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Any Questions #140

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip to Oklahoma.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase AUTO DEALER. Change one letter to an N, then rearrange the result to spell two words (6 letters and 4 letters) that each might appear on a road sign. What are the words?
Answer: If you change one E to an N, you can spell DETOUR and LANE.

On-air questions
: On May 2, 1890, Congress passed the Organic Act, which created the Oklahoma Territory and began the process of forming the state of Oklahoma, which was admitted to the union in November of 1907. So, this week we've got a quiz as high as an elephant's eye and we'll see how much you and our listeners know about the great state of Oklahoma.
1. Set during the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of the Joad family and their journey from Oklahoma to California. Which author wrote The Grapes of Wrath?
2. In 1889, a land rush allowed would-be homesteaders to line up to claim unassigned territory in Oklahoma. What nickname was given to settlers who snuck in before the official start of the rush, which was later adopted as a general term for a person from Oklahoma?
3. In 2008, the Seattle Supersonics of the NBA relocated to Oklahoma City, changing their name to the Thunder and becoming the state's first permanent franchise. However, the New Orleans Hornets played in Oklahoma City for the 2005 and 2006 seasons following what event?
4. The 2014 film August: Osage County – based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name – takes place outside Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The film garnered two acting nominations, one for Best Actress and one for Best Supporting Actress, for whom?
5. In 1917, the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma first sold what product, baked in their home kitchens with help from their mothers, at a price of 25 to 35 cents per dozen?

Extra credit
1. Despite registered Republicans constituting a minority in the state, Oklahoma has been carried by the Republican nominee in every presidential election between 1952 and 2012, with the exception of one. What year was it, in which the losing candidate carried only six states?
2. Cimarron County, located in the panhandle of Oklahoma, is the only county in the U.S. that borders four other states. What are those four states?

This week's challenge
Think of a six-letter word beginning with J that names a person who tries to make people laugh. Add the consecutive letters O-K somewhere in that word and you'll get an eight-letter word for someone who tries to make people laugh. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. John Steinbeck
2. Sooners
3. Hurricane Katrina
4. Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts
5. Girl Scout cookies

Extra credit
1. 1964 (Lyndon Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater)
2. Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas

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.