Games & Humor
7:50 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Meet The Puzzle Gurus

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 5:08 pm

What do you call a person who always knows the answers, keeps score in a trivia match as a sort of nervous tic and is a walking almanac of facts? An Ask Me Another puzzle guru, of course. And we here at AMA don't grant that title to just anyone. These gurus have been charged with challenging some of the trivia world's brightest contestants each week.


About John Chaneski

John Chaneski was born in Hoboken, NJ and spent several years as an energetic hanger-on at the GAMES magazine offices. He was the puzzle advisor for Paramount Pictures movie, I.Q., and wrote questions (and answers) for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? during the Regis years. For the past six years he has been one of the "puzzle guys" on a syndicated radio show about the English language, A Way With Words. He lives in Brooklyn with his amazingly talented wife, two fascinating children, and one annoying dog.


About Art Chung

Art Chung has written for and produced more television game shows than one should safely watch in one's lifetime, including Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Cash Cab, the World Series of Pop Culture, and Stump the Schwab. He also produced the 2011 documentary, The Pit, about commodity traders at the New York Board of Trade, and has written for such publications as the Village Voice, Time Out New York, and SmartMoney. He believes this is finally the year he wins his fantasy baseball league.


About Will Hines

Will Hines is an actor and writer in NYC. He has performed and taught improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for something like 10 years, which is a staggeringly ridiculous time to do such a thing. Other things: He dabbles in stand-up, creates comedy videos and obsessively reads books on how to compile baseball statistics, a task he will never have to do.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.