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Any Questions #312 - "Famous Virginias"

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about famous Virginias.

Last week's challenge
Start with the word "no-hitters." Rearrange the letters and you can spell a six-letter noun and a three-letter verb you do on the noun. What are the words?

On-air questions: August 18, 1587, is the birthdate of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in an overseas possession in the New World. She was born on Roanoke Island, which was then part of the Colony of Virginia (hence, her name) but is now part of the state of North Carolina. After her birth, her grandfather returned to England for supplies; he returned three years later to find the colonists gone. Virginia Dare has become a prominent part of American folklore, and everything from counties to wine has been named in her honor (including a California winery that sponsors the Sonoma Stompers baseball team). To commemorate Virginia Dare's birth, this week our questions are about famous Virginias.

1. Who wrote in an essay published in 1929, "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction", two years after her novel To the Lighthouse was published?
2. Introduced in 1968, and marketed primarily to young professional women, what cigarette brand was advertised with slogans such as "Find your voice", "It's a woman thing", and – perhaps most famously – "You've come a long way, baby"?
3. British professional tennis player Virginia Wade is, to date, the only British player to have won a title at all four Grand Slam events (the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open). Her most well-known victory was her win at Wimbledon in 1977, the 100th anniversary of the tournament and also the Silver Jubilee year of what monarch, who attended the final match?
4. On a Monopoly board, Virginia Avenue is one of the three dark-purple properties, along with St. Charles Place and States Avenue. It is separated from the orange properties by a railroad, the only one of the four Monopoly railroads named for a state. Which railroad is it?
5. "Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see." These lines open an 1897 editorial in the New York newspaper The Sun. They were written by Francis Pharcellus Church, who starts his second paragraph with the statement "Yes, Virginia, there is a" what?

Extra credit
1. A landmark 1967 Supreme Court case, one in which the state of Virginia was the defendant, effectively ended all race-based restrictions on marriage in the United States. What was the last name of the plaintiffs in the case, which was also used as the title of a 2016 film about the case?
2. Who is the only actress named Virginia to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress?

This week's challenge
Start with the name VIRGINIA DARE. Change one letter to an N and you can rearrange the result to spell two words (five letters and seven letters) that you might see on a map. (As a hint, one of the words is a proper noun.) What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Virginia Woolf
2. Virginia Slims
3. Queen Elizabeth II
4. Pennsylvania Railroad
5. Santa Claus

Extra credit
1. Loving
2. Virginia Madsen (for Sideways in 2004)


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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