Ask Me Another

Sundays, 11 a.m.

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. 

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Ask Me Another
10:11 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Actor Factor

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:51 am

Stars sell movies. Be honest: would you rather watch Snakes on a Plane or "Snakes on a John Wayne"? In this game, contestants replace words in movie titles with rhyming celebrity names.

Heard in 'Til Death Metal Do Us Part

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10:11 am
Thu January 22, 2015

State Of Mind

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:51 am

Get on that midnight train to...North Korea?? Guess what US state actually completes these lyrics as Jonathan Coulton sings famous songs with the wrong geographic regions in their titles.

Heard in 'Til Death Metal Do Us Part

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10:02 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Hills Are Alive

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:51 am

Every correct answer contains the letters H-I-L-L. What phrase metaphorically refers to a fatal weak spot? If you slay this round, then perhaps you don't have one of these when it comes to trivia.

Heard in 'Til Death Metal Do Us Part

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10:02 am
Thu January 22, 2015

John Darnielle: Master Of Reality

"[Death metal] is a very passionate music. It's also really dark and gory--and I like that stuff." - John Darnielle, of the Mountain Goats.
DL Andersoni

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 11:06 am

John Darnielle is the core, and sometimes only, member of the band the Mountain Goats. Thought by many to be "America's best non-hip-hop lyricist," he crafts songs that read like stories, and sound like they were recorded in his basement on a rickety tape deck.

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10:02 am
Thu January 22, 2015

This, That Or The Other: IX

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:51 am

Grab a Corpse Reviver and perform a Shining Wizard with your Thimblerigger. (Why do the names of cocktails, wrestling moves and old-timey occupations sound so alike?) All the clues in this game fit into one of these three categories.

Heard in 'Til Death Metal Do Us Part

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9:33 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Cookie Monster Vocals

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

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9:33 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Bad Information

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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9:33 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Comparatively Speaking

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

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8:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Ho Ho Ho

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:45 am

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

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8:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

All I Don't Want For Christmas

All they want for Christmas is for you to sing along.
Sylvie Rosokoff NPR

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:45 am

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."

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