Ask Me Another for Thursday, September 12, 2013

Isn't It Ironic?

Rest assured, this game contains no ironic t-shirts or mustaches. Here, irony is defined as an "incongruous yet appropriate juxtaposition that highlights the discordant, revelatory nature of the universe." Deep. Play along as host Ophira Eisenberg asks contestants about certain ironic situations, like how the best-selling holiday song of all time, "White Christmas," was written by Irving Berlin�"who was Jewish.

Minimum Sentence

Some people have a last name that is also a verb, so their full name forms a complete sentence�"like George Burns and Stevie Nicks. (If you're one of these people, we salute you.) In this game, house musician Jonathan Coulton gives contestants clues about famous people whose names also tell a story�"a very short story.

We're Not Gonna Bake It

Professional competitive eaters Crazy Legs Conti and Eric "Badlands" Booker join Ask Me Another for a round that'll make you hungry. House musician Jonathan Coulton quizzes them about different types of baked goods, with clues sung to the tune of the Twisted Sister anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It."

Sensational Spelling Bee

Companies and brand names sometimes contain an intentionally misspelled word, and this is known as "sensational" spelling. For example, the word "Blue" in "Blu-ray" purposely leaves out the 'e.' Host Ophira Eisenberg leads a husband-and-wife pair of contestants through a round full of these types of words, in what we could call a 'misspelling-bee.'

Nursery Rhyme News

Nursery rhymes from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries are sung to children, yes, but often contain thematic elements that are fairly dark�"beheadings, bridge collapses, and more. In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton suppose the actual events that these rhymes might be based on, and deliver clues to contestants in the form of fictional news reports.

Adam Rapoport

The editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine sits down with host Ophira Eisenberg to chat about bizarre culinary trends, the enduring appeal of simple Italian cooking, and why the term "foodie" has become the new 'f' word. Plus, Rapoport goes head-to-head with professional competitive eater Eric "Badlands" Booker to identify major restaurant chains based on their real-life Yelp reviews

The Last Film I'd Want To See

Puzzle guru Mary Tobler leads this final round, in which every answer is a movie title that contains the word "last." For example, the film in which Tom Cruise bravely fights ninjas is The Last Samurai. The last contestant standing is crowned a trivia ninja�"and the grand prize winner.
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