Any Questions #54

Sep 7, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel kick off season two of the little quiz program that could.

Last week's challenge
Take the three-word title of a hit song by the Beatles. Rearrange the letters to spell two things you can wear. What is the song and what are the things?
Answer: The song is LET IT BE, and the things are a BELT and a TIE.

On-air questions: On September 7, 2008, the federal government took control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two largest mortgage financing companies in the U.S. So, each correct answer this week is a name, title, or phrase with the initials F.M.

1. In 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing the bombardment of what military installation?
2. What is the former name of the professional sports team based in Miami that, in 2012, changed its name and moved into a new stadium?
3. In 1908, General Motors was founded in what Midwestern city, whose economic downturn was chronicled in Michael Moore's 1989 documentary Roger & Me?
4. An 1818 novel with the alternate title “The Modern Prometheus” first introduced what unnamed literary character, who has been portrayed on-screen by Robert DeNiro, Bela Lugosi, and Boris Karloff?
5. What band reunited for President Bill Clinton's 1993 inaugural ball to play their 1977 hit “Don't Stop,” which Clinton had used as his campaign theme song?

Extra credit
1. What fictional character has a poster in his office that says "I want to believe," a phrase also used as the subtitle for a 2008 movie based on the TV show on which the character appeared?
2. In contract language, what name is given to the clause describing a situation in which neither party is liable for an extraordinary event beyond their control, including what is commonly called an "act of God"?

This week's challenge
Think of a two-word phrase (five letters in the first word, two letters in the second) that might describe something that's had mistakes removed from it. The first word starts with an F, and if you replace that F with an M, you'll get a new two-word phrase that describes someone who might make mistakes. What are the phrases?

On-air questions

1. Fort McHenry
2. Florida Marlins
3. Flint, Michigan
4. Frankenstein's monster
5. Fleetwood Mac

Extra credit
1. Fox Mulder
2. Force majeure