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Any Questions? #72

Hosted by WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, this week’s Any Questions? focuses on the initials “DH.”

Last week's challenge
Start with the name of They Might Be Giants' latest album JOIN US. Change one letter, then rearrange the result to spell a word that might describe a person with the same name as someone else. What is the word?
Answer: If you change the S to an R, you can spell JUNIOR.

On-air questions: On January 11, 1973, the American League adopted the designated hitter rule. Three months later, Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees became the first designated hitter in MLB history. He walked. Each correct answer this week is a two-word title, name, or phrase with the initials D.H.

1. What actor, who won an Academy Award for his role in Kramer vs. Kramer and a Golden Globe for his role in Tootsie, was one of the honorees at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors?
2. In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick published an article in the journal Nature which described the structure of DNA using a model that is commonly referred to by what two-word name?
3. One of the most recognizable Hawaiian volcanoes is on the island of Oahu. Mistaking calcite deposits in the rock for gemstones, 19th century British sailors gave what name to this volcano?
4. Three magical objects – a wand, a stone, and a cloak – are the focus of the seventh book in the Harry Potter series. By what collective name – which completes the title of the book – are these objects known?
5. Before his role as Barney Stinson on the TV show How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris portrayed what child prodigy who works at the fictional Eastman Medical Center in Los Angeles?

Extra credit
1. What novelist was called “the dean of the...'hard-boiled' school of detective fiction” in his 1961 obituary in The New York Times?
2. What game, along with Super Mario Bros., was packaged with the Nintendo Entertainment System video game console, and was played by using the NES Zapper, a controller resembling a space gun?

This week's challenge
The phrase DEAD HEAD is a familiar phrase where the two words are identical, except the first starts with D and the second starts with H. There is a well-known fictional character whose name is made up of two identical words, except the first starts with H and the second starts with D. What name is it?

On-air questions
1. Dustin Hoffman
2. Double helix
3. Diamond Head
4. Deathly Hallows
5. Doogie Howser

Extra credit
1. Dashiell Hammett
2. Duck Hunt

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.