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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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If I Could Turn Back Time

Jul 14, 2017

In this audio quiz, contestants have to identify some popular songs. The twist? All of these songs are themed around the concept of TIME...and we're playing them...BACKWARDS.

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Robot Resumes

Jul 14, 2017

Pass the time as you impatiently await the sweet release of the robot uprising with this guessing game! We describe robots that have been invented to perform specific tasks. Are they real, or did we just make them up?

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If And Only If

Jun 30, 2017

What do mastiffs, bailiffs, and chiffon all have in common? The letters I-F-F, of course! For this final round, every answer will contain those letters in consecutive order.

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Meet The Expert

Jun 30, 2017

MEANWHILE...in this installment of Meet the Expert, we chat with Karen Green, the Librarian for Ancient and Medieval History, and the Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University, about her two passions. Then she helps us challenge guest musician Julian Velard in a game about ancient precursors to comic books

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Golden Sidekicks

Jun 30, 2017

In a tribute to Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose, guest musician Julian Velard graces us with the Golden Girls theme song "Thank You For Being a Friend," rewritten to be about famous sidekicks. Our contestants buzz in to answer who he is singing about.

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Don't Be So Possessive

Jun 30, 2017

Take ownership of this tough word game, where the S of a famous person's last name is moved to the end of their first name to make a possessive phrase. For example, if we said that this star of Obvious Child is always tardy, the answer would be, "Jenny's Late," from Jenny Slate.

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Betty Gilpin: GLOW-ing Faces

Jun 30, 2017

"I [like to] make a lot of weird faces," GLOW's Betty Gilpin said, explaining why in her acting career, she's felt boxed-in by roles that require her only to look beautiful. Her actor parents and theatrical upbringing contributed to her hyper-expressive face. "My mom used to play a lot of super character-y parts...so I was sort of raised to be a clown. Because of that, my jobs were fewer and farther-between, but the jobs I did get let me make bigger faces."

Audio-philes

Jun 30, 2017

Are you a logophile — a lover of words? Then you know that the suffix -phile is used to specify a love or affection someone has for something. For this game, contestants guess which of two audio clues a certain -phile would be way into.

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Seize The Data

Jun 30, 2017

If staying home and binge-watching a streaming show is always your plan B, you might say you have a "Safety Netflix." Our contestants take a trip to Silicon Valley in this game where we mash up common names, phrases, and titles with technology companies.

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I Rest My Case

Jun 16, 2017

"The plaintiff wears pinstripe. The defendant wears herringbone. The future of boxy luggage is at stake." This excerpt comes from the back of one of our new paperback legal thrillers: The Suit Case. Every answer in this game is a word or phrase ending in the word "case."

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On The DL

Jun 16, 2017

We're benched this final round, where every answer has the initials D.L. For example, if we asked, "Who hosted his final episode of 'Late Show' in May, 2015," the answer would be "David Letterman."

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Mystery Guest

Jun 16, 2017

Mystery Guest Jen Glantz stops by the Bell House to tell us about her unique business. Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton ask her yes-or-no questions to figure out what it is.

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Mall And Oates

Jun 16, 2017

Say it isn't so...we rewrote hit Hall and Oates songs to be about stores in the mall. We understand if you can't go for that.

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Reverse Reality

Jun 16, 2017

Ever wanted to return to a simpler time? We mean back when The Simple Life was still on TV, of course. In lieu of actual time travel, we describe reality television shows as if they were playing in reverse, and contestants tell us which show we're talking about.

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Actor and author Annabelle Gurwitch has had almost every job in entertainment. In high school, she started writing copy for the straight-to-VHS soft-core videos her father distributed. "I never actually saw these movies, I just saw the artwork," she told host Ophira Eisenberg. Writing descriptions of something you've never seen — how much does that pay? "Not enough for that kind of creativity."

Name That Sound

Jun 16, 2017

KLAXON, KLAXON, KLAXON. That's the name for the classic horn "awooga" sound. Contestants guess the official names of common sound effects and production music in this audio quiz.

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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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