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AMA Bonus: Christmas Is Coming

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sing along in a round with Jonathan Coulton and Oscar-winning Frozen songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Happy holidays! In other news, you just learned what a ha'penny is. Because you heard it in the song, and Googled it. You're welcome.

Hear the full 2014 Holiday Spectacular episode on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and askmeanother.npr.org.

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Holiday Spectacular 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This show's stuffed tighter than a Christmas turkey, with festive food trivia, song parodies and reindeer games galore. Plus Frozen's composers take on a Mariah Carey classic (you know the one).

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Chappy Cholidays

Thursday, December 18, 2014

All answers in this round start with the letter "h", but we want you to pronounce them with that back-of-the-throat "ch" sound, in honor of the "ch" in "Chanukah." Have a lozenge or two ready.
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Ho Ho Ho

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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!
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'Tis The Season For Corny Movies

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nothing says "cheer" like a cheesy made-for-TV holiday movie. Can you tease out the real ones from the fake when it comes to The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation or Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever?
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Season's Eatings

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Many countries and cultures around the world have their own festive culinary customs. We team up with Adam Rapoport of Bon Appétit Magazine to quiz you on some unusual food traditions.
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All I Don't Want For Christmas

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ah, the comfort of cliché gifts and holiday expectations well met. Frozen songwriters Bobby and Kristen Lopez sing about not-so-original gifts to the tune of Mariah Carey's classic holiday earworm.
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Reindeer Games

Thursday, December 18, 2014

If you spell "reindeer" by combining precipitation ("rain") and a loved one ("dear"), then you think in homophones. We give clues to two words whose homophones form a new word or phrase.
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Schaaps' Family Feud

Thursday, December 18, 2014

We surveyed our loyal listeners on a wide range of holiday topics and quiz siblings Rosie Schaap (The New York Times Magazine) and Jeremy Schaap (ESPN) on the most popular answers, Family Feud-style.
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Blaze Of Gloria

Thursday, December 18, 2014

We've rewritten the lyrics of the beloved Christmas carol "Angels We Have Heard on High" to be about things that begin with the "glo-" sound of its famous refrain: "Gloooooooooria [in excelsis Deo]."
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AMA Bonus: Spectacular Wrongness

Monday, December 15, 2014

It's the most wonderful time of year: the Ask Me Another Holiday Spectacular! This year, we want to celebrate our contestants by highlighting those who give us the wrong answers, but do it in spectacular style. So next time you don't know the right answer, just take a cue from these fine folks. 

Hear the full Holiday episode starting Thursday, December 18th. 

Music: "I Don't Know How To Drive" by Julian Velard. "Ask Me Another Theme" by Jonathan Coulton.

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This Birbiglian Life

Thursday, December 11, 2014

(Rebroadcast) You're in for a hilarious religious experience this week, as our Very Important Puzzler, comedian Mike Birbiglia, shares some bizarre personal tales, including why he once considered becoming a priest.

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Present The Present

Thursday, December 04, 2014

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."
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I Definitely Not Before E

Thursday, December 04, 2014

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!
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Whose Sound Is It Anyway?

Thursday, December 04, 2014

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?
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The Best Piece Of Trivia You'll Learn This Week: Parachuting Beavers

Thursday, December 04, 2014

After World War II, did Idaho really airlift beavers around the state? Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton debate the premise before revealing the truth.
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Party Of Five

Thursday, December 04, 2014

This game is about Bailey and Sarah's relationship problems. Just kidding! It's really about answers that contain the number five. What's a well-known slang term for shoplifting? Five-finger discount.
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We'll Always Be Royals

Thursday, December 04, 2014

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.
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A-Plus

Thursday, December 04, 2014

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.
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Eliza Coupe: Legal Eagle

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Coupe plays an attorney on the USA series Benched. But how much has she picked up about the language of the courtroom? All rise as we test her legal prowess.
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