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

Last Build Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:32:00 -0400

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Not My Job: We Quiz Comedian Bassem Youssef On Tubers

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:32:00 -0400

The Egyptian satirist got his start on YouTube, so we're going to see how much he knows about actual tubers. Youssef will answer three questions about potatoes.

Not My Job: Aubrey Plaza Gets Quizzed On The Plaza Hotel

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 14:58:00 -0400

In Parks and Recreation, Plaza played an intern who hated everybody and everything. In The Little Hours, she plays a nun who hates everybody and everything, so it's nice to see her branching out.

Sunday Puzzle: Wehn Wrods Get Rearearngd

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 08:03:54 -0400

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz challenges Lulu-Garcia Navarro and Patricia Wheeler of Orlando to a challenge involving rearranging letters to make opposite words.

Channel Flip

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:22:46 -0400

In this final round, we give the rough opposite of the name of a TV show, and our finalists name the original show. For example, if we said "Fixing Good," the answer would be "Breaking Bad."

Mystery Guest

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:22:46 -0400

This week's Mystery Guest is Zoë Greenberg, who teaches at a New York high school, and involves her students in an interesting project!

Adjacent Anthems

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:22:46 -0400

If you say you're from Dallas when you're really from Arlington, we've got a game for you. Jonathan Coulton sings songs about cities living in the shadow of nearby metropolises.

Matching Pairs

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:22:46 -0400

What if Laurel and Hardy were a kind of tree and a.k.a. Carl's Jr.? We ask this and other, better questions in this game, where we give alternate definitions for the names of famous duos.

Fans, Fiction, And Fan Fiction

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:22:46 -0400

Chris Colfer recounts auditioning for the hit show Glee, and how his distaste for reality led to his best-selling Young Adult series, The Land of Stories. Then we quiz him on unlikely fan fiction.

If I Could Turn Back Time

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:22:46 -0400

In this audio quiz, contestants have to identify some popular songs. The twist? All of these songs are themed around the concept of TIME...and we're playing them...BACKWARDS.

Robot Resumes

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:22:46 -0400

We describe robots that have been invented to perform specific tasks. Are they real, or fake?

Sunday Puzzle: Switch It Up

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 08:14:47 -0400

A tricky word challenge awaits your answers this week.

Sunday Puzzle: Follow My Lead

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 08:05:00 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and this week's puzzle winner Karen Marshall of Shoreline, Wash., work through a tough word game, crafted by puzzle master Will Shortz.

Not My Job: Former Flyers Goalie Bernie Parent Gets Quizzed On (Cake) Icing

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 11:17:00 -0400

There was a saying in Philadelphia in the 1970s: "Only the Lord saves more than Bernie Parent." The legendary goaltender won two consecutive Stanley Cups with the Flyers.

A Year Later, Pokémon Go Has Leveled Out And Left Fans Wanting More

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 08:01:30 -0400

The nostalgia-fueled app caught the world's attention — sending people in search of the game's monsters. While millions still play, augmented-reality designers are thinking about the next big thing.

Canadian Comics Celebrate Their Country's Birth At LA Comedy Clubs

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 07:52:28 -0400

Canada turns 150 on July 1 and a celebration is underway in Los Angeles comedy clubs, of all places, in honor of the long comedy tradition between the country to the north and LA.