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. 

Cary Elwes: Battle Of Wits

Nov 18, 2016

Actor Cary Elwes could only remember a handful of stories from filming The Princess Bride when he was asked to write a memoir 27 years later. Fortunately for him, the film's producer Norman Lear (who also produced All In The Family and The Jeffersons) sent him a bound set of call sheets. "The very first one was my rehearsal time to go and study fencing," Elwes told host Ophira Eisenberg. "It was like I was back there...I suddenly remembered everything! I couldn't believe my memory was that good, after all the damage I've done to my brain over the years."

The N-th Degree

Nov 18, 2016

Get ready to be exponentially impressed with this game, where contestants add the letter 'N' to common phrases, and turn them into less common phrases. For example, if you were to add an "N" to a glum person to convert them into a bag used for flood protection, you'd turn your sad sack into a sand sack!'

Heard on Cary Elwes, Dennis Quaid & Christian Cooke: The Art Of More

Changes

Nov 18, 2016

Ever leave spare quarters in your other pair of jeans, the ones you were wearing earlier in the day? In this music game, we rewrote the lyrics to David Bowie's "Changes" to be about things that change or get changed.

Heard on Cary Elwes, Dennis Quaid & Christian Cooke: The Art Of More

On Again, Off Again

Nov 18, 2016

All bets are off in this week's final round, where each answer contains the word "off." For example, if we asked, "Name the story of a high school senior that ditches school to ride around Chicago in this 1986 comedy," you'd say, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

Heard on Cary Elwes, Dennis Quaid & Christian Cooke: The Art Of More

Even acclaimed actors like Dennis Quaid, known for his roles in The Rookie, The Right Stuff, and The Parent Trap, have to start somewhere. "I worked as a clown at Astroworld," he revealed to host Ophira Eisenberg. "It's the wonderful place of fun, fun, fun!" he joked. After leaving the lucrative $2.85-an-hour world of theme park entertainment behind, Quaid moved to L.A. to pursue an acting career. It wasn't long before he scored his defining role in the 1979 cycling film Breaking Away.

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