Any Questions #362: "Purple Things"

Aug 3, 2018

Don't be blue: WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase DOVER SOLE. Change one letter to a T and you can spell the last name of a person associated with New York's Hudson Valley. What is the name?
Answer: If you change the D to a T, you can spell ROOSEVELT.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: PURPLE THINGS
On-air questions
: This week in August 1984, the album Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution reached number one on the Billboard 200 album charts. The album was the soundtrack to the film of the same name, and it was the second of his albums to feature the Revolution. It spent 24 weeks in the top spot, and a total of 122 weeks on the chart. In the week following Prince's death in 2016, the album sold enough copies for it to re-enter the charts at number two. To commemorate Purple Rain, this week our questions are about other purple things.

1. Preceded by an award established by George Washington in his headquarters in Newburgh, New York called the Badge of Military Merit, what military honor was revived in February of 1932, on the 200th anniversary of Washington's birth?
2. The 1985 drama The Color Purple, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker, is the film debut of two women: Oprah Winfrey and what actress, who received a Golden Globe for her performance, the only acting award earned by someone in the film?
3. There are multiple NBA and NFL teams who use purple as one of their main team colors, and the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL sometimes wear jerseys with purple on them, but there is only one team in Major League Baseball for which purple is a regular uniform color. What team is it?
4. A seven-book series by Crockett Johnson written between 1955 and 1963 about a four-year-old boy who, over the course of the series, takes a trip to the sky, goes to the North Pole, and has an adventure at the circus, begins with a story introducing the reader to him and his purple crayon. What is this boy's name?
5. A 1950's novelty song written by actor and singer Sheb Wooley tells of a creature that comes to Earth so it can play in a rock-and-roll band. According to the narrator of the song, the creature was a "one-eyed, one-horned, flying" what?

Extra credit
1. Three films directed by Woody Allen have colors in the title: 2013's Blue Jasmine, 2001's The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, and what 1985 film?
2. What phrase, used to describe excessively flowery language, has its origins in a passage from the Roman poet Horace, who decries "purple patches" in writing, saying "There's no place for them here"?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase PURPLE FINCH. Rearrange the letters to spell a subject you might study in school and a word for a person who might be doing the studying. What are the words?

ANSWERS
On-air questions

1. Purple Heart
2. Whoopi Goldberg
3. Colorado Rockies
4. Harold
5. Purple people eater

Extra credit
1. The Purple Rose of Cairo
2. Purple prose