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Any Questions #349: "Star Wars" Day

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WAMC's Ian Pickus is trying out a new co-host.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats to make the jump to hyperspace.

Last week's challenge: Start with the phrase POLO SHIRTS. Change one letter to a P and you can spell a two-word phrase (five letters in each word) for someone who ruins the fun. What is the phrase?

Answer: If you change the H to a P, you can spell SPOIL SPORT.

On-air questions: Forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Yom Kippur and the Fourth of July. Today is the most important holiday of all. May 4th – or Star Wars Day. In honor of George Lucas’ sprawling galaxy, we’ll try a Star Wars-themed quiz today. Each correct answer will contain a key word from the title of one of the Star Wars films, up to and including the prequels, the latest trilogy, and the new spinoffs. Do or do not. There is no try. May the force be with you.

1. Coming out after her campaign for vice president in 2008, then-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s memoir quickly shot to the top of the bestseller lists. Taking its title from a criticism of Palin’s strategy from presidential nominee John McCain’s aides, the book was titled “Going ______?”
2. Sticking with politics: Also in 2008, a poster of Barack Obama by the artist Shepard Fairey was quickly adopted by the campaign and its supporters, becoming of the Democrat’s defining symbols. Although different versions featured the words “progress” and “change,” what one word is written across the bottom of the most popular version of the poster?
3. A  Best Picture Oscar nominee this year, Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film stars Daniel Day-Lewis in what he says was his final role. Set in 1950s London, the film centers on a high-end clothing designer named Reynolds Woodcock and his relationship with his sister, girlfriend and deceased mother. What is the name of this film?
4. In the opening song on its 14th studio album, 2008’s “Accelerate,” R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe sings “Well I’m not one to sit and spin/Cause living well’s the best” what, echoing a quote attributed to English poet George Herbert?
5. Jimmy Page on “Stairway to Heaven,” Eddie van Halen on “Eruption,” David Gilmour on “Comfortably Numb” and Jimi Hendrix on “All Along The Watchtower” are among the top 10 on Guitar World’s ranking of the Top 50 what?

Extra credit
1. Now in its debut season, what is the name of the new Arena Football League team playing in Albany, the city’s second AFL franchise after the Firebirds?
2. What is the only one of the four positions in lacrosse that fits the category?

This week's challenge
Start with the name of Qui-Gon Jinn actor LIAM NEESON. Rearrange the letters and you can spell two other sci-fi blockbusters from the past. As a hint, one is a sequel, and you’ll need to add THE to the other. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. “Going Rogue” (“Rogue One” was the first Star Wars spinoff movie, covering the run-up to the first movie released in 1977.)
2. Hope (“Star Wars: A New Hope” became Episode IV’s title after the movie was initially released simply as “Star Wars”)
3. “Phantom Thread” (“The Phantom Menace” was the first Star Wars prequel, released in 1997.)
4. Revenge (“Revenge of the Sith” – the final prequel was the last movie George Lucas directed, although he is credited for creating the characters in the recent Star Wars films).
5. Solos (“Solo” is coming out in May and features the great Donald Glover as young Lando, in that character’s first appearance since “Return of the Jedi”)

Extra credit
1. Albany Empire (“The Empire Strikes Back”)
2. Attack (“Attack of the Clones”)

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