Any Questions #208

Aug 21, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel dust off their calculators.

Last week's challenge
Start with the words “time warp again.” Rearrange the letters and you can spell the six-letter name of an Asian island and a seven-letter literary device. What are the words?
Answer: TAIWAN, EPIGRAM

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: POP CULTURE CALCULATIONS
On-air questions
: On August 21, 1888, inventor William Seward Burroughs received U.S. Patent #381166A for the first successful "calculating machine" in the United States. Mechanical calculating devices had been around since the late 1600s, but Burroughs' machine was one of the first widely used for commercial applications. (By the way, if Burroughs' name sounds familiar, it's because his grandson is author William S. Burroughs.) So, it's taken us 208 episodes, but we've finally got a math show: in honor of Burroughs' patent, we're going to do a little calculating of our own. I'll give you an equation made up of two words or phrases and a math operation of some sort. Your job is to figure out the answer by thinking of a number commonly associated with each word or phrase and then doing the math. For example, if I said DALMATIANS + TROMBONES, you'd answer 177 (101 DALMATIANS + 76 TROMBONES).

1. ANGRY MEN ÷ STOOGES
2. FAHRENHEIT + SLAUGHTERHOUSE
3. DWARVES × FANTASTIC
4. CANDLES - TURTLE DOVES
5. BOTTLES OF BEER + STUDIO

Extra credit
1. MANIACS × LOVE POTION
2. CATCH – SAMURAI

This week's challenge
Start with the word CALCULATION. Change one letter to an R and you can spell a two-word phrase (seven letters, four letters) that names something you might see at the end of a performance. What is it?

ANSWERS
On-air questions

1.  4 (12 Angry Men ÷ 3 Stooges)
2.  456 (Fahrenheit 451 + Slaughterhouse Five)
3.  28 (7 dwarves × Fantastic Four)
4.  14 (Sixteen Candles – 2 turtle doves)
5.  153 (99 bottles of beer + Studio 54)

Extra credit
1.  90,000 (10,000 Maniacs × "Love Potion #9")
2.  15 (Catch-22 – Seven Samurai)