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Any Questions #149

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a break from the poolside grill for a show about the Declaration.

Last week's challenge
Start with the words TROPHY and AWARD. Change one letter to a T (not the one that's already there) and you can rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (5, 1 ,5) for what you might do if you win an award. What is it?
Answer: If you change the D to a T, you can spell THROW A PARTY.

On-air questions
: Happy Independence Day! Today is July 4th, the day we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Let's see if you and our listeners can declare themselves experts on that document as you try your hand at some questions about the Declaration of Independence.
1. Commonly used today as a synonym for "signature" is the name of which signer of the Declaration of Independence, whose signature is the largest of the 56 names on the document?
2. In July of 1848, the first Woman's Rights Convention was organized by – among others – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. They modeled their Declaration of Sentiments after the Declaration of Independence. In what upstate New York village was this convention held?  
3. A rough draft of the Declaration is housed in the Library of Congress. The copy signed by Congress – known as the "engrossed" copy – is on display in the National Archives in what is called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. What other two founding documents are displayed in this rotunda?
4. The Declaration of Independence plays a significant role in the the 2004 action film National Treasure. Which actor stars as Benjamin Franklin Gates, a historian and amateur cryptologist who tries to crack the coded map on the back of the Declaration?
5. Often believed to be a spelling error, what state's name was spelled above the list of signatories with a single N – as was the practice at the time – rather than the double-N spelling that was adopted some time later?

Extra credit
1. After George Washington read the Declaration to his troops in New York City on July 7, 1776, a statue of whom was pulled down, and the lead used to make musket balls?
2. One of the three signatories from New Hampshire would later become governor of the state. What fictional president shares his name with this signatory (but spells his last name with one T at the end) and is, in the show, a direct descendant of the signatory?

This week's challenge
Start with the word DECLARATION. Change one letter to an M and you can rearrange the result to spell an eight-letter word and a three-letter word that each name a member of a particular Major League Baseball team. What are the words?

On-air questions

1.  John Hancock
2. Seneca Falls
3. U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights
4. Nicolas Cage
5. Pennsylvania

Extra credit
1. King George III
2. Josiah Bartlet (from The West Wing)

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.