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Any Questions #304 - "IX"

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for their trivia fix.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase CIDER HOUSE. Change one letter to a B and you can rearrange the result to spell the six-letter name of a flower, and a four-letter word for things that are often seen around flowers. What are the words?
Answer: If you change the U to a B, you can spell ORCHID and BEES.

On-air questions: On June 23, 1972, the Education Amendments of 1972 were enacted. Among the amendments is a section commonly known as Title IX. Title IX reads, in part, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." While it has wide-reaching implications in education, it is perhaps most commonly associated with athletics, where it is used to ensure equal treatment for men's and women's teams. To commemorate the signing of Title IX, each correct answer will end with the letters IX.

1. While his August 18, 1969 rendition of the song – included in a half-hour medley along with "Purple Haze" and other of his most famous songs – is his most iconic, what musician included "The Star-Spangled Banner" in his live shows before and after that performance?
2. What two-word term is used to collectively refer to a group of NHL teams – including the New York Rangers, the Boston Bruins, and the Chicago Blackhawks – that formed the entirety of the league from 1942 until a 1967 expansion doubled the number of teams in the league to twelve?
3.By what name do we most commonly know the snack, often served at parties, whose recipe originally appeared on boxes of its namesake cereal in 1952 and called for, in addition to the wheat and rice varieties of the cereal, butter, Worcestershire sauce, nuts, and spices?
4. The U.S. Virgin Islands are an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, some 40 miles east of Puerto Rico. There are dozens of smaller islands and three main ones: St. John, St. Thomas (where the capital, Charlotte Amalie, is located), and what island, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands?
5. What eight-letter word describes Harriet Quimby, the first female licensed pilot in the U.S.; Katherine Stinson, the first female pilot commissioned to fly U.S. mail; Jacqueline Cochran, the first woman to fly Mach 1; and Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic?

Extra credit
1. In the 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph, who is the hero of the video game in which Ralph is a character?
2. In biology, the letters A, C, G, and T are, as a group, associated with what structural model?

This week's challenge
Start with a word that names a thing you might see on an inspirational poster. If you add the letters IX somewhere in the word, the result will spell the last name of a famous character from literature. What is the word, and who is the character?

On-air questions

1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Original Six
3. Chex Mix
4. St. Croix
5. Aviatrix

Extra credit
1. Fix-It Felix
2. Double helix


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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