Ask Me Another http://tpr.org en Place That Band http://tpr.org/post/place-band Geography rocks! Jonathan Coulton sings songs by classic rock bands named after cities, states, countries and continents, while rewriting the lyrics to hint at the locations.<p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/334463713/a-primate-example" target="_blank">Heard in Episode 322: A Primate Example</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Place+That+Band&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxNDE5MTcxMDEyMTgwMzY4Njc5YmU4NQ004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 editor 35623 at http://tpr.org Patriotic Language http://tpr.org/post/patriotic-language Why do we call them "French fries" even though they aren't French? When you're done pondering that question, you'll find that all answers in this final round contain nationalities.<p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/334463713/a-primate-example" target="_blank">Heard in Episode 322: A Primate Example</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Patriotic+Language&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 editor 35617 at http://tpr.org Andy Serkis: God Save The Queen's English http://tpr.org/post/andy-serkis-god-save-queens-english In his <em>Ask Me Another Challenge</em>, Andy Serkis (<em>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</em>, <em>The Lord of the Rings</em>) helps expand your vocabulary to include a spot of British slang. Any idea what the "collywobbles" are, or what happens when you throw on a "boob tube" before leaving the house? You'll be speaking like a Brit in no time.<p>Plus, Serkis explains the origin of Gollum's voice (which he later left on the answering machine of our grand prize winner), and offers a quick tease of his as-yet-unannounced role in J.J. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 editor 35618 at http://tpr.org Andy Serkis: God Save The Queen's English Fair-Weather Friends http://tpr.org/post/fair-weather-friends There's a trivia storm in the forecast: All the answers in this quiz are celebrities and characters whose names are weather-related. Which poet's travels were blocked by ice crystals? Robert Frost!<p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/334463713/a-primate-example" target="_blank">Heard in Episode 322: A Primate Example</a> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:19:00 +0000 editor 35619 at http://tpr.org Really Hard Edition 2: Part 3 http://tpr.org/post/really-hard-edition-2-part-3 In the final segment, we pull out all the stops for a Very Important Puzzler and some special musical guests. In "Accidental Science," we challenge <em>Radiolab</em> host in the puzzle hot seat for a quiz about unintentional scientific discoveries. Then, They Might Be Giants devise a game literally filled with trick questions, appropriately titled, "Wrong, Wrong, Wrong." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:53:00 +0000 editor 35228 at http://tpr.org Really Hard Edition 2: Part 2 http://tpr.org/post/really-hard-edition-2-part-2 Host Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle editor Art Chung continue the hour with a trio of games that push the limits on your ability to recall cultural references. In "Nick Names," identify famous people and fictional characters named "Nick." (See what we did there?) Sing along with house musician Jonathan Coulton in "Jingle All The Way," as he performs favorite commercial jingles...in Italian. Plus, insert comic strip characters into your favorite novels in "Literary Comic Strips." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:52:00 +0000 editor 35229 at http://tpr.org Really Hard Edition 2: Part 1 http://tpr.org/post/really-hard-edition-2-part-1 In this hour, take on some of our trickiest games in recent memory with host Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle editor Art Chung. Do your best to remember two things at once in "International Doppelgangers" as puzzle guru John Chaneski asks you to combine celebrities with the names of countries, like that South American star, Argentina Fey. Then, try a twist on the mash-up in "Russian Dolls" by "nesting," or placing words inside a different one to make a longer word — putting a LAMB inside of a CAKE creates a CLAMBAKE. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:49:00 +0000 editor 35230 at http://tpr.org The Body Eclectic http://tpr.org/post/body-eclectic Make no bones about it, this final round is body-licious! The answer to every clue contains the name of a body part. Who will prove themselves head and shoulders above the rest?<p><em>Heard in <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/330185780/live-puzzle-repeat" target="_blank">Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:07:00 +0000 editor 34824 at http://tpr.org Doug Liman: Action Speaks Louder http://tpr.org/post/doug-liman-action-speaks-louder Since his earliest films, director Doug Liman has been a rule breaker. He shot <em>Swingers</em> in increasing order of what scenes were most likely to get him arrested. When he made <em>The Bourne Identity</em> and <em>Mr. & Mrs. Smith</em>, Liman treated the multi-million dollar productions like a film school, figuring out every last detail out on the fly.<p>And in his latest film, <em>Edge of Tomorrow</em>, Liman stays true to that belief, as he cast Tom Cruise in a role he's never taken on before: an inept, cowardly soldier.<p>"[Cruise] loved that. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:07:00 +0000 editor 34825 at http://tpr.org Doug Liman: Action Speaks Louder The Soundgarden Of Music http://tpr.org/post/soundgarden-music We mashed up popular musicians with the names of Broadway shows to create a can't-miss theatre lineup. Look out for the show about a rap artist who meets a girl named Maria: <em><em>Kanye West Side Story</em>.</em><p><em>Heard in <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/330185780/live-puzzle-repeat" target="_blank">Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat</a></em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:07:00 +0000 editor 34826 at http://tpr.org