Any Questions #314 - "Groups Of Seven"

Sep 1, 2017

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel kick off their seventh season.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase LUNAR ECLIPSE. Change one letter to an R and you can rearrange the result to spell two words (five letters and seven letters) for things an architect might use. (As a hint, one of the words is plural.) What are the words?

Answer: If you change the A to an R, you can spell RULER and PENCILS.

On-air questions: Happy season seven! To celebrate the beginning of our seventh cycle around the calendar, this week our quiz is about famous groups of seven.
1. The group of ancient constructions known collectively as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World includes the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse at Alexandria. Which of the Seven Wonders was, by far, the earliest built, and is the only one that remains standing (albeit in a somewhat deteriorated state) today?
2. A 17th-century mansion in Salem, Massachusetts, sometimes referred to as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, was made famous by an 1851 novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne about Hepzibah Pyncheon, the current resident, and her family. By what other name is this mansion known, which is also the title of Hawthorne's novel?
3. The Seven Sisters are a group of liberal arts colleges in the northeast that were traditionally women's colleges. Five of the seven still offer all-female undergraduate programs (Vassar College is now co-ed, and Radcliffe College no longer accepts undergraduates). Which of the Seven Sisters colleges is the only one not located in either New York or Massachusetts?
4. The 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai, co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa tells the story of a village who hire the samurai to protect them against crop-stealing bandits. The film was remade in 1960 by director John Sturges, who set the film in the Old West. What is the title of the remake?
5. Vodka, gin, tequila, rum, triple sec, sour mix, and cola are the seven ingredients in a popular version of what drink, supposedly invented in the 1970s by a bartender at a nightclub located on the drink's namesake geographical location?

Extra credit
1. The Group of Seven – sometimes referred to as the G7 – is a group of nations that meet on an annual basis to discuss economic policies and to monitor the world economy in general. In 1998, the G7 became the G8, with the addition of what nation, which was subsequently removed from the group in 2014?
2. What seventh word is missing from this otherwise complete list: Battle, Boy, Caspian, Chair, Nephew, Treader?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase DEADLY SINS. Change one letter to an N and you can rearrange the result to spell the ten-letter name of a place you might see another famous group of seven. What is the place?

On-air questions

1. Great Pyramid of Giza
2. The House of the Seven Gables
3. Bryn Mawr College
4. The Magnificent Seven
5. Long Island iced tea

Extra credit
1. Russia
2. Wardrobe (the list is the last words in the titles of the seven Chronicles of Narnia books)