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Any Questions #215

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a case of the Thursdays.

Last week's challenge
Start with the word WATERLOO. Rearrange the letters and you can spell two four-letter words you might see in a pharmacy. What are the words?
Answer: ALOE and WORT.

On-air questions
: On October 9, 1965, “Yesterday” by the Beatles hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It displaced “Hang On Sloopy” by the McCoys, and was replaced itself four weeks later by the Rolling Stones’ “Get Off My Cloud.” And since yesterday was Thursday, today our quiz is about Thursdays.

1. The word “Thursday” derives from the Old English name for the day, which translates to “Thor’s Day”, named for the Norse god. The word for Thursday in many Romance languages — including Spanish and French — comes from the name of the Roman god of thunder, who also lent his name to a planet. Which god is it?
2. “Thursday’s child is Sunday’s clown” — a takeoff of lines from the nursery rhyme Monday’s Child —  are lyrics from the song “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” which appears on the 1967 album The Velvet Underground and Nico. The cover of that album — a banana on a white background — was designed by what pop artist, whose name appears on the cover?
3. Published as the sequel to the 1945 novel Cannery Row, Sweet Thursday is a 1954 novel set just after the end of World War II and whose title — according to the author — refers to the day between Lousy Wednesday and Waiting Friday. Who wrote Sweet Thursday?
4. Thursday Night Football, the name given to the broadcast of NFL games on Thursday nights, debuted in its current form on November 23, 2006 with a game in which the Denver Broncos were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs. As of today, the Broncos share the record for the most appearances on Thursday Night Football (with nine), while the Detroit Lions hold what (perhaps less desirable) distinction?
5. Beginning in 1863, via proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln, Thanksgiving was celebrated on the last Thursday of November. However, in 1941, which President broke with this tradition and declared the next-to-last Thursday as Thanksgiving, in part to give retailers an extra week to generate sales for the Christmas season?

Extra credit
1. According to Christian tradition, what event took place on the night of what is now known as Maundy Thursday?
2. What phrase is commonly abbreviated "#TBT" on social media?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase SWEET THURSDAY. Drop one letter and you can rearrange the result to spell two words (eight letters, four letters) that describe what water does. What are the words?

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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