Ask Me Another for Thursday, October 10, 2013

Here's To You, Mr. Robinson

For this game we travel back in time to the 1930s to pay homage to the actor Edward G. Robinson, who was best known for playing gangsters and had a habit of ending his sentences with the word "see." As in, "This is a stick-up, see?" What other words and phrases end in a "see" sound? You'll see. House musician Jonathan Coulton leads this game, and concludes with a rendition of Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson."

International Doppelgangers

Did you know that in Buenos Aires, there's a very funny actress and writer who had a hit TV show called Trenta Rock? Her name is Argen-TINA Fey. This game, led by host Ophira Eisenberg, contains before-and-after word puzzles that combine the name of a country with the name of a celebrity.

The Idiot Jukebox

Do the names Robin Sparkles, Day Man or "Lazy Scranton" mean anything to you? If so, you should have no problem in this game, led by house musician Jonathan Coulton. He sings some well-known--and much-beloved--songs performed by TV show characters, though none are the shows' theme songs.

That's Not Fair!

Life isn't fair. We know. But life especially isn't fair if, say, you only became a world-renowned painter or novelist after your death, or didn't receive credit for inventing a famous board game. Oh well! Those forgotten souls shall live on in this game, led by host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton.

Three Characters in Search of An Author

The premise of this game is quite simple: host Ophira Eisenberg names three literary characters, all creations of the same author, and you must name their creator. But things may get tricky. Who is responsible for writing Pudd'nhead Wilson? Iris Chase? Klamm?

Tom Ruprecht: Make It 'Til You Fake It

The former Late Show With David Letterman writer has penned fake oral histories of former President George W. Bush and reclusive writer J.D. Salinger. Hear Ruprecht explain how he crafts these phony accounts, and play a game in which he must distinguish quotes by Bush, Holden Caulfield, and David Hasselhoff.

Solving With Es

In this final round, led by puzzle guru John Chaneski, all the answers are words that contain at least three Es, and no other vowels. To warm up, try this one: This is a person who tends to an apiary. This week's winner is esteemed and excellent, needless to say.
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