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- Hosted by Ian Pickus
- Local Host Mike Nothnagel and Ian Pickus
Last week's challenge: Start with the phrase SAINT JOHN. Change one letter to a D and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (4, 5) for what people might do before praying. What is the phrase?
Answer: If you change the T to a D, you can spell JOIN HANDS.
THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: HAVLES
On-air questions: Today, July 1, is the halfway point of 2016. It's the 183rd day of the year, and there are 183 more days left to go. If it weren’t a leap year, then July 2nd would be as close to the halfway point as you could get (182 days past, 182 days after). To commemorate us making it 50% of the way through 2016, this week our quiz is about famous halves.
1. First minted in 1794, a U.S. half dollar has gone through many design changes – including a version with Benjamin Franklin on the obverse and the Liberty Bell on the reverse – but the design that is perhaps best known is one with who on the obverse?
2. "When you're here, you're halfway there" is the slogan of the Midpoint Café. Located in Adrian, Texas, the café advertises itself as being exactly halfway between Los Angeles and Chicago – 1139 miles from each city – along what historic highway?
3. After it was revealed he wrote several books attributed to Richard Bachman, what author wrote a novel titled The Dark Half, in which an unsuccessful author uses a pseudonym to write crime novels, and, upon being discovered, holds a mock funeral for his alter ego?
4. Federico Fellini's classic 1963 film 8½ tells the story of Guido Anselmo, a director suffering from "director's block". It was the basis for a 1982 Tony-winning Broadway musical directed by Tommy Tune and a 2009 film directed by Rob Marshall, both with what numerical title?
5. Introduced in 1999, Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor Half Baked is so named because it combines two flavors: chocolate ice cream with brownie pieces (the part that is baked) and vanilla ice cream with what unbaked ingredient?
1. In 1908, physicist Ernest Rutherford was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his investigations into the disintegration of the elements, and the chemistry of radioactive substances." This disintegration is commonly referred to as what?
2. The drink known a half and half – made with Guinness stout and either Harp or Smithwick's ale – in Ireland is more commonly known in the U.S. as what?
This week's challenge
Start with the word HALF-SISTER. Rearrange the letters to spell a seven-letter word for things that cigarettes have and a three-letter word for what cigarettes produce. What are the words?
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 answerers, such as Will Shortz, Liane Hansen, John Flansburgh and Mike Doughty.
Any Questions? airs Friday during Northeast Report Late Edition on WAMC.