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Any Questions #321 - "L P"

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for the "latest piece" of their show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the word ANDROMEDA. Add a letter and you can rearrange the result to spell the ten-letter title of a film about an asteroid. What is the title?
Answer: If you add a G, you can spell ARMAGEDDON.

On-air questions: On October 20, 1803, the United States Senate ratified the treaty between the U.S. and France that set forth the terms of the Louisiana Purchase. Passing in the Senate by a vote of 24 to 7, the Louisiana Purchase effectively doubled the size of the U.S., adding over 800,000 square miles at a cost of around $11 million in cash and the cancellation of some $3 million in debt to France. To commemorate the Louisiana Purchase, this week, each correct answer will have the initials L. P.

1. Along with St. Moritz, Switzerland, and Innsbruck, Austria, what city is the third to have hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice, the latter of which included the famous "Miracle on Ice" hockey game between the United States and Russia?
2. Portrayed by actress Sheryl Lee, what character is the catalyst for the events in the television series Twin Peaks, in which her murder brings Special Agent Dale Cooper to the town to investigate the crime?
3. What is the official name of the product developed by Bette Nesmith Graham in her kitchen in the 1950s while working as a typist, which she mixed in her blender and first distributed to her co-workers in bottles labeled "Mistake Out"?
4. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962, making him one of four individuals to win more than one Nobel Prize and the only one whose prizes were both unshared. He is also one of only two people (along with Marie Curie) to win Nobel Prizes in two different fields. Who is he?
5. What item completes this group: candlestick, knife, revolver, rope, wrench?

Extra credit
1. What travel guide company published its first book, Across Asia on the Cheap, in 1972 and is currently the largest travel guidebook publisher in the world?
2. Named for the architect who designed the basic street layout for Washington, D.C., what commercial complex is located a few blocks south of the National Mall and includes the headquarters for the U.S. Postal Service?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase LAUNCH PADS. Rearrange the letters to spell two-five letter words, each a thing you might serve in a bowl. What are they?

On-air questions

1. Lake Placid
2. Laura Palmer
3. Liquid Paper
4. Linus Pauling
5. Lead pipe

Extra credit
1. Lonely Planet
2. L'Enfant Plaza


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.