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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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Mad Skillz

Apr 13, 2018

We've taken the liberty of drafting new LinkedIn profiles for famous people, all of whom have names that sound like jobs or occupations. Based on these revised, more literal career summaries, can you identify the celebrity? Make sure to keep your answers to one page, and choose your fonts carefully.

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Not What I Nintended

Apr 13, 2018

Blockbuster movies always get video game tie-ins, but sensitive art house films deserve cash-grab spinoffs too. We imagine what would happen if some unlikely movies were adapted into video games. See if you can identify the original movie, and, for a bonus point, program a fully-playable version for our office.

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Which Came First?

Apr 13, 2018

MTV or PBS? Mickey Mouse or Mickey Mantle? Captain Kangaroo or Cap'n Crunch? With victory on the line, contestants must determine which came first. It's a question as old as chickens. Or eggs.

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Ask Me Another Again Later

Apr 13, 2018

Step aside, IBM supercomputer Watson: The future of trivia is here, and it's a Magic 8-Ball. Host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton answer yes-or-no trivia questions, then compare their answers to those of the classic lo-fi toy.

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Guitar Heroes

Apr 13, 2018

For this audio quiz, we visited the Brooklyn Guitar School and recorded some enthusiastic, beginner guitar students as they attempted to shred some of their favorite tunes. Contestants ring in and identify what these future rock stars are playing.

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Ask Me Another Again Later

Mar 16, 2018

In a brand-new segment, host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton test their trivia acumen against their toughest competitor yet: a Magic 8-Ball. Ophira, Jonathan, and the 8-Ball each answer a series of yes-or-no questions. Who will come out on top? Sources say "listen."

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Singing Around The House

Mar 16, 2018

In this music game, we've rewritten songs with the word "house" in the title to be about famous residences. Guess what house Jonathan Coulton is singing about, and, for a bonus point, guess the song he's parodying.

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Mary J.K. Blige

Mar 16, 2018

I.M. Pei is famous for designing the Louvre Pyramid, but what about the lesser-known architect/movie buff IMDB Pei? Every answer in this game is the name of a famous person with initials in their name. We replaced those initials with an initialism beginning with the same letters.

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Before appearing on the hit comedy The Good Place, William Jackson Harper was nearly ready to give up on acting. "I was in the basement of my feelings," he told host Ophira Eisenberg. "I was, you know, living with a whole bunch of dudes. And I was thirty-five. And I was like, 'I think I've been fair to this profession. I think it's time to move along.'" He went to Los Angeles for one last pilot season and was cast as the indecisive ethics professor Chidi Anagonye on NBC's afterlife sitcom.

Tunes For Tots

Mar 16, 2018

This game is what happens when rock stars have toddlers and suddenly need music their kids can listen to. We'll play a children's song by a well-known musical artist, and contestants ring in to tell us who's singing.

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Memorabilia For Real, Ya?

Mar 16, 2018

A program from Lucille Ball's funeral? Dan Quayle's law degree, which was chewed up by his dog, Barnaby? Puzzle guru Art Chung's discarded coffee cup? They're all here! Guess which pieces of celebrity memorabilia are real and which are fake.

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I Smell A Rat

Mar 16, 2018

It's time to RATchet up the stakes: the answer to each question in this final round game contains the consecutive letters R-A-T.

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The Prime Directive

Mar 2, 2018

Our two finalists go head to head in this math-inspired final round. The catch? Each answer has a prime number in it.

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Mystery Guest

Mar 2, 2018

Amanda Brennan's job title is "Senior Content Insights Manager." Ophira and Jonathan ask yes-or-no questions to figure out what on earth she actually does.

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Pun-DMC

Mar 2, 2018

It's the ultimate musical challenge: we've changed artists' names by one letter and revised one of their famous songs to reflect that change. Based on Jonathan Coulton's performance of that new-and-maybe-improved song, can you figure out the artist's modified name? For example, if we played a Christmas-themed cover of "We Didn't Start the Fire," you'd answer "Billy Noel."

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Superhero Sweep

Mar 2, 2018

Superheroes may hold the fate of the world in their hands, but that doesn't mean they don't still lose their keys. Ophira and Jonathan pretend to be superheroes trying to claim objects from a lost and found, and contestants ring in to guess who those superheroes are.

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Derek DelGaudio: Sleight Of Mind

Mar 2, 2018

When the acclaimed magician and performer Derek DelGaudio walked into a magic shop for the first time, he wasn't trying to learn any tricks. He was just a twelve-year-old who wanted to play a prank on his mom.

"I thought that was gonna be hilarious," he told host Ophira Eisenberg, "So I went in to get one ... and they didn't have them. Which was a bummer, but the guy behind the counter asked me if I wanted to see some magic." DelGaudio ended up walking out with a few books on card handling: "I had to do something with the twelve bucks I had to blow."

Isle Of Accents

Mar 2, 2018

It's time for a special audio edition of This, That or The Other. We'll play a clip of an actor attempting an English, Scottish, or Irish accent. Key word: attempting. Ring in to guess what the accent is, and, for a bonus point, guess the movie that the clip is from.

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Artisanal Junk Food

Mar 2, 2018

Welcome to the Ask Me Another Grille, a high end gourmet restaurant...that only serves junk food. Based on our waiters' overly-fancy descriptions of items on the menu, can you guess what snack they're talking about?

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Cray Crayola

Feb 23, 2018

We pick the brightest crayon in the box with this final round in which every answer is also the color of a Crayola crayon. It's "bittersweet," which also happens to be a very nice shade of orange.

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Mystery Guest

Feb 23, 2018

This episode's mystery guest, Emily Perina, teaches an unusual class for women. Can you solve the mystery before Jonathan and Ophira do?

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Talking Heads

Feb 23, 2018

TV pundits in absurdly large suits star in this music game. We rewrote Talking Heads songs to be about the hosts, pundits, and game show sidekicks who make their living as talking heads.

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Shocking Surprise

Feb 23, 2018

This game has a major twist ending: Jonathan's been dead this whole time and Ophira's his father! In this game, we collected movies with surprise endings and gave them a twist of our own by adding one letter to their titles.

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The Sounds Of Failure

Feb 23, 2018

In this round, our contestants succeed by failing as they're quizzed on the sounds you hear when you lose or die in various games.

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The Instagram Of Dorian Gray

Feb 23, 2018

What would've happened if Dr. Jekyll used Grindr and wondered why Mr. Hyde was always zero feet away? In this game, we've solved the core plot issues in classic works of fiction using modern solutions.

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Julia Stiles: Antihero Of The 'Riviera'

Feb 23, 2018

While attending a Prince concert in London, actor and superfan Julia Stiles got to live out her rockstar fantasy when he pushed her in front of the microphone and told her to sing. Her first thought was, "I get to sing in front of 50,000 people!" But another thought quickly followed: "Wait, I don't know how to sing and I also don't know the lyrics to this song." When she later asked Prince why he didn't warn her, he simply replied, "Because it's not fun that way."

Late Starts

Feb 16, 2018

Sometimes if you miss the beginning of a TV show, the plot can be hard to follow. In this game we take that one step further. We lopped off the first letter from a TV show's title, and imagined what the new plot would be. Based on that hypothetical summary, can you guess the title?

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It's Element-ary

Feb 16, 2018

Time to brush up on your chemistry: the answer to each final round question contains an element from the periodic table. Isn't it iron-ic, don't you think?

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It's Party Time

Feb 16, 2018

We took songs with the word "party" in the title and rewrote them to be about celebrations. Identify the occasion that Jonathan Coulton is singing about and, for a bonus point, name the original song or artist he's parodying.

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The Mandela Effect

Feb 16, 2018

The Mandela Effect is an Internet phenomenon where a group of people share a common misconception. Some people say it's evidence for alternate universes; we say it's a fun topic for a silly trivia game. We ask questions about popular instances of the Mandela Effect, and contestants dive into their memories in order to sort fact from fiction.

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