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Ask Me Another
11:27 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Mistransportation

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 10:06 am

Transportation alternatives are so hot right now, but house musician Jonathan Coulton has got a few innovations of his own. In this game, he's singing popular songs about travel--although he's replaced the method of transportation in the song with a different, more whimsical, type of vehicle. Can you name the original?

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Ask Me Another
11:27 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Minnesotans We Have Known

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 10:06 am

Very Important Puzzler Lizz Winstead, a Minneapolis native, proves her fierce hometown pride in an Ask Me Another Challenge about famous people from her home state.

Plus, Jonathan Coulton covers the song "Kiss," by one of Minnesota's finest: Prince.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

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Ask Me Another
11:27 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Get Me Rewrite

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 10:06 am

In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg changes the titles of some well-known movies by exactly one letter, and reworks their plots to suit. For example, Star Wars becomes Star Bars when the plot is changed thusly: A long time ago, Luke and Obi-Wan walked into Mos Eisley and went on the greatest pub crawl in the galaxy.

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Ask Me Another
11:27 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Natalie Portmantoast

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 10:06 am

Very Important Puzzler Lizz Winstead is a huge fan of the "portmanteau," a word formed by combining two other words, such as "smog" being a combination of "smoke" and "fog." But the ones Lizz makes up are much funnier. In this game, Lizz joins host Ophira Eisenberg to prompt contestants to make their own portmanteaus by combining a famous person's name with a food item.

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Ask Me Another
11:27 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Two Bee Or Not Two Bee

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 10:06 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now, we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back the winners from all of our former games. From there's an apt for that: Eileen Fitzpatrick.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From this, that or the other: Jaime green. From Mistransportation: Joe Miscavige. From Get Me Rewrite: Amy Ruttenberg. And from Natalie Portmantoast: Dianne Nora.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru Will Hines to take us out.

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Ask Me Another
11:27 am
Thu June 6, 2013

There's An Apt For That

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 12:01 pm

Have you ever met a baker whose last name was Baker, or a blacksmith whose last name is Smith? Then you might be familiar with the term "aptronym," a word that refers to a person's name that happens to suit her job or characteristics. In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg asks contestants about people both real and fictional whose last names are aptly suited to their professions.

Later, house musician Jonathan Coulton covers "Poisoning Pigeons In The Park," a seasonal favorite by Tom Lehrer.

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Ask Me Another
11:27 am
Thu June 6, 2013

This, That Or The Other V

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 10:06 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

We've got our next two contestants settling in, Jaime Green and Paul Griffiths, ready to play our next game.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Jaime, your hobby is astronomy. I want to know what you do with this hobby. Do you hang out with people and talk stars? Do you drive to a location?

JAIME GREEN: I write about it.

EISENBERG: You write about it?

GREEN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Alone.

GREEN: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Okay. Paul, do you have any smart nerdy hobbies?

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The Two-Way
7:37 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Book News: A.M. Homes Takes Women's Prize For Fiction

A.M. Homes, author of May We Be Forgiven, poses prior to Wednesday's awards ceremony for the Women's Prize For Fiction at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Critics' Lists: Summer 2013
7:01 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Female Perspectives: Five Novels That Bring Outsiders In

Andrew Bannecker

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 3:04 pm

For readers in search of tales that step outside familiar viewpoints, there is an abundance of fiction by women unraveling the big themes of conflict, religion, race and love — from new and different angles. The five novels I'm recommending offer up-close-and-personal engagement with characters who are often at odds with their communities or whose lives are so far on the periphery that we can be sure history books would pass them by. They make far-flung places and faraway lives feel immediate.

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Book Reviews
7:01 am
Thu June 6, 2013

'Cinnamon And Gunpowder': Haute Cuisine On The High Seas

Food porn and rip-roaring pirate adventure are two great tastes that taste great together in Eli Brown's rollicking Cinnamon and Gunpowder. Owen Wedgwood is the brilliant but rather prissy chef to shipping magnate Lord Ramsey — until privateer captain "Mad Hannah" Mabbot shoots Ramsey at point-blank range and takes Wedgwood prisoner, charging him to earn his keep by preparing her one magnificent dinner a week, using only the ingredients he can find on her ship, the Flying Rose.

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