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

Last Build Date: Sun, 21 May 2017 07:13:00 -0400

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Sunday Puzzle: From Canton To Scranton, You Need To Know Your U.S. Cities

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:13:00 -0400

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Lulu Garcia-Navarro challenge winner Joseph Young of St. Cloud, Minn., with bending the names of states into new words. Shortz is the puzzle editor of The New York Times.

Not My Job: We Quiz Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse On Peaches

Sat, 20 May 2017 11:26:00 -0400

We've invited the Republican senator to play a game called "You're a real peach!" Three questions about the fuzzy-skinned fruit, during a week when we've heard the word "impeachment" more than usual.

Can You Copyright Your Dumb Joke? And How Can You Prove It's Yours?

Wed, 17 May 2017 05:00:00 -0400

"Joke theft" sounds funny, but that claim is at the heart of a lawsuit lodged against Conan O'Brien. The case brings thorny questions of humor to the courtroom, a place not always known for jokes.

NPR News Nuggets: Not All Dads Wear Capes, Modern Art & Italian Living

Sun, 14 May 2017 22:37:00 -0400

Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.

Test Your Knowledge With The Sunday Puzzle

Sun, 14 May 2017 07:52:00 -0400

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz tests NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Wesley Hamlin from New Castle, Del., with a tricky word challenge.

Not My Job: We Quiz Olympic Skier Hannah Kearney On Business Moguls

Sat, 13 May 2017 11:16:00 -0400

Kearney is one of the greatest mogul skiers of all time. She's won 43 World Cup mogul medals, three U.S. Championship medals and two Olympic medals.

Friends Everywhere

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:03:52 -0400

Every answer in this final round will contain the first name of a character from the TV show "Friends."

Mystery Guest

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:03:52 -0400

Our Mystery Guest, Dick Zigun, founded a popular New York City event in 1983. Ophira and guest house musician Julian Velard work together to figure out this secret by asking "yes" or "no" questions.

Take Me To Church

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:03:52 -0400

We took the Hozier song "Take Me to Church," which compares falling in love to going to church, and rewrote it to be about other cheap date ideas.

And The Scar Goes To...

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:03:52 -0400

We removed the first letter from one of the words in a movie's title, and rewrote the plot to match the new title.

Trials And Tribute Bands

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:03:52 -0400

Contestants guess if a supposed cover band is a real band, or one that we made up.

Body Tourist

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:03:52 -0400

Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin play the part of travel agents who are selling trips to different parts of the body. Contestants guess where they're traveling.

Andy Karl: 'Groundhog Day' Seven Days A Week

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:03:00 -0400

Tony Nominee Andy Karl from Broadway's Groundhog Day shares what makes the script irresistible and his thoughts on movies turned musicals. Plus a game about weather forecasters who became celebrities.

Name Your Favorite Weekend Tradition In Two Words: Sunday Puzzle

Sun, 07 May 2017 08:16:14 -0400

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz challenges Mike Pleasants from St. Paul, Minn. to a challenge with some familiar two-word phrases.

Not My Job: We Quiz Director Guy Ritchie On Locks, Stocks And Barrels

Sat, 06 May 2017 14:59:00 -0400

Ritchie wanted to be a filmmaker, so he dropped out of school at the age of 15 — why waste time? His first film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was a breakout independent hit.