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

Last Build Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:40 -0500

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If You've Got Any Compound Interest, Solving This Puzzle Will Surely Pay Off

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:40 -0500

Every five-letter answer in this week's puzzle must complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

Sunday Puzzle: Solving This Puzzle Might Mean A Few Outfit Changes

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:53:00 -0500

This week's Sunday Puzzle is a word game in which Weekend Edition Puzzlemaster Will Shortz challenges listeners to switch letters in everyday words to transform their meaning.

Not My Job: Author Nora Roberts (aka JD Robb) Gets Quizzed On J.D. Salinger

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:16:22 -0500

Nora Roberts, who sometimes publishes under the name JD Robb, has had 198 books on the New York Times best-seller list. We'll ask her three questions about a somewhat less prolific author.

True Fact Or Fictitious

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:11:00 -0500

Guest musician Julian Velard sings about old wives tales in this parody of Stevie Wonder's classic song, "Superstition." Can you guess which tales are true and false before the contestants do?

Mystery Guest

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:11:00 -0500

Our Mystery Guest is Lauren Singer who decided to change her life in a radical way while she was in college. Ophira Eisenberg and guest musician Julian Velard ask yes or no questions to figure it out.

Ménage À Trois

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:34:00 -0500

They say two is company and three's a crowd, but these treasured trios prove that saying wrong. Contestants must guess the collective name given to a particular trio.

Roy Wood Jr.: Puzzle Banger After Banger

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:34:00 -0500

Comedian and Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. shares the struggles of raising his son in a world with racism and $9 smoothies. Then we quiz him on his favorite pastime—jigsaw puzzles!

A Bech-delicate Balance

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:34:00 -0500

In this game, contestants guess the names of the surprising bro-y films that happen to pass the Bechdel test.

This That Or The Other

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:34:00 -0500

In this week's edition of This That or the Other, poetry meets mystery meets...alt rock. Are these the titles of poems by Robert Frost, Nancy Drew books, or the name of alternative rock bands?

Celebrity Name Combos

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:34:00 -0500

Contestants must guess the phrase created by combining the last names of celebrities.

Recipe For New Sports? Just Add A Drone

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:17:00 -0500

You may have heard of drone racing, but people keep coming up with new ways to enjoy these flying machines. A Latvian firm has developed a drone to pull snowboarders in a sport called "droneboarding."

Do Not Pass Go: Interview With The Monopoly Thimble

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:47:00 -0500

Monopoly is dumping one of its traditional game pieces: the thimble. We reached the thimble for a completely imaginary conversation about obsolescence.

Not My Job: We Ask Stephen Colbert 3 Questions Meant For Lena Dunham

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:12:00 -0500

We planned to have the creator and star of HBO's Girls on the show this week, but when a snowstorm kept her from joining us, we quickly tracked down someone who didn't have any Thursday evening plans.

When Man's Best Friend Is The Worst At Truffle Hunting

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:14:00 -0500

Truffles are a culinary delicacy that sell for big bucks — and some dogs have long been bred specifically to sniff them out. But could any old dog be trained to pick up this lucrative new trick?

Not My Job: Soul Singer Mavis Staples Gets Quizzed On The Shaggs

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 10:56:00 -0500

The soul singer was once a member of her family band, The Staple Singers. So we'll ask her three questions about another (somewhat odder) family musical group.