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Any Questions #404: "Memorial Day"

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

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase BROWN RICE. Change one letter to an O and you can spell the names of two things (four letters and five letters) that a king or a queen might wear. What are the words?
Answer: If you change the I to an O, you can spell ROBE and CROWN.
On-air questions: For a lot of people, tonight is the start of a three-day weekend, with Memorial Day on Monday. Celebrated on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors members of the armed forces who died in service. It was officially named Memorial Day in federal law in 1967. In honor of Memorial Day, all of today’s answers can be spelled using the letters in “Memorial Day.”
1. What honorific is currently shared by Eric Garcetti, Francis Suarez, Marty Walsh, Pete Buttigieg and Bill de Blasio?
2. Something a band sends to a record label; a building implosion, a segment of the population that may be “targeted.” 
3. The Eternal City, The City Of Seven Hills 
4. First name shared by misters Lanza, Lopez, Lemieux and the brother of Luigi  
5. Naval rank reached by: David Farragut, George Dewey, and John McCain Sr. and Jr.
Extra credit
1. Bedelia, Earhart, and Dr. Shepherd of "Private Practice" and "Grey’s Anatomy."
2. The better known nickname of the Motörhead bassist Ian Fraser Kilmister, who died in 2015. 
This week's challenge
Start with the phrase PICNIC TABLE. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a seven-letter kitchen furnishing and a four-letter item often used to keep food fresh. What are the words? 
On-air questions
1. Mayor (two of those mayors are running for president; just three presidents were mayors first – Andrew Johnson in Greenville, Tenn., Grover Cleveland in Buffalo, and Cal Coolidge in Northampton, Mass.)  
2. Demo 
3. Rome  
4. Mario (according to Nintendo canon, Mario’s brother Luigi’s last name is Mario, meaning Mario is named Mario Mario)
5. Admiral (although it’s still an active rank, there have been no five-star admirals since the last from World War II, Chester Nimitz, died in 1966) 
Extra credit
1. Amelia 
2. Lemmy

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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