Ask Me Another

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Puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of a studio audience.

See You Later Alligator

May 20, 2016

Florida is home to about 1.5 million alligators, so we've crafted this game around the expression, "See you later, alligator!" Each answer contains a word that ends in ator. See you later, gladiator!

Heard on Mike Rowe And NASA Scientists: Dirty Jobs In Spaaace!

Fantasy Sports

May 20, 2016

We ask contestants to identify sports franchises that share their names with things found in fantasy literature. If we said, "This Florida basketball team is named for the supernatural art studied at Hogwarts," the answer would be "The Orlando Magic." Because this is public radio and sports are hard, they only have to know the fantasy word.

Heard on Mike Rowe And NASA Scientists: Dirty Jobs In Spaaace!

Spy Spy Spy

May 20, 2016

Orlando is the primordial soup from which many of the most successful boy bands emerged: The Backstreet Boys, O-Town, and, of course... N*SYNC. In recognition, we have rewritten N*SYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" to be about famous fictional spy spy spies.

Heard on Mike Rowe And NASA Scientists: Dirty Jobs In Spaaace!

Who Are You Wearing?

May 6, 2016

Our producers went out onto the C2E2 convention floor and asked some cosplayers, "Who are you wearing?" In this game, cosplayers describe their outfit and you have to guess who they are.

Heard on C2E2: Rose McGowan

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It sounds like a Hollywood cliche, but a teenage Rose McGowan was discovered in 1995 on the street corner of Beverly and Sweetzer in Los Angeles. Her "angry girl" demeanor landed McGowan the leading role in Gregg Araki's The Doom Generation, and launched a movie career in films such as Jawbreaker and Grindhouse. On the lighter side, she spent five seasons as the witch Paige on the TV show Charmed.

Stop And Go

May 6, 2016

Red light, green light! Every answer in this final round will contain one of these three words: red, yellow or green.

Heard on C2E2: Rose McGowan

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A-B-C-ing You

Apr 29, 2016

Every answer in this final round is a word that has all of its letters in alphabetical order. For example, if we asked for the number of thieves Ali Baba faced — you'd answer FORTY.

Heard on Alia Shawkat And Jeremy Saulnier: In The 'Green Room'

Growing up near Washington D.C. in the 1990s, director Jeremy Saulnier was surrounded by a whirlwind culture of punk rock, skateboarding, and cult films. His latest feature Green Room is a tribute to his youth — the thriller follows a punk band in a battle of survival against a group of skinheads after witnessing a murder backstage. For Saulnier, Green Room was a catharsis for a former 19-year-old self.

That's What I Hate About You

Apr 29, 2016

Jonathan Coulton plays the bad guy! In this game, we've rewritten The Romantics song "What I Like About You" from the perspective of famous fictional villains, complaining about their arch-enemies.

Heard on Alia Shawkat And Jeremy Saulnier: In The 'Green Room'

Yes We Can

Apr 21, 2016

In this final round, every answer will contain the letters C-A-N, in that order, somewhere in the answer. As in, "Leave the gun, take the cannoli."

Heard on Leslie Odom Jr.: Aaron Burr, Sir

It's Alive!

Apr 21, 2016

In this game, every answer sounds like the word "alive" said in the voice of Dr. Frankenstein. For example, "What actor delivered the line this game is based on?" You'd answer, "It's Colin Clive!"

Heard on Leslie Odom Jr.: Aaron Burr, Sir

Don't Know Much About History

Apr 21, 2016

We all know that "those who don't learn from history are doomed to make things up on the test." This game recalls descriptions of historical events from the perspective of someone who wasn't really paying attention in school.

Heard on Leslie Odom Jr.: Aaron Burr, Sir

Look Under Your Seats

Apr 7, 2016

Oprah's audience finds exciting items under their seats so we thought we'd give it a try. In this game, we've written clues about things you might find under your seat in boring everyday life but Oprah-fied, like, "You get some GUM!"

Heard on Jason Jones: Comfy Bunny Hug

Snack Or Wack?

Apr 7, 2016

Mint-flavored Lays: are they an international food sensation or something we dreamed up? In this game, we name a food item and ask our contestants, "Snack or wack?"

Heard on Jason Jones: Comfy Bunny Hug

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Grooving Mountains

Apr 7, 2016

Jonathan Coulton reworks "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to be about things that aren't high enough. Just kidding, this game is about real and fictional mountains.

Heard on Jason Jones: Comfy Bunny Hug

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Movie Mistakes

Apr 7, 2016

Some moviegoers demystify movie magic by pointing out plot holes. In this game, we'll read you an actual movie mistake posted on IMDB — that's the Internet Movie DataBase — and you tell us the movie.

Heard on Jason Jones: Comfy Bunny Hug

Jason Jones: Comfy Bunny Hug

Apr 7, 2016

When comedian Jason Jones' children asked about the birds and the bees, he responded, "Well, what do you think?" They answered, "I think [the seed] goes in through the forehead...and a baby comes out mommy's tummy scar."

"[My wife Samantha Bee and I] had to correct that," Jones explains to Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

Horror Minus Horror

Mar 24, 2016

Horror movies are designed to scare the pants off of you...but we think the real world is scary enough already. We've rewritten the plots of horror movies and REMOVED all the horror elements.

Heard on Wyatt Cenac: Pop Culture Fights

Meet The Expert: Hailey Gates

Mar 24, 2016

Our expert Hailey Gates is a writer, producer, and host of the Viceland TV series "States of Undress," where she covers fashion weeks in some unlikely places. Traveling around the world to locales such as Pakistan, the Gaza Strip, and the Republic of Congo, Gates found that there are familiar aspects to fashion weeks everywhere. "It's kind of a beacon of hope," Gates tells Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY. "Fashion weeks tend to be places of refuge for outsiders."

The Produce Section

Mar 24, 2016

In this final round, each answer contains an item that you might find in your supermarket's produce section. For example, "This satirical newspaper's motto is Latin for 'you are dumb,'" is "The Onion."

Heard on Wyatt Cenac: Pop Culture Fights

Everyday Portmanteaus

Mar 10, 2016

For this final round, every answer is a portmanteau — that's a word created when two words, and their meanings, are combined. Like our favorite meal of the day, brunch!

Heard on Mark And Jay Duplass: 'They Give Us Blazers!'

In 2003, Mark and Jay Duplass decided to make a $3 movie — the cost of a mini-DVR tape from a nearby 7-Eleven — which resulted in a short film called "This Is John." The short, about a guy trying to create an outgoing message on his answering machine, was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival and quickly launched the careers of the Duplass Brothers.

You're The First, The Last, My Everything

Mar 10, 2016

Named after Barry White's classic song about alphabetizing, of course. In this game, we give our contestants a category (for example, the cast of Friends) and ask what comes alphabetically FIRST and alphabetically LAST.

Heard on Mark And Jay Duplass: 'They Give Us Blazers!'

The Rainbow Connection

Mar 3, 2016

Inspired by the rainbow flag, this game features answers that are a mashup of two things, connected by a color, such as the fictional Oprah Winfrey/Prince film, "The Color Purple Rain."

Heard on Sketchfest 2016: Phil Johnston, Steve Sansweet and Mo Willems

Disruptive Spelling

Mar 3, 2016

Hulu — can you use that in a sentence please? Our spelling-bee-style final round is an actual spelling bee! We ask our contestants to spell the names of notable app and tech companies.

Heard on Sketchfest 2016: Phil Johnston, Steve Sansweet and Mo Willems

After working as a regional weatherman at a northern Midwest station for nine years, Phil Johnston concluded that he didn't know a single thing about the weather. Rather, his forecast read "film school." Johnston took a chance and pursued his passions by enrolling at University of Columbia's MFA film program. Today, you've seen his work in Cedar Rapids, Disney's Wreck-it Ralph and Zootopia, and in Sacha Baron Cohen's The Brothers Grimsby.

Who's The Boss

Feb 18, 2016

30 Rock's Liz Lemon. Who's her boss? In this final round, we name fictional employees and ask for the boss best associated with that characters.

Heard on Adrian Tomine: Cover Me

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A Store By Any Other Name

Feb 18, 2016

We head to the mall with nothing but a debit card and a thesaurus. We read clues in which the name of a popular retailer is replaced with a synonym and asked our contestants for the real store name.

Heard on Adrian Tomine: Cover Me

We found a t-shirt online for Arkansas that said "If Kansas Was A Pirate." In this game, contestants guess the U.S. state from a captions from an actual T-shirts for sale on online.

Heard on Adrian Tomine: Cover Me

America The Foodiful

Jan 27, 2016

Buffalo wings, California rolls and baked Alaska⎯don't listen to this game on an empty stomach! In this final round, all of the answers are a food or drink that has an American geographic location in its name.

Heard in George Takei: Oh Myyy

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