Any Questions #274 - Invisible Things

Nov 25, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel settle in for a Black Friday show about invisibilia.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase THE FROG PRINCE. Change one letter to a T (not the one that's already there, as usual) and you can rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (five letters, two letters, six letters) that describes where an outfielder might play during a defensive shift. What is the phrase?
Answer: If you change the P to a T, you can spell RIGHT OF CENTER.

On-air questions: It's the Friday after Thanksgiving, and many people are on vacation, including us. There's a pretty good chance that the studio that we record in is empty right now, and since you won't see us if you look for us, it seemed appropriate to have a quiz about other invisible things.

1. "He was wrapped up from head to foot, and the brim of his soft felt hat hid every inch of his face but the shiny tip of his nose" is part of the description of a stranger named Griffin, who arrives in an English village during a snowstorm. Griffin is the title character of what 1897 H.G. Wells novella?
2. The 1986 album Invisible Touch was the thirteenth studio album by what band, written and recorded following a break during which the group members released solo albums, including No Jacket Required, the 1984 album by Phil Collins?
3. While it is only used a few times in his writing – including once in The Wealth of Nations -- the phrase "invisible hand" has come to represent the generalized idea that when individuals act in their own self-interest, it benefits society more than if they had deliberately acted to benefit society. What economist is credited with coining the phrase "invisible hand"?
4. "99 percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable" is a quote from what architect, designer, and inventor, perhaps most famous for popularizing – but not inventing, contrary to popular belief – the geodesic dome, a lattice structure that was used as the basis for the design of Spaceship Earth in Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center?
5. Violet Parr, also known as Invisible Girl, along with her father Bob, her mother Helen, and her brothers Dash and Jack-Jack are a family of superheroes forced to hide their powers in what 2004 Pixar film?

Extra credit
1. A World War II British secret operations manual specified that what should (among other things) be odorless, not decompose the paper on which it is used, and not react with iodine or other common developers?
2. What character was, until the seventeenth season of the show on which he appeared, invisible to everyone on the show except his best friend, who finally convinced the adults that he was real?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase THE INCREDIBLES. Change one letter to an A and you can rearrange the result to spell an eight-letter word for things an ear doctor might be concerned about, and a six-letter word for something an eye doctor might be concerned about. What are the things?

On-air questions

1. The Invisible Man
2. Genesis
3. Adam Smith
4. Buckminster Fuller
5. The Incredibles

Extra credit
1. Invisible ink
2. Mr. Snuffleupagus