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Games & Humor : NPR

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

Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:05:00 -0400

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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.

I Just Play One On Television

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:05:16 -0400

In this final round, Puzzle Guru Art Chung asks the final contestants to identify the occupations of famous TV characters. For example, "Tony Soprano, from The Sopranos," would be "mob boss."

Javier Muñoz: The Secret Life Of Presidential Pets

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:05:16 -0400

Javier Muñoz, from the musical Hamilton, tells us about performing for Lin Manuel Miranda, President Obama, and Beyonce. Then he leads a game about a president's best friend--their pet.

Steel, Talking Heads, Or Wrestlemania?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:05:16 -0400

In this edition of This, That, or the Other, contestants must decide: is it a Danielle Steel novel, a Talking Heads song, or a Wrestlemania tagline?

Knowledge By Nature

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:05:16 -0400

In honor of the song "O-P-P" by "Naughty By Nature," every answer is three letters that rhyme with O-P-P.