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

Last Build Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:36:00 -0400

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20 Years Later, Humans Still No Match For Computers On The Chessboard

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:36:00 -0400

IBM's Deep Blue beat chess great Garry Kasparov in 1997. Humans and computers play the game differently, but have computers taught humans much about the game?

Mark Twain Prize: Bill Murray Accepts Nation's Top Humor Award

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

Bill Murray received the 2016 Mark Twain Prize Sunday evening at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He was gently roasted by friends and fellow comics, and he was droll and deadpan and heartfelt.

Hark! Who Goes There? Why, It's A Puzzle For A 'Guard'

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

This is a game of categories based on the word "guard." For each category given, name something in it starting with each of the letters G-U-A-R-D.

Not My Job: We Ask The Choreographer Of 'The Lion King' About Lying Kings

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:33:00 -0400

We recorded the show in Rochester, N.Y., this week, which is home to the Garth Fagan Dance company. We'll ask acclaimed choreographer Garth Fagan three questions about really deceitful people.

PHOTOS: Finalists For The 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:05:00 -0400

A bear being fish-slapped. A decidedly not-regal eagle. An unfortunate buffalo/bird interaction.

Home Improvement

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:16:27 -0400

In this final round, every answer contains an object you'd find in a hardware store. So if we said, "He's the rapper who was '2 Legit 2 Quit,'" the answer would be "M-C Hammer."

One-Named Wonders

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:16:27 -0400

This game contains a bunch of words that have something in common: they're all one-word titles of songs performed by a one-named musician.

Let's Turn It On

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:16:27 -0400

In this music game, Jonathan Coulton revamps the sensual Marvin Gaye song "Let's Get It On" to be about famous people who invented or discovered something.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:16:27 -0400

Ophira and Jonathan become the contestants in this round of Mystery Guest! Marie Carter has a job that takes her all over New York City, and Ophira and Jonathan try to figure out what it is.

Star Trek Species, Energy Drink, Or Infomercial Product?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:16:27 -0400


Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:16:27 -0400

This game was written by someone who studied Shakespeare's plays a long time ago, but has since forgotten almost everything about them.

Ti West & James Ransone: In A Valley Of Trivia

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:16:00 -0400

In the spirit of the Western, our VIPs face off in an Ask Me Another showdown! Ophira and Jonathan give clues to an answer with the word "West" in it — first to buzz in with the correct answer wins!

Rocky Mountain Oysters Are What?! We Try A Dish Of Cowboy Lore

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:31:00 -0400

They're known by many names: lamb fries, bull fries, huevos de toro. There's a rich tapestry of Western lore built around this food, which is, well, fried testicles. Our reporter bites into this tale.

When It Comes To The Puzzle, Don't Mail It In — Just Exchange A Letter

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:26:04 -0400

Given two words in this week's puzzle, move one letter from one of hem and insert it in the other — without changing the order of any of the letters — to get two synonyms.

'Really Bad Chess': A Game That Introduces An Element Of Luck

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:26:00 -0400

Zach Gage is an artist and game maker who was frustrated by chess. So he made his own IOS version — Really Bad Chess — in which players get a random assortment of pieces instead of the typical lineup.