Ask Me Another

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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.

Yes, we do math on the radio. But it's our distinct brand. Try this on your loved ones: Total number of Brontë Sisters, plus total number of Marx Brothers? Or how about the total of Dalmatians, plus all those Luftballoons, divided by Ali Baba's thieves?

Ask Me Another host, noted comedian and storyteller Ophira Eisenberg, guides listeners with her witty banter aided by the comedic riffs and songs of house musician Jonathan Coulton. Each episode features an interview with a VIP (that's Very Important Puzzlers -- noteable actors, comedians, and authors whose identities are revealed via puzzle clues throughout the show), who then takes a turn in the contestant's chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her.

Produced weekly in collaboration with WNYC,

After working as a regional weatherman at a northern Midwest station for nine years, Phil Johnston concluded that he didn't know a single thing about the weather. Rather, his forecast read "film school." Johnston took a chance and pursued his passions by enrolling at University of Columbia's MFA film program. Today, you've seen his work in Cedar Rapids, Disney's Wreck-it Ralph and Zootopia, and in Sacha Baron Cohen's The Brothers Grimsby.

The Rainbow Connection

Mar 3, 2016

Inspired by the rainbow flag, this game features answers that are a mashup of two things, connected by a color, such as the fictional Oprah Winfrey/Prince film, "The Color Purple Rain."

Heard on Sketchfest 2016: Phil Johnston, Steve Sansweet and Mo Willems

We found a t-shirt online for Arkansas that said "If Kansas Was A Pirate." In this game, contestants guess the U.S. state from a captions from an actual T-shirts for sale on online.

Heard on Adrian Tomine: Cover Me

Who's The Boss

Feb 18, 2016

30 Rock's Liz Lemon. Who's her boss? In this final round, we name fictional employees and ask for the boss best associated with that characters.

Heard on Adrian Tomine: Cover Me

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A Store By Any Other Name

Feb 18, 2016

We head to the mall with nothing but a debit card and a thesaurus. We read clues in which the name of a popular retailer is replaced with a synonym and asked our contestants for the real store name.

Heard on Adrian Tomine: Cover Me

Teenage Theme

Jan 27, 2016

Listeners, you make us feel like we're living a teenage dream. In a tribute to the Katy Perry song, we ask contestants to channel their inner teen and guess the less romantic teenage things we're singing about

Heard in George Takei: Oh Myyy

America The Foodiful

Jan 27, 2016

Buffalo wings, California rolls and baked Alaska⎯don't listen to this game on an empty stomach! In this final round, all of the answers are a food or drink that has an American geographic location in its name.

Heard in George Takei: Oh Myyy

Oh Myyy (With George Takei)

Jan 27, 2016

Not only does VIP George Takei have one of the best catchphrases around, but he's also a fan of wordplay. We put the two together for a special game where every answer begins with his signature saying "Oh Myyy" and is mashed up with something that starts with the "my" sound.

Heard in George Takei: Oh Myyy

Famous Sons

Jan 13, 2016

From Jackie Robinson to Emma Watson, there are a lot of famous "sons" out there. In this final round, every answer is the name of a real or fictional person whose last name ends with the letters S-O-N.

Heard in Taran Killam: The Day Before Sunday In Real Time

Be Positive

Jan 13, 2016

Ever notice that "inscrutable" is a word, but "scrutable" is not? This game is about words that exist in a negative form without a common positive partner.

Heard in Taran Killam: The Day Before Sunday In Real Time

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