Any Questions #184

Mar 6, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are heading west for this week's show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the word CARBON. Add two of the same letter and you can rearrange the result to spell an eight-letter word that might describe something that is overly sentimental or trite. What is the word?
Answer: If you add two Ls, you can rearrange the letters to spell CORNBALL.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: MISSOURI
On-air questions
: On March 6, 1820, President James Monroe signed the Missouri Compromise. The measure admitted Missouri to the Union as a slave state, which was balanced out by admitting Maine as a free state. The Compromise was effectively repealed by the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854, which allowed settlers in those territories to determine if they would allow slavery or not. To commemorate the Missouri Compromise, this week our quiz is about the great state of Missouri.
1. Located on East 31st Street in Kansas City, Missouri, Laugh-O-Gram Studio employed many of the pioneers of animation in the early 1920s who were recruited by what famous animator, who found inspiration for his most famous character from a mouse that lived on his desk in the studio?
2. Missouri was home to the starting points of many important 19th century routes: the Pony Express originated in St. Joseph and the Santa Fe Trail connected Franklin, Missouri with the trail's namesake city in New Mexico. What trail, which later lent its name to a 1970s video game in which players recreated the settlers' journey, had its original eastern terminus in Independence, Missouri?
3. Colonel Potter returns to Hannibal, Missouri, from Korea intending to retire, but is soon hired at a local veterans' hospital. He is soon joined by Max Klinger and Father Mulcahy. This series of events forms the plot of a short-lived spin-off to one of the most successful television series in history. What series is it?
4. Missouri has long been considered a bellwether in U.S. politics. In every presidential election between 1904 and 2004, Missouri's electoral votes have gone to the eventual winner, with one exception: in 1956, Missouri backed Adlai Stevenson instead of the man who was elected that year. Who defeated Stevenson in 1956?
5. The third battleship to be named in honor of the state of Missouri was built in the Brooklyn Navy Yard beginning in 1940 and commissioned in June of 1944. It holds the distinction as the site of the official surrender by Japan on September 2, 1945, which ended what conflict?

Extra credit
1. Nicknamed "the live entertainment capital of the world," Branson, Missouri is home to dozens of theaters, the first of which was opened by what country music star, perhaps best known for hosting the country music variety show Hee Haw?
2. Governmentally speaking, what is notable about the city of St. Louis, a property it shares with Baltimore, MD, Carson City, NV, and 38 cities in Virginia?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase SAINT LOUIS. Add a letter, and you can rearrange the result to spell an eleven-letter word for things many computer programs are used to run. What are they?

ANSWERS
On-air questions

1. Walt Disney
2. The Oregon Trail
3. M*A*S*H
4. Dwight D. Eisenhower
5. World War II

Extra credit
1. Roy Clark
2. It's an independent city (it's not part of a county)