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Ken Jennings: Not-So-Trivial Pursuits

Grant interviews Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings about the grueling nature of TV quiz shows, the fine art of writing trivia questions, the special challenges of competing in European quiz contests, and how it feels to answer incorrectly.

Happy Palindrome Day

Happy Palindrome Day--or, if you prefer, "011110 Day"--from your friends at "A Way with Words"! Lots to report from Language Land: First, there are a number of recent full-length episodes you may not have...

carting

carting  n.— «To keep the dogs performing at their best, Syar uses a technique called “carting,” where the dog runs alongside a golf cart at various speeds. In other cases, Syar or her assistant, T.J Plutchak, trains the dogs on a...

snowmachiner

snowmachiner  n.— «He is a champion snowmobiler…er…snowmachiner (as they say in Alaska.)» —“Bashing God by Dissing Sarah” by Jeffrey Lord American Spectator Sept. 16, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued...

sad

sad  adj.— «For Cathy Riddle, another Appalachian Fair champion who uses White Lily for everything from green tomato bread to “sad” dumplings (the kind with a chewy center), the selling point is consistent good results.» —“Biscuit...

mulligan

mulligan  n.— «Conventional wisdom has held that drivers can afford one “mulligan,” which is NASCAR parlance for a damaging result. In the Chase era, no champion has finished outside the top 25 more than once. But that margin...