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Any Questions #332 - "Golden" Things

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel kick off 2018 with a golden quiz.Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase BARGAIN PRICE. Change one letter to a B (not the one that's there) and you can rearrange the result to spell a five-letter word and a two-word phrase that each name a part of the body. What are they?
Answer: If you change the P to a B, you can spell BRAIN and RIB CAGE.

On-air questions: On January 5, 1933, construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge. The suspension bridge – whose paint color is called "international orange" – opened in May of 1937 and crosses the Golden Gate, a strait that connects San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. Before the bridge's construction, the most reliable way to travel across the strait was by ferry, which cost $1.00 per vehicle. At the time of its construction, the Golden Gate Bridge was both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge in the world (today, it is neither). To commemorate the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, this week our questions are about other golden things.

1. President Gerald Ford's dog Liberty, President Ronald Reagan's dog Victory, the Tanner family's dog on Full House, and Buddy, the basketball-playing dog from the film Air Bud are all what breed?
2. Airing from September of 1992 to May of 1993, the television series The Golden Palace followed three women named Rose, Blanche, and Sophia after they invested in a hotel in Miami and, due to the lack of staff, took on many of the day-to-day responsibilities. The series was a spinoff of what long-running – and similarly-named – series?
3. The Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota are one side of a rivalry that has played, since 1948, a football game that awards a trophy called Paul Bunyan's Axe. The other side of this rivalry is the Badgers, the football team from what university?
4. The Man with the Golden Gun is the 1974 film in which James Bond is sent to retrieve a device known as the Solex agitator from Francisco Scaramanga (the title villain). It was the second of seven Bond films, starting with Live and Let Die and culminating with A View to a Kill, starring which actor as the title secret agent?
5. In Greek mythology, a crew led by a hero named Jason that included Heracles, Castor and Pollux, and Atalanta set out on a quest to find the Golden Fleece. Named after the ship on which they sailed, the group was collectively known as what?

Extra credit
1. What two-word phrase is used to describe a generous severance package that will be given to an executive in the case of their future dismissal?
2. A ceremonial golden spike was driven to commemorate the joining of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads in May of 1869. The ceremony took place in Promontory Summit in what is now what U.S. state?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase GOLDEN ARCHES. Change one letter to a T and you can rearrange the result to spell a six-letter word for a place to store things and a six-letter word for something you might find in that place. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Golden retriever
2. Golden Girls
3. University of Wisconsin
4. Roger Moore
5. Argonauts

Extra credit
1. Golden parachute
2. Utah


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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