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Any Questions #238

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go back to the Wells.

Last week's challenge
Start with the words WALL STREET. Rearrange the letters and you can spell two five-letter nouns that can be associated with water. As a hint, one can also be a verb. What are the words?

On-air questions
: March, 18, 1850, in Buffalo, New York, Henry Wells and William Fargo merged their respective express mail companies to form a corporation known as American Express. Two years later, they started Wells Fargo and Company, after some American Express directors objected to expanding operations to California. To commemorate Wells and Fargo's business partnership, this week we've got questions about famous Wellses and famous Fargos.

1. H.G. Wells, a prolific writer in numerous genres including politics, social commentary, and history, is perhaps best known for his works of science fiction, including The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, and what 1898 novel later adapted into a radio drama by Orson Welles?
2. Premiering in April of 2015, the FX anthology series Fargo sets each season in a different year, telling different yet interconnected stories with different casts of characters. The series is based on the 1996 film written and directed by whom?
3. Published in May of 2015, the Wells Report – named for its primary author, attorney Theodore Wells – concluded that it was "more probable than not" that the equipment personnel of the New England Patriots circumvented rules and implicated quarterback Tom Brady as being "generally aware" of the situation. By what name did this incident come to be known?
4. Since 2006, Linda Fargo has served as the director of women's fashion and store presentation of Bergdorf Goodman, a department store in New York City. In their review of a 2013 documentary featuring Fargo, Variety characterized her as a "warmer, friendlier version" of what editor-in-chief of Vogue?
5. "The Wells Fargo Wagon," a song about the delivery of band instruments to the residents of River City, ends Act One of what 1957 Broadway production, which also features the songs "Seventy-Six Trombones" and "(Ya Got) Trouble?"

Extra credit
1. Wells College, a liberal arts institution located on the shore of Cayuga Lake in Aurora, New York, is considered the sister school to what institution located in nearby Ithaca?
2. Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command from 2002 to 2005, was the inspiration for Scott Glenn's character in what 1984 spy film?

This week's challenge
Start with the words WELLS and FARGO. Rearrange the letters to spell a five-letter word for what a dog might do, and a five-letter word for what a dog might have. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. The War of the Worlds
2. Joel and Ethan Coen
3. Deflategate
4. Anna Wintour
5. The Music Man

Extra credit
1. Cornell University
2. The Hunt for Red October

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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