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Last week's challenge: Start with the word VOLUNTEERS. Change one letter to a G and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (three letters, seven letters) for what someone might do before speaking in public. What is it?
Answer: If you change the L to a G, you can spell GET NERVOUS.
THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
On-air questions: On October 17, 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel committee recognized her for her founding of the Missionaries of Charity, which (as of 2012) was active in over 130 countries. In honor of Mother Teresa's honor, this week our quiz is about the Nobel Peace Prize.
1. Despite being nominated five times between 1937 and his death in 1948, what proponent of non-violent civil disobedience never received the Nobel Peace Prize, an oversight the committee called "the greatest omission in our 106-year history"?
2. The Peace Prize is one of five prizes established by the will of Alfred Nobel in 1895. Four of the prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, but the Peace Prize is awarded in Nobel's home country of what?
3. Four U. S. Presidents have won the Nobel Prize: Barack Obama in 2009, Jimmy Carter in 2002, Woodrow Wilson in 1919, and what president in 1906, five years after he first said "Speak softly and carry a big stick"?
4. In 1962, Linus Pauling was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for his campaign against nuclear testing." Pauling also won a 1954 Nobel Prize in what other field?
5. Held annually since 1994, the Nobel Peace Prize Concert honors that year's Nobel laureate. In 2005, the grand finale (performed by all the artists) was, appropriately, what iconic John Lennon song?
1. Among the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, what distinction is held by Malala Yousafzai, one of the co-recipients of the 2014 Prize?
2. Which two world leaders shared the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize "for the Camp David Agreement, which brought about a negotiated peace between Egypt and Israel"?
This week's challenge
Start with the phrase OSLO, NORWAY. Drop one letter, then rearrange the result to spell the names of two fabrics (five letters and four letters). What are they?
About Any Questions?
WAMC's Friday quiz segment, Any Questions?, puts news director Ian Pickus in the hot seat, as he and listeners field questions from resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel. Nothnagel is Associate Professor of mathematics at The Culinary Institute of America, and a crossword constructor for the New York Times and Games Magazine, among other venues. Often, Mike and Ian switch seats or feature guest answers, such as Will Shortz, Liane Hansen, John Flansburgh and Mike Doughty.
Any Questions? airs Friday during Northeast Report Late Edition on WAMC.