Any Questions #317 - "Famous Pennys"

Sep 22, 2017

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for with a show about famous Pennys.

Last week's challenge
Start with the words TREASURY and STATE. Change one letter to an S and you can rearrange the result to spell a five-letter word for what a brave person does and an eight-letter word for what a not-so-brave person does. What are the words?
Answer: If you change the U to an S, you can spell STAYS and RETREATS.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FAMOUS PENNYS
On-air questions: On September 22, 2008, four new designs for the reverse of the U.S. one-cent coin were unveiled in a ceremony held, appropriately enough, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The four designs used on the coins represent the four stages of Lincoln's life: his early childhood in Kentucky, his time in Indiana, his political life in Illinois, and his presidency. The coins featuring the designs were released one at a time at three-month intervals starting on February 12, 2009, Lincoln's 200th birthday. To commemorate the coins, this week our questions are about famous Pennys.
1. Who directed four episodes of the sitcom Laverne & Shirley between 1979 and 1981, appeared as herself in a 1983 episode of Taxi, and made her feature-film directing debut with 1986's Jumpin' Jack Flash?
2. Portrayed by actress Michelle Trachtenberg in a 1999 live-action film based on the original cartoon, Penny is the niece of what bumbling policeman, frequently credited with foiling the evil schemes of Dr. Claw, even though it is usually Penny and her dog Brain that actually save the day?
3. What two-word term, which references both the cheap price of the books and their focus on stories about criminals and other seedy topics, was first applied to a specific genre of literature originating in Victorian Britain, but was subsequently more broadly applied to any such inexpensive publication of sensational serialized fiction?
4. Penny Pritzker served as the 38th Secretary of Commerce, serving from June of 2013 through January of 2017. Since 1979, her family has funded -- and lent its name to – an annual prize to an individual whose work has "produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of" what field?
5. According to a 1967 song, what road has "a barber showing photographs", "a banker with a motorcar", "a fireman with an hourglass", and is in the singer's ears and eyes, "beneath the blue suburban skies"?

Extra credit
1. Penny, whose last name has never been revealed, is the across-the-hall neighbor of two people with the last named Cooper and Hofstadter on what sitcom?
2. In 2006, pitcher Brad Penny joined a group of Major League Baseball pitchers who, because of the so-called "uncaught third strike" rule, have struck out four pitchers in one inning. Penny was the winning pitcher in two games of the 2003 World Series and won a ring with what team?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase PENNY-FARTHING. Change one letter to an A (not the one that's already there) and you can rearrange the result to spell the two-word name of something used for cooking and a four-letter word for something you need while you're using that thing. What are they?

ANSWERS
On-air questions

1. Penny Marshall
2. Inspector Gadget
3. Penny dreadful
4. Architecture
5. Penny Lane

Extra credit
1. The Big Bang Theory
2. Florida Marlins