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Any Questions #335: "Rocky" Things

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about "rocky' things.

Last week's challenge
Start with the word VOLKSWAGEN. Change one letter to a G and you can spell two five-letter words (one singular, one plural) for things you might see in a courtroom. What are they?
Answer: If you change the K to a G, you can spell GAVEL and GOWNS.

On-air questions
: On January 26, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act establishing Rocky Mountain National Park. Located between the Colorado towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake, the park covers some 265,000 acres and is divided into five regions, each with its own distinct geographical features. In 2016, the park was visited by more than four and a half million people. To commemorate the establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park, this week our questions are about other "rocky" things.

1. Debuting in 1959, an animated series about a flying squirrel titled Rocky and His Friends first aired on ABC, then moved to NBC, where its name was changed. When it moved to syndication, its named was changed once again to The Adventures of Rocky and whom?
2. Rocky Point Amusement Park, located on the shore of Narragansett Bay, operated from the 1840s until 1995, and was for the last four decades of its existence one of the most popular attractions in what state?
3. What real-life boxer, who is one of only a handful of professional fighters to go undefeated in their careers, was the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone's portrayal of his iconic film character Rocky Balboa, and is also Balboa's idol in the film series?
4. The 1983 song "I Love Rocky Road", about a man's obsession with that particular ice cream flavor, is a parody by "Weird Al" Yankovic of the song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", the most famous version of which was recorded in 1981 by what band?
5. On May 8, 2009, a Twitter account called @DrFNFurter tweeted "I see you shiver with antici…". Five years later, another tweet appeared, this one simply saying, "…pation." These tweets – and the Twitter handle itself – are references to what cult classic film?

Extra credit
1. "Rocky Raccoon", a song about a love triangle between Rocky, his girlfriend Nancy, and a man named Dan, was written primarily by Paul McCartney and appears on side two (of four) of what 1968 album?
2. The 1985 film Mask was based on the life of Roy "Rocky" Dennis, a boy who suffered from facial disfigurements. In the film, Dennis was played by Eric Stoltz. Who played Rocky's mother Florence?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase ROCKY ROAD. Change one letter to a B and you can spell a two-word phrase (four letters, five letters) that names something you might stick things to. What is it?

On-air questions

1. Bullwinkle
2. Rhode Island
3. Rocky Marciano
4. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Extra credit
1. The Beatles
2. Cher


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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