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Fill Me In

Aug 30, 2022

This week, Ryan and Brian conclude Season Seven without having achieved "the arc" (which was apparently to have made a movie?!) -- and Ben Zimmer shows up to talk us through the highlights of Lollapuzzoola from behind the scenes.

It's a long show, and we considered cutting out the vegetable talk and the Thunder Round...

Aug 23, 2022

This week, Ryan and Brian race through the podcast in part because it's way later than when they normally record, and in part because Zoom put up a timer midway through the call and everyone got scared.

Sign up for Lollapuzzoola. That's the show.

If you get bored, write something for the Fill Me In wiki. And if...

Aug 16, 2022

This week, the Fill Me In studio is invaded by barnacles! Or actually, just one barnacle -- THE Barnacle, a.k.a. Ben Zimmer, linguist to the stars. There's still some baseball and sandwich talk, but it's word-related, so stick around for that.

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Aug 9, 2022

This week, two randos wander into the studio and start talking like they're running a tournament or something. Oh wait, it's just Brooke and Sid here to talk about Lollapuzzoola, the greatest crossword puzzle tournament ever held annually on a Saturday in August!

In today's show, we announce the tournament theme, the...

Aug 2, 2022

This week, Ryan records without a microphone, opens the Viewer Mail bag without snapping, and essentially ad libs the entire show without a script. All that plus a contest crossword, which you can download at

Also - sign up for Lollapuzzoola, the greatest...