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Any Questions? #105

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on “hot” things.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name ROOSEVELT. Change one letter to a C, then rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (five letters in the first word, four letters in the second) that describes something that might make a politician nervous. What is it?
Answer: If you change the R to a C, you can spell CLOSE VOTE.

On-air questions: On August 30, 1963, a direct communication system between the White House and the Kremlin in Moscow became operational. Commonly known as the Hotline – and frequently misrepresented by a red telephone – the system originally used teletype machines. (As of 2008, it was a computer network.) This week we've got a hotline of our own: each correct answer will contain the word HOT.
1. Set at the family's estate in Mississippi, what Tennessee Williams play features characters named Big Daddy and Maggie the Cat, and was reportedly the author's favorite of his works?
2. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, and somewhat infamous for its rotating cast of guitarists, what rock band is known for songs such as "Under the Bridge" and a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground"?
3. Named for the colorfully-named Louisville, Ky. hotel where it was created in 1926, what open-faced sandwich consists of sliced turkey and bacon covered in a cheese sauce and baked?
4. Based on a 1992 New Yorker article, what Richard Preston book, whose title is a term referring to an area deemed biologically hazardous, recounts the origins of various deadly viruses, including Ebola?
5. Portrayed by Sally Kellerman on the big screen and by Loretta Swit on TV, what was the nickname of Margaret Houlihan, the head nurse at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital?

Extra credit
1. Traditionally eaten in many historically Christian countries on Good Friday, what sweet pastries are made with currants or raisins and are decorated with icing in a pattern that gives the pastries their name?
2. Premiering on Broadway in 1969, and adapted into a 1972 film of the same name, what Tony-nominated Neil Simon play tells the story of Barney Cashman, a middle-aged man who fails to seduce three women in an attempt to join the sexual revolution?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase RED TELEPHONE. Replace two letters with an A and a D and you can spell the six-letter names (one starting with N, the other with T) of two things that are frequently used together. What are they?

On-air questions

1. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Hot Brown
4. The Hot Zone
5. "Hot Lips"

Extra credit
1. Hot cross buns
2. Last of the Red Hot Lovers

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.