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

Last Build Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:20:42 -0500

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NPR News Nuggets: Purple Lights, Christmas Cheer & Top Selling CD Of 2016

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:20:42 -0500

Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.

Something Fishy

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:47:16 -0500

Our finalists get nautical in this final round where every answer contains a form of marine life.


Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:47:16 -0500

The never-ending struggle with your confused GPS hits an all-time high in this game about national landmarks. Contestants figure out where a virus-afflicted GPS is trying to direct them to.


Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:47:16 -0500

If Jonathan Coulton sang the Cyndi Lauper song "Time After Time," but the lyrics were about the show Project Runway after Tim Gunn retires, the answer would be "Time After Tim."

Mystery Guest

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:47:16 -0500

This episode's Mystery Guest, Leslie Scott, calls in all the way from England. Leslie created something you can do with friends.

Dog, Park, Or Monster?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:47:16 -0500

This, That, or the Other returns! Our clues fit into one of three categories: is it a dog breed, a national park, or a Japanese kaiju monster?

Tilt The Title

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:47:15 -0500

In this game, contestants rearrange the titles of famous books to make entirely new books.

Stump Jonathan Coulton

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:47:15 -0500

In this round of Stump Jonathan Coulton, it's the year 1004 and a relatively new hand-held object has just been derided by clergy as being "sinfully decadent."

Pablo Hidalgo: Red Five Standing By

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:47:00 -0500


What's A Song That Could Ruin Your Whole Day? Our Listeners Respond

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:30:00 -0500

A Canadian police department jokingly said they'd punish drunk drivers by making them listen to Nickelback. That got us thinking: What song would you pick as punishment? We asked, you answered.

Leaders, To The Letter: Better Break Out The History Book For This One

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:41:00 -0500

Every answer this week is the last name of a world leader of the past 100 years. For each country and an anagram of the name, find the name of the leader.

Not My Job: 'Good Wife' Star Alan Cumming Gets Quizzed On Bad Wives

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:01:00 -0500

This week, we invited Alan Cumming, actor, singer, author, director and proud son of Scotland, to play our quiz. He's now on tour performing songs from his new album, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.


Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:17:50 -0500

Lauren Weedman talks about her memoir, which peeks inside her failing marriage and desire for human connection. Then, in the final round, answers are one of Modern Library's top 100 English novels.

Chapter One

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:17:49 -0500

Nonfiction books get the blockbuster movie trailer treatment. Then, find the perfect reading snack with a mash-up game featuring book titles reimagined as foods.


Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:17:49 -0500

Guess classic novels like Moby Dick from their actual one-star Amazon reviews. Then, see if you can tell the difference between a Choose Your Own Adventure book and a Weekly World News headline.