Any Questions #131

Feb 28, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip on a familiar railroad.

Last week's challenge
Start with a seven-letter word starting with B that names a language. Rearrange the letters to spell another seven-letter word starting with B that names a person who speaks a different language. What is the language and who is the person?
Answer: The language is BELGIAN, and the person is a BENGALI.

On-air questions
: On February 28, 1827, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (commonly known as the B & O Railroad) was chartered. While it wasn't the first railroad in the U.S., it was the first one to offer both passenger and freight services. To commemorate the B & O's charter, this week each answer will begin with the letters BO.
1. What maiden name is shared by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and by cartoon mom Marge Simpson?
2. Taking its title from the patriotic song "Yankee Doodle Dandy," what 1989 film stars Tom Cruise as Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic and tells the story of Kovic's struggle to come to terms with his paralysis and his anti-war activism that results from that struggle?
3. Originally sung by the Andrews Sisters in a 1941 Abbott and Costello film, and recorded by Bette Midler in the 1970s, what song is about a street musician drafted into the army whose "company jumps when he plays reveille"?
4. What is the term used in the U.S. for a cocktail consisting of a glass of beer served with a shot of whiskey, or the name of an athlete playing for Purdue University?
5. Observed in many commonwealth nations, and often considered in Canada and the U.K. to be the equivalent of Black Friday in the U.S., what holiday is celebrated on the day after Christmas?

Extra credit
1. Actresses Diana Rigg, Jane Seymour, Denise Richards, and Halle Berry (among many others) have all played a particular type of character in a long-running movie series. By what two-word name is this type of character most commonly known?
2. Whose biographer wrote: "[His] ring at its height was an engineering marvel, strong and solid, strategically deployed to control key power points: the courts, the legislature, the treasury and the ballot box. Its frauds had a grandeur of scale and an elegance of structure: money-laundering, profit sharing and organization."

This week's challenge
I'll read a sentence with two blanks. Remove the letters BO from the word that goes in the first blank to get the word that goes in the second blank: The restaurant had a steady stream of customers waiting for tables, which kept the ____ ____ all night.

On-air questions

1. Bouvier
2. Born on the Fourth of July
3. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
4. Boilermaker
5. Boxing Day

Extra credit
1. Bond Girl
2. Boss Tweed