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

Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:00:29 -0400

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Man Of Steel, Belted: 'Action Comics #1000' And The Return Of A Super-Accessory

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:00:29 -0400

This week, Action Comics becomes the first American comic book to reach #1000, though that numbering comes with an asterisk. More important: the return of Superman's red trunks — and yellow belt.

Disgraced Donkey Kong Master Says He's Got Proof He Didn't Cheat

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:54:00 -0400

Billy Mitchell, a star of the documentary King of Kong, is fighting a ruling that stripped his records in the arcade classic. "Witnesses, documents, everything will be made available to you," he says.

Here's What You Need To Know About Infinity Stones Before The New Avengers Movie

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0400

They're the major MacGuffins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — but there's a lot of them, and you need a scorecard to keep track of which does what. We're here for you.

Sunday Puzzle: Easy As Pie

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:20:47 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and puzzlemaster Will Shortz play this week's puzzle with listener Alphonse Baluta of Londonderry, N.H.

Power Ballads

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:15:31 -0400

We rewrote classic power ballads to be about things that run on battery power.

Mad Skillz

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:15:31 -0400

We've taken the liberty of drafting new LinkedIn profiles for famous people, all of whom have names that sound like jobs or occupations. Can you identify the celebrity?

Guitar Heroes

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:15:31 -0400

For this audio quiz, we visited the Brooklyn Guitar School and recorded some enthusiastic, beginner guitar students as they attempted to shred some of their favorite tunes.

Not What I Nintended

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:15:31 -0400

We imagine what would happen if some unlikely movies were adapted into video games.

Which Came First?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:15:00 -0400

MTV or PBS? Mickey Mouse or Mickey Mantle? Captain Kangaroo or Cap'n Crunch? With victory on the line, contestants must determine which came first. It's a question as old as chickens. Or eggs.

Ask Me Another Again Later

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:15:00 -0400

Host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton answer yes-or-no trivia questions, then compare their answers to those of the classic lo-fi toy.

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine: Muse Clues

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:15:00 -0400

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine talks us through the challenges of playing Ronnie on Showtime's The Chi. Then we challenge the actor, filmmaker, and photographer to a game about his personal muses.

Game Of Thrown Barrels: In Shocking Twist, Scandal Fells Donkey Kong Royalty

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 18:59:00 -0400

Billy Mitchell, one of the two bitter rivals in 2007's King of Kong, just had his high scores stripped by video game record keepers — including a historic (and disputed) score featured in the film.

Sunday Puzzle: Catch Me If You Can

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:15:59 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and puzzlemaster Will Shortz play the puzzle with Gary Lees of Key Biscayne, Fla.

Not My Job: Gov. John Kasich Get Quizzed On K-Tel

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 07:34:56 -0400

The governor of Ohio faces three questions about the company which invented the infomercial (and also made those '70s music compilation albums like 25 Polka Greats).

True Crime, Fake Homicide: The Onion's 'A Very Fatal Murder' Podcast

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:19:00 -0400

A postindustrial small town in Nebraska. A young girl killed. A New York host who is "kind of a sociopath." It's all in the satirical news agency's take on serial audio storytelling.