Any Questions #155

Aug 15, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel cast a spell over radioland.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase NINJA TURTLES. Change one letter to an M and you can rearrange the result to spell a 12-letter word that describes many movie soundtracks. What is it?
Answer: If you change the J to an M, you can spell INSTRUMENTAL.

On-air questions
: On August 15, 1939, The Wizard Of Oz premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. It was MGM's most expensive production to date, but it wasn't a success at the box office during its initial release, and it failed to recoup the studio's investment. This week, we'll take a trip down the Any Questions? yellow brick road with a quiz about famous wizards.

1. Airing on NBC from 1951 to 1965, Watch Mr. Wizard starred Don Herbert as a science hobbyist who explained scientific principles to the neighborhood children. Herbert also starred in an updated version of the series called Mr. Wizard's World, which aired from 1983 to 1990 on what network?
2. Played at almost every Who concert since its debut in 1969, "Pinball Wizard" is one of the more famous songs from the rock opera Tommy. In the 1975 film adaptation, what singer performs "Pinball Wizard" and later released his cover version as a single?
3. Wizard And Glass is the subtitle of the fourth book in the Dark Tower series, which features a gunslinger named Roland whose quest is to find the Dark Tower. This series was written by what author?
4. After retiring in 1999, who became President of Basketball Operations and part owner of the Washington Wizards, played for the team for two seasons, and was then fired from his position as president by the team's majority owner?
5. Holding over 1000 patents, Thomas Edison is credited with inventing the phonograph, the button microphone, and (of course) the light bulb. Referencing the seeming "magical" qualities of his inventions, Edison was often called "The Wizard of" what New Jersey city?

Extra credit
1. Wizard Whitebeard is a character in many of the illustrations in what popular series of hidden-picture books?
2. Often criticized as a "feature-length commercial," the 1989 film The Wizard follows three children on their journey to a video game tournament. The film starred what young actor, who at the time was the star of a successful television show and later went on to become a successful television director?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase THE WIZARD. Change one letter to an N and you can rearrange the result to spell the first two words (five letters, four letters) in a famous band's name. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Nickelodeon
2. Elton John
3. Stephen King
4. Michael Jordan
5. Menlo Park

Extra credit
1. Where's Waldo?
2. Fred Savage