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Any Questions #161

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have been training for this show for 160 weeks.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase PIRATE SHIP. Rearrange these letters to spell a three-letter word for a thing a pen has, and a seven-letter word that you might see on certain pens. What are the words?
Answer: The thing is a TIP, and the word is SHARPIE.

On-air questions: On September 26, 1849, the physiologist Ivan Pavlov was born. Pavlov is famous for his experiments on the conditioned reflex, most notably the one in which he was able to make a dog salivate at the sound of a bell. Let's hope you don't drool all over the microphone during this quiz about bells.

1. Incorporated in 1983 as a homebrewing supply shop, the Kalamazoo Brewing Company changed its name in 2005 to Bell's Brewery, since that's what most people called it. In what state is Bell's Brewery headquartered?
2. Concerned about how their work would be judged if it was known they were women, a trio of sisters first used the pseudonyms Acton Bell, Currer Bell, and Ellis Bell on a book of poems they wrote together. What is the real last name of these three women?
3. The Bell Sports Complex (or Complexe Sportif Bell, in french) is located in Brossard, Quebec and has been, since 2008, the official practice facility of what sports team?
4. The Liberty Bell appears on the reverse of the Franklin half dollar, which was struck between 1948 and 1963, and features Benjamin Franklin on the obverse. The Franklin half dollar was replaced in 1964 with one featuring what president on the obverse?
5. "Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel's just got his wings" is a line said by Clarence to George Bailey in what classic 1946 film?

Extra credit
1. The opening piano solo on Mike Oldfield's 1973 album Tubular Bells was used in the soundtrack to what classic horror film released that same year?
2. Edgar Allan Poe's 1849 poem "The Bells" was likely inspired by the bells of the church on the campus of what Bronx university, which was only a few blocks from Poe's house?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase TACO BELL. Change one letter to an F and you can rearrange the result to spell the two-word name (4, 4) of something you might see on a piece of sheet music. What is it?

On-air questions

1. Michigan
2. Brontë
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. John F. Kennedy
5. It's A Wonderful Life

Extra credit
1. The Exorcist
2. Fordham University

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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