Any Questions #124

Jan 10, 2014

Crack open some un-cola for this week's quiz.

Last week's challenge
Start with an eight-letter word beginning with M that names a nationality. Drop the last letter and the result will spell the first and last names of a famous TV and radio personality. What is the nationality and who is the personality?
Answer: The nationality is MOROCCAN, and the personality is MO ROCCA.

On-air questions: On January 10, 1946, the first session of the United Nations General Assembly met in the Westminster Central Hall in London. (The assembly now meets in the U.N.'s headquarters in New York City.) Today we've got a U.N. assembly of our own: each correct answer will begin with the letters UN.
1. Formed in the early 19th century, and most heavily used around 1850, what is the common term for the network of secret routes and houses used by slaves to escape to free states and Canada?
2. When written in Cyrillic – the alphabet most associated with the Russian language – the abbreviation for the governmental entity that dissolved in 1991 looks like "CCCP". By what name do we know it in English?
3. The character played by Denver Pyle on The Dukes of Hazzard and John Stamos' character on Full House were both commonly referred to by the same thing. By what familial nickname were they known?
4. There are four individual events –  collectively known as "artistic gymnastics" –  that women take part in at international competitions, such as the Olympics. Three of those events are the vault, floor exercise, and the balance beam. What's the fourth?
5. Reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965, the Righteous Brothers' version of what song re-appeared on the charts in 1990 after it was featured in a famous scene in the movie Ghost?

Extra credit
1. Three westerns have won the Academy Award for Best Picture: Cimarron (1931), Dances with Wolves (1990), and what 1992 film directed by Clint Eastwood?
2. What two-word phrase, common in the field of computer animation, refers to the point when figures with human features look and move almost, but not exactly, like human beings?

This week's challenge
Start with a two-word term used in baseball. Remove the consecutive letters "un" and you'll get a common informal version of the term. What is the term and what is the informal version?

On-air questions

1. Underground Railroad
2. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
3. Uncle Jesse
4. Uneven bars
5. "Unchained Melody"

Extra credit
1. Unforgiven
2. "Uncanny valley"