Ask Me Another

Saturday, 9:00- 10:00am
Ophira Eisenberg

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal walk into a bar... No, it's not the start of a joke. It's the essence of Ask Me Another, a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton.

For an hour, listeners can play along as Eisenberg puts questions to a rotating band of puzzle gurus, audience members and special mystery guests, who then takes a turn in the contestant's chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her. What you'll hear resembles the casual intimacy of game night at a friend's house: one where scores are forgotten in favor of hilarious gaffes.

The puzzle gurus behind Ask Me Another include John Chaneski, who devised tough questions and answers for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" before becoming one of the "puzzle guys" on the radio program "A Way With Words"; Art Chung who has written for and produced television game shows including "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?," "Cash Cab," "The World Series of Pop Culture," and "Stump the Schwab"; and actor/writer Will Hines who has performed and taught improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for years, and obsessively reads books on compiling baseball statistics, a task he will never have to do.

Ask Me Another is recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

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9:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

The Best Piece Of Trivia You Learned This Week: Parachuting Beavers

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 11:51 am

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.

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9:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

I Definitely Not Before E

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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9:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

A-Plus

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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9:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

We'll Always Be Royals

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 11:51 am

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.

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9:02 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Answers So Nice, They Named Them Twice

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

They call New York, New York, "the city so nice, they named it twice," and that's the theme for this game. All answers will be phrases that feature repeated words or names.

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

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9:02 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Fictional Illnesses

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

R2-D2-berculosis? In this game, we've mashed up the names of fictional comic, sci-fi and fantasy characters with medical diseases or conditions. Welcome to the hypochondriac's Comic Con.

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

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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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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

Cinema Snacks

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

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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  • Thursday, December 4, 2014 9:01am
    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!
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014 9:01am
    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.
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014 9:01am
    The most popular lord of the 21st century is a teenage girl 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.
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014 9:01am
    This game is about heteronyms, words that are spelled the same but are pronounced differently and have different meanings. If we said, "He knelt while playing the violin," you'd say "bow" and "bow."
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014 9:01am
    Some sounds are so associated with a particular company, they're trademarked! So if you're a lion, you better roar in a different key than MGM's lion. Can you name the products tied to these sounds?