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Puzzle Hunt Word Game

Our Quiz Master John Chaneski leads us on a puzzle hunt, starting in a world capital that’s a homophone for a type of music or food. (Hint: This Asian capital hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics.) This is part of a complete episode.

A Whole New Ball Game

A listener from Texas heard an NPR report from Asia in which an interpreter translated a speaker’s words into English as “a whole new ball game.” He wants to know if that’s a literal translation from an Asian language, and if...

mad-mugging

mad-mugging  n.— Note: Same as mean-mugging. «Mao, a Southeast Asian gang member, apparently believed somebody at the Chevron station at Hammer Lane and Holman Road “mad-mugged” him, a street term used to describe challenging...

banyan model

banyan model  n.— «He proposes that work groups whose members are widely dispersed but need to have high levels of coordination—say, a computer security team protecting a global bank—do not have to assemble everyone in one room to reap the...

nippertipping

nippertipping  n.— «York Region police have launched hate-crime investigations into four incidents of “nippertipping,” acts of violence or mischief targeting mostly Asian-Canadians.» —“Hate-crime probe...

groundhopping

groundhopping  n.— «Its called groundhopping, and even the hobby’s followers acknowledge it is a little strange.…groundhoppers ticking off matches at this year’s Asian Cup, crisscrossing the region frantically to squeeze in as many...