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Games, puzzles, and contests plus odd stories from comedy, art, and society.



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Sunday Puzzle: Food For Thought

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:46:46 -0500

KJZZ listener Shaun Kuter plays this week's puzzle with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Will Shortz, The New York Times crossword editor and Weekend Edition Puzzlemaster.



'Desert Bus': Even In Virtual Reality, It's Still 'Boring'

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:03:46 -0500

Desert Bus may be the world's most boring video game. Players drive a bus from Arizona to Nevada in real time, an eight-hour trip. Now the game has a sequel - just as boring, but in virtual reality.



Not My Job: Method Man Gets Quizzed On Method Acting

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:18:00 -0500

The TV host and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan answers questions about the dramatic technique of becoming the character one plays.



Sunday Puzzle: The Reverse Is Also True

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 08:08:06 -0500

Mark Mezak of San Francisco plays this week's head-scratcher with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Will Shortz, The New York Times crossword editor and Weekend Edition Puzzlemaster.



Not My Job: We Quiz 'Lady Bird' Director Greta Gerwig On Female Birds

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 07:44:34 -0500

The acclaimed actor and screenwriter (and now director) faces questions about hedge sparrows, cuckoos and palm cockatoos.



Wisdom Of The Crowd

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:42:03 -0500

Can you guess how many people follow the most-followed raccoon on Instagram? We challenged house musician Jonathan Coulton and the hive mind of our audience to a guesstimation game.



Cop To It

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:42:03 -0500

Get ready for the ultimate Sting operation: We rewrote songs by The Police to be about famous cop shows.



This, That, Or The Other

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:42:03 -0500

Contestants guess whether phrases are spooky urban legends, nicknames of old-timey Hall of Fame baseball players, or a phrase following "The Adventure of" in the title of a Sherlock Holmes story.



Jason Mraz: Choco-mole And Pie

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:42:03 -0500

Mraz recounts the palm reading that led him to drop out of college and make music, and how Sara Bareilles brought him to the Broadway musical Waitress. Then we quiz this organic farmer on avocados.



Start Me Up

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:42:03 -0500

DING! That imaginary bell means it's time for an audio quiz about the sounds you hear when events, movies, and video games begin.



Hanks For Nothin'

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:42:03 -0500

Break out your multiple Oscars for a game that mashes up Tom Hanks movie titles! It's his best work since Apollo 13 Going On 30.



Sunday Puzzle: Turn That Fame Into Capital

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:57:00 -0500

NPR's Linda Wertheimer and New York Times crosswords editor Will Shortz play this week's challenge with Richard McCurdy of Burbank, Calif.



Why 'Star Wars Battlefront II' Is Creating Such A Big Debate In The Gaming World

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Star Wars Battlefront II has created a massive debate within the world of gaming about in-game purchases, and now officials in Belgium and a representative from Hawaii are likening its in-game economy to gambling. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to Allegra Frank of the video game news site Polygon about the game's controversial "loot-crate" system.



Sunday Puzzle: Throw Your Hat In The Ring

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:10:58 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and New York Times crosswords editor Will Shortz play this week's World Boxing Association-themed challenge with John Veal of Kansas City, Mo.



Not My Job: 'Simpsons' Artist Liz Climo Gets Quizzed On Jessica Simpson

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:43:02 -0500

Known also for her children's books full of cute cartoon animals, the illustrator attempts to answer questions about the pop star.