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,

Bad Information

Jan 8, 2015

In this final round, the answers are words, phrases and names that contain the letters "b-a-d" in order. Listen sharply, though, and the outcome will be g-o-o-d for you.

Heard in Stark Raving Mad

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Comparatively Speaking

Jan 8, 2015

A comparative adjective is a word used to compare two things, such as "I am hairier than the puzzle guru." This game is about nouns that only seem like they're comparative adjectives because they end in the letters i-e-r. What might you call a high chest of drawers with a more delicate whipped texture? A "chiffon-ier chiffonier."

Heard in Stark Raving Mad

Cookie Monster Vocals

Jan 8, 2015

Some death metal singers have a gravelly voice known as "Cookie Monster vocals." However, in this game we focus on Cookie Monster's habit of confusing "I" with "me," and convert pop songs to Cookie's grammatical tendencies--so, a certain Beatles hit becomes "Me Want to Hold Your Hand."

Heard in Stark Raving Mad

Ho Ho Ho

Dec 18, 2014

In this final round, every correct answer will start with a jolly "Ho!" sound. Which goalkeeper has won two Olympic medals with the U.S. women's soccer team? That would be Ho Ho Hope Solo!

Heard in Holiday Spectacular 2014

All I Don't Want For Christmas

Dec 18, 2014

Warm up your vocal chords and join in singing some holiday tunes with the songwriting duo from Disney's Frozen, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The Oscar-winning husband-and-wife musical team has written some of the all-time catchiest tunes about winter, and on a previous episode of Ask Me Another, graciously lent their voices to a rewritten version of "Let It Go."

Chappy Cholidays

Dec 18, 2014

All answers in this round start with the letter "h", but we want you to pronounce them with that back-of-the-throat "ch" sound, in honor of the "ch" in "Chanukah." Have a lozenge or two ready.

Heard in Holiday Spectacular 2014

We'll Always Be Royals

Dec 9, 2014

The most popular lord of the 21st century is a teenage pop star from New Zealand who spells her name "L-o-r-d-e." We've rewritten her hit song "Royals" to be about famous royalty, both real and fictional.

Heard in Coupe De Grace.

A-Plus

Dec 4, 2014

In this game we'll give certain words an A! For instance, if you give a purple fruit an A, you get what confident word? "Aplomb." All the answers will start with "A" and involve terrible wordplay.

Heard in Coupe De Grace.

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What's the best piece of trivia you learned this week? Share it with us on Facebook or Twitter, and we'll figure out whether it's true or false.

After World War II, did Idaho really airlift beavers around the state using parachutes? Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton debate the premise before revealing the truth.

I Definitely Not Before E

Dec 4, 2014

Sometimes words like to break the rules. Every answer in this final round contains the letters "E" and "I" in that order, with complete disregard for the "I before E except after C" rule!

Heard in Coupe De Grace.

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