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Any Questions #177

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go to MIT the only way they can: vicariously.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase DIAL TONES. Add a letter, then rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (four letters, two letters, four letters) for what a judge might do to a criminal. What is it?
Answer: If you add a J, you can spell SEND TO JAIL.

On-air questions: This weekend in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hundreds of people will flock to the campus of MIT for the annual Mystery Hunt. Started in 1981 by a Ph.D. student, the competition requires teams to solve dozens of puzzles on every topic imaginable to find a coin hidden somewhere on campus. (spoiler: when our listeners hear this, I will be there.) To commemorate this event, each correct answer this week is a two-word phrase, title, or name in which the first word starts with "MI" and the second starts with "T".
1. In Greek mythology, the god Dionysus grants a king a wish after the king shows kindness toward one of the god's traveling companions. The king wishes for the ability to turn things into gold, a power that is commonly referred to as what?
2. They were founded in 1894 as the Kansas City Blues. In 1901 they became the Washington Senators (and/or the Nationals, depending on who you ask). In 1961, they began using the name by which we know them today. Who are they?
3. In the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the fourth child to find a Golden Ticket (and the final one to meet his fate in the factory) is a young boy who loves westerns and dresses like a cowboy. What is this boy's name?
4. Portrayed by actress Linda Gray on the TV show Dallas, Sue Ellen Ewing purportedly won what title in 1967, a event which introduces her to her future husband J.R., who was a judge at the competition?
5. The title of a 1970 film starring Sidney Poitier, a sequel to 1967's In the Heat of the Night, takes its name from a line said by Poitier in the first film, in which he declares "They call me" what?

Extra credit
1. By what phrase do we commonly know the system known officially as the 24-hour clock?
2. What region, at its maximum extent in 1836, included land that would eventually become Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa, and parts of North and South Dakota, as well as its namesake state?

This week's challenge
Start with a six-letter word ending in M that means "tattle". Replace the M with IT and the result will spell a three-word phrase that might describe someone who gets tattled on. What is the word and what is the phrase?

On-air questions

1. Midas Touch
2. Minnesota Twins
3. Mike Teavee
4. Miss Texas
5. Mister Tibbs

Extra credit
1. Military time
2. Michigan Territory


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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