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12:46 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

You Call That An Ending?

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 2:13 pm

In honor of the final episode of Mad Men, we consider some TV series that ended in very bizarre ways. For instance, which family matriarch sits with her typewriter in the basement, as a voiceover tells us that she never won the lottery?

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12:46 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Like A Confused Boss

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:32 pm

In this game, we give a sentence with an overly literal misuse of a common business cliché, and you give us the cliché. For example, "I really need you to force the flat rectangular paper container to move forward!" is "push the envelope."

Heard in A Mad Men Endgame

Ask Me Another
12:46 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Come Sail Away

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:32 pm

Inspired by the waters off the coast of Santa Barbara, we rewrote the lyrics to the song "Sloop John B" so that the verses describe real or fictional sailing vessels.

Heard in A Mad Men Endgame

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12:46 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Street Smarts

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:32 pm

In Southern California, the car is king, and traffic is queen. In this final round, every answer is a common phrase or proper name that contain a type of roadway.

Heard in A Mad Men Endgame

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12:46 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Matthew Weiner: No Longer Linda's Loser Husband

Matthew Weiner and Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 6:22 am

When Matthew Weiner was working as a writer on the HBO series The Sopranos, a crewman walked up to him and said, "I heard you were the son of a doctor from Hancock Park. What are you doing here?" Weiner responded, "Well, I have what they call 'an imagination.' "

More than 15 years later, that imagination landed Weiner a hit series on AMC. To date, Mad Men has earned him seven Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, a Peabody and more.

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9:09 am
Thu April 23, 2015

"AMA" Let You Finish

For this final round, every answer ends with our show's initials, A-M-A. We say, "This Nepalese prince found enlightenment and became the Buddha;" you say, "Siddhartha Gautama."

Heard in Quiz Me The Way I Am

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9:09 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Remember Me?

VIP Ingrid Michaelson whips out her ukulele and joins Jonathan Coulton for a game about amnesia-afflicted movie characters, set to the tune of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know."

Heard in Quiz Me The Way I Am

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9:09 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Initially Incorrect

An intialism is an abbreviation of a phrase that is pronounced letter-by-letter, like TMI. In this game, every clue is a sentence that ends with a well-known initialism, BUT is the opposite of what we're looking for.

Heard in Quiz Me The Way I Am

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10:32 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Historical Figure, Sci-Fi Villain Or Tech Startup?

LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 11:45 am

There's no shortage of tech startups in Silicon Valley, and since these companies are founded by people who can identify every Star Wars character at the drop of a hat, their names tend to sound pretty weird. Is Zurg a new app that analyzes your dreams, Doctor Who's nemesis, or a 12th-century warlord? For our show at San Francisco Sketchfest, we make contestants earn their nerd cred by telling us — is it a historical figure, a sci-fi villain or a tech company?

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10:29 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Grandparent Movie Database

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 11:22 am

If grandparents ran IMDB, descriptions would sound like this: "He's that one in the Grabbed movies? He has a particular set of skills." Can you guess the actors by their slightly confused bios?

Heard in Sketchfest 2015: Alex Borstein, Brad Bird and Dan Savage

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