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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.
Last week's challenge
Start with a seven-letter word starting with B that names a language. Rearrange the letters to spell another seven-letter word starting with B that names a person who speaks a different language. What is the language and who is the person?
Answer: The language is BELGIAN, and the person is a BENGALI.
THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: THE "BO-" RAILROAD
On-air questions: On February 28, 1827, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (commonly known as the B & O Railroad) was chartered. While it wasn't the first railroad in the U.S., it was the first one to offer both passenger and freight services. To commemorate the B & O's charter, this week each answer will begin with the letters BO.
1. What maiden name is shared by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and by cartoon mom Marge Simpson?
2. Taking its title from the patriotic song "Yankee Doodle Dandy," what 1989 film stars Tom Cruise as Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic and tells the story of Kovic's struggle to come to terms with his paralysis and his anti-war activism that results from that struggle?
3. Originally sung by the Andrews Sisters in a 1941 Abbott and Costello film, and recorded by Bette Midler in the 1970s, what song is about a street musician drafted into the army whose "company jumps when he plays reveille"?
4. What is the term used in the U.S. for a cocktail consisting of a glass of beer served with a shot of whiskey, or the name of an athlete playing for Purdue University?
5. Observed in many commonwealth nations, and often considered in Canada and the U.K. to be the equivalent of Black Friday in the U.S., what holiday is celebrated on the day after Christmas?
1. Actresses Diana Rigg, Jane Seymour, Denise Richards, and Halle Berry (among many others) have all played a particular type of character in a long-running movie series. By what two-word name is this type of character most commonly known?
2. Whose biographer wrote: "[His] ring at its height was an engineering marvel, strong and solid, strategically deployed to control key power points: the courts, the legislature, the treasury and the ballot box. Its frauds had a grandeur of scale and an elegance of structure: money-laundering, profit sharing and organization."
Kazakh languages all use a subset or a variation of what alphabet?
This week's challenge
I'll read a sentence with two blanks. Remove the letters BO from the word that goes in the first blank to get the word that goes in the second blank: The restaurant had a steady stream of customers waiting for tables, which kept the ____ ____ all night?
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.