Any Questions #185

Mar 13, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats once again.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name of the Missouri city 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?
Answer: Add an M and spell SIMULATIONS.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FAMOUS FRANCISES
On-air questions: Do you remember where you were March 13, 2013? If you were in Rome, chances are you saw white smoke billowing in Vatican City, because on this date, 115 cardinals made a surprise choice and elevated Jorge Begoglio to pope. The first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years took the name Francis I. So today’s quiz is all about famous Francises.

1. In a nod to a famous last line in literature, Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan’s 2014 book is called So We Read On. Which author’s novel is her book about?
2. F. Scott Fitzgerald shares part of his name with the man who wrote our national anthem.  Over which Baltimore-area fort were Francis Scott Key’s bombs bursting?
3. When miniseries Fargo won at this year’s Golden Globes, show creator Noah Hawley thanked which actress for her inspiration, despite the fact that she doesn’t appear in the series?
4. A sequel had never won the Best Picture Oscar until a 1974 movie directed by which man?  
5. Following Magellan, which British sailor completed the second circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580?

Extra credit
1. Which teen idol who had No. 1 hits with “Why” and “Venus” in 1959 has recently played Teen Idol in stage productions of Grease?
2. What “meaty” name is shared by an artist of the 20th century and a lawyer of the 16th and 17th?

This week's challenge
Start with an adjective you could use to describe Pope Francis. Rearrange this nine-letter word and you can spell a fruit. What are the words?

ANSWERS
On-air questions

1. F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
2. Fort McHenry during the War of 1812
3. Frances McDormand, who won an Oscar for playing Marge Gunderson in her husband Joel Coen’s film Fargo
4. Francis Ford Coppola, who won Best Director for Godfather II
5. Sir Francis Drake

Extra credit
1. Frankie Avalon (born Francis Avallone)
2. Francis Bacon