was like, 'why I hate John.'"

Say It With A Song

Nov 17, 2017

In this audio quiz, contestants must identify numbers from special musical episodes of non-musical TV shows. Not included: That 70s Musical!

Heard On Mozhan Marnò: Diaries, Screenplays, And Blacklists

Closed Mondays

Nov 17, 2017

Welcome to the Museum of Ask Me Another Game Descriptions! In this game, contestants have to identify whether a museum we describe is real or fake.

Heard On Mozhan Marnò: Diaries, Screenplays, And Blacklists

We wrote an audio quiz for Lance Reddick and Paul Rust that's loud, abrupt, and inaccessible to industry outsiders. We inserted the Wilhelm scream, a famous inside joke among sound editors, into the middle of iconic movie quotes.

HIGHLIGHTS

Lance Reddick On His Early Inspiration

I always wanted to be Captain Kirk, and once I found out that William Shatner was a trained Shakespearean actor, I would open up monologues and try to do them like Captain Kirk.

Paul Rust On His Hometown, Le Mars, Iowa

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