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Any Questions #225

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about football.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name STEVIE NICKS. Change one letter to an L, and you can rearrange the letters to spell the six-letter name for things you often find in a kitchen drawer, and a five-letter word for what those things can do. What are they?
Answer: If you change the T to an L, you can spell KNIVES and SLICE.

On-air questions: On December 18, 1932, the first NFL Playoff Game was held. The Chicago Bears beat the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in an indoor tiebreaker that was the first playoff since the league began in 1920. The championship game continued until the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, ahead of what we now call Super Bowl IV. So today’s show is all about the Super Bowl.

1. The term “wardrobe malfunction” gained international prominence after Janet Jackson’s nipple was exposed during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. What former N*SYNC singer was one of the first to use the term while apologizing?
2. While the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers are tied for second with five Super Bowl titles apiece, first place with six is which team, which won four titles between 1974 and 1979 with quarterback Terry Bradshaw?
3. The Buffalo Bills are tied for a dubious distinction — the most Super Bowl appearances without a win — with which team, which plays its home games at TCF Bank Stadium this season after 21 years at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome?  
4. Super Bowl XLVII (47) in 2013 was dubbed the Harbaugh Bowl as it pitted head coach brothers against each other for the first time in Jim and John Harbaugh, coaches of the 49ers and Ravens, respectively. It also marked the 10th Super Bowl held in which city, tying it with Miami for most all-time, and forcing the rescheduling of some Mardi Gras activities since it was nine days before Fat Tuesday?  
5. Although one will take the lead this year, two national networks have televised the most Super Bowls with 18 apiece, counting Super Bowl I, which was broadcast by both. What are the networks?

Extra credit
1. Only two players have won three Super Bowl MVP awards: Joe Montana and which still active fellow quarterback?
2. The winner of three Super Bowls, which Dallas Cowboys running back had his helmet stolen—then returned weeks later — during the hubbub at the end of the 1994 big game?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase FOOTBALL GAME. Rearrange the letters and you can spell an eight-letter food and a four-letter type of website. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Justin Timberlake (The FCC reportedly received more than half a million complaints.)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Minnesota Vikings (who move into a new stadium, U.S. Bank Stadium, in 2016)
4. New Orleans (first Super Bowl there in 11 years partly because of damages to the Superdome in 2005’s Hurricane Katrina)
5. CBS and NBC (ABC and Fox have televised seven apiece)

Extra credit
1. Tom Brady
2. Pancho Villa


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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