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

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You've Got An Ace In The Hole, If You Can Find The Right Words

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:02:24 -0500

This week's puzzle presents definitions that give clues to a common phrase.

Not My Job: We Quiz Gymnast Simone Biles On The History Of The iPhone

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:24:00 -0500

The U.S. gymnast took home four gold medals from the summer Olympics in Rio, and now she has a chance for glory once again.


Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:33:00 -0500

All answers in this final round consist of two words, both words starting with D.

Cat Cora: Her Kitchen Rules

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:33:00 -0500

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora dishes on her TV show "My Kitchen Rules" and the strange ways she kept her edge on "Iron Chef America." Plus, she guesses odd dishes made up of rhyming foods like "steak cake."

Bring Your "Ay" Game

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:33:00 -0500

If we said, "Get CLOSE TO THE GROUND to CHEER at a bullfight," you'd answer, "Low... ole," because the Pig Latin translation of the word "LOW" is "OW-LAY."

Dolly's Dollies

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:33:00 -0500

We took the Dolly Parton song "9-to-5" and rewrote it to be about careers that have been held by an official Barbie doll.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:33:00 -0500

This week's Mystery Guest, Matthew Ahn, used to hold a Guinness World Record, but as of 2017, that record has officially been nullified.

This, That Or The Other

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:33:00 -0500

In this week's installment of This, That, or the Other, contestants decide if the answer is a brand of whiskey, a U.S. Navy ship, or the name of a dog who won "Best in Show" at Westminster.

B.O.O.K. Cupid

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:33:00 -0500

We found the online dating profiles of some of fiction's biggest leading men and women; contestants must guess what book they're from.

Top Prize For Solving A Tough Puzzle ... There's A Total Pattern Here

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 08:35:28 -0500

Every answer is a compound word or familiar two-word phrase in which the first part starts 'To' and the second part starts 'P.'

Amid Isolation, 2 Cubans Develop Island's First Video Game

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:39:00 -0500

Video game enthusiasts in Cuba face big obstacles with limited access to the Internet. With the opening to the U.S., two young Cubans hope to release the first independent game produced on the island.

For This Puzzling Retrospective On 2016, You'll Need A Set Of Speakers

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:41:34 -0500

We give you some notable quotes from the previous 12 months. You tell us who said them.

One Letter, Two Words Make Up This Week's Sunday Puzzle

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 08:48:00 -0500

A good golf game will help you with next week's challenge.

Not My Job: We Quiz Composer Michael Giacchino On Decomposition

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 11:11:00 -0500

We invite the composer beind the Star Wars and Star Trek soundtracks to play a game called "Just like composing, but it goes the other way."

Encore: An Elf Questions Santa's Naughty Or Nice System

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:49:00 -0500

An elf, tasked with deciding which children are naughty or nice, begins to question Santa's system.