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

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Sunday Puzzle: Anyway, It's Drew Carey's Line This Time

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 07:56:31 -0400

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz challenges Lulu-Garcia Navarro and special guest Drew Carey to a tricky word challenge.

Not My Job: We Quiz A Retired CIA Analyst On Briefs (The Underwear)

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0400

John Nixon has done both briefing and debriefing, so we'll see what he knows about underwear briefs. The former CIA analyst, who interrogated Saddam Hussein, is the author of Debriefing the President.

Are We There Yet?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:42:53 -0400

In honor of our long flight from Brooklyn to Phoenix, this final round is called, "Are We There Yet?" Every answer contains something that sounds like a method of transportation.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:42:53 -0400

Our Mystery Guest Stacey Gordon has an interesting job that takes her from Phoenix to a street in New York City. Can you guess what it is before Ophira and Jonathan?

Things With Wings

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:42:53 -0400

Inspired by the 1980s band from Phoenix, Arizona, we rewrote the Mr. Mister hit song "Broken Wings" to be about things...with wings.

Rinse, Pete, Repeat

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:42:52 -0400

We invented alternate definitions for words that start with "re." If we said, "I GIVE UP trying to WRITE MY NAME at the bottom of this letter," you would say, "Re-sign" or "resign."

Penn Jillette: Fool Us Once

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:42:52 -0400

Ask Me Another rises from the ashes in Phoenix, AZ with Penn Jillette! He pulls back the curtain on his distaste for magic, his strictly working relationship with Teller, and his love of being fooled.

Daylight Saving Time Travel

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:42:52 -0400

Fun fact! Phoenix, Arizona does not recognize Daylight Saving Time! So we wrote an audio quiz with clips from famous works involving time travel.

Click-Bait And Switch

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:42:52 -0400

To get more people interested in history, we've written clickbait-style headlines for important historical events. Contestants ring in to guess the event — but what happens after that will SHOCK you.

Sunday Puzzle: Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls, Please Stick To The Best Songs To 'Solve'

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:07:31 -0400

This week Stephen Dubner of "Freakonomics" joins Lynn Neary and Will Shortz to play the Sunday Puzzle.

Not My Job: We Quiz The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, On Footwear

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:42:00 -0400

In 1978, Garten left her government job and bought a specialty food store in the Hamptons. That store grew into a career, a series of cookbooks and a popular show on the Food Network.

Peep Show: Watch Us Calculate The Speed Of Light With Stale Easter Treats

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:22:00 -0400

NPR's Adam Cole demonstrates a science experiment that offers a new use for old Peeps. All you need is a ruler and a microwave.

Outgoing 'New Yorker' Cartoon Editor Says 'Being Funny Is Being Awake'

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:24:00 -0400

After 20 years as the magazine's cartoon gatekeeper, Bob Mankoff is stepping down. He says humor helps us cope with hardship, get along with one another — and, in general, makes life more enjoyable.

A Patriotic Finale

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:38:01 -0400

Philadelphia is where America's Founding Fathers wrote The Constitution, and to celebrate that, we made a final round where every answer contains either the word RED, WHITE or BLUE.

What The Bell?

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:38:01 -0400

To honor Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, contestants hear audio clues about people and things that have "bell" in the name and ring in to guess what--or who--they're about!