Ask Me Another for Thursday, October 31, 2013

Battle Hymn Of The DCs

House musician Jonathan Coulton decided to get a little patriotic for our stop in the nation's capital. He performs a rendition of "Battle Hymn of the Republic," in which you must salute famous individuals with the initials "D.C." Glory, glory, David Caruso!


If you are prone to motion sickness on roller coasters, have no fear — the only twists and turns in this game led by host Ophira Eisenberg are in the clues. All of the answers are words that contain double Es, just like the word you would say when you're on a ride: "Whee!"

Random Questions With: Ian MacKaye

The front man of the bands Minor Threat, Fugazi and The Evens played a fundamental role in the development of Washington, D.C.'s punk and straight-edge scene. Hear MacKaye opine on everything from performing for audiences with the lights on, to the importance of dental care.

National Treasures

We hope you've been practicing your Nicolas Cage impression, or have seen his 2004 action thriller National Treasure. In this game, you must name famous items found in the Smithsonian Museum's collection, as described by house musician Jonathan Coulton. We encourage you to answer in the style of Cage's immortal line, "I'm going to steal the Declaration of Independence."

The Urge To Merge

In this game led by host Ophira Eisenberg, you get to become a corporate executive. Trust us, it's way more fun than board meetings and conference calls. We merge two well-known businesses, and it's up to you to create the new company's name.

Ian MacKaye: Un-Punk'd

Throughout his career as a musician, MacKaye has played, listened to and analyzed countless hours of music. But how will he fare in our version of "Name That Tune"? MacKaye teams up with NPR's Stephen Thompson to identify acoustic renditions of punk songs performed by house musician Jonathan Coulton.

Such Characters

In this final round, led by puzzle guru Art Chung, contestants are given the names of two actors who have played the same role in different movies, and they must name the character. For example, Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro both played Vito Corleone from The Godfather trilogy. Who was a more convincing mob boss? We'll let you figure that out on your own.
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