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Any Questions #49

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel boldly go where no quiz segments have gone before: to the realm of exploration.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name ANSEL ADAMS. Add a letter, then rearrange the letters to spell the names of three things you might see in a photograph of a beach.
Answer: If you add a P, you can spell PALM, SAND, and SEA.

On-air questions: On August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus departed from Spain, beginning the first of his four voyages to the Americas. This week, our quiz is about other famous explorers.

1. Woman depicted on the obverse of a U.S. one-dollar coin, the reverse of which is redesigned each year to depict a different scene of Native American culture
2. Explorer to whom director Wes Anderson dedicated the 2004 film The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, and to whom Bill Murray's character is an homage
3. Four-word term for the South African geographical feature around which explorer Bartholomew Dias was the first European to sail, in 1488
4. Explorer nicknamed “the father of New France,” who named a lake bordered by New York and Vermont after himself
5. Site reached by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on May 2, 1953, two months after their expedition set up base camp

Extra credit
1. Nationality of Thor Heyerdahl, famous for his Kon-Tiki expedition, and of Roald Amundsen, the first explorer known to traverse the Northwest Passage
2. Namesake of a Colorado peak, who discovered the mountain during the first expedition through the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains in the early 19th century

This week's challenge
Start with the name of the explorer LEIF ERICSON. Change one letter to a D, then rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (five letters in the first word, six letters in the second) that names a person you might take a road trip with. Who is it?

On-air questions
1. Sacagawea
2. Jacques Cousteau
3. Cape of Good Hope
4. Samuel de Champlain
5. Mount Everest

Extra credit
1. Norwegian
2. Zebulon Pike

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.