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Any Questions #226

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate an annual tradition on the show: clearance.

Last 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?
Answer: The food is MEATLOAF and the website is a BLOG.

On-air questions: It’s that time of the year again. Specifically, it’s our last show of 2015 and that means it’s time once again for the annual Any Questions? clearance sale. We’ll look back at some of the categories we did during 2015 and ask some questions we didn’t have room for. As always, all sales are final. No returns, no refunds.

[#181: Peanuts Character Names] The 1970 song "Woodstock," about the famous music festival, was written by what singer/songwriter, who included it on her third album Ladies of the Canyon and used it as the B-side on the single for her song "Big Yellow Taxi"?
2. [#187: Back-to-back Wins] Between 1983 and 1988, the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series went to one of two women: Tyne Daly won it three times, then Sharon Gless won it twice, then Daly won it once more. These six consecutive wins comprise the longest winning streak for a single show in this category. For what show did Daly and Gless win the awards?
3. [#190: Ducks] According to a popular urban legend, a duck's quack doesn't have an echo. Unfortunately, this was first proven false in a 2003 study at the University of Salford in England, and also later that year on the eighth episode of what long-running Discovery Channel series?
4. [#204: People With "van" In Their Name] Portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in the 1994 film Quiz Show, Professor Charles van Doren testified to Congress that he had been given the answers in advance of his appearances on the show Twenty-One. Like his poet father Mark van Doren, Charles taught at what New York university during his tenure on Twenty-One?
5. [#210: Five-word Answers] One competitor in a race starts off with a commanding lead, and, feeling confident in his victory, decides to take a nap in the middle of the race. The other competitor overtakes his sleeping rival and crosses the finish line first. This happens in one of the more than 600 of Aesop's fables, and its moral is often summarized as "Slow and steady wins the race." What is the title of this fable?

Extra credit
1. [#183: Fourteen] Adopted in 1835, and commonly used to measure body weight in the United Kingdom, what unit of measure is equivalent to 14 avoirdupois pounds?
2. [#205: Moons] The 2009 science-fiction film Moon stars Sam Rockwell as an astronaut on a three-year mission to the moon. It was the feature-film directorial debut of Duncan Jones, the son of what famous British musician?

This week's challenge
Think of a seven-letter word starting with N that names a certain type of ID. Reverse this word (that is, read it backwards) and you'll get a word for a person who might ask to see some ID. What are the words?

On-air questions
1. Joni Mitchell
2. Cagney and Lacey
3. MythBusters
4. Columbia University
5. "The Tortoise and the Hare"

Extra credit
1. Stone
2. David Bowie

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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