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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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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.

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

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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.

New Surname, Who Dis?

Jun 1, 2018

This final round pits contestants against each other in a game of celebrity-name palindromes — words that are spelled the same backwards and forwards. Wow!

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

Wisdom Of The Crowd

Jun 1, 2018

Ophira and Jonathan join forces and face off against the audience to ponder the numerical answers to some of life's greatest questions.

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

Rapid Eye Music

Jun 1, 2018

Jonathan Coulton parodies some of the band R.E.M.'s most famous songs, rewritten to illustrate common dream experiences. Nighty night!

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

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Easy Peasy

Jun 1, 2018

Who'll be the resident president of this game? Contestants are given clues to two-word phrases where the second word is made by adding the letter P to the beginning of the first.

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

Ethan Slater, the Tony Award-nominated star of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, didn't know what he was auditioning for at first.

"I was in my friend's dorm room at Vassar College," he told Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg, "and I got a phone call."

On the phone was a casting director who offered Slater an audition for a role temporarily titled "Chipper Chip." "'We can't tell you what it is, technically,'" Slater recalled the casting director saying, "'but we think you might be the right shape for it.'"

Walk, Don't Run

May 18, 2018

In this final round, every answer contains one of three natural human gaits — "walk," "skip," or "run."

Heard on Diane Guerrero: Most Likely To Be Superlative.

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Wisdom Of The Crowd

May 18, 2018

Ophira and Jonathan estimate various quantities, such as how many blocks make up the Great Pyramid of Giza. They compare their estimates to an average of the guesses made by a previous Bell House audience.

Heard on Diane Guerrero: Most Likely To Be Superlative.

Cash Rules Every Song Around Me

May 18, 2018

Yen for a currency events quiz? Make cents of this: Jonathan Coulton parodies songs with "money" in the title, making them about international tender.

Heard on Diane Guerrero: Most Likely To Be Superlative.

The End Is Nearer

May 18, 2018

A rabbit rabbi walked into a bard bar and played this game about two-word phrases made by removing the last letter of the first word. Needless needles!

Heard on Diane Guerrero: Most Likely To Be Superlative.

Actor Diane Guerrero already had a lot on her plate in 2014, with roles in Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. That's when Guerrero wrote an op-ed that appeared in The Los Angeles Times, telling a story she hadn't told publicly before.

She wrote, "My real story is this: I am the citizen daughter of immigrant parents who were deported when I was 14. My older brother was also deported."

Put Me In, Coach!

May 18, 2018

Contestants identify clips of coaches and athletes from film and TV. Will this game be a blowout, or go into overtime?

Heard on Diane Guerrero: Most Likely To Be Superlative.

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Real Or Fake Fitness Class?

May 18, 2018

Let's get quizzical: Fitness is a $27 billion industry, and there are some wacky concepts out there. Contestants sort the authentic exercises from the fitness fakes.

Heard on Diane Guerrero: Most Likely To Be Superlative.

De-Nature Of De-Beast

May 4, 2018

It's de-lightful, it's de-licious, it's de-humanizing! Contestants must guess words that begin with the letters "D-E" based on some alternate definitions. For example, a word that means "to nullify one's ballot" could be "devote."

Heard on Jenn Colella And The Phantom Broadway Tattoo.

According to actor Jenn Colella, growing up in South Carolina meant she didn't have a lot of exposure to Broadway musicals as a child. So when she saw Phantom of the Opera at the age of 18, it left quite an impression. "I was just blown away, I had never heard anything so beautiful," Colella told host Ophira Eisenberg. "It was the moment I decided I was going to do this." So she went and got a tattoo of the Phantom of the Opera mask on her bicep, mark of her dedication to musical theater.

Real Or Fake News?

May 4, 2018

NPR has an April Fools' Day tradition of airing a fake humorous news piece in one of its news shows. Can you tell the difference between the fake news stories and the merely bizarre ones?

Heard on Jenn Colella And The Phantom Broadway Tattoo.

Beauty And The Feast

May 4, 2018

In this game, contestants must replace one word in the title of a Disney song with a food that rhymes with that word — it's a roll new world!

Heard on Jenn Colella And The Phantom Broadway Tattoo.

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Dude, Where's My Car?

May 4, 2018

In this final round, all the answers contain the consecutive letters "C-A-R". Dude! Sweet!

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Mystery Guest

May 4, 2018

This episode's mystery guest, Laurie Pressman, has a job in which she helps select the winner of a well-known annual award. Can you solve the mystery before Jonathan and Ophira do?

Heard on Jenn Colella And The Phantom Broadway Tattoo.

Literally Geographic

May 4, 2018

If you can't place the name of that popular band, you'll have a hard time with this game about bands named for places. In this music parody, Jonathan Coulton sings about various geographic locations, to the tune of songs performed by bands named after those locations. It's a thing!

Heard on Jenn Colella And The Phantom Broadway Tattoo.

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