Any Questions #139

Apr 25, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and back in place for the weekly quiz.

Last week's challenge
Start with a six-letter word beginning with L for a person who does menial jobs and errands. Add a B to the front of the word and an E to the end, and you'll get a two-word phrase (five letters in the first word, three letters in the second) that names something you might get after a fight. Who is the person and what is the thing?
Answer: The person is a LACKEY and the thing is a BLACK EYE.

On-air questions: On April 25, 1901, New York became the first state to require automobile license plates. From 1901 to 1903, the owner of the car made the plates, which featured their initials. In 1903, Massachusetts started requiring state-issued plates, and New York soon followed suit. So this week's show is all about license plates.
1. The motto "Live Free or Die" appears on license plates issued by the state of New Hampshire, and "Taxation Without Representation" is found on plates issued to residents of where?
2. While most license plates in the U.S. – and around the world, for that matter – are rectangular, the plates issues by the Northwest Territories in Canada have since 1970 been shaped, perhaps appropriately, like what large, white mammal?
3. Delaware currently issues license plates for passenger vehicles that have a six-digit number, but it reserves a plate with a much lower number for its governor. What number appears on that plate?
4. Capitalizing on the fact that they appeared in the middle of an appropriate 12-letter word, what state only printed the first four letters of its name on license plates celebrating the state's 200th anniversary in 1996?
5. A California license plate that reads OUTATIME – deliberately longer than the maximum number of characters on a real California plate – appears on a time machine used in what 1980s and 1990s film trilogy?

Extra credit
1. As of 1998, the left side of license plates issued by most member states of the European Union features a blue section with the EU circle of stars and a country code. Denmark uses the country code DK, and which member state uses the country code D?
2. Beginning in 1977, Massachusetts issued license plates with green letters and numbers on a white background. What will passenger vehicles that are issued the state's current license plates (those with red letters and numbers) have that those with the green-and-white plates will not?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase AUTO DEALER. Change one letter to an N, then rearrange the result to spell two words (6 letters and 4 letters) that each might appear on a road sign. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Washington, D.C.
2. Polar bear
3. 1
4. Tennessee
5. Back to the Future

Extra credit
1. Germany
2. A front plate