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Wednesday, Nov 28

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Norwegian Magnus Carlsen Defends His Title As World Chess Champion

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A 27-year-old Norwegian, Magnus Carlsen, beat American Fabiano Caruana in this year's World Chess Championship that ended on Wednesday.

Sunday, Nov 25

14

Sunday Puzzle: The Big Mo'

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NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer plays the puzzle with Weekend Edition's puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Marilyn Rogers of Austin.

Sunday, Nov 18

15

Sunday Puzzle: Name A Category

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Weekend Edition's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and New York Times Puzzlemaster Will Shortz play a word game with WWNO listener Eric Bogren of New Orleans, La.

Video Game Garners West Virginia Governor's Attention

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The new version of the hit post-apocalyptic video game Fallout 76 is out. It's set in West Virginia and the state is taking notice, including via an interactive map with sites featured in the game.

Saturday, Nov 17

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Not My Job: We Quiz Orlando Magic Star Aaron Gordon On Actual Magic

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We recorded the show in Orlando, Fla., this week so we've invited NBA star Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic to play a game called "Abracadabra!"

Friday, Nov 16

19

Mo Amer: Working The Classroom Comedy Circuit

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Comedian Mo Amer discusses fleeing Kuwait for Texas early in his life, working the high school stand up circuit, and the art of being genuine. Then, he plays a game about world flags.

Breaking Up

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The lyrics to Alanis Morissette's classic break-up anthem "You Oughta Know" are rewritten to be about people and things that famously "broke up."

Thanksgiving Mashups

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Pass the non sequiturkey! In this word game, contestants stuff together Thanksgiving dishes with other words and phrases.

Dascha Polanco: Trading Scrubs For 'Orange' Jumpsuits

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Actor Dascha Polanco chats juggling work and nursing school while auditioning for Orange Is The New Black. Then, she tests her nose in a game about essential oils.

Acting For Two

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One actor, double the fun. In this audio quiz, contestants identify films in which actors play multiple roles.

Real Or Fake Merit Badge?

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Scouts these days know how to do everything, even nuclear science. In this game, contestants guess if Boy and Girl Scout merit badges are real or fake.

Thursday, Nov 15

13

Bride And Groom's Vintage Car Ride Ends Early

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Jake and Amber Garcia planned to ride to their reception in a vintage car. After it broke down, the wedding party came to their rescue. The photographer snapped shots of them on the side of the road.

Sunday, Nov 11

14

Sunday Puzzle: Let's Get Phonetical

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Weekend Edition Puzzlemaster Will Shortz play a word game with WNYC listener Eileen Appel of New York City.

Saturday, Nov 10

19

Not My Job: Singer Sarah Brightman Gets Quizzed On A Different 'Phantom'

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Before Brightman originated the lead role of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera, the band Kiss starred in their one and only TV movie, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park.

Monday, Nov 5

14

Reading The Game: Donut County

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Our occasional series on storytelling in video games returns with a trip to Donut County — which is about doughnuts, yes, but also giant holes, cranky raccoons, and learning not to be a jerk.

Sunday, Nov 4

15

Sunday Puzzle: Can You Convert These EUROS?

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Weekend Edition Puzzlemaster Will Shortz play a word game with WCBE listener J.B. Lawton of Dublin, Ohio.

Saturday, Nov 3

Not My Job: We Quiz 'Crazy Rich Asians' Writer Kevin Kwan On Crazy Itch Reasons

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Kwan was born into a wealthy family in Singapore, and when he moved to the U.S. at age 11, he thought nobody would believe the world he grew up in — so he wrote a novel about it.

Friday, Nov 2

17

Bad Ideas From The Past

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Sometimes even the smartest people get things wrong. In this game, contestants answer questions about things that some of history's supposedly great minds once thought were true.

Gibberish Lyrics

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Can you say that again? Ophira and Jonathan deliver dramatic readings of nonsense song lyrics, and contestants try to identify the artist who made the song famous.

Michael C. Hall: Based On Nothing

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Actor Michael C. Hall talks about his roles on Six Feet Under and Dexter, and his return to the stage. Then, he plays a game inspired by odd jobs he held before becoming an actor.

An Unlicensed Halloween

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Contestants must identify characters and celebrities based on descriptions of unlicensed costumes in their likeness.

Paint By Numbers

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Which shade do you prefer, Picasso Blue or Kapoor Vantablack? In this music parody, songs with colors in the title were rewritten to be about famous artists.

Ronny Chieng: 'This Is For The Rich People'

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Comedian Ronny Chieng talks about his role in Crazy Rich Asians and the differences between American and Australian comedy. Then, he plays a game about Nintendo games.

T-M Information

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In this final round, every answer is a brand name that is often used in a generic way, such as Kleenex.

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Not His Job: 'Wait Wait' Host Peter Sagal Writes A Book About Running

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He's the voice of NPR's comedy news quiz. He has also run a marathon in under 3:10. And now he has collected his thoughts about his avocation in The Incomplete Book of Running.

Sunday, Oct 28

14

Sunday Puzzle: Row, Row, Row ...

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Weekend Edition puzzlemaster Will Shortz play a word game with Patricia Johnson of Green Valley, Ariz.

Saturday, Oct 27

17

Not My Job: We Quiz Robert Siegel On Seagulls, Nina Totenberg On Tote Bags

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This week, in honor of Wait Wait's 20th birthday, we will subject two public radio legends to terrible puns about their own names.

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'Wait Wait' Turns 20

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Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special episode this weekend. WWDTM host Peter Sagal reflects on the show's history with Scott Simon.

Tuesday, Oct 23

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Lottery Attorney Warns: Know Who You're Jumping Into The Pool With

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With the Mega Millions jackpot at $1.6 billion, many may be tempted to enter an office pool to up their chances. Jason Kurland, known as "The Lottery Lawyer" says watch out for potential problems.

Sunday, Oct 21

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Sunday Puzzle: Find The Missing Link

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Weekend Edition Puzzlemaster Will Shortz play a word game with WRVO listener Dan Panachyda of Manlius, N.Y.