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
9:02 am
Thu November 13, 2014

One Letter Away From Fame

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 11:31 am

Take a single letter away from a celebrity's name and he's transformed. If the star of World War Z lost a letter in his first name, he becomes a piece of lingerie: "Bra Pitt."

Heard in Episode 402: The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

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10:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

'Act Of Faith': Ethan Hawke Talks 'Boyhood' And Its 12-Year Shoot

Ethan Hawke, backstage at The Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y. Later, he would serenade Ask Me Another's winning contestant.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 4:40 am

Ethan Hawke's roles have spanned the genres, from Shakespeare, to slacker comedy, to art house drama. So, naturally, he has many different types of fans. When Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg asked what people say when they approach him on the street, Hawke broke it down this way:

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10:02 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Cinema Snacks

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 9:32 am

If you think the best part of going to the movies is the popcorn and candy, this game is for you! All the answers are mash-ups of movie titles and names of foods, like "Children of the Corned Beef."

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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9:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Load Of B.S.

Don't worry, this is a G-rated game. The answers will be people and things with the initials B.S., like "baby shower." Then, VIP Ethan Hawke serenades the winner live on the Ask Me Another stage.

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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9:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Rick Rolling

House musician Jonathan Coulton gives Rick Astley a run for his money. Donning a turtleneck and trench coat, he sings "Never Gonna Give You Up" with the lyrics changed to be about other famous Ricks.

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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Ask Me Another
9:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Accentuate The Positive

What do Beyoncé, André the Giant, and a soufflé have in common? Why, the accents in their names, bien sûr! The answers in this final round will be words, names, or phrases containing an accent.

Heard in Episode 329: Lake Street Dive Bar Trivia

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9:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Very Confused TV Guide

Have you ever been perplexed by the on-screen guide descriptions of your favorite TV shows? Us too. We serve up descriptions of shows, whose titles have been taken perhaps a bit too literally.

Heard in Episode 329: Lake Street Dive Bar Trivia

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9:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

IQ Test

These words, names, and phrases contain the letters "IQ" consecutively somewhere inside of them. Does this somewhat oblique game pique your interest?

Heard in Episode 329: Lake Street Dive Bar Trivia

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Ask Me Another
7:09 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Battle of The Silver Screen Sexes

This final round game is all about movies with either "man" or "woman" in the title, like Rain Man and Scent of a Woman. Who will be the last man or woman standing?

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

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7:09 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Disconsolate Consonants

Why are these consonants so gloomy? Because they're all alone. Each answer is a word with just one consonant. For example, the letter D is surrounded by vowels in a French word meaning goodbye: adieu.

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

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