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Saturday, Oct 20

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Not My Job: Legal Thriller Author John Grisham Gets Quizzed On (Men's) Briefs

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Sure, the lawyer-turned-novelist knows about legal briefs, but what about men's briefs? We'll ask him three questions about tighty whities.

Friday, Oct 19

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What's More

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Sometimes less is more, but not today. In this final round, contestants must pick which of two things there's more of.

1990s Nostalgia

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Break out the brown lipstick and buckle your jelly sandals! In this 1990s themed music parody game, contestants must identify events and cultural phenomena from the 1990s.

Best Of The Fest

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Is Coachella a little too mainstream? Tired of Burning Man? Fear not! In this game, contestants guess if obscure world festivals are real or fake.

Nick Kroll: The Story Of The Toothpaste Wedgie

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Actor and comedian Nick Kroll talks about character comedy, lightly stalking elderly men, and his Netflix series, Big Mouth. Then, he plays a game about commercials turned into TV shows and movies.

Sunday, Oct 14

15

Sunday Puzzle: Cal It Like It is

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Weekend Edition Puzzlemaster Will Shortz play a word game with WNYC listener John Price of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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How 'Bring The Pain' Brought Chris Rock Superstar Fame

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A new A&E documentary highlights the stand-up comedian's breakout HBO special.

Sunday, Oct 7

15

Sunday Puzzle: Get Short-I

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navaro and puzzlemaster Will Shortz play the puzzle this week with Mary Tod from Baltimore.

Saturday, Oct 6

Not My Job: We Quiz Ellie Kemper Of 'Kimmy Schmidt' On Jimmy Smits

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Kemper has just written a book called My Squirrel Days. She stars in the Netflix sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Friday, Oct 5

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Month To Month

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In this final round, every answer includes a month of the year.

Jill Sobule: A Shredder Right From The Beginning

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Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule talks about her early career and her new album Nostalgia Kills, then joins Jonathan Coulton to perform a music parody game.

Word Capitals

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An atlas and a dictionary combine powers in this game where every answer is a word that contains the name of a world capital.

Tom Arnold: Don't Call It A Comeback

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Tom Arnold takes the stage to discuss his early job at a meatpacking plant, breaking into comedy, and his Viceland series, The Hunt for the Trump Tapes. Then, he plays a game about sports comebacks.

Podcast Themes

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Ask Me Another shows some love for other podcasts in this audio quiz. Contestants identify podcasts from their theme songs.

Measured Response

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Still struggling with the metric system? Well that doesn't matter here! In this game, contestants guess if historical measurement facts are true or false.

Sunday, Sep 30

15

Sunday Puzzle: From Left To Right And Hiding In Sight

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Weekend Edition puzzlemaster Will Shortz play a word game with listener Lisa Muré of Holderness, N.H.

Saturday, Sep 29

Not My Job: Actor Jon Hamm Gets Quizzed On Spam

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The Mad Men star will answer three questions about the canned meat product with a verrrry long shelf life.

Friday, Sep 28

18

This, That, Or The Other

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Is a "vorpal" a sea creature, gadget, or fictional sword? Contestants guess from these categories in this edition of "This, That or The Other."

Thursday, Sep 27

12

Yowza! 300 New Words Added To Scrabble

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It's OK, because 300 new words are being added to the Scrabble dictionary. Like OK, ew, yowza, twerk and bizjet.

Tuesday, Sep 25

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New Scrabble Dictionary For A New Generation

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Hasbro and Merriam-Webster have freshened the 70-year-old reference book by adding 300 new words to The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Sunday, Sep 23

14

Sunday Puzzle: Make Me A Star

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NPR's Renee Montagne and puzzlemaster Will Shortz play this week's puzzle with Bill Makosey of East Lansing, Mich.

Saturday, Sep 22

13

Not My Job: Gymnast Aly Raisman Plays A Game Called 'Oy! A Vault!'

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Gymnasts are experts in one kind of vault ... but what about the kind you store your stuff in? Three questions for Olympian Aly Raisman, who has chronicled her career in the memoir Fierce.

Sunday, Sep 16

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Sunday Puzzle: TBA

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and puzzlemaster Will Shortz try to stump Sonya Sandoval of Payson, Ariz.

Saturday, Sep 15

13

Not My Job: We Quiz 'Pitch Perfect' Anna Kendrick On Pitching Perfectly

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How much does the star of the Pitch Perfect movies know about pitching perfectly? We've invited her to answer three questions about a no-hitter thrown by Pittsburgh Pirate Dock Ellis in June 1970.

Friday, Sep 14

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Matt And Kim: How To Go Outside And Not Die

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Indie pop duo Matt and Kim talk about why their latest album, Almost Everyday, is a departure from their earlier work. Then, they play a game called "How To Go Outside And Not Die."

Crazy Twain

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In this music parody, lyrics to Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" are changed to be about Missouri-native Mark Twain.

Saint Umped

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St-umped? Not these contestants! In this game, words that start with S-T become saints.

Arch Nemesis

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In celebration of St. Louis's famous Gateway Arch, each answer has the consecutive letters A-R-C-H.

St. Louisans

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It's not just the birthplace of 7UP! Contestants must name famous people born or raised in St. Louis based on audio clips.

Imaginary Tourism

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Pack your bags! In this game, contestants identify fictional destinations from books, movies, and TV shows.