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Any Questions #146

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about television police.

Last week's challenge

Start with the names of the planets JUPITER and MARS. Change one letter to a D and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (four letters, seven letters) that you might see written on a sign attached to a limousine. What is the phrase?



On-air questions: On June 13, 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them in the famous Miranda v. Arizona case. Among other things, the decision launched a thousand television police procedural clichés. So today’s quiz is all about TV police.

1. The 2012 action comedy film 21 Jump Street featured a cameo by which actor who starred in the late 1980’s television series of the same name and has gone on to earn three Academy Award nominations?

2. Voiced by Hank Azaria and based on an Edward G. Robinson impression, who is chief of police of Springfield on The Simpsons?

3. The character detective John Munch has appeared on nine different series over nearly a quarter-century, beginning with 1993’s Homicide and including stops on Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, The Wire, and many others. Who portrays Munch?

4. Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg left the show in 2012 for the Fox series set in which precinct of which New York City Borough?

5. Running for 146 episodes between 1981 and 1987, which NBC series coined the catchphrase “Let’s Be Careful Out There,” which closed the roll call meeting?

Extra credit

1. The nudity on which show, unusual for broadcast television at the time of its 12-year run that ended in 2005, apparently inspired the founding of The Parents Television Council, which advocates for censorship of “offensive” entertainment?

2. On The X-Files, which law enforcement agency do Mulder and Scully work for?

This week's challenge

Start with a key two-word phrase heard in many television recitations of the Miranda rights. Rearrange the letters in these two words and you can name a six-letter member of the military and a six-letter action that person has taken. What are the words?


On-air questions

1. Johnny Depp (22 Jump Street opens today)

2. Chief Wiggum (Bonus fact: Wiggum was briefly made state commissioner of police for Springfield’s unnamed state in one episode)

3. Richard Belzer (The character is based on Baltimore detective Jay Landsman, who was a character and an actor on The Wire)

4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

5. Hill Street Blues (TV Guide has named the show the best cop show of all-time and the No. 1 drama)

Extra credit

1. NYPD Blue

2. The FBI

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.
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