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Any Questions #323 - "November"


WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about November.

Last week's challenge
Start with the word OUTFIELDER. Change one letter to a T and you can rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (four letters, two letters, four letters) that describes an accurate representation of something. What is the phrase?
Answer: If you change the D to a T, you can spell TRUE TO LIFE.

On-air questions: This is our first show of November, which means Election Day is coming right up, it’s time to start thinking about stuffing recipes, and the holiday shopping season is basically here. But before all of that, it’s time for a quiz about the 11th month.

1. Speaking of holiday shopping…What term in this context is believed to date to 1951, referring to the practice of workers calling in sick the day after Thanksgiving to make a four-day weekend?
2. One of the most iconic presidential photos depicts the 33rd president holding the November 3rd edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune. What does the banner headline read on that newspaper?
3. Now an owner of the Miami Marlins, what future Hall of Fame baseball player earned the nickname Mr. November after hitting a game-winning home run off Byung-hyun Kim in Game 4 of the 2001 World Series —the first time any major league game had been played in November?
4. Although he first arrived nearby in 1891, it wasn’t until November 4, 1922 that British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of what 18-year-old, finally entering the interior chambers 22 days later?
5. What is the name of the holiday that will be celebrated this Sunday in Great Britain, commemorating the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, a plan by Catholics to blow up the House of Lords and kill Protestant King James I?

Extra credit
1. On November 4, 1842, a Kentucky native named Mary Anne Todd was married in her sister’s home in Springfield, Ill. to a struggling lawyer 10 years older than her. Who was that lawyer?
2. What was the name of the Moscow stray who was sent into space aboard Sputnik 2 on Nov. 3, 1957, becoming the first animal to orbit earth?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase GUNS N ROSES, famous for the tune “November Rain.” Rearrange the letters and you can spell a five-letter word related to the band’s work, and a five-letter occupation. What are the words?


On-air questions

1. Black Friday (24 states have made Black Friday an official day off for public workers); Snopes.com cites a corporate memo from 1951 that says “Friday-after-Thanksgiving-itis is a disease second only to the bubonic plague in its effects.”
2. Dewey Defeats Truman
3. Derek Jeter (Mr. October was a nickname bestowed upon Yankee Reggie Jackson; the 2001 World Series was played late because games were delayed after 9/11)
4. King Tut (among the items Carter found there was a solid gold coffin containing the 3000-year-old mummy)
5. Guy Fawkes Day (it was celebrated in many British territories including in New England into the 1800s)

Extra credit
1. Abraham Lincoln
2. Laika

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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