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Any Questions #297 - "Perfect"

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back in all their imperfect glory.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase LEAST LIKELY. Rearrange the letters and you can spell the type of movies that debuted in 1927 and a four-letter word that might have been noticeable for the first time in that type of movie. What are the words?
Answer: TALKIES and YELL.

On-air questions: On May 5, 1904, Boston Americans pitcher Cy Young threw a perfect game against the Philadelphia Athletics. During the one-hour-and-23-minute game, Young retired all 27 batters he faced without giving up any hits, walks, or doing anything else that would put a player on base. It was the third-ever perfect game in baseball history, and the first under the game's modern rules. Young's perfect game was part of his streak of pitching 45 scoreless innings, which, at the time, set a record. To honor Cy Young's perfect performance, this week our questions are about other perfect things.

1. What Romanian gymnast, ranked number eight in a 2012 ESPN list of the 40 greatest female athletes, received the first perfect 10 awarded at the Olympics, one of seven perfect 10s she would receive at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal?
2. Subtitled "A True Story of Men Against the Sea," what 1997 Sebastian Junger book recounts the story of the crew of the Andrea Gail, a fishing boat from Gloucester, Massachusetts, who find themselves in the midst of severe weather during a swordfishing expedition?
3. The Bellas, the Treblemakers, the High Notes, and the BU Harmonics are four a capella groups at Barden University in what 2012 film starring Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, and Rebel Wilson?
4. The ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers aired between 1986 and 1993 and starred Mark Linn-Baker as Larry, an aspiring photographer, and Bronson Pinchot as Balki, Larry's cousin from a Mediterranean island called Mypos. The show also featured characters Harriette and Carl Winslow, who would spin off into what other ABC sitcom, perhaps most well-known for its character Steve Urkel?
5. What three words begin the phrase that contains, arguably, the most prominent use of the phrase "a more perfect union"?

Extra credit
1. What two-word name do we use for the verb tense used in the sentence "I had listened to the radio."?
2. What band did a singer/songwriter and keyboardist named Christine Perfect join in 1970, two years after marrying that band's bassist and taking his last name?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase PERFECT SCORE. Rearrange the letters to spell a five-letter word and a seven-letter word that can each follow "show of" to make a common phrase. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Nadia Comaneci
2. The Perfect Storm
3. Pitch Perfect
4. Family Matters
5. "We the People"

Extra credit
1. Past perfect
2. Fleetwood Mac


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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