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Any Questions #268

Any Questions
Any Questions

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for the last show before WAMC's Fall Fund Drive.

Last week's challenge
Start with the word DRAGONFLIES. Rearrange the letters to spell a six-letter word for something you wear on your head and a five-letter word for something you wear on your arm. What are the words?
Answer: FEDORA and SLING.

On-air questions: Well, Mike, the great WAMC Fund Drive starts Monday. As you know, it’s a chance for the extended WAMC family to come together and keep the station going.  As a reminder, the number is 1-800-323-9262, which we’ll get to say a few more times starting Monday. In honor of the Fund Drive, all of today’s answers have the initials F.D.  

1. Before he was on money, the nation’s 18th president retreated to nearby Mt. McGregor in Saratoga County to write his memoirs. What is the worth of the currency Ulysses Grant is on?
2. Shawshank Redemption. The Walking Dead. The Green Mile. The Majestic. These are among the projects by what filmmaker, who has been nominated for three Oscars?
3. According to the NFL rulebook, a referee’s timeout may be called “at any time without penalty to either team when playing time is being consumed because of an unintentional delay.” One such situation is “when there is the possibility of a measurement for a” what?
4. With 13 grams of carbs for every half-ounce, Lik-M-Aid is a candy product manufactured by the Willy Wonka brand that includes packets of flavored sugar and a candy stick. What is the alternate name for this candy?
5. Created by the 1933 Banking Act after the Depression, a government corporation now insures deposits in participating banks up to $250,000. What is the full four-word name of this corporation?

Extra credit
1. Including his full name, which 20th Century president fits this category?
2. Including roles in Saturday Night Fever, UHF and This is Spinal Tap, what actress is likely best known for her performance on a 1993-1999 sitcom featuring the Sheffield family?

This week's challenge
Start with the name FRANCIS DRAKE. Rearrange the letters and you can spell two six-letter words. The first is a type of container. The second is what that container might hold. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Fifty dollars (Grant has been on the $50 since 1913, while others to grace the bill include Ben Franklin, Henry Clay, and Silas Wright).
2. Frank Darabont
3. First down
4. Fun Dip (Willy Wonka also makes Pixy Stix)
5. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Extra credit
1. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
2. Fran Drescher (The Nanny)


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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