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Any Questions #181

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to be good men.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name REAGAN. Add a letter and rearrange the result to spell the name of a country that made the news during Reagan's presidency. What is it?
Answer: If you add a D, you can spell GRENADA.

On-air questions: On February 13, 2000, after almost 50 years of publication, the final original "Peanuts" comic strip ran in newspapers. In the Sunday strip, creator Charles Schulz announced his retirement and that no one would be taking over the duties of the strip. Sadly, Schulz passed away the day before the strip ran. In honor of the iconic strip, this week our questions are about people and things who share their name with a Peanuts character.
1. Actress Sally Field has won two Academy Awards for Best Actress: in 1979 for Norma Rae and again in 1984 for Places in the Heart. Her most recent Academy Award nomination was for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Mary Todd in what 2012 film?
2. Elected in October of 1998, Gerhard Schroeder was the seventh Chancellor of Germany. After a close election in September of 2005, Schroeder ruled out, but eventually agreed to, a grand coalition with the person who became chancellor. Who succeeded Schroeder as German chancellor?
3. Portrayed by actor Michael Emerson, Benjamin Linus was a member of, and later, the leader of, The Others, a group of people living on an island and first encountered by the DHARMA Initiative in the 1970s when they established their scientific community. Linus is at first antagonistic to a group of survivors who crash on the island, but later becomes a sort of ally to them. This all happened on what popular ABC drama?
4. Discovered in Ethiopia in 1974, a collection of bones comprising about 40 percent of the skeleton of a hominid that lived about 3 million years ago was nicknamed "Lucy" by the team of scientists who discovered it. The nickname was inspired by what song that had been playing repeatedly in the scientists' camp?
5. A simple method of encoding a message involves a "pigpen" cipher, in which each letter in the message is replaced by a symbol representing a section of a grid. Because the cipher uses 3-by-3 grids for some of the encoding, the cipher is sometimes named after what children's game?

Extra credit
1. In 1962, singer Marcie Blane reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the song "Bobby's Girl." It remained there for four weeks, but was kept off the top of the charts by the songs "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Return to Sender," performed, respectively, by whom?
2. Portrayed by actor Fred Berry, Frederick "Rerun" Stubbs was a character on what sitcom that ran from August of 1976 to April of 1979?

This week's challenge
Start with the name of the Peanuts character CHARLIE BROWN. Change one letter to a T and you can spell a hyphenated phrase that names something you might gain as a result of a marriage. What is it?

On-air questions

1. Lincoln
2. Angela Merkel
3. Lost
4. "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"
5. Tic-tac-toe

Extra credit
1. The Four Seasons, Elvis Presley
2. What's Happening!!

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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