WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Montana.
Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase GOLDEN GATE. Change one letter to an R and rearrange the result to spell a word that names someone who stops things from crossing a line. Who is it?
Answer: If you change one of the Gs to an R, you can spell GOALTENDER.
THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: MONTANA
On-air questions: On November 8, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison proclaimed Montana the 41st state in the union. The first bid for statehood failed in 1866, but a second convention in 1884 produced a ratified constitution, and five years later, Montana was a state. So, this week is all about the great state of Montana.
1. The Battle of the Little Bighorn, an 1876 conflict named for the nearby Montana river, is commonly referred to as what, after the general who suffered defeat in the battle?
2. Montana native Phil Jackson is considered one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time. During his tenure, he won five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and six with what other team, which he coached from 1989 to 1998?
3. Directed by Robert Redford, the 1992 film A River Runs Through It takes place in – and was filmed in – Montana. Recounting the true story of two sons of a minister, it is often cited as the career-making performance of what actor?
4. A small part of Yellowstone National Park is in Montana, and another national park lies almost entirely within its boundaries. Named for natural formations that geologists believe may disappear because of climate change, what national park is it?
5. Montana's state capital, Helena, is the sixth largest city in the state. Three of the five larger cities (including the largest in the state) have names beginning with the letter B. Name any two of those three cities.
1. Currently the third longest-serving U.S. Senator (and the longest-serving senator from Montana), Senator Max Baucus is the chairperson of what Senate committee, which has played a key role in the recent health care debates?
2. The only horse born and trained in Montana to win the Kentucky Derby did so in 1889, and is named for a city in a nearby state. Which horse is it?
This week's challenge
Start with the name of the Montana town GREAT FALLS. Change one letter to a U, and you can rearrange the result to spell a four-letter word that names something every state has and a six-letter word that tells what you can do to that thing. What is the thing and what can you do to it?
1. Custer's Last Stand
2. Chicago Bulls
3. Brad Pitt
4. Glacier National Park
5. Billings (No. 1), Bozeman (No. 4), Butte (No. 5)
1. U.S. Senate Committee on Finance