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Any Questions #50

Time flies when you're having trivia: WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark their 50th show.

Last 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?
Answer: If you change an I to a D, you can spell CLOSE FRIEND.

On-air questions: To celebrate the 50th episode of Any Questions?, our quiz this week is about things that rank 50th on certain lists.
1. U.S. state that ranks 50th by population (as of 2011), and also 50th alphabetically
2. Singer whose debut album is No. 50 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, which features the songs “Long Tall Sally” and “Tutti Frutti”
3. Food conglomerate ranked No. 50 on 2012's Fortune 500, thanks in part to sales of its subsidiary brands Nabisco and Oscar Mayer and, of course, macaroni and cheese
4. Five-word quote from the 1995 film Apollo 13 that ranks No. 50 on the American Film Institute's list “100 Years...100 Movie Quotes”
5. Namesake of the 50th tallest building in the U.S. – an office building in Boston – and perhaps the most famous signer of the Declaration of Independence

Extra credit
1. Henry Miller novel ranked No. 50 on Modern Library's list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century, and whose 1961 publication in the U.S. led to numerous obscenity trials
2. Major League Baseball player who is 50th on the list of career home runs, and who won the 1989 and 1990 National League Gold Glove while playing first base for the Montreal Expos

This week's challenge
Gold is the traditional gift for a 50th anniversary, so here's a challenge inspired by that: Think of a five-letter word beginning with P that describes something flat. Add AU (as in the chemical symbol for gold) to the end of this word, and you'll get another word that describes something flat. What are the words?

On-air questions
1. Wyoming
2. Little Richard
3. Kraft
4. "Houston, we have a problem"
5. John Hancock

Extra credit
1. Tropic of Cancer
2. Andres Galarraga

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.