Ask Me Another for Friday, August 9, 2013

Who's That Girl? II

Female muses have been glorified in art both old ("O lady myn, that called art Cleo," wrote Chaucer) and new ("Wake up to your girl, for now let's call her Cleopatra," sang Frank Ocean). Guest musician Julian Velard takes popular songs that have a women's name in the title, and substitutes a man's name in its place. Can you name the original lady?

War [Ugh] What Is It Good For?

What is war good for? As it turns out, some pretty useful inventions. In this round, host Ophira Eisenberg asks contestants to figure out some common household items that were first created while trying to build tools for wartime.

Character Voices

Count Dracula may be creepy, but his accent can leave him woefully misunderstood. Like when he says he has to get some "vipers" for his car, he doesn't mean scary snakes, but tools to clear the rain off his "vinshield." Puzzle guru John Chaneski asks about more words that could be misheard based on some famous characters' quirky ways of speaking.

Crisp Game Arenas

As fans of Ask Me Another know, when a game title makes no sense, it can only mean one thing: anagrams! "Crisp Game Arenas" is an anagram of "Recipe Anagrams" and host Ophira Eisenberg cooks up some tasty anagrams based on famous dishes. Need a hint? She'll list the ingredients to help you figure out whether you want to eat a "senile zit wrench."

Pop Goes The Answer

Jack-in-the-box toys are frightening enough, but could you imagine patiently winding the lever until: POP! goes...Vin Diesel? In this game, guest musician Julian Velard attempts to spice up the children's song "Pop Goes the Weasel" by replacing the usual clown-in-the-box with words that sound like "weasel." Of course, all answers must be sung.

Maurice Ashley: Chessmen At Work

This week's Very Important Puzzler sits down with host Ophira Eisenberg to talk about what it takes to be an International Grandmaster of chess and how technology has changed the game. Plus, we test Ashley's knowledge on the human quirks of famous chess masters.

Article Adjective Noun

Is it just us or do movie, book and play titles often follow the same exact format? The Constant Gardener. The Great Gatsby. The Big Lebowski. Article, Adjective, Noun. In this Ask Me One More final round, puzzle guru John Chaneski asks our contestants to fill in the adjectives in some well-known titles.
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