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Any Questions #170

Pass the trivia: it's time for a turkey show for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

Last week's challenge 
Start with the phrase ON STRIKE. Change one letter to a W, then rearrange the result to spell a word for a place people don't go when they're on strike. What is it?
Answer: If you change the N to a W, you can spell WORKSITE.

On-air questions: Happy belated Thanksgiving! As you work their way through your leftover turkey (and stuffing and cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes and pie), let's have a quiz about turkeys.
1. Devised as a way to deflect questions about the pardoning of Oliver North for his role in the Iran-Contra affair, what president in 1987 was the first to officially "pardon" a turkey, in this case by sparing a  turkey named Charlie and sending him to a petting zoo?
2. The nation of Turkey is located almost entirely in western Asia, with a small part in southeastern Europe. Turkey is bordered on three sides by water: the Aegean Sea lies to the west, and the Black Sea is to the north. What body of water lies to the south of Turkey?
3. Norman Thomas Stearnes, known by his nickname "Turkey," was an outfielder in the Negro Leagues from 1920 to 1940. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000, and a commemorative plaque is on display outside the center field gate of Comerica Park, the home field of what major league team?
4. Distilled near Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Wild Turkey is a popular brand of bourbon. It's appeared in many television shows, films, and books, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, where it is a favorite drink of what journalist?
5. In bowling, "turkey" is the term used for a string of how many consecutive strikes?

Extra credit
1. "Turkey in the Straw," a 19th century folk song is used as the melody for the 1928 cartoon "Steamboat Willie," which stars what famous cartoon character?
2. Broadcast for one season from 1985 to 1986, Turkey Television was a sketch comedy show created in response to the popularity of You Can't Do That On Television. Both shows aired on what network?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase COLD TURKEY. Change one letter to an M and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (five letters in both words) for something a toy collector might have. What is it?

On-air questions

1. Ronald Reagan
2. Mediterranean Sea
3. Detroit Tigers
4. Hunter S. Thompson
5. Three

Extra credit
1. Mickey Mouse
2. Nickelodeon


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.