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

Last Build Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:04:28 -0400

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The Peoples' Guide To Navigating Racial Awkwardess

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:04:28 -0400

What are the best strategies for responding to uncomfortable racial comments? We asked, you delivered. Here are some of our favorite ideas.

Want To Get An A? Better Know Your Words Backward And Forward

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:35:26 -0400

For each question in this week's puzzle, you'll be given a word ending in the letter A. Anagram each of them to get a familiar word starting with A.

Not My Job: Jamie Lee Curtis Gets Quizzed On Unlikely Inventions

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:34:00 -0400

In the late 1980s, Curtis filed a patent for a diaper/baby wipe combo, so we've invited her to play a game called "Eureka!" Three questions about inventors and their inventions.

Sharing Pairing

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:51:06 -0400

In this final round, every answer is a rhyming pair of words. The second word is created by changing the first letter of the first word.

Natasha Lyonne: Random Houses

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:51:06 -0400


Something, James Something

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:51:06 -0400

We rewrote James Bond movie themes to be about other famous people named James. Score a bonus point by identifying the Bond theme!

Mystery Guest

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:51:06 -0400

Tim League owns a business that he's bringing to New York City. Ophira and Jonathan must figure out what Tim's business is by asking yes-or-no questions.

Herb, My Little Pony, Or Enya Song?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:51:06 -0400

In this edition of This, That or the Other, contestants must guess: is it a culinary herb, a My Little Pony character, or an Enya song?

A Film Lover's Travel Guide

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:51:06 -0400

We read entries from a travel guide. All you have to do is figure out what city we're describing, except this travel guide was written by someone who only researched the cities by watching movies.

Do You Remember The First 3 Letters Of September?

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:49:00 -0400

It's not just Earth, Wind & Fire who'd like you to remember September. The words in this week's puzzle each start with one of the first three letters of our current month.

Not My Job: Nickel Creek Frontman Chris Thile Gets Quizzed On Nickelback

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:20:00 -0400

The new host of A Prairie Home Companion has fronted the popular bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek — so naturally, we asked him about the much derided Canadian band Nickelback.

Hari Kondabolu Says His Mom Is Hilarious — And Not Because Of Her Accent

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 04:39:00 -0400

The immigrants rights organizer turned comedian won't impersonate his parents' Indian accents. For many people, he says, "immigrants are funny voices," and he's not interested in playing into that.

In Banned Books Scavenger Hunt, The Prize Is Literary 'Smut'

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:30:00 -0400

The D.C. public library has hidden books throughout the city in stores, libraries and cafes. They're covered in black dust jackets with labels like FILTHY, TRASHY and PROFANE. Can you find all six?

It's A Race To The End — Of The Alphabet

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:03:05 -0400

For this week's puzzle, you'll get a list of categories. Alphabetize the category's members by the last letter of each word to find the answer.

Actress And Broadway Star Kristin Chenoweth Plays Not My Job

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0400

We've invited Chenoweth, who is 4 feet 11 inches, to answer three questions about 6-foot-1 model and actress Brigitte Nielsen.