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Any Questions #143

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spend a few minutes on one name.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name of Jefferson’s estate MONTICELLO. Change one letter to an S and you can rearrange the letters to spell the two-word name (three letters in the first word, seven letters in the second) of a cocktail. What is it?
Answer: If you change the E to an S, you can spell TOM COLLINS.

On-air questions
: On May 23, 1533, the Archbishop of Canterbury declared the marriage between King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon null and void. Catherine was no longer able to bear children, and Henry believed his marriage was cursed (and Anne Boleyn probably had something to do with it). This week we'll remember the first of Henry VIII's six wives with a quiz about other famous Catherines.
1. Coming to power after a coup d'etat and the assassination of her husband Peter III, who was the longest-reigning female leader of Russia, in power from July of 1762 to November of 1796?
2. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is the official title of the woman who rose to prominence when she married into the royal family in April of 2011. By what first and last name was she known before she became a duchess?
3. Along with John Candy, Eugene Levy, and others, Catherine O'Hara was one of the seven original cast members of a Canadian sketch comedy show about a fictional independent television network. What was the four-letter title of this show?
4. Representing the United States, Olympian Catherine Carr set two world records in swimming: one for the long course 100-meter breaststroke and one as part of the 4 x 100-meter medley relay. She set both of these records on September 2, 1972 in what European city?
5. Catherine is the sister of Myrtle Wilson, a woman having an affair with Tom Buchanan, the husband of Daisy Buchanan, in what classic 1925 novel?

Extra credit
1. What actress has been nominated 11 times for a César Award (France's equivalent of the Oscar) for Best Actress, winning twice for her roles in 1981's The Last Métro and 1992's Indochine?
2. Since 1866, St. Catherine of Siena has been one of the two patron saints of Italy, along with whom?

This week's challenge
Start with the name CATHERINE. Add an L, then rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (two letters, in the first word, three in the second, five in the third) that describes someone who has been found not guilty. What is it?

On-air questions

1. Catherine the Great
2. Kate Middleton
4. Munich, Germany
5. The Great Gatsby

Extra credit
1. Catherine Deneuve
2. St. Francis of Assisi

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.