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

Last Build Date: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:30:00 -0500

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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 08:41:28 -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.

What's The Difference Between This Puzzle And Director Werner Herzog?

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:38:00 -0500

One bears a question, while the other questioned bears. Now, that headline may seem like a non sequitur, but it's also a little clue to the Sunday Puzzle — which concludes a two-week conundrum.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live From Los Angeles With Kumail Nanjiani

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:35:00 -0500

This week's show was taped during our west coast tour, and it gives us a chance to talk about romantic comedies with actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani.

To Make It In Comedy You Have To Bet On Yourself

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:37:23 -0500

Stephen Agyei is a Denver-based comedian who's ready to quit his day job and take his comedy full time. The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr.'s advice? Move to a coast.

Oh, You Think You Know Us? Test Your Mettle With A Very NPR Puzzle

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:11:37 -0500

Every answer is the name of an NPR host — that is, one of the colleagues of this week's special guest, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro, who will be taking over as host of Weekend Edition Sunday.

Not My Job: Garth Brooks Gets Quizzed On Other Garths

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:20:00 -0500

In February, country music superstar Trisha Yearwood came to play our quiz, and she mentioned we might want to talk to her husband, who we understand is something of a musician himself.

On Again, Off Again

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:14:38 -0500

All bets are off in this week's final round, where each answer contains the word "off."

Dennis Quaid & Christian Cooke: Sexiest Men Of The Auction House

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:14:38 -0500



Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:14:38 -0500

In this music game, we rewrote the lyrics to David Bowie's "Changes" to be about things that change or get changed.

The N-th Degree

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:14:00 -0500

Get ready to be exponentially impressed with this game, where contestants add the letter 'N' to common phrases, and turn them into less common phrases.