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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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Final Round: The Time Has Come

Jul 27, 2018

Time flies — it's the final round already! In this rapidfire game, each answer has a word associated with time or timekeeping in it.

Heard on Jessica Walter's Alter Egos.

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The Order Of The Universe

Jul 27, 2018

Our ultra-competitive guest musician Julian Velard faces off against the audience in this space-themed game. See if he shoots for the moon, or spaces out.

Heard on Jessica Walter's Alter Egos.

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Nobel Winner Takes It All

Jul 27, 2018

Guest musician Julian Velard takes the helm to parody songs by ABBA; changing the lyrics to be about another Swedish phenomenon: Nobel Prize winners. Based on the parody version, our contestants must ring in and identify the winner. Mamma Mia!

Heard on Jessica Walter's Alter Egos.

Double Feature

Jul 27, 2018

This mashup game requires contestants to combine the plots and titles of two very different movies to make a Frankensteinian new film.

Heard on Jessica Walter's Alter Egos.

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Jessica Walter's Alter Egos

Jul 27, 2018

Jessica Walter is perhaps best known for her roles as Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development, and Malory Archer on Archer: two icy, booze-swilling mothers without much of a motherly instinct. But these roles came to her later in her career. Walter wasn't cast as Lucille until she was 62 years old. Before the Bluths came along, she wasn't sure if her career might be slowing down.

Quite A Concept

Jul 27, 2018

Contestants guess whether concept album descriptions are really real or really fake.

Heard on Jessica Walter's Alter Egos.

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You Can't Please Everyone

Jul 27, 2018

Contestants identify children's books based on real, one-star reviews on Amazon. Some people on the internet are real Grinches.

Heard on Jessica Walter's Alter Egos.

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Final Round: The Danza

Jul 13, 2018

In this final round, every answer is an actor who played a character with his or her same first name. For example, Tony Danza played Tony Banta on Taxi.

Heard on Darlene Love: From Background To Limelight

Fact Bag

Jul 13, 2018

Buckle up for FACT BAG! Ophira and Jonathan draw trivia questions from a bag and must debate the correct answers before they're revealed. They're facts in a bag, people. A bag of facts.

Heard on Darlene Love: From Background To Limelight

Literal One-Named Bands

Jul 13, 2018

Jonathan sings songs from bands that go by one-word names, changing the lyrics of each to be about the literal definition of each band's name. It's a Journey, don't Rush, take time to Muse.

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Great Chemistry

Jul 13, 2018

As the band Semisonic once said, romance is "All About Chemistry." Ophira and Jonathan read from the Tinder messages of chemical elements that are trying to bond before it's "Closing Time."

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Darlene Love: From Background to Limelight

Jul 13, 2018

When the creators of the 2013 documentary 20 Feet From Stardom began envisioning a film focused on backup singers, one name kept coming up: Darlene Love. Among fans and musicians alike, Love had a sterling reputation as one of music's legendary, if still somewhat under-celebrated voices performing behind the biggest acts. So after speaking to Love, director Morgan Neville said he was finally convinced that he could make an entire movie on the topic, one that heavily showcased Love's long-winding career and countless behind-the-scenes stories.

Come Visit!

Jul 13, 2018

Get your passports ready! In this audio challenge, contestants listen to a tourism ad and guess where in the world it's trying to advertise.

Heard on Darlene Love: From Background To Limelight

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Past Food

Jul 13, 2018

Ophira and Jonathan describe discontinued, disconcerting and sometimes disgusting fast foods. Contestants must guess if the foods are real or fake.

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Hollywood Headlines

Jun 29, 2018

Extra extra! Contestants are rewarded for their cinema know-how when they identify movies based off their corresponding prop-newspaper headlines.

Heard on Francois Clemmons: From Mozart to Mister Rogers.

Final Round: That's A Wrap

Jun 29, 2018

Every answer contains a piece of filmmaking vocab.

Heard on Francois Clemmons: From Mozart to Mister Rogers.

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Meet the Expert

Jun 29, 2018

Comedy writer Steve Young is an expert on "industrial musicals," full-blown musicals written and performed at corporate functions. Young discovered these while seeking out oddball songs as a comedy writer for the David Letterman show; he's now featured in a documentary exploring the musicals, Bathtubs Over Broadway.

Steve challenges Ophira, puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin and guest musician Julian Velard to an audio quiz where they try to identify the products associated with industrial musical songs.

Get A Key Grip

Jun 29, 2018

Paul Simon's song "Kodachrome" is reimagined in this musical parody game where contestants are quizzed on movie making jobs.

Heard on Francois Clemmons: From Mozart to Mister Rogers.

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François Clemmons is as big of a Fred Rogers fan as anyone — maybe bigger. In the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Clemmons, who spent 25 years portraying Officer Clemmons on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, is featured as someone who was close to Rogers, and a trailblazer in his own right.

Whale Watching

Jun 29, 2018

Thar she blows! At the Nantucket Film Festival, movies and whale-watching combine. In this audio quiz, contestants identify clips from movies featuring whales.

Heard on Francois Clemmons: From Mozart to Mister Rogers.

In A World

Jun 29, 2018

In this game, clues are delivered in the form of fake movie trailers. Contestants must answer every clue with the phrase, "In a world..."

Heard on Francois Clemmons: From Mozart to Mister Rogers

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Final Round: Rock On

Jun 15, 2018

In this final round, every clue is synonymous with an act in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So, "Corridor and Cereal Grains" becomes "Hall and Oates."

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

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Meet The Expert: Rob Sheffield

Jun 15, 2018

Rob Sheffield, longtime Rolling Stone music critic and author, tackles some hardcore music trivia and chats about his newest book, Dreaming the Beatles. The book, which came out this spring, is an exploration of the beloved band through the ears of today's listeners.

"It's crazy the Beatles are still the most popular group in the world," says Sheffield. "There's nothing else anywhere in our culture that's like this." Later, Ophira tries to stump Sheffield with some extra-tough music questions.

Jonathan Coulton parodies some of Rolling Stone music critic Rob Sheffield's favorite summer songs in a game about summer annoyances. Don't forget your SPF.

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

Stars And Candy Bars

Jun 15, 2018

This word game challenges contestants to mash up names of celebrities and famous candy brands. Time to break out that pop culture sweet tooth!

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

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Ed Helms: Tag Me In

Jun 15, 2018

Before he was Andy from The Office or Stu from The Hangover, actor Ed Helms did stand-up at a dingy comedy cellar that, despite being in New York, was called The Boston Comedy Club. He reminisces on his time there with Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at the Bell House in Brooklyn.

Auto-Tune The Clues

Jun 15, 2018

Ophira joins the likes of Daft Punk, T-Pain, and Rihanna in an Auto-Tuned trivia game that will definitely be a top hit at the club next week.

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Real Or Fake Academic Article

Jun 15, 2018

In this game, contestants sort fact from fiction to figure out which academic studies are real, and which are fake.

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

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Character Karaoke

Jun 1, 2018

American Idol's got nothing on Ask Me Another. Contestants listen to clips of fictional characters performing karaoke, and identify the actors. Brava!

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

Honest Foods

Jun 1, 2018

Hungry for some ultra-pasteurized sour dairy, cultured with lactic acid-producing bacteria? Contestants identify common foods based off of less-than-appetizing descriptions.

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

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