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Any Questions #243

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel hold a "spelling" bee.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase SECOND BASE. Add a letter, and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (four letters in the first word, seven letters in the second) that might describe a plot point in a movie starring Sean Connery or Daniel Craig. What is it?
Answer: If you add a P, you can spell BOND ESCAPES.

On-air questions
: April 22, 1923 is the birthdate of film and television producer Aaron Spelling. Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1996, Spelling produced many successful television series, including The Love Boat, Dynasty, and Beverly Hills, 90210. Spelling died in 2006 after suffering a stroke. To celebrate Mr. Spelling's birthday, this week our questions are about other famous people whose names are actions, like "spelling."

1. The term "Prince Charming" is thought to have originated in a late-17th-century version of what fairy tale, in which the princess, upon waking up, says, "Are you my prince? You've kept me waiting a long time."?
2. An article titled "Stephen Hawking Builds Robotic Exoskeleton" claimed the scientist constructed a suit with, among other features, "jet boots and the most advanced crime-lab database in the world." The article appeared in which satirical newspaper, to which Hawking sent a reply, chastising the editors for revealing his plan for world domination?
3. Born in Bedfordshire, England, Joseph Fielding served as the second president of what church's mission in England from 1838 to 1840, at which time Brigham Young arrived and took over the position?
4. In 2002 at the age of eight, actress Dakota Fanning became the youngest nominee in history for a Screen Actors Guild award. She was nominated for her performance as the daughter of a mentally-challenged man (played by Sean Penn) fighting for custody of her. What is the title of this film?
5. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning is a collection of 44 sonnets written in the mid-1840s and published some five years later. Perhaps the best known sonnet from that collection is number 43, whose first line begins "How do I love thee?" and ends with what five words?

Extra credit
1. In March of 2009, which NBA team retired Alonzo Mourning's jersey (the first time the team had retired a player's number) and then hired him three months later as their Vice President of Player Programs and Development?
2. Sarah Manning is one of more than 10 characters played by the same actress on what popular and critically-acclaimed drama series?

This week's challenge
Start with the name AARON SPELLING. Rearrange the letters to spell a two-word phrase (five letters, seven letters) that names something an environmentally-conscious person might have installed on their house. What is the phrase?

On-air questions

1. Sleeping Beauty
2. The Onion
3. Church of Latter-Day Saints
4. I Am Sam
5. "Let me count the ways"

Extra credit
1. Miami Heat
2. Orphan Black

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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