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Any Questions #229

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel stick to the rules this week.

Last week's challenge
Start with the words SCRATCH and LOVE. Change one letter to an A (not the one that's already there) and you can rearrange the result to spell the two-word name (five letters, six letters) for things a choir director uses. What are they?
Answer: If you change the E to an A, you can spell VOCAL CHARTS.

On-air questions: On January 15, 1892, the original 13 rules of basketball were published in The Triangle, the newspaper of Springfield College in Massachusetts. The game was invented by James Naismith at the behest of the head of Springfield YMCA Physical Education to provide a means for indoor physical activity for students during the winter. And, of course, the game is still played today with those same original 13 rules or maybe it's not I don't know you tell me. What I do know is that in honor of Mr. Naismith, our quiz this week is about rules. I'll read a rule, and you tell me what that rule applies to.

1. "Reroll any or all dice you want, even 'keepers' from the previous roll. You don't need to declare which combination you're rolling for; you may change your mind after any roll."
2. "The Speaker may direct the Clerk to conduct a record vote or quorum call by call of the roll. In such a case the Clerk shall call the names of Members, alphabetically by surname. When two or more have the same surname, the name of the State (and, if necessary to distinguish among Members from the same State, the given names of the Members) shall be added."
3. "During a regular timeout, before the timeout warning signal, both teams must stay in their respective halves of the pool. During a regular or 30-second timeout, an excluded player may leave the water to meet with the team and then move to the re-entry area."
4. "Projects must be honest and clearly presented. Our community is built on trust and communication. Projects can mislead people or misrepresent facts, and creators should be candid about what they plan to accomplish."
5. "All materials, tools, weapons, or mechanical conveniences must be obtained from the ACME Corporation."

Extra credit
1. "Players may take their wands onto the pitch, but they must not be used on or against any players, any player's broomstick, the referee, any of the four balls, or the spectators."
2. "Don't cross the streams."

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase RULE OF LAW. Change one letter to a P and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (four letters, five letters) for what an unused battery has. What is it?

On-air questions

1. Yahtzee
2. U.S. House of Representatives
3. Water polo
4. Kickstarter
5. Road Runner cartoons

Extra credit
1. Quidditch
2. Ghostbusting

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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