Any Questions #135

Mar 28, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about geographic entities that have changed names.

Last week's challenge

Start with the word ORCHESTRA. Rearrange the letters to spell the name of an animal and something you might see behind that animal. What is the animal and what is the thing?


On-air questions: On March 28, 1930, the two largest Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora changed their names to Istanbul and Ankara, respectively. So today, our quiz is all about geographic place names that have changed.
1. Clark, Texas, in Denton County, was established in 2000 and has a population of about 200 residents. In 2005, it agreed to change its name to what, as part of a commercial deal that guaranteed its residents free cable and DVR for a decade?
2. Now named for the first European explorer to land there, which Australian island was first known as Van Diemen’s Land?
3. Although it first sought statehood in 1850, it took until 1912 until which state — which considered names like Navajo and Lincoln — joined the union? As a hint, this state was in the news often in the past year as a popular television series wound down.
4. The largest city of this East African nation, whose eastern border is the Indian Ocean, is Dar Es Salaam. It was formed by a 1964 merger of two countries under the Articles of Union. Name the two original counties and the new nation they formed.
5. Which African nation that gained independence in 1980 was formerly named after British politician and businessman Cecil Rhodes?

This week's challenge

Start with a Middle Eastern country that was reunified in 1990. Rearrange the name of this nation and you can spell a word that describes how the split sides of the country often viewed one another.

Extra Credit
1. Which city, now in the top five in population in North America, was first known as York?
2. Admitted to the U.S. as the 14th state in 1791, which state was considered an independent republic from 1777-1791?

2. Tasmania (Named for Abel Tasman, Tasmania was named after Governor-General of the Dutch East Indes Anthony van Diemen until 1856.)
3. New Mexico
4. Tanganyika and Zanzibar, created Tanzania. Part of this area was for a time known as German East Africa, from the 1880s through World War I.
5. Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia)

Extra credit
1. Toronto (it was renamed in 1834 following its early history as a British settlement)
2. Vermont