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Any Questions #213

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel learn what supervocalics are.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase CHOCOLATE BAR. Drop one letter and you can rearrange the result to spell two colors: one a shade of blue, and the other a shade of brown. What are they?
Answer: If you drop one A, you can spell COBALT and OCHRE.

On-air questions: On September 25, 1890, Sequoia National Park was established. Situated in the southern part of the Sierra Nevada, the park covers over 400,000 acres and is home to Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous 48 states, and to the General Sherman Tree, the largest (by volume) single-stem tree in the world. The word "Sequoia" contains all five vowels exactly once and is known as a "supervocalic" (which is itself a supervocalic). To commemorate the establishment of Sequoia National Park, each correct answer this week will be a supervocalic.
1. Receiving her first Academy Award nomination for 1989’s Steel Magnolias, what actress won the Best Actress Oscar – along with a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors’ Guild award, among many others – for her portrayal of the title character in the 2000 film Erin Brockovich?
2. What two-word phrase is broadly applied to the individuals who led the American Revolution and established the United States, but is also used in a narrower context to refer to the group of people who either signed the Declaration of Independence or helped draft the U.S. Constitution?
3. Subtitled "Life Among The Lowly", what novel was written as a response to the second Fugitive Slave Act, first appeared as a serial in an abolitionist periodical called The National Era, and whose publication is often cited as one of the events that laid groundwork for the Civil War?
4. Released in 2005, the original version of what music-based video game was followed over the next four years by four sequels and by three special editions featuring the songs of Aerosmith, Van Halen, and Metallica?
5. What 1984 Bruce Springsteen album was the best-selling album of that year and of Springsteen's career, has a cover photo by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz featuring a giant American flag, and produced seven top-10singles, including "Dancing In The Dark," "Glory Days," and the title track?

Extra credit
1. What orange-flavored liqueur completes the International Bartenders’ Association’s official list of ingredients in a Cosmopolitan, along with citron vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice?
2. What 1995 film starring Michelle Pfeiffer was based on the 1992 memoir My Posse Don’t Do Homework by retired U.S. Marine LouAnne Johnson?

This week's challenge
Start with the supervocalic phrase PEANUT OIL. Rearrange the letters to spell the names of two instruments. What are they?

On-air questions

1. Julia Roberts
2. Founding Fathers
3. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
4. Guitar Hero
5. Born in the U.S.A.

Extra credit
1. Cointreau
2. Dangerous Minds

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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