Streams

Elizabeth Gilbert: An Adventurer Travels Back In Time

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The "uber chick lit" author of Eat, Pray, Love may surprise you. She's cross dressed in public, befriended a moss expert and revisited the filthiest New York watering hole, where she worked — all in the pursuit of great stories. Gilbert joins Ask Me Another to discuss such adventurous pursuits, including unearthing authentic 19th-century erotica to inform her new period novel, The Signature of All Things.
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Job Search

Thursday, January 16, 2014

What was your first minimum-wage job? Was it as a house musician on a public radio quiz show? The hardworking Jonathan Coulton covers tunes by the likes of Lady Gaga and Elton John, but replaces the rather glamorous jobs in the lyrics with different, and perhaps more attainable, professions.
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The Right Brothers

Thursday, January 16, 2014

We salute German folklorists, Bavarian financiers and Harlem's greatest pair of tap dancers in this game, led by host Ophira Eisenberg, that covers famous sets of brothers who kept their triumphs in the family.
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Literary Comic Strips

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The trickiest games on Ask Me Another ask you to keep two things in your brain at once, then mash them together to form a mega-answer. In this one, combine the titles of books and newspaper comic strips, such as "Doonesbury My Heart at Wounded Knee." (Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury meets Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.)
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Vowelling Off

Thursday, January 16, 2014

In this paean to final rounds everywhere, puzzle guru Greg Pliska acts as liaison between contestants and their hope of squeaking their way toward becoming grand prize winner. How many words in your oeuvre contain three vowels in a row? This paragraph is riddled with them, for starters.
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Colorful Names

Thursday, January 09, 2014

What do Vanna White, James Brown, and Ron Burgundy have in common? In this final round, puzzle guru Art Chung asks you to identify famous people or fictional characters who has a color in their name.
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Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me What To Do

Thursday, January 09, 2014

What's the name of that Andrew Lloyd Webber song..."Don't Drink That Blue Margarita," right? Ok, so we're going to need your help identifying the correct title of songs that start with the word "don't."
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Happy Geek Colors

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Host Ophira Eisenberg puts designer Jonathan Adler in the puzzle hot seat for a quiz all about how certain colors got their name. Does the guy who coined the word "chambeige" know which color is named after a desert-dwelling animal that also gives its hair to make overcoats? Find out.
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Random Questions With: Jonathan Adler

Thursday, January 09, 2014

You may have seen designer Jonathan Adler's home furnishings in the interiors of discerning homeowners — but just how does he come up those eye-catching creations? Adler joined Ask Me Another to chat about his career as a potter and where he finds inspiration to make his colorful, joyous creations.
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Homophones To Phone Home About

Thursday, January 09, 2014

What would you call a type of neck-wear worn while participating in a form of exercise founded by Billy Blanks? A "Tae Bo-bow tie"! In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg offers clues to phrases or compound words that change meaning when the words are reversed.
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Indigenous Diligence

Thursday, January 09, 2014

If Neapolitans are people from Naples, where do Sconnies come from? This game, led by house musician Jonathan Coulton, is all about demonyms — words that describe a person who hails from a particular geographic location.
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Brevity Is The Soul Of Wit

Thursday, January 09, 2014

In keeping with the title of this game, we'll keep this explanation short. All the answers in this game will be two-letter words. That's it!
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Potters Love Puns

Thursday, January 09, 2014

(Episode 306) This week’s Very Important Puzzler, designer and potter Jonathan Adler, creates his eye-catching home furnishings much like we aim to design our games — to be colorful, witty and full of joy.

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AMA Bonus: Simon Doonan's Gleeful, Demented Style Advice

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Style guru Simon Doonan graced our stage in Season 1 and gave an interview deemed "too racy for radio." We never intended to air it in full, but it’s too good to keep in the Ask Me Another vault. In this podcast-only extra, hear him reveal what body part Freud compared handbags to, speak in a secret language known as "Palare," and dish out some fashion advice he gleefully calls "demented."

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AMA Bonus: Replacement Math

Sunday, January 05, 2014

What do you get when you add Jay-Z's "Problems" to Three Dog Night's "Loneliest Number"? In this Season 1 bonus round, puzzle guru Art Chung challenges contestants to solve simple arithmetic problems using numbers found in pop culture. Calculus is a lot less scary when it involves your favorite band. 

Plus, Jonathan Coulton performs an original and puzzling song about fractals, "Mandelbrot Set."

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Monkee-ing Around (R)

Thursday, January 02, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 221) If you believe in magic, then this week’s show is for you. Play word games based on Missy Elliott lyrics, do your own version of a TED talk, and brush up on foodie lingo. You’ll also learn about irregular plurals, and take a thesaurus to the Oscars. This week’s V.I.P. is comedian and podcaster Julie Klausner, who dishes on pop culture and her love of The Monkees.

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AMA Bonus: Two Tickets To Parodies

Monday, December 30, 2013

With parodies like "Eat It," "Addicted to Spuds," and "Like a Surgeon," "Weird Al" Yankovic's songs were pretty much begging to be made into an Ask Me Another game. In this bonus round from Season 1, we pay tribute to our favorite accordion-playing, pop culture-loving, food-punning parodist. House musician Jonathan Coulton makes contestants sing along to Weird Al's songs.

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AMA Bonus: Mad Men's Guide To Etiquette

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The 1960s were a different time. Married couples were separated at formal dinner parties (unless they were newlyweds), women lowered their eyes while they were being toasted, and it was uncouth for men to consume a mixed drink. In this bonus round from Season 1, host Ophira Eisenberg quizzes contestants on shockingly antiquated etiquette rules from the Mad Men era.

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Oh, Oxymoron

Thursday, December 26, 2013

An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms, such as "living dead." Speaking of contradictory, Jonathan Coulton applies his mellow acoustic guitar to a song by the electric wizard, Jimi Hendrix, because all clues in this round are sung to the tune of "Foxy Lady."
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Not Like The Others

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Out of the four things on house musician Jonathan Coulton's list, try to figure out which one does not belong and why. His clues cover everything from nursery rhymes and wonders of the world, to a certain song by Mr. Rick Astley.
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