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Any Questions #193

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are very excited for this week's show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase EMPIRE STATE. Change one letter to an N, and you can rearrange the letters to spell a two-word phrase (seven letters, four letters) for a measurement standard used at the Empire State building. What is it?
Answer: If you change the P to an N, you can spell EASTERN TIME.

On-air questions: May 8, 1945 is V-E Day. "V-E" stands for "Victory in Europe," and the day commemorates the Allied Forces' acceptance of the surrender of Nazi Germany's armed forces, which ended World War II in Europe. V-E Day was also President Harry Truman's 61st birthday, and he dedicated the victory to his predecessor, Franklin Roosevelt, who died the previous month. This week, we've got a V-E Day of our own, because each correct answer will start with the letters VE.
1. Connecting the boroughs of Staten Island and Manhattan, what New York City bridge is named for the Italian explorer who was the first European to enter New York Harbor, and was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it was completed in 1964?
2. First marketed as "delicious on sandwiches and toast, and improving the flavors of soups, stews and gravies," what food product was developed by Dr. Cyril P. Callister, a chemist hired by the Fred Walker Company to create a spread made from brewer's yeast?
3. What department became Cabinet-level in 1989 after being originally formed in 1930 by consolidating three agencies responsible for administering war-related benefits, including, since 1944, the Servicemen's Readjustment Act, also known as the G.I. Bill?
4. "The buck stops somewhere near here" is the tagline for the first season of what HBO series that premiered in April of 2012, and stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, a former Maryland senator and presidential candidate, and Tony Hale as Gary, her incredibly loyal personal aide?
5. On a standard Monopoly board, there are two properties whose names fit today's category. One is in the light blue group, and one is in the yellow group. What two properties are they?

Extra credit
1. What title is shared by a 1959 number-one hit by Frankie Avalon and a 1970 number-one hit by Shocking Blue, the latter of which became a number-one hit for Bananarama in 1986?
2. Traditionally, Christian churches set the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after what astronomical event in the northern hemisphere?

This week's challenge
Start with a six-letter word for a person who might make an article of clothing. Remove the consecutive letters VE from that word, and what's left will spell what you might do with that article of clothing. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
2. Vegemite
3. Veterans' Affairs
4. Veep
5. Ventnor Avenue, Vermont Avenue

Extra credit
1. "Venus"
2. Vernal equinox

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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