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Any Questions #141

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about the Department of Justice.

Last 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?
Answer: The words are JESTER and JOKESTER.

On-air questions
: On May 9, 1942 John Ashcroft was born in Chicago. Ashcroft would go on to become governor and U.S. Senator in Missouri before serving as Attorney General under George W. Bush. So today’s show is all about attorneys general.

1. The U.S. third Attorney General was Charles Lee, a Virginia lawyer, who served under both of the first two presidents. Name Charles Lee’s two bosses.
2. Current Attorney General Eric Holder has served since the second week of the Obama administration. But he was also acting AG from January 20, 2001 to Feb. 2, 2001 during the transition between which two presidents?
3. The man who served as acting Attorney General in 1973 and 1974 would later see his name become a verb after an unsuccessful nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987. Who is this person?
4. Actors Sherry Houston and Dylan Baker portrayed the attorney general in the cabinet of which president on The West Wing?
5. This Attorney General, who lost a razor-thin primary for governor of Florida after serving in Washington, was portrayed on SNL by a member of the opposite sex. Name both people.

Extra credit
1. Which 1960s Attorney General also served as Senator from New York?
2. Which former New York State Attorney General earned the sobriquet “steamroller” because of an off-color comment he reportedly made?

This week's challenge
Start with the name of Reagan-era Attorney General Edwin Meese. If you change one of the letters in his name to an S and rearrange them, you can spell a two-word answer for why someone might have been selected to be Attorney General. What is it?

On-air questions

1. Washington, Adams
2. Clinton, Bush
3. Robert Bork
4. President Bartlett
5. Janet Reno, Will Ferrell

Extra credit
1. RFK
2. Eliot Spitzer


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.